Giacomo1968
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What to do when a sick employee doesn't respond to communications, and has important data?
245 votes

The idea you don’t understand how an employee being out sick works speaks volumes to your core frustrations. First you say this: “Yesterday I tried to contact her through the usual channels and ...

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How to gently enforce "nohello" to a coworker?
74 votes

If someone simply saying “Hello!” or “Good morning!” to you in chat is so upsetting, that is a symptom of another problem and it’s not your need to “train” someone to never say “Hello!” or some ...

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Senior architect lashing out when junior developer asks questions. What to do?
45 votes

First you say this: I need to ask the senior developer questions about what the server expects and every time I ask this person a question or ask about a possible server-side bug the man rips ...

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Was this the first interview or just a talk?
33 votes

If you talked to someone who is potentially going to hire you, consider yourself in the process of being interviewed. “The reason I'm asking because I try to figure out whether I should prepare as ...

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Coworkers slapped me for jokingly suggesting them to kiss. How should I proceed when they deny the incident?
31 votes

For those seeking my horrific action that ‘earned’ the slap: A male friend came up to her and hugged her. I joked at how drunk she was and said, ‘pull in’ which means kiss her. It was such a light-...

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How to handle demoralization caused by a slacker in the team?
29 votes

You say this: On his first day, he asked me for help and when I came over he had copy+pasted some tutorial code from the internet straight into his file, without even putting the code into a ...

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How to respond to "You should have skipped college" in an interview?
28 votes

His response was to dismiss my part time work and state that college was a waste of time and that a single year of "real world experience" was better than a college degree. That left me dumbfounded. ...

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Team building: should the families be invited?
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27 votes

What is the benefit (besides obvious monetary savings by the company) of not allowing family members to attend team building events? Is this a common practice? You need to face facts: In the scope of ...

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How do I tell a colleague that I don't want to add him to Facebook?
22 votes

I’ve been asked several times for my Facebook username and/or have been friend requested and I don’t want to sound rude by telling them that I don’t want to add them as friends. Easy. Just add ...

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Sexy desktop wallpapers in the office
21 votes

Dealing with your specific situation. First, you might want to talk to your co-worker directly. Just say something casual but to the point like, “Your desktop wallpapers look cool, but do you think ...

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Does using documentation as a developer make me look unprofessional?
19 votes

Others have provided solid answers, but nobody really addresses this head-on; bold emphasis is mine: The reason for asking this question is that I get mocked for using Stack Overflow/...

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Should work computer/tech work colleagues be judged depending on whether they attended a computer science university?
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19 votes

First it's utterly inappropriate for that to be said. It is prejudicial, confrontational, insults their bosses decision making process and just avoids the specifics of whatever task they were working ...

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Behaving professionally when there's nothing to do
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17 votes

Every now and then I'll end up with 20-50 minutes of downtime where all the computers are working autonomously at the same time. Okay, do you realize that—for the most part—repairing a computer &...

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Can I reject an accepted offer?
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15 votes

However, I’ve changed my mind and would like to accept another offer from another company. Go for it. Is there any legal consequences? Yes, no, maybe, not really. If the agreement doesn’t ...

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A junior co-worker uses words like ”hit ’n trial method” to define my actions
15 votes

My co worker was explaining her work—we were working together, I being in a supervisor role—and suddenly made a personal comment saying “I think we are going wrong with this hit ‘n trial.” IMO, ...

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Should I mention a coworker working on personal projects to my manager?
14 votes

While others have answered—and you have selected an answer already, this one line in your question stood out to me: …he is a hired consultant with what I imagine to be a substantial billing rate. ...

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Does a one-line email response from a job seeker show a lack of interest?
12 votes

The Response Seems to be in Equal Measure to the Guestion: Casual My problem with his response is that I am offering him a job interview and he replies with 5 words. No salutation, no thank you, no ...

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Bring treats for coworkers to work on the first day?
12 votes

I am going to my actual workplace tomorrow and thinking of taking some donuts in the morning. Would that be okay? You mean for yourself, or others? If you are thinking about just getting a box of ...

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CEO Wants to hire his girlfriend?
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11 votes

First you say this: His girlfriend is coming over to visit, and I just found out he wants to hire her to do some part-time design work. Then you say this: Since she’d be re-doing the design ...

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Is it possible I am damaging my long-term employability by staying at a company with terrible structure?
9 votes

There is that saying that goes, “Jack of all trades and master of none…” that would apply to your scenario. You might be doing all of the tasks you describe, but even if you are very good at doing ...

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Do I need to act happy all the time even if I'm not really?
9 votes

it necessary/advisable for you to feign happiness in order to fit in? If you are genuinely unhappy, is it necessary to actively participate in jokes even though you may not feel like it. Shouldn't ...

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How do you avoid interviewing for the company you work for?
9 votes

The thing is that the company name is confidential. And looking at the tools used, it just might be the company I work for currently (they are continuously recruiting to keep up with attrition). ...

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Is this "Outside Interests" clause in an employment contract taking it too far?
8 votes

Am I misinterpreting this clause or is it saying that they can prevent me from doing volunteer work? You are not misinterpreting it but they are — most likely — not going engage in preventative ...

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Should you mention security exploits that you've discovered on a resume?
8 votes

Would it be a good idea to put exploits that I have found on a web application, programs, etc on my resume? Yes! Absolutely. There is nothing more a company wants than to hire a “white hat” hacker ...

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Is it okay to give recruiters last four digits of my SSN?
8 votes

That post does not mention whether it is okay to give the last four digits of the SSN. Is there any valid reason for a recruiter to ask for the last four of my SSN ? You can ask the recruiter if ...

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Manager says "yes" even when he means "no"
7 votes

Why are you assuming a delay in a response to a “Yes” means “No?” Most of the times, he says yes and gives me what I need but after two or three reminders. A lot of this question assumes intention ...

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Haven't been paid for last month, is it ok to stop working?
7 votes

What I'm here to ask is, is it okay to just stop working until I'm paid? The company depends entirely on me, there's a lot of work to do and things would come to a standstill if I stop working, so ...

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What do recruiters mean when asking for an 'updated resume'?
7 votes

I was really surprised to receive a lot of emails from recruiters, where they described positions that 100% match with me. You should be surprised. Because that never happens when someone who ...

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Administrator thinks I, an IT volunteer student, am hacking the school network
7 votes

Okay, you say this: I used to boot up the school PCs with a live CD now and then to show Linux to my friends, but after the administrator asked me not to, I didn't anymore. Then, half a year ...

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Encourage managment to seek help
7 votes

You say this. How do I bring up these points in a constructive manner when they consider the only way to improve profit is to increase sales and that both the above ideas are dead money? Or is ...

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