Hot answers tagged

483

Seriously, what the heck? Is this normal for an employer to do? No, this is completely unacceptable. Sure, the interview didn't work out, but screwing the candidate because of that is just so, so bad. Do I have any recourse against this employer? As a legal question which is going to depend on your jurisdiction and that of the employer. You'd need to ...


340

I think you have already been extremely accommodating to him. If the requirements of the job go against his personal morals on a (in the US at least) non-protected issue, then he needs to find another job. Either that, or take vacation days to travel by bike to the remote job.


254

Be sure to post to GlassDoor, etc, but be absolutely sure to post only the exact truth, with nothing opinion based which could get you sued. Do that - after you have found a lawyer; most will give a free consultation if they are fairly sure of a win, for which you probably have grounds (especially give that "had to eat scraps from other customers"). If ...


223

He suggested that it was unprofessional to do so because we were on company business The way you spend time during commute is in no way related to the company. So, that can't be even gauged as professional or unprofessional. So, your colleague here is wrong. Maybe he is suggesting that you might want to read up on the documentation so that you can get ...


167

Does this request seem wrong? It makes me uncomfortable but I'm not sure it's really crossing a line. What do you think? I think the request is foolish. As a long time manager, I would never impose on anyone on my team that way. If the company was having financial difficulties, I'd just say "No" to the request to attend the conference, and not try to pass ...


164

Never have I heard of someone being required to be "working" for 100% of the waking hours they're on a trip for their employer. It's unreasonable, IMO. If anything, in my experience it's expected that you not be working 100% of the time. The trip is, in a way, an imposition upon you. The company is sending you far from home to do your job. That also means ...


160

His commute to work is HIS problem, not yours. If you have the authority then make that clear to him. You can try and accommodate him, but at the end of the day the work needs to be done. He's not being paid to ride a bike. If you don't have the authority then it's not your problem, pass it on to whoever does. Personally I'd already be looking for his ...


133

Travel as you would normally. I.e, spend the money as if hypothetically you were not having your expenses covered. If you'd normally get a taxi, get a taxi. If you'd normally use public transport then you should use that. This is a good guideline for all expense claims.


122

Is it common to get extra time during business travel to do some leisure? It's not uncommon to plan time off around business travel events like this - provided you do so on your own time and your own dime. This means, be prepared to put in a leave request or otherwise use a vacation day. Of course, you also need to ask well enough ahead of time so that ...


120

Presenting problems without trying to present solutions is the sign of a bad attitude - if you just walk into your boss's office and say "I'm not going. You can't make me", don't expect it to be well received. Instead, try something like Hi boss. As you know, I've got a small child and I'd rather not be away from them and my partner for all that time. ...


114

The company is paying all your expenses, including a flight. I don't think there will be an accountant looking how you got to the airport wondering why you did not take public transport. The accountant costs more money wondering than you taking that taxi. So take a taxi. Don't overthink it. It's not a test, it's just travel.


110

Seriously, what the heck? Is this normal for an employer to do? No. As far as slimy tactics by employers go, this is pretty up there. If I were you I'd name & shame them on glassdoor and the like. If they're in any sort of public spotlight the PR from that will be disastrous. Nobody wants to interview much less work for a company with that track record. ...


105

All the other answers seem to be trying to solve the bike problem (buy him carbon offsets) or tell you how to convince him to change his mind on the bike issue. I suggest you utterly ignore the bike. Ask yourself: if this employee was parent to a small baby, and objected to going to the other office because the baby would need to have longer days in daycare,...


94

Your specific question was, My question is whether this is an appropriate thing to ask of my prospective employer in the first place, and if so, how I would go about phrasing this question. Given how eager the employer is to support your decision making process, it seems perfectly reasonable that you would want to bring your significant other along - ...


89

I'm assuming this is essentially just there to ID the car as belonging to a contractor in order to allow the client to manage parking? If so, would it be feasible to display the magnet inside the car? on the dashboard or similar? That way it's still visible but you don't have to worry about attaching it to the paintwork. If this isn't an option there are ...


87

Is this normal for an employer to do? I've swapped 'horror interview' stories with other developers and managers, but I've never heard of this happening. I must have said something offensive Maybe, but only blame yourself for blowing the interview. Don't blame yourself for the return plane ticket fiasco. This is likely a single person making a big ...


78

If you've passed the initial Skype screen then you have a reasonable chance of success, and my experience right now from trying to recruit in London is that good graduates are in short supply - your position is certainly not that weak. It is worth asking the company if they will contribute, say, the cost of the flight - they may say no, in which case you're ...


78

Firstly, check if your travel insurance covers business, or if it's just a tourist coverage. Secondly... I'd be a bit suspicious of any company that requires me to insure their own property (you can't buy insurance on an item that you don't have any financial interest in), or any company that can't self-insure something as cheap as a laptop (even a Macbook ...


65

What the company did was in extremely poor taste, so much so, that I wonder if there might be something more happening, especially since you said you bombed the interview, both technically and personally. In your job application, were you truthful and honest? Did you lie or seriously exaggerate about your skills, experience or history? Was there a phone ...


64

I'm a dedicated cyclist, having worked at the current job for 1 3/4 years biking every day, so speaking from that point-of-view. Once you develop the healthy routine, its very hard to break. However the worst times are just after a holiday, or returning after an illness when you don't quite feel 100% yet. Even a bout of heavy rain or winter weather can be ...


62

My feelings on this are colored by the fact that I am female and spent years traveling with male colleagues and very frequently in the early years of my career got taken off of career enhancing projects because some men (or their wives) were uncomfortable. So let me put this as politely as I can. You are acting in a chauvinistic manner. If you don't want to ...


61

I used to travel over 50% of the time and we did this sort of thing all the time. I did it the last time I went to a conference too. They key is to ask before the airline reservations are made. Reservations can be pricey to change, but usually an extra day between the flights won't be more expensive; it is even less occasionally. If it is more expensive, ...


59

What should I do at this point if I must absolutely go if my job ends up depending on it? At this point you should do what your manager says, attend the event, and perform to the best of your ability. Study up on the technologies you're unfamiliar with, so you can be at your best. What else can you do at this point that won't potentially put you on your ...


57

It would be one thing if the conference was mandatory and your manager said your coworker must stay at your house, however it sounds like it's optional and he's trying to compromise with you. He wants to let you both go, but they aren't interested in paying hotel fees for your coworker. So it seems like it's the type of situation where you're asking for a ...


57

Use a privacy screen. I also CoWork (I am a contract programmer and can work offsite or from home but prefer to work in the CoWorking space environment). I often work from the oddest places (Cafe's, by the beach in Thailand, you name it I have probably done it) and while the whole CoWorking experience is great it does have its downsides like you mentioned (...


55

How should I politely decline request to travel and explain that I am not going to travel in the future and that it is not the job I signed up for. You should approach your manager and talk about the importance of "no travel" to you and your family. Explain how you were happy to help in the past, but your home situation has changed such that travel is ...


55

If I were to take this position, how can I successfully keep a good work-life balance while traveling so much? Is it even possible? You can't, unless you can find things you want to do in the evenings (more SE?) which are not sacrifices from your current lifestyle. By definition you will be spending more of your life energy/time dedicated towards work. I'd ...


55

I'd like to be diplomatic about this, but I can't think of a solution to suggest to my boss. Any advice? Ask if you can affix the magnet to the inside of a window, facing out. I've done this with parking stickers that I didn't want to permanently attach to my car. As long as it was visible, they didn't actually care.


54

You have a little bit outside the box problem here. You are voluntarily traveling, this is not for business, but yourself. The company wants to minimize the obvious risk of losing their equipment while you are jetting around the world (their view, not yours) Any insurance YOU buy is NOT going to cover something you do not own, period. You need to have a ...


53

You should be honest with them. If you are an interesting enough candidate for them, they will possibly make an exception in reimbursing you for travel. If not, then you can amicably part ways.


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