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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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Incoming splitting gone wrong [closed]

Six years ago I was hired by two other guys on an income split deal to build some Facebook games/apps right when the market was hot. I handled the programming/dealing with players issues, the other ...
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How can I diplomatically ask about a company's code of ethics in an interview?

I currently work for the research arm of an economic consulting firm, and one of my colleagues suggested I transfer to the litigation arm of another consulting firm. I'm concerned, however, because ...
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Is it OK to leave work early if the workplace culture accepts it?

I work at an office where everyone (I literally mean everyone), from senior management to the new intern, leaves work early on Fridays. I asked a peer about this and was told, "No one cares. You can ...
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How do I resign when I know my employer will lose a big client when I leave?

I'm in a tricky position. I don't enjoy where I'm working and I've been offered another opportunity. Unfortunately, I know the current client that I'm consulting for isn't on good terms with my ...
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Do BBB complaints predict employee treatment

I was looking at different companies for employment. I noticed that one might be a good fit, but then I looked them up using the Better Business Bureau's(BBB) website. It turns out they had 605 ...
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Is it ethical to read programming books on the clock?

I have an issue that hasn't ever surfaced as a problem, but it's a question that's been bugging me internally a little bit for the last several years. I've worked at a few different places where they ...
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How can I communicate I am leaving a company to someone I hired who hasn't started?

Although I am enjoying my current job, I am planning to move to another company as I would like to learn new technology. However, I think that the problem that I am facing now is somewhat ethical. ...
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Is it unethical to promote startups in the company? [closed]

I am employed in a mid-sized multi-national software company with 500-1000 employees. In our company, we have several employee organizations (clubs) of different natures (e.g. basketball, swimming, ...
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Is pressure on working while on sick leave considered mobbing? [closed]

I work as consultant in multinational corporation even as I do the same work as regular employees. Recently I've got ill. Nonetheless, I worked with it for a month before going on sick leave but my ...
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What is the best course of action when an employee's significant other applies for the same job as him/her?

I'm in an interesting situation as a project manager. We've recently hired a promising new employee and told her that we were still looking for applicants for the same job. A few days later someone ...
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What to say when a customer asks if you know something with which you are only partially familiar (in front of your boss)?

A while back a customer asked if I knew a particular technology. At the time I was demonstrating a prototype of a product we were already developing for this customer, and the company had a good ...
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Is it worth to tell a "Samaritan" (company mentor) about my story of particular failure?

Our organization conducts a program called "Your Samaritan", where somebody will support the employee to cope with the situation, listen to the issues and guide. Many of those Samaritans are senior ...
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Using gym at workplace during work hours

My company has a gym, a nice swimming pool, squash court, badminton court et al but the employees are not allowed to use during working hours. The employees can only use from 6 am - 8 am and from 5 pm ...
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How can we prevent theft of food from shared fridges by coworkers?

A company with several hundred employees has several office rooms used as kitchens - they are equipped with tables, microwaves, sinks and fridges. Employees leave their food in the fridges and ...
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How to deal with unsupportive coworkers

Some of our team is located in the US. In someways there is a lot to learn in my job. However, I am facing the following problems regularly: For any tasks within the work profile, the US guys discuss ...
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How to renege implicit verbal acceptance of a job offer

One company, let's call them Initech, made me a job offer. I didn't say anything like "I accept the offer" on the phone, instead saying "Great" (which one could potentially read as an implicit ...
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Bargaining for colleague's salary hike - Is this unethical? [closed]

I'm an almost 2 years experienced programmer, currently working as a team lead in my company. I'm the above average, geek programmer who friends and colleagues generally thinks highly of. And my ...
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Is it unethical to network into a job with a vendor contact? [closed]

My current employer has brought in a couple of firms to pitch us their product offerings in an informal fashion: "We're thinking about doing x with y, can you show us how you might help us with this?" ...
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Should I tell my employer I'm in school?

Should I tell my employer I'm currently in school to complete my bachelors degree? With my current role at the company having a degree will not give me a raise or a promotion. It will also not open up ...
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Should I reimburse my employer for 25 cents worth of personal calls?

I just got a new phone in my office since my cell phone no longer works in my new office. This month, I called home seven times, at $0.07 per call (<1 minute each, long distance because my wife ...
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How long after a recruiter's introduction is it considered ethical to re-approach a company?

Here's a situation: a recruiter introduces a candidate to a company, and the company is very interested in hiring the candidate. However, if the process at some point breaks down, how long after this ...
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How can I research a competitor? [closed]

I'm an engineer in a company building plants. To help improve our products and to improve our market standing our team is supposed to research all of our competitors, gathering data about their ...
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What is my obligation to my current employer when changing jobs is imminent but (at this point) not guaranteed?

I am scheduled for a second interview for a job with a company that I would like to have. Changing jobs would require changing cities, which would also mean more opportunity for my spouse. If the ...
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How should I [ethically] divide my billable time, when my work is mutually beneficial to multiple customers?

Consider the circumstance where someone works for multiple customers and charges them on an hourly rate. This is pretty common. However, how should an hourly, contractual worker bill their customers ...
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What obligations do I have when faced with a promotion opportunity that I don't necessarily want?

Background: I started with my company about 4 years ago in a role that was client-facing and was hired as a non-exempt employee. The culture of the firm is that people work a lot of overtime, ...
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Should I go to an interview I don't intend to accept the job (if offered)?

In a conversation with a friend, he slipped that he intended to go to an interview for a senior position in software development. I was surprised, since I was under the impression he liked his current ...
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How to join a partner company without getting in trouble with my current employer?

I work in the tech team of a media company, and we have recently started working with another company who will provide us with an API/service which we will use. Hence, they have a pretty close ...
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Scope of reimbursable expenses during an interview?

I am submitting reimbursement requests following two interviews. I am particularly interested in general guidelines, but have provided specific examples for context. I would generally expect that ...
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Ethical concerns when discussing technical issues related to my work, on my personal blog

When I fix issues, some of them are company specific so I try to document them internally. Others are broad and can be applicable to any one. I try to document them in my own blog. I am wondering if ...
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Is it acceptable to use pirated software on the job? [closed]

Is it a acceptable to use pirated software to do your job without telling your boss about it? I find that rather than getting your employer to buy the software it's easier to use a pirated copy to ...
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Does the average candidate have any recourse when they encounter an unethical recruiter?

If you've been in the white-collar job market for very long, you have likely come across recruiters who exhibit questionable ethics. The most common way I've seen this manifested is when the recruiter ...
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