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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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How can I negotiate a reduced notice period?

I have a written contract. It states that I have a 3 month notice period. It looks like I may be offered another job but they would like me to start sooner rather than later. How can I negotiate down ...
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Should a thank you letter be sent after an interview?

I've never sent a thank you letter after an interview. I mean, I wouldn't send a thank you letter after a first date. I've asked one senior dev about this and he says he's never got a thank you ...
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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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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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Are beards perceived as unprofessional in the workplace?

It has recently been mentioned by a colleague that I should look at shaving my beard as it may limit future opportunities in my company as it can be perceived as lazy and too casual. It may or may not ...
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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 can you evaluate your market value? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I determine a reasonable salary to ask for? I am very happy in my current position but I feel like I am being under paid. However, this could just be me having an over-...
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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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Can a company force you not to take annual leave during a notice period?

I have just resigned in my current company and I briefly mentioned I have unused annual leave left to take. They have told me that it is company policy to pay leaving employees for unused annual ...
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Boss wants my team to work weekends

I am currently managing an in house team of developers, late in a sprint my boss requested that the team gets some work done by Monday. He mentioned that if the work cannot be done on the Friday, that ...
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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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Unproductive subordinate missing deadlines due to health conditions and problems outside work

I manage an unproductive subordinate, who has worked for the company for about 8 years. The issue was first raised almost 2 years ago, and has been gradually getting worse. The problem is not the ...
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Transgender in the UK, should I use my female name on my CV even when it refers to male accomplishments?

Background: I am a MtF transgender person starting transition in the UK. Part of the process involves moving from living part of my life male and part female to living full time female, including ...
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Am I likely to be rehired after being fired for misconduct?

I was dismissed from my job for gross misconduct, specifically picking up vouchers (money-off coupons) that had been discarded by a customer and using them. I'd been with the company for 10 years and ...
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Asked for 3 references but I don't have 3!

I have a job offer based conditionally on a standard "background check", which includes references. The problem is that they are asking for 3 references in total, and note "managers/supervisors only"....
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Is it acceptable to eat nuts in an open-plan office? [closed]

I work in an open-plan office with at least 150 other people. I only really know the people sat in my immediate vicinity; I work in a team of around 10 people, though I wouldn't say I know any of them ...
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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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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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Should I resign current position before seeing and agreeing to contract with shares for new position?

Long story short, based in the U.K I worked for a small company. The company got bought out but a much larger company which I have been with for nearly 2 years now. My previous boss has left and ...
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What is different about how references work between Germany and UK/Ireland? My ex-manager doesn't want to give me a reference and I don't understand

I live in Ireland and until recently worked as a technical lead for a multinational software company. Then recently the company began a voluntary redundancy program which I applied for and was ...
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Is it a bad idea to have 2-3 months off after getting a degree? [duplicate]

I am currently at university, and I have been wondering how bad it looks to a potential employer if an applicant takes some time off after university before they start looking for work. When I say ...
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Is there anything wrong with asking about job security?

Okay, so my company has recently had a bit of a "shake-up"/downsize. Many people have been made redundant due to quiet sales this past few months. My role isn't "key" in the business' operation (my ...
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Can I be fired if my employer thinks I am looking for another job?

Here is the scenario. I work in the UK, and my probationary period was extended 3 more months a while back and I was given a agreement to sign which stated the points that I should improve. Today I ...
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Hidden/ unseen disability- how to ensure support is provided?

As someone who ticks the 'hidden or unseen disability' option on job applications and other forms, how should I go about trying to ensure that I get the support that I need to assist me with my ...
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How to deal with rude senior after being shouted at? [duplicate]

I am working with a senior in my team. Recently, during a meeting, I was asking her a question that I doubt the methodology she proposed is necessary, and would like to make some suggestions. My ...
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Is it discrimination when my boss treats me differently after finding out that I'm looking for a new job? [closed]

I've been working for a company for a few years. Recently, I decided to look for a new job and found a position which requires me to wait for around 6 months to know if I am accepted or not. For some ...
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How to have a relationship with someone at the office?

I know it's frowned upon, but if you end up in a personal relationship with someone at the office, what's the most professional way to go forward? Should you declare it with your managers? What ...
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What should I do when I am Not getting paid on time as a contractor

I have started a work as a contractor in a renowned firm 2 months ago. Almost Everyone on my team is a contractor. I have to submit an approved timesheet (by my manager) to my umbrella company, ...
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How do I overcome my Credit Rating in reference to applying for jobs?

Unfortunately I started a business but it didn't do so well. Due to this I've been left with debt and unfortunately it's affected my credit rating. When applying for roles in large firms, I'm ...
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Two recruiters have contacted me about the same position. One suggests the other is unreliable. How do I handle this?

I'm currently looking for work, and have been contacted by two recruiters about the same position. The first one asked me to confirm that I'm not in contact with anyone else regarding the same company,...
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Should I give a recruiter my National Insurance number?

I have a profile on LinkedIn, and quite often get contacted by recruiters enquiring whether I'd be interested in a position that they're currently recruiting for. The recruiters usually all ask the ...
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Dealing with a negative reference from a old hostile employer

Long story short, I worked in a small start up company as a developer for 5 years, and by the end of it things went sour. The problem laid mainly with management and the way they were structuring ...
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Should I include a job on my CV that only lasted 3 weeks? [duplicate]

To get everyone up to speed, here's the backstory: Back in January 2017, I went through a traumatic event which has lead to some ongoing mental health issues which I'm currently being treated for (as ...
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How to follow up on late salary

I am not of religion that celebrate Christmas but I was told I will be paid on Christmas Eve as other for paid a week before or Christmas but it’s passed Christmas. How do I approach it as to my boss ...
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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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Why would company (decision makers) wait for someone to retire, rather than lay them off, when their role is no longer needed?

I'm asking about companies'/managers' reasoning in general, rather than about the policy of a specific company. This is something I've come across a number of times, in/about various different ...
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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 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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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 this co-worker relationship salvageable?

Ok, I'll try to summarise the last several months of my experience in a few paragraphs. I've been at my company for a little over 18 months. At first I entered as a junior developer, since I only had ...
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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 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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Has my employer breached my confidentiality? [closed]

I contacted HR today about a grievance I wanted to log because of an ongoing situation. Rather than reply to me directly, the HR advisor forwarded the email directly to one of the managers who had ...
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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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How to deal with being asked to smile more?

So I'm a Junior Developer, I feel as though I'm a very happy person and I feel like I'm smiling. I love my job and the people I work with; I'm not unhappy. However, my new manager keeps telling me ...
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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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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 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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Asked to use CCTV to check fellow employee's hours

I am the only employee with access to the CCTV system but I have never been certified in CCTV operation and we do not have a CCTV policy. I inherited it as I am the IT Systems Administrator. HR have ...