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Maybe he simply doesn't know what else to do with his time because of a lack of social contacts. Why don't you invite him over for BBQ on one of those weekends? (If you feel like investing your personal time in that matter) It can be very hard to get to know new people when working in another country, especially if you are a little shy. If you get along ...


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Not when it puts you at a disadvantage that could easily be avoided. The space in your office should be used in the best way to give everyone the best desk space possible. If the current layout doesn't do that, and there is no reason not to change it, then you change it. If she insists that nothing gets moved then obviously you insist on the window desk. (...


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One of the most useful phrases I ever learned in my hellish time in a helpdesk role was "show me". People suck at describing their problems, but they're generally pretty good at showing what's wrong. Instead of listening to technobabble for half an hour before the customer gets so mad that you have to call in security, try asking them to show you the ...


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Both statements have been in courts and both have been ruled illegal and unenforceable. Overtime can be included in the "basic salary", but only if you are in management or similar positions where your basic salary is good enough anyway (currently >76.200€ p.a.). In addition, overtime can not be generally included, because basic contract law says you cannot ...


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You counter that with: Well, I have no information about that. What counts for me is the opportunity costs, i.e. what I could make on other engagements. I love my work and I love this company, but unfortunately I can't afford to lose money just to work here. So can we please concentrate about the value I have to offer? By the way, German law supersedes ...


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Do not give anybody your password. If they lack the resources to do their work then they have to take this up with their superiors. The problem is not primarily your privacy (although this surely is unpleasant), the problem is that your colleagues can use your credentials to impersonate you, send e-mails in your name, maybe access files or resources they ...


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How to maximize my chance to not lose my job and to lose the least possible respect by my bosses? Call as soon as you can get through. Tell your boss that a family emergency came up and you won't be there Monday or Tuesday. Good luck.


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Talk to a lawyer, now. This is specific to Germany. You have limited time to oppose this formal notification According to German law this may have serious implications According to German law it must be substantiated. The last one is significant. Slacking off is not worthy a written notification unless it happens severely and/or over longer durations. ...


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While HR might not do extensive research regarding the founding year of a company, a potential employer might be wary of three separate entries in your CV. I think the best approach for this would be to write the current name of the company for the whole time you have been employed and include the former names in parenthesis. So if your company was called ...


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Assuming the company does not work in the business of providing forms or HR outsourcing services, this should not be a big deal. I would not bring it up in the interview, other than maybe asking if you filled it out correctly. It's obviously a form nobody cares about. You will probably not care about it either once your expenses are approved.


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He follows all the company policies for sick days, so from the HR perspective there is no problem. Then there's no problem that needs resolving. Should I approach his sick days in the feedback meeting? No. If the employee is complying with the company sick leave policy then there isn't anything you need or should do. While I understand that you may ...


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Refer this back to your supervisor. Explain that you need this document in English to complete the task. Your supervisor can then decide whether to a) pull the Italian-speaking colleague into the project, b) hire a translator, or c) take another approach. Essentially, as senior dev, your superior should be able to get this resolved if you cannot.


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The first sign that you're not is the fact that you're concerned that you might be. Give me someone who's a little insecure over a know-it-all any day. It means you're going to ask questions, double check things, ask for opinions, and look for ways to improve. Another sign is that you're not getting feedback. I tend to not give feedback if something ...


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Most people with IT problems are experiencing the problem more emotionally, rather than technically or logically. Working on an IT help desk is surprisingly and challengingly closer to therapy than actual troubleshooting. In order to get anywhere with non-technical people, you usually have to make a connection and get them on your side: Validate their ...


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I don’t think you can go wrong by expressing sympathy for a loss like that: “I was surprised to hear the news, and I am very sorry for the loss. How is his family doing?” Then listen for a minute and let his colleague say whatever they want. They may have a lot to say, or very little. After that, it’s appropriate to get back to business: “So, ...


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Don't overthink it. "Feel better soon!" is fine. You can also clarify if there's anything special your boss needs you to handle while they are recovering. This is what I usually reply to emails like that, Sorry to hear that, I hope you feel better soon. Let me know if there's anything I can handle for you here in the office while you're out.


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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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I am a fellow parent and manager. I had to un-stick Lego, wipe little bottoms (off-cam) and stop fights during professional presentations. Or tell my 5 years old to put on some trousers before he comes into the camera. Other answers talk about ignoring it if it doesn't affect work performance. Having to take care of children while trying to work does affect ...


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It's worth looking at this from the other perspective, namely, that of the team lead: You have two different structures, one is tested a proven, presumably with an existing number of people supporting similar-structured applications. The second has been brought to you, with technical reasoning, but, crucially, without business reasoning. Rather than not ...


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No Unless as bharal pointed out, there is evidence that you discussed this over company email etc. How do you know your friend is right? He could be incorrect, it could be holiday pay owed to him etc. It might be that he has been paid the correct amount. Does your company also have rules about discussing salary? If so, it might be prudent not to mention ...


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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. Taking too long to discuss this issue was a mistake. Amending the mistakes in a document you're about to sign is just standard practice. That's what you should have done. You make the correction, you ...


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Whether you're asked for programming questions shouldn't be a critical factor in your decision. They might not ask you simply because they don't know how. That's why they want to hire a senior/lead developer, because they don't have the resources to train you. Example My workplace develops very technical products, and provides good career opportunities. My ...


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Tell him one last time to stop doing that. Be firm and straight, don't beat around the bush. Don't get involved in any discussions. If he continues doing it go straight to HR and let them handle it. You might also want to consider to talk to a lawyer. I think his behavior is borderline stalking, which is a criminal offense in Germany. Regarding taking ...


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The best course of action is to let him stay home at this point. It is no use to expect him to be productive while on a working notice, given that his performance was already lacking. Give him pay in lieu of notice and free up a desk.


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I would advise against this as a strategy for three reasons: It tells the employer that you are only applying to get into the EU (or Germany in particular), which is a huge red flag. You are massively undervaluing yourself, and as a result it will cause doubts as to whether you can meet the expectations. Cost of living is higher, this may not be ...


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Is this unethical? Tacky? Ill-advised? Am I selling myself based on future value that I know they will not receive and am therefore committing a type of fraud? No, it's not unethical, tacky, or ill-advised. And it's certainly not fraud. Whenever you are in a performance review, it's a good time to seek a raise. In many shops, an annual raise is pretty ...


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Honestly, I don't think it should matter what the other employees make. Salary (or, total compensation) is about what the company finds valuable about an individual's contributions. If your manager is saying he won't pay you more (or otherwise increase your total compensation, ie bonuses, vacation days, benefits, etc) because of X, where X isn't your ...


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