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

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Disclosing details of my previous employment to my new employer

Short explanation, because it's probably important to my question: Not too long ago I left my previous place of employment, let's call it Company A. I was working as department lead, and I left due to ...
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How to solve this shared resources problem at my workplace? [on hold]

We have some shared resources at my workplace, namely: the dishwasher the coffee machine the kitchen sink and we have a policy on how to use them: Dishwasher If you have some dishes which need ...
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How to be gracious with foreign domain knowledge?

I have ended up in a position that perfectly matches my experience and education, and as a result have been doing well. I have been able to accomplish some tasks that my seniors were not able to, and ...
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After termination, very next day you log in to your company email id and sent some documents to your personal id, what should happen? [on hold]

Company termintes you without giving any reasons, they had not paid last 3 months salaries. And you have logged to company email id, what should happened?? How you can get your salaries from them. And ...
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How to talk to an oblivious boss who takes calls in bathroom unmuted

My boss has a bad habit of leaving his phone unmuted when on a conference call. Usually, we hear some background keyboard noise or some throat clearing noise, and somebody politely asks everyone to ...
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What should I do when colleagues keep commenting on my attire?

What should I do when my colleagues, on finding me wearing new dresses to work, are greeting me with "Happy birthday" everyday in a sarcastic way? I am just mix and matching my attire in a formal way....
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Coworker submitted my code as his own

A co-worker, Bob, and I have been working on a project that was supposed to be completed together. Due to his lack of time management, he has been stuck on a bug for over a month. Today, Bob merged ...
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Boss immediately responds to me without letting me finish my question

When I'm in a meeting with several people and I start to ask a question, my boss usually interrupts me when I'm about 70% done asking my question/providing context. When she interrupts, she typically ...
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How should I approach a boss that keeps hiring temporary workers, only to have me finish something?

Long story short, we've recently had a lot of work to do at my job and in order to fill that vacuum my boss has been hiring temporary workers. At first he hired three which stayed for about two months,...
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Should I tell a training center about my company's name? [closed]

I am going to a join a training institute to get expertise on some skill. A weird quirk about this is that the trainer might be interested in knowing in which company I work. I am not interested in ...
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I snapped on my boss, when and how should I apologize?

I recently snapped on my boss. He's the CEO of a small company. I regularly have scheduled meetings with another boss where you talk about work life, complaints, suggestions, etc. In the last year or ...
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Helping someone who did not employ me (or his employee)

(This problem takes place at a university, but I still think it belongs here, as it is more about colleague relationship / work ethics than about academia.) I work as an assistant at a university. My ...
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Is my manager's career advice self-serving or in my best interests? [closed]

I’ve reported to and known my manager for one year. He’s probably in his late 50s early 60s. I’m 25. In this year of working together and as standard practice of company culture I’ve networked ...
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Jumping the chain of command

I developed a system (Web application) prior to my employment at this software company that I've been working at for over a year. I demoed the system to some developers that I now work with in my ...
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Wrong email subject but with the correct content

I sent an email asking for clarification of a problem, to a university. The university provides a subject format that must be followed by email senders. The format is something like this: [id - name ...
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8answers
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I mistakenly took someone else's lunch; how should I proceed?

I've been working at my present job for 5 years now, and I maintain very good relationship with my colleagues. Last week I accidentally took someone else's catered lunch, thinking it was left-overs. ...
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How to deal with a boss who doesn't listen to you and keeps criticizing? [closed]

So, I have this CTO with 15+ years of experience in my small Software Development company, who is quite knowledgeable but is extremely proud of himself over his knowledge. Although he is good in terms ...
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What should I consider when being asked to make a surprising move?

I currently work on a project for a senior manager as their ‘number 2’, often attending meetings and deputising on their behalf. I was told that a new person is coming onto the project to be their ...
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My colleague burps loudly all the time, How to handle the situation ?

This colleague of mine sits next to me like barely 2-3 feet apart. she keeps burping out loud all day every 10-15 min or so. It's annoying and i cannot find a way to tell her without sounding rude. ...
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Co-worker coming in but NOT working, 2 hours early problem [closed]

A co-worker that i get on reasonably well with has started coming in to the work place 2 hours before his shift. I told my husband about it and he said "why would anyone want to turn up to work early ...
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Should I ask for a new package or package revision

I was recently hired on a 3 months contract (sort of a probation period, I successfully passed through), which is now going to be a permanent position with a new contract for me to sign. There was ...
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1answer
570 views

Asking to keep (or buy) specific keyboard I use at work pending my departure

I am leaving the company I currently work for in two days. I currently use a hhkb pro 2 and really enjoy it. I inherited it from another colleague who asked for the company to purchase it for him ...
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How to politely suggest a co-worker needs to try to find the answer on their own before coming to me?

I am a senior-level developer in a large corporation in the US. Two of my co-workers on the same project work with me and sit in the same office, right by me. We'll call them Bob and Jim. They are ...
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2answers
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Proper arguments for negotiating a new contract

I am junior Java developer with few experience (6 months). I am pretty sure that my current company (about 200k employees) is still interested in employing me. My actual contract is ending, and I ...
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1answer
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How to complain effectively / warn others about company which arranges online interview, and the recruiter doesn't even show up - twice? [closed]

Acknowledging that this is not strictly "workplace", I'm looking for a way to warn others and make the company under question feel some little social pressure. You may say I'm looking for a ...
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Can I request HR a copy of my pre-employment medical checkup?

I've recently been interviewed for employment by an IT company in this country (Argentina). Before I could be accepted for the job, they requested a pre-employment medical checkup. Today, I received a ...
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Senior manager entered the role of a software developer and performs poorly [closed]

TL;DR: Company co-founder wants to do some 'real work' but does more harm than good. The company is a software house based in UK, has some ~20 employees, makes stable profits, pays well and offers ...
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6answers
14k views

How to tell my possible employer about a technical showstopper in performing a task

I've been contacted as a freelancer about a project. It's not my field of knowledge exactly, as it's in a different language and all that, but we agreed it should be trivial to learn it and related ...
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5answers
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Asking an interviewer(s) a technical question back when being interviewed [duplicate]

Suppose an interviewer asks you a technical question. Once you answer the question correctly, you think of a variant of the question that is trickier/less obvious that you think would be worth ...
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3answers
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Dealing with Poor Onboarding, Unrealistic Project

Edit: this is a not a simple death-march question, because it involves newcomers to an organization and on-boarding. There is an urgent project involved and there is a question about frank feedback, ...
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4answers
1k views

How to tell boss about romantic relationship with coworker

I recently started a romantic relationship with one of my coworkers. How do I best inform my boss about the situation? Background: Our relationship has been growing for ~2 months now, we're both ...
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4answers
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Is it ok to go the extra mile and then retreat? [closed]

I work in a horribly toxic workplace. We are not assessed according to what we do and whether what we do has a high quality. The only thing that matters is whether you belong to the circle headed by ...
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How to apologise for how i said things but not the content?

A colleague of mine has gets on my nerves, half because of the way she does things, half because of the way I'm wired. Recently she brought up an issue which I think was just a waste of time and an ...
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1answer
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my contract was recently renewed, but I was hoping for permanent job [closed]

My contract was recently renewed to the end of the year. I was hoping for permanent job. My boss had mentioned a while back that she will discuss hiring me with the corporate office, but have not ...
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Is it harassment to ask a person why they did what they did and whether they got paid for it? [closed]

I get a lot of useless emails in my work mailbox, so, a couple of days ago I received this email, talking about some bank's deposit interest rates. The email came from a person who works at the same ...
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Skipping a department lunch during two week notice

I put in my two week notice last week. I honestly have always felt out of place in this department. My last two weeks happen to fall on one of our department lunches that we plan every once in awhile ...
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Make your boss look good — how to do it in a startup?

I'll try to write the question in a way that is as general as possible. How do I help my company and my manager look good, highly competent, etc., especially when the manager is unaware that most ...
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My friend, together with his bosses, is inviting me over for dinner. Accept or reject invitation?

I have a colleague-turned-friend who's inviting me for dinner together with his bosses. He said they want to have a chat with me. I have a hunch it's about my plans regarding my career progression. I ...
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How to know if the coffee at the office is freshly brewed?

At our office, we have nice coffee makers and unlimited Starbucks coffee beans. The problem is, I'm just not sure when the coffee was brewed. Was it brewed yesterday? A few hours ago? Do I have to ...
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How do I politely refuse scheduling phone calls and redirect to email instead?

At my job I regularly receive calls and emails from people who want to make certain kinds of offers to sell my team some services, which don't interest me 95% of the time, although they could be ...
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E-mail etiquette for retroactively adding people to the conversation

Let's say you get a mass-email from your boss containing some organizational information. You have a question, so you send a reply to your boss (not everyone) asking for clarification. When your boss ...
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Telling manager I'm not a good fit [duplicate]

I joined my job 6 months ago and my team is incredibly isolated whereas I'm used to a collaborative, sociable team. I'm really struggling to stay interested and noticed I'm becoming quite depressed at ...
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How can I avoid the stigma associated with being late into work everyday?

I recently have started a new job. I commute in via train a fair distance but am never late (I usually got in around 15 minutes before my contracted start time). Recently, improvement works have ...
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Applied for a job, how to reject request to full in an application form? [closed]

I got approached to apply for a job by a recruiter, two people that have previously worked at this company have told me that it's a terrible place to work so I was a bit hesitant but the recruiter ...
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Can an employer stop paying because of slow software development? [closed]

Can an employer stop paying because of slow software development?. start up company. no written contract. employer doesn't want to fire anyone at least.
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How do I ask my manager about switching out of my current team?

My team is not a good fit for me due to no communication among other issues. I've clicked really well with another team and am interested in their work. What's the best way to be professional about ...
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Newly assigned work, unclear demands, what should I do?

My situation is a combination of incompetent bosses and unclear demands, and a lack of efficient communication. I work in a startup with 3 engineers, 2 of them are 50% shareholders (and friends) and I ...
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What should I say to a client when my boss is almost explicitly telling me to lie?

I have recently moved into a project manager position and am getting used to timelines and deadline talk. My boss who actually meets with clients before a project is greenlit has promised a client ...
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Talking to colleague I am close to regarding their performance issues

I have recently become my colleague's Team Lead. Within a week of being in the post, I have been asked to address some issues (performance) that were found with her work. The colleague and I are ...
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How can my wife request more help at work?

My wife is in an assistant position at a large company; it's her and her senior on a team, with several teams per branch. Each team has one senior and one or more assistants. Recently, this company ...