Questions tagged [professionalism]

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

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What is expected when I'm asked to be ready to work by shift start? [closed]

My employer is asking people to be ready and present for the shift-start briefing. What is normal for an employer to expect me to have done before the shift-start briefing and what is acceptable to ...
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Is it okay for an intern to leave workplace early on last day?

So I know this question is already on here but with my circumstances I wanted to clarify. I’m an intern at a company with a pretty laid back atmosphere. My manager is out of the office on my last day....
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How can I step out of a big task on a project?

Months ago, I accepted an offer via Discord to build a website. Since I would enter on a job on web development, I accepted (the project is no way related to my job). My skills are not the best (~6 ...
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Crush on Cubicle neighbor from different team; how should I proceed? [closed]

I have a crush on a girl same age as me whose cubicle literally shares the same wall as mine. She is in a different team. For a couple of weeks now, we have never spoken a single word, despite having ...
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My business partner does not want to participate on the business activities, how should I proceed?

I have started a business together with another partner as an equal in terms of earning and effort. There's no written contract, just a gentlemen's agreement. We are an IT software company, so we don'...
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Call/email back interviewer for an alternative answer

I recently had a telephonic interview with one of the future colleagues of mine. He had asked me some questions and I had answered them pretty much. After the call when I was introspecting I realized ...
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Recruiter wants to represent me for a role that I've already applied to

Bit of an odd situation here. I had a chat with a recruiter who told me of opening. Liked the role he was describing etc. Got the company name, and realised it was a role that I've already applied ...
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Should I tip my salesperson about the managers on the client side starting to dislike them?

I currently work for a consulting firm (A), who sell my services to a big client (B) whose office I'm spending my work-time at. Effectively, I'm always at the client office and almost never see the ...
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Is this fair to ask or say hi hello to CEO? [closed]

Actually I am working in Multi-National company. Our head office is in another city and we are few members team in another city. All our upper management is not in our city. I am hired by company ...
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What to say in letters while mentioning a proprietorship?

Usually, when you work in a company, in official letters (leave application, resignation and such), you mention that you are an employee at this company or your are leaving your position in this ...
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Changing a job in a company where people are fully dependent on me [duplicate]

In the beginning when I applied for the job - I've given an information that the only reason I'm coming to their company (which is a Software House) was because I got rejected from a dream job at the ...
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Negative vibes & environment at new workplace, is it normal? [closed]

I would just like to ask for opinions on this matter. I started working at this company on new year (small company with 30+ staff). During my probation, I started to feel burnouts. FYI, I'm the ...
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Should I put “intern” in my e-mail signature?

I'm currently employed as software developer intern and I'm in the process of evaluating different products for my company. For this reason I need to communicate with external companies through e-mail....
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Should I have shared a document with a former employee?

My deputy manager who left 3 months ago is asking for a document that was shared with me and my team after they left, but they were part of the meetings that led to the preparation of that document. I ...
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How to deal with being distracted by opposite sex [closed]

This is a question about how to deal with distraction. (edit: Saying "You're not normal, seek a mental health pro" won't be considered a high-quality answer. You are not qualified to make a ...
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A subordinate complained behind my back, what are the effective ways to resolve this? [closed]

My subordinate went over my head to complain how she isn't growing. She has only has 3 years experience. She also complained thay she expects some reward like a promotion by now given she is almost 4 ...
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What is the appropriate way to introduce documentation of an ongoing issue to upper management?

I handle all of the internal IT at the company I work for. For several years, I have been trying to get some new servers purchased to replace some failing server. Several months ago, after repeated ...
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Is it okay to interview with other companies after accepting a signed job offer?

I recently received an offer of employment from a potential employer. It was a straight forward (no confusion). I received my offer letter via email and I sent my response back via email accepting it. ...
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Who should pay for accidental damage to private work equipment?

Several years ago I purchased a mouse with my own money to use for work because I can't stand using a cheap mouse all day. Yesterday, a colleague accidentally spilled my own glass of water over the ...
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Romantically rejected a more senior coworker; how can I protect myself?

A coworker recently asked me out in a romantic way and I turned them down. I don't work directly with this person, or report to them. They're not on my team. They are older and more senior. I don't ...
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Is it ethical for a company to ask its employees to move furniture on a weekend?

My company (a relatively large one) recently asked for volunteers to help and move furniture to the new office on a weekend in exchange for free pizza. We are not professional movers, but people with ...
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How to deal with counter offer from potential employer? [closed]

It's an unprofessional experience of me: I accepted and signed offer with company A (dream company) for $X. Company B came in later, knowing I already signed another company, offered me $1.25X ...
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How do I report an employee who is compromising security of employees and clients?

I work as a software developer on a team of 4 people for a community outreach organization. The network security is poor but upper management is aware of it, and we're planning to switch to a better ...
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Should I clean uncompleted projects from my GitHub?

I'm a self taught software developer. Back when I was teaching my self how to program and how to use git, I ended up making a huge number of repos - some are incomplete, some are just notes. Over the ...
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How should I ask for higher pay based on performance?

Context: This summer I got a summer job as a junior developer with the promise to continue as a part time while I finish my masters at the university. I was hired with another student from the same ...
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Is it rude to tell recruiters I would only change jobs for a better salary?

I am happy with my current job. However, recruiters message me from time to time with career opportunities. Is it rude to tell the recruiter that given my satisfaction with the current job, I would ...
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How to deal with companies who deny feedback post the (technical) interview?

I'll soon be completing studies. So, I have been applying for jobs. Generally, I'm able to cross the initial pre-screen assessment test by HR personnel, in which they typically ask the tell me about ...
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How to ask inconvenient questions / talk about sensitive topics in front of all employees and your boss?

Once a month we have a meeting, where nearly all employees, managers and the boss (CEO) participates. The main goal of this meeting is to keep all informed about relevant news regarding the company ...
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I received a dinner invitation through my employer's email. Is it OK to attend?

Last week, I received a dinner invitation from an organizer that I never worked with nor heard of. I received the invitation through my employer's email. The location of the event is a well known ...
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How to handle too many calls from companies?

I am currently looking for a job and posted my CV online, hoping to get some calls. It worked and I got some calls - in fact too many. Just this morning, I had 15 calls, plus some e-mails. As I am ...
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Taking advantage when HR forgets to communicate the rules

I currently work as a software engineer at a company in Europe. One detail that's going to be important below is that everybody here has a contract for 40h/week. If you work more, you can use the ...
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How to respond to someone who condemns behavior similar to what they exhibit?

I am an independent contractor working remotely for Company A. I have worked on and off with this company (or a version of it) since the mid 90's either remotely, at their HQ, and also on occasion at ...
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Using sick days and/or vacation time once you’re allowed? [closed]

I started a job in early February of this year- I was granted 3 sick days and 10 vacation days that I could begin using after my 90 day probation period. Not long after I passed this time mark, I had ...
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Colleague prefers to roll their own solutions that are completely unnecessary

How do I help a coworker with more years of experience write cleaner code? Let's call them Dario. What are some tips on how to gradually introduce clean code concepts while still being respectful and ...
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How to whistle blow unethical project decisions to client.?

I was the Architect for a project our company just started working on for an MNC. The one who runs the project from the client side is a good friend of mine. For some unsaid reasons, and due to ...
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Denied vacation time

I'm in a difficult position because I was denied vacation time (only 1.5 days off requested). Well, my manager did not explicitly say no but replied to me with "It will be difficult for me to approve ...
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My colleague thinks I'm showing off, how do deal with it? [closed]

We both are pipeline developers working in an animation company. As we are developers, we deal with text-editors/IDE. I use certain tools that suit my needs. A coworker who is unfamiliar with that ...
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Best way to screen calls

My boss doesn't like to take calls that he's not expecting but I'm not always sure who he's expecting. If a client calls and asks to speak to him, I ask who is calling and find it easiest to say "let ...
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Should I ask to extend my internship/for a full-time offer if I only plan on being with the company for 1 year?

I am starting an MS program in Human-Computer Interaction this upcoming fall on the west coast and am currently interning as a UX Design intern on the east coast this summer. The company is mid-sized ...
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Employer asked me to work overtime to finish the project before I leave the company

I work in a small company and I am the only developer. 8h a day and 5 days a week. I am paid per hour (~4€) My contract expires in one month. When the employer asked me wheter I wanted to renew or ...
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Applying for a job with no relevant experience. What to say in the resume?

So I am building a resume for a friend who is a Computer Science student and seeking an entry job in the industry. Problem is that he never had relevant jobs before. Jobs he had are: Cashier at a gas ...
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Proposals and Solutions Frequently Dismissed

I work at a large company with different groups and divisions and things like that. We are made to participate in several cross-company workshops where many issues are discussed. In one group, ...
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Was it really unprofessional of me to leave without asking for a raise first?

I've just given notice to my current job for a new position which offered near triple my current salary ($37k as a software engineer). I knew that I was underpaid when I took the job but as a previous ...
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Should I report a leak of confidential HR information?

I found that an employee who is no longer with us uploaded a giant Excel file containing HR information into Slack. The file is available to anyone in our Slack and contains names of all current and ...
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I lied on my resume. How should I reach out to my manager? [duplicate]

I got an offer for a tech job at a big company in Seattle. I am excited about the job, but I have a problem and that is that I lied on my resume. I put my undergrad, even though I didn't graduate. ...
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Software Engineer out of college with no work to do!

I graduated in May and just started my first full-time software engineering position at a smaller (relatively speaking) branch of a large defense contractor. My first day of work was June 10. However,...
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How can I politely work my way around not liking coffee or beer when it comes to professional networking?

It seems that coffee is a staple of the workplace. So much that, in a previous workplace, it took 1 hour to raise funds for a new espresso machine as the current one broke down. Our culture is built ...
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How do I deal with a networking opportunity that's ambivalent about staying in touch?

I work with a STEM education nonprofit. A few weeks ago, I reached out to a local science museum hoping to establish a relationship and work on joint projects. I heard back from one of the people ...
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Senior Developer Feeling stuck by toxic coworker and annoyingly jokey manager

I'm a front-end engineer and have been in the field for a little over 4 years. I feel like I am stuck at my current position, with no room for growth. Currently, I am a senior front end developer on ...
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Moving to a different country soon, when/how do I tell my team/manager?

Due to personal reasons beyond my control, I will be quitting my job and moving overseas this summer for an indefinite amount of time. I have been at my current job for about 6 months now, and I ...

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