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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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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 ...
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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 ...