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Questions about the workplace that may specifically relate to cultures, customs, or laws in the United Kingdom.

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Is it unprofessional to car share?

To save some money, my colleague and I decided to start car sharing to and from work. Our workplace operates a flexible working policy between 7 and 7 and we often come in early and leave early to ...
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How can a company recover after a Glassdoor debacle?

This is concerning one of my previous employers. Recently some junior dev left a bad review, people found out, and this triggered a wave of disgruntled posts detailing their ill experiences. These are ...
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Fired for third time from a software development job. What to do?

Today I was fired from a software company.. for the 3rd time in 1.5 years. Needless to say I feel like I reached bottom and it's impossible to get out without changing career. Should I change a career?...
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Job offer without any details but asking me to withdraw other applications - is it normal?

I have recently applied for a job through a recruitment agency, and had my interview last Thursday. On Friday the agent called me and said that the company is keen on giving me an offer. He said he ...
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New manager penalising my team for 'tiredness' - how to shield them?

Background I'm an infrastructure support night team leader for a very large IT services company in the UK. Due to the requirement for 24/7 support that most of our clients have, the support teams are ...
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New employer wants me to pay for ISO 9001 accreditation before employment begins - is this a scam?

I recently went for an interview for a new job, the interview took place in the restaurant of a hotel in Euston, UK. They called 2 days later to inform me I got the job of a customer service advisor ...
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It seems as though my employer wants me to come into work when I'm ill. Am I missing something?

I work as a salaried employee for a software company in the UK, I've been there about 1.5 years. Their primary market is consultancy - we get assigned clients, travel to their offices for the work ...
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How can I address being paid less than my male colleagues with similar or lesser roles in my company?

I am a female developer that has been working at a company for two years. Last November I asked for a £3500 pay rise which I believe will put me inline for what I should be paid for my role. I was ...
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How to handle manager when handing in my notice after lying about not looking for a new job

I have worked at my current place for just shy of a year now - And in the past 4 months, it has been quite rocky. I have had informal counseling and a disciplinary against me. For some background, ...
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HR at my new job just sent me an email saying that I am a volunteer. I've been working here two months under the impression that it's paid work

I started a part-time software development job two months ago. The company I work for has roughly 50% volunteers, but the position I applied for was paid (I still have a copy of the job advertisement)....
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How do I address poor performance that is exacerbated by religious practices?

My line report has poor attention to detail at the best of times. From typos to major coding errors to faulty numbers entering draft reports. I have raised these issues with him and we are resolving ...
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Bright Apprentice not being taken seriously

We had an apprentice join our team in late 2017, this is the first time an apprentice has been given a rotation in the Software Development Team so it's a new concept to everyone. For the purposes of ...
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Getting an entry level IT position later in life

I'm at a crossroads in my life and need some help. Long story short, in a couple of years both my children will be in the later stages of their schooling and will no longer need me to do the school ...
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How can I build reputation online as a programmer when my work is private? [duplicate]

I've been working as a programmer for around 12 years. I've worked for 4 different companies (including where I am now) all of which have a good reputation. I have a LinkedIn account but due to the ...
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Is it unprofessional to read personal literature while traveling for business (outside normal business hours)?

I fly quite often for work. Some of these trips require up to 12 hours flight time. My salary is not on an hourly basis and I do not get overtime for the time spent travelling. I was recently flying ...
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How can I work in a chauvinistic male dominated environment where the women are no better?

I work in a small, competitive male dominated firm London, England. Of the around 35 staff members, there are only 4 women of which I am one. There is no 'sisterhood'.... in fact these women play ...
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I've been offered a job, but my new employer won't give me a contract until after I give my notice

I am in the United Kingdom and currently working full time for a development company (programming). My boss does not know that I have had an offer from a new workplace. My new employer has handed a ...
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Is it reasonable for me to complain about an objectionable newspaper being ordered for the office?

Our office has had newspapers delivered for some years. I don't recall the staff were ever consulted on what newspapers they wanted, but staff read them during lunch or coffee breaks. Recently the ...
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Is it appropriate to breastfeed my baby during a conference call (voice only), and how do I mention her noises?

I have a 3 month old daughter and have just started working again for my employer full-time from home after maternity leave. She is quite a needy baby and will sometimes cry if I'm not holding her. I'...
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UK based, new US employer changed contract on first day. How to handle professionally?

I was offered a job by a US software company. On my first day at work they told me they couldn't actually hire me for legal and technical reasons. So, now they want me to be a consultant and to ...
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Is it unprofessional of me to play games before and after work, whilst at the office?

I'm a junior software developer in a small company(20-25 employees). I get into work an hour early each day and leave a half hour later to avoid traffic however this leaves me with a conundrum, ...
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Meeting with the boss one-on-one but a member of HR will be attending [closed]

I have received a letter from my boss saying that a meeting has been arranged for this date and time, and a member of HR will be there. That is all the letter said. When I asked the boss what the ...
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How to ask boss for written authorization to violate a strict company policy?

My manager has asked me to violate a company policy that they disagree with. The policy is very strict and violating it normally is considered gross misconduct. The policy is for security and ...
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Do I have to get to the office any earlier than my start time?

I've been working at my UK company for 10 months. This hasn't been an issue in 10 months. We have a sign-in book and a sign-in clock. The clock is wrong, and we all know it (it's 2 minutes fast I ...
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Do I have to attend a work Christmas party?

I've just started a new job, which I'm enjoying. I recently received an email, asking all employees to choose what they would like to eat at the work Christmas party. I personally would not choose to ...
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Team being on standby on weekends?

We are currently delivering an in house product with an in house technical team. I am acting as the product manager for it. This weekend, the product went down for a customer. Monday arrived and my ...
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My employer is refusing to give me the pay that was advertised after an internal job move

I have moved jobs internally and was told by the manager who posted the job I would be paid £50k per annum and that is also what was advertised. Now after starting the job they have finally sent a ...
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Do I need to disclose to the company if they did not pro-rate salary in the contract for part time work? [closed]

I recently started a new job, here's how the story went. After the interview process I was offered the job, and told what the wage offer would be. For the sake of arithmetic lets say they offered me £...
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How do I overcome my fear of speaking with an accent when communicating with a native English speaker?

I am a fluent English speaker from Singapore, and I am required to communicate with clients from the UK and US. I often feel inferior when speaking to them because of their accent and how perfectly ...
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Can I be fired the same day that I hand in my notice?

My situation is a little different to others and needs some explaining. Me and my boss do not have a very good relationship on a personal level. We often argue about the morals and future of the ...
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How to deal with a colleague who makes personal jokes about my appearance?

I've worked with an engineering consultancy firm for a little over 2 years now, on a team of approximately 15 people. I’m one of three graduates on the team and there’s one guy (we’ll call him John), ...
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What does HR do for me?

Location: England. Industry: IT, Software Development I recently contacted HR about my manager's way of communicating with me. My understanding is that if I have an issue at work, and it is not ...
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Is it standard to have the first week's pay indefinitely withheld?

I have been recently offered a new job (software development, permanent, UK) after successful interviews, everything has seemed fine up until one point raised in the offer email which strikes me as ...
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Application form asking for number of sick days [closed]

I'm applying for an internship at a university (I'm a student) and the form has a table asking for absences at my last job, with the number of sick days, reason and approximate date as the columns. I ...
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How to get a raise that's been denied because of sick leave?

I am on an incredibly low salary for my skills and my Managing Director (MD), who I report to directly, has not seen fit to give me a pay rise in the last 4 years I have worked there due to my amount ...
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Should I recommend that I not be involved in a project if my advice is consistently ignored?

tl;dr: Should I recommend that I not be involved in a project if my advice is consistently ignored? Background I'm an electrical engineer with 20+ years experience in a highly specialised domain. I'...
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How can I politely decline my boss's invitations to social events after-hours or on the weekend

I'm currently working in a software company and I am enjoying it so far. Everyone is quite friendly and gets along well together. A lot of times since I have started here my boss has asked me to ...
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Brother-in-law earns same salary for a much simpler job in family business

I work for a small family business which consists of four employees. My father co-owns the business with another developer who is not related to us. I am a developer who reports to the co-owner. My ...
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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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What's the most appropriate time in the recruitment process to reveal that you're transgender (in the UK)?

I am a transgender person looking to switch jobs from the one I am currently in to one where I can work as a woman, completing the set of places I need to be accepted in order to live full time as my ...
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How to address colleagues including me in video recordings in the office when I wish to not be recorded?

A couple of weeks ago two of my colleagues went around the office filming for another colleague's anniversary video. The filming took place on company premises during work hours, and I understand it ...
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How can I convince my boss to turn on air conditioning? [duplicate]

I know this can be a sore topic... But I work in an office with very few men and the vast majority of women. There is a dress code for men, but none as such for women. The male dress code is: Long ...
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Returning to the workplace after sexual harassment and arrest of harasser

I put up with harassment/sexual harassment & threats of violence from my General Duty Manager at work - I finally went to the Police after 5 months as I could not take it any more and they are now ...
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Should I ask for a pay rise every year?

Is it unprofessional, or at least not recommended, to ask year on year for a pay rise? My performance is consistently being rated as achieving the expected standard or higher in my performance ...
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Is making grammatical and spelling changes to shared documents and code bad etiquette?

I work in a small development company which has an open and friendly atmosphere, and am the most junior employee. We have a cloud-based repository for user documentation, private documents such as ...
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Asked to repay costs of training if I leave within 12 months [duplicate]

Very briefly, In the UK, I've been asked to sign a document stating I will repay the cost of a training course if I leave the company in the year following it. Am I being unreasonable to refuse to ...
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How to deal with IT help desk that does not acknowledge requests for help?

Whenever myself or my colleagues contact the IT help desk, there are a series of systemic problems, namely: Not acknowledging receipt of the request Taking no corrective action and unilaterally ...
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How would a developer who mostly fixed bugs for years at a company call out their contributions in their CV?

Looking at several CV writing blogs and tutorials, everyone suggests to call out your contributions something like this: Developed project X with 50$ million profit. Developed this application ...
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Is using internet proxies a sackable offence? [closed]

I'm based in the UK and am about six months into my first job as an Apprentice Software Dev, and came straight into it from college. All through high school and college we would easily bypass the ...
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Pornography In The Workplace

NOTE: This is a situation I've faced in a previous job, it doesn't relate to my current employment. I'm curious to know how people would handle this. Part of my job involves reviewing video clips ...