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Those documents still belong to you and this sounds like blackmail. Call the police and accuse the company of theft. Don't just name the company, name the people you were dealing with.


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Ignoring the fancy language, the company is essentially asking you to take a cut in pay. This is not uncommon, especially when companies are not doing well. From your description, it sounds like you are worried that if you don't agree to the pay cut, you'll be let go. If you want to keep your job, or you think you'll have difficulty finding another job ...


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He doesn't want us to contribute for Stack Overflow in the leisure time, rather he's poking us to provide support for mediocre developers who struggle to complete their task on time. Yesterday he got very angry and scolded me "Don't let me to say this once again, it will not be good. Do office works in office. Take care of your other jobs (Stack ...


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I'd say "I expect great things for working with you over the years in terms of career opportunities, exposure to company challenges and promotion to positions where I can be of high value to you. If these things happen as I have every reason to expect, I see no point in arbitrarily ending my relationship with you simply because I have worked for you x number ...


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TL;DR - Get out, soon. Did anyone has been in this situation? A very close friend of mine. How things went by when you refused to do such kind of unethical activities? Did you get punished indirectly? Things did not turn out to be good for him, he faced lots of internal push-back next, when he refused to take part in this unethical wrongdoing. ...


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You're missing the obvious third option: Stop working on Saturdays It's clear you're not allowed to work on Saturdays so you should stop doing it. If your manager tries to force you anyway you kindly respond with: Of course I would work on Saturday if you need me to, as long as I can officially enter those hours in my time-sheet and receive the proper ...


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Talk to your academic adviser. That is a person in your home department who is responsible for helping students progress. Come prepared with: initial scope of work timeline / schedule / something that says initial scope of work is almost finished email from your manager saying "hey, there is more work, and I know that's a lot, but you can finish it from ...


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As an Indian woman working in MNC, I can quite understand your problem. Let's face it. In our country, when a man earns, people think that is because he needs to feed his family, he is ambitious/passionate. But when it is a woman, people assume she simply wants to pass time till she gets married, to earn for her apparels or just because everyone else is ...


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As my study of this situation, there are other problems, actual problems that needs to be investigated. People simply don't get demotivated for working 2+ years on the same project, they get demotivated when they either feel They are not valued Their work is not valued Their opinion is not valued They don't see any growth opportunity for their personal as ...


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Don't be a smart alec in interviews. You want to present the most professional and friendliest version of yourself. If there's an unclear question (and if the question actually was just "write something on the board" then that's about as unclear as it gets) you should behave as you would if something unclear came up during your actual job as a business ...


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This is the mother of all red flags. Look for another job immediately. Don’t cover any expenses for the company (because they might never get paid). You are afraid that you lose your job if you don’t agree - but they want you to work without pay. You can agree to this if you can’t find a new job and only until you find something new, if it is made 100% ...


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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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You do not owe this person an explanation of why he was not selected. And it is almost always a bad move to try to tell them. If he calls though, you do owe him a straight answer on whether he was selected. It would have been kinder to have told him he was not selected rather than pretend a decision has not been made. Keeping someone believing they are in ...


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I disagree with all the answers saying to treat them just like male colleagues. Treat them with the respect that is inherent in your cultural values. I work with many women. I don't treat them the same as male colleagues. I am much more careful with my language around them, and I make a conscious effort not to argue in the same way or act threatening. In ...


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I have two standard responses. Before a decision is made: I appreciate your interest and enthusiasm. The process is still underway and you won't hear from us until it is complete. After a decision is made, all unsuccessful candidates (not just those who contact for followup) get a note that thanks them for their interest, and includes the sentence We ...


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I believe there should be a line somewhere between suggesting / advising good practice and appearing pushy for implementation. You don't need to chase everyone, individually to make them follow the advise. Your organization made enough attempts to make the employees aware of the danger and given them guidelines for safe posture. Now it's up to them to ...


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Yes they can. You have made the classic misunderstanding - it's not your Macbook, it's your employer's Macbook which they have assigned to you to use. It remains however their property. The finer details of what the company can access on a device they have assigned for your work use depend upon the legal jurisdiction this is taking place in, and what data ...


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Not sure if my suggestion makes sense in an Indian context but here goes: You could Withdraw your complaint Get the verification Secure a new job Re-submit your complaint, or make a new one


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You can't retract work done while being employed at X. Your pitched ideas, I assume under your current laws, are part of this work. That being said, talk to a lawyer. If the law says you own 100% of your invention, you can approach your boss notifying them about that. And get ready to lose your job. If the law says your employer have special rights (e.g. ...


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Short Answer: If you have budget and requirement for an internship, then that is on offer. This person can choose to take that or not. If the role you have available is for an intern, then that is what you are offering. The person is applying for an internship as this is a requirement for their course. In the end, you have a role you are offering, and ...


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What is a relieving letter? In India it is illegal for a person to have more than one job at a time. A relieving letter is issued by a company to an employee who has duly resigned from his said post, to be used as proof for future employers. When do you get a relieving letter? The relieving letter should be issued the same day you are going to leave ...


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Is there a better way to handle this? You could have asked them a question or two regarding what they would like you to write. Asking questions to better understand the requirements is something Business Analysts do a lot. Perhaps that's what the interviewers were hoping for.


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he doesn't want us to contribute to SO in our leisure time But if you're in the office, being paid and it's within your contracted hours of work then it's not your leisure time is it? I'd consider these hours to be non-utilized hours and whilst there may be an argument to be had in terms of people accessing non-related sites while at work I'm not sure it's ...


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Even though she has lied to you once, her situation seems genuine and she has not done anything illegal or harmful for the company. She was genuinely considering her own reputation, which can be easily understood in our society. (I guess from your name that you and your organization are in India). If she is really a great resource and you think her ...


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This is definitely not a common practice for all companies. It's also a gigantic red flag for your future working conditions - if they're prepared to lie to their clients like that, then how can you trust anything they say to you? This is an employer you should leave as soon as you can line up a new job, and never look back at. Don't get caught up in their ...


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Just try to be "normal" as you are with your male friends or neighbors etc. DO not try to shy away. Speak with them casually , informally as friends. In about 2-3 weeks you will start feeling comfortable with them. in about 3-4 months , you will forget about all your shyness. Relax and do not put any pressure on yourself.


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We could inform my colleagues, during our monthly meeting, that they will be hearing a beep over the PA system. They could use this beep as an audio cue to re-align or adjust the posture. Oh holy noodle.. that sounds truly awful. Not only is it guaranteed to be annoy a large portion of the workforce it also wont be particularly effective. Assuming you have ...


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It sounds like you're in a bad situation, @noob. The manager is trying to squeeze more (free or cheap) work from you with extortion. And unfortunately any attempt to defend yourself too much will only lead to a bad outcome for you. If I were you, I would make sure that I first completely finish the project in the exact scope agreed to in the beginning. ...


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These are still your documents and the company can't just keep them. While you might have a case in going to the police, that's probably going to take a lot of time, effort, and money on both sides. I'd start by sending them a message which lays out in no uncertain terms that: These documents are yours, and they are not allowed to keep them You will take ...


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Any suggestions on how can I motivate them? Hack days are a great way to motivate devs. Once a month allow the team to spend their Thursday afternoon working on a hack project. Ask your boss for a budget to buy beer and pizza. Start by brainstorming R&D ideas, what new tech do they want to try out? what cool thing could you build with your combined ...


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