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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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How can I exempt myself from political conversations during work?

I've tried searching around on the site for this, but because "politics" can mean inner-workplace politics and not strictly national politics, the search has been difficult. I have a new boss who ...
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Is it illegal or unethical for a supervisor to ask a contracted employee for a large loan? [closed]

I have a coworker who is contracted by a travel agency to my company. My supervisor asked if she could loan her $5,000, and then again for $3,000, and then again for $2,000. This isn’t the first time ...
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What to do about a colleague who asked me to help him start a business competing with our employer? [closed]

A colleague (who currently works at the company) told me that he is creating a new business that would be a direct competition of our current company. He also asked me to help him with a job for his ...
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Bait and switch? [closed]

I had a phone screen with a small franchise company during which the owner among many other things said that I will start around 12 but have a pay bump up to 14/hr after 30 days as long as I didn't ...
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How should I deal my worker who is stealing my beauty products? [duplicate]

I own a beauty salon and I have three workers who has been working for me for the last six years.However, one of them recently started stealing my beauty products from my salon. Maybe she thought ...
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I quit my job and now I want it back

I quit my job in March 2018, because my boss made me angry by accusing me of stealing some important documents. In anger, I quit my job. I tried my best to get another job, but I fail to do so. Now I ...
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Treated like a child at work via excessive praise?

I have recently moved into a new team at work (2 months or so) and recently I have noticed that I feel like I am being treated like I am a small child. This mostly comes in the form of excessive (and ...
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Dealing with a coworker making snarky jokes

I work as a (male) data scientist in a small company (around 10 people, all males). My job is to provide tools for my coworkers to quickly get the information they need from our data to do their jobs. ...
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how to behave with coworkers? [closed]

I just want to know how to behave with coworkers because I'm newly joined into IT. And more about if there is a difference in age whats gonna good point make a good friendship with them.
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Can I re-apply considering my previous behavior during the interview process?

So this happened in February 2018, I missed a call from an employer in the morning. Later, I found out that the call was from my dream company to work in. So, I called the back after a few hours but ...
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Is it ethical to use knowledge in main job for side gig?

Suppose I have a main job (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm) that involves lots of computer programming, and one day I build a recommender system for my company (think of Amazon.com making recommendations)...
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How do you respond when someone scoffs at your reasoned answer to their question?

I have the following scenario where a person I'm working with is new in the team and they're in a leadership role within the team. They asked why something was done a particular way. I gave them ...
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Working with a colleague known to bully

I'm facing the prospect of having to work with someone who has displayed bullying behaviour towards me in the past. She undermines by constant criticism, and uses her elevated position to hold power ...
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Employer is Deleting incriminating emails

My work superior has deleted emails that contain evidence about her wrongdoings from my work email account. Also, emails that support my good work have been deleted. Is there anything I can do about ...
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Coworker getting demoralized and quitting, should I speak out?

I am friends with a coworker who has confided in me that she and several other members of her team are being completely demoralized by another team member. I will call my friend Alice and the other ...
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Accused of racism for refusing to name room after foreign name that sounds like an offensive phrase [closed]

We recently moved into a new office building, and I was put in charge of coordinating a lot of the new office logistics. One of the things I needed to do was to come up with new names for our ...
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Juniors backstabbed me [closed]

Currently in my new office, there are two juniors under me that both have 1 year of experience. In all my career of 4+ years, I have always helped my juniors. In the case of these two juniors, I have ...
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Coworker acting strange [closed]

I've recently started at a new workplace as a System developer. We sit in an "open area" with assigned workplaces where there are walls/ cabinets seperating us. The coworker behind me was very ...
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Spin off freelancer partnership - portfolio on website with projects from former company

I am a software developer, currently working at company X. Me and the rest of my team are spinning off to make a freelancer partnership (I think it's called an agency in other parts of the world). ...
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Should I tell a training center about my company's name? [closed]

I am going to a join a training institute to get expertise on some skill. A weird quirk about this is that the trainer might be interested in knowing in which company I work. I am not interested in ...
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I fear I am being set up to be fired by my direct manager. How to save my job?

I've received nothing but praise for months since I started working as a developer at this company. I've introduced a few changes (scrum, Slack, peer review) that upper management loves. Suddenly, ...
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Offensive language/behavior from co-worker in online game

I am a fresh-out-of-college student and a huge gamer. I recently got a job towards the end of this summer and met my team, which consists of a number of people who are in their late 50s. As I am a ...
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How to complain effectively / warn others about company which arranges online interview, and the recruiter doesn't even show up - twice? [closed]

Acknowledging that this is not strictly "workplace", I'm looking for a way to warn others and make the company under question feel some little social pressure. You may say I'm looking for a ...
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How can I not take bugs found in software I work on personally? [closed]

For a while, I'm being reported of strange bugs that are related to my code but once I investigate, I find those could not be eventually bugs. Example: some data is NULL in the database, but the ...
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My manager is obstructing me from doing my job, and it's creating a hostile environment. Where can I draw the line without appearing insubordinate? [closed]

I work in the IT department of a small company, and over the past year, my original manager left, leaving me with a new manager who is not particularly fond of me. For the most part, my new manager ...
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Being indecisive to report the immediate manager to HR manager before leaving the company

I have been working for a company in South East Asia for the last 8 months. The company is large with poor sense of organization (it's very chaotic, but I like it as I get to work with some ...
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How to deal with a colleague who harasses me for seemingly no reason?

I started working on this big company last February as an external consultant. I'm in an office with 3 other external consultants and we all offer a similar service for our client. From the start, ...
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How should I approach my store manager about a colleague's lie?

The fairly new manager of our retail store relies heavily on the office manager, who knows the ins & outs of the store more fully. I recently found out that the office manager told the manager ...
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Disrespected by more senior employee

I recently started working doing CAD tasks for a more experienced engineer. I work in Europe. I am 26, male. The engineer appears to be in his mid-to-late thirties, also male. He is highly ...
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Newly assigned work, unclear demands, what should I do?

My situation is a combination of incompetent bosses and unclear demands, and a lack of efficient communication. I work in a startup with 3 engineers, 2 of them are 50% shareholders (and friends) and I ...
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What should I say to a client when my boss is almost explicitly telling me to lie?

I have recently moved into a project manager position and am getting used to timelines and deadline talk. My boss who actually meets with clients before a project is greenlit has promised a client ...
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Current employer is blacklisting me via HR at another company [duplicate]

What recourse do I have if I know that a current employer is blacklisting me via HR at another company? I know by cross-checking people I know don't like me at current company and people who are ...
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Most professional way to answer calls from colleagues

I answer my phone at work with hello, but I have been told by a friend that is very unprofessional, I should answer with my just first name/last name, maybe adding @my workplace. It seems very stiff ...
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How do I deal with my coworker using my work computer in my absence? [closed]

A couple days ago I found out whenever I'm out of the office (meetings, vacation, etc), that one of my coworkers have straight up been using my work computer in addition to their own work computer ...
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Should I report to new colleagues company and if so, how? [closed]

My Colleague has resigned from our company and I’m concerned that her new employer does not know of her actions. She has ‘ghost called’ for several years and always had a way to explain her way out. ...
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How to handle colleagues who are unwilling to write a bug report?

I'm working as a software developer at a small-ish company (~50 employees). My main project is a mobile app. I have most of my colleagues on the alpha test channel and customers do not have access to ...
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How do I deal with an autistic employee who criticizes teammates publicly and doesn't understand the harm in doing so?

I have a very autistic person in my team who quite often criticizes his teammates in public emails, causing lots of complaints. We are in a Nordic country and it is not very common to fire people ...
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Dealing with a scrum master who undermines the development team

I'm hoping for some help in dealing with a scrum master who is directly going against the wishes of the development team. The scrum master in question has an approach which puts completion of sprint ...
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Leaving the company, won't be paid for summertime forced overtime [closed]

So the situation is,I'm leaving my company in three weeks as I was very underpaid for my experience and I found a fairly good opportunity. Even though I want to do it gracefuly, the situation is ...
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Is it inappropriate to help an employee outside of work?

I have been known to be a compassionate person. Sometimes it overflows into my work. I'm a regular manager at a restaurant (nothing too important, just running shifts, blah blah blah), who has mostly ...
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How to react when your colleague answers questions instead of you?

I have a situation: sometimes a people from different offices in our company send emails and include a lot of people including my colleague and ask some questions related to my project. Usually, I ...
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How do deal with employees who keep asking advance payments for made up reasons? [closed]

I manage two employees who work under contract. They report everything to me including work progress and payments. The problem is they repeatedly bring up personal issues like sick family member, no ...
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How do I communicate to a problem employee that they are being moved to a field office?

As a recently promoted IT manager in a middle sized company, I've been asked to nominate a person who will have to change office and provide assistance to our teams working in the field. I consider ...
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Should I take an offer that solves my problem, but giving my coworkers more burden?

I'm a Java web developer working for more than 3 years. I developed web apps but never did operations. Meanwhile, employees are getting out one by one, and an operation work came to me; Legacy servers ...
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Racism in Workplace [closed]

I'm an immigrant Indian ethnic, Software Engineer, working in Australia. I work as developer building iOS Apps. But my reporting manager thinks, "Indians" can't write good code. They may be good for ...
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Can I tell a company that a recruiter was unprofessional?

This follows on from this question: Two recruiters have contacted me about the same position. One suggests the other is unreliable. How do I handle this? I contacted the company in question and was ...
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I made a claim against my previous employer underpaying me. Now they threaten my career. [UK] [closed]

I handed in my resignation to my old employer on May the 8th. I started my new job on June the 11th. Later in June, I received a letter saying they won't be paying me. I argued it and it's not an ...
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How should I handle negative interactions with my direct manager?

I am having a hard time with my direct manager, and I would appreciate it if you let me know your opinion about the email I have received from him today. I want to make sure that my understanding is ...
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How to work with a senior colleague that you have bad chemistry with?

I work as a junior-ish software developer in a small team inside a fairly large company. We've recently hired a new senior software developer. He is very good at what he does, with lots more ...
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Extremely rude follow-up email from CEO [closed]

I work as a researcher for a startup company. We are into research and I report to my CTO. The company consists of a handful people. I required three letters from my CEO and emailed him three weeks ...