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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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Coworker spilled hot bevarage on me because of a meme. What should I do? [on hold]

Keeping a long story short - me together with Coworker B made a meme about Coworker A and circulated it in our room, which is what I thought was a group a close friends both in and outside of work (5 ...
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My employer refuses to give me a w4 to change my withholdings [closed]

My employer refuses to give me a w4 form because they are mad because i claimed a workmans compisation
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Staff returning to work after gross misconduct

I was wondering I someone could help me with the below on what paths I can take? I am from the UK. Recently, accusations was made about myself that could ruin the career I am in. The owner of the ...
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Peer co-worker “out-performing” me due to access rights left over from previous role

My co-worker 'Jan' and I have both worked for the company for a couple of years in our respective roles, but in totally separate teams/functions until now. We have now (a few months ago) been brought ...
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How to deal with overly attached student?

I'm doing private lessons for various programming subjects. One of my students has a tendency to send multiple messages if I don't reply at once, likes emphasizing his effort even though I tell him ...
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Is it unethical/unprofessional to keep a record of quotes from my colleague's outbursts?

My colleague is a 64 year old guy who is very verbal when working. He often shouts out slander towards his computer and also an ex-employee. Even though these outbursts are incredibly unprofessional I ...
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How can team relations be maintained along with maintaining personal and professional boundaries?

There are many situations in which the management, esp of the small medium business domain, organize events such as sports matches and frequent outings in the name of team bonding. Instead of bonding, ...
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Why would HR think it's inappropriate that I visited a coworker in the hospital?

I just got out of a meeting with my supervisor and a member of our HR department, giving me a "formal warning" for engaging in inappropriate conduct by visiting a coworker in the hospital. HR told me ...
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Coworker brings girlfriend to the office during afterhours

My coworker and I often work some (unpaid) hours on evenings and weekends. He recently started to bring in his girlfriend to the company. She will sit next to him without talking, doing stuff on her ...
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What to do after I signed a blank sheet of paper given to me by my manager?

I work as a teacher in a kindergarten for almost two years now. Last week, my manager called me to sign a warning letter about a small issue that is not my fault and not part of my job description. I ...
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My colleague works in an area with high security, yet he lacks the maturity and knowledge to be there

I work with the government. Sometimes we work with sensitive private data to find clues about tax crimes. Now there is this one new colleague of mine who is too nosey, he is looking into data that ...
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Why does everyone at work take me for granted?

I am an experienced individual, but have worked at my current workplace for many years. I am super nice and say everything with a smile on my face and even if someone is a bit rude to me. The ...
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Should I join a company if its reviews on glassdoor etc are not very good? [closed]

I am offered a job from the company as a web developer in UAE. I just went on to the glassdoor and read reviews, the majority of reviews were not very good and some were outrageous to an extent ...
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Asking about eating policy during interview

TL;DR: I want to work in a company with a strict no-eating-in-office policy. How can I ask about it during an interview? Background: Western Europe, software engineering, ~2 years experience. I have ...
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Can I file a complaint with HR against a coworker’s promotion? [closed]

I work as a Senior Software Engineer on my team, and I have a coworker who was recently promoted to the same level, but she has nowhere near the qualifications for the position, she lies regularly, ...
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Am I being unrealistic asking to go from working full-time to part-time?

I've been working for three months in a software start-up. This is my first job after graduating university. The deal was that I would work for at least three months subject to evaluation, with the ...
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Male makes several female coworkers uncomfortable. What course of action to take?

A friend of mine works in the social sector in Germany. She works at a school for mentally disabled children. The school is loosely related to "Waldorf"-Philosophy, which apparently makes sexuality a ...
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Should I apologize for being indifferent?

A few days ago I was called for a spontaneous one on one meeting with my highest tier boss. I had only spoken to him once during my time working there. I perceive him as a very friendly person. As he ...
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Should I interview someone who ditched an interview before?

A year ago I was working for a start-up (in tech) and was supposed to interview this guy (X) at 10 in the morning over Skype. He did not come online that day and HR could not get in touch with him ...
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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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2answers
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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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1answer
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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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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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4answers
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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

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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1answer
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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 ...