joeqwerty
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How to professionally acknowledge to a client that a former coworker made a mistake in production?
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313 votes

Why don't you just acknowledge that you found the problem and fixed it? Why do you need to name names? If pressed, tell the client "We left a testing filter in place. We removed the filter and ...

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Approach sick days in feedback meeting
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190 votes

He follows all the company policies for sick days, so from the HR perspective there is no problem. Then there's no problem that needs resolving. Should I approach his sick days in the feedback ...

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Is it reasonable to apologise on behalf of my department for a mistake when I don't feel I should?
183 votes

"Our apologies for this mistake. Let me know if we can be of any further assistance." You're apologizing for the mistake at a department level, not a personal level. You're not personally ...

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How can I politely work my way around not liking coffee or beer when it comes to professional networking?
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"Grab a beer" and "Grab a coffee" are colloquialisms. They are not meant to be taken literally. They mean "Let's get together informally and chat." If you don't drink beer or coffee then drink soda, ...

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Retiring employee is reluctant to share knowledge
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160 votes

Why would you "hint" to your boss about the situation instead of being completely honest with them about what's blocking your progress? Be honest and direct. Explain to your boss that you've ...

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CEO says not to expect pay increases unless you do something really exceptional. Is this counter-productive?
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160 votes

Is this counter-productive for staff moral, retention, and productivity? Yes, it is. People generally get better at their jobs with more experience, and if their productivity increases, they ...

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Intentional company falsehood in job description causing tension with boss
159 votes

They've admitted that they're lying to you, to every other employee, and to every potential job candidate, and have admitted to you that they intend to continue lying. My advice would be to forego any ...

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Our top dev doesn't want new challenges
159 votes

I told him I'd look into it but to be frank, I don't know what to do about him. I understand where he's coming from but if anything, I think his response was inappropriate and a bit unprofessional....

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What reason should I give for no longer wanting to work for my company?
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151 votes

What reason do I give them for not wanting to work at their company next year if/when they setup an interview or ask me about it at work? None. You don't owe them an explanation or a justification. ...

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How do I tell my boss I've accidentally been working halftime on the wrong project for the past year?
150 votes

This is a very embarrassing situation, but I feel like it's not fully my fault. It should be embarrassing for the people charged with managing you, it shouldn't be embarrassing for you. This is ...

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Company wants me to apply for my own corporate credit card - is this normal?
127 votes

This sounds like a personal/individual liability corporate credit card and as such isn't unusual and is almost certainly not a scam.

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Should I inform my future product owner that there is a good chance that a team member will leave the company soon?
107 votes

None of what you've stated is empirical evidence that Bob is planning on leaving. Additionally, none of this is your business. Should you inform the future PO that Bob may be leaving soon? No.

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Declined a recruiter yesterday. Got informed today that we are getting laid off. Can I go back to the recruiter?
106 votes

Recruiters get paid to place people. You're a potential placement. They're not going to turn away from that. Recruiters regularly get turned down by candidates. That's the nature of their business. ...

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I've decided to leave my job entirely over ergonomic reasons. How honest should I be at the exit interview?
106 votes

I'm resigning for ergonomic reasons and ideally I want to explain this at the exit interview, so they know it's nothing personal, and hopefully they will take action for others if they see that ...

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Not been paid even after reminding the Treasurer; what should I do?
94 votes

Call the treasurer. Sometimes email gets lost in transmission, or automatically marked as spam: she could be simply not receiving your email! It's best to resolve this simply if it's a simple ...

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Is it ethical and do you bill hours when there is a severe lack of timely access from the client?
92 votes

In a nutshell... if your waiting prohibits you from performing billable work for other clients or prohibits you from pursuing other activities, whatever they may be, then you should bill for it. ...

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Told to record my own hours
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90 votes

I was told to "manage my own hours and manage when I come in to work for now, until we figure out a schedule for you" Do that. Come up with a schedule that you think is reasonable and would be ...

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Interviewing for position looking to hire immediately. Would be nice to give current employer 2 weeks notice but just as a courtesy
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Them: "How soon can you start?" You: "I'd like to give my current employer two weeks notice." In the USA, giving your current employer two weeks notice is common and is considered ...

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Is it unprofessional to add a Stallman-like "you won't find me on Facebook" to my resume?
77 votes

"10 years experience with blahblahblah. Also, I'm not a bank robber." If you're not on social media then don't mention it at all. If it comes up then simply say "I'm not on social media."

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Make it mandatory to turn camera on in video meetings at work?
75 votes

How do I ask my manager to make camera mandatory in video meetings without making it look like a complaint? Don't. Some/Many people aren't comfortable being on camera. This is their personal space. ...

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Is it rude to tell recruiters I would only change jobs for a better salary?
71 votes

Why would it be rude? Is it rude to tell the salesman what color car you want? Is it rude to tell the chef how you want your steak cooked? Is it rude to tell the dry cleaner that you want your shirts ...

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Client constantly submits tickets; how can support deal with this?
69 votes

Why is he still with us? If he's constantly annoyed that the service he is receiving is not what he wants then why bother? He even purchased more from us not too long ago. We can't answer this. We ...

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Employer telling colleagues I'm "sabotaging teams" when I resigned: how to address colleagues before I leave?
62 votes

Should I send a pre-emptive "farewell, and here's my reasons (because my boss is unethical)" e-mail to the teams that will be impacted in the new year? No. The people who know you and know ...

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How can I take an interview while at a job that tries to prevent interviewing?
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58 votes

While the FLSA doesn't require or dictate sick time, an employment agreement is a legally binding contract. If sick time is designated and specified in the employment agreement, and if your employer ...

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Is my employer paying me fairly? Going from 1099 to W2
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58 votes

Prior to this conversion they were paying a flat $20.00 per hour for your services. Now they're paying $20.00 per hour and additionally paying things like workers compensation, health insurance, 401k, ...

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Lost client because he exploded on me after arguing with him
42 votes

They have a sense of entitlement to absolute power? Of course they do. They're paying you. If I pay you for goods or services then I am entitled to receive those goods or services. If I change my mind ...

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Demoted through no fault of my own. Required to pay company if I leave. Advice?
40 votes

I don't necessarily see this as a demotion. There's a need for only one person in this role in the merged department. This role was awarded to someone who has more seniority/tenure in the company. ...

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Is it ethical to reject a job offer I already verbally accepted?
39 votes

This has nothing to do with ethics. You've had a change of heart and have changed your mind. People do this all of the time. Explain to this to them. Offer your apologies for any inconvenience and ...

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HR Director was insulting, should I point it out before taking new job?
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37 votes

The company surely wouldn't share your resignation letter with the remaining employees. Writing an open letter to the remaining employees is a sure fire way to burn bridges, create animosity, and ...

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I found out the "default salary" for a position is higher than the offer I accepted. Should I feel cheated?
36 votes

It's not unethical. They proposed an offer and you accepted it. That's the way it works. The fact that they would have paid you more if you had negotiated for more is immaterial.

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