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it's still wrong Why? Because some handbook written by an HR busybody says so? That's a deliberately inflammatory statement and I don't necessarily completely agree with it, but at its core is a very important point: why does it matter if the developer is in the office or not? You say yourself they're a very good worker and don't need to be in the office ...


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I find it interesting that your company has devalued patents significantly, and then seemed surprised when some of your engineers have decided it's not worth their time. You talk about trust, but it's evident that the engineer does not trust you, as he opted to lie about forgetting, rather than saying "No thank you. I do not wish to share this work.". I ...


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Here is Virginia law: http://www.doli.virginia.gov/laborlaw/laborlaw.html Legally, you can never be paid less than the federal minimum wage of $7.25/hour. If you work for an hour, you must make at least $7.25 (tips can count toward this). Your employer can't dock your pay below minimum wage--depending on the amount of the tab, and how much you make, making ...


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30 patents in two years is roughly $75k a year that's been changed to $15k. So he's been given a $60k a year in pay reduction. So, yeah, he's probably going to quit and go work for someone else. Further everyone is acting like that's the case. The company's relationship with him is broken, it can't be fixed. How can I resolve this? In terms of ...


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If you have one developer and twenty(!) managers on this project, your developer is more than likely unable to get any actual work done while in-office. He's been putting in hours at work and then going home to code, got sick of it, and decided to just not donate his free time to the company. I suspect that the real problem here is that other employees are ...


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You must separate private and professional life, and so must Josh. BTW, not that I am defending Jessica, but in splits there may be unknown quantities, things that no-one but J & J know about. Being a good friend, you are of course entitled to privately take unreservedly the side of Josh; but, being a good professional, you should keep in mind that you ...


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I was in a similar position once (except in this case the coworker who was supposed to cover me was in an accident a week before my vacation was supposed to start). My boss asked me if I could postpone the trip. Like you, I had non-refundable tickets and some pre-paid non-refundable hotel reservations. So I said I'd postpone if they'd cover my out of pocket ...


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While "usecase" is a general term, it's normal to take more than one month to learn company specific and industry specific jargon and acronyms. Equally, after just one month, your coworkers should consider it normal for you to still be getting your feet wet and they should be willing to explain acronyms and other concepts specific to the company and ...


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I really want to come forward and say something among the lines of "I'm really sorry, I meant no ill intention, it was all a mistake and I can even offer to pay back the caterer's fee if you want.", since I'm a very honest person. That is exactly what you should do. You are an honest person and honest people admit their mistakes. And everyone makes ...


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Unethical, unwise, and potentially a severe career limiting move. Assigned spots are not just for convenience, they are for security. The company, and perhaps the building as well, will want to know who is in that spot. If it's not you, then there's going to be a problem. This is the equivalent of renting out a company laptop because you are not using it....


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What can I do? First, refer this person back to your security policy and procedures documentation. These topics should be covered clearly, and you can fall back on the documentation to support your position. If this document doesn't exist, consider writing it, and getting it approved by the appropriate people. Also, I would ask your manager for ...


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This is obviously against policy, and although what he is doing doesn't require to do any interaction with anyone in the office it's still wrong Change the policy slightly I think you should change the work from home policy for your team to be at your manager's discretion, meaning at your discretion. This way you can say they are following the rules, ...


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It's the company's money, not yours. Some "customer" stole from the company, not from you. There is absolutely no reason whatsoever why you should pay for the company when someone stole from them. You say it's not your fault, your boss says it's not her fault either. Nice argument, but it's wrong. It's her business. Everything that occurs in that business ...


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I think the thing to do is to explain to them what you think happened, explain that you've disconnected from the browser history syncing done by chrome, so that they won't see this any more. Explain how you were browsing on your own hardware and in your own time, unaware that chrome was syncing. Ask if they can view the time of the events, and so verify ...


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One place I worked had a very simple method in place. They would periodically test the end users at random through password hacking and phishing emails. Anyone who failed had to take the online safety course.... again. That was enough pain that no actual disciplinary action was needed. Having to retake the course was enough to make them careful. If ...


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Put both on your resume so that the reader will have a good idea on what you’re doing AND that your company has an alternative title system. The reader can just then read the description to determine the details of your job e.g. Super Hip Company - Backend Engineer (Internal Title Code: Hadouken) Tuned and optimized SQL Queries to scale product up ...


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Sometimes he doesn't come for 2 entire weeks. he is doing more than a great job, I suggest you not notice his absence. You have better things to do than babysit top-performing devs, don't you?


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He got the agreement letter and when he was reading it he has founded that unfair term. It is "You can't join any competitive company of us within 5 years when you resign from our company". It seems like this is totally unfair because 90% of the time he has to work in software/web development company even after resigning from new company. How to ...


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It's disappointing that HR felt the need to copy your manager and that your manager is so seemingly insecure that they perceive this as a slight against them. Nevertheless, you are learning about your company, its environment, and workforce practices as a whole. To that end, a few thoughts... I'm surprised to see that you were initially under the impression ...


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From your comments: Actually management has make promotion exam in english to enhance Englsh understanding better which helps to understand technical orders mainly in English This sounds to me as if there is a valid business reason why the role requires a decent understanding of English. Rather than arguing for an exception why not approach the worker ...


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Is it rude to ask my boss if I can take the laptop with me to the vacation? I am not sure about rude (this is opinion based), but to request permission to use company equipment for strictly personal use would be un-professional. My advise to you is to not ask unless you are going to work extra hours or need one for after hours support. In addition, most ...


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Your colleagues don't necessarily want you to do anything. Many times it simply feels good to share gripes with someone who is sympathetic and in these situations the listener is not expected to actually do anything about it. You might feel you're doing them a favor by bringing their concerns to management, but really that's what your co-workers should be ...


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I'm not skinny, and I still dislike a lot short-sleeves tee-shirts, and I can easily understand what you feel. I don't like people staring at my arms, and some tattoo from shoulder to elbow. I love my tattoo, they're very nice, but private, I don't want to share them outside of the very close friends and family ring, and never outside. What I did, as a ...


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I've never heard of this in the UK and I absolutely wouldn't allow it. When they say insurance, it rather sounds like blackmail to me - are they going to destroy it if they deem you in breach of their rules? Honestly, the more I consider it the more outrageous, childish and abusive it seems. To clarify, showing originals and providing copies is all ...


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Assuming none of the information your friend is providing contravenes any NDA or similar then I don't see a problem with it. If you were pressuring a friend to reveal information their employer forbade them from revealing to those outside the company that would be a different story but as described? Totally normal.


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This might be a good situation where you need to talk to your boss. When what your co-workers do affects your job, that's when it should matter to you. So go to your boss and explain the situation. Hey boss, Steve is often 5-10 minutes late. However, I need to leave right at 6, because my children's caretaker needs to leave at 6:15 promptly. So I have ...


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If yes, how can I deny to sign the letter politely? My experience with issues like this is to ignore/forget/lose them as long as possible while I watch what the other staff do. Sometimes there is wholesale rejection and it's withdrawn, sometimes someone gets terminated, sometimes it just goes away. But the longer you can hold out, the more chance you have ...


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If I were a prospective employer and was asked that by a new candidate, it would raise a number of red flags to me. I would wonder why you would be asking that, and then specifically asking you the reason you ask. I can't honestly see a way you can ask that question unless offering a bland reason such as "I hate needles". Depending on the person you are ...


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