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Questions tagged [ethics]

Ethics are the 'unspoken rules' of society. They are what govern how people behave when not bound by law. Questions with this tag should deal with how to handle situations where it is unclear how acceptable a given course of action might be within society (either the society of the workplace, or the world at large).

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Is it unethical to quit my job during company crisis? [on hold]

Without going into great detail, the situation is: My contract doesn't contain explicit terms on the specifics of handling a crisis, but some crisis is to be expected and our team is responsible to ...
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Moving to a different country soon, when/how do I tell my team/manager?

Due to personal reasons beyond my control, I will be quitting my job and moving overseas this summer for an indefinite amount of time. I have been at my current job for about 6 months now, and I ...
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How to respond to single letter replies in IM?

I am working in IT and this question is about my Indian colleagues. This is about chatting over Instant Messaging(IM) like Lync, Skype etc. Sometimes, I used to get single letter replies like below. ...
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Boss making me feel guilty for leaving the company at the end of my internship

I’m currently a web development intern in a small-sized company. My internship contract ends this Friday. Two months ago a superior told me there would be a possibility for me to be hired permanently ...
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Would it be acceptable like if you don't want to wear a t-shirt for a team video shoot in a large organization for some reasons? [closed]

The full details, if you want to read, are written under this question In short, due to privacy reasons, possible reactions by people who know me, my lifestyle, my background, my shape and my ...
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Should I tell a company that I got rejected by you before?

I checked this topic before asking this question. To me this is more of an ethical question. Last year I applied for a job and I couldn't get it due to lack of experience. In the company's rejection ...
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Am I wrong for digging recyclables/compostables out of the trash and putting them on top of the bins? [closed]

I've worked at this company as a software engineer for the past 2 years now. We're a medium-sized tech company based out of the San Francisco Bay Area. Our city has an ordinance requiring all ...
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Should I disclose a colleague's illness (that I should not know about) when others badmouth him

Recently I found myself in a situation where I just had no idea what the best course of action could be. I went back to my old workplace to get some paperwork done. While I was waiting for the person ...
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Boss wants me to falsify a report. How should I document this unethical demand?

I work in IT, and my manager is trying to get my coworker and me to submit a falsified security scan to a client of ours. Basically, he wants us to submit a security scan modified to exclude ...
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How to compete with people who lie on their resumes or exaggerate their qualifications?

Some time ago I was hired for a .NET developer position. My (then) boss, after praising my abilities as a developer ("We didn't know you were this good"), confessed that she was about to throw my ...
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My employer faked my resume to acquire projects

I joined a company in India two months ago as my first job. I was pulled into the project within a month. I am comfortable working as a shadow for the project. Recently I as well as others with 1-2 ...
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Lost motivation upon leaving

About to leave, and have now lost motivation to go above and beyond at my current firm, rather just focusing on my core duties and that's it. One of the main reasons why I have decided to leave is ...
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How to ensure ethical use of my work

I work at a college as web-dev contractor, however most of my work is on private servers because head of the lab wants to avoid bureaucracy. I'm very privacy-conscious and I would like everything that ...
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Is it professional to answer questions about self evaluation?

In our company during interviews or evaluation processes, there are situations that you are asked to evaluate some specific skill of yourself: What are your strong and weak points? Between 1 and 10, ...
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What to do when no company is offering reasonable salary because of the past company?

I'm new in the workforce. I have been working as a designer for past one and half years. The problem is the city I live in doesn't have much opportunity (actually not any) in the profession and my ...
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Company threw a surprise party for the CEO, 3 weeks later management says we have to pay for it, do I have to? [closed]

Title says it all. We were not informed beforehand, not even about the party itself and now, 3 weeks later our manager says we have to pitch in with a little more than 5$. I am not upset because it's ...
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How can I deal with a manager delaying personal side projects indefinitely?

I am a software developer for a large software company. This is my second software job post-college. A few months ago, after more than six months at the new company, I submitted a disclosure for a ...
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Quitting for ethical reasons before obtaining a new job [duplicate]

At my current job, I have been presented with an unavoidable situation in which I must immediately, continually, and indefinitely act in an unethical manner in order to stay employed. Even if I ...
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Feels like I am getting dragged into office politics

My technical manager and a Business Development person from my office have differences. They have complained about each other to the senior management. They are indulging in office politics and aiming ...
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How to stop co-workers from teasing me because I know Russian?

I work on a team of 8 people for a U.S financial company, and a few weeks ago, a business meeting with some clients overseas was taking place. My manager asked us in an e-mail if anyone can speak and ...
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Intern got a job offer for same salary than a long term team member

I work as a software dev at a small marketing company in the Netherlands. I have been working here for 5 years and really enjoy my job. We are going to hire a new software dev, an old intern that has ...
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How to properly ask a business to take down hiring ads?

Here is a simple scenario that I have seen often, personally, from friends and colleagues. Someone looks around for job openings, takes a quantitative amount of time to alter their resume, cover ...
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How much time/ Is it reasonable to ask for an extension in start date?

So I have a company that I interned at for the past year (full time and then part time during school) and I will be joining them for a full time position at the end of a study abroad semester that I'm ...
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How to persuade manager to promote based on performance and not just number of hours worked? [closed]

I am currently competing with colleague in the WA office for our company. I am one of two people (with my colleague included) being considered for a major promotion from senior engineer to senior ...
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Co-worker works way more than he should

I work in a research facility in Germany. I have lots of co-workers that are from other countries, mostly part of some international collaborative research projects. There's one guy from China who's ...
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Co-worker has annoying ringtone

There is a co-worker who has this annoying ringtone of "In the end - Linkin park" and gets about 10 to 15 calls every day. Every time his phone rings I get really annoyed. I feel like I should tell ...
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Manager is not replying about permission to use dummy data

As part of the project that I was doing at a company that I recently joined I need to submit a report to my college. During the start of the project I made it clear that I would need to submit the ...
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Should one do data analysis by fake data? [closed]

Is it ethical to use fake data in data science? Namely, I have heard two opinions. First collect data or get it somewhere, do the analysis and report, and sent the report to the customer. Do data ...
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Should I let recruiter know that I was interviewed with his company in the past?

I was interviewed and rejected by a company (branch A) a couple of years ago. Now I am approached by another recruiter from a different branch (branch B). After a short discussion she suggested to ...
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How to react to hostile behavior from a senior developer?

I started working at Dec 2018, currently, there is only me and the senior developer and we sit next to each other. He comes to work really early and leaves early. When I started working I noticed ...
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Notifying team members of missed work for bachelor party

I will be a groomsman in an upcoming wedding. The bachelor party was scheduled on a Thursday morning, and it's multiple hours away from where I live/work, so attending means missing all day Thursday. ...
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Can an intern pursue the company he is working at as a business partner for a student association he is also a part of?

Currently, I am writing my Bachelor's thesis by doing an internship at a technical company in the Netherlands. As I am a student, I am also part of a non-profit student association which works with ...
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Am I ethically obligated to go into work on an off day if the reason is sudden?

Background At my work, we have a schedule option where you get every other Friday off. It is the standard schedule all new hires are given. Today, my manager implied that I need to go into work this ...
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I looked up a future colleague on LinkedIn before I started a job. I told him about it and he seemed surprised. Should I apologize?

I was thinking about this and was wondering if my behavior is unethical - the information was public, and I didn't think much of doing so at the time.
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Can I make tutorials in my free time?

In the company I work at I was assigned a task that requires the use of a particular software. During the research phase I found that there are very, very few tutorials on how to operate it. I have ...
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How to balance my talkings with colleagues inside the workplace?

I'm working in a company as the only software developer and my co-workers which do website data entry need to talk to each other to proceed with their tasks. My salary is about 4 times of them. So I ...
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Should I tell a fellow intern that he won't be hired?

I am presently interning at a company as a part of my B.Tech curriculum. This is my final semester, and once this internship ends that is the end of my B.Tech degree. One of my B Tech colleagues ...
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Team member gave himself a new job title

A team member gave himself a new job title in his mail signature and asked for new business cards. I was the team lead and moving out of this position at this moment. I can leave it to my replacement, ...
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Change name of work on CV

I am doing casual teaching at my University (Tutoring, marking assignments and answering student questions). I am a data science student, and the papers that I am helping with are related to data ...
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Is it okay to share notes made at work? [closed]

If I learn a new technology at work (Ruby on Rails), and I learned it completely from publicly available websites, does that knowledge belong to my company? Am I allowed to teach others that ...
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Compensation for working overtime on Saturdays

I work in an American infrastructure firm based in India. We work on both American and Indian projects. My Indian client works on Saturday while our company does not. Because of the clients, I also ...
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How to deal with a rude and impolite receptionist [closed]

I'm posting this on behalf of my colleague: I recently joined a company in a remote small office in the US. One of our company receptionists (those checking in visitors at the door) is a rude and ...
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Can a startup still succeed despite inexpert management? [closed]

I currently work for a tech startup of roughly 50 employees, about half of whom are in the tech/product team. I myself am a developer in the tech team. The company completed Series A funding about 6 ...
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How to be diplomatic in refusing to write code that breaches the privacy of our users

I am a team lead in a company located in Manila, and I am currently writing an app that has a seriously questionable feature request for its Android users -- which is to secretly record its ...
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Shall I accept this “lunch and discussion” invite from a new LinkedIn contact?

A new LinkedIn contact that I thought to be a recruiter invited me to lunch to discuss about "technical environment" and "project management" in the company I work at. This person doesn't offer ...
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I have interview for QA position and I found a few bugs on the company's website.Should I mention them in the interview? [duplicate]

So that's basically it, I found a few bugs on the company's website.Should I mention them or say I'll send the data via email or this will make me appear in a negative way? From my perspective(If I ...
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Approach for leaving earlier

I am currently working as a software developer and was working on a project which was put on hold and its development stopped. After that project went on hold, I have resigned from my current role. (...
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Should I say that I am student on the interview if I am on academic leave?

I have been invited for the interview (paid internship) this week. I am a bit confused about whether should I say that I am student of X University (technically, I am, but not actively enrolled, but I ...
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What should you do if you miss a job interview (deliberately)?

It is a very irresponsible question. I had a Java interview scheduled today. I went near the office location and on the way I realized that I was not ready for the interview. The last year at my ...
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Is it OK to try to sell a software I developed using company resource to my employer? [closed]

Without them knowing you created said software. In the last year I worked on a software that would solve a business need for my employer. I did this with the encouragement of my boss who is chief of ...