Questions tagged [professionalism]

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

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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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Is running allowed? [closed]

I just got scolded by my instructor for running. I was chasing after someone who asked me a question, and I found the answer after the person left the room. And on the way back I naruto-ran outdoors ...
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Should I tell my manager that I am being targeted by the team?

There were some lay offs recently, and I have noticed that I am being targeted by the team as a prompt to be the next to get laid off. For example: Performance hits by decreasing estimates of my work....
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How to respond to a passive aggressive implication of gender bias

I work as a research assistant for a woman who has a Ph.D., when we first met for my interview she introduced herself as (First Name) and since then I have always referred to her as (First Name) in ...
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New job is so far from the job description

I have started a new job as a Personal Assistant. I have been a EPA for 4 years and I really enjoy it. My new job however is not exactly what I expected. My old job was demanding, 5 directors ...
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Right way to say that I disagree with a design but will implement it despite my objections

I am asked to implement a design which I am strongly against. How do I say professionally "to me this is not the best design but I will implement it because you insist"? I suspect that the lead ...
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If my employer pays for my certification test and provides access to learning resources, can they force a non-compete?

If I allow my employer to pay for my Linux Academy subscription and I use that to gain the knowledge for not only doing the job I was hired for and to obtain certifications, can they claim rights or ...
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Can I connect with a future coworker? If so, how much information can I share?

I am considering a managerial position in a different organization at my university. After going through my internal connections, I was led to the email address of who would be my future coworker. We ...
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Are there any disadvantages to taking my employer's increased offer, even if I am likely to leave soon?

My employer is about to make me a new offer, giving me a promotion and a raise. Based on what I've heard unofficially, it's good but lower than what I was hoping for (and they know this). Meanwhile, ...
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How can I better communicate possible pitfalls?

In about a decade of working as a full-stack software developer, I've found that through experience I'm easily able to predict well ahead how things could possibly "go wrong". Most of the time I can ...
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If an offer has several contingencies and clearing them takes longer than 4 weeks, can I back out of the offer?

I was offered a position with several contingencies (drug test, background check and management interviews). It's been more than 4 weeks since I was given the offer and I'm still waiting on the ...
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CC'ing my Boss's Boss

I'm wondering about asking to take an seminar related to my job, but I'm concerned my "Branch MGR" won't approve due to the financial reasons. I'm debating on CC'ing her boss which is the regional MGR ...
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Do you celebrate paying your mortgage off with colleagues?

Where I work it is normal for colleagues to bring in treats on their birthday or when they return from holiday. I'm in the situation where I've just paid my mortgage off, at the age of 31. Obviously ...
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Company asks (more than once) if I can involve family members in project

My company has (repeatedly) requested that I ask my family members to trial their service. I would rather keep family and work separate, and so I told them my family wasn't interested. However, I ...
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What is recommended “good” attire for a male in management at a tech company? [closed]

I am not asking frivolously. I’m starting a management role in a mid-sized business software company in Philadelphia. I come from a finance company where I wore a suit and tie every day. The younger ...
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What is the proper etiquette if a person unexpectedly meets someone he fired?

What is the proper etiquette if a person unexpectedly meets someone he fired? For example, if a person is at Starbucks and meets a former employee that he fired what should he do?
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The appropriate gap between interview and starting date

I am in the final year of my study, and I am expecting to finish in the next 6 months. I got invited for an interview to a company recently. The interview was with HR and the agenda was just about ...
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What to do with an expert coworker who is “stealing the show”?

I work in a mature company and I am the youngest/newest one. The team was stable until recent lay offs. I don't know if it was the lay offs, or me not being "a new guy" anymore, but recently I have ...
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How to deal with my manager wasting hours of time with meaningless meetings

There are two similar questions about too many meetings/meeting overload. My question has a third component which distinguishes it from those questions. I have a manager who calls for anywhere from ...
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Should I ask the previous person in the position I'm offered for advice?

I have recently been given 2 offers for jobs that interest me. I accepted one already, but just today I got another offer! I know rescinding an offer is frowned upon and I'm not outright going to. ...
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Should I respond to a sabotage accusation e-mail at work?

I'm currently serving my notice period at my current job. There has been an e-mail sent to multiple people (naming 16 people including me) where an accusation of sabotage is made. I have done ...
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Is it OK to re-assign one of my own roles to a colleague without asking the manager?

I used to work at a small company of 10 people. I was assigned a few role within the company that would consume up to 5 hours of work per week or month. We later got a new employee and while chatting ...
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Interview for a different position turned me off to the company, should I tell the recruiter?

so I went to a conference the other day and had a talk with a company at a booth about a position that really excited me. The recruiters there also really liked me and we struck up a really good ...
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Is it poor workplace etiquette to display signs of relative “wealth” at work when others are struggling financially?

I work in an office with about 40 other people in varying situations (junior up to director level). I'm a little older than my immediate peers (the people I work with and socialize with) and more ...
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Asking a team mate from a different company about job opportunities

I work on a project involves many companies, cooperating for the project. Outside of this and other shared projects, the companies are competitors. I really like the project and I am sure I am ...
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As external consultant, how to deal with client employee who can't deliver?

I am in a bizarre situation. I am working as an external consultant on project basis. I am not a standalone consultant and I am an employee of a company providing consultancy services. I have talked ...
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Is it unethical to take a can of soda from the kitchen fridge after work hours?

At my company there are three kitchens that are stocked to the brim with sodas and seltzer waters. They're there for us and we're allowed to have as many as we want. Prior to leaving the office I'll ...
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Can I reuse the code of an application written in my spare time if it has been deployed and used in the internal company network?

I have written a small application to offer a service to all employees where I work. This was done outside of work almost 100% using my personal laptop (only small fixes were done at work mostly ...
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Explaining observations/concepts/conclusions to people who are unaware of your Domain Knowledge

I am software developer. During last five years I have tried to grab knowledge from various technical areas and from colleagues. And now I landed up in a company where the people in my team are either ...
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Can an invitation to lunch be considered an attempted bribe?

My job involves me visiting the offices of several different customers, often the whole day. Usually, for lunchtime, I either bring my own food, buy something from a local store close to the customer'...
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Slow coworker receiving compliments while I receive complaints

Long story short, how can a good/fast professional receive compliments about how fast and exact their fixes are? I don't want to hear like "oh great job buddy" every time I solve a problem. But I can ...
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Should I move out of my consulting company without informing my boss?

I am currently working in Europe as a consultant in my native country. I have been looking for a new job in Asia for several months, and I have told it to my boss. He told me he would try to start a ...
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What can I do to avoid potential charges for bribery?

I am currently in charge of contracts for my employer. In the recent e-mail to the current holder of the service contract for the company, I casually stated that I wished to have a few Bonsai trees ...
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What's the professional way to get out of a signed work agreement?

I signed an employment agreement (not a contract) with one company last week to start a month from now. I've also since received another offer for significantly higher pay, in a city I'd really like ...
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Left out of fun project at work, should I bring this up to the team?

I am the newest employee in my office. Several months before I joined, management directed all the workers to form teams to spend a "experimental day" or two per month working on whatever as long as ...
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I've been fired, was allowed to announce it as if I quit and given extra notice, how to handle the questions?

I've been fired during my probation period (software) for not meeting expectations. Normally a week's notice is required, but they offered me up to a month, which I took. My managers were discreet ...
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As “database reporting analyst” I have access to privileged info & the company isn't doing well, how to avoid appearing improper if I leave?

I'm a "database reporting analyst" and what I mostly do is build pre-made reports (specified by key people in the business such as Directors) and create "one off" reports when they are needed for a ...
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Could improving the way I dress backfire on me or affect others?

I recently lost a lot of weight and as a result, my self-esteem has improved. I work in IT and have been wearing khakis, long sleeve shirts throughout my career. Now I would like to start wearing ...
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As an interviewer, how to conduct interviews with candidates you already know will be rejected?

I’m a senior technical team leader at my company. Because of my role and experience, I regularly have to conduct interviews with candidates. I’m facing more and more frequently this situation: I ...
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Manager told a colleague of mine I was getting fired soon

My line manager has told one of my colleagues that I am going to be fired soon. This manager has already been verbally warned about undermining me and spreading malicious untrue rumors' about me ...
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As a junior engineer I have been put in charge of a project outside of my capabilities. How can I communicate this to my management?

I am currently working as an electronic/software engineer at small Australian company. I started here as a part of my work experience required by my university. After I graduated, I have continued to ...
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As a now self-employed consultant, should I apply for work at a company I was previously let go from?

Context A recruiter is advertising a role, and I can tell from the description that it is a previous employer of mine. This is an employer that "let me go" in the past. It's a consultant position, ...
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How to step back from applying to a job if I realize I can't solve the given assignment?

I'm looking for a new job as a software developer and I applied to many job for which the stack necessary involves languages I'm not familiar with, yet I'm confident I can learn in time. For one of ...
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Advice on defusing a tense situation after disrespectful behaviour from a colleague [closed]

This happened to me today and I'm still trying to digest it. To give you some context, I'm working on IT at a company with several branches across Europe. I don't hold any position of responsibility ...
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Thanking panel interviews by email, individual or group? [closed]

I had just completed a panel interview and found out that it is important to thank the interviewers (regardless of outcome), as mentioned here, amongst many other sources. I have the email addresses ...
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An important collaborator is delaying my project with perfectionism and lack of turnaround - How to manage him

I am leading a research project which involves a number of international collaborators. We have been working with one collaborator since early this year to develop a Spanish version of the survey we ...
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How to prepare for a conversation with someone much higher up?

I am in my mid 30s and currently work at a senior technical position (software architect) in a Fortune 500 company. My current boss (a director), who brought me into my current company from my ...
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Discussing chances of pay review

I'm 2 weeks away from finishing my probation period. Recently, things changed for me as my aunt died which leaves me and my wife as their guardian plus my boy started school and another is on its ...
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Potential job offer and dealing with current employer

I have been contacted by a potential employer with a role that looks very suited to my background. I am the CTO at my current role. The CEO is a good friend of many years standing, and we have been ...

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