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As a new employee of a large corporation, what can I do about some disagreements with the company's code of conduct?

It's likely binding in the sense that violation can lead to disciplinary action, potentially up to firing, essentially the purpose of having you sign such a code is really a means to streamline the ...
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As a new employee of a large corporation, what can I do about some disagreements with the company's code of conduct?

Am i supposed to just shut up, sign the papers, that "I have read and accept terms and conditions" (so to speak), even if i disagree about certain things? Do other people do that? You are ...
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Should I meet my manager, in person, if he is on a business trip a 2 hour flight away from my city?

Contact him and tell him this, and ask if it's appropriate to charge the flight and accommodation to the company. You'd have to talk to him anyway to find a place to meet, so call him in advance. I ...
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Should I meet my manager, in person, if he is on a business trip a 2 hour flight away from my city?

If the company will pay, yes. Otherwise I would say no. I would expect this trip to take at least a day and cost at least three figures of Euros. If the company is happy to cover the costs and have ...
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As a new employee of a large corporation, what can I do about some disagreements with the company's code of conduct?

"Accept" does not mean "agree with". You are permitted to disagree. However you will have to actually do what the code requires, even if you disagree with it. For example, (and its ...
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As a new employee of a large corporation, what can I do about some disagreements with the company's code of conduct?

First, the wording of what you sign is very important. There is a difference between "I have read and acknowledge it" and "I have read and accept terms and conditions". The ...
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Should I meet my manager, in person, if he is on a business trip a 2 hour flight away from my city?

No. 2 hours by air is not "close". "Close" means "if you can get here without inconvenience", e.g. if you're in the same city or maybe one of the suburbs of that city. ...
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Should I meet my manager, in person, if he is on a business trip a 2 hour flight away from my city?

If I was your manager I would absolutely say yes, it was worth it, and that the company would pay. In fact I would go further. Since your manager says he "would love to meet anyone in person for ...
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As a new employee of a large corporation, what can I do about some disagreements with the company's code of conduct?

A company gets to decide its code of conduct (within the bounds of law). It's almost certainly a condition of employment that you agree to abide by the code of conduct. So, by agreeing to be employed ...
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As a new employee of a large corporation, what can I do about some disagreements with the company's code of conduct?

Am i supposed to just shut up, sign the papers, that "I have read and accept terms and conditions" (so to speak), even if i disagree about certain things? Do other people do that? In a word, ...
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As a new employee of a large corporation, what can I do about some disagreements with the company's code of conduct?

"read and acknowledge" - i would definitely sign it. Why? this is not "I agree, I endorse" the rules. It's not even increasing your liability to follow the code of conduct. It is ...
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Is it okay to quit my new job after three weeks because I got a better offer?

I don't disagree with Joe Strazzere's answer. I just want to make an alternative, one that I would probably take, which mitigates the downsides Go to you manager and tell them exactly what has ...
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As a new employee of a large corporation, what can I do about some disagreements with the company's code of conduct?

The code of conduct has a purpose and while you personally might disagree with some elements, are you sufficiently informed about the history and reasoning? There may be very good reasons why the ...
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Is it okay to quit my new job after three weeks because I got a better offer?

Is it bad to quit company A and go with company B in this situation? You're in your probation period. Company A can fire you at any time, and I'm assuming your contract states that you can leave at ...
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Politely saying no to other departments despite historic expectations?

If this is a new company policy, make it explicit : I’m sorry, but our department is not allowed to accept this kind of request anymore. In addition, if you’re allowed to, historic expectations ...
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Politely saying no to other departments despite historic expectations?

Don't say no. Say "yes, but you have to follow the new system". What the new system is, is that new trajectory you're tasked with charting out. This might take the form of a ticketing system,...
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Should I meet my manager, in person, if he is on a business trip a 2 hour flight away from my city?

I wonder if it is appropriate (and also a good idea) It certainly is. The only drawback is the flight time etc,. purely for a coffee. But if you had a reason to be in France then I'd certainly time ...
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As a new employee of a large corporation, what can I do about some disagreements with the company's code of conduct?

Am I supposed to just shut up, sign the papers, that "I have read and accept terms and conditions" (so to speak), even if I disagree about certain things? Do other people do that? Yes, ...
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As a new employee of a large corporation, what can I do about some disagreements with the company's code of conduct?

Here’s a way to think about this situation. What the company is telling you is basically this: We have a list of N+1 rules you must follow if you want to work here. Rule 0 is “you must read the list ...
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As a new employee of a large corporation, what can I do about some disagreements with the company's code of conduct?

Not knowing what exactly is bothering you I'd say that you could definitely bring it up in discussion with your boss - maybe there is just some misunderstanding or something obsolete and it shows ...
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Politely saying no to other departments despite historic expectations?

they request things that are outside of a tiny core of jobs that are the true responsibilities of my department This is the key here. This is not a thing about politeness or collaborative atmosphere. ...
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Is it okay to quit my new job after three weeks because I got a better offer?

Probation works two ways. First, it gives the company the right to terminate the contract for whatever reason they like. To keep things fair you also then have the same right to terminate the contract ...
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Is it okay to quit my new job after three weeks because I got a better offer?

At the old company, they will hate you. On the other hand, it’s 50% more salary. An old saying slightly modified: If you stay, they are happy, you are unhappy. If you leave, you are happy, they are ...
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Should I meet my manager, in person, if he is on a business trip a 2 hour flight away from my city?

I'm a dinosaur, already retired, so I don't understand the new remote work world, but absolutely you should go. This site demonstrates there are a lot of terrible companies to work for and the fact ...
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As a new employee of a large corporation, what can I do about some disagreements with the company's code of conduct?

Am I supposed to just shut up and sign the papers that "I have read and accepted the terms and conditions" (so to speak) This is what most large workplaces expect, yes. Do other people do ...
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Should I meet my manager, in person, if he is on a business trip a 2 hour flight away from my city?

Would you like to go to France anyway for a weekend break or a day or two? If yes, then arranging your trip so you can meet your manager as well could be very useful. As others have suggested, talk ...
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As a new employee of a large corporation, what can I do about some disagreements with the company's code of conduct?

I'm going to disagree with other answers on at least one point: Am I supposed to just shut up and sign the papers, that "I have read and accepted the terms and conditions" (so to speak), ...
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Politely saying no to other departments despite historic expectations?

Original question asker here: by reading the answers here, I have realised that there are essentially three components to the solution. No answer has captured all three, so here is my attempt: The ...
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