Questions tagged [human-resources]

Human resources is the set of individuals who make up the workforce of an organization, business sector or an economy. "Human capital" is sometimes used synonymously with human resources, although human capital typically refers to a more narrow view; i.e., the knowledge the individuals embody and can contribute to an organization. Likewise, other terms sometimes used include "manpower", "talent", "labor" or simply "people".

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Issue with background-check on previous employment start-date

I am a recent graduate and I was given an entry level IT job offer by a large corporation not too long ago. They required a recent computer science graduate for the position, I met the requirement and ...
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I received a written warning for my performance, how can I save my job?

The Situation I just walked out of a conversation with my boss. The HR person from the head office also joined us via phone. I was served with a written warning 'for consistent disregard of work and ...
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What does HR do for me?

Location: England. Industry: IT, Software Development I recently contacted HR about my manager's way of communicating with me. My understanding is that if I have an issue at work, and it is not ...
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How to resign from company that will fail if I quit [duplicate]

I work for a startup in Ottawa, and have been with the company for just over a year now. The CEO promised me stock options, a massive completion bonus, and a month of paid vacation to offset the ...
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Does receiving a Performance Improvement Plan suggest my job is on the line?

Does receiving a PIP (Performance Improvement Plan) suggest that a company wants to lay a person off or fire him? If an individual is given this form should he apply to other companies?
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How can I deal with a difficult coworker?

I have a member on my team who acts like a boorish pig. He "borrows" my belongings without asking, almost as if he's entitled to it. Last time, I had some snack on my desk and he just took it to his ...
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Is it okay to withhold previous salary information during the interview process?

So here's the situation. I have a friend who is applying for a job as a Business Analyst. He has been working as a Business Analyst for another company for a year, but wants to move. However, his ...
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How to ask a multinational company if a job offer is not a scam?

I was following a job lead in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Finally they offered me a huge package. After receiving the offer letter, I informed my family. Someone in my family start putting doubts ...
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How To Build A Business Case For Hiring New People?

I have identified that we are under-resourced in our team based on the volume of workload and methods of dealing with this high volume - lots of task switching to keep multiple projects going at the ...
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How can I request employer to release for necessary documents on the last working day

I have resigned from my current company last month. I spoke with my HR yesterday, asked him that, "What documents would I get on the last working day?" He told, we'll send an exit mail which has all ...
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Omitted short-term job from job application and worried about background check

So I received a formal job offer last week, and I am now going through the background check process to get everything finalized. I have one job that I left off of my resume that was a six-week stint ...
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What are the pros and cons of escalating a personnel conflict issue to HR?

I work in a field where my work must be reviewed by a more senior colleague. This colleague is not my direct line-manager. On a number of occasions he has questioned my ability, and that of another ...
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Disclosing information on your disabilities: How and when?

I'm involved with several groups that work with people with disabilities (having several myself). One question that comes up for people who's disabilities are not obvious is if they should disclose ...
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How to request the password on a company's laptop that is dedicated for me?

I started working with this startup company 5 months ago. From the first day I started, they got me a laptop dedicated for me and I have been using it since then. last week, we had a push as we ...
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What does "HR is not your friend" mean? [duplicate]

We often get "HR is not your friend" at Workplace. What does this phrase mean? What are the motivations and incentives of Human Resources (HR) that might set it at odds with an employee? I think a ...
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How can I explain away job-hopping 3 jobs in a year?

I was working in an IT company as a developer, then I got chance to work in an MNC company as a DBA, so I joined the new company. After a week, they said DBA means "data analyser". I felt that I was ...
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Verifying education/degrees AFTER employment

As some background, I have been in my current position for just over a year and I have nearly 20 years of experience in my field with two bachelor's degrees and a master's degree. Recently, several ...
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Fired by an Intoxicated Boss

Last week, my boss was visibly intoxicated and told me I was fired. I asked if he was serious, and he said yes. He gave some nonsensical reason about me eating too much KFC. He then rambled about ...
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How to mention weakness in the self assessment section of an employment form

I have been trying to write this section of "Developmental Areas" in a employment form given by my organization. This is the place where I need to cite a few of my weaknesses. I actually want to ...
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Unproductive subordinate missing deadlines due to health conditions and problems outside work

I manage an unproductive subordinate, who has worked for the company for about 8 years. The issue was first raised almost 2 years ago, and has been gradually getting worse. The problem is not the ...
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How to bow out of a work commitment that I don't think I will be around for as I may leave my job?

I have committed to taking on a summer intern and am supposed to fill the intern position by mid-March. In the meantime, I am in the final stages of a recruitment process elsewhere. While I know ...
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Is it okay to tell the preferred company that you have received other job offers?

I have recently applied to Company A. I have gone through the 1st and 2nd interview and everything seems to be going well. In the 2nd interview, the senior manager told me that HR would get back to me ...
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Submitting a resume easily parsed by applicant tracking systems (ATSs) or submiting a nicer one with which an ATS might have a bit of trouble parsing?

Is it better to submit a simply structured, well-organized, very blocky, dull resume that a parser can easily extract information from when submitting a job application online; or is it better to ...
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Not getting the relieving letter. Need it urgently [duplicate]

I am facing a difficult situation. I worked in a company for above a year. In July, last year, I resigned from the company to pursue my higher education plans. Due to my highly hectic schedule and ...
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Will not disclosing that I worked as a contractor not an employee count against me in a hiring decision? [closed]

I recently accepted a job offer for a job that I really want. However, I did not include on my resume that I work as a contractor in my current position, nor I did in the application. However, I put ...
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Coworker throwing cigarettes out of a car, I criticized it and now HR is involved

"On my way to work yesterday, one of my coworkers was driving in front of me on the interstate. This coworker is a smoker. When they finished their cigarette, they flicked it out of the window. I ...
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Do I have to bring up a candidate's troubled history?

About 3 years ago, my coworker "Charles" convinced 14 people in my org to join a Fantasy Football league with a $100 buy-in. (14 people pay $100 at the beginning, and then the $1,400 would be ...
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A new company is offering better conditions, but I decided to stay at the current job. Is there any harm in telling my boss? Can I gain anything?

I got a call from a recruiter from another firm and they gave me a tentative offer that is overall better than my current job. The company was looking for somebody with my skill set and they were ...
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Should I tell on my colleague for not keeping to assigned work-hours and abusing work-hours as break time? [closed]

Update: Thanks for all the answers, some more useful than others. Conclusion is: I went to HR and told them my concerns about said employees behavior. Turns out I wasn't the first to complain so they ...
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If I don't have a relieving letter from a job, should I exclude those years worked from my total experience?

I started working as a software engineer for an MNC in India, right out of college. After working there for almost 2 years, I resigned and left the company without serving the notice period. I did not ...
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How to motivate a team when everyone is paranoid about layoffs?

More than half of my team has been made redundant already, as have several other teams throughout the company. This is not due to financial reasons (we are very successful!) but there are some rumours ...
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Should I approach someone about their immodest attire?

While what may be deemed immodest by one person may be completely different to another, my question does not depend on what is 'immodesty'. Rather, if someone were to feel uncomfortable with what ...
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My manager wants me transfer to another location that I am not comfortable with

I am currently working in a place that is near my home. My manager wants me to transfer to some other place that I don't want to go (family reasons). How can I tell him politely that I don't want to, ...
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How learn company policies relevant to quitting without revealing that I'm leaving?

I work in the US. I've accepted a position at another firm. The start date is about six weeks out, in the new calendar year. I have questions for HR about their policies about departing employees, ...
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How can I find out whether I have a blot on my HR record?

About a year ago, I was laid off from the university I worked for, after the division I was in was cut due to the director's departure. Since then, I have applied for many jobs there, and never even ...
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Gap of 4-5 months in my resume after graduating, due to health reasons. How do I deal with that? [duplicate]

I graduated from Computer Science this summer and so far I've been unemployed for two months due to a health issue that prevents me from performing properly as a programmer. I even had secured a job ...
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Can an unsuccessful applicant request an employer/recruiter to provide records about him/her according to GDPR? [closed]

Under the GDPR right of access, [t]he controller shall provide a copy of the personal data undergoing processing. During and possibly after the interview process, an employer or recruitment agencies ...
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Employer won't accept resignation, demanding that I finish projects outside my duties

Question: What are the things that I could do if my current employer does not accept my resignation, simply because he wants me to finish the job which I don't think is really my job? Background: ...
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What to do when a project is outside of my capabilities?

I am currently working on a software project with myself and one other developer (we are at an equal level in the company), however, we've been stuck at more or less the same point in this project for ...
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HR asked me about what I think about my colleagues when I'm resigning [duplicate]

I am leaving the company for another opportunity as I am quite dissatisfied about the behaviors of some colleagues. HR specifically asked me what I think about other people in my team in a meeting ...
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What's the appropriate way to thank a recruiter or HR person? [closed]

I would like to thank an HR person who has been very helpful in managing my placement at my current company, including arranging and organizing interviews for further internal advancement. What ...
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Accepted Offer, No Response From Company

I received an offer through e-mail 2 weeks ago and was told that an e-mail reply is sufficient to accept the offer. I accepted the offer immediately, but since then didn't hear anything back from the ...
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How to force disgruntled worker not to publicly disclose "GPL'ed code"

I'm currently the only HR worker at a medium sized engineering firm in Canada. There should normally be 2 additionally HR workers on-staff more senior than me, but one is on parental leave and the ...
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As the 20-year old founder of a startup company, what can I do to get older, more experienced people to take me seriously? [closed]

Edit: I am no longer the original user who made this post (hence the more recent questions I am asking are not related to this post). I'm the founder of a growing IT company. I went to a university (...
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Why would company (decision makers) wait for someone to retire, rather than lay them off, when their role is no longer needed?

I'm asking about companies'/managers' reasoning in general, rather than about the policy of a specific company. This is something I've come across a number of times, in/about various different ...
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Written warning from employer for following manager's instruction to deploy bugfix directly to production

I'm wondering whether you wonderful people here could offer me some advice on how to deal with a written warning that I received today. Background I've been working for a software company for the ...
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Was I subtly told to resign?

I am a junior developer, working for approximately two years at my current company. Lately things have not been great here (delayed raise, restructuring of the company, and lots of seniors leaving - ...
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Blacklisting resumé liars

I have been conducting interviews the last couple weeks and in some cases I had to deal with resumé liars. Most cases are just people who list in their resumés skills that they don't actually have. I ...
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Has my employer breached my confidentiality? [closed]

I contacted HR today about a grievance I wanted to log because of an ongoing situation. Rather than reply to me directly, the HR advisor forwarded the email directly to one of the managers who had ...
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If companies can afford a counter offer, why don't they pay that before the employee departs?

I've noticed something bizarre at two workplaces. As soon as I decide to quit, a cache of bonuses and perks unlocks. This seems bizarre to me because, if I was so important to keep around, then why ...
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