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Don't sign that paper! I don't know the rules of your specific country but resigning would be treated very differently to being made redundant/sacked in a lot of places when it comes to claiming any benefits. You said that this was in Europe, if it's within in the EU you might just be giving them an easy pass to get rid of you anyway while avoiding normal ...


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My question is: how to address underperformance and mistakes with an employee who's a poor performer anyway but it is at "breaking point" due to religious fasting? Don't treat it as a fasting problem, just as any other performance issue. Charlie is using it as an excuse. I fast regularly, it does not impact on my work performance because I don't let it.


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It need not have a significant impact. Many programmers work with medical issues ranging from quadriplegia, to blindness, to carpal tunnel syndrome. Some programmers have long and productive careers without ever learning to touch type. I personally have found that being able to touch-type reasonably quickly does help my productivity, but after working for 35 ...


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In my opinion, your biggest problem is not Charlie or his fasting, it's this: we are short staffed anyway and typically working in "overclocked" mode to meet deadlines. We are a team of 3 including me as the team leader / line manager but should really be more like 5 It seems that you haven't considered that operating in perpetual crisis mode could be ...


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Giving a full answer. Calling in sick 2 hours after you are supposed to start working day is nothing to fire anyone. You could be at a doctors office for that time. Had emergency procedure or something. Pairing this empty "resignation" paper and the your boss wanting to fire you they would like to have leverage to fire you while omitting some labour laws. ...


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My usual answer is, "I don't ever disclose my current compensation package, but I can tell you that I need a total compensation figure of $###,000.00 to leave my current role." That statement ends the conversation more often than not (which is what it is supposed to do). If they balk at my requirement, what's the point of continuing talks? Only serious ...


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This might be a good reason to consider remote work - that way you won't have to deal with other people working beside you. You say you don't want to appear to be the person who "causes problems", but that's exactly what you are. Really, you should work on your ability to tolerate other people living around you in a workspace.


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During last year HR and some managers informed us of a relative high number of complaints from junior and middle level developer about our way of work: in particular they say that we “impose from above our solutions” and they “are mere performers/monkeys typing on the keyboard”. Well, that's hardly surprising given that that is exactly what you have ...


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Ahh, the issues when you leave your own country. I have experienced this situation many times when I first moved to the country I live in now. There are two local languages that are spoken...neither of them English. (I am now a multilingual, but English is my first and native language). I mastered (whatever that means) the main official language of the ...


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He might be correct that the code needs fixing, but he's going about it the wrong way for any code review I've ever seen. Code reviews should fail for very specific, addressable points, eg: Inconsistent indentation in ScoreHandler.cpp, lines 45-50. Violates style guidline #8. getConsistentReview() in Foo.java is not thread safe as required, synchronizing on ...


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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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It feels unethical and even immoral In Germany, it's illegal. As in against the law. The relevant sections are "Arbeitszeitgesetz (ArbZG)" §3: Die werktägliche Arbeitszeit der Arbeitnehmer darf acht Stunden nicht überschreiten. Sie kann auf bis zu zehn Stunden nur verlängert werden, wenn innerhalb von sechs Kalendermonaten oder innerhalb von 24 Wochen im ...


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It's not a bad idea to mention it off-hand, but I wouldn't make a big deal out of it at all. You need to make sure this comes off as an FYI, and not any sort of accusation. Next time you see the CEO, just casually mention it. Hey boss, just so you know I let your brother into your office last week so he could get the keys to the car. Didn't want you ...


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Hahaha that's an excellently badass, reprehensible move of that boss. DON'T SIGN ANYTHING LIKE THAT, EVER! If signed, it's a get out of jail card for the company to circumvent ANY legal roadblocks to unilaterally end employment contracts on a whim, without notice... It also has impact on workers compensation, severance packages and potential lawsuits ...


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To summarise the problem (please correct me if this isn't quite right): Your colleague can do the easy work, and you have 3-4 months of easy work stacked up You believe they lack the fundamental aptitudes to step up to the harder work after that glut of easy work dries up You want to be honest with them, and avoid the situation of relying on someone not up ...


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So the first question is whether or not this is a drop-dead requirement. Are you willing to simply discard any job that does not offer this out of hand? How will you handle it if there are no potential openings that offer a sufficiently strict no-eating policy? This is an unusual personal hangup. You can tell it's an unusual personal hangup because no ...


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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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You amend the printed document in your own handwriting. You initial the parts you amended. You sign the amended copy. You keep a copy for your own records. Next: If you're really worried, you should get your own copy dated and notarized privately (your company doesn't need to know about that part). There was no need to tell your manager about any of this. ...


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It is always important to avoid the appearance of impropriety. While there is nothing wrong with working on your project per se, an employer might take a very dim view if they note any time stamps showing you were doing work during your sick time. I know I'd raise an eyebrow at that. While realistically, the risk to your career is minimal, it may still ...


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I think rather than trying to find out what the eating policy is, you need to find a way to work around this. I don't believe I have ever worked in an office where eating at your desk is prohibited (with the exception of certain foods due to allergies). There are plenty of ways to block sounds such as ear plugs or headphones. Hearing people chew or crunch ...


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Is it appropriate to make a gesture towards a female coworker? In a word, no, do not do this – local custom or not, specifically because you state you had or have a crush on her. At the moment, you barely have a professional relationship with this person. You are not even friends. You also mentioned that she is currently ignoring you – this might mean ...


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I am a web developer, and I lack the use of both hands and wrists due to quadriplegia. You need not fear that losing the use of a hand excludes you from the programming field. As you say, there is much more to programming than typing speed. I type at a sad maximum of 20 WPM, yet I still am considered a competent developer. However, there are difficulties ...


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I reported this to the HR, but nothing has been done so far. They asked me to make a formal statement, which I still don't know how to formulate. Take what you've written here, remove as much emotion from it as you can so that it is just a list of facts and send that. If you have dates for each of the incidents, even better. If there are any of these ...


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When they said they valued get-togethers and game nights I expected the occasional friday afternoon gathering or a game night every now and then. Did you actually tell them this? If you decline, you will also get an email or possibly even a phonecall to tell you how sad it is you're not joining, trying to dig up what your reason is in hopes they can ...


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How to provide feedback about an unprofessional manager during the exit interview? Silently, in your head. Focus on where your career is going, not where it has been. Exit interviews are not for your benefit and bad mouthing anyone can come back to bite you while there is no plus side for you involved.


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If you want a "solution" so that you don't end up employing them, then consider an exam or test as part of the interview process. Had it done to me, as I said "yes" to having Excel skills... They had a computer with Excel ready and some data to work - just basic stuff if you know what you are doing, but if you don't, it becomes obvious... I know another ...


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I don't see how it's a good idea in my honest opinion. When you sign a contract, you have a two month trial period (at least where I'm from), and the purpose of it is exactly what you mentioned. During that time, the company can evaluate your abilities and you can evaluate if you want to stay in the company. If you try to negotiate for a lower salary, ...


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Document specific mistakes and the effect they have on the business. Treat this employee the way you would any employee that was not delivering the level of performance required by the job.


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I'm afraid that you're trying to achieve two goals at the same time, that are contrary to each other. To live and work in a country where the local language is different from your native language. To not have to learn the local language. I'm not going into whether your reasons for not learning the local language are valid or not. Even assuming they're 100% ...


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