Questions tagged [professionalism]

Questions referring to how one presents themselves and interacts with others in a professional environment

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How to handle high performing software developers undermining a senior lead?

We have a situation in our IT services company. We have a capable lead Alice and a couple of high performing developers Bob and Chris. Bob and Chris are with the company for about three years now (...
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Studying a career, got a really good job offer outside that career

I'm a student, 22 years old, currently working as an android developer, studying Computer Science and currently 2 trimesters away from graduating. I received a job offer on Networks related area, they ...
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How to deal with an incendiary email that was recalled

I recently received a critical email from someone who works at a company I deal with. It made a number of broad and inaccurate criticisms of some work I'd done. Copying in several managers for good ...
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Invitation to team lunch for project I haven't contributed to

Here is the situation I work 'in' Team A, 5 of us. I occasionally interact with my team members for day-to-day work, but, there is zero work overlap. My work primarily involves Team B. Team A works ...
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Is this ordinary workplace experiences for a job in Software Engineering? [closed]

I'm currently working my first job as a Software Engineer. Prior to this position I've worked at places such as Wal Mart, Sam's Club, and Circuit City. I'm currently finishing my last two classes ...
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How to respond to potential employer about a potential conflict of Interest?

Long story short- I applied for my dream job a month ago and I have been progressing in the interview process. My future step-mom (will be official in September) unannounced to me had applied at the ...
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How to get over being angry due to being laid off? [closed]

Due to circumstances beyond my control, a contract that I loved working on has been terminated with very little warning and I have been told my last day is Friday. I understand its business, the ...
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Is there any risk in sharing info about technologies and products we use with a supplier?

Sometimes I email with suppliers of different software products we use, may use in the future or have used in the past. In these conversations I of course provide the info necessary so that the ...
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Leaving in the midst of a project

I am a fresh masters graduate (graduated Dec 2018) who’s in the midst of a job hunt. My supervisor at the university asked me to extend my thesis research and publish another paper after my graduation....
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Is it a bad idea to display the F-word on my GitHub profile? [closed]

Ordinarily, this would seem like a no-brainer, but maybe not... I am a college student currently applying for a summer internship at a company where I would be doing a lot of software development ...
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Appearance on website

I have been working for seven months in a team of four people on a new project. There are three additional members who occasionally get small tasks assigned, and are therefore loosely related to the ...
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Am I responsible for the work produced by coworkers since we are a team even though they excluded me?

I have been working for my current company for 7 months now and I am completing my two years in the industry in total. My company is a large enterprise, with relatively relaxed deadlines and flexible ...
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Dealing with an internal ScriptKiddie

We've been dealing with a credit card number scraping problem on our website for a couple of months. Proper authorities and card processors and card holders have been notified. I have evidence which ...
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How early should I disclose potential medical problems for a future internship?

I'm currently a Junior in College studying applied mathematics, and 4-5 months ago received an offer to intern as a data analyst at a medium sized company that I am very interested in. When they ...
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Handle resignation properly when reporting to two managers

At my workplace, the organization is based on 2 levels: on-site, and company as a whole. This situation involves me, manager Bob and manager Steve. If we take into account the global employee ...
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Why didn't they find that much knowledge in me? [closed]

I am a software developer with 5+years of work experience. My background is that I am a not a engineering graduate. But I started my career as a developer trainee and then after 1 year itself, they ...
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Request for increment

How fair is it to request a raise every quarter? I'm working in a small firm with 5 employees, and there are no written policies on pay raise and everything is according to the employee's own hard-...
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How to deal with intrusive colleague?

I work in a small business with relaxed management, where work gets done at a none pressuring pace. I'm pretty quick however and get most work done way before schedule and often have a drought, ...
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Can I refuse to have my photo on my email signature?

Recently, the company I'm currently working for has started to do a re-design on the brand. One of the things to change is the signature in emails. It looks really cool with a photo! But, I don't ...
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Is it appropriate to give a culturally-traditional gift to a female coworker?

I'm a male in my mid 20s and I've been working at a multinational corporation for about a year. For a couple of months I've had a crush on a female coworker that I've never interacted with (we work on ...
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My current employer wants me to train another member of staff which is outside of contract

I'm self-employed working remotely as a software developer, but have been working for the same software company almost exclusively for ~3 years. My boss has asked me to train another staff member on ...
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Manager has noticed coworker's excessive breaks. Should I warn him?

A junior coworker of mine takes very long breaks every day. I've timed them; he makes hour-long visits to the restroom every day. He is paid by the hour, leaves after 8 hours, and is not allowed to ...
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How do I approach a previous employer about a job opening?

I worked for a construction company on a Federal project as the office admin working at the construction site. Upon completion of the project my employment was terminated as there were no other ...
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Etiquette of the “Giveaway table” in the galley [closed]

At my workplace, every galley (kitchen, not quite a break room as there is very limited seating) seems to have a table in it where stuff just appears. It seems to be accepted that this is the "I don't ...
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How to deal with an informal company as an introvert?

I'm an introvert, kinda of. I pushed myself to be a little less afraid of initiating a conversation because, even if I didn't want to, I need to cooperate with my friends and classmates in school. My ...
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Emailing HR after sending in an application?

Yesterday I applied to an IT position that I am very interested in. In the online questionnaire, there were 2 questions that I could not answer yes to, they asked if I had a specific certification and ...
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I canceled my internship last-minute. Can I expect bridges to be burnt?

I had been talking to company A about doing an internship there. I had several concerns regarding the assignment but I needed it fast, so I applied anyway and got accepted. I agreed to start the ...
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Is it unprofessional to inform/hand in my resignation to my level 2 manager instead of my immediate manager?

I'm more comfortable with my level 2 manager as he's more friendly and understanding than my immediate manager who's cold and serious most of the time. I'm afraid I'll get a huge blow back from my ...
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Is it unethical to encourage a co-worker to leave our mutual current workplace?

Background I've been increasingly unhappy with my workplace (you can look at my question's history for context if you wish) so I've been looking for jobs for the past 2 months with great success. I'm ...
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Reaching out to an employer regarding an offer letter

Last week Monday, I was verbally told that I was chosen for a role within a moderately sized company (7000 employees). The HR employee told me on the same phone call that I would receive an offer ...
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Starting Freelance, how to ask to subcontract for employer

to give some context: I am going to transition from employee to self-employed as a freelance software engineering consultant. I am currently working at a client, the performance review was good, and ...
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Remote manager keeps taking it out on the same colleague

I am a young software developer working in a big french tech company. There is this toxic relationship between one of my colleague and our manager that I am really concerned about. There has been many ...
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Informed manager about leaving, he replied with “.. have lots of expectations”. What does he mean by that? [closed]

I accepted an offer from a company and decided to inform my Manager. Out of respect, I felt it wouldn't be a great idea to directly resign without having a word with him first. So I sent in the email ...
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Politely avoid/decline handshake due to arthritis and maintaining privacy regarding a medical condition

I "know someone" who has arthritis and because they are young most people never think of it when approaching them with a handshake. Sometimes a gentle squeeze is enough to bring tears. They are also ...
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Is it ethical to spend work time learning new skills?

Background: This is my first job, recent graduate. Small firm, ~20 employees, I was hired originally to manage pay per click advertising. I grew out of the role quickly and took on many other roles ...
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Solved a “outside my area” problem for my same-level peer, had to resolve issues with it later, told to “stay in own lane” — how to go back to boss

So this is "hypothetical" in the sense that it isn't a situation actually occurring right now, it's in the past and not 'emergent'. But I've been wondering about it for a few years and thought it ...
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Rumors spreading about me leaving my current job

I was approached by former colleagues to join a different company. Few people from this company were former employees of my current company, and they still maintain friendship with the people I work ...
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How to deal with coworker who abuse me a lot? [closed]

I have 5 years of PHP Development experience and in our team there is game developer who has 1.5 years experience. Since I have 5 years I knows some of programming topics or in other words I more ...
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Is degree very necessary to get a development job? [closed]

I have more than 5 years of professional experience in PHP Development and in the last 5 years, I have never been jobless. I have spent 2 years in my home country Pakistan and then moved to UAE after ...
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How much information should be revealed to HR?

How much information should be revealed to HR? Should HR calls be anonymous? Can HR calls be limited in scope? Specifically, one of my supervisor associates in a retail setting is expressing concern ...
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Executive assistant from sister company used my office on my day off - should I be concerned?

We share office space with another company owned by my direct supervisor (yes, very confusing). I had a day off on Friday and in my absence my co-worker allowed the executive assistant of the other ...
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What reasons should I give to my leader when asking for a team change?

I have got into a situation in my workplace and I would like to change my sub-team. The team I am working in is about 25 people working in 6 sub-teams on different problems and every sub-team has its ...
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Is it possible to point out to a recruiter his problematic manners?

Once I had an interview at a company for a job with the boss. Everything was great but there was only one thing that made me choose an other company for a nearly identical offer : the man kept ...
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Should I check with my boss before I schedule something in his office?

I need to schedule a meeting with me, my boss, and a third person (at my boss's level). none of the conference rooms are available at the only time the meeting is good. Should I ask my boss before I ...
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How to deal with end of project fears that creep up on me?

Every time I finish a project in each job I start getting fears of getting laid off, my work is such that maintenance is low and it could be handed off to another developer easily. I had a bad ...
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Recruiter Negligence May Have Caused Job Offer To Be Withdrawn

I have recently been offered a new job that was set up for me via a recruitment agency (I work in software development). I accepted this offer last week after emailing the recruiter that I have been ...
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How do freelancers handle confidential projects in their CVs & in Interviews? (Software Development) [duplicate]

I am quite new to freelancing, and I'm wondering how freelance software developers handle confidential projects in their CVs? I recently spoke to a developer who told me that he is working on a ...
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Is it prudent to create multiple online identities for work and personal? [closed]

Would it be considered overkill if you discovered someone had multiple online identities, one which they were using exclusively for work, and the other which was for their personal life?
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Can I put the link to my personal website in my work email signature?

I have a website that basically functions as a resume/project record where I list my various master degree research projects, personal projects, and work history. Since I use my work email to ...
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Unassigned at work for weeks because of poor management

I work in a software startup where one of the co-founders, who works remotely, is my boss. Usually he is the one who assigns tasks to all the developers, and we contact him when we finish our assigned ...