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 an injury that happened outside the workplace?

I've had a relatively mild concussion (outside of work). Ideally, I'd like two or three days to recover before jumping back into work, but I've already burned most of my sick days and would like to ...
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How honest should I be in performance reviews about colleagues?

When I was working in student government during university, I would occasionally be asked to provide anonymous feedback about one of my colleagues. I was assured this feedback would be seen only by ...
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How to reply to when an interviewer schedules you for a time you cannot make?

I am doing a second round of interviews with a company I am trying to get a job with. I have been in contact by e-mail with the person scheduling the interviews and he wanted to do Wednesday at 1 and ...
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How to deal with developer with “special role” in a scrum team?

I took over the job of a product owner in a scrum team (size: about 10 people) a few months ago (where I was a part of the development team for a few years before). The team is one of about 20-30 ...
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How to handle Insecure Team Lead? [closed]

I was having difficulties with an existing employee since the day first i join this new company. Assume this person name is X. Person X always tries to dominate me in several situations, including ...
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How to work with a knowledgeable but condescending senior?

My manager wants me to challenge a software architect who is senior to the both of us and who has a a history of reacting poorly to this, going so far as to push colleagues out of the team. How can I ...
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Important ex-volunteer demanding the humiliation of former colleague

I am the "head volunteer" for a "patch" of Churches in a group of 3 neighboring cities. My job is to encourage members of our churches and parents/teens of families attending our schools to take part ...
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How to approach overprotected, unresponsive supervisor to tell him that I'm going on a vacation?

I'm a software engineering student who is currently doing an international internship in Rwanda. Being a European myself there where some challenges before I was able to get all the stuff I needed in ...
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I like my new job but I'm always late and I skip work often. How to avoid this?

A little background: I started my new job in software dept of a Bank five months ago. Before that I worked in a company which had the culture of extreme late sitting and a night stay for once or ...
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Boss is not invited to project meeting set up by boss’s boss

I have a boss (Jane) and her boss (Mark) invited me to a meeting on a new project. I don’t know if this is the norm because Mark is new. I want Jane's support and this might be detrimental to ...
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How do you politely say no to taking on work from a coworker that’s politically connected?

How do you politely say no to taking on work from a coworker that’s politically connected without jeopardizing your job? Sometimes the coworker that’s politically connected, ie to the boss, passes ...
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What can I do to make a coworker's lack of effort more visible?

There have been a number of questions where people have been dealing with coworkers who were not pulling their weight. The common perception seems to be that this is due to lack of effort or ability. ...
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Does the general advice to not date coworkers also apply to employees of companies your company does business with?

I understand that usually, it's not considered a good idea to date coworkers, because it can lead to personal problems spilling over into the office and negatively affecting the company. My question ...
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How can I constructively address the fact that a coworker with the same (senior) title doesn't have the basic skills for the role

I am an in a QA automation position, with the title "Senior" which is nice. I have a coworker, let's call him Sam, who also has a "Senior" in his title. I was happy with my title until Sam came along ...
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How to handle being late

I hate being late and usually am early, though on occasion I still arrive late. This is embarrassing but today I had a large coffee before leaving for work, and I had to get off the bus to use the ...
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How should I handle a meeting about my development, when I'm already set on leaving

I've worked for a very small consultancy firm for just over 2.5 years now - I've thoroughly enjoyed working here, and still do. My line manager is the Managing Director who owns the company. Recently,...
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How to approach my manager when he's describing our product incorrectly?

Sometime ago my manager changed and the new one never bothered to understand the product we're delivering. Because of that whenever he's giving a description of our product it varies between a bit ...
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Promising job offer at seemingly good company, with a terrible online (Glassdoor) presence

Location is the Netherlands, if that's relevant. I am searching for jobs as a junior software developer currently, about 2 or so months into the job search. This is going to be my first job as a ...
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Handling concerns about a new role

I have recently joined a new company, x in a software capacity. It is my first week and I have some concerns about my role. My daily duties within the team have certainly not been what I have expected....
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Am I being ethical or annoying in refusing to 1:1 copy another company's UI for our own?

My boss has asked me to implement the UI for a financial calculator from another company's website, specifically one financial conversion tool (as we have a competing product). The other company is a ...
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Should I be worried about my upcoming background check for a new job after leaving my last company badly?

I'm graduating in April, this year. I signed a job offer with a large company, X, to start in May of this year. I was told that the background check would take place roughly one month from now–in ...
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I acted wrongly against a bully

I have this situation: I suffer from PTSD and have many triggers especially mainly bullies or retaliation. In the place where I work there is a person who has been bullying me for awhile. This was ...
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Explaining being fired for another employee's error in interviews

In my previous employment, the department began outsourcing. My team consisted of two teams of 10 people, and all the female employees began receiving PIP, and transferred departments, resigned or ...
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Employee continuously has an intense coughing fit. Unofficial solutions?

An employee where I work has a very intense cough. Every 10-30 minutes this person -- whom sits a few rows away in a large floor filled with cubes -- has a coughing fit which lasts less than a minute ...
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An important collaborator is delaying my project with perfectionism and lack of turnaround - How to manage him

I am leading a research project which involves a number of international collaborators. We have been working with one collaborator since early this year to develop a Spanish version of the survey we ...
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Permanency Problem

So here is my dilemma, I am currently employed in a finance company for about 5 months now, next month there will be a panel that will determine if the company decides to make me a permanent/regular ...
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After close to two years, Senior is still suggesting unsolicited changes that break code

I used to be a Junior at my work. The 25 year Senior who sat next to me has taken to coming over to me and making suggestions about changing and reordering my code... Initially I took him at face ...
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How to find out why my manager doesn't like me?

I am good friends with a higher up who is not my manager but goes to management meetings with him. He told me that my manager doesn't like me very much, but he beat around the bush when I asked why ...
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How do I ask co-worker out on a date?

I have developed strong liking towards my co-worker for the past week since I met her and I cannot stop thinking about her. Although we only chat about work during work I want to ask her on a date. ...
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Sexist and homophobic jokes from teammates. Should I approach my Scrum Master or Manager?

I belong to a team of engineers and I have been often hearing sexist, racist, homophobic and transmisogynist jokes from some of them. At first they have been telling it to themselves, which I don't ...
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I'm leaving a toxic work environment, my boss won't stop pressuring me to stay. How should I handle this?

I work at a small company - there are fewer than 5 employees and my boss is actually the president and owner. I put my two weeks notice in yesterday. I made this decision as my work environment has ...
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How do I stop obeying my junior team member all the time?

I work in a small software company. A junior developer joined my team few months back. The problem is that I am constantly obeying whatever he asks me to do. I am just a senior person on team and don'...
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When (if ever) is it considered professional to yell in the workplace?

I've noticed this trend in my workplace where more and more people yell at each other, especially managers and executives to regular employees (who don't yell back). Personally, it's making me ...
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What do you tell an employee that is having contact with a former employee regarding communications about company business?

We had a termination/resignation option for a behavioral employee and they chose the resignation option. She is now contacting current employees seeking information of business details. What should I ...
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Is it okay to take off several weeks of work? [closed]

I am fifteen and am going to be getting a job. My grandmother is getting older and I need to take off two weeks of work to see her and visit her. I think if I only took that time off it would be okay. ...
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What are potential consequences from disclosing other interviews I'm having?

Amazon is the most desirable places to work in 2019, I applied for a tech position, I was phone screened then promoted to the next round, an online assessment. If I pass I will be prompted to the next ...
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Are QA's meant to be slaves? [closed]

I am a QA working in collaboration with developers from different teams. I want to know why most developers treat QA's like their slaves? For example, I raised a bug, told the bug assignee that the ...
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Looking for a new job - how do I let my current employer know?

I'm currently seeking employment in another state due to personal family issues, and have been applying to jobs in the state. Right now, I am still employed by a state governing body and am on fairly ...
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Should I put my name first or last in the team members list?

I have been working on a project for about 4 months. When it started, it was me alone, but over time, I was "assigned" a few other employees to help with tasks. I was told to delegate stuff to them ...
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How to say reject a position after initially accepting it?

About a year back, I was hired by a big organization for a role that looked like my dream job on paper. A couple of months ago, we were told that my current team would shut down and all the work was ...
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One of my subordinates ignores my instructions

So I'm a marketing coordinator at this hearing aids local company. We generate 7 leads/day through social media and paid media. Every lead we generate we send to our only call center operator, she ...
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How to handle conference calls when you can't hear well

I recently just started working full time at a large company after graduating college. At my company, we have hubs in two locations so it's not uncommon that whenever we have meetings, there's a ...
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Is it ok to turn off the camera on a videocall?

Recently I have been interviewing for companies located outside of my home country and we do these interviews through videocalls. So I had several videocall interviews with one particular company ...
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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 can I prove my skills when the software I use to create code is owned by my employer?

I work in a pretty narrow field as Microsoft Dynamics AX programmer. I'm currently looking for a new job, reason being growing demands and duties without compensation, excessive overtime and much ...
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Hostile work environment after whistle-blowing on coworker and our boss. What do I do?

I work night shifts with a co-worker who would always sleep or never be at work. We are both nurses. She is friends with the administrator (our boss) who showed her signs of extreme favoritism on ...
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Is it appropriate to ask a university guest lecturer about potential jobs? If so, how?

I am currently in my last year of university and there have been guest lecturers in multiple courses I have taken. Some of them are from companies that hire students for internship positions and/or ...
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Is it rude to tell recruiters I would only change jobs for a better salary?

I am happy with my current job. However, recruiters message me from time to time with career opportunities. Is it rude to tell the recruiter that given my satisfaction with the current job, I would ...
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What can I do if I am asked to learn different programming languages very frequently?

I am a software developer and I know languages like Java, JavaScript. A few days ago my project manager asked to learn some other language to work on services related to those language. It took me few ...
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How to gracefully excuse yourself from a meeting due to emergencies such as a restroom break?

Let's say you're in a meeting with your colleagues, manager/boss and some 3rd party people (or people from another team/department) - important here because it's not only your personal image/...

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