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Employer asking us to move items that are approximately 1000 lbs (450 kg) each. How can I address this issue properly so that no one gets hurt?
63 votes

Aside from the spot-on answers already covering this from a safety perspective, here's something else to consider that might make more of an impact on an unsympathetic manager. The bulk/weight of ...

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How do I overcome an unsatisfactory background check?
42 votes

Don't jump to conclusions. The incident that you mentioned may not actually be what caused the potential employer to decide against you. Step one is to inform yourself. When a negative decision about ...

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How should I tell front-end to stop passing bugs to back-end by default?
35 votes

I was in a similar situation at one point, with the added twist that the frontend was software and the backend was hardware (no access to each other's codebases). You mentioned: the QE team will ...

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Trouble understanding the speech of overseas colleagues
33 votes

I also had this problem when I first started working for an international company where I had colleagues around the globe. Like you, I was struggling to acclimate to specific accents (some rather ...

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Does my company own my phone number?
30 votes

Technically speaking, phone numbers belong to the phone company. Your service contract with the telephone company gives you limited rights to use the number, but you do not own it (the phone company ...

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(Would be) teammate called me privately to tell me he does not wish to work with me
20 votes

Don't be too quick to turn away the job because of this interaction. You were offered the job by the hiring manager. You received that call from a future coworker (assumed to be subordinate to that ...

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As a stutterer I have been asked to move into Management
18 votes

Strictly speaking, the stutter itself isn't the problem here. The problem is that speaking to groups is not a strength of yours. I'll wager that most first-time managers have that problem to some ...

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California employee being misclassified as a contractor, what can I do about it?
17 votes

The IRS and the federal Department of Labor have a number of good resources about this problem. It's a predicament that has become fairly common, unfortunately, but it's definitely one you can work ...

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Alternative metrics for software development?
11 votes

You will get whatever you measure. Make sure that you're measuring something that will actually improve your product and further your goals. A few metrics I've seen that were actually useful were: ...

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How can I politely be added to a company's recruiting blacklist?
10 votes

Keep in mind that most of the recruiters that you deal with aren't employees of the hiring company. They work for recruiting firms, who receive job postings from the company and get paid if/when they ...

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Is there a minimum number of candidates that need to be interviewed before a decision is made?
9 votes

There's no universal or legal requirement for a minimum number of interviews. I've known plenty of people that interviewed exactly one person for a position before hiring them. In some cases they ...

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Is it normal to have so much red tape in reporting bugs?
9 votes

You mentioned that you are an educator. Don't forget about your most powerful resource. You have a multitude of fellow teachers who are all using the same software and are experiencing the same ...

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Official warning by a manager for how I spend my vacations: escalate or ignore?
8 votes

Early exits and late arrivals are covered by PTO approved by my manager and are registered in my time-sheet as such, all per company policy This other manager really doesn't have any grounds for ...

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How can I explain why I'm using just audio in video conferencing, without revealing the real reason?
7 votes

I work for a company that has employees working all over the planet. It's not uncommon to have employees from the US, western Europe, SE Asia, and the middle east all in the same meeting at the same ...

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What are the downsides of getting fired with severance instead of quitting?
5 votes

I've been at my company for several years, and lately I've grown frustrated and increasingly stressed out due to changes at the company. The quality and quantity of my work has plummeted over the last ...

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Called into a meeting and told we are being made redundant (laid off) and "not to share outside". Can I tell my partner?
5 votes

It's very unlikely that your company has any authority to prevent you from telling family or friends about the layoff. If it's not already part of your contract, then you're likely in the clear. Be ...

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What is the rationale of not offering an existing employee a salary as large as the one offered to a new one?
5 votes

Be careful not to mix up two different things here. This policy has nothing to do with whether an internal transfer can be offered the same salary as an external hire, even if it might have that side ...

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Preventing an exodus of other employees while mass firing others? One developer holds a lot of sway?
4 votes

Your company's policies indicate that they like churn. They like it when people leave and when the remaining employees have to re-invent all the knowledge that walked out the door. They like ...

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Worked alone for the same company during 7 years, now I feel like I lack a lot of basics skills
4 votes

You really do learn a lot by working with other people. I have worked both on solo teams as well as with larger groups, and there is definitely an advantage to having people to learn from. I had the ...

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Should I tell management that I intend to leave due to bad software development practices?
4 votes

Don't underestimate your ability to make a positive impact on your team. It doesn't matter how much or how little experience you have, everyone has a different set of knowledge and skills and can use ...

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How to get domain experts to answer questions correctly, completely & concisely
3 votes

I've been on both sides of this particular situation, and here are a few things that I've learned. My basic rule of thumb is that specific questions get specific answers, and open, general questions ...

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Is it unprofessional to bring your spouse/kids to work to visit?
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Bringing a family member to work is not inherently unprofessional, but the specific way that you do it might be. A good rule of thumb I use is to replace your family member with a customer/client/...

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How to avoid discussing salary during initial screening, leaving it for the end of the interview process?
2 votes

ASDFQWERTY's answer covers the meat of it, but here are a few additional tips based on my past experiences. When asked for a target salary, I usually start by responding "that's negotiable". ...

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Should I be concerned about a voluntary pay cut scheme (Due to COVID-19)?
2 votes

I've had something like this happen to me at a former employer. External events put the company (and that entire industry) in a very bad position. Most of the time, a company would lay off a portion ...

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I prepared my CV in LaTeX and exported it to PDF. How to deal with a recruiter who insists on CV in Word format?
2 votes

I also use LaTeX for my resume and have come across this problem. What I do is prepare two versions of my resume: a PDF version and a plaintext version. My resume content is in one file and uses ...

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Are companies obligated to give a reason for not hiring someone?
2 votes

A prospective employer does not need to give a reason for not hiring you. I asked this same question once to a friend who has been on the hiring manager side of the scenario many times, and he ...

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Asking to start months after the interview
1 votes

Interviewing this far out isn't really reasonable. Think about this from the hiring manager's perspective. The job opening hasn't been posted yet, which means the requirements could change between ...

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Simple rules for a successful partly remote policy with about 50% office time
1 votes

The underlying problem here isn't how to create a remote work policy. Your concerns seem to revolve around your desire that: personal meetings, personal communication, and collaboration with ...

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Being forced to give an expert opinion in an area that I'm not familiar with or qualified in
1 votes

Outright refusing to do the task will almost certainly end poorly for you. Do the best that you can, but be clear about your limitations and about how accurate you believe the results to be. I've ...

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How can I stop people confusing my given name and surname?
1 votes

I know a guy whose first name is much more common as a surname and his surname is much more common as a first name. This leads to the same sort of confusion. When we're on an email chain with ...

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