Questions tagged [employer-relations]

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 safe to discuss work grievances with a company psychiatrist?

Asking this one for a friend located in the United States. She's currently experiencing significant stress coming directly from her place of employment. All attempts to mediate this with her ...
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Invited to the Christmas Party of an ex-employer, how to show my best side?

Some years ago I was employed by a contractor company around 1.5 years long for a project. It was ended because the customer had financial problems, and he had to build down the project I was working ...
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Employee handbook changes - do I have to be notified or sign? [closed]

They changed the 7 days off. I have been with the company for 15 years. They changed the employee handbook. I receive no notification. I have not signed updated handbook
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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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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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Are there good reasons to NOT invite my boss to Thanksgiving dinner?

I have a pretty solid professional relationship with my boss. We also get along well personally and share some things in common that don't relate to work that we talk about. I have a suspicion, but am ...
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Fired because your skills are too far above your coworkers

I have been working for five months for a big French company building great things, a good product with trend methodologies. I've just learned from an internal coworker (technical expert) that I will ...
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How do you handle a task that is not really meant for your position? [duplicate]

Okay, so I work as a Tech Support for my company doing usual support stuff for end users. My boss and I were actually close since I worked as an intern here before and later got absorbed. He knows ...
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Company of job offer I turned down wants to know what position and salary I accepted

I am completing my honours degree in IT this year and have been for a number of interviews. I turned down Company A's offer to accept a different offer with better growth prospects and salary. ...
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How to handle a kind of conflict with my employers that I don't figure out?

I'm currently in a trouble I never encountered before. I'm technical expert (freelance) for 5 months for a well-known French company. My goal is/was to: Create a mechanism interfering ...
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I feel like my romantic feelings for my boss are getting in the way of my work. What other options do I have apart from quitting?

I am a female engineer who has been in the workforce for 3 years and working at the same company since I graduated. My boss is 10 years older than me and is well respected in the industry we're in. He'...
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Just got a job, what can my employer acquire with my personal information? [closed]

I've been a freelancing entrepreneur, basically a "hustler", for the past couple of years, but I applied for a job and got it. My employer has asked for my driver's license and Social Security number, ...
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Is it professional to disagree with a superior's technical decision in front of others?

Over the past couple of years I have been working for a startup, reporting directly to the CEO. There are other teams that I work with that he also manages, but I work by myself. Over this time he has ...
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Do you think my boss disrespects me? [closed]

I had a terrible day: I had a problem with the printer and printed too many wrong cheques (I am a bookkeeper)and made some data entry errors in Excel. One of my supervisors asked me the previous day ...
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Are Employers Allowed to ask if I am Job Searching?

My employer asked me if I was job searching, which I am, and I told them that I wasn't. Are they allowed to ask that?
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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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Which is more secure form of employment between full-time employment and contract? [closed]

I have heard some European countries do not have such a term as full-time but only a contract form of employment. Actually now I think about it, what exactly does full-time really mean anyway? Since ...
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My CEO wants permanent access to every employee's emails. How do I explain that this is a terrible idea?

Our CEO wants our IT provider to configure his email client so he can see every employee's work emails in his inbox all the time. To make a long story short he's concerned about a specific employee ...
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Placed on work schedule despite approved time-off request. Is it unreasonable to push back on this?

Since March of this year, I've been employed part-time at an amusement park in food service. I'd like to think I'm a good employee: I show up before my shift starts and clock in at the right time I ...
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Approval from my employer

I received a message from a recruiter about a position at another company. I am highly qualified for the role and it intrigues me. However, the recruiting company recruits for positions within my ...
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Employer doesn't take word or deal seriously [closed]

I recently got hired to join a small team full time in the software department of this company. The employer assured me of a 3-month accommodation arrangement (which in reality can be a daunting ...
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Is it normal/professional for a younger female employee to say that they want more meeting time with their male boss?

I am working at a startup and it’s a very busy time right now where there is a lot of pressure on me to get something done very quickly. My boss (who also is the company CEO) asked me today if there ...
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Tell employer upon resignation about psychologist consultations [duplicate]

I have been working at a French start-up for 2 years. I have passed through some difficult times during this period. The workplace was one of the main causes and I ended up seeking help from a ...
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My boss stopped giving me shifts what do I do? [closed]

I was working in a bar, and was told I'd be getting 2-3 shifts per week, but now I'm not getting any and my boss stopped replying to me, what do I do?
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Is it professional to tell my boss that major illness in my family was the reason for my lack of productivity? [duplicate]

I work in a telecommute position so most of my correspondence with my boss is over email/Skype. Today, I got a phone call that my mom's cancer has spread to the rest of her body. I knew she had cancer,...
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How should I assess my employees? [closed]

I am a manager of a program that has a minimal oversight style of management due to employees starting their work day out in the community. While they have to complete documentation (which I check ...
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My desk is nowhere near the team I work with, how can I handle this?

I started at a new company about 2 months ago. Its a large warehouse, so there is a main front office where my team works from their work stations. I've been working at a temporary workstation for the ...
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Can I keep my beard while interviewing? [closed]

As a Muslim it is Sunnah to wear a beard. I wear a beard for religious reasons, but I am worried that it might affect my interviews. Should I tell the interviewer why I wear a beard?
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What should I do if I received a mail from company about offer letter by post but a week passed out I haven't received yet? [duplicate]

The company has written in mail that I will be receiving their offer letter within 2-3 days by post but no letter received yet and my onboarding is scheduled on 25 August.
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Explaining abstract problems to non-technical managers

I work as a full-stack engineer. Often, a manager (non-technical) will ask, "show me what you've been working on", or "Show me a demo of what you are making". Now, this is a problem. My general flow ...
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Is it possible I am damaging my long-term employability by staying at a company with terrible structure?

I work as a software developer, currently in my first job out of school. I have been working here for about 15 months. For all intents and purposes, our software "department" is in absolute shambles. ...
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My employer (client) wants me to work in “ghost” mode [closed]

Here's the context: I'm a freelance software architect/developer and have started working for a known company 3 weeks ago, for at least one year. They recruited me because they completely failed ...
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Pension hasn't been paid in or is late, what should I do? [closed]

I received an email from my pension holder stating that my employer has failed to pay the pension in the correct time. I was recently hired after a 1 year apprenticeship at which time I paid for a ...
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How can I best notify management of a toxic coworker?

My workplace has been dealing with an extremely rude coworker and I'm looking for the best way to describe or document that behavior so I can escalate the problem to management or HR. This colleague ...
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Appraisal Feedback for Another

We have two teams under the same department and two managers Alpha & Bravo (manager Alpha is my manager for team Alpha). Manager Bravo has asked me to give some feedback for someone's (Charlie) ...
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Is correct to meet your future company mates in the middle of selection process?

I am currently in the middle of a selection process. The selection has several stages, and I am one of the last ones. I have a friend who has been working on that company for 2 years. Today the ...
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Signing as Independent Contractor but expected to work as an employee

I have been working full-time as a Software Developer (Web and Mobile) for a Canadian tech startup. It is my first job after graduating from university. The pay is well below the average but I am fine ...
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How to avoid a project subtly to avoid interacting with former boss

As you can remember, I have walked away from my former employer, whom we'll call Sid. I got everything that I need, except my back wages and correcting my Certification of Employment on account that ...
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A fatal accident happened a few years ago with a product that I now work with. How can I tactfully ask what happened?

Background: Central/ Western Europe, Intern, Engineering. My current employer, a chemical engineering firm, had a fatal accident a few years ago. One of their employees was fatally injured while ...
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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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Getting more value out of an introverted person

I have a very highly skilled introvert person employed (Jane) who has been in the organization for many years. Jane has provided some brilliant programs and solutions during the years, but Jane is ...
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I'm quite unprofessional outside job environment. Can it be an issue?

My work life and my personal life has huge differences. People I know here seem to be much more calm and both in personality and in their hobbies. Don't get me wrong: I can talk about non-work ...
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Cell phone professionalism

My direct supervisor called me today on my cell phone for a new job I haven't started yet. She told me to save her cell phone number she called me off of. I'm pretty sure I will not be receiving a ...
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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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Employer wants training money back if I quit in 18 months [closed]

I have been a programmer at company x for about 7 months now and I had asked if they could pay a 50£ course from Coursera for me. The course is not directly connected with my day-to-day work so it's ...
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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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Former employer could not give certificate of employment

I've got a new job coming right up. Only thing is, my former employer could not give me my COE. I've emailed them, texted them, Skyped them that I need it soon. I've also been very clear, that I can ...
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Should you use email tracking with your employer? [closed]

There are several plugins for email services like Gmail that can track emails you send and notify you when it has been opened/viewed by a recipient. I am tempted to use it with my employer/HR in ...
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Is “head hunter's frequently asked questions list” good idea? [closed]

I have created list of 10 most frequently asked questions by head hunters. So for some time, when I was asked for one of them I just copy-pasted answer from pdf, and this worked quite well, but ...
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Bad to repeat thank you to a co-worker who nominated you?

I recently recieved an award thanking me for my hard-work. First award with my company and also my first year. Below is what I wanted to send to my co-worker who nominated me, but I was unsure if it ...

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