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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Didn't receive the expected depth of feedback from company after an interview [closed]

I have applied for a software engineer position at a startup. The contact person was one of the co-founders of the company. Over email, we initially discussed about the compensation, the project and ...
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What should I do about my boss being unreasonable during my notice period?

I work in India in a healthcare organisation. I work for business development. I am on a 1 month notice period and have cleared my intentions of handing over my work with no loss to the organization. ...
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My contract is about to expire so I'm leaving work chats. Can I leave a message when leaving, hinting I'm available for another work?

My freelance contract is about to end. There are work chats to collaborate with other companies(API providers) which participated tests several times with me. Is it fine to leave a message similar to &...
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How to deal with dangerous co-worker? [duplicate]

I'm nineteen, female, and stuck working at a very unprofessional outback horse boarding place. I live in a bush town that's on the cusp of small and medium. The employees (4) all live on-site and work ...
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How do I politely tell my former manager I no longer work for her?

Long story short, my former manager is a bigoted jerk who tries to get her subordinates fired so she has an excuse as to why she cannot do her job. She tried two years ago with me during the start of ...
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How to recover from an unprofessional move

In the current job, I got blamed on a lot of stuff that were not my fault in a meeting, so I got mad and left the meeting. Before this, I got assigned a project where it's very noticeable that they ...
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I have a toxic boss, can I demand a different project or boss?

I have been with my current employer for several years. I have an excellent reputation at my company, and haven't had any personal issues with anyone during that time. That is, until about 6 months ...
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How do you protect yourself against blackmail when you're about to leave a company? [closed]

How do you protect yourself against blackmail when you're about to leave a company? I had a mental breakdown, because this guy has been harassing me and insulting me for 15 months and management didn'...
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My coworkers don't know how to git and won't listen to me

I have been working with software for about 8 years and git for almost 6 years. I feel like I know git like the back of my hand. I started at a new company about a year ago and my coworkers don't seem ...
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How can I change my attitude towards my colleagues and my carreer? [closed]

I just read this question and it hit hard. I'm in a small team of developers (mostly RPA, general AI, and scripting in VBScript, Python, PowerShell and so forth and so on), some of them don't ...
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Should I talk to my manager about a snarky/rude task lead?

Currently, I am working on a new technology (for me) which my manager is aware of and thus assigned said task lead to help and guide me through what I need to do as things/issues come up. However, ...
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How to professionally handle toxic behaviors of the new manager after her probation

I have been working in a US-based company (> 70,000 employees worldwide) in China for 2 years as a data "scientist" for business/commercial analytics. Recently the new coming team leader ...
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Manager is directing me to behave in a way I believe is unprofessional

My manager asks for updates on what I'm working on several times throughout the day. Lately when he finds out I'm working with someone else on something, he wants to know who's holding up the project. ...
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HR/Talent Acquisition not responding after sending renegotiation email

I have accepted an offer on Jan 10, and my last working day in my present organization is in 3 weeks. I contacted the HR who was responsible for my case around Feb 3 on phone to discuss if I can ...
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How to handle an angry manager after a promotion?

I got promoted recently. I've noticed that since then, my manager gets angry on me quite frequently and on trivial issues. I ignore it, and take his feedback in positive light, but it's uncomfortable ...
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Company offered a lower pay than initially discussed [closed]

I've been in discussions with a new company lately, and after our first discussion we have agreed on a range of salary. Then I have passed all the interviews/assessments they had; the feedback from ...
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Accidentally used the word “f’ed” in an email to customer [closed]

I work as a programmer in a company and we process multiple documents on daily basis. I was working on one such document and had to reject it since the due date was in past. In my head i was saying “...
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Why would management get angry that an employee who is not valuable is leaving?

I have a problem understanding workplace politics. I usually google these questions. However, this is one scenario that I couldn't find an explanation for. Disclaimer: I'm not exaggerating when I say ...
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Illegally fired during maternity leave, harassed to return office equipment [closed]

My company’s HR ghosted me after giving birth. I had to announce the birth of my baby and sent them some paperwork and they never replied or congratulated me. Before that, while on sick leave due to a ...
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How to deal with stubborn colleague?

A bit of context: I'm working in a small team of 5 developers at a startup. Our senior developer left about one month ago; he was by far the most knowledgeable of us in terms of the technologies we ...
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Our Boss has poor spending habits [closed]

I work for a small firm with under 15 employees. My current boss bought his partner out recently and now spends the company funds like it’s his personal bank account. I understand that he is entitled ...
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Coworker wrote me into fictional book

I work in IT, but have a coworker who wrote a novel in her spare time. It wasn't a NY Times bestseller, but my understanding is it did surprisingly well for an independent author. I finally read it ...
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How to Handle Bigotry in Annual Report to Shareholders?

I recently discovered a series of bigoted jokes while browsing previous years' annual reports to shareholders. A report from several years ago contained multiple paragraphs making fun of Muslims and ...
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Rebuked by HR on asking what is a good time to provide my salary expectation

I've gone through the interview process of a company which was largely positive. I got an email from HR asking for some documents, so I offered to speak on the phone. I asked if they were considering ...
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I am endangering people's lives doing tasks I am not qualified to do

I am in a very uncomfortable situation. I was hired as a software developer, but I was somehow talked into designing electronics. I told them I can try, but I am not a electrical engineer. Everything ...
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Is it legal to work two full time remote jobs simultaneously?

I've read a few articles about people working two full time remote jobs (simultaneously, not moonlighting). Which doesn't seem possible but apparently they can pull it off! (I'm not sure if they ...
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How do I tell my employer for 2nd (or is it the 3rd) time that I no longer want to relocate? [closed]

My employer has offices in multiple EU countries. Two months ago I asked my employer to relocate. Initially at the end of the year. Then at end of September. They agreed and prepared a new contract. I ...
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I accidentally told an offensive joke at my boss's expense in a team meeting, how do I apologise?

During a recent Zoom team meeting, we were playing a team bonding game where everyone would share a picture of themselves re-creating a favourite movie scene. Everyone was having a good natured laugh. ...
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Employee will not come into the office and managers will not enforce it [closed]

So the company's CEO sent out a mandate for employees to return to the offices this week. However, there were several employees in my building that have not come back when I do my rounds checking that ...
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How to deal with teams that deliberately make their negligence hard to document/track?

I work in a software engineering company with over 1000 engineers in silicon valley. We generally have really strong & healthy engineering teams, and have very high ratings on glassdoor. But ...
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How to keep personal friends away from professional life/activities?

There are always some classmates from school etc. who does not understand the difference between a personal and professional life. Like they might be out of touch for 5-10 years, all of a sudden they ...
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I caused a workman's comp incident. What is your advice for proceeding? [closed]

I have worked at a major theme park for (now) six seasons of operations. Until now, I have had an unblemished safety record (and because of my position, we are tested on record in various ways.) I'm ...
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How not to get fired within 6 months? [closed]

In my only job after graduating I lost my job within 6 months of getting hired. These are the reasons my manager gave for my dismissal: Team mates complained about me asking too many questions, ...
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My mother is being framed by new management

Note: Long post ahead. Context: Rural southern Spain Medium-sized public company (+500 people) without HR Toxic workplace My mother is in her late fifties She has been in this company for 20 years ...
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How do I handle feedback on behavior that my boss is guilty of as well?

Once or twice, my boss has told me that I'm being unprofessional by exhibiting emotion in the workplace. For example, when I get passionate about something that really shouldn't happen, my voice tends ...
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Coworkers continually disrespect the workplace, boss, and customers

To start, I'd like to highlight that, though the youngest team member, I've been in this gas station cashier job for over two years, second only to the boss in time working here. My boss always taught ...
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Is it okay to use the company hardware for a personal certification exam related to work? [closed]

I have a big Microsoft certification exam tomorrow, will it be okay to use my employer's laptop for the exam? It's a professional certification exam not related to the employer's Microsoft ID in any ...
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How to handle vile and racist and graphic comments and images in the online suggestion box?

I am VP of Operations. We have an online anonymous suggestion box at our company for employees to suggest improvement. For the past few months we have been getting a lot of crap in it. The comments: ...
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Should I point out that the answer I came up with was also a correct answer after the interview?

So I had a technical interview and the interviewer asked me a question which can have multiple answers. I came up with a solution and explained it to him but he had another solution in mind and didn't ...
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How can I tell my boss he has poor video meeting manners? [closed]

My boss loves scheduling long, pointless video meetings. This is bad enough, but it's made worse by his poor manners and ridiculous rules. He doesn't like it when people mute their mic or use ...
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What options exist for helping women employees proactively deal with inappropriate behavior in a primarily-male company?

Current Situation & Work Environment I am a male engineering manager at a mid-size, mixed-discipline company in the U.S.. We have fewer than a handful of women in our engineering department and ...
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Supporting colleague presented with racially discriminatory remark

I work as the team lead / technical lead where I work in a team of 8. I have been with my current company for just short of 7 years and am well respected by both colleagues within and outside the team....
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How can I deal with a colleague who doesn't do work, is aggressive but got a promotion? [closed]

Got a bit of a situation I'm not sure how to deal with. I had a run in with a colleague 2 weeks ago, they got upset over an email that was sent round and felt singled out by it, rather than speak ...
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How not to take justified criticism personally?

I have been criticized for my performance at work by my boss. He has told me some specific ways to change how I fulfill one of my tasks. Rationally, I know he is mostly right and the best way forward ...
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Is it appropriate to write in my LinkedIn profile "if you use LinkedIn like Facebook or post political content be I'll block you"? [closed]

I honestly don't remember the last time I saw a post on LinkedIn related to work. I'm sick and tired of it even though I barely navigate the front page. Not only I'm seeing narcissistic content ...
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"Ace" engineer deliberately broke his own toe to avoid training replacements during notice period [closed]

I work at a large company that, unfortunately, has a recurring habit of hiring small armies of under-trained and under-skilled junior engineers that don't get much done (mostly due to our lack of ...
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Death stares from a colleague

I am an Indian female working in the IT sector, India. Context: During one of my conversations with a male team member, let's call him Paul, he cracked a filthy joke. Though I pretended to not ...
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Coworker made unsolicited comments about appearance, how should I handle it?

I was on-call last night with a coworker. I was wearing a bit of makeup, and at the end of the call, he comments "omg haha are you wearing makeup?". I said oh its for such and such. And, he ...
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How to deal with former coworker calling to help them in their own work?

So I left a shitty IT service based company, also served the 3 odd months notice period there. I had a good bond with coworkers there and helped them with coding because I'm good at it. There is one ...
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My co-founder & CEO stopped contributing and will never admit so. How to proceed? [closed]

This is a small start-up (~5 employees, including 3 founders) in software development, Europe. One of the founders was self-assigned the CEO role and got biggest equity chunk, and we accepted because ...
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