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You've witnessed something illegal. By law, you are most likely required to report it to a federal agency, not your supervisor's boss. In other words, having told the boss, you haven't actually done anything to protect yourself legally. In fact, you may be considered complicit. The simplest solution is to forget about getting along with these folks, and ...


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With all due respect, I don't believe that the entirety of the problem sits with the staff. You wrote: The employees are young and impressionable. and "Most of them are not college graduates they lucked out when they got this job" and then Fast forward again, I have had a couple of subordinates file a formal complaint against me stating I am ...


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Amazon should allow for returns. Box them up and send them back. Before you order new, ask your boss for specific requirements, or ask your teammates for suggestions of what they'd like, then clear the purchase with your boss.


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After that I repeated my estimation of the situation again per email. This was ignored. Now the client complained about me that I seem to appear to meetings unprepared and they need to tell me things twice. Every time they say that, refer them to your email, and tell them that the project needs a drastic replanning. Then polish your CV and start ...


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First, you should stop working 14 hours a day: it might be sustainable for a few days (and I insist on the 'might', and I'm kinda confident it can't be applied to everybody), but a project is not a sprint, it's a marathon. You are eventually going to damage your health, this is hard to recover and I doubt the amount of money they pay you is worth it. ...


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What do I do if I feel unqualified for the job but can't quit and won't get fired easily even though it's taking me a long time to do things and I end up having to do everything over and over again because my boss won't tell me exactly how to do everything and because I don't know how to do everything the way biostatisticians know how to do? There'...


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As always, document everything. If you can get other employees to collaborate, do so. Ask your manager if he can do the same with other managers and have them escalate. What you need to do is make a case to the higher ups that this is costing them money. THAT always gets their attention. "X hours lost due to inaction of help desk" in front of someone who ...


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You've learned one of the most important lessons in the corporate world: HR is not your friend One of the main purposes of an HR department is to protect the company from its employees, not the other way around. I'm not suggesting that HR is necessarily adversarial with the employees or that they're against the employees at all. But they are going to be ...


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The biggest problem is you don't realize what you did wrong, and people are miffed about your obliviousness. Keyboards and mice are personal. Tournament gamers bring their own keyboards and mice. Tech workers regularly BYO keyboard and mouse because they'll be on it 8h/day. They even make retro "clacky" IBM keyboards. I won't have a keyboard that has \ ...


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Something to think about: do you have any reason to believe the boss isn't also doing illegal things? That's the reason that these answers are not paranoid, and you really really need to talk to a lawyer, or at the very least, an actual whistleblower organization. Because if the boss was "in on it" and doing illegal things alongside your supervisor, you've ...


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It may be too late this time, but the expenditure per employee is small in terms of their happiness and productivity, so a do-over is probably of net benefit to the business. Perhaps a reasonable budget can be set and each person allowed to make their own choice - subject to some rules about allowed/disallowed categories or requirements. If you end up ...


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If I understand this correctly, it appears that you are snooping through closed mailboxes without any permission or authorization from your management. In my opinion, this is misconduct equal to or greater than any of the perceived offenses that you mention. I'm assuming that you aren't privy to every conversation held by the HR manager. Maybe this ...


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You apologize, you assure your lead that it won't happen again, and then you make sure it doesn't happen again. And, as suggested by MattP, your apology should make it clear that you have removed the negative tweets If there were going to be any direct and immediate consequences (e.g. if you were going to be fired for these negative tweets), it probably ...


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I have observed this HelpDesk behaviour from a system that was automatically closing tickets as soon as they were filed. (The hardest thing to detect is a fault in the "report a problem" form.) By "system", I mean online issue tracking software and multiple HelpDesk operators with one HelpDesk operator who pushed the "close" button on each issue after ...


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Keep a paper trail, documentation is your friend That being said, your partner should request that it be done immediately, and stress the potential impact it can have on their career. They should do this in an e-mail or some other form of trackable communication. If it does not get done ASAP, they should then escalate it up the chain of command to this ...


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Why are you purchasing new equipment? If the users don't have a problem with their current equipment, and prefer it over the alternative you have provided, then you seem to be creating a problem that did not exist. People tend to be pretty vocal about keyboards and mice that don't work or fit well because they are constantly annoying; just because they are ...


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Given that you are in Pennsylvania, this situation may be covered by the Pennsylvania Whistleblowers Act, which says in part: “No employer may discharge, threaten or otherwise discriminate or retaliate against an employee regarding the employee’s compensation, terms, conditions, location or privileges of employment because the employee or a person acting ...


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This is a classic problem of communication gap, which creates a difference between the actual and expected outcome, causing things to be done over and over again. Don't worry, it happens with almost all the beginners and it's quite normal to face these scenarios during initial time. I'd suggest some steps to improve the scenario: Every time you get an ...


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The first thing you need to do is sit down and have a long look at whether you are a good fit for this organization. From your writing, you seem to be more of a control type project manager and you are working with Millennials who resist that type of management technique. There is also possibly a particular mismatch also between old style waterfall project ...


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A part of my IT job I take upon myself is to sieve through outgoing employee emails to remove confidential and personal information before handing over the account to the succeeding person. [tl;dr answer - why, oh why?] Stop right there. Leaving aside the issue of not having official sanction to do this, and having picked up a lot of confidential ...


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What can I say to my employers? If you have these incidences of insubordination documented, then present your proof. Why are they allowing employees to go over my head? This is typical for an employee to bring a concern with their manager to someone above them in an attempt to resolve it. Given the severely one-sided situation report you gave us, I find ...


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To answer your question, you cannot be an asshole however you react. You just react to asshole behaviour. they estimated it for 2h using the term "if you are thinking pragmatically" - instead of my estimation of "several days of full-time work". This shows ambiguity in their behaviour. Either you are unable to do a 2-hour task in 2 hours OR they don't ...


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Escalate the issue to more senior management Ultimately your supervisor sets your priorities. This is true not only for your partner, but for her manager as well. (For the sake of brevity, let's call him Bill.) If this logbook isn't a priority for your partner's manager (Bill,) she should escalate to his/her supervisor. In a calm and professional manner ...


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I don't believe that the interview is the time to ask questions like that for a couple reasons. First off, it sounds like the people you asked were not in HR. Therefore they are unlikely to know the full details of what policies, if any, had been changed or put in place. In all honesty, they had likely received some sort of "training" that basically said, ...


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No. No, no no, 100x no. This is illegal and in my opinion completely unethical. You need to have a legitimate Windows copy and licence for the software and tools you use at work, full stop. Your employer is putting him/herself and you at serious risk for lawsuits. You should absolutely not ignore the warning and press your employer for licensed software. ...


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Get out ASAP, you are marked. Get out and get out now. Document everything they do, everything you do, and see a lawyer as soon as possible. They are aware that their illegal activities have been spotted, and you are a convenient scapegoat. Get all of your evidence to that lawyer, and do as he advises. Failing to do so could possibly make you an ...


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Firstly, the accepted answer is wrong about whistleblowing. Spotting illegal things and reporting it within the company is more than reasonable as it allows the company to attempt to resolve the situation before courts get involved. Most companies would prefer you whistle blow internally rather than externally as it gives them a chance to do something ...


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Most people have gone back to their old keyboard and mouse and my boss won't approve returning them, he just says "you need to fix this". Issue is fixed. Most people have returned to using their old equipment. Keep the new stuff for new hires or when keyboards or mice break. On a more serious note, your users will likely have made a similar choice in ...


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I feel I am in trouble now, how to get around this situation? You apologize (in person), indicate that you have learned a lesson, indicate that the offending tweets have already been taken down, and that you won't do it again. In the future, you talk to the CTO or HR when you have an issue, rather than commenting publicly. Everyone makes mistakes. If this ...


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