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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I've increased my productivity by 40% by automating my job. Should I ask for a higher salary, or just enjoy having more time to do things I like?

I've worked at a company for more than 7 years and have achieved all stated goals. A bit less than 2 years ago I got a raise (salary and title). Now I am among the top paid engineers in the department....
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Gift from a contractor to a contractor

I am an independent software contractor for an IT company and a lead for a small team. All the team members are contractors as well and we're pretty friendly bunch. We go out sometimes for drinks or ...
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Unpaid suspension due to management error

Two weeks ago, I was placed on a 3-day, unpaid, disciplinary suspension due to an error in a database. My job involves manually entering data into a database. When roughly three consecutive entries ...
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Applying for a job when you have signed an offer for fresh grad?

I am fresh out of university (CS degree) and was able to secure a job with the help of university with the condition that I will join it later on (as not joining strains university relations with the ...
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Wallpaper on my Computer

I am working as a PCB design Engineer and I am a big fan of Breaking Bad. So can I keep an image from Breaking Bad series as my desktop wallpaper? Edit:- As I am a design Engineer my manger and my ...
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My boss copied all his files from his cell phone - with some inappropriate content - to a public folder on our company. Should I delete it?

We have a file server on our company network with a public folder for employees to share files. Each folder is based on the employee's name, but it's read/write accessible to all. It seems that my ...
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Sending department-wide non-work emails to colleagues. Is it rude?

I really would like to send an email to all the colleagues working in my department about tomorrow's strike and the recent UN report about climate change with some links in order to raise their ...
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Client wants me to do something explicitly illegal

I work as a freelancer, alongside my regular dayjob, for several different people with all sorts of odd needs for software. One those clients asked me to do something highly illegal. This isn't ...
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I don't have very much work to do. What should I do about it? [duplicate]

Backstory: I'm an Electrical Engineer (EE) at a small company that makes biometric sensors, I started about a year and a half ago (third professional job post college). I have a BS in Electrical ...
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Is this contract requiring me to repay training costs enforceable?

I recently applied for a job in a different department for the (UK) company I already worked for and was successful. The initial appointment letter I received (to confirm I had the job) did not ...
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Being lied to and used

So I started at my job two and a half years ago. Before I started working at a company in Tualatin Oregon, I was told the company had suffered through a hardship, and was in a salary freeze and would ...
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My company sends extremely sensitive data to a contractor in China, but says it doesn't. Should I do anything?

I work as a developer in a midsized startup that has around 200 people and ~50k customers. Our privacy policy says we don't share customer data with any third party, except that we certainly do - we ...
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My boss wants me to recreate everything I have done for my previous employer

I was working in a start up until July, and I resigned to move to another continent. This start up is selling a specific product available in a SaaS Platform for retailers, no other company is doing ...
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Work ethic ,Simulating activity and being loud [closed]

I have the following situation and I'm not sure how to react. In my team there are three members: A Junior with 2 years of experience Myself and another Senior with 15+ years of experience (...
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Can I open source a project that I developed for my organization at my workplace? [closed]

I have created a project for use in my other office projects and I am the only author of it. My project does not use any code from any of my organization's products or its licensed projects. My ...
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Is it acceptable to give manager feedback about something that didn't happen to me, specifically?

I have a coworker, let's call them Morgan. Morgan is a minority, the same as me, we are not friends but I can't help but feel some camaraderie towards them since we are in the same situation. Recently ...
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Is it unprofessional to speculate at work?

Through out my career, I've stuck to the golden rule of not saying anything about person X if I can not say the said thing in front of person X. However, I notice that, at my current work-place ...
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Is it ethical to single-out and fire someone for drinking at lunch when the manager and co-workers did the same?

After 28 very successful days outperforming others in the office, I was fired. From my first day the manager and 5-6 others would have lunch. Manager bought drinks. I thought this was unusual, but ...
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(Would be) teammate called me privately to tell me he does not wish to work with me

I've never faced anything of this sort before. I interviewed at this firm for a position, for which I was rejected, but after the interview the manager requested if he could hold on to my resume for ...
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Left a meeting without apparent reason. What to do?

What happened: I work in a big company. I left my daily standup meeting and returned to my desk before the meeting ended, without no apparent reason and with all the people wondering why. Why: I come ...
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Can I connect with a future coworker? If so, how much information can I share?

I am considering a managerial position in a different organization at my university. After going through my internal connections, I was led to the email address of who would be my future coworker. We ...
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Is it appropriate to screen out a job candidate because I had a past sexual encounter with them?

I'm hiring for a contract position through an agency. We're a small investment company and I am one of the people this position will report to. The agency sent me the resume of a candidate that looked ...
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Senior manager passing my own work off as his own

I work for a UK start-up company. It has come to my knowledge that a member of senior management is attempting to pass off my own work as his own, as part of his PhD thesis. The individual in question ...
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Should I respond to a sabotage accusation e-mail at work?

I'm currently serving my notice period at my current job. There has been an e-mail sent to multiple people (naming 16 people including me) where an accusation of sabotage is made. I have done ...
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My company wants to hide the fact that I'm leaving by announcing I'm on a sick leave

I'm working for company A. Company A is outsourcing me to company B, and company B is outsourcing me to the company C, where I work on a project for a client. I'm leaving the company A soon, and my ...
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Interview for a different position turned me off to the company, should I tell the recruiter?

so I went to a conference the other day and had a talk with a company at a booth about a position that really excited me. The recruiters there also really liked me and we struck up a really good ...
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Working for a big company “through” another small company. Can I say I'm working for the first? [duplicate]

Scenario: I'm 20 (pursuing a degree in Computer Engineering) and a self-employed IT consultant with VAT number and everything needed here (Italy). For the past 2 years, I've been working for ...
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How to deal with team lead who keeps recommending you new jobs?

Background: I've just joined the firm a month ago and on my first week, I realized there's a mismatch in skills and expectations. Coming from an intensive consulting background to a more relaxed ...
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Can an invitation to lunch be considered an attempted bribe?

My job involves me visiting the offices of several different customers, often the whole day. Usually, for lunchtime, I either bring my own food, buy something from a local store close to the customer'...
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Should I move out of my consulting company without informing my boss?

I am currently working in Europe as a consultant in my native country. I have been looking for a new job in Asia for several months, and I have told it to my boss. He told me he would try to start a ...
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What can I do to avoid potential charges for bribery?

I am currently in charge of contracts for my employer. In the recent e-mail to the current holder of the service contract for the company, I casually stated that I wished to have a few Bonsai trees ...
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How to approach a potential switch from consultant to employee?

I have been working as a technical consultant (software/IT in Sweden) at company "Firm". My current assignment for the last 18 months has been at company "Client". I get along great with colleagues/...
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Compliance: Boss asked to buy software for team, that i built privately

I work in Germany in the private sector, medium size: 2000-5000 employees. I work in an IT Department. Short Version: Boss asked to buy software for team, that i built on my own time I didn't build ...
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As “database reporting analyst” I have access to privileged info & the company isn't doing well, how to avoid appearing improper if I leave?

I'm a "database reporting analyst" and what I mostly do is build pre-made reports (specified by key people in the business such as Directors) and create "one off" reports when they are needed for a ...
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Employee abused reward redemption program [closed]

I recently allocated rewards points to each of my employees and let them pick out their own reward. I specifically told one employee she could use 1,000,000 points for her. I just did some checking ...
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Can my former employer sue me if I don't give them the photos I took (taking pictures was not part of my job description)?

I was hired by a company to run demos and do merchandising for their product. Managers found out that I have experience as a photographer and asked me to run a photoshoot for them with the promise ...
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Manager encourages me to take day of sick leave instead of PTO, what's in it for him?

Recently I approached my manager to approve my 4 days leave (Paid Time Off). He said "Let's make it 3 days and take sick leave on the 4th day". He does this every time I apply for more than 2 days ...
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Discussing chances of pay review

I'm 2 weeks away from finishing my probation period. Recently, things changed for me as my aunt died which leaves me and my wife as their guardian plus my boy started school and another is on its ...
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Is it appropriate to CC a lot of people on an email?

A friend called me yesterday and said that he was upset about an email where his supervisor's secretary sent an email that listed four people and cc-ed a number of administrators. A deadline was ...
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Is it ethical to hire the fiance of an employee? [closed]

I work for a large company and my direct supervisor has brought a vendor onboard who is the fiancé of a fellow workmate of mine. Is this ethical?
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Reimbursing travel costs for interview over

I am interviewing for 2 very interesting positons, for which the companies are okay flying me and have me stay for X days at their location. Lets say that the travel costs involved are significant, ...
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Should internal documentation use citations that follow academic standards?

My work experience has mostly been in academia. Recently I began work in a startup software company. One of my team members has the task of developing documentation. My concern is the prepared ...
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Constantly being asked to create documents I think are silly [closed]

I am an IT employee. In my workplace, my immediate seniors or higher level management everyday ask for a Knowledge Transfer document or an App understanding document or some other silly document where ...
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I am OverLordGoldDragon. Do employers care?

My "online name" is, universally, OverLordGoldDragon. It bears a long history of associated accounts, including some relevant to my future job prospects - like StackExchange and Github. I additionally ...
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Bypassing recruiter after talking to company employee?

I'm having a bit of a moral dilemma with a job application: A friend sent me a role advertised by a recruitment agency, who I then contacted and met with to discuss said role. Following from this ...
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Can my boss have me edit his school papers?

I'm an intern at a social services non-profit. My boss, being a non-native English speaker, asked me to edit some of his papers for grammar. They're for a class that he's taking and concern social ...
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Notification of Employee's involved in Third Party Data Breach - Obligation to inform?

Should it be disclosed to a company that a number of their employees have been involved in a data breach, particularly one that has released special category or sensitive information; what is standard ...
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What are the potential repercussions of taking company files to a new job? [closed]

I have access to amazing engineering designs and calculation spreadsheets for every imaginable civil engineering project. Is it okay to take copies for use at my new job, to facilitate future project ...
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Boss wants me to ignore a software API license

I am a software developer at a European company. My boss wants me to develop some software that consumes an external API and stores the received data in our own database. The policy of the external ...
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How effective are Employee Engagement Surveys? (Employee Perspective)

Our organisation conducts Employee Engagement Surveys to get the feedback from emoyees. The surveys are being conducted by third party vendor named Quantum Workplace. The exact words written in a ...