Questions tagged [professionalism]

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

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Laid off in advanced age, how to start again?

I am a 38 year old programmer, laid off about year and a half ago. Can not find a job despite the fact that I kept my skills up to date, maintained personal github repo, contributed to foss projects, ...
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Is it okay to ask an employee for interview tips on LinkedIn?

I've been selected for the second round of interview at a company (Data Engineer position). I asked the HR about what the round would entail - she gave a generic answer that it would be a technical ...
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Should I leave my current job?

I make a minor mistake, something very minuscule, a few times a day like a typo/template error etc. However, every few weeks or so, I make a mistake where my boss may need to confront me after ...
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Disrespectful exchange with company Director, currently feeling unmotivated and am unsure what to do

Background: I've been at my current place of employment for 18 months as a developer. I have in that time made some mistakes as I'm sure someone with the same tenure would, but I've had a lot more ...
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How to find major customers of particular worldwide public company (Introductions)? [closed]

I was trying to get in touch with best possible corporate law firms - the local ones in the same country as where target public company is. The goal was to ask a law firm to introduce me and our own ...
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Should I Accept Responsibility For Unclear Technical Issue?

I have been working at my company for a number of years and have recently been accepted to begin training for another role where my principal duty will be to negotiate contracts with third parties. ...
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How to negotiate with a stubborn coworker?

I work in small team of 8 developers and we do not have direct management because of our small numbers. We are more or less self managed. We make heavy use of version management, IDEs and all sorts of ...
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How to constructively address someone yelling at you in the workplace?

At work, someone yelled at me and spoke in a very rude way. The background was another supervisor told me to use a certain computer for a specific task, but this one thought it took too long and I ...
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Can we follow up our probation result?

So I've already worked for 3 months (probation), and today is the end of my probation. Well I haven't heard any result from HR / my boss (boss is in a different office because of corona) and I have ...
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Should I tell my boss that I like the job but I'm homesick?

My Workplace I work in a very agile environment in an IT agency, where I was given responsibility within a short period of time after graduation. My boss (CEO) often tells me that he likes my unique ...
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How to improve ability to ask intelligent questions

Background I've been working as a Software Developer for about 4 years now, 3 of those being in an apprenticeship (Germany). Things are going very well for me. My direct supervisor is very happy with ...
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Switching roles within the same company but with obligations with the former

I currently work in the higher education space and recently got an adjunct faculty position (through my current position, for a semester). This teaching position runs from August to December. I have ...
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Senior executive visit to see me? [duplicate]

On Tuesday afternoon I received an invite via administrative assistant to meet with our senior executive my boss’s boss’s boss in three weeks. She wanted to make sure that I’ll be back from vacation ...
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Laid off and can't find job [closed]

Discovered myself in situation I did not anticipate. I worked as embedded, constrained system developer for about decade and a half, to be blunt I got laid off and can't find job. I do not know what ...
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How to stay relevant as programmer in long term

I am 29-year-old programmer. One thing I noticed with passage of time is that I'm not as ambitious, sharp and energetic as I was at the start of career. My job becomes more demanding as I age and ...
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Meeting with my Boss’s Boss’s Boss? [closed]

On Tuesday afternoon I received an invite via administrative assistant to meet with our senior executive my boss’s boss’s boss in three weeks. She wanted to make sure that I’ll be back from vacation ...
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What to do when you discover that the company you're about to have a job interview with recruited ex-colleagues that you can't stand? [closed]

I'm currently working for company A, and am slowly but surely starting to look for a new job. At company A, I've been assigned to a big project that isn't going exactly well, one of the reasons being ...
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How can I gracefully exit my work's Fantasy Football league?

My department began setting up a Fantasy Football League, which I impulsively signed up for. I admitted to the person setting up I do not know much about Football, nor watch it, but was encouraged to ...
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Is there a way to get coworker to cut back on his annoying macho stories?

The company I work for also owns nightclubs. Due to COVID the nightclubs shutdown. A bunch of their staff got transferred to where I'm now working. There is one former doorman (call him Tim) who is ...
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Was I wrong to tell an interviewer I work night shift and recently woke up? [closed]

I work night shift, so I wake up in the afternoon around 3:00pm-4:00pm to go work at night. I scheduled an interview with a company in the afternoon, and since this is technically my morning I was a ...
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Following up on an old email from a recruiter

I received a job offer in late April from a foreign company. Due to the situation with COVID and the fact that at that time I was busy with my final degree project, I was told by the recruiter that it ...
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Official warning by a manager for how I spend my vacations: escalate or ignore?

I have about 20 years of job experience and I’ve been working for my current company for 3 and half years. Throughout my career I've used this pattern for my vacations: the last working day before a ...
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How should I deal with my team member who tries to copy?

I have been working in a company for a year and a half now, after 6 months of work the company decided to hire one more person to help me and project. My colleague is so weird, We both software ...
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Should I tell my employer I have ADD?

I have been working at this company for over 2 years. I always had issues focusing at work, but I always managed to get work done on time (this is when I worked at the office, sometimes working ...
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Alienated by team manager

I currently am going through bad situation. Our manager was laid off and replaced by other manager which is way younger than previous one somewhere around mid 20s. Problem is that I often get ...
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How to cushion blow of joining an avalanche of resignations?

Over the last 2 months, many of the top performing employees have left my current company. They each had different "official" reasons for leaving, but the timing of it is pretty obvious (it ...
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Is it rude or odd for a recruiter not to supply further job details when asked?

I've had an interaction with a recruiter that I found slightly odd and off-putting, but I can't make up my mind as to whether I'm reading too much into it or not. Any advice would be much appreciated. ...
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Is it unprofessional to accuse someone of being “snarky” in a work chat?

An external colleague asked me if I was "being snarky?" when I told one of his report I had already sent them something they asked for. Am I right to find this unprofessional? For context I ...
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How can I feel less intimidated by younger colleagues?

I work as a game developer. I work mostly on visual novels, fighters, shooters and arcade games. Each year the workplace is more and more dominated by younger folks and fewer and fewer seniors. I ...
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Should I provide support to a former department for a project I developed but they didn't pay me for?

So for the background I worked for a department for 2 years and in my field its considered top of the line work. But I also have other non related technical skills and developed a crucial scheduling ...
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How to prepare team for layoff?

Our team consists of about 15 developers, we basically act as in house dev ops and think tank for our company. Our performance was fine until recently, but slowly it started to decline, and so did ...
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How to professionally decline a promotion when I want to quit?

I've been offered a promotion as several people have left/will be leaving. I've been looking for other jobs and have asked for some time to think it over. Unfortunately, I'll have to give an answer ...
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Excluded from extra work activities

Currently I am working in a small team of six developers. Colleagues are often having short talks and flashbacks related to extra work activity (work related decisions they made while not at work), ...
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How to praise other people's work without sounding patronizing or insincere?

I recently started working with someone who throws around a lot of light praise to others, such as "good job on that!" "nice work" or "keep it up". He seems sincere but ...
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How to make coworker more accountable

I am struggling with a team where no one wants to take accountability. I have spoken to team at least 10-15 times & gave them piece of my mind. Never heard anything back from them. They never came ...
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Change of the hairstyle had dramatic effects on personal relations [closed]

To provide some background I work in tech job which overlaps with academia, think mix of college, software and IT company, I`ve been quite fond of horizontal mobility, flexibility and ability to ...
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A coworker stole a video game I was selling to a friend while i was working. Should I call police?

I work at a McDonald's on night shift. I was selling a PlayStation 3 and some games to one of my coworkers. Another coworker wanted me to sell him the system and games but I held firm that I had ...
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Co-worker avoided/missed answering part of an email. How do I politely remind them?

I wrote an email to someone who's a manager on another team, and there were two parts to it that were labeled 1. and 2., but she only answered the second question. I had CC'd two people in the email ...
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What to do when my project status update is politicize?

I think I just landed myself in a soup. I work for a company COM which has multiple engagements with a client. We have two projects running PRJ1 and PRJ2. I am part of PRJ2. My managers at PRJ2 (...
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Should I tell my manager that I want quit in 2-4 months? Or should I keep my plans to myself? [duplicate]

I just wonder if I should tell my manager that I want to quit in a few months from now or not. Below I am going to provide you with some context and description of my current situation. Basically I am ...
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Dealing with “Why didn't you do it some other way?” questions

The scenario is usually similar to this: I am presenting my work, which involves software related decisions and scientific related methods. I have almost no direct management from my actual managers ...
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How do I tell my boss that his contributions to projects are terrible?

I make lesson plans for a small education business. It's small enough that my boss is the owner of the company and tends to directly contribute and make changes to these lessons. My problem is that a ...
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Part of an HR plot without knowing it: are these HR machinations normal?

This question derives from the outcome of my other one and what happened next. For all the details, please read the linked question. After M joined back the company, they organized a party with myself,...
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Being a good mentor to software developers whose skills are below-par

For the last ten years, I have worked as the only senior developer in a team of 4-5 developers within a larger organisation, supporting a range of corporate systems. Within the first couple of years, ...
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Is it realistic to seek employment after 30 in software industry?

Two years ago I was working as a game developer in a relatively small company, which was acquired by one of the more big-name corporations. Needless to say this change of hands was followed by large ...
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How can I convince my at-risk employees to come to the office? [closed]

A few of the developers at my company want to work from home because they have "pre-existing conditions" that mean they are "at risk" from COVID. I am firmly against this, as I ...
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Feeling unmotivated to do work due to correspondence

Lately, I been very unmotivated to work/complete task. I posted a post here about how to bring probation topic with the manager whilst the company is preparing for a launch. I followed the advice as ...
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Company has been highly invested in my training. Is it okay to leave?

I just hit the 3 year mark at a company (my first professional experience in the software industry). Over the last year, they've been investing in me by training me on a lot of new tools & paying ...
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How to manage the team efficiently in my new position as an inexperienced lead?

Background I have been working as a Software developer for more than seven years. I am going to start working on a new position as a Lead software developer in a new company. The company has a complex ...
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Should I contact a company whose interview offer I ignored to apologize?

More than a year ago I was looking for a job and after accepting an offer, I received an invitation to interview with another company (1st round of a typically two rounds process). It was my first ...

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