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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 gracefully back out of a job application

I'm currently happily employed, but looking for a job in my hometown for personal reasons. I applied to one job that seemed promising. But since applying, I've read a lot of negative reviews about ...
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Asking a coworker for help on a personal project

I want to start working on a personal project (outside of work hours), but I'm very new to the techniques and methods needed. I know my coworker uses a lot of the techniques in his current position, ...
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Email etiquette - when to reply/threads and cc'd chains [closed]

I emailed Joe in a different department for help/lots of questions on a new project. Basically "do you have info on this or do you know someone who does"? Joe responded saying "I'm sure Liz can help ...
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Dealing with Boss's Son irregular work [closed]

I have a issue within the small company (under 10 employees) I work for and need some advice. I have been employed with the company 10 years. During this time I have seen the boss's son come and go ...
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Personal assistant; directors and boss keep interrupting my work to ask me to make them tea/coffee

I'm a personal assistant and have been at this company for over a year now. It really bugs me when directors interrupt me while I’m working and ask me to get them tea or coffee. I really don’t mind ...
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How do I deal with a colleague who thinks he's in charge but he's not? [closed]

A friend of mine (lets call him Jim) works in a retail shop. Jim has many years experience in retail and hates it when people don't do things the right way. He has only been working there 2 months and ...
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How to handle a customer who has my personal number

I have a customer who somehow got my personal number instead of my work phone line. Since this individual has my number they believe that the office hours no longer apply to them. This person has been ...
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Telling your boss you're leaving due to loss of faith in the company [duplicate]

I work for a small team. There are only 26 total employees. In the past year I'd taken on major management responsibilities and put in a huge amount of overtime.This gave me the impression that it was ...
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Scheduling phone call with a recruiter

I've been working with a corporate recruiter and have been expecting to hear back about a job offer. I get an email today saying "let me know a good time to talk". I replied back and said I was free ...
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Spin off freelancer partnership - portfolio on website with projects from former company

I am a software developer, currently working at company X. Me and the rest of my team are spinning off to make a freelancer partnership (I think it's called an agency in other parts of the world). ...
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My agile team was enhancing an existing feature and found serious bugs in the original code. Is it our responsibility to fix them?

We estimated the effort to accomplish our software enhancement on the basis of the original feature working as designed. When testing we found it had significant defects and did not work as designed. ...
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How to professionally and politely turn a one-way conversation into a two-way conversation?

When working in organisations with a very indoctrinated culture of bureaucracy (e.g. large organisations or government departments), it is not often to encounter people who are unable to think or ...
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Professional relationship with close friend, who may be acting illegally

It is not my main job, but as way to increase my knowledge in a different field, when I was asked by a close friend to assist him in his business of selling consumers products (he promised me some ...
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Anxiety attack at work, caused by colleague, how to handle?

I have a colleague who thinks he knows everything better than me. Sure, he knows many things, but not everything. He knows quite some things better than me, but I also know other things better than ...
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Is it ethical to tell my company about an accusation against a candidate?

I have this buddy of mine who is looking for employment in my company. His hiring manager knows about his attitude problems after speaking to his former colleague (taking medical leave almost every ...
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How do I get along with different cultures in work environment [closed]

How do I get along (quickly even the minimum) with different cultures in work environment, while communication is a big constraint and colleges are open to differences. The problem is that I find the ...
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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?

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? [duplicate]

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? [closed]

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 [closed]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...