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

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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 out of scope work and company drama reason enough to leave and how do I handle this?

I'm a software developer and currently working for a small scale-up company that builds hardware products and delivers them to customers with companion software. I'm hired to expand the companion ...
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Is it wise to ask help for someone who has done something similar?

Suppose we have the following situation: Employee has signed an NDA. Boss asks to do something new that requires maybe bachelor degree on some other field employee has never done before. Is it legal/...
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How do I remind my boss that my raise still has not been applied?

Payroll is a week late with my raise. On the day my raise was supposed to be applied I received my normal pay. I notified my boss via slack and he said he would remind payroll. At the end of the ...
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Accepted a job in a new city, but then badly injured my leg. My doctor told me not to move now. What does professionalism require?

I am a software engineer in one of the big tech hubs in Canada who was poised to move across the country to the other. A couple of months ago, I accepted a new job with a firm there to start in the ...
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My employer has written bad reviews on my relieving letter, he is deliberately spreading bad reviews

My employer is threatening me, he told, he will give negative feedback in bgv, he is trying to defame my image. what action can I take in india
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Invoices (owed to me) always late; also late on deliverables (me to them); past monies disputes; being strongarmed

Let me expand on the title as it is directly relevant: I am 26 and this is my first contracting experience, being contracted by this company. The only stipulation is $70 an hour. This is in Australia,...
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On formal emails, is it acceptable to drop the signature block after the first message?

I recently noticed that the signature block is usually dropped after the first message sent by anyone in an email correspondence. Is this standard convention? Is it safer to always include a sign-off,...
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Left out of team Lunch; how to handle this professionally?

My boss, for whom I have worked for a long time, invited all managers to lunch for their Christmas present at her expense (she says it is a work development tool) but tells me the email invite I got ...
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On the first recruiter call, is it appropriate to ask about roles that may open in the near future?

I have a call with an internal recruiter tomorrow and we're going to discuss a role that I think is a strong fit for my background, and that is somewhat interesting to me. However, there's another ...
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How to overcome your professional limits in your company

I'm a software developer with 10 years of experience, and I'm working in a small company (~8 people) all younger and with less experience than me (except my boss). We work mostly in B2B consulting ...
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Is it rude to joke that a candidate was “trained well” by their college?

I was interviewing candidates for an associate role. I found that the candidates were doing very well in the interview and most of them were very well behaved compared to candidates from another ...
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Polite way to ask someone to delete an official email I sent to them by mistake

I sent an email to a customer containing sensitive company information. Unfortunately, in CC, I added another person from another organization who is not supposed to receive the email. How can I ask ...
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Meeting new CEO for the first time, how to respond?

A few days ago, I got this email: J____ C____, the new CEO for [my company] would like to meet with MSO people one on one. The following days are being scheduled for this. Then the various days ...
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Should one stay in a software development company having considerable attrition level [closed]

I am working for a private software development company where there is a staff of roughly 100 odd people. Recently the management changed, as in old managers left and new managers have joined the ...
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Asking for email introduction of the new coworker to the whole group

We have a new temporary coworker in our lab (it is academia, but not academia-specific question). There are about 12 people working here. I would like to ask for a lab-wide introduction of this ...
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What should a low-level employee do when contacted by a salesman?

If a salesman contacts a low-level employee directly and asks if they are interested in their products what should said employee do? Some suggestions: Politely decline? Forward the contact details ...
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Wishing HR/recruiter of the future company happy new year

I am thinking to drop an email to my future colleague who was the first person I got to know from that company, and I know that company through her a short happy new year email. She is from the HR ...
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What are the recommended paper size requirements for printing professional documents (Plain A4/Letterhead/Bond Paper)?

Recently I came across one of my friend's experiences while he was under his notice period with the HR manager of the company. I need an HR professional's advice or people with good knowledge on the ...
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How much company information can I reasonable disclose on my resume?

I've signed an NDA. From what I can tell, it's fairly broad and generic. I'm not working on cutting-edge or interesting stuff, so it's probably pretty standard. I can't share the text here. ...
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How to avoid mental suffering knowing that I have no resources (time, etc.) to fully satisfy client needs?

Client has changed the usage patterns (pre-holiday effects before the long Christmas holidays) of the software developed and supplied by the company for which I am working and new errors due to ...
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Having difficulty understanding my native English-speaking colleagues. How can I improve?

I am originally from China and have lived in the UK for the past two and a half years, but English is not my first language. I spent one year studying a Master's degree and one year working an office ...
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Am I wrong in letting an employee rest for a moment when they asked to leave?

I was in charge at my retail workplace for the day. The managers weren't available and I was placed in charge. I'm not too familiar with work rights but I understand a few. My coworker asked me if ...
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Should I disclose to boss that I had a relationship in the past with a new hire?

My company is hiring one of my ex-flings. We were involved with each other for ~3 months, and broke up in mid 2018. On my part there are no feelings involved and working with him won't be a problem. I'...
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Maxing out vacation days before quitting? [duplicate]

I have about 5 days of vacation saved up at my current employer. Would it be rude and unprofessional to use them and give my two weeks notice the day I return?
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Couldn't attend holiday party. Should I ask to get the gift offered to remote employees?

My company hosted a nice holiday party that I would have liked to, but was unable to attend due to conflicts. I RSVP'd that I would not attend. The party has already taken place. From others ...
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Lowered written offer and many red flags, should I follow up on negotiation?

I’ve received an verbal offer from a small company offering X amount base, n% guaranteed bonus and discretionary bonus (as an industry standard structure). The whole package is merely 10% more than ...
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Unrecognised for Work

In meetings usually, we have a session for recognition's. In one of the recent sessions, one of the colleagues with whom I worked with listed out everyone who helped her. She had even mentioned those ...
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How can I effectively suggest edits to shared content?

I and a more-senior co-worker are both contributors to shared content. This content is internal facing and is used to distribute information between teams. We are two of many contributors to this area....
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Company director looking at my screen, made negative remark about my performance; how can I handle this?

My desk is right in front of a meeting room with a big glass partition and everybody can see my screen (two screens). Occasionally I check the news or property websites or have some music in the ...
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Is there any formal etiquette for establishing your availability at the beginning of an interview, not the end?

I had an interview recently where I thought things were going well, until asked about availability, and I had to say that I wasn't available immediately because I've booked travel home. Then the ...
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How do you ask for a raise, get denied a raise, then ask for a letter of recommendation?

Here's a scenario running through my head: I'm going to ask my boss for a well-deserved raise. If I don't get it, that's totally fine; the company should do what's best for itself. But that means I'm ...
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How can a developer talk to a shareholder about concerns after merger

I work in a startup founded about a year and a half ago by someone that I knew personally (friend of a friend). I like and respect this individual, and started working for the company which was, at ...
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How to tactfully tell manager I can't start as soon as he wants me to

I am starting a new job. It had been my understanding that each piece of paper work required would take at least 5 days to process. This gave me expectations as to what the start date would be. I ...
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Reimbursed more than my travel expenses for interview

For the second round of my internship interview, I took an Uber to the airport, then I was flown to the site and flown back in a chartered jet, and I took an Uber back home. The company paid for the ...
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Am I obligated to pass on domain knowledge after being let go?

I've been with my current employer for about a year now. Due to the way the company is setup, I'm the only one with knowledge on a process that is quite important to the company. The company is going ...
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How to make it clear that I'm actually “asking for a friend” and not for myself?

A programmer (J.) that I know is looking for a new job - and wants it fast because she is in a bad environment right now. I was going to post for her in a public developers slack group, as I'm sure ...
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Unpaid suspension due to management error

Two weeks ago, I was placed on a 3-day, unpaid, disciplinary suspension due to an error in a database. My job involves manually entering data into a database. When roughly three consecutive entries ...
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Applying for a job when you have signed an offer for fresh grad?

I am fresh out of university (CS degree) and was able to secure a job with the help of university with the condition that I will join it later on (as not joining strains university relations with the ...
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If I talk to my mothers boss about the way he treats people could I get her fired?

My mom is a store manager at a big dollar store corporation. She has worked there nearly 5 years and has loved it however, she recently got a new district manager. He moved her to a different store ...
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Is the use of ellipsis “…” dismissive or rude?

In business communication, is the use of ellipsis, those three dots "...", intended to be dismissive of the recipient? Can it be construed as rude? My knee-jerk reaction is to read these as rather ...
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Coworker stated they're unable to work with me?

I'm not really sure where to go.. so maybe this place and help a bit. I've been at my current job for over two years now, we're a small jewelry company. The business changed hands to a individual (...
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Helping a mean coworker

A colleague has been a jerk to me. We used to work on a same project but now are on different teams. I hold him in contempt. 1) He does not help even if you ask him the smallest of doubts or favors. ...
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Should I add a month only employment in my CV

I rushed into employment after I was made redundant which turned out to be a disaster because the job description posted, mentioned and the real work was totally different and it affected my health as ...
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How to send a professional email asking for an update? [duplicate]

I usually say something like Hi, Any update on xyz? Thanks. Is this good enough to use for professional emails? I'm talking about sending email to people/department in a completely different ...
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Saturday attire

I am a software engineer intern at a small company. My manager and I are going into the office tomorrow to get some work done. Should I dress formally as I normally do, or should I dress casually ...
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How to deal with a difficult employee who doesn’t want to change

I am a manager in a software company managing about 30 people across multiple teams. I have 3 team leads in each section reporting to me. One of the team leads — lets call her Linda — is a very ...
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Could a repository I created years ago reflect badly on me?

I have a repository on GitHub, which I created when I was learning some technology- it is web app. It has around 100 stars. Now, clearly after years probably both my development skills have increased ...
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Coworker sneezes then says “Gesundheit” herself. Is this wrong sneezing etiquette? [closed]

One side is: "Just say 'Excuse me.' Let others say 'Bless you!' or 'Gesundheit!'" The other side says, "What if no one is around?" [answer: no one will care] or "Why can't I?" I think the whole ...
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“You are not paid to think, but to do X” is always wrong in the workplace?

Background I work in an IT consultancy company of about 200 people. As in many other companies, we work on multiple projects, with short deadlines, with a lot of pressure, both from internal managers ...