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Questions about the workplace that may specifically relate to cultures, customs, or laws in The Netherlands.

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Will declining my company's many social events negatively influence my career?

I've been working for this company in the Netherlands for 6 months now. When they said they valued get-togethers and game nights, I expected the occasional Friday afternoon gathering or a game night ...
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11answers
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I fear I am being set up to be fired by my direct manager. How to save my job?

I've received nothing but praise for months since I started working as a developer at this company. I've introduced a few changes (scrum, Slack, peer review) that upper management loves. Suddenly, ...
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Is it reasonable to expect students to always eat lunch with the other employees?

For 3 weeks I've been doing a project with my school team for another company (it's unpaid). We make biweekly (twice a week) visits to the company. It's a company with around 8 employees. The way ...
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Abusive employer and illegal/void clauses in contract: how can I protect myself and my money? [closed]

I have received a contract with various conditions in it that are illegal/void. They, among others, circumvent employee protection laws, withhold pay and require me to be scanned by those airport full ...
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When and how should I tell my employer I have a chronic illness?

I have been working with my current employer for 7 months. I am an interim employee and currently on project that is ending in December. I have an 'indefinite' contract. (I'm in The Netherlands) ...
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Can a Dutch employer request a doctor's note after I called in sick?

I'm employed in the Netherlands and have been off sick due to migraine for two days. My employer has now asked me to provide a doctor's note for those two days. Are they allowed to request this or can ...
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Focus areas and setting the bar when interviewing students

I am being involved into interviewing master students applying for internships into the team where I work, and I am struggling with where to set the bar of my expectations. The internships are about ...
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Finding a company that is willing to sponsor relocation

Little context: Non-EU country citizen working in the tech industry as a frontend developer for nearly 2 years now. Self taught / no CS degree. The time spent in industry is not too much, but ...
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1answer
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Possible downsides of working parttime due to project

I have been working at my current company for almost a year now. Things are going well and I'm happy working there. I am now on a temporary contract (1 year) but this is ending soon and I expect they'...
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10answers
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My colleagues received a better company car than I did. Can I ask for compensation?

Context: I have been working at a consultancy bureau as a software engineer for over 2 years in the Netherlands. The company gives each employee a company car which can be used for both business and ...
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14answers
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How can I ask my boss to stop constantly “outing” me at work?

Context I work for a global tech company as an engineer. I was working in the UK up until very recently until I moved (with the company) to the Netherlands. Both countries are very tolerant to the ...
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1answer
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How can I balance requests by more senior internal customers and external customers?

I work as an application developer for a company that has one product: an administrative system for businesses. The company also uses its system. The company has a company-specific module that allows ...
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6answers
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Should I inform my colleague/manager that I get sudden “bad days”?

Some context: I work as a programmer at a large sized company in the Netherlands. I have been working there for nearly 2 years and so far (this is also my first job), I haven't heard anything negative ...
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How to open a discussion with management in a small company?

Situation I work in a small company of ~20 people. While this company was a startup ~a decade ago, it is not anymore. The people working there aren't "wild teenagers" anymore; some have kids already. ...
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Accidentally upset coworker, how to mend this situation?

Backstory I've been working at this office for about 3 months now and everything seems to be going smooth. During our company's time allocated for sports while we were standing with ~12 people on the ...
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New supposedly experienced software developer disrupting my existing work in volunteer organisation

Update: this situation is solved Read how it all ended at the bottom of the post. Background I am a graduating Software Engineering student, working as a backend application developer. About a ...
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In the Netherlands, are reference letters commonly required?

I want to apply for the R&D position in large high-tech company in Netherlands. I currently work in academia and I have never worked in a private company. When applying for the job in the ...
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3answers
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Male colleagues using female bathroom while specifically asked not to

I am a 24 years old female. I started working as a developer in a small-medium software company a little while back. The CEO was very exited to get me on board, as I would be their first female ...
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I would like to know if I can report a sexually explicit blog to HR anonymously [closed]

My question is: how can one report this anonymously? I was planning on sending an email with links and screenshots of everything in this blog, perhaps even calling an HR representative and telling him/...
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3answers
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How to deal with illness while starting a new job?

I am living in The Netherlands and recently left my last job due to a stressful work environment. However right before I left I became very sick and have been sick ever since. I have seen several ...
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2answers
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How long should I wait until I should hear news about job continuation? [duplicate]

I am currently employed at some programming job in The Netherlands. I have been working there for the past 1year and 10 months. My contract is due next month. The problem is that I haven't heard ...
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4answers
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How to find English-speaking science jobs in Germany and Netherlands?

I am looking for English-speaking science jobs in Germany and the Netherlands. I already speak three foreign languages, and I guess I can learn these new ones, but I can't wait until I am fluent to ...
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Should I discuss amount of sick days with HR?

The past 6 months I have been ill or working from home because of the illness for about 2-3 days a month. I realise this is not optimal for an employer, but nobody has complained/asked any questions ...
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Should I reply on mails ending with 'reply/call me if you're…'? [duplicate]

Last week I received a mail from a recruiter on LinkedIn with "an opportunity". In the end of her mail, she asked me to give me a call if I'm free and interested. Since I wasn't searching for a job (...
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Not yet paid for internship at a company i now work at [closed]

So this story starts a few months ago. I was doing an internship for college at a company with some other guy let's call him A who is well acquainted with the boss (he lives next door to him). We were ...
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Is it recommended that my GF mentions she knows me in her application process?

My girlfriend is going to apply to a position at the company where I work, because of genuine reasons (she fits certainly well in the position). She knows some stuffs about the company business ...
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Leaving a bad impression due to smoking

I'll start by saying this: Smoking is a bad thing, and you should never start doing it. It kills you, and is in no situation good or healthy. Having said that, I would request to refrain from ...
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2answers
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Is it ok for me to ask for money/gift card instead of a package for Christmas?

I live in The Netherlands, so I'm not sure if the same practice is also in the US (or other countries). But here, generally around Christmas time, it's typical for the employer to give Christmas ...
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1answer
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What are my rights regarding to (female hygiene) bathroom facilities [closed]

My company has just expanded and opened a new building next to the old one. My whole department moved into the new building. This new building lacks (imo) good bathroom facilities. The toilet rolls ...
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2answers
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How to socialise when you are from a third world country?

I am from one of these countries that have a very bad reputation regarding human rights, women rights. (But differently not me) I got a job in the Netherlands I am in my 5th week Employees try to ...
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4answers
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How do I address my new colleagues?

I will start working in a new company soon, as a developer (I am 27 years old). Shall I be formal with my colleagues and use Mr. and Ms. + last name, or is it okay to use the first name directly? Or ...
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8answers
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Starting date for a new job is a Saturday. How to ask if it is a holiday?

I got a new job that will start on October 1st (2016), which is a Saturday. I want to ask the HR if Saturdays and Sundays are holidays, but I am kind of shy. The firm in the Netherlands.
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Male colleague using female bathroom and not cleaning up

I work in a growing company with only 1 bathroom for women, and 1 for men. The bathrooms are always occupied and everyone needs to wait from time to time. My male colleague uses the female bathroom, ...
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How can I communicate my needs to my boss in a client facing role where I can not leave my post?

How can I communicate my needs to my boss in a client facing role where I can not leave my post without getting dismissed or ridiculed in front of customers? Note: Although I no longer work at the ...
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6answers
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How do I prevent my manager from abusing a contract specification that breaches my privacy?

I'm employed as a software developer. In my country the employer is not allowed to monitor your activities due to privacy laws. However, due to the nature of some of our clients, our company is ...
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4answers
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Boss says that he will put in claim for damages if I quit [closed]

Yesterday after I just left the office I got an email stating my work ethics aren't right and that they want to talk to me on Monday. I don't have heart for the company, according to him. The truth ...
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How do I promote myself so they will hire me at the end of my internship

I'm currently graduating from school and I'm currently on my final internship that will finish my studies. After my studies I'd like to continue working for this company. However I'm not sure how to ...
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performance punishment - should I go on sick leave? (Netherlands) [closed]

I'm an expat in The Netherlands working in the Dutch office of a large international company. The office is too small to have a trade union so there is no union representation and we have no HR people ...
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2answers
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My highest education doesn't reflect my skill level - should I exclude it from my resume?

This question is related to this one, but different. I feel as if my highest education doesn't really reflect the skill level I later developed. I'm an autodidact and dropped out of several high ...
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Team building events: during work hours or in spare time?

What are the pros and cons when it comes to deciding when to hold a team building event: should I schedule this during or outside of working hours? Assume that the company activities and the event ...