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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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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Can an employer cut the probation period pay before signing an contract?

Suppose that an employee finished an interview in which the employer says: "I think your required base rate of 6k per month is acceptable." However, before signing the contract, the employer ...
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Can I ask for a job with a company and its subcontractor?

I connected with a guy on LinkedIn in an industry I'd like to work for. His LI profile shows that he has two "current jobs": one as a self-employed consultant and another at a firm in the ...
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Can I leave my job right after finishing parental leave in California?

I'm on paid parental leave in California in the United States. What considerations do I have to or should I make if I'd like to leave my job right after parental leave? Do I legally have obligations ...
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Stolen commission?

At my company there is a policy which states that whatever region the deal is signed in, that region gets the deal's commission. I've been watching one of my employees working on a deal for months ...
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After switching roles in a company, is it OK to continue some tasks from the previous role?

I accepted a new job at my company in a different department and have a new group and manager. This group does research on a different topic than my old role and I have a sort of technical ...
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How to handle when two coworkers compete for an external job?

I recently switched to a very well-known successful company, and now my current team has 1 open Software Dev role. I sent the description to two of my former coworkers (who are both still at my ...
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Forced into safety critical python

I'm at a company that works with electrical products and we have a raspberry pi based system which tests the products we manufacture. When it was being designed, my old line manager decided that it ...
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Going to a conference with a manager who has a history of skipping out on talks

A few years ago I did a developer conference with some coworkers, my manager included, and my manager and a senior developer decided not to attend any of the talks and just goof off instead. I, ...
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How to inform the colleagues that they didn't cite sources in their internal knowledge sharing? [duplicate]

In an internal knowledge sharing by a team from a different subsidiary, I found that I cannot understand a key point, and in the Q&A session I asked a question about that and the presenter ...
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Coworker is not taking the initiative and I am picking up the slack [closed]

My coworker (I will call him Fred) and I have been working in the office with our supervisor working remotely. We are in IT so aside from email responses we have various tasks that need to be tended ...
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Is manipulation a soft skill? [closed]

All my life I have been studying technical areas (hard skills) like programming, maths, statistics, German, data analysis, etc. That makes me isolate myself to learn this stuff and now I have problems ...
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Is it advisable to mention my next workplace in my farewell mail on my last workday?

I was in theory not fired, but there was a "polite ask" for me to leave. I found my next job relative seamlessly, and now I am formulating my last farewell mail to my former colleagues on my ...
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Accidentally saw a private photo of my boss on the workplace file storage

Today at work, I stumbled upon a collection of private photos taken by my two bosses (they are a married couple, and own the business). The photos in question are of a lewd nature of one of them. It ...
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Should I ask my manager to compensate for the unethical actions of his predecessor? [duplicate]

Some time ago, the company I work for decided to introduce a new way of assessing employees. According to the new rules, in any team with more than 20 members, at least one person had to receive ...
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(When) should you step in to defend a minority?

Top management at my company has decided to set up workshops to think about the future of the company, mixing together executives, low-level management (such as myself), shop-floor workers and "...
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Moving between employers who don't recruit from each other?

I'm working in the IT industry with a fairly niche technology (to the point that there are only three local major employers using this technology and "everyone knows everyone"). I'm content ...
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How to deal with workmate's constant promotion of conspiracy theories

After US's controversial election season, a workmate and friend started blaring conspiracy theories and criticizing the government over company chat in one of the channels. The occasional conversation ...
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Upper management assigned me to a project and is now ignoring all my communication regarding this project

Some time ago, I was assigned by upper management to work on a project with a client of our company. As the project progressed, the client became upset that our company hadn't assigned anyone else to ...
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Is this kind of testing appropriate?

We are developing voice assistants and when I asked the test engineers how they would test our new features, and I learned that they would build a so-called VIP priority test set(along with several ...
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How to deal with former coworker calling to help them in their own work?

So I left a shitty IT service based company, also served the 3 odd months notice period there. I had a good bond with coworkers there and helped them with coding because I'm good at it. There is one ...
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Supervisor perceives my question as offensive

I work at a Fortune 500 Software Company, It's a well-cultured company and respects openness. Recently my supervisor (Manager) pinged in our group chat and asked everyone to send our residential ...
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Does this make me an office snitch if?

So I was tasked with organizing and handling a large capacity of files for the Exec. Director. Last week I was told that I need to obtain the rest of the 5 boxes of files located in the basement. I ...
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Caught someone's salary receipt open in its respective personal webmail in someone else's computer. What to do?

I just stumbled into something that is both bizarre and confusing, and I'm not entirely sure what to make of it. I'm an IT technician. I sat down on employee Alex*'s desk, after hours, responding to a ...
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Contractor reluctant to get paid?

I am a graphic designer that was, until recently, working full time at an agency. Over the summer, while employed and earning an income, I started working on a portfolio of work with future plans to ...
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Senior engineer suddenly unwilling to do extra work they used to do after being denied promotion

I'm a team lead. One of our senior engineers, Uli, is part of a team of about 7 people that were tasked with steering the company to increased profitability (lots of work involving automation). His ...

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