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Placed on work schedule despite approved time-off request. Is it unreasonable to push back on this?

Since March of this year, I've been employed part-time at an amusement park in food service. I'd like to think I'm a good employee: I show up before my shift starts and clock in at the right time I ...
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How to deal with a team member consistently showing up late

For a long time I was the only developer at my company. Last year, we hired two more entry level devs. I have no management experience or training and very few managerial duties, but by virtue of my ...
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How can I warn another team that the boss is going to call them out?

Here's what has happened so far: Team X is supposed to do something for us, and the timing was kind of vague but it's been a long time now. The boss said he was going to send an email to them cc'ing ...
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How can I get out of extra on call duty, to cover for new coworkers religious obligations?

In our company one person from the team has to come to work on Saturday. We are a team of 4 so it comes to 1 Saturday per month (paid overtime). Recently 2 guys left and have been replaced by other ...
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Salaried Employee Being Dinged For Tardiness

I am a salaried employee, scheduled to work 8-5, M-F, and one Sunday a month for month-end closing. I typically will arrive for work between 7:58 and 8:04. On really, really, bad days, sometimes ...
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Accidentally missed a shift, how do I apologise?

I missed a shift and it was my fault. I would like to apologise and take measures so it doesn't happen again. I work seasonal at a large chain of retail stores. I take the work extremely seriously (...
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What should I do when the boss “pulls rank” to get their problems solved over our customers' problems?

My boss and I were reviewing items in a bug fix list. One of the bugs was relatively low priority: the program is rarely used in the way that produces the bug, and there is a work around which avoids ...
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How to request flex time for controversial events?

My current workplace has a policy where we are allowed to have a lot of flex time, we generally just have to ask the boss/check with project managers if we want to leave early and then make the time ...
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How to push back when colleagues send work to me they can do themselves?

Over the years I've acquired some Perl skills to get the data in a shape I can work with (marketing analytics). Average dataset sizes have grown over the years, and colleagues tend to say "Excel can'...
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How do I convince an employer to give me half day off every week for a second job?

Background: I am working in a mid size company and I am a software/Web developer. The IT team is really small (just me and my team lead). I am fairly new to this organization (40 days to be precise). ...
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Coworker making annoying and teasing comments. How to resolve it informally?

I have a coworker X who is part of my SCRUM team. Coworker X's desk happens to be right by the front door. The way his cube is setup, gives him clear view on who is entering or/and leaving the ...
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I'm stressed by having software deadlines imposed on me without my involvement. How can I deal with this situation?

Over the course of my 20-year career as a software developer, I've always been involved in the estimation process of any work I have to complete. Deadlines are typically agreed upon before we commit ...
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Rescheduling a Coveted Interview

I am a senior in college and I've just landed a very coveted job interview with a well known company. I shared those details to paint a picture of how careful I want to be when handling this situation....
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Supervisor Consistently Scheduling Meetings That Run Over Standard Work Hours

I am currently on a tiny software team of four people. We work very standard work hours and over time is not an option. Two of us get in at 7 and leave at 4, the other two team members get in at 8 and ...
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Had to cancel shift and now been removed from roster

I'm not sure what to call it but for work I go around to different locations and promote various products to increase sales (so usually I'm giving out free samples and educating customers). There are ...
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How do I approach my boss about staying later? [duplicate]

In my job I have a lot of small tasks all the time, and typically two or three larger ones at any given time. I'm also the go-to person for a number of things in my team, as I'm the one who ...
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I missed a job confirmation call from HR, called back and was told to wait for a callback but no feedback yet

So earlier today I got a missed call from the HR manager of a company where I had been interviewing for the past 2 weeks. I had successfully gone through 3 levels and was informed the the HR that I ...
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Is three weeks too far out to schedule a follow up meeting after an interview?

I took a video interview late last month, and got a response the next day asking me to schedule a time for a telephonic technical interview. The exact words used were: I would like to schedule a ...
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How do I deal with an unreliable employer?

I am currently in the process of getting a job at a small company. I have known the owners of the company for a while, and they have expressed interest in hiring me. My problem is that they are ...
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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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Issues with estimating deadlines and communicating setbacks

I'm the sole developer and my responsibilities include development, maintenance, communication about new requirements and some consulting. I should add that I report to board member who supervises the ...
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Would I lose my chances of getting into Google if I ask for 2.5 months to prepare for an interview? (SWE College Grad) [closed]

I was asked to do a second round of phone interview since the first one didn't go well enough to fly me onsite. I will not have more than 1 hr/day to study since I'm working 2 jobs and am behind in ...
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How to politely but firmly stand my ground on task scheduling requests that are unrealistic? [duplicate]

The typical set of tasks on my plate have an attached schedule that was more or less jointly determined between me and the supervisor/lead/management team. The scheduling may have been determined by ...
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Should I check with my boss before I schedule something in his office?

I need to schedule a meeting with me, my boss, and a third person (at my boss's level). none of the conference rooms are available at the only time the meeting is good. Should I ask my boss before I ...
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Haven't been getting breaks at work and need them

I’ve rewritten this question several times as I’m having trouble phrasing it and will try to keep it short and to the point. I recently started working as an auxiliary employee at a chain of ...
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How to respond to a meeting request with multiple times if I am indifferent

If someone wants to have a meeting and provides a selection of times, ex: Monday 1:00-1:30 pm - EST Tuesday 9:00-9:30 am - EST Wednesday 2:00-2:30 pm - EST and I am completely indifferent as to the ...
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Interview scheduling preferences in initial application?

Is it considered 'bad form', or presumptuous to include scheduling preferences for interviews in your initial application letter? For example "For interviews or other direct inquiries I am most ...
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Telling agency I can't make shifts due to accepting other work

I don't know how best to describe it, but I do work where I go to various (public and retail) locations and promote various products. I find work through a few different agencies that usually don't ...
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What are the benefits of switching from bi-weekly to semi-monthly payroll?

To align our accounting efforts, I would like to move our payroll frequency to semi-monthly, whereby payments will be made on the 5th and 20th (or 15th and 30th) of each month. I have read mixed ...
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Found an issue last minute that will further delay the project

We are working on a project that has already been a month delay (due to change requests from client.) After we complete our work include these change requests, we found a performance degrade issue (it ...
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Is it unprofessional to ask the recruiter to pick the time, instead of providing options?

A recruiter reached out to me for an interview; she asked me to provide her with a few time options that work for me on (...day). She would then go back to her calendar to confirm. My reply was as ...
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My boss hasn't called me in a week even though she said she would, what should I do?

Location is in the U.S., if that's relevant. I just got hired and went through orientation at this company and the manager told me she would call me to schedule my first shift but it's been 9 days ...
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My shift got cancelled, someone wants to explain the reason by phone; how should I take it?

I work for a few different marketing agencies. They get contracts with different clients to promote their products in retail stores. For a month I had been scheduled to work a particular shift that I ...
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How do you politely correct a higher-up who misread your email?

I've arranged a call with someone from a different company. I am new to the company and this man I am scheduling to call is the co-CEO of our main partner company. I wrote 15.30 as the call time and ...
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Should I ask for a meeting schedule?

The team I'm part of, will meet our stakeholders (our internal clients who also represent our external clients) in a few days time. The stakeholders are based in another country, the UK, more ...
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How to deal with sabotaging, possibly passive-aggressive, boss?

I work at an institution of higher education. One of our employee benefits is a generous tuition reimbursement if we take classes here. I decided to take advantage of this and go back to school here. ...
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Should I try to schedule on-site interviews with companies located in the same city as closely as possible? What to do with travel expenses?

I will likely receive a couple of (2 or 3) on-site interview invitations from companies located in the same city, for the same week, if things go well. The city is rather far from where I live, ...
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Should I accept a calendar invitation marking the inavailability of a colleague? [closed]

My Manager and other team mates send a meeting request for the duration of time they are unavailable (attending workshop / vacation / Business trip). It automatically gets into my calendar. Should I ...
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Is it rude to change my work schedule more than once?

Last week, in order to make up for time lost during a work holiday, I asked my manager if I could work a few extra hours each day during the week. After my schedule was adjusted, an event came up ...
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Making a job interview appointment with HR is going weird. What should I do?

Last Sunday I saw a job announcement on a recruitment website and emailed a cover letter together with my CV directly to the prospective employer. The employer is a private school in the city I ...
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I'm offered a range of dates for a job interview; which one should I take?

Three times recently I've been contacted for an initial phone interview, and asked to pick a time. Usually it's something like "which of these five specific times over the next few days is best?" or ...
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Balancing two jobs

I'm a high-schooler in Ontario and I currently work part-time 1 day/wk at an educational service for kids. They have set my time slot to Monday, though I could ask for it to be moved. I've applied ...
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How to deal with a boss that who lacks skill at scheduling?

I work a part time job, so it lends itself to weird hours. It's seasonal, so I don't get overtime pay, and we use a scheduling app like When I Work to get our schedules and check timesheets. My boss, ...
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How do I give availability time ranges for an interview (of unknown duration)?

I'm trying to tell someone when I'd be available for an interview. Seems easy, right? I'm available 8-11 AM on the 1st and 3-5 PM on the 2nd. But this seems ambiguous in that "8-11" could mean ...
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How to inform future employer about reduction in available hours to work?

I am looking for a new job, I want to reduce my schedule from 5 days a week (8-5) to 4 days a week (8-4). I don't want to waste anyone's time, so I want this apparent from the start. If the employer ...
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Is there etiquitte for meeting scheduling polls (time from poll to decision)?

Question How long does a person sending out a poll to pick a meeting time have to make a decision on when the meeting will be? Details USA. Large organization with multiple teams, groups, etc. When ...
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What is the threshold between deciding to send an email or schedule a meeting? [closed]

I would like to ask a colleague for some advice on a project, but I am unsure as to whether an email would suffice or if I should schedule a meeting. What things should I consider when making this ...
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Is two days an acceptable amount of time to catch up when working overnight?

I'm typically an 8-5 worker, but recently I found out for one day I may have to work overnight. This is due to a customer that doesn't want to close during the day for an upgrade. I've never worked ...
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Why team meetings are scheduled at lunch time, mostly?

I am just trying to understand other side if any good reasons behind this scheduling. Background: I faced this with 2-3 managers who schedules weekly/monthly team meetings at lunch time( 1-2 pm) on ...
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Boss decisions are pushing backwards our product [closed]

Long story short, last Friday my boss told me we needed to release a new version of our ship application as soon as possible that day, without previous noticing. I told him it wasn't properly tested ...