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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Contract company not paying

I took up a contract with an agency (we'll say Agency), for their client company ("Client"). i don't know the business/legal terminology to describe these -- but in the end, i'm working on ...
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Can I spend 100% of my paid time with pet projects if there is nothing to do? [closed]

I am working as a single software developer for a company with ~100 employees. I finished all projects and redid all kinds of documentation and improvements to a degree where I can't meaningfully ...
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Ethics of hiring interns for my team when I am looking for a new job?

I manage a small team of juniors in a midsize company. We are recruiting interns for 6 month internships for their graduation projects with the promise to hire them later. Which is a standard practice ...
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What steps should I take to use GitHub copilot in my work? [closed]

A few weeks ago I got access to GitHub copilot, probably many of you have seen hundreds of news about GitHub copilot, if you do not know, in essence it is a kind of AI that helps you create code, I ...
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Introducing a vacancy in terms of unneeded skills [closed]

Is introducing a vacancy to a potential candidate in terms of what they do not need to fulfill for the vacancy ethical? For example: "Dear potential candidate, There's a vacancy available at 'nnn'...
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Unqualified, but I am the entire department. Morally and practically, what should I do? [closed]

I started working at my current company earlier this year, and I'm concerned that I am wildly unqualified for the role. In the part of the world where I live and work, the standard practice is to ...
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How to Handle Bigotry in Annual Report to Shareholders?

I recently discovered a series of bigoted jokes while browsing previous years' annual reports to shareholders. A report from several years ago contained multiple paragraphs making fun of Muslims and ...
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Why can other people work abroad but my partner can't - is this discrimination?

My partner is really going through it at the moment... she works in the UK at a tech startup going through some fairly aggressive acquisition management changes, which are having affects on morale. ...
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I am endangering people's lives doing tasks I am not qualified to do

I am in a very uncomfortable situation. I was hired as a software developer, but I was somehow talked into designing electronics. I told them I can try, but I am not a electrical engineer. Everything ...
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A friend shared interview questions with me

A friend who works for the company I applied, gave me the technical interview questions without me asking. I knew answers to most part of the questions but I got tempted to read through the questions ...
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Saying "Thank You" to Govt Employees [closed]

In my country, Government employees are unfortunately known for their laidback approach and delayed output. Yesterday I had to visit a government bank for some documentation and account opening. After ...
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Mansplaining: Is the word itself acceptable in the workplace? [closed]

I can only find information from Google about the act of mansplaining within the workplace. I'm curious about usage of the word itself within the workplace. Is the word itself frowned upon in any ...
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Is it ethical to ask to postpone contract signing because there might an offer from other company that I prefer?

Currently a company said that they have offering for me and would like to do a virtual meeting tomorrow to discuss about the contract and sign it. However, I also have other company that I prefer and ...
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Would it be inappropriate to leave anonymous letters of encouragement around my workplace?

Being the type of person I am, little notes of encouragement are always a nice surprise whenever I find them. So, I was wondering if it would be weird or inappropriate to leave anonymous notes or ...
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Boss is suggesting I learn the codebase in my free time

I was hired by an investor to solely work on an angular/Firebase CRM/ERP system. The project was built by an unknown number of people before me and it took 7 years to develop the system from scratch. ...
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Is it normal/ethical to grant my partner a stake in the company to be formed just for contributing at first (without any success back then)?

One year ago I started a social media page with a partner with the goal of turning it into a business. Initially we divided work between us almost equally (posting the pictures, etc. however it was ...
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Company does not want to pay the hours workers were available when servers were off due to a hacker attack. Is it fair?

I work in the finance department of a relatively big corporation that was the victim of ransomware. The servers/applications that my team need were completely off for 7 days because the IT department ...
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Is it a big deal to send a Welcome message to a new client from an existing client without their knowledge?

So I've been asked to develop a feature at work that would give a generic welcome message to new users when they sign up. But the message isn't from our company; it is signed from the person who ...
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How ethical is to interview with company B after signing a contract with company A?

Question Context I've applied for multiples jobs at different companies. Just yesterday, I interviewed with company A and today I got a phone call from the same company saying that they're interested ...
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Is sharing screenshots of Slack conversations a bad thing to do?

Today I had a frustrating conversation with a colleague from another team that went back and forth. Nothing very serious, but just disagreements. After the conversation was over I just needed to talk ...
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Not being respected at the workplace

I'm hired as a software developer at a company that has sites in multiple countries, and I was sent to the sister location in the UK to collaborate in an interesting new project. I was excited to join ...
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How can I leave my current Job without feeling bad about it [duplicate]

Situation Im currently working in a small software developing company. By small I mean its only the two founders of the company and me. They gave me the chance to start as a trainee in software ...
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How to avoid previous employer who is nagging me to do their job?

I used to work for a very small family-owned startup with minimum wage, zero benefit, and it was very exploitative and toxic in nature. The family had other businesses and they used to run the startup ...
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Measuring quality of a new hire

There is a lot of literature about how to measure the quality of a hire. All I want to do is ask a simple yes/no question to my employees after 30 days of working with a new hire: Do you like working ...
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How to politely reply to someone who applied for a job on behalf of someone else?

So our company had a vacancy for a Senior Finance and Admin Officer. All applications came to my email. One person applied on behalf of someone else. It's the first time I've come across something ...
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Coworker asking to borrow money in front of other people

Summary: Can it be viewed as unprofessional/suspicious to hand small amounts of money to a colleague in an office setting? On two different occasions, when I was working in an office, two coworkers ...
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Have I made a mistake by sharing my personal life with my boss as he has started criticising me based on that?

I work in sales. My boss is a micromanager and trying to change my personal life by adding discipline to it. I am okay with that. What I am not okay with, is today morning on a meeting call, he has ...
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How to handle lying and insubordinate employee?

The company that I work for (IT company) has undergone cost-cutting and laying off employees. As a result, a few teams are down to one person, including two of my teams. One of these two, let's call ...
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As an employee, what exactly is the problem with hiring someone else to do your job? [closed]

This article tells the story of a U.S based employee (Bob) hiring someone from China (the contractor) to do his work. The contractor did all of Bob's work, and Bob just surfed the web all day at his ...
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Higher up ordered me to run a department meeting against my will and that by virtue of his rank I have to do so, should I report this to HR?

The head of my department (think "head of back end engineers") asked me to run a cross company meeting for the department, that is to happen next week because he will be on vacation. I ...
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Colleague I "hired" watching football - am I responsible?

I'm doing an internship as a software developer in a startup. When I had the job interview they told me they always need programmers and asked me whether I know someone else from my uni who would like ...
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Contract changed without permission

Before I state my question I would like to say that I'm not requesting legal advice. I've already reached out to a law firm regarding possible legal options. I work through a contract agency as a ...
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How late can you decline an internal job offer

I am working in finance / insurance in a rather large company and joined about 2 years ago. I have been quite unsatisfied with my current position for a number of reasons but I think the company ...
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Can I mention handling of secret material on my resume?

I have worked at the armed forces and have been granted, signed and photographed for use and handling of secret material within the forces. I am wondering whether it's appropriate to mention I handled ...
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Professionally Opting out of Inclusion Diversity and Unconscious Bias "training"

The public library system in my locality has for the most part taken a balanced approach to handling the "inclusivity" movement (the quotation marks will be explained shortly). But I'm ...
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A company offered me a job, can I tell them I'll ask others before accepting?

This coming summer, I will graduate from a school in my country (Italy) where I did 2 years of classes and internship. I didn't like the company where I interned the first year (company A). Last ...
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Is it okay to use the company hardware for a personal certification exam related to work? [closed]

I have a big Microsoft certification exam tomorrow, will it be okay to use my employer's laptop for the exam? It's a professional certification exam not related to the employer's Microsoft ID in any ...
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Is it appropriate that my boss patented my idea?

Last year, in a meeting my boss (line manager) let us brainstorm on a topic, and I provided my ideas/invention. I said that the problem is a problem in incremental natural language processing, and the ...
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How should a new employee handle discovering data falsification by their boss?

I have been navigating the workplace in hopes of finding a similar situation with a solution, but unfortunately I have had no such luck (perhaps by fault of my own). A friend of mine (lets call them V)...
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Servicing customers with disagreeable content [closed]

Our company recently accepted a contract to work with a US-based religious institution that is known for its conservative stance. For example, one of their tenets is that homosexuality is a sin. I ...
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Polite way to ask if senior management will screw me over?

Summary: Senior engineer left after being lied to by the management. Soon I might be approached to fill the role. How can I ensure same bad things won't happen to me? I'm working for a division of a ...
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Is it OK to be in an interview panel for a position senior than oneself particularly if that candidate originally interviewed you, few months back?

My manager was to be in an interview panel for selecting a person for a role senior to mine (I won't be reporting to). Since he could not make it I was requested to be on the panel which I obliged. It ...
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Using work that was done in an internship to create own product/business

I'm considering an internship offer at a company that does R&D work. If I accept, I'm going to develop some technology in this internship, file a provisional patent in my name, and publish a paper....
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Who in the company has the authority to fire someone?

Who has the right to announce the dismissal from work to an employee? If you're a small company of about 20 people and there's a certain hierarchy, does the CEO have to be the one that announces the ...
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How ethical is to ask for a voluntary excedence as soon as I have my contract renewed?

First of all, I don't know exactly the term in English for an "excedence", it's the right to leave the job for X time, but granting a place in the company after that X time. I think it's to ...
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Is it fair for my company to ask that I handover my "Inventions" to them? [closed]

I've been employed at my current workplace for a few months now. This month all employees received an updated employment terms document, with one clause reading as follows: This raises several ...
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As an employer, can I ask my full-time employee to help me with personal work frequently [closed]

I am a first-time employer, and recently hired a freelancer for a full-time job with the job title "Need assistant for a monthly contract requiring stock trading/finance-related work". In ...
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How to get rid of the freelancing work permanently?

I live in India and along with my full-time job (in which I'm earning a good salary), I have been doing freelancing for my previous manager (who launched his startup with some guys, last year). I have ...
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Is it acceptable to bring items from former employer to work?

I have mugs, coasters, etc. from previous employers that I enjoy using, but am hesitant about bringing them to work at my current employer because they're branded with former employer's logo. Will it ...
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How to politely tell a manager to stop telling everyone the both of you are taking a class?

I know this sounds insane because it is. I mentioned I was interested in taking a couple of project/engineering management courses with my then-manager. She insisted I take a certain class, which I ...

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