Hilmar
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Approach sick days in feedback meeting
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IMPORTANT: DO NOT ENGAGE unless you have planned your approach thoroughly with HR and HR has fully reviewed and approved your engagement plan. In writing ! In most countries any type of medical ...

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Where's a good place to take my meds in an open office?
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The meta question here would be "what's a good place to do something private at work". Could be meds, could be a personal phone call, could be attending to a bodily need, could be doing your yoga. ...

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How do I create a LinkedIn account without my employer knowing?
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Almost EVERYONE has a LinkedIn profile. Your boss has one, your co-worker have one, your CEO probably has one, heck even Bill Gates has one. https://www.linkedin.com/in/williamhgates/ Look up what ...

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How to respond to a performance review you disagree with?
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Dealing with a bad performance review is unpleasant but simple & straight forward Don't argue. It's pointless. This IS the perception of your manager, whether you like it or not Ask your manager ...

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How to approach manager regarding recent negative change in attitude towards me?
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Have a face to face conversation with your boss Your goal is to understand what's happening, not to fix anything (just yet). Once you have the background, you can think about how to fix it, but that's ...

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Bullying at workplace: I'm confused how to take action
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Bullying is very tricky thing to deal with, but it can be dealt with. It may not feel this way at the moment, but you have a quite a bit of control over the situation and the bully can only affect ...

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Working with people that have different views in geopolitics
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Dissenting opinion to the top voted answer from Richard U I have never found this to be a problem at all. Many of the larger Chinese Manufacturing companies such as Foxconn are actually ...

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Is this e-mail offer seen as final or still negotiable?
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You can always negotiate. Worst case: you don't get the job and you are no worse off than dismissing the offer outright. Best case: you get both the job and the money you want

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How not to answer the question in an interview, the one interviewers hasn't asked you?
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You should always try to answer the questions that is being asked, not the question you happen to have a good answer to. As you have experienced that isn't always easy, since it is often a high ...

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How to acknowledge project failures but still emphasize my technical abilities in job interviews?
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A few points: It's unlikely that any interviewer will find out about this through a third party since most companies (in the US, that is) don't give references any more for legal reasons. That means ...

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How can I interview at competing company for an R&D role in pharma?
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How can I present my work if it is confidential? You can't. But I would prefer to present elements of both my PhD work and my industry work, Stick to the PhD work, especially if it's recent. You ...

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Is it normal for an employment contract to involve signing over prior intellectual property?
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Is this a normal practice in some places, or it's something unusual? Because I've never heard of the requirements like this. This depends a bit on the wording of the phrasing. Asking to disclose ...

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Does working for a mediocre company hinder job search for your next position?
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Does working for a mediocre company hinder job search for your next position? Typically no. Unless the company has an specifically bad reputation (skill, ethics, business practices, etc) it falls ...

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Is it reasonable to ask new employer for a contribution towards increased daily commute costs?
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In general commuting costs are your responsibility since you choose where you live. Some companies in "expensive" locations offer commuting assistance. Check with your future employer and ...

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Don't know if HR has taken my complaint seriously
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I haven't received an email back. Why would they e-mail you back? What do you expect to hear? You have submitted your feedback anonymously, i.e. you made it quite clear that you personally want to ...

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How can I meet the expectations of my manager?
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That is a tricky situation. You are asking for the right things: setting clear goals, requirements, metrics and schedule is absolutely best practice and your manager's refusal to do so is worrisome ...

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Compliance: Boss asked to buy software for team, that i built privately
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Does anyone have additional ideas for the section "Possible solution" or (optimally) was in a similar Situation? Yes. You REALLY need a written contract for this type of thing. Any details that need ...

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Can a client force me to transfer my (digital) notes to him?
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Taking notes for yourself is very different than creating official notes for a meeting. My personal notes often contain private thoughts, lots of abbreviations, strange pointers to related issues and ...

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Went home sick (jetlag from holiday) first day of work. How can I limit the damage?
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How screwed am I? Wrong question. Right question is "how do I handle this to minimize any damage". Whenever you screw up at work, you should do the following Be open and own up to it right away, ...

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What to do with a completely unprepared interviewer?
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Bunch of things you can try: "You sound awfully busy today, I'd more than happy to reschedule if that works better for you" "If you don't mind, there are a few questions about the role and the ...

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Would it look bad if I asked to be removed from a project?
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That's what your manager is for. Schedule a 1:1, show them what's on your plate and tell them, that this is not workable. Present them with a few different scenarios that ARE workable and let them ...

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How should I address someone who was a professor at academia and joined the industry later as an expert?
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Rule #1: Local norms and culture differ a lot from company to company and industry and industry. If in doubt: Observe what everyone else is doing and do the same (unless you find it personally ...

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Can my employer fire me for notifying them of my unpaid overtime hours?
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tl,dr: You are a goner there, but you may be able to get compensation for leaving on your own. You are clearly being managed "out of the door". For whatever reason, the new leadership doesn'...

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Salvaging senior engineer who's planning projects by how good they look on his resume/CV
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After explaining how I'm not the one that makes those decisions, I have to threaten him with a formal reprimand to calm him down. If the execs are actually getting these bonuses then Peter has every ...

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Was I wrong to be candid with a potential new hire about my reasons for leaving the company?
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I don't think you need to be worried here. You didn't say anything that wasn't true You likely didn't violate a confidentiality agreement (hard to tell without reading your contract and look at ...

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Can I be "unfired"/can my layoff be canceled?
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This seems like a fairly unethical employer which I wouldn't trust. You may have a little bit of leverage: they want you to serve the notice period so they have more time finding a replacement. I ...

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Should I tell my interviewer I am being interviewed by other people at the same company?
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Should I let the recruiters / managers about everyone I am currently in the interview process with? Yes. Scenario 1:: you tell them and they already know. This simply enhances your reputation ...

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A place I was interviewing with contacted my current employer without asking
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What to do? That really depends on what you want to achieve. What is your goal? Your manager already knows about it and is cool with it, so you are generally okay. Don't consider your reputation to ...

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Is it acceptable not to include nationality and the date of birth into CV?
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This is highly dependent on your country and local culture. In the US age is a big no no, in Germany, age, marital status and number of children is pretty much the norm. Nationality is a bit ...

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Whether to politely decline a sentimental gesture?
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You should simply say "thanks" and accept the letter. They apparently feel it's worth doing and there is clearly no harm in it for you. Declining may potentially offend someone.

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