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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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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 ...
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Is it professional to walk directly to manager or send a email [closed]

I work for a reputed multinational corporation. We have open work area with small cubicles (2-3 person per cubicle). My whole team (me, my team, my manager, his seniors) sits very near to each other (...
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How should I write my resignation for my situation and should I have a few job opportunities in mind before I turn in my week's notice?

I've been working with this small interior design firm (although "contractor" would be more accurate) for a total of 10 days, but I can already tell that I won't enjoy being in this line of work for ...
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What is the etiquette of discussing new contracts with current team, as a contractor?

There’s a related question here: What is the etiquette around discussing interview for new positions with my current coworkers? The other question seems geared toward full-time. My question is ...
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Is it alright to invite subordinate co-workers over to a holiday dinner?

I'm considering inviting a few of my coworkers to an annual Friendsgiving event that my wife and I host for several of our friends this year. This is not a small affair, we host something on the order ...
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Requesting a lay off after being chosen to stay during a big company lay off?

I work in software engineering in the West Coast of the United States and I am a part of a dev team of about 45 full-time people. Recently, 30 of those people got laid off. Those 30 people will ...
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Can my employer require me to refrain from wearing headphones (disability issue)

I work at a grocery store, which can be exhausting because I am on the autism spectrum, and after an incredibly busy shift, which is almost every day I work. I get sensory overload and I find that ...
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Dealing with non-existent telephone policy

I'm in a new job at an university. I sit with three other colleagues in a room. The office location is new as well as the team composition. We recently got phones. The other three team members have ...
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Best way to discuss the project proposal

The CEO in the small startup encouraged me to work on the valuable and interesting project the company needs but asked to discuss it with CTO first because "he worked on that on the past". I really ...
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One-off exorbitant long commute time makeup - Do I owe it 100% to my employer to sacrifice my personal time? [closed]

Living in a region that experience winter, there are sometimes (infrequently) massive delays in the morning due to snowstorms (or even just a random crash). In particular, my commute time was tripled ...
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How to talk to boss about salary and bonus? [duplicate]

My sister has been working for this pharmaceutical company in India for over a year. While she joined last year, they promised her a raise at the six months mark but they didn't keep the promise. She ...
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Should I ask for commission on sales if I'm not a sales rep?

I work as an account manager and have had direct contact with customer for over 10 years. It is a house account but my work with this customer has grown them from a $1 million/year to a $8 million/...
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Two roles in a company like a developer i.c.w. system administrator tasks

I work for a small company. Less then 20 employee's. Occasionally, my employer wants me to do system administrator tasks because the company doesn't have a system administrator. When doing system ...
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Travelling with a friend or relative on a business meeting to foreign country? [closed]

I have a face to face interview with a company in a foreign country. The company will provide me with flight tickets, airport transportation, visa fees, hotels and meals for one day interview and 2 ...
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Working for two companies owned by the same person [closed]

I've got a friend (in the Nashville, TN area) who is working for someone that owned a franchise and now opened up a second one. My friend was working 45 hours a week and got overtime, but now the ...
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Should I go to my boss about a disrespectful coworker? [closed]

I’m looking for advice on what to do about a coworker who has been treating me unprofessionally and is not responding to feedback that the way he communicates is not workplace-appropriate. This is ...
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Can I tell the “trial” job I'm still interviewing? [duplicate]

I've received an offer for a job. The first two weeks are a "tryout", and if they like me (and, presumably, vice-versa) they'll keep me on for another six weeks. I still have a few days from now in ...
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Didn't show up for a research presentation and research mentor is livid, what do I do?

Context: I am a nineteen-year-old sophomore at a small college who is studying science. The summer of my freshman year, I did a few months of research for a research mentor who works as a professor at ...
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Is it unprofessional to contact an employee who left for help?

I am a software developer who recently left for a new employer. In my last few weeks I met with a lot of people and did knowledge transfers to help with projects I had worked on that may need work in ...
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Is it wrong to prompt for an update on offer letter when I have a deadline with another offer pending?

I have two offers, one from Company A for a high salary, and one from Company B, for a lower salary. Company A made me an offer the other week and would like to hear back by today, EOD. Company B ...
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What is best way to meet previous employer for just having good relation?

I worked at X company for 5 in Dubai and then moved back to my home country. I got an offer from a different company, and decided to moved back. I am in Dubai now and wanted to meet my previous ...
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I've forgotten the name of the team(s) I'm being considered for — will asking the recruiter reflect poorly on me?

So this is somewhat embarrassing... I'm most of the way through a job application with "Company A" -- I've had phone screenings, on-sites, and then one final meet-and-greet with a bunch of hiring ...
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Getting calls from a colleague on off day? [closed]

Right now, I am getting calls from a senior co-worker. And I don't feel like picking up the phone. I am afraid he is gonna ask me to go to workplace to do some work(it has happened before) I am ...
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Is it unprofessional to resign from a contracting company without notice?

I work for a contracting company in a contract-to-hire position where I have almost no contact with the contracting company- I send them time cards, and they send me checks. Today I was offered a ...