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How to prepare for a conversation with someone much higher up?

I am in my mid 30s and currently work at a senior technical position (software architect) in a Fortune 500 company. My current boss (a director), who brought me into my current company from my ...
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The photo copier might be making my colleague sick

In my office they are 19 people including me. My IT manager normally comes to office late and leaves at night. Today I spot one thing that might be a problem, the photo copier. I like to sit at his ...
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Raises Terminated

My employer has recently terminated raises across the board, with no reinstatement planned, replacing it with a "bonus" program for work quantity, not quality. My boss has hinted that it is nowhere ...
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I vented to my supervisor and I feel unprofessional

I am a business analyst. My supervisor is a senior systems and business analyst. My supervisor is the nicest person I could ever meet, but there is always this wall of professionalism that I can't ...
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Left the previous job because of family issue

I am Taiwanese, I've stayed and worked about 10 years in the US, and decided to comeback my country this summer. Frankly, the reason I decided to come back to Taiwan is that I wasn't happy with my ...
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What are the major interview differences between hiring a manager versus hiring an employee?

I'm looking to become a manager, and there are a few rounds of interviews with various executives in our company. This will be my first managerial position, but I'm confident in my skills and ...
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Is it okay to ask if I am allowed to use the internet in a technical test - interview?

I had an phone interview that went fine and then I was asked for an in-person interview and to "spend some time with the team", this coming Monday. What to do now? I am preparing myself for an on ...
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What do I do about an untidy engineering school tutor visiting my company soon?

I'm currently doing my final-year internship in a relatively big company which has a dress code. My engineering school tutor is required to come once to my workplace, and this is probably going to ...
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How to handle inappropriate behaviour of your manager

I've been working in a small IT company (about 20 employees) for a few months. Last night (Friday) we had the Christmas company dinner, all employees together. After the dinner the manager and some ...
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A new employee has upset the team/office atmosphere, should I discuss this with my manager?

I'm a senior'ish software developer working in an open plan office with other departments besides mine. A new member has joined our team, and after two weeks, this person has upset almost all the ...
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Avoid Bad Blood From Leaving Job

I recently moved to Seattle after completing a programming course to look for work. In the interim I started working at the gym near my apartment where I am a member. When they hired me they asked if ...
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Inability to get to work because public transportation failure

The train drivers are about to go on strike in Germany. Again. And it may not be the last time. Many people live 20-30 km from work and commute by train. There's no alternative to trains over such ...
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Damaging reference from current employer

I work in UK for a software company. I applied for a job at two other companies, 1 and 2. I accepted the offer from company 1 (after 2 months and 3 interviews) and returned the signed contract, ...
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How to politely bring up that I need more work [duplicate]

I am working a salaried position at a small software firm. Currently I am on a team that is working on a large program that is broken down into small features, which our project lead will assign to ...
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Handling unreasonable demands from other departments

I don't want to reveal the field I'm working in, but hopefully my question will be general enough that I don't need to. I've been at my job for a couple of years now. The team I'm on has to work ...
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How to bring up a bad GPA in a interview

Suppose in an interview somebody asks you about your undergraduate Grade Point Average (GPA). If it is very low what should you say? Also suppose your graduate school GPA is very high. Could I somehow ...
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Is it required to be exact about previous salary when dealing with recruiting agencies?

All jobs I applied for have been through recruiting agencies and all of them are asking for my current/previous salary. It is much much lower than industry average (nearly half) and I don't want that ...
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Tactful, diplomatic way of communicating with graphic-design ignorant boss

I have been a graphic designer for over 20 years, currently working under a Graphics Director, whose boss is the Department Manager, whose boss is the VP of Marketing. The VP is recently hired, and ...
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What to do if I receive two job interviews at the same time?

Stemming from this question, I actually managed to get another job interview for a different company. I hear back about my status from the first interview on Tuesday. I have my interview for the ...
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Why should romantic relationships be disclosed to HR?

Why do some companies ask their employees to disclose romantic relationships with coworkers? Is the company somehow exposed to legal liability otherwise? My instinct is such relationships are none of ...
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What happens when you "run out" of vacation days\PTO [closed]

The concept of a certain amount of paid days is very foreign to me. I'm used to working shift work. The way you would take off is find someone and go, "Hey John, could you take my shift I'll take ...
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Get colleagues to use the phone instead of instant message/email in high priority situations

How do you encourage your team members to pick up the phone when a high priority situation arises. They tend to always use email/instant message and assume the recipient has got the message, no ...
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How can we prevent merger panic from becoming an issue that affects the productivity of the staff?

One of my competitors is about to go bankrupt. The owners have proposed me the idea where I could buy their business. I am still discussing the idea with some of the leaders in my company. The ...
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Should I CC the client when transferring an issue to a colleague?

I get a telephone call from a client. They explain their problem, I tell them that I don't have a solution ready but I will look into it and get back to them. (don't call us, we'll call you) I ...
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How can I enhance my skills when my current job is not providing much scope? [closed]

I have more than 3 years of experience in IT. Sometimes I personally feel that I lack proper guidance as my surroundings are not providing me that much exposure and most of the professional people ...
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Should I use present tense on an English CV/resume?

I'm looking at an example CV/Resume, and I see the following: Develop business relationship Apply for patent paperwork This sounds incorrect to me. Either it already happened, in which case I think ...
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Resigned before accepting a conditional offer

I made a very rash decision now I am regretting it to the bone. I accepted a conditional letter from a company for a full time job while working in a per-week job. I was asked when I would like to ...
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Should I wait for an offer to turn down a job?

During my final interviews for position A I realized that it is not right for me. Even if they come back with a great offer, it is extremely unlikely that I will be able to work well in that capacity. ...
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I accidentally insulted the director of accounting, now what?

I am a 36 year old woman and work for a biotech startup on a 4-person sales team. We are aggressive, communicate quickly and swear frequently, for better or worse. We recently hired a new customer ...
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My manager is forcing me to clean, vacuum, wash, and take out the garbage during trade shows

I am a marketing project manager working in an American company based in France. This role includes planning and managing logistics for industry events. I am responsible of managing end-to-end all ...
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Uncomfortable work area and equipment

I work in a petrol station and our whole working area is dreadful, you would have to see it to believe it. Our seating at the tills causes great discomfort, for instance our monitors and view over the ...
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How can I ask my manager more development tasks rather than maintenance and bug fixing?

Background I'm currently at a cross section in my career in a corporate. I'm almost a year working as a software engineer; in that period of time I've passed a team straining about the team's back-...
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Is it normal to have daily 1:1 meetings with your boss?

I work as a Software Engineer in a large company. My team of six has daily stand-up meetings to chat about what we did/will be doing for that day. I also have a bi-weekly one-on-one with my own ...
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How to deal with manager's request of "just staying longer" for work hours record?

My manager wanted me to stay longer in office because upper management was not satisfied with my working hours. He and other managers said that I was productive as a software engineer, but he failed ...
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I was asked for financial advice and learned that an employee might be depressed

I work late most days and as a result I've had the opportunity to converse with the night-time custodian that is assigned to the floor where my office is located. Over time, we've struck up a rapport ...
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How to respond when boss asks you about the task that you have not been aware of?

I recently started to work as a coordinator. Part of my job is to QA our products that are very similar to each other. A developer did not inform me about product B that was ready for QA. The same day ...
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Handling employee who has disclosed anxiety and depression [closed]

We're new business owners in Australia. We were only a couple of weeks in to our business when we moved a confident employee who really wanted to work for us (with a customer-facing role) from casual ...
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Unknowingly dated relative of office coworker [closed]

This is a bit embarrassing for me to explain, but I accidentally ended up dating my coworkers daughter. This is our second date and everything was going well. There was some errands she needed to take ...
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My client is asking me to lie about employment status

I'm a freelance web developer with a few clients -- one of them (currently my biggest one), has a project with a client of their own, and I'm working on this project and communicating regularly with ...
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Is it wrong to buy competititors products and let this be known at work?

The company I work for produces and sells products for women to a broader audience. All the products they sell can be easily found in most stores throughout the world. When I joined the company, I ...
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I'm quite unprofessional outside job environment. Can it be an issue?

My work life and my personal life has huge differences. People I know here seem to be much more calm and both in personality and in their hobbies. Don't get me wrong: I can talk about non-work ...
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Disallowing religious observations [closed]

There is a country contemplating banning Islam from being practiced on it's shores. If this happens would it be wise for locally owned businesses to inquire into the religions of their overseas ...
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Team member falling asleep: who to talk to first as an external consultant?

So, here's the situation: In our project team, there are some smaller subteams. We're with two in ours: my colleague who's an employee me, an external consultant, also 'team lead' responsible for ...
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How to report manager for misconduct?

I've never done this before and could use some advice. I am preparing to report my manager to HR for the way he acts around people. I don't know where to start. The way he acts does impede ...
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How to formulate an USA-style recommendation letter to be used optimally as a German Work Certificate (Arbeitszeugnis)?

I mainly work in Germany, but recently I had a little project for an US company. They were satisfied with my work and are ready to give me a Letter of Recommendation. I can make suggestions about ...
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How do I ask my colleagues to pay up for lunch?

So here's the situation, my office had a few interns who ended their stint and we had a farewell lunch. After the lunch, I made payment first because I was the person who ordered the lunch (as per my ...
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What can I conclude about poorly performing interview candidates?

I recently held interviews of two offshore C# programmers (from India). Both interviews went reasonably well until I gave them a minor programming challenge to be solved in collaboration with me. On a ...
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What is a constructive response to employees who get angry with you after you proved them wrong?

At a recent business meeting, I was trying to speak sense into someone who just kept counter-arguing against me. I always have a peaceful and relaxed tone when sharing different views, yet the other ...
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How to react to a co-worker who tries to be funny, but isn't?

We have a new guy at our office who several times a day makes a funny remark or joke. Unfortunately his jokes are about as funny as small talk is interesting and I am not sure how I should react. I ...
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Do employers favor Premium LinkedIn Job Seekers over ordinary Job Seekers?

An option on LinkedIn for ordinary (non-paying) account-holders is to upgrade to Premium (paying) status. There are various benefits including "Move your job applications to the top of the recruiter's ...

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