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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As a new employee of a large corporation, what can I do about some disagreements with the company's code of conduct?

I got a new job. This is the first time I am working in a big corporate environment so some things are bit new for me. Right now, I am supposed to be studying the companies internal code of conduct ...
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Torn between (what I consider) professionalism and company attitude, how to proceed? [closed]

I work with software. I am not the most senior of devs, but I'm also no longer very junior either. Looking back, I see my own evolution and progress, skills-wise. I can confidently take on much larger ...
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Leadership refuses to extend the contract [closed]

I work in a company that employs people all around the world (remotely). Since it does not have bases in particular countries, their employees are essentially contractors that renegotiate the ...
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Ethics/risks on earning a double salary where both employers are okay with the situation

This is a weird situation and a throwaway stack account to protect me. I'm looking for some advice from you all to help organise my thoughts. The situation: I'm a software engineer that works/worked ...
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Company wants me back, but does not offer written counter offer

Please go through the question here. Due to the reason mentioned in the link, coupled with some other reasons like no salary hike for a year despite handling multiple roles (development, team lead and ...
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Should I tell my boss that the company is looking for his replacement?

there's one position between my level and top-level management. The position was open for a while, resulting in a mess, then we found somebody for it. Now I stumbled over a job advertisement by my ...
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When should I tell the recruiter my wife is pregnant?

I have recently received an offer for a job at a large company in Lausanne, Switzerland and my wife and I are expecting a child about a month after the proposed start date. I haven't told the ...
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Doing work beyond the scope of my role. Denied promotion recognizing actual role. Should I just shut down everything?

I have been performing duties outside the scope of the role I was hired to do. My role has evolved from a simple data analyst role to complex IT role. I work for a government department so each role ...
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What possible consequences can including the course on violations in organizations in university programs have? [closed]

University gives knowledge on a variety of professional skills. One important skill is missing in the list, it is the skill to detect wrong behavior in the organization. The topic is not easy, it is ...
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How to convey the thanks directed at myself to others who have given a helping hand to do some work

I have arranged to deliver some goods to a covid infected person in our office after everyone in the department has contributed with money. That is, the goods were from the department's collected ...
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Should I give my employer all my medical records?

I have been a software developer in a large organization for more than a decade. I have ADHD and see a psychiatrist every 3 weeks. Boss is now demanding access to all my health records or said he will ...
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Returning to an old job lost due to COVID-19 [closed]

When COVID-19 hit I had just finished my degree and was super excited to get back to work however with the lock downs and social distancing it was quite difficult to hold on to anything. However ...
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If you get sent home early (for no fault of your own) should you still get paid for the time?

What should a contractor do in the following scenario: Background: The contract is between the employee and the recruiting agency that got the employee the job. Today the work was done 1.5 hours early ...
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How to be independent at workplace while being friendly

At work places we have to stay independent to complete our services properly, right? In my new work place, there are 2 other girls, quite of my same age. So I greet them friendly and try to maintain ...
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How to discuss potentially dropping a Client I (and others) have a moral objection to

I work for a digital agency, and my team (that I lead) is set to inherit a long term client. Trouble is, a member of my team expressed a moral objection to working for this client and now that I have ...
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How to handle a low (read poorly) performing employee who was brought in by a very senior management of the company

As a Senior Software Development Manager, I am in a sticky situation with an employee who was brought into the company as a research trainee (without any interviews) but later moved into my project ...
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Company kept previous personal phone number [closed]

When my husbands left his job this month, his employer refused to return the phone number to us that he has had for 20 years. It had been our number for 15 years before the job, tied to all of our ...
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Former employee indirectly poaching engineering talent

I'm currently working as a senior'ish engineer, and am being trained to become a junior engineering manager in the next year, so the company's success and mine are intertwined very directly. About a ...
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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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