Questions tagged [unprofessional-behavior]

Questions relating to questions unbecoming and / or inappropriate in a professional work environment. Dishonesty, harassment, and discrimination are examples, among many other behaviors.

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Dos and Don'ts of usage of Internet at the workplace [on hold]

What are the consequences of breaking the standard internet usage policy by a regular employee at their respective workplace, consider it to be a Silicon valley giant ?
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Team lead says performance is fine when asked, even when he seems to think otherwise

In our company, we have a yearly performance review with the department manager (software department). Our team lead supplies the department manager with his opinion and data, and who then decides ...
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Coworker assigned his work to me with little notice; how to handle this?

My coworker who likes to push his work to other people emailed my supervisor with me as CC. Email goes like this: Hi Team Lead, Here’s the task assignment for tomorrow. A. WORK WORK WORK ...
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Personal issues preventing from joining new job

I am finding myself in a difficult situation. I took a new job in June with a start date in middle August. I am from a EU country and I should relocate in UK for my new activity. Due to a health issue ...
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Departing senior is ghosting me, I need info and code from him

Some background - I joined the company fresh out of college a year ago. My feedbacks till now from my manager and other team members have been quite positive. After couple of months after I joined ...
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Degrading talk when resigning job. How to handle this?

A friend of mine works as a Nurse Practitioner and is employed under an MD in his private clinic. The MD used to be very professional and approachable at the beginning when he started practicing his ...
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New head of marketing department makes no decisions, has no clue of the market, steals ideas

I'm working as a webdeveloper for a tire wholesaler and OEM wheel producing company (s/w Germany). Together with my dear collegues of the marketing department (8) we are facing an awkward problem ...
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How to deal with a manager snooping on employees through security cameras and other technical means

I had a conversation with a colleague over IPMessenger in the office. A few days later the manager made remarks that clearly sounded like what I had said in that conversation. Specifically, I had made ...
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Coworker refused to to their assigned task; how to mention that in upcoming meeting with a new boss after a move inside the same company?

A while ago, I was asked to coordinate measures needed to complete a task. The task was set up to support an important customer C. One sub-task would have fallen to coworker X, who was the only one ...
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Can my old employer save my work email records in to share path after my leaving

I am going to leave my company in September, my team colleague and my manager want to ask IT to keep all my emails record under share path after my leaving, then they can drop in to search history ...
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Are practical jokes common and acceptable at work if no one gets irreversibly annoyed? [closed]

Someone left a cup of water precariously balanced on the woman's bathroom door, and you can imagine what happened later. A coworker left a note on a manager's chair that said "Tack" after a ...
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How can I get out of riding long distances with an obnoxious coworker?

My company has clients that are a 4 hour drive away from the office. Sometimes the project teams have to visit the Clients for update meetings. The last time this was the case the project manager ...
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Boss asked a co-worker to assault me

I was recently socialising after work and my boss asked my co-worker to assault me. They did. This was very uncharacteristic from both the co-worker and my boss but it was an incident fueled by ...
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HR Director was insulting, should I point it out before taking new job?

During my hiring process, the HR Director said I was not worth the company's offer. That I would never get a better offer anywhere because I didn't have much experience (I had 15 years). They spoke in ...
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Senior developer is discreetly remoting in to the computer and watching a coworker

I have a friend working as a software development intern. She mentioned to me that a senior developer, who works with her, was remoting into her virtual machine and discreetly watching her code the ...
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How do I tell a coworker about her stinky body odor? [duplicate]

One of my coworkers wears sleeveless shirts very often and it is obvious she is not wearing deodorant. Often her armpits emit a onion odor. How can I tell her it smells bad? Should I tell her? Or ...
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Erratic behavior by an internal employee against an external employee

Background I recently started to work for a company A few months ago that leases and sends employees to work as externs at other companies, say Company B. While writing End to End Smoke tests ...
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How do I address my Catering staff subordinate seen eating from a chafing dish before the customers?

I manage a small catering staff for in-house events of our company. I have an employee who has a history of repeated bad behavior … hiding, not doing their job, etc. When confronted, her response is ...
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The hiring manager forgot to call me three times now; how to proceed? [closed]

This is for consultant role at a major hospital. I got an email from the recruiter and they forwarded me to the hiring manager. I was excited as it's a great job regarding pay, location, company and ...
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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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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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Dealing with slow employees and stress; should I leave? [closed]

I currently work in an office environment. The times i work are 9am till 5:30pm. I have been working here for the past 8 years. I was promoted to manager of a certain department over a year ago. I ...
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How to transition from an unprofessional software developer to a better one?

We have been strung along by an unprofessional software developer for almost a year past the expected completion date. Progress is slow, promised dates are never kept, communication is all but ...
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A student “completes” 2-week project in 3 hours and lies about doing it himself [closed]

Edit and disclaimer: this is not US, and the usage of the word "internship" below is incorrect. It does not refer to an US internship (as I was informed below it means something different). As this is ...
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Woman speaks rudely with a male colleague in the elevator [closed]

We work in a building with 5-6 different companies sharing 3 elevators. One day, one of my male colleague and I entered into a lift which was 3/4th filled. By mistake, my male colleague's forearm ...
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An external consultant working on an internal project tried recruiting me. Should I tell my manager?

I am currently employed at company X. For a big project, I asked my manager if we could get some external consulting to provide some help and best-practices. Management agreed, and now we have an ...
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How to respond to controlling colleague?

Recently a new colleague joined our team. He came with great recommendations and seemed generally great at the job. There were a few instances where I heard him being aggressive rather than assertive ...
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Any particular standards for what sexual harassment is in the USA? [closed]

I am currently looking for a job, and I am going to say that #MeToo has made me quite scared of just what might be called sexual harassment in an American workplace. I can also mention that I quit my ...
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Am I obliged to report rude/awkward language even if it doesn't offend me?

There is a colleague at my (American) workplace who is young and smart, but fairly inept at using his filter function while he's talking. At a group meeting (his manager was present), he went on ...
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Employer wants me to lie so they can qualify for a a subsidy. Should I be ok with that?

I've been working for a small company as a contractor for almost 6 months. Now they've agreed to hire me full-time, but said they would like to do so through a government program in order to qualify ...
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Will doing a project in PHP make me a pariah? [closed]

I've got a small private project that basically consists of adding server logic to a bunch of static HTML pages. PHP looks like the best tool for the job because this is exactly what it was originally ...
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Phrasing an apology/ correcting possible misunderstanding

A couple of weeks ago I met a highly respected person in my field working in a C-suite position, during the smoking time outside, we chatted a bit, and he was interested in what do I have to offer, so ...
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How to deal with a supervisor shaming staff nearing retirement?

I work at a public school that recently hired a new principal. There have been many retirements this year and the principal has been shaming the older staff. One senior teacher came to me crying ...
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How can I get a problem employee to do work assigned to him when I'm a supervisor with no real power?

In one day I went from being the junior member of a three person team to the senior member of a three person team. It's my first supervisory role. Unfortunately one of the new members of the team is ...
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Is it professional to answer questions about self evaluation?

In our company during interviews or evaluation processes, there are situations that you are asked to evaluate some specific skill of yourself: What are your strong and weak points? Between 1 and 10, ...
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Snide and unprofessional remarks from senior employee [closed]

I have come across a situation where an employee more senior than I (I am 30 and he is probably in his 50's or 60's) has taken a habit of making deprecating comments towards me such as the following. ...
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How can I stop my manager from trying to sabotage my transfer by spreading rumours?

I am facing a difficult situation at work. I started at my current company four years ago asa a junior developer. Today I am an unofficial manager, delegating work and possessing the most technical ...
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Ugly email exchanges, spreading Insecurity [closed]

Background: Over the course of the last few years, my manager has been bad mouthing me in nonofficial "around the water cooler" type conversations. I have overheard this many times and my colleagues ...
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How to deal with a manager who is bad-mouthing my client?

I'm currently working in a small team where my client can be seen as my line-manager, although he is not. My client and me are working for department X of the group Z. I'm contracting. Another team, ...
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Raised Grievance and Monitoring at work

I raised a grievance at work about 2 weeks ago and an investigation is occurring into another employee. The main problem is I think they have no intention of investigating this other employee but to ...
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Is this an unprofessional statement in negotiation?

I have about 4 years experience in the software industry. I recently resigned from current organization. During negotiation I mentioned my salary difference with my colleagues doing similar work. My ...
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How can I regain a professional atmosphere with someone who may have seen me misbehave? [closed]

I believe a female colleague saw me masturbating at work. I was in my office after hours with the door locked and blinds down, but I'm afraid the blinds had a crack. I am not an exhibitionist, and ...
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How do I get my coworkers to use my name and not a non-name they're fond of? [closed]

I've been with this company for 6 months, I've been on this site with the same crew for about 2.5 months. One of them (no longer on the crew for many reasons) started out calling me Val. Another guy ...
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How to react to hostile behavior from a senior developer?

I started working at Dec 2018, currently, there is only me and the senior developer and we sit next to each other. He comes to work really early and leaves early. When I started working I noticed ...
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Team member gave himself a new job title

A team member gave himself a new job title in his mail signature and asked for new business cards. I was the team lead and moving out of this position at this moment. I can leave it to my replacement, ...
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Fellow Scrum team member appears disengaged from stand ups, scrum master hasn't addressed it - what can/should I do? [closed]

I'm a member of a Scrum team in a matrix managed organisation (as a QA, my actual boss is the QA Manager who has other QAs in other scrum teams as well, but day-to-day I report progress/blockers etc ...
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What is normal when you get fired from a larger company?

Last week I was fired from a 500+ person company for reasons I won't talk much about, but it was on the verge of a wrongful termination. Let's just say my old boss lied to get me fired since he didn't ...
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Should I talk directly to colleague or go directly to HR for inappropriate behavior?

A new person was hired a few weeks ago. He's tells semi awkward jokes, mostly punny ones or "dad" jokes that half the time, aren't perceived as very funny. Every so often he tells a joke that has a ...
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Junior colleague developing animosity when I couldn't offer professional help

There were a few incidents when I had helped my juniors. They had accepted my answers, were happy with the solution that I gave them and everything went on smoothly until one incident. There was a ...
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Recover from management getting the impression that I'm haughty

I work for a company that makes a software product. This is my first real job. I started out on a team with a bit of a bad rep in the rest of the company. At first, I thought it was because of the, as ...