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 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 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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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Timely notification of upcoming disability leave

I live in the USA and work in the software industry. I suffer from a chronic illness, and am considering undergoing major surgery that will leave me convalescent for 8-12 weeks. I am still pursuing ...
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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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