Questions tagged [professionalism]

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

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Is it inappropriate to require a colleague to write out a training report by hand?

TL;DR - A colleague decided a training they were put in charge of was required to be done handwritten as some studies have shown that it helps with information retention. Is it appropriate for a team-...
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Is it appropriate to state RegEx as foreign language knowledge in a resume?

A similar recent question made me think about a situation I overheard recently. A developer/DevOps friend of mine who has an easy-headed attitude to everything, often comes up with little quirks. One ...
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Is it appropriate to say “Excel hell” on a LinkedIn profile?

A majority of my current job is replacing exceedingly complicated Excel-based data processes with automated software. I heard the phrase "Excel hell" on the podcast Talk Python To Me and thought it ...
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Hosting vendor consultant sends proposal to my manager without any background information

So unbeknownst to my manager, I've been pricing out different managed server companies to allow us to upgrade to a service with more flexibility and features. This is going to be significantly more ...
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How to handle a release manager that keeps changing release process?

I am working at a company that builds products (website and apps) for our customers. There are dev team, QA team, and a release manager. The release manager is the one who defines release process and ...
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Should I leave my job and kill the company? [closed]

I have been in a company for 3 years. I was the first developer, which gave me the title of CTO. I have been interested in the company’s capitals. We made our business grow, we raised some funds and ...
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How do I professionally handle my manager who is blocking me from being the official lead and instead credits my work to my co-worker?

I am a developer at a company and have worked there for 3 years. The net size of the team I work on is typically 2 developers big: myself and another developer. Other devs I have worked with (I will ...
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Can I file for unemployment if my new employer tries to change my already signed offer letter, due to Covid-19?

I received a job offer in writing on March 31st with a "tentative" start date of May 1st. They put a tiny clause in there that the start date was subject to review due to coronavirus complications. I ...
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How to lead unproductive team

As a lead developer I have to supervise two very unproductive and irresponsible colleagues. The problems are: Deadlines are always missed by two-four weeks. Junior-level tasks may take a week instead ...
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Practical ways to hold peers accountable for their assigned tasks?

Recently, I and 4 other coworkers were working together on an internal initiative. Due to the nature of the project (internal rather than client-facing, etc), it was a rather "informal" project that ...
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How to proceed when you're accepted, but are waiting the answer from another company first?

I applied for internship in several companies by the start of the month. I had a tricky deadline in another thing so by the end of the month I need to have definitive answers for internships. I was ...
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What is the best way to deal with incapable reporting manager?

You have developed a product that could directly save $700 per month for the organisation. You have told about this to your reporting manager (a part-time consultant) and, he without seeing the ...
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Relieving is approved from HR side but he applied own terms and conditions for F&F due to COVID-19

I resigned from my current company (a German MNC) on 16 of March 20. Yesterday, 14 of April 20 was my last working day as per my job contract. My HR relieved me on 14 of April, but he applied some ...
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Recently joined a team as a junior dev, and learned they plan to have a certain amount of failure. Is this normal?

A couple months ago I joined a team as a junior dev and I recently got added to the support rotation. This week is my week and my senior told me that I should go home early Wednesday as there would be ...
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Does it matter who is marked as an author on a work product?

For a new software project, I'll be reusing more than 90% of a colleague's work as the base. But since it needs to be created as a new project, I'll be listed as the author of the product despite most ...
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What's the polite and friendly way to ask your lead for a call?

I am a university student and remotely work for a community, and always communicate with my lead (who is a working lady, and usually busy with her work) on WhatsApp and messenger. Before organizing ...
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How to deal with responsibility enough to manage people but not enough to delegate and make my work easier

In my current company, I have been climbing non-stop for two years, to the point where I have now people I am responsible for. From the get go, I had to work over time since the job demands a lot, ...
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How do I lean in into a new job without sounding needy

I am fortunate to not only have a job in the current climate, but am paid decently well. However, I am the newest employee in the "team" and about to complete week 4. I work for a relatively decent ...
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Forward an Issue to the concern person

The business people sent a mail to us that "The application is failing frequently with same error". They want to us to look into the issue,but we are not the right person. How do we forward this issue ...
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How to politely ask someone to use Google Translate instead of their own non-native english

When communicating with colleagues and/or suppliers from countries like India one will occasionally communicate with people who write emails such as this: Dear X Let us know payment. If you ...
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How to say “Take it or leave it”? [closed]

I am a freelancer and recently one of my clients was pinging me day and night about a particular project. He dug out EVERY little detail of the project and pinged me a lot of times whether I could ...
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My current company agreed to take me back after I had another offer rescinded. Is it acceptable to start applying again immediately?

I've been with my current company (Company A) for about a year and 4 months. A couple of months back I decided to start applying for new opportunities due to issues with my pay and personal growth. ...
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How should I address the fact that I'm struggling to work during the pandemic due to anxiety?

I am a software engineer, and I have been in my current position for almost two years now. I am really happy with my job. I enjoy the work that I'm doing (for the most part), the hours are flexible, ...
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Is it unprofessional to add a Stallman-like “you won't find me on Facebook” to my resume?

We hear nowadays that companies increasingly use social media e.g. Facebook, Twitter, etc. to check out job applicants. As someone who does not use any social network (exception: Stack Exchange :-)) ...
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How can I get a potential employer to reissue an offer I rejected?

I went through interviewing series with two companies, X and Y, at the same period of time. I reached and passed the final round with company X, and they issued me an offer with a 48 hours signing ...
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Should I ask my manager to hide/not-announce my promotion?

I work in a medium-sized (i.e. several thousands of employees) tech firm. I've been competing alongside several other talented engineers for a massive promotion to the senior-most engineering position ...
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How to ask if a job “hold” for me is still available?

I was working for two and a half years at an office where they knew I was planning on going for my masters after gaining some real-world experience. They promised to hold my position while I went ...
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Instant Messaging: How to Politely Re-ask an Ignored Question

With the current state of the workplace, many companies now run things from a 'work from home' perspective. My current workplace is similar, with everyone working from home, so there is no way to ask ...
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Forced by client to remove security feature, now client blames me for data theft

During last months the project manager (PM) from a client requested many times to remove some security features we put on their web portal to “ease our day-by-day operativity” (their own words). ...
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Declining [potential] internship extension offer? [duplicate]

I started a 4-month internship in January and wanted some opinions on declining an extension. Back in November when I interviewed, my manager mentioned that they were wanting to hire for 8-months, ...
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CEO talked to me about letting me go. Now he is trying to keep me, but I want out. How should I communicate this?

I tried to make the title as neutral as possible, but the reality is that "I" (I am asking on behalf of a relative I know well) am doing at least 2 people's job, being paid the bare minimum, and with ...
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Which party should I notify first when leaving a contract job through a staffing agency?

I am currently on a contract job through a staffing agency, where the staffing agency is my legal employer and I'm on a contract with my job site. I've secured another job offer and will take it. ...
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New Thinking Behaviours?

I started a new job as a trainee auditor and so far I’m enjoying it. I’ve not made any major mistakes but one thing that is clear to me is that I have to change the way I think about the job. I’m sort ...
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Is it bad to ask not to be recorded in a (group) interview?

I went to a group interview. (Not the same one as my other question, just coincidentally another one). On the whole I felt things went well. It was for a marketing position. At one point we were asked ...
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Should I work while on vacation?

I am the only web guy in our firm and get asked to work on client issues even while on vacation (PTO). It's understandable if it's an emergency production issue, but even for non-production/test ...
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I have been interviewing for my dream job, then things went fast with a different company and I receive an offer, how to professionally manage this?

I have been interviewing for the past two months with a company X that is one of "The big 4", for a dream job. Successfully finished several interviewing rounds and now my last and most difficult ...
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How to protect my direct report being unfairly blamed by a colleague from a different team?

This situation is happening in Thailand and I and my team are also Thai (Chinese born here). I am a backend engineering manager. Under me is a frontend dev, Mr. FrontEnd, and a backend dev. For some ...
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How to avoid sounding arrogant when explaining that your more-senior replacement lacks the necessary skills?

I was tech lead on a complex project for nearly 2 years and was eventually transitioned off of it after I got promoted. One of my senior coworkers ("Joe") was assigned to replace me on that project. ...
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How can I deal with irascible, unprofessional manager?

I work for a large-size engineering firm, in the R&D department. I am working there from 6 months by now, and it is my first work after my MSc degree. I like (unsure now) both the company and the ...
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How to reply to a client who has fixed the problem themselves?

I am trying to reply to a client who figured out and fixed the problem by themselves. I would like to appreciate the client in the e-mail. Any suggestions?
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My new boss ask me about client's big boss hobby (B2B Account)

I am a B2B sales, and my new boss is asking me to disclose all of my account key person's hobby, and the personality trait and put on the email. Is this proper? He thinks good sales should know it ...
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I think I was invited to go to the wrong interview

I was asked to an interview by a marketing firm. I had been under the impression the position was for a promoting specific brand. The interview was a group interview with about 10 other people there. ...
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How to not answer an uncomfortable question in a group interview?

I had a group interview. There were about 10 other candidates and one person running the interview. The format was we sat at the table and took turns answering the questions asked by the interviewer. ...
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How to enforce the use of my full name at work, instead of its shortened version?

What way is the best way to enforce the use of my full name? I can't write this without actually putting my real names in the title of this post, because it's very specific to my name usage, and as ...
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How can I, in general, learn to be more professional?

I've had 3 jobs and 3 managers (all different companies), and each of them has had the same complaint about me, so I don't think moving jobs will fix it. At every job, my manager is happy with my work ...
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Asking for day off. How can I word the email so it does not sound rude nor meek? [duplicate]

Every time I want to take days off I wrestle with the manner in which I should ask for them. I have PTO days that reset annually. I guess my battle is when I ask, it feels rude if I say "I'm taking ...
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Joke or taunt/bully? [closed]

I was made redundant from my last job and had been jobless for 4 months, now I joined a work place as a senior and I feel like I m not fit for the position because of 3 reason. My knowledge is all ...
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Is it acceptable to ask for unpaid leave if you've used up your PTO days? [closed]

If an employee has already maxed-out on their allotted PTO days, do companies typically allow them to take off extra days as unpaid time off? Here's the background: I work as a developer in a USA ...
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I've realized my coworker is a narcissist. What next? [closed]

While watching various videos on mental health and anxiety, I began to come across videos on narcissism. This led me to this list. I'll just include the headers so I don't just copy the author's ...
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Made a mistake at work. Proper tools can prevent it again but there is some obstruction

So I made a mistake at work not being thorough enough. It's my fault and I accept it. Where I'm taking offence is that this mistake could have been preventing with basic tooling. And by basic I mean ...

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