Questions tagged [professionalism]

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

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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 ...
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What is the best way to deal with “cake and eat it” demands from management based on client feedback? [closed]

Client feedback is very important in the areas I’ve worked in, but I’ve found it very stressful when management’s desire to improve feedback results in demands to have two sides of a trade off. For ...
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Manager keeps trying to delay my internal transfer due to project deadlines and delays

Background / current role: I'm a software engineer and I've been working almost alone on a project which has an impact on the whole company (big company 10,000+ employees). The project has been ...
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Bosses/co-workers pretend to know things that they don't know

I was recently talking to a co-worker, and an esoteric subject became relevant. So before spouting out technical jargon, I thought it was important to determine if my co-worker knew anything about the ...
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What is a polite way to clarify my gender in phone calls?

Naturally in my native language my voice over the phone is sometimes closer to a female voice. But my natural voice is sounding completely normal. The problem is the listener in the other end of the ...
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How to say 'NO', When someone offer you better opportunity with better salary?

I am a professional Magento Developer, and I have completed my one year and continue my next one year bond. When someone offers you a better opportunity with a better salary but you have to continue ...
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How do I stopped being stepped on during group discussions

I'm part of a leadership group of 6 at work where we have to make decisions about the structure of the company (i.e. divisions, etc.) among other things. However, there are few, let's say very ...
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Is it appropriate to ask for a raise in Sweden?

I joined the mid-sized IT (500-1000 employees) company located in Stockholm, Sweden over a year ago. When the yearly salary reviews happened earlier this year I was missed (because supposedly there is ...
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A major investor asked me (the software lead) whether the board should fire my boss (the Co-Founder and CTO). What should I do?

I am the software lead of a startup which while not struggling, is repeatedly missing goals and commitments to clients. Much of this can be attributed to our CTO. Some background on her. She is one ...
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How to decline invite to team dinner when I have a prior engagement?

I am being invited to a team dinner which I won't be able to attend as I have to go for swimming coaching classes every evening. I don't know how to decline the invitation and also politely tell ...
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How to respond to “Are you looking for a job change?” question form an acquaintance on LinkedIn?

One of my LinkedIn contacts recently messaged me if I was looking for a job change. He is not a recruiter but a principal engineer in some firm. He appears to know some senior people at my current ...
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Handling a tricky ex-employer

A friend of mine works as a Nurse Practitioner and was employed under an MD in his private clinic. She recently quit her job and now the ex-employer wants to hire her back. She ended up leaving the ...
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I made unwanted advances towards a female colleague

We were joking - the interaction was good - I put my arm around her shoulder and she didn't say anything. However, I let my hand linger over her shoulder as we were walking down the corridor and she ...
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Just quit my job, should I express my concerns about supervisor

I work in a software development company for almost two years now, and I'm planning on quitting soon. The reason is that I cannot stand my supervisor (let's call him John). TL,DR: Should I tell my ...
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I accepted a new job starting a few months from now. How do I keep my current job until then?

Some background, I'm an intern at a big company in the US. When I got my internship over a year ago, I did so with the understanding I'd get offered a job once I graduated. In the last few months, it'...
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Is it a good idea to switch teams within your company if you're under stress? [closed]

I work for a company where internal transfers are normal. I've been on my team for 2 years and a few months ago I started to look for a new one only because I felt bored and wanted to see something ...
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How do executive promotions actually happen? [closed]

I understand lower management, it's just a job you apply for. But how do people go from that to director or vp? Is it just waiting for your boss to leave and hoping his boss' boss prefers you? Or ...
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Can I leave in the middle of a project? (programmer) [duplicate]

I have been working here since I graduated, as a software engineer for approximately 5 years at this company. In the first 3 years I thought everything I went through was learning, even though the ...
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How to ask employee with obscene sounding name to adopt “professional alias” [duplicate]

Is it possible for an individual, in the US, to get a "second name" or professional alias? In short, we have a sales engineer who immigrated to the US (on a 5 year visa while we work with him to help ...

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