matt freake
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How do I tell recruiters I don't want to go forward until they answer my question, but without being rude?
259 votes

Bear in mind the recruiter is being rather rude by wasting your time, certainly more rude than a simple rejection saying you're only interested in moving in order to work on a specific technology ...

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Our employee is coming earlier and earlier at her workplace, which is our home
184 votes

Just say to her one day, maybe when she has finished for the day: I notice that you're coming early these days, before 7. Is there a reason? You don't need to come so early. Be prepared that she may ...

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Some candidate showed up an hour before the interview
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147 votes

When sending out the invitation to the interview include a sentence like: Due to limited space in our waiting area, please do not turn up earlier than 10 minutes before the interview time. This will ...

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Gave a bad feedback to an employee on an appraisal and my manager has basically demoted me
44 votes

As a manager, you're responsible for the performance of your team. From your description, one of your team wasn't performing, and correctly you attempted to deal with it, without bothering the CEO. ...

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Former coworker I gave a reference for sabotaged the company on his last day - Should I update the reference contact with this new information?
27 votes

I would be guided by what you think his intention was. You say you think he's described it as "a prank", in which case I wonder whether it was just that; an unthinking attempt at a joke when ...

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Is a public "shoutouts" channel a good or bad idea?
15 votes

Although I haven't worked anywhere that does public-shut-outs via Slack, I have worked at companies which didn't publicly acknowledge success, companies which did acknowledge success in a not ...

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Are Referral bonus expected to be handed over or split with with the referree?
9 votes

I think all existing answers are good, but thought I'd answer to make it clear why companies offer referrals and therefore who is expected to receive it. Hiring people is expensive and time-consuming; ...

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What do “like”, “heart”, etc. mean?
6 votes

It will entirely depend on your workplace. My workplace uses Slack which has an even wider selection of emojis and it is common to see people, for instance, using a heart when someone describes a new ...

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Being assigned bad/unwanted tasks if I finish my sprint early
6 votes

The other answers are good, but I'm going to take a slightly different tack. If you are regularly working on tasks that haven't been prioritised into sprints, then you are working on the wrong things. ...

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How is flipping interviewer's question considered as an approach on a job interview?
5 votes

Your first two questions are reasonable to ask. Remember an interview is a two-way street and you're finding out if the company and the roles is a good fit for you. The last question is irrelevant to ...

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Why did my coworkers get upset with me when I told them I run an online business that generates high income?
3 votes

I have seen similar workplace situations, normally where the CEO stands in front of the whole company and says how he doesn't need to work here, but he enjoys it so much, the work is so interesting, ...

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How can I get appreciation for my work when I'm working on something technical exclusively
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3 votes

I have found similar issues when explaining progress on a technical task, to a non-technical audience. My examples come from software-engineering, but hopefully the principle applies to other ...

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Is my boss insecure?
2 votes

When directly asking for feedback, try to head off stuff you're not interested ("Hi Boss, I'd really like your thoughts on this document. It's only a draft, so don't worry about spelling or ...

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Should I ask my line manager whether I should apply for another job?
2 votes

It sounds from your question like you would rather stay with your current manager, over the other job. If that is the case explain to your manager that you're really enjoying working with her and the ...

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Should I take up with the new HR Chief?
2 votes

Your comments says "The company is heavily focused on a new alternative product line and is doing well. I wish I could get any positions...". If that is the case and you think it has changed ...

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How good or bad is the idea of re-applying for job for which I was rejected in the early screening phase?
1 votes

As @sascha's answer points out, what do you have to lose? My only issue is that we have no way of knowing if they will spot that you have applied before. Possibly they won't but possibly they will and ...

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Leaving job on/ before end of maternity leave
1 votes

As mentioned in the comments, the sentence from the letter you have quoted is vague and I doubt any of us can interpret what it, if anything, it means legally. According to https://workingfamilies.org....

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How to switch desks with coworker/s?
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The only aspect not covered by zmike's answer is if there is some specific part of your role that would benefit from having an office; for instance you work in HR and are constantly having ...

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Should I quit my current job, which I will be fired from soon, this week to prepare for an interview I have next week?
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You don't give any details of why you think you will be let go, as Hilmar says above, people are often very bad at judging their situation. If you feel you haven't been performing well-enough, arrange ...

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