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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Should I even ask my company on the possibility to go back on my decision to relocate?

Continuing from this question How do I tell my employer for 2nd (or is it the 3rd) time that I no longer want to relocate? Background / summary: I asked my EU employer if I could relocate to another ...
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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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Company tries to retain an hard working but brash employee by treating me in an unfair way [closed]

EDIT: Because of the repeated requested by people to stay concise I am editing the question. I joined a company, a colleague of mine has been really unprofessional to me.Lot of times shouting at me. ...
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Is it okay to quit my internship early? [closed]

I just got an unpaid internship at a law firm. It is somewhat helpful for what I want to do with my career but it was not my first choice. I have been there less then a week and when I applied the job ...
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Should I report co-worker I suspect of embarassing/pranking my employer publicly?

My company has had some issues since November, when some managers decided it would be a good idea to "promote" several senior scientists and engineers in the company (by giving them more ...
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What should I do when I am demotivated by unprofessionalism that has affected me personally at the workplace?

I have been working in this organization for more than 8 years now. I have always been passionate, motivated, hardworking, and happy at work. In fact, I have exceeded expectations for my performance ...
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How to address individual misbehaviours while preserving the team psychological safety?

Google's Project Aristotle describes "psychological safety" as what matters the most for teams to effectively work together. The study cites another, Psychological Safety and Learning ...
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What is considered inappropriate when participating in a video meeting?

So we had a business meeting the other day via Zoom. All the participants were from their homes, as happening around the world these days due to the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the participants in the ...
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Boss demanding I "tone down and redact" my LinkedIn profile [closed]

I keep my LinkedIn (professional social media platform; sort of like a glorified online resume/CV) and my CV current every month (just a minor change if needed, make sure I didn't miss any typos), ...
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Insubordinate chief engineer training colleagues to be "too mobile" out of spite

We have a problem with one of our chief engineers, but we cannot fire him (yet) due to professional qualifications he holds, and it take time to replace him. This engineer was a hard worker years ago, ...
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Saw senior, respected colleague repeatedly masturbating in the office - how to get him to stop

This happened over a year ago so there's not much point bringing it up at work now, but I did see a senior (male) colleague repeatedly masturbating in the office. At the time I (also male, junior) was ...
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Might lose job and have no income due to insulting my coworker

I was one of the first people to join an online meeting with coworkers today. Usually, most attendees are up to 10 minutes later before the actual meeting gets started. One of my senior colleagues, ...
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I got fired on my last day; is that possible?

On my last day of work, I didn't feel comfortable going due to men making multiple sexual comments. The day before, I had a lot on my mind, and I was too scared to go. On the morning of my last day, I ...
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Departing senior engineer refuses to introduce replacement to open source community/peers

We have a senior, very capable (i.e. 5x) engineer, "Gust", who has served his notice (4 weeks), and will be leaving. Our company likes to "test" people in their new roles when ...
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Manager lied to client. Is it legal? [closed]

Manager informed client that the software was tested even if it wasn’t, then manager asked the team to create a fake test document and send this document to client as some sort of proof. I think that ...
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Ambush meeting for silly plan

This morning I was invited to a 9.30am meeting by my boss (I normally start work at 9am although I am perfectly permitted to start as late as 10am if I so decide on the day and I have no earlier ...
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Boss badmouthing me after my resignation

I work in a small company, central Europe and I've been working here for 5 years. Recently we started losing customers, money and frankly I just don't enjoy working here anymore. So I found another ...
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Boss wants me to join a team I dislike

In short: How do I tell my boss I don't want to join this team, or how do I negotiate conditions for joining if needed be? Long version: There's a group in my company who is responsible for developing ...
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Employee demanding company to guarantee counter-offer isn't his last promotion at this company

I recently had to take over for a second software team, "team Bravo", in addition to my own team, "team Alpha", due to Bravo's manager, "Bob", having to go on leave. This ...
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Been slacking off for a while due to lack of motivation (and applying for other jobs) but then exacerbated by COVID- how to repair?

This all started before the global pandemic. At the time, I was working at our office location. I was completing my work, but I didn't feel like the job was fulfilling anymore. I just felt like I was ...
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Is my Trainer over the norm harsh? [closed]

I am an apprentice for informatics. My Trainer does not like me and that is fine. He scolds me on a regular basis, I am not a flagship student and he has the right and reason to scold me. It just ...
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How do I learn and do my job well in an environment full of jerks? [closed]

Background There seems to be very little empathy where I work. Resources to adequately ramp up new people to the job are sparse, yet we are still expected to perform like a well-oiled software ...
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Is it unprofessional to accuse someone of being "snarky" in a work chat?

An external colleague asked me if I was "being snarky?" when I told one of his report I had already sent them something they asked for. Am I right to find this unprofessional? For context I ...
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How can I feel less intimidated by younger colleagues?

I work as a game developer. I work mostly on visual novels, fighters, shooters and arcade games. Each year the workplace is more and more dominated by younger folks and fewer and fewer seniors. I ...
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How to handle poor social behaviour to a old senior from a colleague?

Background I am working in a small business (< 15 employees) as a software developer. Roughly half of us are. The rest is working as IT specialists for system integration. The coworker I am ...
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Dealing with "Why didn't you do it some other way?" questions

The scenario is usually similar to this: I am presenting my work, which involves software related decisions and scientific related methods. I have almost no direct management from my actual managers ...
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Part of an HR plot without knowing it: are these HR machinations normal?

This question derives from the outcome of my other one and what happened next. For all the details, please read the linked question. After M joined back the company, they organized a party with myself,...

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