Questions tagged [professionalism]

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

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How to praise other people's work without sounding patronizing or insincere?

I recently started working with someone who throws around a lot of light praise to others, such as "good job on that!" "nice work" or "keep it up". He seems sincere but ...
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How to make coworker more accountable

I am struggling with a team where no one wants to take accountability. I have spoken to team at least 10-15 times & gave them piece of my mind. Never heard anything back from them. They never came ...
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Change of the hairstyle had dramatic effects on personal relations [closed]

To provide some background I work in tech job which overlaps with academia, think mix of college, software and IT company, I`ve been quite fond of horizontal mobility, flexibility and ability to ...
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A coworker stole a video game I was selling to a friend while i was working. Should I call police?

I work at a McDonald's on night shift. I was selling a PlayStation 3 and some games to one of my coworkers. Another coworker wanted me to sell him the system and games but I held firm that I had ...
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Co-worker avoided/missed answering part of an email. How do I politely remind them?

I wrote an email to someone who's a manager on another team, and there were two parts to it that were labeled 1. and 2., but she only answered the second question. I had CC'd two people in the email ...
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What to do when my project status update is politicize?

I think I just landed myself in a soup. I work for a company COM which has multiple engagements with a client. We have two projects running PRJ1 and PRJ2. I am part of PRJ2. My managers at PRJ2 (...
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Should I tell my manager that I want quit in 2-4 months? Or should I keep my plans to myself? [duplicate]

I just wonder if I should tell my manager that I want to quit in a few months from now or not. Below I am going to provide you with some context and description of my current situation. Basically I am ...
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Dealing with “Why didn't you do it some other way?” questions

The scenario is usually similar to this: I am presenting my work, which involves software related decisions and scientific related methods. I have almost no direct management from my actual managers ...
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How do I tell my boss that his contributions to projects are terrible?

I make lesson plans for a small education business. It's small enough that my boss is the owner of the company and tends to directly contribute and make changes to these lessons. My problem is that a ...
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Part of an HR plot without knowing it: are these HR machinations normal?

This question derives from the outcome of my other one and what happened next. For all the details, please read the linked question. After M joined back the company, they organized a party with myself,...
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Being a good mentor to software developers whose skills are below-par

For the last ten years, I have worked as the only senior developer in a team of 4-5 developers within a larger organisation, supporting a range of corporate systems. Within the first couple of years, ...
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Is it realistic to seek employment after 30 in software industry?

Two years ago I was working as a game developer in a relatively small company, which was acquired by one of the more big-name corporations. Needless to say this change of hands was followed by large ...
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How can I convince my at-risk employees to come to the office? [closed]

A few of the developers at my company want to work from home because they have "pre-existing conditions" that mean they are "at risk" from COVID. I am firmly against this, as I ...
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Feeling unmotivated to do work due to correspondence

Lately, I been very unmotivated to work/complete task. I posted a post here about how to bring probation topic with the manager whilst the company is preparing for a launch. I followed the advice as ...
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Company has been highly invested in my training. Is it okay to leave?

I just hit the 3 year mark at a company (my first professional experience in the software industry). Over the last year, they've been investing in me by training me on a lot of new tools & paying ...
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How to manage the team efficiently in my new position as an inexperienced lead?

Background I have been working as a Software developer for more than seven years. I am going to start working on a new position as a Lead software developer in a new company. The company has a complex ...
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Should I contact a company whose interview offer I ignored to apologize?

More than a year ago I was looking for a job and after accepting an offer, I received an invitation to interview with another company (1st round of a typically two rounds process). It was my first ...
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Is it appropriate to mute others in a video call

Due to COVID-19, my company has gone completely remote and all of our meetings are conducted over voice-call software (e.g. Skype, Zoom, Teams - usually without using video) that allows any invitee to ...
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I told off a consultant and it affected my job

My company hired a consultant to work alongside me and help convert our apps to a new technology. For months, while he did the work, he insinuated that my coding style was terrible and that I'm in the ...
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Coworker Keeps posting political messages in a group chat

At work, another coworker created a group (slack) chat originally to discuss work related matters for all of us in similar positions. While we all share the same type of position, this coworker is ...
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Is this considered me going behind my manager's back?

Before him going out on vacation, I negotiated with my manager on the specs of my new laptop (as well as the budget) and we settled on a model and specs. Today, out of curiosity, I asked our head ...
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I have a job offer, but only plan to work 4 months until the January 2021 period. What do I tell the employers?

I recently got an offer for a Software Engineering firm to start working in Sep 2020. I haven't been getting much luck in the job search, and due to COVID many of the companies that I would've liked ...
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Point out coworker's lack of professionalism without creating conflict

So, recently I have been dealing with what can only be described as lack of professionalism on one of my coworker's part. Usually I wouldn't mind, but it's become so frequent that it negatively impact ...
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how to talk to manager about missed twice delayed deadline

I took a task which our TL/team couldn't do but it soon exploded into a mammoth of a task and only way to make it work is to make it from scratch whilst the deadline was 3rd July (I wanted to prove ...
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Can you use the academical Post-nominal letters without finishing the course?

A student taken her Master's degree but eventually didn't complete her study. She only finished 36 units out of prescribed 42 units. Can she use her Post-nominal degree even she didn't complete her 42 ...
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Refusing to increment productivity beyond salary raise

A software engineer in the team I lead was a very good worker and in the last two rounds and got a salary increase of the maximum the company allows. A couple of months ago, he said he was very ...
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Asked to add someone who got their last manager fired to my team, am I right to be concerned?

I am a team leader* of 3 teams in a quite big company (about 1500 employees around the world and about 300 in my office, the headquarter). Recently I was asked to add a person (call them X) to one of ...
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Client wants me to interact with their end-customer, but through client's company email

I develop software and sell licenses to a client in a relationship that is technically non-exclusive but so far has been exclusive in practice i.e. they are an important client to me. My client (let's ...
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How do I impress a senior developer?

I’m a relatively new developer. I’ve been doing development for four years. I think I’m competent at what I’m doing for my level. I’m a fast learner of new technologies and code bases. I’m also good ...
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Employee Test Result Failure Revealed

I recently (and embarrasingly) failed an email phishing test at work when I should have known better. At the time I was distracted and not paying attention properly and it caught me out, which proves ...
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How to disclose a temporary job?

I recently got laid off in early April. I don't have any savings so I took a job since in late April to pay the bills. The job is in a different field and is about half my old salary, so I have ...
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Dealing with a toxic freelancer harming our industry

I work in a niche field, which is normally full of people who mostly collaborate, rather than compete with each other. Lots of small organizations, government entities, and individual freelancers ...
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How to professionally acknowledge to a client that a former coworker made a mistake in production?

I work at a tech consulting company in the US and I recently took over a project from a coworker (Bob) who got laid off. (He was mainly let go because of covid, but he wasn't the easiest to work with ...
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How can I approach suggesting a significant other be interviewed after the company just hired a sibling?

I have worked as a fabricator at a small company. I am on good terms with the plant manager and the company president/owner/founder. About a month ago, when we were looking to hire, I suggested to my ...
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How to ask if my job is safe

I work for a company that values self-starters and does not value feedback. We get code review and bi-annual formal feedback, and that's it. My history is that I was hired to do X, and have since ...
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How to avoid terrible taste impacting career [closed]

I often work in an open office which can be somewhat distracting. Many people at my office listen to music with headphones to help them drown out the background noise and improve their concentration. ...
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How to maximize my chances of getting an interview for a job application that only asks for a Resume?

I'm applying for a job that I really want. I just applied online and the system only asked for my resume and some general questions. I believe that's because the firm uses some keyword tracking system ...
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What would be a professional response to “unfair” testing methods during a job interview

I recently interviewed with a medium sized company. The job description was very general, one requirement was: Good knowledge of at least one of the following languages: JavaScript, Python, C#, Ruby ...
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Delay start date on the other offer — how to if possible

I have 2 job offers – one's already been made, the other is on the way. I like them both. I'll take the one that's been already offered, say job-1. call the other job-2. I'll take job-1 because ...
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How can I retain a volunteer employee frustrated for not being promoted?

For context, I work in an organization that's completely pro-bono, so no pay is involved; all volunteer. I'm in the equivalent of the C-Suite for our org. We have meetings with the suite every week. ...
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I feel Interview day went badly, what could I do to get more chances? [closed]

Context: I applied to a company and I have real passion and interest to join this company. I am interested in their mission, in the industry, in the position, and I feel myself I am capable of doing a ...
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Missed meeting - acknowledge in an e-mail, or ignore?

Since COVID and work-from-home, I have had some trouble with keeping meetings straight. Up until today, I had one meeting I was a bit late for (entirely my fault) and one small one that I missed (due ...
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How to handle authority who doesn't let you grow because of insecurity?

Long Version I work in Indian IT industry here we have off-shore [India] and on-shore [Abroad] culture for companies from abroad. On shore [Abroad] people have the most influence and they are key ...
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How to deal with rude junior and make manager aware of his attitude [closed]

I recently joined a company in February 2020. In my job, I was given time to learn with resources such as free Youtube links, whilst helping junior dev's. One of them is really 'self-confident with a ...
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How do I communicate that I do not want to collaborate with coworker anymore

I am quite new to this company which has a very small department for my particular profession. Everyone in this department comes from other professions and they have poor knowledge about it. There is ...
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Etiquette for going under a desk next to a woman?

This seems silly but it's a genuine issue. Suppose, as a man, I am sitting next to a desk in which a young woman is seated. I need to go under the desk to plug in a laptop/monitor/etc. The lady is ...
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Employee Complaints of “Micromanaging” about New Manager

I recently took over a bigger office and half of my team were recently hired right before I got here. And I also have a new boss now. This location has been struggling for the past few years with ...
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Is it unprofessional to include additional explanations in a thank you letter?

I'm writing a thank you letter for a technical position after the interview. I'm wondering if it's unprofessional to include additional explanations for a question that was asked in the interview; a ...
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Extremely unsure of my role/wage at chaotic startup

I'm a junior dev, have been at this startup for over a year and have built 90% of the frontend. I learn very fast and work 60-80 hour workweeks by choice because I love the work and understand the ...
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Tech lead is trying to make team become average software engineer

I have 1 manager and 1 tech lead. They are 2 connection people from stake holder. Manager has fantastic English writing skills then email to board will be very convincing, but no software skill at all ...

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