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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Manager will continue work on a project cancelled by the CEO

My team's project was cancelled directly by the CEO, but my manager has decided that we should keep working on it. In the headcount request spreadsheet for the next quarters, my manager is inflating ...
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How do I approach my employer about being force to work as a warehouse grunt while I was hired as a mechanical designer?

I work as a mechanical designer but am asked to move warehouse goods averaging 20kgs per box. The mechanical work I do is drafting designs for HVAC and plumbing layouts for residential/commercial/...
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Is being anti social a serious hinderance in my career? How to cope with it?

OK So I am looking for a job right now, was out of the country for some time and now back in trying to settle. I am a software engineer with 10+ years of experience, I am having a bit of hard time ...
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Apply direct or use recruiter

I have a situation where I was cold-emailed by a recruiter after updating a resume for another job. The recruiter pointed me to a job that after some research is posted on LinkedIn by a person that ...
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How far can co-workers be reasonably expected to carry people with mental problems? [closed]

A colleague of mine was recently hospitalized due to attempts of self harm. His marriage is collapsing, he has inlaw issues, etc. I am not going into details, but all his problems outside work have ...
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Ex Manager shares Homophobic posts [closed]

It's quite a lot that I wonder if I should do something or just be quiet. So, one of me ex colleague from a previous job, that I have on facebook, shares all the time homophobic posts (honestly he ...
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How do I deal with a co-worker that keeps making the same jokes, and same remarks?

Basically, I work in a small company that usually will have 4-5 fulltime workers at a time in the office. There are separate rooms in the office, and I share a room with a co-worker who I will call '...
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Promoting training pay commission draws for new employees that are not intended to be paid?

I have a friend and they got a job a few weeks ago. The job is 100% commission, but there is a $15 per hour training pay for 6 weeks in the form of a draw against future commissions. Two weeks in, ...
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Is it right to criticise other colleagues directly to the manager?

I am coming out of a contract with a company that lasted one year and half. In the end I didn't get a new contract, because as a junior I was heavily criticised by a more senior colleague. When I ...
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How to respond to recruiters that have failed to keep their appointments?

Based in UK for info. Over the last couple of months I've been contacted by recruiters on LinkedIn about job opportunities. One specific recruiter read my profile and outlined his job specification ...
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Am I being ethical or annoying in refusing to 1:1 copy another company's UI for our own?

My boss has asked me to implement the UI for a financial calculator from another company's website, specifically one financial conversion tool (as we have a competing product). The other company is a ...
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How can my friend balance not losing her job with reporting safety problems with the aircraft with which she works?

What would you do if a friend confided in you that her pleas to have cracks on an airplane fixed are consistently ignored? Is that a business decision you leave up to more experienced management, or ...
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Flying out to an interview but not attending

Recently a company contacted me for recruiting purposes. However, I have previously worked at this company and been fired under very questionable circumstances, and yet they are trying to recruit me ...
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Looking for new job while hiring - same recruiter

I am currently the hiring manager for a new position, and a recruiter has provided a number of great resumes. I expect to hire one of the applicants by the end of the week. I've been impressed by ...
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Super PMO taking credit for the System Design that I worked on from scratch for weeks [duplicate]

I work in a software outsourcing company. Recently, my manager pulled me out of my project to work on a system design document for a new application from scratch. The client is from a very well-known ...
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How to shut off an elder co-worker?

I work at a market research organisation mixed with many workers with various professions. I have a teammate who is older than me and has worked for 7 years more than me. Although, she has the same ...
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Should I ask my Boss to add my Previous casual leaves?

The place where I work, my manager enters manually the casual/sick leaves. He approves it by email sometimes verbal, but we cannot enter it into the time tracking system as he has only access to it. ...
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Is it appropriate for me to ask for a salary review although they did that last year?

I'm new in the tech world (2 years of experience). In earlier jobs, there was no possibility of a salary review but in my current company, it is possible to receive a raise. I don't know if it's too ...
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Reporting a local business for paying their employees well below minimum wage, [closed]

I want to report a local business, where many of my friends work for $10 an hour, while the minimum wage is currently at $15 an hour -- it has in fact been at $15 an hour for over a year now. What ...
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New job in a new continent: different tasks than promised, and bored to tears overall. How to professionally handle it?

I have 7 years of experience as a software developer and I just moved from North America to Europe/Lichtenstein for this job. My visa doesn't depend on that job, I can stay in the country regardless. ...
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Leaving work gracefully [duplicate]

I work for a large corporation and within it there are multiple projects on going at any one time. Usually, you get to know the people that you work with on projects and they sort of become close ...
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My office co-worker turns off my PC showing a political screensaver [closed]

I work in a big tech company, and a majority of the people in my community have different political opinions from mine. To express my political position, I have a politically motivated screen saver - ...
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Can I be promoted and demoted without pay increase or decrease?

I am a receptionist but my manager has been taking advantage of me and I need to stand my ground. He has promoted and demoted me because one of my colleagues was unhappy with the change even if I ...
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How to handle subtle strategies of disrespectful behavior? [closed]

The manager of our building employs certain strategies to maintain her position. A recent example: She commits an error. She tells the staff that the error was committed by the owner and that ...
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Should I remain in a job that I may have been hired for out of nepotism?

I was recently hired for a position that I am qualified for in the software industry. However, there were no advertised vacancies for this position at the time of my hiring and I found out afterward ...
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Manager Not Changing Errors in Online Job Postings-Suspect Manager is Lying

We are currently hiring two full time employees with 40 hour work weeks. The positions are Clerical Aid I and Clerical Aid II. The Clerical Aid II posting has more responsibilities than the Clerical ...
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Is it ethical to back out of final interview round?

There was a recruitment process of three rounds for research executive role in a leading market research company. There were 14 post graduate students shortlisted for the first round from the college. ...
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What to do if someone is passing off work as their own

I have a small business drawing architectural plans for contractors and individual owners. My field is very small so I know most of the people, contractors and owners in it. I give contractors a ...
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Asked to sign two variants of a form

At my workplace, twice a year, I'm asked to sign a particular form that my working hours are within acceptable limits for the organization. About a year ago, higher-ups started requiring receipt of ...
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Should I share a somewhat confidential document with my now ex manager? (They had access before leaving the company.)

My ex manager who left our company recently called me up a couple of days back, and asked me to share a document. This is somewhat a confidential doc, as it relates to sales. He could have easily ...
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does two jobs at same time screw employee background history?

If a person is having two full time jobs at same time and says he worked like that for couple of years, does this information show up in his employee background check when a potential employer checks ...
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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 learn?

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 promoted (higher salary and title). Now I am among the top paid engineers in the ...
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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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