Hot answers tagged

224

First of all, thank you, personally (1), for stepping up and making the right decision. We need more engineers human beings like you. I am completely on board with your assessment and current decision to fight the scam. Go ahead. One kind suggestion: Please ensure you have double backup (backup for the backup) of the required data/information to prove the ...


171

Yes, you have been wronged. You can quantify exactly how much you were wronged (in the short run): three days' lost wages. Politely ask for back pay and whatever documentation is necessary to show any future inquiry that you were not at fault. If you really have a normal, professional relationship with this director, then you will get back pay, and an ...


114

Find a lawyer You've made a great ethical decision by choosing not to help your employer perpetrate their scam. I admire that. But no-one here can tell you the right (and safe) way to continue. We don't know where you are, we aren't familiar with the law in your area, and most importantly we aren't accountable when something we've advised you to do goes ...


100

Is it rude? The question you should really be asking here is, is it allowed? The answer is : No. I am unsure whether this would be a misuse of our working email (actually, I have never received such kind of emails from any colleague, or none I can remember). Yes, it will be considered a misuse. Do not use official resource for any unofficial / non-...


96

If he didn't offer you compensation, you do not have a normal professional relationship. You have been cheated of three days of pay. Your company evidently is not careful about making accusations if they can badly pull a report and not be bothered to check that they generated it correctly before they put you on suspension. That is a bad sign. Apologies are ...


72

Don't do this. The problem isn't really that it's not work related - as you say innocuous non-business use already happens on a smaller scale and is generally accepted, or at the very least tacitly ignored. That's not what this is though - this is mass mailing staff (many of whom you don't even know) on the organisation's e-mail platform about something ...


71

No. 1) You cannot delete the whole folder, as it contains some appropriate files. 2) How do you know what's appropriate and what's not? You'd have to go through all of his files. It's not your job and actually worse IMO. Additionally, you can't be sure if you've removed all of it, you could be hiding the issue. Bring it up to him privately instead You'...


44

Is this an adequate way of dealing with this situation? No it isn't. None of these include you getting paid for work already done. I would call his bluff, send him a bill for everything owing and ignore anything that isn't a payment. Short blunt note with it so he knows you're not interested in licking any lollipops. "You currently owe me X dozen hours, ...


34

Messages which can be perceived as political should not be sent to your colleagues. They have built in that there is consensus on some subjects where there may be none. People with other views will see it as if there is a company-wide policy on those subjects. Would you find it acceptable if another colleague would send round a link to a report about the ...


25

Wage theft? So you're not exempt and they didn't pay you for overtime? That's wage theft. Did you keep records? Do you have emails/call logs of them calling you or ordering work when you were off-duty? The Labor Department of your State can usually recover that money, assuming you can prove you did those hours. Negotiate What kind of machinery is ...


22

Warn up the authorities about the scam. While they didn't start scamming no-one yet, I have the paper trail that shows up the intention to do it and the step-by-step of the scamming process. This is the way to go, even if it will make your life uncomfortable for a while. As a consequence, the other two will happen also. The police will probably want to let ...


20

As much of your statement and comments are indicating, this seems an oversight. I could dream up scenarios where the boss wants to assert his authority and show that he can put whatever he wants out there, but I highly, highly doubt it. There's also the point that while he'd probably be quite glad if it were removed for him, you are messing with "his stuff"...


19

he already made it clear that he'll refuse to pay me anything if I don't help him out to conduct this scam. I think he might be trying to embark you on a wonderfully escalating trip: Hey, do X for me, or I won't pay you my debt. Now, do Y for me, or I'll tell everyone you did X (even though it'd harm me too; but don't worry, I'll find my way out, thank ...


15

SPAM is actually never acceptable, regardless of whether it is sent to acquaintences in your job, or acquaintences elswhere. So, you should not send any of your proposed SPAM regarding politics, to your coworkers or to anyone else by email whom you do not know well.


15

Short answer: You can fight, and probably win compensation for the time lost, but it may not be worth it. Longer answer: In all practical terms, it will likely cost you more to fight for it. Ask politely for the money, as the suspension was not justified. If you get it, great, if not, I recommend you just move on to the new job you've accepted. The ...


12

I worked as a freelancer for 5-ish years, back when there were half a dozen instead of just one or two highly popular/profitable freelancing sites. Clients like the one described by OP are a dime a dozen. First: Anyone who refuses to pay for work or product to date will never pay you one thin dime. It doesn't matter if it's one milestone or a full ...


19

I managed to automate a fair portion of my workload. I wrote a script [...] (workload reduced from 4-6 hours to 15 minutes), what would have a very positive influence on two of the most important KPIs our managers follow That's great! So don't wreck it by the way you choose to use it. I wouldn't suggest either approach in your question, personally. How ...


11

There is nothing wrong with watching some TV series, just make sure that whatever you put on your desktop wallpaper, which presumably can be seen by others, is fit for the office. There is not a hard guideline on this, as this depends on the type and size of the company, who can see your screen and overall culture. Some companies will be very lenient with ...


11

You have an offer for a new job. If that offer is better than your old job, then figure out what your notice period is, and accept the offer. With that done, you have the choice: a. Go to your old company and give notice. b. Go to your old company and ask for payment for these three days. If they don’t pay you give notice. If they pay, you put the money in ...


9

In addition to the issues the other answers raised regarding the wisdom of bringing politics up in a 'work' channel there is another issue. Generally if you are supposed to be able to mail the entire organisation there will be a distribution list for that. Sometimes these exist but are restricted to authorised users only to cut down on spam. Sticking a ...


9

I would ordinally say it wouldn't be an issue, but I can see where the problem may lie with contractors as they may be looking to get on your good side to get an extension. For me, as a permie (but also a team lead) I would use it to share around with everyone else after work as a Christmas celebration and thank the contractor by name for the gift. That ...


9

Usually, it's expected (and generally accepted) that gifts will flow down the hierarchy (superior to members). When it's the other way around - which is this case (a team member to a team lead), you need to be a little more careful. Check your company handbook, if you have one (i.e., applicable for you). In most of the cases, there's a cap (limit) imposed ...


8

As a counter to the other answers, I'll say that this will vary by location, but is somewhat more likely to be acceptable at an academic institution. For example: At my university it has been a long-standing policy and practice that political and organizational information is communicated by university email. It's been pretty much a daily occurrence in the ...


7

In the end of the day you accepted the job in the first place, so in terms of the salary you can either attempt to negotiate a higher salary or quit. The company doesn't own you. It doesn't really matter if they lied about the reasons for the low salary in the first place, you accepted it, though its obviously a huge red flag on their ethical standings. It'...


7

You can stop working extra hours for free. Tell them you'll either do it during the time you're paid, or as paid overtime. They'll have to pay someone, and you're probably still the cheapest and most experienced person they can find. You're probably worried that they'll fire you, but that would leave them needing to find someone competent to do your ...


7

Why not do this? Have a quiet word and inform him that you found those images. Tell him to tidy up and you are having a long lunch break. End of story. We all make mistakes. Give him slack. He might give you slack in the future. We all make mistakes.


7

Although I helped my colleague on many occasions, even with some tips how to be a contractor, I am bit puzzled with the situation. I am a team lead and if I accept this bottle is it ethical? Since you indicate that you are an independent contractor (i.e., you are self-employed), you don't need to worry about violating any employer's rules. Many ...


6

Info about a global strike? Potentially work-related, but only in the context that delays/difficulty getting into work might be a thing. Beyond that it's a bad idea. Don't send political stuff through work emails. People open their work mailbox to deal with work queries, not to hear about political stuff. This can easily be construed as a violation of ...


5

I'll chime in with another way of looking at this: Hi everyone, This is Bob Bobson in Department XYZ. I just wanted to let you know that the 'Asians are Ruining This Country' rally is starting at 6 PM tonight in front of the Confucius Temple. Hope to see you all there! Cordially, Bob Bobson ... does it seem wrong for Bob to be using his ...


5

It doesn't matter what the original advert said. That's only an opening point in negotiations. You successfully negotiated away that repayment clause, as proven by the signed contract. The new company presumably buys your current company as a whole, including all assets and contracts. That would include your employment contract, as signed. It is almost ...


Only top voted, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible