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Questions about employer relations involve the relationship between an employer and its employees. These questions should generally involve the relationship with a group of employees rather than individuals.

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Is it OK to leave very short-term employment off my resume?

For various reasons, I only worked for a company for a few weeks. Is it OK if I just don't put that on my resume, and pretend this employment never existed? There is really not much to talk about ...
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How do I explain being unemployed for nearly two years due to untreated depression

For the first three years of my career, I was always employed (internship and one full-time job). Then, after I got laid off because the last company I worked for went under, I couldn't motivate ...
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How to politely turn down a task that is beyond the scope of my job description? [duplicate]

I'm currently working as a Programmer in a small company, although I'm basically expected to be able to deal with everything that is related to computers and I am the one and only IT staff member ...
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How do I deal with talented, but difficult employees?

I am managing a team of 10+ knowledge workers (developers, testers, technical support, no sales person). There are employees in my team who are extremely talented, who can consistently provide better ...
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How do I explain getting fired for a very bad reason to potential employers?

I was recently fired from my janitor position because I drew the SS (Schutzstaffel) logo on a teacher's whiteboard. The teacher reported me because he assumed it was a hate crime (it wasn't, I didn't ...
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Am I required/expected to notify current boss that I'm looking for a new job?

When I changed jobs last year, my previous boss was very insulted that I didn't tell him I was looking for a job and didn't ask him for a reference letter. (I did give him a month's notice when ...
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How to respond if boss asks if I'm looking for a new job

I'm currently searching for a new job. If my boss asks me if I'm looking, should I tell the truth? My small group is pretty demoralized at this point. One of my coworkers gave his notice late last ...
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How do I know when to contest a bad idea and when to let it go

I work as a designer for a software company, and work directly with developers on their newest and most important product. I am gaining a very good understanding of the software and how it works. ...
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What are the possible downsides of answering an "anonymous" employee survey truthfully?

We recently got an invite to do a short (handful questions) anonymous survey on employee satisfaction. My first impulse would be to answer with my honest, negative impression of the employer: 'bad ...
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Should an employee tell their supervisor about their depression?

If someone is experiencing feelings of severe depression (affecting their work ability and work output), should they disclose this to their supervisor? What are the pros of disclosure? What are the ...
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How do I resign when I know my employer will lose a big client when I leave?

I'm in a tricky position. I don't enjoy where I'm working and I've been offered another opportunity. Unfortunately, I know the current client that I'm consulting for isn't on good terms with my ...
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How limiting is my lack of a bachelor's degree for my career in web development?

I work on a team with 6 other developers in a growing company that's doing very well. We currently have one Technical Lead. As we're growing, we've identified the need to split our teams, which ...
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How To Deal With Mis-represented Timesheet

My boss fills out the timesheets for everyone in his department. This is rarely a problem for me, because I rarely take time off. However, the last two times I have taken time off, my use of leave has ...
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How should I deal with an employee who is stealing from the cash counter?

I own a pharmacy, and I have an employee who has been working for me for the past 5 years. However, he has recently started stealing money from the cash counter. Maybe he thinks that I will not ...
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What is my obligation to my current employer when changing jobs is imminent but (at this point) not guaranteed?

I am scheduled for a second interview for a job with a company that I would like to have. Changing jobs would require changing cities, which would also mean more opportunity for my spouse. If the ...
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How to respond to an employer's "bait and switch"?

I've had a few jobs recently where the employer made specific promises about the work that I'd be doing and the kind of projects I'd be working on. However, when I joined they reassigned me to ...
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Phrasing of Request for Time Off

I have a problem with words in social situations: I obsess over their meaning and try to get my phrasing as exact as possible so as to convey my intent. This is an anxiety thing. I would like time ...
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Is it advisable to make my boss aware of a harsh personal situation?

At the moment I am going through a very stressing situation which is definitely not work related. Let me say it, my workplace is great, and my boss is a cool and sensible person. I know the rule. ...
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Why do recruiters ask for ID and/or references?

I am applying for jobs through a recruiter, and have just been asked to provide ID and/or references before being put forward for a role. If I get the job and the company wishes to have reference and ...
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Dealing with excessive workload when senior management offers no assistance

I am currently working in a team-lead position for the development department of a company and we are extremely busy at the moment. The problem is that the company keeps bringing in new clients ...
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Can my employer reclassify me as non-exempt to avoid the new minimum salary requirement? [closed]

If you are currently an exempt employee according to the classification of exempt, is a company allowed to make you non-exempt to keep from paying you the minimum salary requirement to remain exempt?
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How to determine the best way to give notice when manager is absent

I just accepted a job offer and am planning to leave the company where I've been for almost a year. Today is Tuesday, July 11th and my new job is scheduled to start Monday, July 31st. Unfortunately, ...
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Can I work just what I'm paid for while leaving?

At my current company, I spent months being bullied and told to quit. I then found a much better position, quit and my last day is on Friday. I can honestly say I prepared a very solid handover - ...
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Are workers in Japan expected to work overtime daily?

I was considering a job offer from Japan as a senior software developer when I contacted a Japanese friend of mine (a customer service agent) who warned me of few things. He told me that in Japan ...
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How to act in a meeting when everyone is a manager except me?

Sometimes I join some meetings where everyone is a manager, like department managers to discuss a problem or a situation which needs the joined effort of multiple departments. Anyway I am no manager ...
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Employer won't accept resignation, demanding that I finish projects outside my duties

Question: What are the things that I could do if my current employer does not accept my resignation, simply because he wants me to finish the job which I don't think is really my job? Background: ...
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My boss asked me to keep an eye on a colleague and report how he performs. How should I respond?

My boss has asked me to keep an eye on a colleague, who is working with me on a project. He wants me to report to him after 2 weeks what I think about how he is doing his job. Even if I think he ...
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What are possible down-sides of leaving anonymous reviews on sites like Glassdoor? [closed]

I recently just left working for an employer and wanted to leave an anonymous review of their organization on glassdoor.com pertaining to my experience working with the organization. What are the ...
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Should I demand payment of a promised, documented bonus revoked after giving my 2 weeks notice? [closed]

I am leaving my employer after almost 5 years for a career in a different field. I just passed a major milestone in my current field (independent licensure), and the company I am at has a standard ...
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Side business while working full time

Today I wanted to ask your selves about a dilemma I am currently in. I am working as a full time web developer for a company in the UK but I currently have my own business I am running in my own time (...
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Can I use anything developed at my current employer in my portfolio? [closed]

My understanding is that the work product I develop while employed is the property of my employer. That said, can I put any of that product in a portfolio for prospective employers? If so, what are ...
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Relieving date of Current employer overlaps with joining date of future employer

I work in the Indian IT sector. My last working date with my current employer falls on October 1st. Since the other company's annual cycle closes at the end of September and I was asked to join during ...
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My boss frequently calls me outside work hours. How should I deal with it?

A few months ago I started a new, typical 8-4 job. Since I started, my boss has called me at usually once a week outside work hours to ask me what I did at work today and what I'll be doing in the ...
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What can we do to stop prior company from asking us questions?

Short and sweet of it, I used to work as a manager/supervisor at a prior company that had us build various applications for them. I was there close to twenty years! In any event last year the ...
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How should I respond when I lied about my education and the company finds out through background check?

I lied about my education to my employer and background check revealed I did not graduate. How do I respond to my employer after they send me the following? In order for us to move forward and ...
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Unable to complete a task at work due to lack of relevant skill. How should I tell my employer?

In February I was hired as a Software Developer Apprentice. I mainly code in C# which I have learnt in this apprenticeship. I am currently rewriting a programme the company currently uses. Within this ...
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Is it really a bad idea to work at a company that misses the mark for perfection once or twice? [closed]

On The Workplace, I see very frequently a comment along the lines of: That is a company I would personally never consider working for. That is so stupid and short-sighted that it means the rest of ...
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Feeling like a fraud at a startup I joined as an intern

TL;DR: Young inexperienced coder gets an internship, gets offered a stake in the start-up he's working for, and now feels like a big fraud. Some context I'm a coder from an undisclosed European ...
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Using gym at workplace during work hours

My company has a gym, a nice swimming pool, squash court, badminton court et al but the employees are not allowed to use during working hours. The employees can only use from 6 am - 8 am and from 5 pm ...
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How do I sell to the company I'm employed something I have previously made

I am a software developer and as such my productive output is easily repurposed. Some background A few years ago, long before I was employed at my current job, I made a piece of software in an ...
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Gave a bad feedback to an employee on an appraisal and my manager has basically demoted me

I'm the marketing manager of a very successful start-up and the social media manager who I have been managing for the past two months and a half is really bad. She's incompetent, she's a bad colleague ...
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How to react when supervisor/boss has way too many spelling and grammatical errors

Today a very high-ranking person in our company asked me to review a manual he has written. It is mostly screenshots and pictures, with only two sentences on each page. However, each sentence contains ...
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Proper response after finding out that another team works on the project

I am leading one of the software development teams in a company. We are completely responsible for a technical side of our product (development/QA) that we've been developing for ~3 years. My company ...
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How can I get a sense of how management treats their staff before joining a company?

I've experienced future managers acting professionally and courteously while trying to recruit me, then turning out to be abrasive and unprofessional after joining. I gather this is quite common. How ...
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How can I convince my company to change their time off policy?

My company has a policy that no more than three salaried employees can be off on any given day, regardless of what department they are in. I've seen this cause tension with some employees, and have ...
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How to handle employer expecting someone to do work against their conscience?

A friend of mine who recently graduated from college came across a situation at work that has put her into a moral conundrum. Her employer/the owner of the small company (5-7 in house employees, plus ...
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How do I explain not actively looking for a job until a year after I was laid off?

I was laid off from a quality assurance job about year ago. I was never actively looking for work until recently (I was living off savings). During that time, I really just wanted to relax and catch ...
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Promoting a healthy lifestyle for employees

Disclaimer: taking into account Telastyn's comment, I'd like to point out that I do not wish to force anything upon my staff. I don't want to impose anything against their will. I would like them to ...
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To be a successful new manager, must I stay competitive against my reports?

I was promoted to manager because I always helped my team learn new things about our work and was always given the task to coordinate big projects for us. After a certain point, I was doing more ...
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What can employers do if an employee disappears? [closed]

If an employee just goes AWOL, i.e. he/she just stops showing up for work, and does not respond to phone calls or emails, is there a general protocol the employer must follow? I imagine for the first ...
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