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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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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. They ...
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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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Is it ok to put your name in a website you made for a client for free

A bit of context first, We (Software company) made a mobile app for a client, but the client didn't have the budget to make a homepage for it to promote the app Our employer said we're free to make ...
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Employer demanding "virtual police lineup" to identify employees who leaked salary info [closed]

I work with a team of engineers (remotely) in California (USA), and Quebec (Canada). Some people applied for various jobs at our company under false pretenses, i.e.: Attended the remote interviews. ...
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How to handle team-member that is thinking about leaving company

I used to manage a small team a while back, but I switched to another division within the same company a few months ago. In that team I used to do regular 1-on-1s to see if the people in my team were ...
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Should I report co-worker I suspect of embarassing/pranking my employer publicly?

My company has had some issues since November, when some managers decided it would be a good idea to "promote" several senior scientists and engineers in the company (by giving them more ...
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How to respond to Client who wants to hire me directly and bypass my "handler"

Edit: This happened Not to me, but to a close friend of mine. To avoid confusion, I'll be telling the story and answering questions in first person as if I was my friend, meaning, the software ...
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Employer burned me; Should I hint that I'm leaving so people aren't laid-off needlessly?

About 18 months back I made a case to my employer that I should be promoted to a higher level of engineer, "principal engineer", as I was already doing the work of one for about 6 months ...
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Who should pay for accidental damage if company didn't apply for insurance? [closed]

I've a company issued macbook pro laptop and recently I damaged the screen by accident, after that I have found out that my company never had an insurance against that laptop. Although apple care is ...
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Employer telling colleagues I'm "sabotaging teams" when I resigned: how to address colleagues before I leave?

Background: I've been working a few paygrades above what I'm paid for about 15 months now, and made significant contributions for my team and my division (i.e. stepped in for a drunken manager and ...
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If a babysitter arrives before the agreed time, should we pay extra?

Suppose we tell our babysitter to arrive at 8:00 pm, and she arrives at 7:30 pm. This is extra half an hour, which is quite meaningful. Are we expected to pay for this extra time that we never asked ...
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Realistically, how do I recover from a zoom screen share mishap?

I haven't seen any other questions to this effect. With COVID and the normalisation of working from home, there would increase of Zoom/conference call mishaps, such as Jeffrey Toobin exposing himself ...
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Is it unethical to divulge results of a COVID test to my team?

Background At my workplace, we have, in my opinion, an issue with being transparent about where COVID exposure is. I understand the rationale of being careful with how information is communicated: ...
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Ethical dilemma with customers serviced

I work as a firmware engineer in the tech industry. My division and team in particular works with client side solutions (v.s. server solutions), but has since moved to Chinese customers. From hiring, ...
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Should I take up with the new HR Chief? [closed]

TL;DR: I was terminated from a position which was "not important" to the company. The management was unfair and absolutely disregarded my efforts. Following "changes" which I was a ...
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Is it my responsibility to tell a team member off whom I think is crossing the line

I have a team mate who I work with in a project. In our team, he is the most talkative and treats everyone as his friends, even our Supervisor. One day I found out that he's asking our supervisor to ...
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Should I apply for a position for which I'm qualified, but is being unethically "saved" for someone else?

I work in the public sector (US) in scientific research. I have been in my current position for over 10 years and have done well, working on challenging projects, developing good solutions, building ...
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Is it a valid strategy at workplace to select the people you work and comunicate with and avoid the rest?

I am closing on my 20 years working as IT. I am above average skilled and loud enough to be able to gain focus, raise through the ranks and then fall. Have done it several times :) I have had ...
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My boss makes me use cracked software. How should I react?

I work as an engineer for a very small company which is specialized in mechanical engineering design & simulation. Since I arrived here almost 2 years ago, we have been using cracked softwares to ...
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Is it appropriate to make known a colleague using company's resources for personal use?

At my workplace, the company has trusted us with full access to its Cloud infrastructure service account (think of Azure, AWS, etc). The belief is for developers to have access to what they need fast ...
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Promotional Growth and office Politics- Talking points to my director

After lot of browsing in websites how to cope up with something i have witnessed lately decided to give it a shot on this forum to may be guide in my best ways:- I am a database administrator for over ...
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Client admits he 'adjusts' the sellers commissions

Working on a new management software for a company (<200 people). During the brief with the sales dep, all the sellers voted compact for a statistic form where they would be able to see and filter ...
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Ethics of spending one's private time to work with unrelated projects

I was hired for my current job (in a very old industry) around 8 months ago specifically to modernize the company's tech stack and also to improve overall tech culture by introducing modern tech stack,...
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How much honesty is too much when asked for the reason I want to change job?

I have about 16 years of IT work experience. Until 4 years ago I was a self employed contractor but I switched to an employee position. When I was a contractor, I always chose contracts with this ...
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Company banned references, senior engineer subverting ban; should I go along with free "workaround"?

My employer (3000+ employees) is a large software engineering company. The company is actually doing well (as per our latest financial report), but is canceling and/or delaying promotions/bonuses/etc. ...
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Is it bad form to send a quote from one company to another to get a competing quote?

I have a quote from a company. I would like to get competing quotes. Is it unethical to send the quotes from the first company, with names and costs redacted, to another one and ask for a competing ...
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Can we follow up our probation result?

So I've already worked for 3 months (probation), and today is the end of my probation. Well I haven't heard any result from HR / my boss (boss is in a different office because of corona) and I have ...
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Employee demanding company to guarantee counter-offer isn't his last promotion at this company

I recently had to take over for a second software team, "team Bravo", in addition to my own team, "team Alpha", due to Bravo's manager, "Bob", having to go on leave. This ...
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Underpaying employer trying to get me to extend notice period; should I just give excessive notice in hopes they'll pay severance?

Background I've worked with my current employer (Ontario division of a large tech company) for about 5 years now. For the past 5 years, I've been in a "senior engineer" position, but for the ...
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A third-party recruiter is asking me to share my interview experience with a coworker, would that violate my non-solicitation agreement?

I work at company A, and my (US) employment agreement includes a non-solicitation clause that's active during and up to one year after my employment. Recently I've been looking for other jobs; through ...
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Is it ethical and do you bill hours when there is a severe lack of timely access from the client?

I have a client with whom my hours are capped at 20 hours a week. This client is not timely at all, neither with giving me access I need nor with responding to emails. Last week, this left me only ...
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What if a company contacts you around your recruiter? [duplicate]

A few weeks ago, I was working with a recruiter for a role and right before the last interview, the company canceled and told the recruiter that they hired someone else. Two days later, the company ...
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Despite written warning, employees stealing toilet paper from the office

Our office opened back up about 3 weeks ago. With this COVID craziness, the stores around the office have been experiencing another shortage of toilet paper. Although toilet paper is available online ...
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How to make coworker more accountable

I am struggling with a team where no one wants to take accountability. I have spoken to team at least 10-15 times & gave them piece of my mind. Never heard anything back from them. They never came ...
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