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 visibily intoxicated and told me I was fired. I asked if he was serious, and he said yes. He gave some nonsensical reason about eating too much KFC. He then rambled about how ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Someone peeled an American flag sticker off of my truck. What do I do?

I started a new job recently and I noticed one day that my American flag sticker had been removed from my truck's window. I am heavily suspicious that it may have occurred while I was at work, and ...
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Told boss about racist remarks coworker made, but they don't want HR involved. What do I do?

I have a coworker who seems to make it a point to discuss religion/politics/everything most would deem unacceptable during work hours. The other day, he interrupted a conversation between myself and ...
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At new job coworker acts aggressively as a joke

I started a new job at a call center recently. The office is quite large and the company itself has about 50,000 employees. There's one guy I sit close to who is making me uncomfortable and ...
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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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Notice period 60 days but I need to join in 45 days

I am in a great confusion, where my heart says to leave but my moral says that today whatever I am because of the present company. Gist: I wanted to switch to a product based company, for that I ...
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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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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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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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New manager directly emailing team from personal email, yet they do not start for 3 months [closed]

New manager is starting in 3 months, and yet she is emailing the team from her personal email with a big long list of 60 or so questions about our current work practices. Talk about a poor ...