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Questions referring to how one presents themselves and interacts with others in a professional environment

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I have had a similar situation when working in Europe - although not identical. The later age of graduation in some countries relative to the UK (especially with an MSc or PhD) can mean that when y …
answered Dec 30 '12 by GuyM
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I would suggest a lot depends on the situation, and what you are looking for from your boss. The key things for me in presenting bad news is to be prepared, and calm. You need to: tell them the sco …
answered Dec 20 '12 by GuyM
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I suspect the short answer to the question here is that you can't "eliminate your team mate"; as in many workplace situations, you and A simply do not have any direct power over who is (or is not) in …
answered Dec 2 '12 by GuyM
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As an employer, who is often on interview panels for telephone interviews, I would strongly suggest taking them just as seriously as a face-to-face meeting, if not more so. A telephone interview is …
answered Nov 26 '12 by GuyM
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This kind of issue can chew up a lot of time, act as a major distraction and allow people an outlet for all sorts of personal issues and angst between team members. It can also be symptomatic of a de …
answered Nov 2 '12 by GuyM
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The dividing line for me is when a personal issue starts to intrude into workplace performance; at that point it ceases to be a personal issue and becomes a professional one. Many people are drive …
answered Dec 23 '12 by GuyM
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I regularly watched this play out in my development team, and in the past it has been a source of frustration and even conflict between team members. I have also seen this in other organisations when …
answered Dec 6 '12 by GuyM
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I think it is important to try and understand where your boss was coming from and why they were concerned. From my perspective this is not about whether you should have "lied' to the client, but mo …
answered Dec 28 '12 by GuyM
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How you want to manage this depends largely on your boss, as well as your role. I'd suggest that it is very hard to raise this with a manager without it coming across as sounding unprofessional, or …
answered Nov 12 '12 by GuyM
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I sit on a lot of interview panels, usually with HR. To me, this type of questioning has more to do with the ego of the interviewer than testing the candidate. I'd suggest that a good candidate wi …
answered Oct 31 '12 by GuyM
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I think I would have simply responded that: By allowing them the freedom to use the exercise facilities when they need to, we encourage staff to find positive outlets for their stress – if they ha …
answered Dec 6 '12 by GuyM
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Where I operate (NZ), a "contractor" is a company-to-company relationship, governed by, as you might expect, a contract. I use contractors as a fully-trained resource to cover a workload "spike", or …
answered Dec 18 '12 by GuyM
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In this kind of situation I find the "yes of course... however" technique is useful. "Yes of course we can implement feature X, however the way that the code is currently engineered this would mean w …
answered Nov 27 '12 by GuyM
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One of the things I find hardest as a line manager is to ensure that I treat all of my direct reports equally and fairly; or to be more specific, that I don't inadvertantly favour those that I have th …
answered Dec 1 '12 by GuyM
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Like many IT departments, it sounds like you are critically under resourced. At this point in time it sounds like you are are trapped in a highly reactive fire-fighting loop that you can't find eno …
answered Dec 12 '12 by GuyM

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