Questions tagged [professionalism]

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

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How do I improve communication with a person whose grammar is so bad that I sometimes can't understand their emails?

As part of my job, I frequently exchange emails with a person (let's call him "Bob") who works for another company. I believe he's on the same level as me - not a manager - but because we ...
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Servicing customers with disagreeable content

Our company recently accepted a contract to work with a US-based religious institution that is known for its conservative stance. For example, one of their tenets is that homosexuality is a sin. I ...
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Is it unprofessional to send meeting invites on weekends/holidays?

I had to schedule meeting for Monday but for some reason or the other it I couldn't finish work on Friday and therefore I wasn't sure if I should schedule meeting on Monday. But on weekend I worked ...
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I am signing a new contract with another company. When is the appropriate time to give notice?

Beginning of the year I joined a new company. Things are not bad, but I am not 100 % happy with the current situation. I addressed this problem to my line manager and he was very supportive of trying ...
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Should I report unrealistic deadlines assigned to me by other colleagues to my manager?

There is this person X, who would assign an unrealistic deadline and ask to build things that she won't use regularly. This has happened previously also and I had reported it to my manager and he ...
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Is it bad etiquette to continue a possible project identified as impossible by others?

Multiple times I've found myself in a situation in a meeting where I'm laying out my plans for a project I've been assigned and either my manager or a co-worker identify something to be impossible and ...
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Should I point out that the answer I came up with was also a correct answer after the interview?

So I had a technical interview and the interviewer asked me a question which can have multiple answers. I came up with a solution and explained it to him but he had another solution in mind and didn't ...
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What's the best way to deal with being ostracized by your own boss/manager?

I'm frustrated and trying to figure out how to deal with this situation without showing how angry I am. I'm resentful I should have to do all this work just to get basic respectful inclusion in what's ...
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How should I deal with 3rd party content in my portfolio items?

I'm writing a project that I want to use in my portfolio as web developer and I'm using a JS 3rd party module in my code. This module covers a lot of different use cases that are not immediately ...
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How to get rid of the freelancing work permanently?

I live in India and along with my full-time job (in which I'm earning a good salary), I have been doing freelancing for my previous manager (who launched his startup with some guys, last year). I have ...
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Is it acceptable to bring items from former employer to work?

I have mugs, coasters, etc. from previous employers that I enjoy using, but am hesitant about bringing them to work at my current employer because they're branded with former employer's logo. Will it ...
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How to politely tell a manager to stop telling everyone the both of you are taking a class?

I know this sounds insane because it is. I mentioned I was interested in taking a couple of project/engineering management courses with my then-manager. She insisted I take a certain class, which I ...
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How do I reestablish my position as a dependable employee again?

Joined a company as it was starting up in my city. They didn't have a HR department, there were no supervisors, the training environment was still being built. Everything was completely fresh and it ...
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How can I ask my boss to stop overcomplicating everything?

I enjoy my job, but my boss makes everything more complicated than it needs to be. Whether it's policy, planning, implementation or improvements, he tries to "outsmart" simple things and ...
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How to convince company that I want to do this course while saving my job

I have been out of work for 6 months and had been living on some of my savings and my wife's family helping us, I took some 40 interviews with tech test but failed, 41st I got the job. I had been ...
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How can I stop getting fired? I have been fired 5 times

The past 5 jobs I had were ones I got fired from. Usually within 1-2 months. The longest I lasted at a job was 2 and a half months. I want to end this cycle. I am a junior programmer with a degree in ...
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Wear a tank top to work?

I work in data analysis, in the office space of a factory in France. There is no air conditioning where I work and it does get quite hot. My question is: Is it acceptable to wear a tank top to work. I'...
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Boss frequently wants me to come into work for lunch or other times during covid, even though I am work from home

tl;dr Under covid lockdown, boss continually pressures me to come to work to "hang out" even though I'm a software developer and company policy is that we work from home. I'm starting to get ...
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Mistake during internship

I've been an intern at a company for a little over a month and I have made a mistake. For context, this same mistake was once made by my manager when I first started and they pinned it on me, so this ...
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Negotiating contract terms - is it acceptable at the moment, how can I do it professionally?

Background Recently I was approached by an ex employer, asking me if I was available to work a 6-month contract with them whilst they undertook a large project. This is an IT support role which I had ...
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Management request to inflate hours

I work as a software engineering manager for a global company, with many thousands of employees, that provides project work to clients We have an internal cost for our software engineers This internal ...
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Would this be considered harassment in a workplace - UK?

I made a joke that a girl has a crush for my coworker, he got mad - was it harassment? I have been working for over a year in a big corporation in the financial industry. I am female. I have a group ...
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Recommended to apply but ghosted by HR

I have a personal connection who is relatively senior at a company. He thought I would be suitable for a role and recommended I forward a cover letter and cv to their GM of HR (after clearing it with ...
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Should I send a thank you email for a mail informing me I have been shortlisted for an interview?

I recently applied for a position and I received an email that I have been invited for an interview. The email suggests it has been sent to everyone shortlisted as it starts with 'Dear everyone,' and ...
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Constant updates to future employer on present situation

I recently signed an offer letter with another department within the same organization I work at and I'm wondering how best to handle a few issues. Unfortunately, due to immigration delays, a quick ...
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Upcoming masters program, but have new job offer

Currently I am working at company A, and I have a job offer from company B. My masters will begin in fall (sep 2021), and thus I am not sure if it is wise for me to accept offer B. I am willing to ...
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After switching roles in a company, is it OK to continue some tasks from the previous role?

I accepted a new job at my company in a different department and have a new group and manager. This group does research on a different topic than my old role and I have a sort of technical ...
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My colleague uses slang around the office and it offends me. Can I do something?

I have worked with this colleague for about 6 months. He can act professional when he wants to but he usually likes to use such phrases like "aight man" when saying good bye or says "...
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Is it appropriate to write in my LinkedIn profile “if you use LinkedIn like Facebook or post political content be I'll block you”? [closed]

I honestly don't remember the last time I saw a post on LinkedIn related to work. I'm sick and tired of it even though I barely navigate the front page. Not only I'm seeing narcissistic content ...
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Did something I feel guilty about at work. How can I undo it? [closed]

I am feeling quite guilty about something wrong I did at work. I work in a retail store. Officially we only accept payment by cards (i.e. debit cards and credit cards). But what everyone does is ask a ...
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My whole team is leaving because they hate 'work from home.' How do I get them to stay? [closed]

I'm a manager at a consulting firm and 3 out of 5 people have left the team because they are 'fed up' with work from home. They say theres no boundaries between professional and personal work and they ...
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How to handle disagreements when roots are politics [closed]

I have encountered the following situation. I am in a specific team in which the politics in various directions are very important. That was never my strong point. This includes how some of the people ...
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Customer trying to recruit me to re-create current employer's success

My current job contract with ABC Industries has a non-compete, stating that I cannot go work for a "direct competitor" until at least 2 years after my employment with ABC has concluded. ...
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How to inform candidate interns of blacklisted supervisor in a professional way?

In the team where I work, we often have interns conducting their thesis assignment, in an engineering related field on a topic decided by us. The usual procedure is that we interview the candidates ...
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Can't do what I do everyday for a living without the internet. Do I have problems? [duplicate]

I'm a backend web developer. If there is a problem that I solved before, while I remember there was something for this, I can't solve it by myself. I need any kind of hints or references. I can solve ...
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Do interviewers treat interns rude all the time? [closed]

I received an invitation email for a next-day interview and the time scheduled was very bad which was at 12pm, I asked for rescheduling but the HR said they do not have any available slots throughout ...
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Is manipulation a soft skill? [closed]

All my life I have been studying technical areas (hard skills) like programming, maths, statistics, German, data analysis, etc. That makes me isolate myself to learn this stuff and now I have problems ...
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Can writing “inform” come out as impolite when addressing a superior? [closed]

If I am writing in email to a superior that I would like to tell him or her something, should I write ‘I would like to inform you about something’ or ‘I would like to let you know something’? Is using ...
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Two internship offers - one contingent on funding

I have received two internship offers. One company (company A) gave me a deadline (tomorrow) to accept or decline - although, it's not a formal offer letter. Rather it's an "expression of our ...
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How to respond to a performance review you disagree with?

I found some of the many negatives of my performance review to be very one-sided. I tried to explain but received more criticism. It feels like they don’t see the good and only the bad. Some comments ...
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Can contributing to a website that has objectionable content hurt job applications?

I'm looking for a new job. Hopefully one that is full time and permanent in the tech industry. I normally include links to websites I have contributed to/made. A group of my friends are making a ...
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How to react to boss's criticizing you for things not done their way?

My boss seems to have extremely strong beliefs regarding small things. Imagine you have a 30 minute urgent conversation because you "replied all" and didn't limit the big (=8) number of ...
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How to deal with repeated, frequent harassment that is implicit (i.e., suggestive but not explicit)?

I’m the only female employee in my department, and I’m the youngest by at least 10 years. There’s an older guy in my department (50+) who likes to crack jokes and talk a lot. The type who would make ...
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How to deal with former coworker calling to help them in their own work?

So I left a shitty IT service based company, also served the 3 odd months notice period there. I had a good bond with coworkers there and helped them with coding because I'm good at it. There is one ...
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Etiquette when waiting HR intermediary for an answer if directly asking the person responsible for the job is possible

Following the advice from my previous question, I asked Jane my deal-breaker questions first. On the same day she replied positively, so it made sense to follow-up with the good-to-have questions (2 ...
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Supervisor perceives my question as offensive

I work at a Fortune 500 Software Company, It's a well-cultured company and respects openness. Recently my supervisor (Manager) pinged in our group chat and asked everyone to send our residential ...
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Etiquette for replying to eager HR acting as intermediary

I found a job I am interested in and I have some deal-breaker questions I want to ask before applying (example: if they offer relocation, remote work, visas). I tried to find the answers on their site/...
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How to deal with colleagues who schedule meeting and join late

There is this colleague who would schedule 15-30 minutes meeting and join themselves like 10-15 minutes late (I am the only attendee). It has happened on several occasion and I have ignored it but now ...
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Leaving the company; how can I get my personal items back?

My goal is to hear people’s advice of what I should do instead and if there are special cases to consider. So to reiterate the question and provide more details: I work for company A that serves as a ...
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Is using the English equivalent of my name unprofessional

Some Background: My birth name is "Mousa" which is the Arabic equivalent/synonym of the name "Moses" in English. I usually go by both names, not one in particular, so some people ...

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