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Client can no longer afford to pay me due to unforeseen circumstances
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However, I also can't justify working for free You don't have to justify anything to anyone but yourself. One angle the other answers haven't touched on is goodwill and client relations. When you go ...

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Bicycle purist required to travel for work
169 votes

His commute to work is HIS problem, not yours. If you have the authority then make that clear to him. You can try and accommodate him, but at the end of the day the work needs to be done. He's not ...

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Dealing with the unexpected death of an employee
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One way to deal with it as a team is to pass the hat around and collect some money, then buy a bunch of flowers or something and either send a couple of representatives to the family to offer ...

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Replying to an inappropriate email by manager
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Replying is just inviting a dialogue. There is no need and no positive side to that. The email is just stating policy, there's no accusation or anything like that in it that needs to be addressed. It'...

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How can I deal with a manager who keeps insisting to stay with no clear offer after I have already accepted another company offer?
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How to deal with a manager who keeps insisting to stay with no clear offer after I have already accepted another company offer? Politely without committing to anything. Once you hand in your ...

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How to help a colleague after termination warning
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Nothing you can do will help him. If the company is being sold they have probably been told to get rid of some staff. This is reasonably common. Buying a company with contracted staff, you don't see a ...

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During notice period, my manager wants me to document everything and bring juniors to my level
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The best and most professional thing I have found to do is create a handover document. This would include step by step procedures on any tasks only you are familiar with (complete with screenshots if ...

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Employee refuses to sit at desk with rest of team, sits in common area instead
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Is there any reason why I can’t require this person to sit at their desk? No, there isn't. They already indicated there is no problem with their workspace, therefore you can require them to use it. I'...

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Do you pay for lunch during a lunch interview?
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Should I at least try to offer and "reluctantly" decline? No, let them pay for it. They called the interview and place, it's up to them to pay. That's just an 'understood'. Anything else is just ...

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When subordinate gives the stakeholders a lower time estimation
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You need to talk to your dev, but not in front of the stakeholders. Your team needs to have a united front face. My normal policy when I led a team (engineers, not devs) was to defer giving the ...

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How can I recover from unprofessional communication?
142 votes

You have acted professionally. You need to be job hunting and focus on that, this is an extremely toxic environment. Hired as a manager with no team is a red flag in itself. You also need to step back ...

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My manager said I spend too much time on Stack Exchange. How can I prove its value?
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how can I prove its value? You can't because it doesn't have any in that context. If you're using it to solve problems once in a while that's one thing, but if you're 'spending too much time' on it, ...

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Is the concept of multiple projects normal in the IT industry?
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It is normal to be on multiple projects for many companies. Your problem is your personal organisation of your work. You need to keep the projects separated. I am to work on both these projects ...

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Stop doing tasks outside of my Job Title
138 votes

You have already talked to the manager about a salary increase and it hasn't happened. You should be job searching. Any time you bring up more money there is the implication that you will take steps ...

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How can I explain a religious conflict regarding working with women?
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You have a couple of options. Firstly to quit immediately, and perhaps even relocate to somewhere that condones such an attitude towards women. Legally speaking generally in Western societies that's ...

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Boss wants to replace a good colleague because he's afraid he's likely to leave
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It's not your decision to make; slowing down the process is undermining your boss's decision. You can try and talk to the boss but, at the end of the day, if I were the boss and found out what you ...

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How to get domain experts to answer questions correctly, completely & concisely
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You don't ask open ended questions. You ask concise, directed questions for specific relevant information pertaining to a task or project they care about or have some stake in. People are not there to ...

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New coworker puts on disturbing shows and music on the store TV
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132 votes

This is not something you should have a confrontation over. If it's affecting you too much, then you need to speak to whoever has the actual authority to create a TV policy. In a similar situation ...

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Is being casual unprofessional?
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131 votes

As a 17 year old you'll probably find two sorts of clients to start with. Those who already know you or are referred to you and online ones wanting cheap work done. With the online ones it's not ...

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How can I help my direct report to understand he is not being micromanaged?
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129 votes

No, there isn't. Brent is convinced he's being persecuted and actual reality will not sway him from that conviction. Let him go; he's on the edge. His next manager will also be a micromanager, and ...

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How to leave a job for ethical/moral issues without explaining details to a potential employer
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You don't say anything bad about the place or why you left. Just say it was a bad fit. Whereas the job you're applying for looks like a perfect fit for your skillset, because, blahh blahh etc,.

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Headset during a video interview?
127 votes

Is this something that's even that important? No

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How to answer my boss's question about my ex-coworker's current employer
126 votes

"Sorry boss; he doesn't want me to tell you. You'll have to ask him yourself." Simple as that; just tell the truth.

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I like my new job but I'm always late and I skip work often. How to avoid this?
124 votes

You should attempt to discipline yourself so you don't turn off the alarm and get out of bed at the appropriate time. Also, you may want to consider going to sleep a bit earlier. This is a normal ...

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How to resign from company that will fail if I quit
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Just resign, you're not obligated to explain anything. Set your focus on your own future and don't worry about that company. Once you have seriously decided to leave you have one foot out the door ...

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Should I hire the friend?
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Should I hire the friend? No, you shouldn't hire him with the idea that it will influence the other. Hire him because he's going to be an asset or other reason, but not that. Recommending a friend ...

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Is it unethical / unprofessional to make a stand of some sort in the workplace regarding animal rights?
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is this simply something that should be left out of the workplace? Yes, it has nothing to do with your work, they're not offering dog meat to you, or maligning your customs.

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Contract employer keeps asking for small tasks to be done without pay
122 votes

I have zero intention of doing anything for them for free ever again. So don't. Polite but firm along the lines of 'Are these hours going to be billable?' At this point you're not refusing to do ...

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How should I deal with a boss who keeps changing his mind and doesn't reply to text/calls but when I get stuck due to comm. gap threatens to fire me?
120 votes

What do I do? Job search. There are many red flags in this situation ranging from an incompetent and unreasonable boss to every sign that this will soon be a 'Failed Startup'. So, the only suggestion ...

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Should I agree to accept any further addition of rules to the company policy?
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119 votes

If yes, how can I deny to sign the letter politely? My experience with issues like this is to ignore/forget/lose them as long as possible while I watch what the other staff do. Sometimes there is ...

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