Questions tagged [professionalism]

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

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Graceful way to cancel an interivew?

Say you had an interview scheduled with a company, and during your pre-interview research you discovered dozens of reviews on, say, glassdoor.com in which nearly every employee complains about the ...
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Leaving a contract-to-hire position that I just started [closed]

I've recently started working a contract-to-hire position that is turning out to be not so hot. I have been speaking with a potential employer that I am very excited about, and I think they are going ...
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How should interviewers give constructive feedback?

For reference, this is the opposite side of a previously answered question: How can I ask my interviewers for feedback following an interview? I interview a large number of candidates for my employer,...
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Handle a manager who is prejudiced, untrusting? [closed]

I am working for an offshore services company but doing a role as an Onsite coordinator and Analyst for a 12 member team but being onsite. The offshore project manager was an ex-QA for the same ...
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Should I inform my manager that a colleague is looking for another job if I was told that in confidence?

I'm in a situation in which a colleague informed me that he/she was looking for a new job and has a couple of good prospects. I am concerned for the team if this person leaves and I'd like to give my ...
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boss smokes and colleagues who smoke get insider info

I recently started a new job and my boss is a smoker, so she frequently has smoke breaks together with my other colleagues who are also smokers. During these smoke breaks, they often discuss important ...
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How does a non team player answer questions about team playing [closed]

I am asking a question for my friend; he is searching for a position in the corporate world. Let's call him "Joe". This Joe guy does not think working in a team necessarily means the best product ...
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Should I care about the coworker next to me while he dozes off and our boss doesn't care?

Actually he falls asleep very frequently almost everyday and our boss have never concerned or been mad about him. There was only one time that he snored quite loud and our boss patted him so he woke ...
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Boss never talks with me [closed]

My boss talks all the project related things to my colleague. He ignores me. What should I do in this case? He asks only project updates and what am I doing. Actually, the colleague is not my senior, ...
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How to deal with a colleague who mocks me

A member of the team I work with is a guy who considers himself "super-smart". He makes snide remarks to me for no specific reason. I have not previously had any such problems with others, so I can't ...
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What are my responsibilities with regards to reporting suspected Fraud?

I work in a school in the UK. I work as part of a 3 man in house I.T. team employed directly by the school. There is my boss me and another tech. We are all contracted to work 37 hours and overtime ...
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Peer tasks me, then complains about push-back. Strategies? [duplicate]

Similar to this question, I have a colleague who gives me tasks/projects on a semi-regular basis. They are usually tasks someone has asked him to do, but he doesn't have the technical expertise to ...
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Out of Scope Supervisory Duties

I started my job a while ago like what I do. During my interview I was told I was going to help other people who do indirect work for our department. Recently my boss told me I am to be aware of ...
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Protocol for interviewing own replacement

I've been with my current company for slightly over a year. I've never been reprimanded, written up, or heard any displeasure with my work. Yet a couple weeks ago, I started hearing rumors of my being ...
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Professional arguments taken personally

I recently had an argument with my Team Lead over the correct and plausible solution to one of the technical problems . Ever since he has taken that argument personally and doesn't interact with me, ...
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Ex-employee / founder misrepresenting role in software company [closed]

In 2007 I began writing a small piece of software, at the start of 2008 I packaged the software up as a product and started selling it. For the next 9 months it grew slowly and I asked a friend to ...
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Expressing interest in a position early in the resume collection process

I recently came across a position on my university's career center website. I am graduating next month, and meet all of the qualifications listed for the position. The position matches my interests, ...
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Is it unprofessional to attempt to negotiate for less than two weeks when announcing resignation?

When announcing resignation, is it unprofessional for me to ask my boss if it would cause an inconvenience for me to work only another 5 to 8 days instead of a full two weeks? I am able to work for ...
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Are there potential consequences of letting your employer know about your personal projects?

Yesterday, while talking with my boss, I mentioned I am working on a personal project in my free time at home. A senior was sitting nearby and he advised me not to tell the boss such things. What ...
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How can I stop my colleague from copying my work?

I have a problem with my colleague. The problem is, he just copies my code and uses it on Stack Overflow and his own blogs. It hurts me a lot. I can complain to my boss directly, but that could create ...
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Is it unprofessional to leave Post-it notes on somebody's monitor?

Is it unprofessional to leave Post-it notes on the monitor of people who you need to get ahold of at work? In my specific situation: My coworker is extremely busy They spend most of their workday in ...
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Inquire about allowance increment?

The company I intern at supports my higher education and at the same time pays me an allowance every month. According to my contract with the company, my allowance would be incremented slightly every ...
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How To Deal With a Whistler [duplicate]

There is this guy in the office that constantly walks around whistling loudly all day long. He doesn't seem to realize that it's distracting and that others including myself find it to be incredibly ...
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How can a conference handle harassment outside the conference? [closed]

In the past a conference I've been involved with had a problem with one presenter calling another presenter a gendered slur on Twitter preceding the conference. At the time we had no code of conduct ...
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Is it considered unprofessional to use a bookbag?

I am starting a new job tomorrow, and got to thinking - should I bring my bookbag with my things? ie. Laptop, notebook, pens Never really thought about it at my previous job, since I knew my manager ...
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How should someone respond to sudden small gifts after a promotion?

After a promotion or reorganization, people invariably try to curry favor with the new management. But how should the newly promoted respond to sudden small gifts? [Small gifts might include: a box ...
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How can I fire an incompetent friend?

I've seen similar questions to this, but I feel this has sufficient and subtle differences that warrant a separate discussion. As part of a University Project, myself and two other Software ...
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How should I professionally handle a job offer when the potential employer is pushy, I might get a better offer, and I'm unemployed?

The situation: I had been unemployed a few months. Unfortunately, my financial reserves were low. I was receiving unemployment benefits, but those would be stopped if I turned down an employment ...
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How do I respond to an apology?

In a meeting yesterday, one coworker was unproductive and, for lack of a better word, sulky. The issue did not get resolved. Today, he sent an email to the team apologizing for his unprofessional ...
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In a job interview, who should extend his hand first: the recruiter or me?

I'm heading for my first job interview within an hour and I have this critical question: Who should extend his hand first: the recruiter or me? No cultural or religious cases, common interview.
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How to handle time off for surgery?

I've got a major surgery coming up, and my company is just as aware of it as I am, and I'm covered for the time off, but what I'm wondering is how is a longer term leave like this typically handled? ...
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Staying awake in meetings with projectors? [closed]

I have this reoccurring problem. It is 9/10/11am and I am at a meeting where I sit either one chair or two away from a large projector screen. With the fluorescent lights off, the screen is bright in ...
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How can I achieve and excel in a civilian job where the leadership essentially refuses to allow growth?

Tl;dr: I am not getting the tools and knowledge required in order to complete my job effectively, despite repeated requests and attempts to do so. I want to keep the job and be good at it. How can I ...
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Disagreeing with boss over personal topics when socializing

Is it bad practice to disagree with a boss on personal opinions, in the context of talking about things for fun? For example, if a boss is talking about how much corruption is in the Catholic Church ...
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How to deal with a person who perceives a culture problem on our team?

I know that a lot of you will be able to relate to the sort of work environment that we are running here. We make edgy jokes, the sort of jokes that a lot of people would find offensive. We shoot ...
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Boss does not answer questions [closed]

I am still in training and sometimes my boss does not answer my questions. Other times he tells me to think about it. For example I was setting up a new machine and asked him to confirm I should ...
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How do I give print material at a job interview?

I have an interview for a job and I'm wondering how I should give print items to the interviewers. I have a resume, references list, my current business card, and 4 pages of sample code. I've thought ...
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How can I improve communication with my superiors?

I'm Egyptian and currently working in Austria under a work permit which is restricted for 4 months, the length of the contract. If they are happy with me, my employers will prolong it. I started 2 ...
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request for information already sent

I have sent someone an e-mail containing information (link, document, etc.), but they ask for it again as though I had never sent it to them. Is it unprofessional to forward them the original e-mail ...
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How should I approach a 'One on One' with my boss's manager when there are issues with the project?

Here is my problem. I have recently shifted job and I am mainly into computer programming. We work in a framework which is almost 75-80% complete. And I have been given a task to add something more to ...
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How to deal with a team lead direct report that acts unprofessionally?

I am a team leader. I have a team member who directly reports to me and who came from a small company and who had strong programming skills and very very poor communication skills and poor corporate ...
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Accepted offer for an internship - would rather have a different position in the same company now - should I just forget about it?

I accepted an offer for an internship in a company I am really excited to work for. However, I have come to realize that I am much more interested in a different internship position in the company. ...
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How do I get a coworker to stop chit chatting?

I am a software developer and I have an older coworker (60+ years old) who comes to me every time he has a question about anything involved with computers. Most of the time I am busy and I have no ...
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Is it a good idea to follow up after an interview, and if so, how soon? [duplicate]

Say you've recently completed a technical interview and your last interviewer has handed you back to your original contact in HR, who you haven't heard back from yet (a few days after the interview, ...
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How can I get honest feedback/criticism from a new team member?

When somebody first joins a team, they're in an incredibly valuable position to provide "outside" feedback. Existing team members' thought processes are often corrupted by habit and repetition, and ...
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How do I deal with a company who has stopped replying to me?

As a student, I don't have a whole lot of industry experience; however, I did manage to find a company who is "always hiring", and who said I would likely be a good fit in their teams. I interviewed ...
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How to tactfully quit a job early because of a successful side project?

I've been working at my job for almost a month and a half. Recently, I shipped a game that I've been working on part time for 4 months (with a few other people). It's selling very well. I'm not rich,...
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Is It Bad Form to Remove a Deceased LinkedIn Connection?

I feel kind of insensitive for asking about this. I am connected to a guy that suddenly died about a month ago of natural causes. I was just looking through my connections on LinkedIn, and ...
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Is okay to spend time learning at work?

New (6 months) junior software developer in a .net shop. Haven't finished college yet. Only briefly touched on .net during the degree (Java degree). There are many parts of the .net framework (...
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What to say about my goals with a company when the honest answer is “leave”

It's time for annual evaluations and setting goals for the new year. The boss wants to talk about the career path I'd like to take. The problem is, I don't think I have a future here, as my title ...