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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* to revoke a job acceptance?

Please don't mark this as a duplicate question, as I have found similar questions on what to do, but not the best way of how to go about doing it. I accepted a job offer from Company A. I signed the ...
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My manager asked me if I wanted to be team lead even though I am interviewing. Would it look bad to take the position and then leave?

Recently my manager approached me because our team lead is leaving and asked if I wanted to be team lead for the team. This has been a career goal of mine for some time but I also have been wanting to ...
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Employees are eating their lunch in the conference room

Employees are eating their lunch in the conference room and I want to put a sign on the door saying that this room is to be used for meetings only, etc. and I don't know how to say it, please advise, ...
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How to properly ask a business to take down hiring ads?

Here is a simple scenario that I have seen often, personally, from friends and colleagues. Someone looks around for job openings, takes a quantitative amount of time to alter their resume, cover ...
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Can you decline to give a reason, and ask to not attempt to be retained when you resign?

Update: I ended up giving my two-weeks notice. My manager asked if there was anything they could do to keep me around or make things better for me at my current position, to which I very vaguely ...
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Is this an unprofessional statement in negotiation?

I have about 4 years experience in the software industry. I recently resigned from current organization. During negotiation I mentioned my salary difference with my colleagues doing similar work. My ...
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Should one feel unprofessional for using an eye-saver app that gives popup reminders to rest my eyes at work? [closed]

Does it feel unprofessional to use an eye saver app (to remind you to rest your eyes) or browser extension at work? It recommends to close your eyes for a while and watch further for relieving ...
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Providing direct feedback to a product salesperson

I work in tech in a decision making capacity on an Analytics team, and have just moved positions in the last couple of months. In my former role, I inherited a team using a data analysis product, ...
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Why did I get fired right before my last day?

I was "fired" (their words) right before my last scheduled day, and I don't understand why. This happened a while ago, but lately it has been really bugging me. I was hoping that someone might have ...
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Extremely rude follow-up email from CEO [closed]

I work as a researcher for a startup company. We are into research and I report to my CTO. The company consists of a handful people. I required three letters from my CEO and emailed him three weeks ...
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Going away email

Tomorrow I will be completing my last day at my current organization (I had placed a two week notice). I am writing a "good bye" email to send to some friends and mentors that I've made over the time ...
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Firing an incompetent subordinate in the relatively far future: when to tell him?

I'm a specialist at my company. Almost a year ago we hired someone to help me out (before, I was the only programmer in my department). He proved to be below average, but has been helpful in taking ...
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How to manage lack of specs for QA department?

I work at a small company as a web developer. There are 10 developers and 2 QA personel. There are no product owners or project managers. There is one analyst and the CPO. The CPO is quite busy as he'...
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Coworker making annoying and teasing comments. How to resolve it informally?

I have a coworker X who is part of my SCRUM team. Coworker X's desk happens to be right by the front door. The way his cube is setup, gives him clear view on who is entering or/and leaving the ...
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How to handle hostile comments by the CTO which imply I'm making mistakes?

I'm a senior software dev at a new job. Company has fewer than 30 employees. As I write this post, I've just finished my second day of work. Most everyone is also very experienced. They're friendly ...
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Should I call the interviewer directly, if HR aren't responding? [duplicate]

I had a first round telephonic interview with a company - I thought the interview went very well and I was hoping to hear back from them by now, but I haven't received any call yet. Whenever I call ...
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Notifying team members of missed work for bachelor party

I will be a groomsman in an upcoming wedding. The bachelor party was scheduled on a Thursday morning, and it's multiple hours away from where I live/work, so attending means missing all day Thursday. ...
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Should I have been more open about my disagreement with my boss in this scenario?

We recently had a bad software release for a particular customer. I think the problem is that Bob, the QA engineer, isn't doing testing. I think he is shirking at work. I have privately shared my ...
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Should I tell a fellow intern that he won't be hired?

I am presently interning at a company as a part of my B.Tech curriculum. This is my final semester, and once this internship ends that is the end of my B.Tech degree. One of my B Tech colleagues ...
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How to follow up after interview when some interviewers did not show?

I just completed an interview for an entry level job. Some members of the panel originally scheduled to participate did not show. These people are VP managerial level or above. I know following up ...
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Who and when do I ask for the offered salary regarding a position?

I had a phone interview with a recruiter and he asked me for my desired salary range. After the phone screen he submitted my resume to Company X, and the manager at Company X contacted me later for ...
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Exposing a company lying about themselves in a tightly knit industry (videogames) : Is my career at risk on the long run?

TLDR: My former company is the example of start-ups malpractices. They're also vastly lying about themselves. They put me in a difficult situation in the past and I'd like to avoid others to fall ...
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How to politely follow up with coworker who ignores/forgets IMs?

Context: I am a fairly new intern, with an assigned mentor who is expected to be my first line of help when/if I need it. Our most frequent communication is via an internal IM system, which is nice ...
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What can I do if I am asked to learn different programming languages very frequently?

I am a software developer and I know languages like Java, JavaScript. A few days ago my project manager asked to learn some other language to work on services related to those language. It took me few ...
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How to answer pointed “are you quitting” questioning when I don't want them to suspect

"[Not] telling your boss you're quitting" is a broad issue spread over many questions, the closest duplicate to mine is probably here. The consensus is that you have no obligation to prewarn employers ...
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How can I deal with people misjudging my age?

I'm 25 years old but my appearance leads people to believe that I am (easily) under 18. Unfortunately for me it's my face, not the way I dress. I can't even grow a beard to offset it. I do not expect ...
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Is it OK to tell my colleague her constitution is amazing?

This is a follow-up of this question from the English StackExchange. I think my colleague's constitution is amazing for reasons given in that question: she tolerates cold better than the rest of us, ...
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Is it off-putting [in America] to catch a coworker getting up from his seat to ask a question?

Not sure if I'm off-base here. My colleague has a habit of asking people questions just as they are getting out of their seat. I feel like I've noticed at least one another person express impatience ...
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When sending a follow up email, is it appropriate to CC the recipient's boss?

I was tossing around a few ideas with my colleague on how to further a project that's being delayed or lacking attention by a particular person. They mentioned perhaps I should CC the person's boss ...
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Is it rude to compare specific benefits during a salary negotiation?

I will be negotiating salary soon, and I THINK the salary range will be a nice increase for me, but I will lose some strong benefits. Is it impolite to be specific and compare benefits during the ...
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I've been asked to resign and leave, what to do and how do I tell my team?

Due to various minor conflicts my manager has asked me to resign. Its a situation in which I'm really not a great fit for the team rather than any specific cause for termination. Because of that he ...
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How do I handle a potential work/personal life conflict as the manager of one of my friends professionally? [closed]

I have a rather peculiar situation. My wife and I have a couple who we are friends with, and recently the woman (let’s call her Jane) was hired in my company and works in my team (I’m her manager!). ...
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Is it okay to reply “Will do. Thanks.”?

I recently accepted an offer to work at another location. There is a person in contact with me and they sent me a first week preparation email. I replied that I got the email and would read it over ...
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Dealing with unproductive long term colleague? [duplicate]

I started at this company in Europe 5 months ago. I was placed in a small team within a company of about 150 people. This team is a stand-alone team and does not collaborate with any of the other ...
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Is it OK for your boss to force you to clean the toilet after you just used it?

Is it normal for your Boss to force you to clean the toilet after you have just used it? I understand that there are some unholy instances where the bathroom can become extremely dirty where cleaning ...
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How to deal with coworker committing and pushing nonsense changes directly to master? [closed]

Given that I am the least experienced in this place I thought in the beginning it's normal what a coworker is doing, committing and pushing nonsense changes directly to master including broken parts. ...
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Salary Bidding War Between Companies: What is Professional Etiquette?

I am blessed to be gainfully employed by a large fortune 500 company and have been approached by a small company in the private sector with a very compelling offer that I would like to accept. I ...
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How to deal with a rude and impolite receptionist [closed]

I'm posting this on behalf of my colleague: I recently joined a company in a remote small office in the US. One of our company receptionists (those checking in visitors at the door) is a rude and ...
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Should I write follow up email to HR [duplicate]

I interview 2 rounds in one company. Both rounds were awesome. After the interview I didn't hear from HR then I called her after 3 to 4 day. HR said she will inform me within 2 days but again, I didn'...
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Is it professional to write unrelated content in an almost-empty email?

I am employed in a consultancy company and I work at the client workplace. Monthly, I have a client employee sign a timesheet to certify the number of hours I have actually worked. I then scan the ...
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Shall I tell HR and management that I want to work with a specific manager

I worked under a manager X in my previous company. Then he moved on. After that I got interview in his company and I cleared the process. First I was unsure wether to join the company or not as I had ...
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what to do when the employee wants more tasks and responsibilities and manager is reluctant? [closed]

I asked my manager when I want to extend my contract to give me more tasks and responsibilities as it is going to improve my skills , but he replied I dont have to ask for more and as I am a beginner ...
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If I'm in IT, how do I get “gritty” about keeping my Outlook inbox clean? [closed]

When I initially began at my new job, I started making Rules to put "categories" (also know as tags) and "folders", but I was told by a senior member of the team that if I put things in folders, it's ...
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Telling boss about leaving the company with more time in advance than notice period [duplicate]

I got an offer for a new job and I'm taking it. The notice period in the contract for my current job is 4 weeks (both ways), but I've agreed with the new company to start in 8 weeks from now, as that ...
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Is it professional to ask a coworker to turn off the chat notification sound?

I have a coworker at a job which I just started, in an open concept office, who runs Slack and maybe once every three minutes I'm treated to the ping pong sound of notifications. I'm somewhat afraid ...
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Is it professional to use banter when Cold calling?

I've recently started working for a small recruitment company as IT support however yesterday I was given a list of companies and told to make sales. I have never done cold calling before and found ...
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How to communicate to my manager that him being available while on vacation sets a bad precedent

I'm looking for a good way to approach my manager that I believe his availability while on vacation sets a bad precedent for the team. Some background. My manager is a People Manager of myself and my ...
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How to ask for additional time to reconsider an offer after accepting it?

After an interview with a company they offered me a salary matching the one I asked for. However when considering the other benefits I was getting at the current employer (which I wasn't getting at ...
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Changing housing agreement after contract is signed

I just received my first real job offer working as an engineer in a rotational program. The company extended the offer letter along with other information and documents about two months ago. In those ...
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Is it appropriate to ask HR for a time frame for the response about application when I know hiring manager has made a decision? [duplicate]

I made it to the last round of interviews for a job, and, as far as I can tell, things went well. Right after the last interview the hiring manager and the team leader were fairly open and told me I ...