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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How to convince HR to let my star employee work from home?

We recently got a new CEO and he took away everyone's ability to work remotely, including that of my most productive team member. As you can guess, everyone's productivity has dropped considerably, ...
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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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What to do after I signed a blank sheet of paper given to me by my manager?

I work as a teacher in a kindergarten for almost two years now. Last week, my manager called me to sign a warning letter about a small issue that is not my fault and not part of my job description. I ...
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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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Can I get in trouble for smoking on a video call while working from home?

Everybody in our office is still working at home due to COVID. The other day, I had a Zoom call with several people in the organization. Not thinking about it, I was smoking a cigarette while my ...
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Called into a meeting and told we are being made redundant (laid off) and "not to share outside". Can I tell my partner?

As title. Just been told we are being laid off, and asked to keep it confidential from anyone outside this room. They sent us home "to absorb the news". Is it really the case that we cannot tell ...
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Top developer doing more home office than allowed

I'm a release manager of a well-known software development company. In the project we work in, we have 1 developer. Every worker in the project including me (around 20 people, mostly managers) has 2 ...
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Someone from HR discussed my salary and bonus with external mutual friend. What should I do?

I've been in a fairly new intimate relationship with someone for the past 2-3 months. I found out recently that she has a friend who works in my HR department. I found this out when she told me that ...
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Recovering from an embarrassing misunderstanding about "New Mom's Rooms"

I am a member of an equal rights advocacy group within my company. We discuss equality issues in the workplace (woman's rights, LGBT issues, equal pay, disabilities concerns, etc) and work with ...
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Boss wants to replace a good colleague because he's afraid he's likely to leave

My CEO wants to replace our star employee because he is insecure that he will leave after 6 months to a year. As the project manager, I am tasked with finding a replacement. His mindset is based on ...
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Dating a Former Employee

I'm a senior, C level executive at a relatively small company (~75 employees). A while ago, I became very close to a direct report. We began spending more time together outside of work; first in ...
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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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Should I report a leak of confidential HR information?

I found that an employee who is no longer with us uploaded a giant Excel file containing HR information into Slack. The file is available to anyone in our Slack and contains names of all current and ...
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Young colleague wants to resign; I would like him to stay

I've started a new position recently where I'm managing, orchestrating would be more the term, a wide range of software developers. One of the guys, a 20 to 25-year-old, has seen his previous team ...
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How do I tell management that I can't work with my spouse anymore?

I work for a large company that is very short-staffed right now. About 6 months ago the team my spouse had been working on was in desperate need of another employee. My project was ending and my ...
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Why would a company not allow applicants to ask questions during a job interview?

Recently I had a job interview at a German company. Almost the entire interview was about me and my skills. Basically, the interviewers named a keyword from my professional field and asked me what I ...
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Meeting with the boss one-on-one but a member of HR will be attending [closed]

I have received a letter from my boss saying that a meeting has been arranged for this date and time, and a member of HR will be there. That is all the letter said. When I asked the boss what the ...
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I snapped at a co-worker, apologized, but now HR wants me to meet with her

I lost my cool after a co-worker sent an email calling out IT for not doing their job (totally unfounded, btw). When I went to investigate the issue, she confronted me and I snapped at her briefly. ...
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Why is there a stigma in corporations against revealing hourly rates and salaries? Anyone implement "transparent salaries" policy?

I always wondered about the stigma against revealing hourly rates and salaries to coworkers. I just started a company and we made a "transparent salary" policy where everyone knows exactly how much ...
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What to do when a sick employee doesn't respond to communications, and has important data?

There is an employee I have been working with that told me she is sick a week ago. Yesterday, I tried to contact her through the usual channels and she did not respond. Yesterday she told me that she ...
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Possible repercussions from assault between coworkers outside the office [closed]

Recently a coworker (who from now on will be called "A") invited me to A's house to have some drinks and snacks. I asked if I could bring someone with me (coworker "B"), and A said it was okay. In ...
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What happens when HR is the source of harassment?

The news these days is rife with the #MeToo movement helping women find their voice against sexual harassment in their company or line of work. Everyone who has come out as an expert on the topic ...
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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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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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Is there a minimum number of candidates that need to be interviewed before a decision is made? [closed]

Sometimes certain interviews feel like they're not actually seriously considering me for the role. For example, I had an interview the other day over Zoom. They said they were impressed by all the ...
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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 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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Employee questioning company policies too much - what should we do?

An incoming employee had signed his offer with my company. However, even before starting work, he has already exhibited a few signs of unhappiness with company policies and had an argument with some ...
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Co-Worker quit today, boss is pretending it didn't happen. Is this weird?

I'm an engineer at a small business that employs 10 people, well 9 now. One of our machinists that has worked here longer than almost anyone else texted our boss this morning and said he is quitting, ...
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How to avoid discussing salary during initial screening, leaving it for the end of the interview process?

During recruitment, I thought the best thing to do about salary is to leave discussing it at the very end, when you have "sold" yourself to the hiring manager and there might be more ...
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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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I've not performed well in my first year as technical director. What should I do next?

Summary: I've been the technical director of a project. It finished well, but I made some mistakes that I don't know I can fix easily. This also ruined my manager's trust in me. Should I go back to a ...
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Lying in Wellness program

Our company has a wellness contest to promote healthy lifestyle and well being. The contest is focused around how much physical activity you perform. (For example, 1 mile run = 10 points). The top ...
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As a Brit working in America, how can I get my American colleagues to stop mocking my accent/spelling?

I am not a person of colour and I do not pretend to understand the struggle of those who endure racial discrimination, prejudice and persecution based on their race or ethnic background. However, ...
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Potential new employer wants to contact my current employer as part of intrusive background checks

I've got a formal job offer, conditional on the background checks. Because of my sector, the background checks are being detailed and intrusive. The prospective new employer wants to contact my ...
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Company HR asking questions on my hiring process, should I worry?

I was hired by my current employer about 4 years ago. At that time, the company was very compartmentalized: every division had its own HR, its own administration, its own management, its own ...
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Manager is upset because I asked HR to clarify a company policy after he had explained it to me

I am a new hire and recently had my first 3-month review. I got an overall satisfactory rating, but was criticized for being away from my desk too much. According to my manager, my lunchtime (rarely ...
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Manager encourages me to take day of sick leave instead of PTO, what's in it for him?

Recently I approached my manager to approve my 4 days leave (Paid Time Off). He said "Let's make it 3 days and take sick leave on the 4th day". He does this every time I apply for more than 2 days ...
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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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How to answer "Have you ever been terminated?"

I'm filling out a job application that asks the question "Have you ever been terminated or asked to resign from a position in the past?" I did get fired from a job back in 1998. It was my first high-...
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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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Is walking around in a software environment typically allowed?

I work as a software developer. I have written on my personal web site that I find walking around to be an important part of the way I work. I see two reasons for this: first, I find it uncomfortable ...
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How do I deal with the political promotional items in the workplace?

I have been looking for similar questions on the exchange but I haven't found anything. Although, I have come across discussions on avoiding discussing political issues. A colleague of mine has ...
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Is hiding my friendlist on Facebook a bad sign for HR?

For a while, I've been wondering on what do I have to do to avoid appearing unprofessional on my Facebook profile—I have quite a good reason to think about it. Within this issue, I wonder about my ...
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Being asked to change my last name (in HR system) to work with IT systems

I've recently started at a new job. Since starting, I've been unable to access an internal IT system I need. Support have told me that it is likely because my email address has an apostrophe. My last ...
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Received broken gift at workplace from the company. What should I do?

On occasion of Diwali, all the employees at my workplace got a 1ltr glass bottle nicely gift wrapped from the HR department. When I opened mine, I learned that the bottle is already broken(not by ...
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Feels like I am getting dragged into office politics

My technical manager and a Business Development person from my office have differences. They have complained about each other to the senior management. They are indulging in office politics and aiming ...
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We are #1 in our industry. However because we aren't a hot startup anymore some workers leave. How to manage this?

We were a hot startup and, long story short, we've become a slow-growth (mature?) company being more or less #1 in our industry. However there are workers which are leaving our company. Asking them ...
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How should I reply to an email which feels unprofessional after declining a technical interview/test?

I recently got a telephone call regarding a new opportunity. We scheduled a technical Android test completion date on the coming Sunday/Monday. The other party asked me how much I was getting paid ...
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