Gregory Currie
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How to tell when it's good to involve management vs making decision for yourself?
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Rather than call your boss over every little decision, it may be better to make decisions, but ensure that your boss is kept in the loop. Regarding the example you gave, you should just keep the $10, ...

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I was assigned a totally incompetent intern but there is no official procedure to report this. Should I make noise about this?
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Fundamentally, the most proactive step you should take is to have a conversation with your manager and explain all this. They may decide to get involved and verify your assessment. In any case, you ...

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How to deal with an outside-of-work dinner that reveals demoralised/unhappy employees
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Basically it appears to me that the conversation was toxicity for the sake of toxicity than genuine good faith discussion of what's happening in the company. It's an out-of-work dinner. People are ...

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Is it a bad sign that a rejection email does not include an invitation to apply again in the future?
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I wouldn't read into it. If they have to send a whole bunch of rejection emails (and some managers don't even bother to), they are not going to sit there are personalise it for each candidate. Even if ...

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How to balance quality and speed at work?
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All work is a series of compromises. There is a saying: "Good, Fast, Cheap. Choose two". Sometimes the "best" workers are the ones that get the balance right. That may include ...

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How to communicate to developers about security vulnerability detected when not included in user stories (requirements)
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I do want to generalise a little here, and move away from security consideration specifically. When companies do work, they don't do it in a vacuum. The company uses the culture of its employees. It ...

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How do I professionally handle my manager who is blocking me from being the official lead and instead credits my work to my co-worker?
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I'm going to paraphrase your question so it just contains the important parts: I am working in a team of two people. I wish to become lead of this team, however, it would appear that my manager is ...

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Could sharing my salary publicly affect me negatively in the future?
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Yes. Firstly, it may be in breach of your employment contract or company policy. So you should check that. Secondly, when negotiating pay down the track, maybe at a different company, they could use ...

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Is it appropriate to attend a minority career fair when I'm not a minority?
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It would not be inappropriate. Your attendance at the fair is likely to make your friends feel more comfortable interacting with exhibitors, thus increasing their chances of getting meaningful ...

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Current company extended notice period and told me when I resigned
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I'll be honest, India's employment laws are a bit of a shambles. We hear horror stories come out of India all the time. It seems the company can just withhold a relieving letter at a whim. Unless you ...

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How to handle vile and racist and graphic comments and images in the online suggestion box?
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You should hire and external company to manage the suggestion box, and aggregate suggestions. In addition, suggestions should be traceable, the the external company should be able to provide that ...

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How can I send home personal information from work?
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Paystubs Speak with the HR department. They may be able to see if this stuff can be emailed to you. While the Paystubs are work-related, they are not work IP, and need to be available to you even ...

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Is forging internal documents at work a crime?
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There is almost certainly no general crime against forging non-legal documents. (I think the legal definition of forgery specifies legal documents). But there are things to keep in mind: Fraud is a ...

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Don't feel welcomed in a new team
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The only thing that you seem to be doing wrong from my perspective, and you may have legitimate reasons and the permission from your boss, is missing the daily meeting. Some people hate meetings, so ...

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Is it reasonable to request a higher salary when joining a controversial company?
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You can ask for whatever salary, and you don't need to justify that to anyone, apart from the people you are negotiating with. It's unlikely that they'll agree with your rationale. You'll also lose a ...

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Should I bring in CEO where a junior software engineer was hired in position of senior, and I am risking termination due to lack of collaboration?
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This is a bit of a false dilemma. You should bring two things to your meeting: A reasoned point of view on areas you think the team needs to improve on to meet OKR A personal plan on how you will ...

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Are online courses regarded as the equivalent of professional experience?
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There is a bit of a false dichotomy in your final question. First of all, training courses are not considered professional (or commercial) experience, because it does not meet the definition of ...

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How can I ask my boss to consider dietary restrictions when ordering lunch for the office?
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You did bring it up, and he gave you an answer. Which was not a good answer, not the one you were hoping for. If you know the catering company, try to see if they have any gluten-free options in ...

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I am a marketing manager who keeps being bossed around by all the other departments
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If your workload has overtaken your capacity, you should speak with your manager. If you assume responsibility, it becomes part of your role over time. That's just the way it works. If your boss is ...

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Are there any countries where a company can lawfully claim owning you 100% of the time, even outside proper working hours?
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Some jurisdictions have at-will employment which, in the absence of a contract, can give employers the ability to fire employees at will (with exceptions). So, even if a law doesn't specifically allow ...

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What options exist for helping women employees proactively deal with inappropriate behavior in a primarily-male company?
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First, she doesn't have any way of knowing about potential coworkers/groups with predatory or misogynistic behavior in advance. If there were more women in the environment, she would be able to talk ...

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Can I stop my employer from shortening my 3-month notice period if I resign?
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UK Advice From the Citizens Advice Bureau: You can give more notice than your contract says, if you want - your employer can’t make you leave earlier. If they do make you leave earlier, this counts ...

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What to do after accepting the job offer?
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With a few exceptions in some industries, there isn't really much you need to do. If they need you to sign forms/documents before your first day, they will get into contact with you. Otherwise, you ...

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How to deal with a HR rep that is making me feel super uncomfortable?
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First of all, before quitting, you should make sure you have another job lined up. In many environments, it's very challenging to get a job at the moment. It really does sound to me that there is ...

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Turned in my notice last week, now GM wants me to sign a "Voluntary Termination Report"
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Just as a general rule: Never sign anything unless there is some sort of benefit for you. Simply decline to sign anything. You are not obliged to tell them why you are leaving the company for ...

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What is the best way to make my case to my Manager to select me to go to the conference?
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The issue here is the business has a very understandable need to ensure that the paper is presented well. Note that just because you did the work, doesn't mean you are the best equipped to present it....

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Can they fire me for placing a grievance about my manager?
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I don't like jumping to this, but you next step is to talk to either a lawyer or legal aid. They will know exactly your legal rights, and how to handle the fact you have copies of the emails. You ...

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Am I required to give employer my bank account info?
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You're in the United States, you should heed joeqwerty's answer If you are not in the United States read on. I am going to assume you're a contractor. I would advise against the deduction ...

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Employee lack of ownership
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The term you are looking for is Discretionary Effort not Ownership. I am assuming that your employees are meeting their contractual obligations (otherwise your course of action is clear). You have ...

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New employee: interested in internal position within the company
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It's unlikely the application will be kept secret. Maybe things are a bit different in the Netherlands, I don't know. It's not in the company's interests to have employees secretly meeting managers ...

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