Jonast92
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Being made redundant, but asked to do contract work after finishing -- how should I negotiate my contracting rate?
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It's more than perfectly reasonable, it's crucial, to ask for a much higher rate than you were receiving when you were employed because your previous employer will no longer have to pay costs and fees ...

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What to do about a teammate who is burnt out
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76 votes

Employees should not suffer from bad management, unrealistic deadlines or an understaffed environment. Your team is probably suffering from this. Imagine if you had to build a pyramid and normally ...

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How to deal with an intern who puts no effort in her work?
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39 votes

I'm not going to duplicate what others have said, good points so far, but one solution to your problem could be daily stand-up meetings. Schedule a daily stand-up (~9 am ish) where she has to answer ...

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How can I fix a large financial mistake that I made?
34 votes

Let's consider the options you listed: Play dumb and act like I'm completely surprised by the training class dates Your conversation with the training course provider can most likely be traced, ...

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How to respond to boss who wants to move regular meeting time due to daylight saving time?
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Is the new time inconvenient for you or your team members? If not, then you're making too much of a fuss about it. If the time is inconvenient, however, aside from not being consistent (convenience ...

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Junior colleague is questioning my methodology in front of client
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In a situation like that you can tell them that you'll discuss this with your colleague after the presentation and you'll be sure to confront it to your client if it's a deal-breaker. That's the easy ...

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Uncomfortable race comments in workplace
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29 votes

I wanted to jump right into a straightforward answer but I decided to do a little research and I found this article on creativespirits to sync my thoughts with what others have actually studied. So ...

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Remaining motivated when being declined multiple times?
19 votes

“Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain't all sunshine and rainbows. It's a very mean and nasty place, and I don't care how tough you are, it will beat you to your knees and keep ...

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How should I tell an interview candidate "the whole truth"?
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If it's a factor that could possibly make them quit then yes, you should tell them. If not, well, no company is perfect. If you don't tell them the negative sides then someone else might, possibly ...

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How to deal with a colleague being rude to the customer during meetings?
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This issue has already been addressed with my manager, who will deal with. There's nothing more to be done on your behalf. You can only control how professional you act and those who you have ...

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How to tell manager that some team members should just stick to fixing small bugs?
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You don't. The main reason being that you don't seem to think that some people should stick to fixing bugs, you seem to think that only the most qualified people should be developing. my manager ...

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Is it OK to ask colleagues to leave if they're sick?
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If anything your co-worker is doing makes you uncomfortable or is potentially dangerous for you but yet it would make you very uncomfortable to talk about then you should bring it up with your closest ...

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Employee’s wife drunkenly berates me (employer) during office party, how to approach employee (husband)?
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I'd schedule a meeting with your employee. State that you understand that he can't control the actions of his spouse but that she did lash out to you with complaints about your managing practices. ...

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Should I clean my PC before leaving?
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Personal things (files, images, etc) should not be stored on your computer so you should clean that part but you shouldn't have to bother to think about the other matters (the work-related items). It'...

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How to tell a colleague that he has introduced a massive programming mistake?
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Everyone make bugs, pointing out bugs in someone's code is like pointing out that you had a cough. It's only natural, no matter how well we prepare you cannot avoid it 100%, thus it shouldn't be a ...

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Co-worker cc's his mother in work-related emails to the board of directors
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Ask/Notify your manager if this behavior is acceptable and permitted in the company. He should take the case further with his manager or HR if it's a problem, or the employee himself. You shouldn't ...

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Colleague is starting to become awkward to work with
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[...] any issues the team have when helping me deliver work have to go through me, I then bring it to the attention to my boss You pretty much answer your own question, in my opinion. Talk to your ...

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Should I point out typos to colleagues in meetings?
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Comments regarding typos on slides should not be mentioned once the meeting is started, the focus should be on the things at hand. It might look bad for you as you might come out as a smart ass who ...

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Telecommuting: how should I ask to successfully achieve it?
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[...] when [...] should I ask for telecommuting and successfully achieving it? It's important to bring it up the moment you're certain that you'll be moving. Bringing this up for the first time a few ...

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Is it possible to have a "high income" as an engineer, or do I have to go for management jobs or having my own company?
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Yes, there's some differential in relation to averages and medians between the jobs that you mention but it's not significant enough for you to bother changing into a different field. You can reach a ...

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Shall I accept an HR "mistake" about the contract?
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They can change whatever they want, since you haven't signed the contract yet. It's up to you whether you accept the change or not. You can demand the previous number but they're certainly not ...

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How do I tell my colleagues that the codebase they've built is a total mess and their practices are ancient?
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Good answers so far, especially from Roger, enderland♦, and Kate Gregory, but I'd like to add to it. TLDR Start with the high-level methodologies because they will result in higher quality of the low-...

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How should I handle not having a good reference from a previous job?
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Be honest. The company did not meet my expectations so I resigned. I worked through the entire notice time but the company insisted that I'd work longer than that, I couldn't, however. As a result ...

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Should I highlight mistakes in an email
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It's a good rule of thumb to mind your own business. I'm basically saying what is stated in the other answers which is great, but take this comment to heart whenever you see or notice something that ...

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Raising a health Issue with a senior
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There are two options, talk to him directly or talk to his manager. If he respects what you have to say you should be fine telling him that you noticed the fungus (on yourself) and that you went to ...

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Conflict between one employee's claim of religious freedom and another's sexual orientation
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Good answers so far, I just want to make a point on one thing: There's a difference between free speech and hate speech. "Free speech is part of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. In ...

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Am I as an apprentice required to take my work-laptop with me after work and be on demand?
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I don't know the specific laws in Germany, but most will tell you the same thing regardless of where you live. They don't own you. It's not an uncommon thing to take on-demand shifts, but those ...

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Leaving workplace before "quitting time"
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My contract states that I will be paid for 35 hours of work a week but my manager has made it clear that "I do not work as long as other folks in the research lab" (most of them spend 10-12 hours a ...

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Being lied to and used
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In the end of the day you accepted the job in the first place, so in terms of the salary you can either attempt to negotiate a higher salary or quit. The company doesn't own you. It doesn't really ...

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Getting new boss with no experience in the field
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I do not want to give all my experience and know-how away and teach him from scratch all the things. You can't give away experience. Experience is a matter of reflection of the past. You can ...

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