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How to leave a job for ethical/moral issues without explaining details to a potential employer
108 votes

You don't need to tell them anything in advance, but if they ask in an interview, a reasonable response would be "Soon after I joined the company, there was a major internal reorganisation which ...

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(Accidentally?) hired into the wrong position
60 votes

The fact that it says "10+ years experience of C" in the job advert doesn't necessarily mean that is what you really need, or what the company expects to get. The key fact is that the interviewer ...

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How to discipline overeager engineer
59 votes

The way to get rid of him is very simple: give him exactly what he asked for. Find an "engineering director" position which is 100% management (preferably, the most unpleasant aspects of management ...

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How to work a regular job as a former celebrity
29 votes

This is not a joke answer - it's based on my own experience, working in a company as an intern, going back to university for a year, and then starting a full-time job. Grow a beard. Or if you already ...

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How should I deal with an employee who is stealing from the cash counter?
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28 votes

If you had a better system for keeping your accounts, you would have known money was missing from the till at the end of each day without the security camera. You probably need that level of basic ...

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Last employer continues to pay me
26 votes

The simplest way to avoid "having to pay the money back" is never to receive it. I assume the payments are electronic transfers, since if they were posting you physical cheques all you have to do is ...

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What's wrong about being honest about your career plans?
21 votes

I'm inclined to describe this as "naïve and idealistic" rather than "arrogant". But the basic scenario seems quite simple. You made it clear to your managers that the work you were doing did not ...

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Accused by the team of "stealing" my role from a colleague: all team members are against me
20 votes

The OP's comment "I was hired by Bill" is misunderstanding the situation. Bill didn't start "counting the days to retirement" only yesterday, Quite likely the senior management ...

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How should I push back against ridiculous work time expectations?
16 votes

It's quite likely that nobody told your new boss that you were working "non standard" hours, especially if it was an informal arrangement with your previous boss. When people take on a new management ...

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What can one do if boss asks to do an impossible thing?
15 votes

Your boss doesn't want you to solve the given problem by a specific method. In fact, he doesn't necessarily want the problem that he has posed solving at all. What he does want is to change an ...

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How should I tactfully let my coworker know I'm uncomfortable being alone with someone else in a closed-off room?
14 votes

Leaving the door open is most definitely NOT the solution. That is a blatant security risk, and if anyone with responsibility for security found the room in that state, IMO you would deserve instant ...

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Ex-manager wants to stay in touch, I don't want to
12 votes

Ignore him. You are not his therapist. Don't respond to his apology, or any other communications. Anyone with the slightest amount of intelligence can "pass" an anger management course. It doesn't ...

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Potential client has a problematic employee I can't work with
10 votes

If you were personally harassed by Bill in a former job, and you have reasonable evidence of that fact, then you certainly have some grounds to tell your management why you don't want to work with him ...

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How to deal with non-stop callers in the service desk
8 votes

Nobody seems to have given the obvious simple answer: Get a voicemail system. Use it 100% of the time. NEVER answer the service desk number in person. Ideally, get a system that will display the ...

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CEO ridiculed me with gay jokes and grabbed me and wouldn't let go - now getting pushed out of company
8 votes

"Grabbing somebody and preventing them getting way" is straightforward criminal assault. That is a crime that has nothing to do with sexuality. If you have witnesses who are prepared to give evidence,...

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Can I negotiate a patent idea for a raise, under French law?
8 votes

You are ignoring one critical fact: Your idea, on its own, is completely worthless. It only has value if you can turn it into a marketable product. You could do that by setting up your own company ...

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How to return a fake watch "gifted" by a client
8 votes

Getting out of this hole may be harder than not getting into it in the first place. The OP doesn't say what cultures are involved here, but in some parts of the world accepting a "gift" like this is ...

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How to deal with complaints about you - if you warned against the risk?
7 votes

The basic mistake you made here was to pick a fight with the clients, not with your boss. The clients have every right to change their mind about the scope of the project and double the original ...

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Was I subtly told to resign?
7 votes

HR are not stupid enough to directly pressure you to leave. That may be illegal in your country anyway. But I would translate the coded message as "The company is not going to change any time soon. ...

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My coworkers think I had a long honeymoon. Actually I was diagnosed with cancer. How do I talk about it?
7 votes

Homo sapiens is a social animal. Regardless or not of whether your behaviour is "any of their business", people who interact with you will notice it and notice the fact that what you are doing is ...

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I'm in charge of equipment buying but no one's ever happy with what I choose. How to fix this?
7 votes

You need to apply some basic marketing strategy to this. People like to think they have choice. But if you give them too much choice, some of them will realize they don't have any rational reason to ...

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Can I contact clients I found through work for my personal business?
7 votes

I think the essence of the ethical problem is: what is the relevance of the fact that these companies have a relationship with your current employer? If just want to make a list of possible contacts ...

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Team members' and manager's behaviour is indifferent after I announce my intention to leave in 8 months
6 votes

From the company's point of view, you told them you would be absent for 4 weeks, and them come back for a while before you leave for good. You say you are the most junior member of the team. That ...

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How to reclaim personal item I've lent to the office without burning bridges?
6 votes

It is no surprise at all that getting a replacement phone "never happened". Once your phone was available, there was no longer a problem, so there was no priority for doing anything else. If you are ...

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How to respond to enquiries about the company's financial situation?
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6 votes

If some of your staff are so clueless that they didn't even notice when the power was cut off, they are probably the best ones to get rid of to save money! But being serious, the basic options are ...

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Is it ethical to attend a company-organised event after my last day?
6 votes

If this was a social event, I think the "ethics" issue would be "well, why not?" So far as you and your former colleagues were concerned, it would be more or less an extension of any "leaving party" ...

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What are career options for big-picture thinkers with no experience?
5 votes

You overlooked one "inconvenient truth." People with "big ideas" which in reality are valueless, because they ignore half the constraints in the real situation, or are just plain wrong, are ten a ...

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Co-Worker quit today, boss is pretending it didn't happen. Is this weird?
5 votes

Over the decades, one accumulates more experience of the strange things that can happen working in a large organization than in a small one, for the obvious reason - there are more co-workers around! ...

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Will counter offer work in this situation?
5 votes

The problem with accepting the counter-offer is what happens in future. You would then be at the top of the pay range for your current grade. The company could therefore quite legitimately not make ...

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How to handle a surprising counter offer
4 votes

You listed five reasons why you want to move. They all look perfectly rational IMO. So, the question is, how does a supposedly "guaranteed" annual bonus, and some worthless share ...

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