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How to maintain composure when a dedicated employee gets fired without any proper clarification? [closed]

This can happen in any workplace especially in those workplaces where a collaborative mindset suddenly gets invaded by autocratic and top-down mindset and new rules are forced on people, with ...
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How to like somebody who you dont like at work? [closed]

I guess its the most natural of all feelings, some people we like, others we dont. But at work, wanting to be professional and to the advantage of the business, I believe collaboration is best when ...
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I was honest about wasting time: can this harm my job?

Just now my boss asked me "Why are you working overtime today?" I replied "I wasted 2 hours in the morning and I am working overtime to compensate for time wasted." He gave me a perplexed look. He ...
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Enroll at a university to not appear unemployed when applying for jobs?

A friend (who is also German) will soon finish his Master's degree in psychology. He has been looking at job offers but will likely start writing applications only after he has finished his thesis. ...
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Psychological domination and manipulation by a colleague

There is this female colleague in my office who is not strong technically. Yet, she manages to complete her work by taking help from the rest of the team. Of late, I have been observing her and found ...
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What to do when my ideas aren't chosen, when I strongly disagree with the chosen solution?

Bit of a psychological question I have here in relation to working as a programmer. In your work environment, when you're working on a particular system and that system needs to change due to ...
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Why I feel like the company I'm working for is taking all my creativity/imagination? [closed]

I have stood out for being a worker that advances quickly, that I'm good for programming and that I am very enthusiastic about the new projects of the company where I work. My problem is when I want ...
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How do people with ADD manage in the tech industry

My question is about techniques that people with ADD use to manage working in the tech community. I have ADD (the Attention Deficit Disorder and not the hyperactive type). I specifically picked the ...
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How to deal with anger that caused by nested problems? [closed]

Sometimes I encounter technical nested problems which are the problems that, the solution to a problem involves a sub-problems, which in turn has its own sub-problems. To deal with the anger I ...
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How to combat an experienced line manager who uses calculated silence effectively?

I'm a junior project engineer in small technical engineering team (not software or IT) and my line manager is an experienced technical person with extensive managerial experience. I have come up ...
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How to talk to / deal with boss about closing his door if he's going to talk to himself

My boss talks to himself. Sometimes even raises his voice. For much of the day. I'm not worried about his mental stability. Actually I wouldn't mind, except that his office door is four feet behind me....
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How do I effectively address the Dunning–Kruger effect? [closed]

After reading the FAQ, this question might be considered as too-broad and opinion based. So if such is the case, please let me know and I'll preemptively stop the question. Dunning–Kruger effect ...
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How do I professionally ask the CEO to communicate with me directly?

I am a software developer who has recently (6 months) been hired as the CTO of a medium-scale services organization in Pakistan (50 employees). I have not been given charge of all the projects yet but ...
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Highlight my masters experience in my resume, when I won't be finishing the degree?

In Ontario, Canada. I'm feeling like I'm doomed after reading multiple articles online regarding an unfinished masters as a black mark of death. So, like many other students, I have not flourished in ...
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How to “let go” issues, blocking my mind?

This is a problem I'm facing already during the entire course of my career (I'm 45 years old now): regularly I get stuck with something. I look at the problem and I can't find a solution. As I don't ...
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Remote worker, minimal feedback, how to avoid fearing for my job every day?

I am an application specialist working for a small startup from the West Coast in the US. I am working remotely from the UK. In my team we all code and work with customers, and I think I was hired ...
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Should I accept to do psychometric tests while employed, in US and UK? [closed]

I have been asked to do a psychometric test "as part of my business skills training" but I am afraid it might be used against me at some point. Is it legal, in the US and in the UK respectively, to ...
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If you were asked to sing or do other weird things at a job interview, does this mean that the employer is not taking you seriously?

I was applying for a position related to personnel work. At the job interview, as expected, the panelists asked me a battery of questions about my work experience and goals. Later on, however, they ...
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What is the correct response to being asked to sing a song during an interview? [duplicate]

I just read this question: If you were asked to sing or do other weird things at a job interview, does this mean that the employer is not taking you seriously? The common consensus seems to be ...
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How to cope with unexpected aptitude tests in interviews [closed]

I applied for a junior c# developer position.And they prepared an aptitude test.I got 1 out of 5 questions right. The questions give you a box of a set of numbers with different values in the numbers ...
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Is it safe to discuss work grievances with a company psychiatrist?

Asking this one for a friend located in the United States. She's currently experiencing significant stress coming directly from her place of employment. All attempts to mediate this with her ...
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How to handle coworkers where complaining is a big-ish part of the work culture

At my last job, everybody loved to complain. The developers, the tech support, the salespeople, even management; I never really could understand it. For the most part, all the complaints people had ...
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How to politely decline my salary due to feeling I don't currently deserve it? [closed]

I am a software engineer at a startup. I'm feeling burned out from my job and am not performing up to what I would consider par. Therefore, I do not believe it is ethical for me to accept my salary, ...
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Tell employer upon resignation about psychologist consultations [duplicate]

I have been working at a French start-up for 2 years. I have passed through some difficult times during this period. The workplace was one of the main causes and I ended up seeking help from a ...
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How to tell a manager that he is making technical mistakes? [closed]

I had a 20-something CEO/CTO at a startup whose technical knowledge seemed very limited, but he was also very arrogant and he didn't want to hear my ideas AT ALL. Here was a person who was doing ...
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How do you diplomatically say that something cannot technically be done?

I'm working on the tech side of a company, and the business side sometimes asks for things that cannot be done. Yet, I never want to say "XYZ is impossible". Maybe it's possible but it would take 20 ...
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How should I ask my boss about bringing in a pet?

It seems that some companies (as many as one in five) are now permitting/encouraging employees to bring their pets in to the workplace with them. Some are even claiming that pets in the workplace can ...
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How to decide between jobs based on office environment?

I'm fresh out of grad school and busy interviewing for my first job (in roughly the data science field). I've interviewed at two companies, both of which look like they can offer me great experience ...
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Should I encourage my coworkers to share their salaries with each other?

Objectively speaking, the only party that would not benefit from everyone knowing what everybody else earns (specially people in similar positions) is the employer. Yet, there's a stigma about it. ...
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How to deal with programmers who think there is “one true way” to write software? [closed]

I've been coding for iOS for years now, and I'm continually finding that I encounter programmers who believe there is one true way to write software for iOS; typically these are guys who have very ...
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Someone in the office drinks water as a defence mechanism [closed]

Someone appears to drink water as a defence mechanism when in trouble in the office. As a point is being raised or feedback given, the person always brings their glass to their mouth and will drink (...
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How do I deal with a very manipulative employee who doesn't do his work? [duplicate]

I am the supervisor of an IT department in a small but a high-paying company. I supervise 12 employees. There's one that I'm having troubles with lately, he is newly hired and is a great person. But ...
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What are the downsides of not informing people about being succeptible to panic attacks?

This question: Panic attack in interview: Just leave or explain? Has a top voted answer that - basically - recommends NOT telling people upfront that a person has mental health issues that result ...
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My boss has two possible roles in mind for me. How can I influence his decision on which to assign me to?

My boss is undecided whether to assign me to: role A: office (managing spreadsheets, image editing, vectorial drawing, etc.) role B: warehouse stock assistant How can I convince him or ...
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How to form opinions and communicate them after being conditioned to a culture of obeying-without-questioning?

Please help me rephrase the title in case it doesn't properly reflect the content, or isn't professional enough I am at the same company since I finished education. I was quite enthusiastic about my ...
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What strategies can I use to deal with a workplace with an “easy hire, easy fire” policy?

I work in a company that has an easy hire easy fire approach. The rate at which people are fired is over 15% of the workforce each year. The worst part is that an explanation is not given for those ...
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How to deal with constant episodes of forgetfullness [closed]

I have been working on a task for 2 weeks. There was no stress. i was going well into the details and making good conclusions. Yet, yesterdya we had a demo on the work and when asked about some ...
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How can my coworkers accommodate my alternative cognitive/learning style and patterns? [closed]

Several weeks ago I started as close to a dream job as a software developer as I could have wished for. It is a relatively small company with a casual dress policy, frequent on and offsite happy ...
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Interview with a HR outsourcing company

I've been contacted by a Human Resource Management (HRM) company on LinkedIn, inviting me to a "short chat". When I asked which company they represent, they told me this can only be revealed during ...
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How can I get people with difficult personalities to conform to expectations?

Following on from discussions related to Jacob G's question How can I encourage a culture of punctuality in a software company? and some related discussion in the site chat, I'd like to ask a closely ...
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How do you approach imparting technical knowledge to your superiors?

The people who are in charge of my workplace don't really understand what computers are capable of, mistrust them, and generally have a great deal of difficulty using technology. This is a problem ...
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What are some good tips for project starters who have a tough time finishing the project? [closed]

There are some of us who love to dream, we thrive on new projects and starting fresh is unbelievably invigorating. I live to innovate and start something new! Solving problems and starting to ...
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How can I ask for more positive reinforcement?

I found out that what fuels me to do well at work is positive reinforcement from bosses, colleagues, and customers. My current job at a start-up is very demanding. My boss doesn't have time to give ...
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How common is the use of the polygraph for security cleared jobs?

I asked in a comment to an answer to the question Security clearance jobs: will security make it hard to get work done? whether real life agencies are as enamoured of the polygraph as their portrayal ...