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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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How can i stall the acceptance of a job offer until after the holidays?

I interviewed with a company I'm really interested in. All went well, I really liked the team, and the recruiter just called with the standard questions to prepare an offer letter - yay! On the ...
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On call duties are not distributed to anyone besides myself

I work in the IT dept at a small company that develops and hosts web-based software. As part of my job, I am on call 24/7. The IT department consists of myself and one other person. The other person ...
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It is bad to sign in a company while you are waiting to another to call you, and then leave it? [on hold]

I was unemployed about 3 months, and I send my information a lot of companies. I was interested in one in particular, here called as A company, but the never reply my emails. After a certain time I ...
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How to answer clients / supervisors when they ask “Are there any other errors?” [on hold]

In a scenario where it's near impossible / too difficult for me to guarantee that there will be no errors, how do I answer that question without making my clients/supervisors anxious?
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How can I exempt myself from political conversations during work?

I've tried searching around on the site for this, but because "politics" can mean inner-workplace politics and not strictly national politics, the search has been difficult. I have a new boss who ...
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Multiple breaches of employer confidentiality [on hold]

I was recently up for a disciplinary as I failed a drugs test for cannabis. When the company received the scores back from the testers, they published the three peoples scores on each of the letters ...
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How to talk with an employer to get time to look for other opportunities

I got through the final stage with a company in Germany and they told me they got a very good impression of me, but they “need more time to clarify the budget available to hire me” and they “might be ...
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I wish to move desks at my company. How to word this request?

I am in the middle of a hustling, bustling office space where there is frequent noise and banter. While I enjoy the interpersonal communications to some extent, I have a difficult time sometimes ...
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What to do when a project is outside of my capabilities?

I am currently working on a software project with myself and one other developer (we are at an equal level in the company), however, we've been stuck at more or less the same point in this project for ...
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I unintentionally hurt a co-worker's feelings. I said I was sorry but she won't discuss it [closed]

Someone who I consider a friend at work, who I've known for 4 years, sent a text to my work phone saying she needed a friend to talk to. She went into some detail, I got the feeling it was regarding ...
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Does providing university email benefit resume?

I am in the final year of my degree and starting to look for jobs. I have a university mail and a general all-purpose mail. Does it matter which one I provide in my resume? Will providing the ...
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I recently handed my notice in and they are not paying expenses

I handed my notice in on Monday effective immediately at my current employer as the job was not as described at interview stage. Rightly or wrongly I have withheld on handed my phone and laptop back ...
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Is it okay to tell the manager that people are sharing interview questions with future interview candidates?

Recently, we had a new department open up in our tech company and people from my department were being interviewed for possible selection in the new department. It was rumoured that people who do ...
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Should I add semester projects to my resume?

Will adding projects from my Software Engineering degree to my resume improve my job application?
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Do I tell a current employer I am considering leaving even though I am just casually talking to a previous employer and have nothing in writing? [duplicate]

TLDR; I feel disrespected in my current job, but made a promise to the manager I would tell him if I was thinking about leaving. A manager from my last job verbally promised my old job back, but I do ...
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Is it ok or ethical or even a right to use a VPN at work when using personal computer? What about the work computer? [closed]

The broader question: Is personal privacy a right, anywhere you are? I have been looking online and could not find a clear answer to this. Is it ok to use a VPN at work? Is it an employee's right to ...
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Coworker making annoying and teasing comments. How to resolve it informally?

I am a developer and I have a coworker X who is not, but belongs to the same department and is part of my SCRUM team. Coworker X's desk happens to be right by the front door. The way his cube is ...
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How to deal with indirect comments?

I work on a team of 23 people, and am still considered a junior in my field. I have been employed with my company for going on two years and over the last couple months have noticed that most ...
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Is a book on sales technique a bad idea for our head of sales in secret santa?

So it's secret santa time again at work, and I've drawn the Head of Sales. Secret santa is normally a jokey thing in our office, so I thought it would be amusing to buy him a 'Sales for Dummies' sort ...
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I already accepted an internal offer; Can I still apply for another internal position?

I've been working at my current position for 2 years now. New boss does not see my value, so I plan to move to another position. I got an internal offer for lateral move and accepted it. Few days ...
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How can I stop being informal tech support?

I was hired for a junior-level data science position last spring - it's my first job out of undergrad. My last part-time job during school was as a sysadmin, so when my manager introduced me to ...
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Is it acceptable to refuse to be somewhere because there is a sick person in the room?

I was in a course for 2 days, small room, 4 people, 1 was very sick (cold or flu, and not respecting good practices like coughing in elbow). I tried to take every precaution I know: wash hands ...
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Should I ask actual motto or goal of our company from boss? [closed]

I work in a company as my internship for one year at this company almost all the staff did not accept me as in staff my boss only directly assigned me the task only and did not allowed me to attend ...
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What to do about a colleague who asked me to help him start a business competing with our employer? [closed]

A colleague (who currently works at the company) told me that he is creating a new business that would be a direct competition of our current company. He also asked me to help him with a job for his ...
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Disrespectful Colleague, Management not Doing a Thing

I have been in my current job for almost 7 months (it's my first job out of college), the first month was awesome! I really loved my job and enjoyed every minute of it! then there were some changes in ...
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Should I enforce the rules or show sympathy? [closed]

I am employed by the traffic police and we are supposed to implement traffic rules. One day I found a man on a motorbike violating the rules. He was not wearing a helmet. I stopped him and asked for ...
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Is unprofessional to send Linkedin request to candidate

I'm interviewing different people for tech roles and I would like to know if it's considered unprofessional to send them a Linkedin request after the interview. I'm not a recruiter or a HR person, I'...
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What to do when a Senior Employee is adding to the task each week and not letting me complete the ticket?

In my company there is an employee who is senior to me, he has assigned me a task which I am performing currently. This task was assigned to me more than 3 weeks ago, but I am unable to complete it ...
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How to get a response from a busy team?

I need to get an update for some high priority items, which have been pending for months now and starting to get absolutley critical. The technical team of 2 are the only colleagues who can help me. ...
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Should I talk to a client about issues if my boss is not getting me the answers needed to get my job done?

I work in a call center and we have a new emergency device that I am tech support for. I will also be taking the emergency calls. There are a lot of things customers are asking that are not in our ...
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Navigating a potential promotion while employees in key positions are quitting

A small company has a relatively high employee turnover rate. There are a handful of employees, however, that have stuck around and know the ins and outs of handling the company's business. The basic ...
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How to react professionally when a colleague comes to work with a black eye?

A colleague came to work with a black eye. His bruises have nothing to do with work and don't impair him. We are on the same hierarchical level, but work in different teams and on different projects. ...
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Refuse a job after accepting it

I moved to Quebec from Belgium 6 month ago, I'm actually working as a consultant on a mission and everything was great until I had some disagreement with some aspect of the job, I asked to be moved ...
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Dealing with a team member who ignores company structure

I manage a DevOps team of ca 10 engineers in ~150 headcount software development company. One of my team members (call him Joe) has been with the company pretty much since its inception 10+ years ago, ...
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How do I convince my employer to match the salary of my new job offer?

I have a new job offer that offers 60% more salary than my current job and the same benefits. I am located in Pakistan and I was headhunted for this offer. But I do not wish to leave my current job—it ...
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Multiple languages in our small team

A little bit of a back story; I work in an international company in Hong Kong where the main languages are Cantonese and English. Our team in HK is only 3 people (4 if you include one temporary person ...
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My interview has been cancelled at short notice, I cannot reschedule, what to do?

I had a phone interview last week with the controller of a new company I am interested in. They then wanted to meet with me today for an interview. I was scheduled for an interview today, and three ...
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How to refuse to go to a meeting without a key team member present

I have a project manager that's been very relaxed on actually managing a project. His main style of management is to pick a laundry list of things that need to be accomplished in 1 week and tell the ...
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Should I mention work done for the company which was outsourced and client had probably signed NDA with the company

So, I worked in company where a lot of outsourced work comes and many of the clients which are mostly devs/contractors who have taken contracts and not familiar with the technology, hence the NDA. ...
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Childcare and remote working

I work at a small company and am part of the internal development team (10 of us). Our team structure is as follows: 1 manager 2 testers (1 remote, 1 office based) 6 developers 1 product owner A ...
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Should I say anything 'bad' about candidate(s) who'll be replacing me?

I'm currently serving notice period in my current company and will be joining a new company in some time (a little over a month). So naturally my current company is looking for a replacement, and I ...
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Treated like a child at work via excessive praise?

I have recently moved into a new team at work (2 months or so) and recently I have noticed that I feel like I am being treated like I am a small child. This mostly comes in the form of excessive (and ...
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Started new job, have a better offer. Renegotiate or leave early? [closed]

After working for a small ski resort for 3 years with no room for advancement I decided it was time to move on. I searched for a couple of months for something that I would enjoy as much and ...
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What if I don't have earbuds for my online interview?

I'm doing an online interview soon and they requested I use earbuds. I don't have any and I don't have the money or gas to go out and buy some. I do have access to larger headphones, big clunky ones ...
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Does changing field of study have exclusively negative effects on my future career? [closed]

I have recently completely my Bachelor's degree in physics with a 3.2 Grade Point Average. However I am interested in the field of electronics and to this end I have decided to take a Master's in ...
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Am I obligated to use a coworker's nickname?

I have a coworker named "Bob" (not his real name) who keeps insisting that I call him "Shah". I don't think it's right that I be required to use what seems to me to be a silly pet name; the guy is ...
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I submitted a good feedback about a co-worker, should I tell them or not?

I am guessing the answer here would be both cultural and professional approach. But here is the issue: I am in USA with a big company (~400 employees). Annually, we get performance reviews from the ...
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Appropriate thing to say behind someone's back? [closed]

During a conference, everyone from the office stands together for a group photo, our boss stands somewhere on the sides lines, near to a very attractive female coworker. A few people tell him not to ...
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Is it ethical to use knowledge in main job for side gig?

Suppose I have a main job (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm) that involves lots of computer programming, and one day I build a recommender system for my company (think of Amazon.com making recommendations)...
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Can I ask exception to be made for internal transfer?

My company's old internal transfer policy was 6 months, however, they recently changed it to 1 year. I was acting on the assumption that I could switch positions after 6 months and feel blindsided by ...