Questions tagged [professionalism]

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

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Is it appropriate to mute others in a video call

Due to COVID-19, my company has gone completely remote and all of our meetings are conducted over voice-call software (e.g. Skype, Zoom, Teams - usually without using video) that allows any invitee to ...
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I told off a consultant and it affected my job

My company hired a consultant to work alongside me and help convert our apps to a new technology. For months, while he did the work, he insinuated that my coding style was terrible and that I'm in the ...
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Coworker Keeps posting political messages in a group chat

At work, another coworker created a group (slack) chat originally to discuss work related matters for all of us in similar positions. While we all share the same type of position, this coworker is ...
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Is this considered me going behind my manager's back?

Before him going out on vacation, I negotiated with my manager on the specs of my new laptop (as well as the budget) and we settled on a model and specs. Today, out of curiosity, I asked our head ...
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I have a job offer, but only plan to work 4 months until the January 2021 period. What do I tell the employers?

I recently got an offer for a Software Engineering firm to start working in Sep 2020. I haven't been getting much luck in the job search, and due to COVID many of the companies that I would've liked ...
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Point out coworker's lack of professionalism without creating conflict

So, recently I have been dealing with what can only be described as lack of professionalism on one of my coworker's part. Usually I wouldn't mind, but it's become so frequent that it negatively impact ...
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how to talk to manager about missed twice delayed deadline

I took a task which our TL/team couldn't do but it soon exploded into a mammoth of a task and only way to make it work is to make it from scratch whilst the deadline was 3rd July (I wanted to prove ...
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Can you use the academical Post-nominal letters without finishing the course?

A student taken her Master's degree but eventually didn't complete her study. She only finished 36 units out of prescribed 42 units. Can she use her Post-nominal degree even she didn't complete her 42 ...
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Refusing to increment productivity beyond salary raise

A software engineer in the team I lead was a very good worker and in the last two rounds and got a salary increase of the maximum the company allows. A couple of months ago, he said he was very ...
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Asked to add someone who got their last manager fired to my team, am I right to be concerned?

I am a team leader* of 3 teams in a quite big company (about 1500 employees around the world and about 300 in my office, the headquarter). Recently I was asked to add a person (call them X) to one of ...
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Client wants me to interact with their end-customer, but through client's company email

I develop software and sell licenses to a client in a relationship that is technically non-exclusive but so far has been exclusive in practice i.e. they are an important client to me. My client (let's ...
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How do I impress a senior developer?

I’m a relatively new developer. I’ve been doing development for four years. I think I’m competent at what I’m doing for my level. I’m a fast learner of new technologies and code bases. I’m also good ...
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Employee Test Result Failure Revealed

I recently (and embarrasingly) failed an email phishing test at work when I should have known better. At the time I was distracted and not paying attention properly and it caught me out, which proves ...
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How to disclose a temporary job?

I recently got laid off in early April. I don't have any savings so I took a job since in late April to pay the bills. The job is in a different field and is about half my old salary, so I have ...
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Dealing with a toxic freelancer harming our industry

I work in a niche field, which is normally full of people who mostly collaborate, rather than compete with each other. Lots of small organizations, government entities, and individual freelancers ...
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How to professionally acknowledge to a client that a former coworker made a mistake in production?

I work at a tech consulting company in the US and I recently took over a project from a coworker (Bob) who got laid off. (He was mainly let go because of covid, but he wasn't the easiest to work with ...
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How can I approach suggesting a significant other be interviewed after the company just hired a sibling?

I have worked as a fabricator at a small company. I am on good terms with the plant manager and the company president/owner/founder. About a month ago, when we were looking to hire, I suggested to my ...
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How to ask if my job is safe

I work for a company that values self-starters and does not value feedback. We get code review and bi-annual formal feedback, and that's it. My history is that I was hired to do X, and have since ...
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How to avoid terrible taste impacting career [closed]

I often work in an open office which can be somewhat distracting. Many people at my office listen to music with headphones to help them drown out the background noise and improve their concentration. ...
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How to maximize my chances of getting an interview for a job application that only asks for a Resume?

I'm applying for a job that I really want. I just applied online and the system only asked for my resume and some general questions. I believe that's because the firm uses some keyword tracking system ...
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What would be a professional response to “unfair” testing methods during a job interview

I recently interviewed with a medium sized company. The job description was very general, one requirement was: Good knowledge of at least one of the following languages: JavaScript, Python, C#, Ruby ...
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Delay start date on the other offer — how to if possible

I have 2 job offers – one's already been made, the other is on the way. I like them both. I'll take the one that's been already offered, say job-1. call the other job-2. I'll take job-1 because ...
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How can I retain a volunteer employee frustrated for not being promoted?

For context, I work in an organization that's completely pro-bono, so no pay is involved; all volunteer. I'm in the equivalent of the C-Suite for our org. We have meetings with the suite every week. ...
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I feel Interview day went badly, what could I do to get more chances? [closed]

Context: I applied to a company and I have real passion and interest to join this company. I am interested in their mission, in the industry, in the position, and I feel myself I am capable of doing a ...
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Missed meeting - acknowledge in an e-mail, or ignore?

Since COVID and work-from-home, I have had some trouble with keeping meetings straight. Up until today, I had one meeting I was a bit late for (entirely my fault) and one small one that I missed (due ...
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How to handle authority who doesn't let you grow because of insecurity?

Long Version I work in Indian IT industry here we have off-shore [India] and on-shore [Abroad] culture for companies from abroad. On shore [Abroad] people have the most influence and they are key ...
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How to deal with rude junior and make manager aware of his attitude [closed]

I recently joined a company in February 2020. In my job, I was given time to learn with resources such as free Youtube links, whilst helping junior dev's. One of them is really 'self-confident with a ...
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How do I communicate that I do not want to collaborate with coworker anymore

I am quite new to this company which has a very small department for my particular profession. Everyone in this department comes from other professions and they have poor knowledge about it. There is ...
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Etiquette for going under a desk next to a woman?

This seems silly but it's a genuine issue. Suppose, as a man, I am sitting next to a desk in which a young woman is seated. I need to go under the desk to plug in a laptop/monitor/etc. The lady is ...
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Employee Complaints of “Micromanaging” about New Manager

I recently took over a bigger office and half of my team were recently hired right before I got here. And I also have a new boss now. This location has been struggling for the past few years with ...
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Is it unprofessional to include additional explanations in a thank you letter?

I'm writing a thank you letter for a technical position after the interview. I'm wondering if it's unprofessional to include additional explanations for a question that was asked in the interview; a ...
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Extremely unsure of my role/wage at chaotic startup

I'm a junior dev, have been at this startup for over a year and have built 90% of the frontend. I learn very fast and work 60-80 hour workweeks by choice because I love the work and understand the ...
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Tech lead is trying to make team become average software engineer

I have 1 manager and 1 tech lead. They are 2 connection people from stake holder. Manager has fantastic English writing skills then email to board will be very convincing, but no software skill at all ...
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How to decline a summer job (after a successful internship) that doesn't align with my career plans?

I’m a photography major, and this past semester I was fulfilling my internship requirement at an art museum. Due to the COVID-19 situation, the museum was forced to shut down, and my position in the ...
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Decision about a potential candidate for the team who I knew had misbehaved once

My team is trying to hire a new member and has been interviewing some potential candidates. I came across the list of people interviewing and found out that a guy I knew is on that list. I knew him ...
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Is this person on Slack being rude to his coworkers? [closed]

At work a person by the name of David posted an image on his company slack random channel. The image represents his opinion that most disease and death in our world comes from lack of diet, ...
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Business Etiquette: Editing out information in an email chain

I recently had an experience where I had to send multiple reminders to someone in another part of the company for an answer they said they would provide. My last reminder included the fact that ...
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Scheduling interviews far out

I recently had a phone interview with a big N company for an entry level technical position. I received an email today saying that they weren't sure about moving me to the next step so they wanted to ...
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Is it necessary to give notice while furloughed?

I live in New Jersey (an at will state in the U.S.) and I am currently furloughed. There may be a job offer underway and I was wondering if I would have to give current employer a two week notice. I ...
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New on job & uncomfortable with profanity

My friend recently started an Intern-to-Hire position at a Fortune 500 software company. She was placed on a team working with 3 other people, and she's doing actual coding work (unlike other ...
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Is it unethical to work two jobs concurrently?

I’m currently working a 1-year contract for Company A that’s set to expire at the end of July. Since all the projects I was working on have been put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic (and my ...
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How can I address the issue of a broken desktop screen with my manager?

Due to lockdown, I was given desktop to work from home. One day I thought of cleaning desktop table and monitor as well. I kept my monitor on a box and started cleaning the table. I was keeping all ...
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Colleague nags and acts like my manager, should I be worried?

I've been working remotely as a software dev at a company I really like for a few years. One of my teammates, let's call him Bob, concerns me. Most of my colleagues work on one part of the product, ...
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How to finish my report? [closed]

I need some advice since the advice I have so far received from my friend can be considered dangerous. I was finishing up my report and although I was late my supervisor accepted the report. The ...
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Can I add software engineering to my resume if I do not have a software engineering degree specifically?

So I have an aerospace electrical engineering degree. I am currently doing my masters in data science. For many years I have also had an avid passion for software engineering but I did not attain a ...
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Company HR asking questions on my hiring process, should I worry?

I was hired by my current employer about 4 years ago. At that time, the company was very compartmentalized: every division had its own HR, its own administration, its own management, its own ...
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Chat etiquette in the office [US]

I have two questions about "You are welcome" in business chats. When someone asks me to do something and I get back to them with some form of "done", they, in turn, respond with "Thank You. So far ...
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Manager not agreeing for notice period buy-out even though mentioned in offer letter

I belong from India. I have been offered a new job and would like to end my current notice period early. In my offer letter it's mentioned that - "After confirmation your services can be terminated by ...
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Managers not following company policy regarding masks

About a week ago, our company president issued a policy requiring employees to comply with the social distancing requirements issued by the state. To that end, the company procured some masks, which ...
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Is this an adversarial statement? [closed]

“Developers need to be informed the scope, timelines, and other expectations that are material to the success of needed changes.” This statement was made by a developer to an executive, a non-...

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