CGCampbell
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How do I deal with a very manipulative employee who doesn't do his work?
19 votes

Give him explicit tasks to do. Assign him a code snippet to write, or bug to fix. When he does not, document it. Do it again. When he does not, document it. Then fire him.

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Asking a potential employer about their marijuana policy
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12 votes

I would not mention marijuana specifically at all during any interview. When you are talking about the benefits and policies of the organization, you can safely ask about the drug policy. Asking about ...

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Do I have to get to the office any earlier than my start time?
11 votes

If this were me, I would respectfully request a meeting with my supervisor and bring up the start- and end-times as the main topic. During the conversation bring up the fact that the clock you all use ...

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Smoking with the front door open
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11 votes

I would think about sending a polite email to everyone, except the boss, and be upfront. Don't mention the law or any of that, just spell out that when they smoke in front of the entrance with the ...

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How do I tell our HR that I don't want to "perform" in our Christmas party?
6 votes

I am also an introvert, but I do my best to fight it, in the workplace, as seemingly going along to get along works better in the long term. Let me caveat this by stating I am at the tail end of being ...

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Is it bad form to send a quote from one company to another to get a competing quote?
5 votes

It doesn't matter if it is "bad form", it's not advantageous to you. This is purposefully basic. What if quote A was for $10. Now consider that quote B with no further interference would be $...

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What to do when you have got nothing to do in office?
4 votes

There is always something to do. It's a perfect time to take some time off, whether it be a week's vacation, or simply a day to perform all those little home tasks you've been putting off. It's a ...

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Verbal offer received, negotiate now or wait for written offer
4 votes

Part of the whole Pay and Benefits package is the benefits... how can you seriously begin negotiating for your total compensation without knowing the rest of the package? Once they give you a firm, ...

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How can I request a transfer to my manager?
4 votes

Question: "How can I request a transfer?" Answer: "Request a transfer." I'm going to be a bit blunt now. Why is it so difficult to speak up and ask for what you were told would be available to you? ...

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Why do some companies keep tough interviews but work is not that much challenging?
4 votes

It would be my guess, they are not intentionally attempting to 'fool' potential employees. They are ensuring you know your stuff. Regardless of whatever their need for you is right now, they want to ...

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Good idea to take a pay raise for a more junior position?
3 votes

Is the pay commensurate as what you are now, plus some? If you are truly an able and capable programmer, and have interpersonal skills as well, you'll not be a "junior developer" for long. Since you ...

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Any ramifications of wearing a digital watch instead of an analog one?
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3 votes

It depends. Do you work in a "blue collar" shop? Older co-workers (40's+)? We grew up (I'm 51) learning how to "tell time" the "old fashioned way" where it is truly easier for me to tell the general ...

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Insubordinate chief engineer training colleagues to be "too mobile" out of spite
2 votes

In addition to the other answers, I am going to concentrate on your near final statement: Part of the problem is the employee is qualified to teach others directly so they can take certain ...

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Manager causing scope creep
2 votes

You've met with the client rep at the beginning of each sprint, or project. The two of you (or your teams) have come up with an agreed upon scope of work for that duration. That is your official list. ...

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Extension of Notice Period
2 votes

The contract you have between you and your employer, assuming it is a valid one, usually trumps other things, such as vocally-communicated policy changes. Even written changes can be "over-ruled" by ...

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How to deal with not getting promoted as a young professional
2 votes

Take it at face value, since it seems to be the first and only occurrence. Now your supervisor knows you are interested in more responsibility, so be prepared to be given it. You may, or may not, like ...

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In USA, what benefit does a degree from a more prestigious university hold when searching for IT work?
2 votes

I am an employee of a large defense industry company and am on a contract to provide IT services to a large government defense agency. I've been a contractor now for 18 years in various companies. All ...

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What makes a job a senior job?
1 votes

In the company I work for, a description would be Junior - responsible for 1-5 servers/workstations, working on one task under the direct supervision of someone in a mid or senior position, ...

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Is being blunt in emails common in the workplace?
1 votes

When the corporations first started making use of networks and adopting email systems such as Lotus Notes and MS Exchange, emails at work tended to be wordier. People in general were new to the ...

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Parting gift for departing employee
0 votes

I would suggest, since you indicate you are attempting to set a 'policy' or 'procedure' for future soon-to-be-ex-employees, make it both a corporate and a personal going away. Decide on a standard ...

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(When) Should I stop listing Eagle Scout on my resume?
0 votes

So my answer is going to be short, without citations, and I'm sorry about that. Are you employed now? If so, ask them. Go to your HR department, to whomever interviewed you, and ask if they considered ...

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Salary offer with current company, but other place wants to do second interview?
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Are you looking for money above happiness? Simple question. If yes, take the salary, and be happy with it. Know, however, that a truly salaried individual is not tied to hours. You'll work more hours ...

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