Mike Robinson
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Is it advisable to share memes in sign off email on last day of work?
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Some ideas are really dumb, and this happens to be one of them. It isn't necessary, it isn't appropriate, and it isn't "cute." Do you really need to send a "see ya" email to ...

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Colleague's delayed work is preventing me from completing my own tasks
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I agree with all of the above – "this is what 'managers' are for." When there is any impediment to your progress on any assigned task, notify your manager and ask for his or her guidance. ...

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How can I not get unfairly blamed for things by my boss?
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It's easy: "talk to your boss!" When your description of the interaction is reduced to, "he tells you something .. [I think that] he thinks it would be easy .. I get blamed for it,"...

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Manager does not reply to my message for days. What should I do if he ignores my follow-up message?
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Trust me – managers are extremely busy. Just ask again. Follow-up as seems appropriate. Especially, don't "over-think" the fact that you maybe didn't get an answer as quickly as you ...

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How to deal with condescending coworkers when I am overqualified for the job?
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"Do you still remember when you were 'that junior member of the team?'" "Your mentors," at that time, probably never let 'their true feelings' show, sometimes. They simply and ...

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How do I ask my boss for learning material?
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Of course(!) your boss has "a 'professional development' budget!" Do you need a book? Do you think that you need to attend a training seminar? Of course(!!) we'll pay for it!

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Job going to be terminated?
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"Don't borrow trouble." 🤠 If you ever have the misfortune of becoming "a manager" ... 😉 ... you will then "instantly understand." Just keep the lines of communication ...

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Rebuked by HR on asking what is a good time to provide my salary expectation
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I'm quite surprised that salary expectations were not discussed during the interview. The HR Department sets a salary-range for every position that the hiring manager must abide by. (Lots of "...

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Wrongful accusation of holding fake degree
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It should be a perfectly routine matter for any university to send you a transcript or to confirm that a degree was issued. Give them the name that she was using at the time, and they'll find it and ...

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How do I deal with a manager oversimplifying tasks to encourage me to take them?
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Your manager obviously thinks that you would benefit from some self-training and that of course this would also benefit his team and the company as a whole. Don't dismiss "suggestions" like ...

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When writing a program for an interview and discussing time complexity, is it a good idea to discuss the necessity for optimization?
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I, too, see nothing damning in your response. You wrote an algorithm that presumably worked. You were asked if you knew how to improve it and you honestly said, "no." You then said that ...

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Resentment and its Effect on Performance and Reputation
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"Simmering feelings like this one" are pure poison. You need to ask to speak to your manager, go into his or her office and close the door. (That's why the door is there.) Then, very ...

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How can I politely and delicately ask my future coworkers what are the working hour without sounding lazy
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In any country, this is a perfectly reasonable thing to ask. If you're about to jump into a hell-hole of unpaid overtime and excessively long hours, you need to know that in advance. (So that you ...

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Co-workers doing extra work to an extent just to undermine my team contributions in front of manager
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Also – sit down with your manager and simply ask him or her instead of "assuming" that you know what they think about the subject, or about you. It's very enlightening to sit in that manager'...

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How do I ask for a demotion?
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Bring it up to your boss! (Again!) Each of you of course have different concerns and angles – he has a team to run, and you're about to have a baby – but the two of you have got to communicate. ...

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I have been feeling increasingly lethargic and unfocused and experience brain fog and fatigue. Should I resign and accept a new job despite how I feel
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-- (Full disclosure: I once volunteered on a suicide-prevention hotline. It was an eye-opening experience.) I very strongly advise you to immediately consult other physicians. Go ahead and consult a ...

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I feel like I'm thinking alone on a team-based project, while other members just follows what I said without any input. What should I do?
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Well, to be perfectly honest with you, Cheapo, I think that you're probably facing one of two things: (1) "Do what the boss-man says," or (2) "Someone else will tell us what to do."...

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Do I need to mention unfinished university degree on my resume?
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"If you undertook any educational program which might have offered any bit of education that you consider to be relevant to the position that you are applying for ... tell me about it." ...

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I "snitched" on a coworker who always leaves hours early
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I'd just answer this question very loosely: • Bill doesn't report to you. Just like you, he reports to "your boss." • Therefore, you can presume that your manager sees the time reports, and ...

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Unhappy with current role and nearing end of probation
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"What if(!)" your boss has insights and perspectives that you haven't had – simply because you've never yet been where (s)he is? "What if(!)" your boss has things that (s)he could ...

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How can I avoid being blamed for project management failure when I am merely a senior programmer?
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Go talk to(!) that project manager. Go talk to your manager. Maybe ask all three of you to meet in your manager's office. Once there, tell them your concerns. And then ... l i s t e n . Don't say ...

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How to ask a superior to keep something discreet / confidential
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I would consider it most appropriate for you to send this email only to your boss. (S)He can then decide when and if to forward it to "the chief accountant and HR." Your boss is the ...

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Should I send out an apology email or IM after introducing a production bug?
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Thinking about Jim Carey in the movie, "Liar, Liar" right now. 🤡 Don't deny that you made a mistake, but otherwise just let it go. This is software engineering, and it is an extremely ...

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Is it a good idea to get fired?
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You just might discover that "the workplace is a small town." Bosses talk to other bosses at dinner parties. If you get a reputation – first of all, for being someone that someone had to &...

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Is it reasonable for me to ask for the removal of a contract clause that says all the patents I produce go to the company?
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A few "enlightened" employers, such as 3M, will give the inventors whom they employ a portion of the proceeds of their inventions for a period of time, as an incentive to invent new things – ...

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Interviewer was two hours late
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After just a very few minutes, you should have simply asked to reschedule the interview. Perhaps another day would be less hectic.

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How do I communicate with the internal and external stake holders about project delay?
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I think that 'sf02' does point a good way forward for you now, but you did err very seriously by not immediately following-up with the client. Anytime you ask for input, you must make it clear "...

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What should I do - I got a final written warning?
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"Just walk out." You're toast. And, here's what made you toast: "and that I speak(!) negatively(!!) about others(!!!)." "Simply because you didn't know 'when to keep your ...

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Should write in my resignation letter a 2 week leave notice for job I just started?
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You'll burn a lot of bridges, and, "word gets around fast." You accepted their offer – then decided that the grass is greener on the other side of the fence. I wouldn't do that, if I were ...

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Would it be a bad idea to ask for a copy of all contracts that I signed from my former employer?
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Exactly what are these contracts? Are they contracts that you signed on behalf of the company as a duly-authorized officer of that company? If so, the contracts are proprietary to them. If not, you ...

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