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Questions tagged [professionalism]

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

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Senior Developer Feeling stuck by toxic coworker and annoyingly jokey manager

I'm a front-end engineer and have been in the field for a little over 4 years. I feel like I am stuck at my current position, with no room for growth. Currently, I am a senior front end developer on ...
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Moving to a different country soon, when/how do I tell my team/manager?

Due to personal reasons beyond my control, I will be quitting my job and moving overseas this summer for an indefinite amount of time. I have been at my current job for about 6 months now, and I ...
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In a small office, should the project manager or the owner be responsible for handling tardy employees? [on hold]

I work at a small office of 6, including the owner. We do not have a hierarchy outside of the owner, and I plan on asking for a promotion (and raise) to instigate some sort of chain of command ...
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Framework selection stay or switch? [on hold]

I am not sure that my question fit to the workplace or not, but I known no where to ask. I am confusing since this is my first time in big transitioning non-tech to partial-tech company. And I am ...
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New manager said she has enough work to fill my schedule but hasn't confirmed

Background I work for various marketing agencies. The various agencies get different contracts from different clients who want their products promoted. Most agencies give only a few hours of work ...
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Best approach to remind boss about raise they mentioned?

I am an intern for a small software company, due to me not having a car, i often rely on coworkers or ride sharing services to get to work. My boss found out and approached me, saying that he would ...
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What should I write in an apology letter, since I have decided not to join a company after accepting an offer letter

I had accepted an offer letter from an employer 45 days ago, but now I got another (better) offer letter from a different company. Now I am wondering, what should I write in a letter to HR at the ...
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Should I proceed to persue a job, or am I being used as free labor?

So I have been looking for jobs recently and was contacted by a place that I had sent my CV to. The company director asked me to come in and I had a informal 1-2-1 with him in which we just met and ...
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What attitude is most constructive while working with a very sensitive manager?

I've been at my current company for several months. I have a boss with whom I really need to walk on eggshells. He reads a lot into the tone with which I say things. Of course, most people attach ...
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Should I express my concerns of a colleagues technical skills to my Manager?

I work with a group of geologists. We have one manager, but the rest of us (seven total) perform our job duties as equals. One geologist, who mentored me when I began this job, has made great ...
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How do I prevent employees from either switching to competitors or opening their own business?

I am about to start my very own small scale business. However, there is a huge problem I cannot seem to solve. My business has two aspects: the business side and the technical side. I am more than ...
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How to officially communicate to a non-responsive colleague?

I have a colleague that works in different building. I only know this colleague by name but not by the person, meaning that we never see each other face-to-face. I have a work that is dependent on ...
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Negotiations for terms of a post masters

I recently got an offer to interview for a post masters program. This would be similar to a post doc in execution, however the program lasts 1 year. However, before that offer I accepted a position at ...
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Will doing a project in PHP make me a pariah? [closed]

I've got a small private project that basically consists of adding server logic to a bunch of static HTML pages. PHP looks like the best tool for the job because this is exactly what it was originally ...
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Phrasing an apology/ correcting possible misunderstanding

A couple of weeks ago I met a highly respected person in my field working in a C-suite position, during the smoking time outside, we chatted a bit, and he was interested in what do I have to offer, so ...
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How should I handle an unreliable coworker that I recommended?

I vouched for a close friend of mine to get a job at my current workplace. 2 weeks in and I've noticed some weird behavior. He has missed some important meetings He has lied (twice) about a personal ...
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Fired from internship for insubordination. How to deal with future job interviews? [duplicate]

Interned at a midsize private company for about 10 months, mainly doing tasks in Excel. My boss asked if I was available over the summer and I said yes. They pitched a new and very complicated project ...
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Alleged sexist comments charges presented toward me [closed]

Today I got a letter from my office's conduct and conflict resolution department stating I allegedly made "sexist comments on two occasions to an anonymous female student". At my current working ...
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If you have no experience, how do you say that you're capable of filling a position without appearing arrogant?

This is an extension of another more general question on job applications that I just posted. My question here isn't about applications so much as interview etiquette. I'm an engineer and trying to ...
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How much food is too much food to take from the complimentary bin?

I feel very blessed to work for a company that has multiple forms of complimentary food offered. There is usually a candy bowl or Costco sized pretzel bin at the receptionist's desk, coffee K-cups in ...
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Coworkers talking on cell phones in the bathroom

I work on a floor with approximately 120 people sharing one set of bathrooms (one men's and one women's with approx 6 stalls each). There are a couple of people on the floor who feel absolutely no ...
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Coworker told me I'm distracting, what steps can I take to be less distracted and be less distracting to my collegues?

A bit of a different take on the: "My colleague is distracting, how can I resolve this?" Maybe a bit of background. I myself am a young developer, autistic and am working my first full time job. In ...
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Responsibilities of 4th year IBEW apprentice

Hey so I'm just starting out on my 4th year of IBEW (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers) and picked up a call for a fairly "wormy" contractor. They seem great though. I did have a ...
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should i quit my job? (currently a full stack web dev intern) [closed]

I was recently hired as a full stack intern by a small manufacturing company with the goal of creating an eCommerce platform to allow manufacturers to network with distributors. That's great and all ...
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Is it rude not to use honorific address in email to a person with a higher position from another site company?

When responding in a chain email where there is a discussion including our department manager and department manager from another site (different country). What I observed for my two years in the ...
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Should I agree or comply to record myself giving lectures?

To provide a bit of background, my company does both technical projects and "teaching projects" in which someone from my company goes to another to teach them how to use certain technology, framework, ...
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What is email etiquette while replying to questions from multiple people?

Me along with a senior member (Mr. A) in my team received an email (on Outlook enterprise) from the project manager (Mr. B) asking for our availability. Mr. A replied that he is availability & ...
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Teammate is avoiding me but won’t tell me why

One of my colleagues seems to have an issue with me. We were friends before I joined the company, he even referred me to the position I’m now in. He actually tried to get me on his team when I had ...
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Unrealistic duration for the task: refuse or start with understanding I will not do in time? [duplicate]

The size and complexity of the task I have just received (days only) does not match the firmly set deadline, when it should be done. How should I respond? Simply say I cannot do this in time. Agree ...
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First time in management position - slack workers asking if they can go home with several hours left in shift

This was my first time managing anyone. The job is to hand out flyers with coupons to people in public. The previous team leads had played the system telling people when they have given away a ...
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Structure for client visit

we have a very important client visiting our office. One key aspect of this visit is the client’s desire to interact with our staff at all levels, ask questions, understand what they are working on ...
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How to handle professionally if colleagues has referred his relative and asking to take easy while taking interview

There is an interview scheduled, and HR has revealed my name as the interviewer to the person (one of my colleagues) who referred this candidate. Now the colleague is continuously insisting I be ...
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Should I justify my “bad” GPA in my application?

I'm in the last year of my bachelor studies and I'm looking into writing my bachelor thesis at a company (hopefully abroad). Preparing my applications is do struggle a bit about my resume: My ...
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I just found out that my recent promotion comes with an unexpected 24/7/365 on-call status

I work in IT and was recently promoted to a higher position. While I was okay with the responsibilities outlined when I accepted the promotion last week, today I learned that it comes with 24/7/365 on-...
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Is it professional to answer questions about self evaluation?

In our company during interviews or evaluation processes, there are situations that you are asked to evaluate some specific skill of yourself: What are your strong and weak points? Between 1 and 10, ...
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How can I avoid subordinates and coworkers putting off tasks until the last minute, then having no time for revisions?

I’ve had a recurring problem with people I work with leaving things until the last minute, then when there are problems, having no time to address them. Deadlines for “drafts” or similar sometimes ...
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Company threw a surprise party for the CEO, 3 weeks later management says we have to pay for it, do I have to? [closed]

Title says it all. We were not informed beforehand, not even about the party itself and now, 3 weeks later our manager says we have to pitch in with a little more than 5$. I am not upset because it's ...
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How should I react to strange HR behaviour? [closed]

I've uploaded my CV to job web site. I feel qualified for this jobs, because few months ago I've successfully finished project of the same type. HR woman has replied asking for lower estimate of ...
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Manager quitting, should I ask boss to take new responsibilities?

I've been working for some months for a very small startup with a bunch of remote employees and interns. I work remotely, mostly doing non scientific research to be published in the company blog. ...
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Employee wants to bring in his dog for a kids event

I was surprised that our company didn't do anything for national Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day, so I volunteered to organize our own version of it (just calling it Bring Your Child to Work ...
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Vague Job Description [closed]

Currently I am a part time scheduler for a nursing home. My job description states that I am required to take shifts with our customers as needed, meaning if a companion calls out I'm to cover their ...
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Cancelling an non scheduled arranged meeting

A couple of days ago, I had this conversation with a client: Client: Did you want to have a call? Me: Yes, I'm available on Monday morning (9-12). Client: Let's do it at 10. Me: Ok. Now, ...
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How do you deal with a coworker who seems provoke you constantly?

I just switched jobs (I work on Qt based display codes; currently assigned to fixing assigned issues/bugs) in December. I was assigned to a project; good manager, okay-ish work, a polite client. All ...
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What is a polite way to ask for a status update

For years, I have used the following technique to ask for a status update for requests I have made. If I have not received a response after at least 48 hours and normally more, I sent the following ...
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Abbreviation for bachelor's degree with minor

When describing the degree one has obtained or is pursuing (for example in an email signature), is there a way to include information about a minor in a cleanly abbreviated manner? For example, ...
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The head of the IT department is unqualified [closed]

I work at a company where the head of the IT department has no background in IT she has been there for years. She knows nothing about APIs coding new software. The executive teams also have no idea ...
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No acknowledgement from the employer [duplicate]

I applied to a company for an Internship, next day I received a mail from the company saying that my resume is shortlisted and I need to complete a programming challenge and submit it before the ...
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What is a better way to answer than simply “I don't know”? [duplicate]

As a software consultant, clients expect me to have answers. But, of course, I don't know everything. Recently a client asked me a complex question and the best I could do was "I don't know" or maybe "...
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Asking a person to forward a meeting invitation

Is it correct to say "Please see below and Kindly forward to the appropriate person for participation" I am sending invites for a meeting and I want the person who is going to receive the email to ...
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How to communicate with client manager in an effective way? [closed]

Recently one of my colleagues has joined in my account. The project manager has yet to introduce this colleague to the client, and all communication between my colleague and our client is done through ...