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Questions referring to how one presents themselves and interacts with others in a professional environment

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How late is too late to cancel an interview?

Question: How late is too late to cancel an interview? Situation: I started the interview process with two companies, Company A and Company B at approximately the same time, have been through 2 ...
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How to explain missing deadlines to superiors?

I was supposed to complete a task and I haven't. This is not the first time. It is entirely my fault and I don't want to avoid responsibility by making excuses, I instead want to own up to my ...
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Hypersensitive Hearing and Whispering

I suffer from Hypersensitive hearing to low decibel sounds. I can clearly hear a phone ring inside whilst outside etc. I don't care about the noise level itself and can easily block out normal to high ...
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Started a new job a week ago, I want to leave

So I started a new IT job just over a week ago. The interview went great, I met the people I would be "working" with and reporting to. At the time, they had a contractor in that was doing all of ...
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How to handle unfair workplace policies in Ireland? [on hold]

I am pregnant and struggling with insomnia and my commute doesn't help the situation. I asked my manager if I could work at home and he said no. Naturally, I am not impressed with the situation. I'm a ...
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Need to settle an issue with my manager. How would you approach a discussion?

I had a chat recently with my manager and he clearly has some pain-points, i.e. he is frustrated with something about me. During the recent meeting, he told me that I delayed one of the NN mio. ...
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How should I deal with my team member who shows extreme jealousy?

How to deal with my colleague who is very good, polite and respectful with me personally but when we are together in a group or with whole team, he is the first one to criticize or embarrass me. We ...
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Colleague blocks change request in peer review because of perceived mistakes in code, but suggested improvements do not work

In the company I work for, change requests go through various steps, including a development step, a peer review step and a testing step. On this particular change request, I have been assigned as a ...
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How do I complain about having sub-standard laptop compared to more junior employees?

United States, ~1000+ employees. I've been at my company for 5 years now. About 4 years ago we were given laptops but they were really low-end refurbished models. They're not much good except for VPN'...
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How do I choose the correct Japanese honorific usage for emails?

Just recently, in my company we acquired several devices from one of the biggest companies in Japan. We are currently re-implementing part of our systems with such new devices. During the ...
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What is the right verbiage for quitting?

In two weeks, I will be leaving my employment, in what I hope to be good terms with management and coworkers. I have given appropriate notice and am trying to ease the transition for everyone ...
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Unclear on tasks and continually harassed by another manager after a promised promotion was turned down

First of all, please pardon my English -- it's not my native language -- so if there are any mistakes, I'll be available in the comments section. I'm currently stuck in an awkward situation at work ...
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How to walk back responsibilities I've taken on at work?

Over the past few months I've taken on a lot of roles that I never asked for nor signed up for. I was hired as a developer. My boss took on a project in which I didn't have a say in the timeline. Due ...
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Can I quit a job after receiving a gift?

My boss gave me a gift, but I am actively looking at a new job. If I get the new job, it would be much higher pay. Can I still leave even though I was given this gift? ($50 value) I would feel awful ...
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How to deal with a consultant's difficult employee

We have a new relationship with a consulting firm that provides X service to our company. Unfortunately, this relationship has not gotten off to a great start; while the consulting firm is themselves ...
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Putting projects from books on resume

I've been reading a book called "Android Programming: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide". In this book, you create projects under the guidance of the author such as: GeoQuiz: In your first app, you will ...
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Why is it considered bad to “breach the line between private and professional interactions”

In an answer to the recent question Is it inappropriate to help an employee outside of work? It states that "you shouldn't breach the line between private and professional interaction" Vaguely ...
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Competition with colleagues, is it professional ?

We have a mailing list, where people can post interesting problems to work on. Less than 2 weeks ago my boss posted a very interesting problem. To accomplish it one needs to read a very mathematically ...
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Self concious about tics, how to inquire without coming across insecure?

I just started here a week ago and am not that much of a talker. My first week hasn't concisted of much work, but mainly studying up. I have a lot of tics (tourettes) and the combination of thinking ...
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What to do when my boss is offering to extend my contract, while I'm actually waiting on a better job offer? [closed]

My contract is expiring in a few months, and my boss has just offered to extend my contract. The problem is that I've received a verbal offer from a dream company, which would improve my career ...
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How do I deal with an autistic employee who criticizes teammates publicly and doesn't understand the harm in doing so?

I have a very autistic person in my team who quite often criticizes his teammates in public emails, causing lots of complaints. We are in a Nordic country and it is not very common to fire people ...
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Coworker presenting my work

Duplicate: That Q is closed as "not constructive" Background: I did work/research to implement a tool among my team. Team and management liked the results, tool was implemented successfully and we ...
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What's an effective way to handle it with a boss who seems to feel you owe him something?

I have a boss who reminds me from time to time that he hired me and it sounds that I owe something to him. It was one time when he told me that I should I understand whom I'm pleasing in this ...
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How would you answer a person who says to you “I would encourage you”? [closed]

I have a teammate from another department who can tell me something like "I would encourage you to do this or this". Honestly, I don't need him to encourage me but I also don't want to be very direct ...
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Taking videocall interviews at job location after my work hours. Is it ethical?

I am interviewing and most, if not all, video call interviews are set for business hours. It is not possible for me to take a whole day off for them, and it is difficult to commute home on time to ...
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What shall I expect from an architect? [closed]

I am working for a huge multinational software firm, and have been on job for slightly over 1 year. The architect of my team has 15+ years of experience. Th architect: Gets off from work at 3pm. (...
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Is it inappropriate to help an employee outside of work?

I have been known to be a compassionate person. Sometimes it overflows into my work. I'm a regular manager at a restaurant (nothing too important, just running shifts, blah blah blah), who has mostly ...
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Boss is an alcoholic, yells all the time [closed]

I work for a startup, my CEO is a drunk, loud and abusive. He yells at people, and makes it unnecessarily stressful to work. I know, there are deadlines, and we all are affected by them, and strive to ...
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What is professional language to say I don't want to work under someone for personal reasons?

I am a contractor, and I have just been offered full time employment at my current workplace. My day-to-day would change very little, but I would be put under another a manager who is a peer of my ...
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How to handle mentoring without giving orders?

I work as a system administrator in North America. My team is relatively small, and of our team members, I am the most tenured. The environment we work in is very complex, and there is no formal ...
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How to develop a skill to keep watching what you are saying [closed]

My boss is an introvert and has a slightly unusual character. It looks like he can't disagree or say no to people when they bring an issue to him. I overheard him a couple of times agreeing with ...
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Why it is not good to make fun of yourself at work?

I enjoy jokes and laughing, and sometimes I make fun of myself with self-deprecating humour. I've begun to think that this might have a negative impact on my personal brand - that is, how I am ...
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How would you deal with a colleague who arranges meeting with your manager to discuss team processes?

I have a teammate who pings our boss quite often behind my back (I'm lead for my teammate) and it is okay for our boss to be pinged quite often (just a character). This time he arranged a meeting ...
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How do I gracefully turn down a job offer at a company that I am still co-oping at?

I am currently a co-op at Company A and they have given me a job offer for permanent employment upon graduation in 9 months. I still have about six weeks of employment on this co-op term with them. I ...
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What is the most effective way for me to request to have my probation period ended early?

Here is my situation, I left my Job 3 months ago for a different job, long story short I hated the new job and returned to my old position within the month. Now I am looking to buy a house, and I ...
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How to tell colleague nicely that it is not fine to make jokes about my team mates?

I'm a team leader for a group of people including trainees. Recently, I had a chat with a colleague from another department and he made some jokes about the trainee from my team. The joke is not that ...
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How to handle a political situation on a call with lots of management people who can get easily confused?

I recently was on a call where we deployed one of IT projects to production with about 30 people (many from top management) and our technical support team. There was one person from the support team ...
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Is it acceptable to create a company name for my resume as an independent consultant?

I’m a former management consultant and for the past year have been busy with numerous engagements for corporate clients on my own accord. In this, I also draw on the efforts of vendors and peers. I ...
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How to react when your colleague answers questions instead of you?

I have a situation: sometimes a people from different offices in our company send emails and include a lot of people including my colleague and ask some questions related to my project. Usually, I ...
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Best approach to take when discriminated against on the job due to disabilities?

I have a hearing impairment, mild autism, and a few other impairments. NOTE: This is not a current situation, but one that I faced in the past. An advice for how to act if this were a current ...
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Crime record affects getting job [duplicate]

I am a sharepoint developer and i have misdeaminor 7 years a go does this affect me from getting a job as a developer
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Is it rude for me to ask for a reimbursement for a Government application my employer asked me to complete?

Background: I'm a University student that was hired for a short-term internship at a startup company in Canada. I have yet to start my employment, but the company has sent me an email requesting ...
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How should I address a popular team member leaving?

I had a "go to" guy quit my team. This guy always came up with new frameworks, technology, and all engineering stuff. Anyway, he did not really knew about these tech stack and always over engineered ...
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Strategies for telling my boss I will be returning to our old company?

I am preparing to resign from my position at a private engineering firm I’ve been with for 5 years. My boss and I were both previously employed by the federal government at the EPA (he was my boss at ...
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Is it ok for me to spend all day working for a prospective employer as part of the interview process?

I've been looking for work for 3 months now, while I do have some weakness I do have a set of technologies that is rare. I tried to give many exercises test but this one is different. The potential ...
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Toxic situation in big corp workplace [closed]

TL;DR What to do when your colleague get all the projects because he/she's careless of cumbersome task/change management, so therefore can deliver faster and you are left with less important non-...
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Is lack of passion a valid reason for getting negative feedback at work?

I have been in my current role as a software engineer for 1.5 year. I started there eager to put the extra mile and hours but I soon realized that I wouldn't get much back (recognition/raise/promotion)...
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Declining to interview with a company due to poor work-life balance culture. Should I let the recruiter know why declined?

A local employer contacted me on LinkedIn, but through my interactions with their employees, I learned that they have a poor work-life balance culture where employees are expected to work long hours. ...
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How to deal with colleague with distractingly bad body odor? [duplicate]

Question is pretty self explanatory. I have a colleague with whom I work closely with and enjoy the company of, however he has recently started exercising and comes to the office smelling quite poorly....
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How to handle a subordinate who asks the same question repeatedly?

I just joined a new company. My team of direct reports is new as well. We all started the same day. I have a direct report who tends to ask the same question multiple times but rephrased. For ...