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

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Is it appropriate to ask for a raise in Sweden?

I joined the mid-sized IT (500-1000 employees) company located in Stockholm, Sweden over a year ago. When the yearly salary reviews happened earlier this year I was missed (because supposedly there is ...
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A major investor asked me (the software lead) whether the board should fire my boss (the Co-Founder and CTO). What should I do?

I am the software lead of a startup which while not struggling, is repeatedly missing goals and commitments to clients. Much of this can be attributed to our CTO. Some background on her. She is one ...
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Excessive chit-chatting at the workplace [on hold]

TL, DR: Some people chitchat too much. Where to draw the line? How to act? At any company I've heard of, people will often engage in non-work related conversation during work hours. This is normal ...
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How to decline invite to team dinner when I have a prior engagement?

I am being invited to a team dinner which I won't be able to attend as I have to go for swimming coaching classes every evening. I don't know how to decline the invitation and also politely tell ...
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How to respond to “Are you looking for a job change?” question form an acquaintance on LinkedIn?

One of my LinkedIn contacts recently messaged me if I was looking for a job change. He is not a recruiter but a principal engineer in some firm. He appears to know some senior people at my current ...
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Handling a tricky ex-employer

A friend of mine works as a Nurse Practitioner and was employed under an MD in his private clinic. She recently quit her job and now the ex-employer wants to hire her back. She ended up leaving the ...
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I made unwanted advances towards a female colleague

We were joking - the interaction was good - I put my arm around her shoulder and she didn't say anything. However, I let my hand linger over her shoulder as we were walking down the corridor and she ...
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Just quit my job, should I express my concerns about supervisor

I work in a software development company for almost two years now, and I'm planning on quitting soon. The reason is that I cannot stand my supervisor (let's call him John). TL,DR: Should I tell my ...
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I accepted a new job starting a few months from now. How do I keep my current job until then?

Some background, I'm an intern at a big company in the US. When I got my internship over a year ago, I did so with the understanding I'd get offered a job once I graduated. In the last few months, it'...
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Is it a good idea to switch teams within your company if you're under stress? [closed]

I work for a company where internal transfers are normal. I've been on my team for 2 years and a few months ago I started to look for a new one only because I felt bored and wanted to see something ...
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How do executive promotions actually happen? [closed]

I understand lower management, it's just a job you apply for. But how do people go from that to director or vp? Is it just waiting for your boss to leave and hoping his boss' boss prefers you? Or ...
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Can I leave in the middle of a project? (programmer) [duplicate]

I have been working here since I graduated, as a software engineer for approximately 5 years at this company. In the first 3 years I thought everything I went through was learning, even though the ...
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How to ask employee with obscene sounding name to adopt “professional alias” [duplicate]

Is it possible for an individual, in the US, to get a "second name" or professional alias? In short, we have a sales engineer who immigrated to the US (on a 5 year visa while we work with him to help ...
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Is running allowed? [closed]

I just got scolded by my instructor for running. I was chasing after someone who asked me a question, and I found the answer after the person left the room. And on the way back I naruto-ran outdoors ...
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Should I tell my manager that I am being targeted by the team?

There were some lay offs recently, and I have noticed that I am being targeted by the team as a prompt to be the next to get laid off. For example: Performance hits by decreasing estimates of my work....
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How to respond to a passive aggressive implication of gender bias

I work as a research assistant for a woman who has a Ph.D., when we first met for my interview she introduced herself as (First Name) and since then I have always referred to her as (First Name) in ...
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New job is so far from the job description

I have started a new job as a Personal Assistant. I have been a EPA for 4 years and I really enjoy it. My new job however is not exactly what I expected. My old job was demanding, 5 directors ...
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Right way to say that I disagree with a design but will implement it despite my objections

I am asked to implement a design which I am strongly against. How do I say professionally "to me this is not the best design but I will implement it because you insist"? I suspect that the lead ...
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If my employer pays for my certification test and provides access to learning resources, can they force a non-compete?

If I allow my employer to pay for my Linux Academy subscription and I use that to gain the knowledge for not only doing the job I was hired for and to obtain certifications, can they claim rights or ...
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Can I connect with a future coworker? If so, how much information can I share?

I am considering a managerial position in a different organization at my university. After going through my internal connections, I was led to the email address of who would be my future coworker. We ...
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Are there any disadvantages to taking my employer's increased offer, even if I am likely to leave soon?

My employer is about to make me a new offer, giving me a promotion and a raise. Based on what I've heard unofficially, it's good but lower than what I was hoping for (and they know this). Meanwhile, ...
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How can I better communicate possible pitfalls?

In about a decade of working as a full-stack software developer, I've found that through experience I'm easily able to predict well ahead how things could possibly "go wrong". Most of the time I can ...
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If an offer has several contingencies and clearing them takes longer than 4 weeks, can I back out of the offer?

I was offered a position with several contingencies (drug test, background check and management interviews). It's been more than 4 weeks since I was given the offer and I'm still waiting on the ...
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How to handle wrong image projection [closed]

My Scrum master keeps on harassing me by trying to find some reason to blame me. Even though I'm doing really good work , he's doing some kind of wrong image projection to others. I'm seeing that he ...
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CC'ing my Boss's Boss

I'm wondering about asking to take an seminar related to my job, but I'm concerned my "Branch MGR" won't approve due to the financial reasons. I'm debating on CC'ing her boss which is the regional MGR ...
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Do you celebrate paying your mortgage off with colleagues?

Where I work it is normal for colleagues to bring in treats on their birthday or when they return from holiday. I'm in the situation where I've just paid my mortgage off, at the age of 31. Obviously ...
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Company asks (more than once) if I can involve family members in project

My company has (repeatedly) requested that I ask my family members to trial their service. I would rather keep family and work separate, and so I told them my family wasn't interested. However, I ...
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What to write in Expected Salary column during a recruitment process? [duplicate]

I am undergoing a recruitment process for a position in AECOM. In first telephonic interview the recruiter asked me my salary expectations. Since I had no idea about their budget for the particular ...
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What is recommended “good” attire for a male in management at a tech company? [closed]

I am not asking frivolously. I’m starting a management role in a mid-sized business software company in Philadelphia. I come from a finance company where I wore a suit and tie every day. The younger ...
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What is the proper etiquette if a person unexpectedly meets someone he fired?

What is the proper etiquette if a person unexpectedly meets someone he fired? For example, if a person is at Starbucks and meets a former employee that he fired what should he do?
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The appropriate gap between interview and starting date

I am in the final year of my study, and I am expecting to finish in the next 6 months. I got invited for an interview to a company recently. The interview was with HR and the agenda was just about ...
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What to do with an expert coworker who is “stealing the show”?

I work in a mature company and I am the youngest/newest one. The team was stable until recent lay offs. I don't know if it was the lay offs, or me not being "a new guy" anymore, but recently I have ...
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How to deal with my manager wasting hours of time with meaningless meetings

There are two similar questions about too many meetings/meeting overload. My question has a third component which distinguishes it from those questions. I have a manager who calls for anywhere from ...
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Should I ask the previous person in the position I'm offered for advice?

I have recently been given 2 offers for jobs that interest me. I accepted one already, but just today I got another offer! I know rescinding an offer is frowned upon and I'm not outright going to. ...
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Should I respond to a sabotage accusation e-mail at work?

I'm currently serving my notice period at my current job. There has been an e-mail sent to multiple people (naming 16 people including me) where an accusation of sabotage is made. I have done ...
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Is it OK to re-assign one of my own roles to a colleague without asking the manager?

I used to work at a small company of 10 people. I was assigned a few role within the company that would consume up to 5 hours of work per week or month. We later got a new employee and while chatting ...
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Interview for a different position turned me off to the company, should I tell the recruiter?

so I went to a conference the other day and had a talk with a company at a booth about a position that really excited me. The recruiters there also really liked me and we struck up a really good ...
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Is it poor workplace etiquette to display signs of relative “wealth” at work when others are struggling financially?

I work in an office with about 40 other people in varying situations (junior up to director level). I'm a little older than my immediate peers (the people I work with and socialize with) and more ...
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Asking a team mate from a different company about job opportunities

I work on a project involves many companies, cooperating for the project. Outside of this and other shared projects, the companies are competitors. I really like the project and I am sure I am ...
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As external consultant, how to deal with client employee who can't deliver?

I am in a bizarre situation. I am working as an external consultant on project basis. I am not a standalone consultant and I am an employee of a company providing consultancy services. I have talked ...
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Is it unethical to take a can of soda from the kitchen fridge after work hours?

At my company there are three kitchens that are stocked to the brim with sodas and seltzer waters. They're there for us and we're allowed to have as many as we want. Prior to leaving the office I'll ...
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Can I reuse the code of an application written in my spare time if it has been deployed and used in the internal company network?

I have written a small application to offer a service to all employees where I work. This was done outside of work almost 100% using my personal laptop (only small fixes were done at work mostly ...
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Explaining observations/concepts/conclusions to people who are unaware of your Domain Knowledge

I am software developer. During last five years I have tried to grab knowledge from various technical areas and from colleagues. And now I landed up in a company where the people in my team are either ...
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Can an invitation to lunch be considered an attempted bribe?

My job involves me visiting the offices of several different customers, often the whole day. Usually, for lunchtime, I either bring my own food, buy something from a local store close to the customer'...
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Slow coworker receiving compliments while I receive complaints

Long story short, how can a good/fast professional receive compliments about how fast and exact their fixes are? I don't want to hear like "oh great job buddy" every time I solve a problem. But I can ...
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Should I move out of my consulting company without informing my boss?

I am currently working in Europe as a consultant in my native country. I have been looking for a new job in Asia for several months, and I have told it to my boss. He told me he would try to start a ...
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What can I do to avoid potential charges for bribery?

I am currently in charge of contracts for my employer. In the recent e-mail to the current holder of the service contract for the company, I casually stated that I wished to have a few Bonsai trees ...
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What's the professional way to get out of a signed work agreement?

I signed an employment agreement (not a contract) with one company last week to start a month from now. I've also since received another offer for significantly higher pay, in a city I'd really like ...
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Left out of fun project at work, should I bring this up to the team?

I am the newest employee in my office. Several months before I joined, management directed all the workers to form teams to spend a "experimental day" or two per month working on whatever as long as ...
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I've been fired, was allowed to announce it as if I quit and given extra notice, how to handle the questions?

I've been fired during my probation period (software) for not meeting expectations. Normally a week's notice is required, but they offered me up to a month, which I took. My managers were discreet ...