Eike Pierstorff
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How do I avoid giving up my password to coworkers?
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247 votes

Do not give anybody your password. If they lack the resources to do their work then they have to take this up with their superiors. The problem is not primarily your privacy (although this surely is ...

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Am I being asked to lie in my job?
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From a point of view of human decency yes, this might be called lying. From the POV of professionalism your superior has decided that there are no resources available, even if you scheduling system ...

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The benefits I can ask for from companies in Germany?
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4 weeks is the legal minimum for paid vacation days in Germany (24 days for a 6 day week, 20 days for a 5 day week), everything more is a matter of negotiation (30 days is usual in Germany; even 20 ...

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How do I explain that I am in the office to work, not to have fun?
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Say "No, I prefer to work". If you are asking how to do this without getting funny looks, there is no way. Also, if this is actual company culture (as opposed to your colleagues goofing of) prepare ...

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Bicycle purist required to travel for work
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I know a few companies that buy carbon offsets for every mile they make their employees travel. I can't really say if this is feasible for you (I think most options are targeted at really large ...

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Germany contract: no pension, no holiday / travel allowance
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Contributions to social security (including pension and healthcare) will be automatically deducted from your salary. You contract states your gross salary before any deductions. This is if your job is ...

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Is it ok to apply for jobs with no intention of going to the interview?
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That you should not waste others time has already been mentioned. The really worrying part in your post is the phrase "to see if I am even worth a response". If you try to gauge your worth based on ...

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If I forget to invoice a customer, who pays?
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There is a legal question in here (I think "statute of limitations" is the correct English phrase, the time after which you forfeit your claims), but unless your country has very harsh laws any ...

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Why would German companies hire professionals from abroad?
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They are legally required to first offer the job to EU citizens with unlimited (and visa free) access to the european labour market, unless a foreign applicant has special qualifications that make (...

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Is it unprofessional to ask about a startup's finances in an interview?
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I think to ask a new company "how are you funded" is a reasonable and professional question - if you throw in your lot with the company you need reassurance that they can pay you (less of an issue ...

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Powerpoint during an Internal Interview
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Compared to telling them that their ideas are not great, Powerpoint looks at least like it won't be your biggest problem. I can just assume that you intend to phrase this more diplomatically. But ...

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voluntarily work on vacation
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There is a law in Germany, which somewhat unsurprisingly called the "Bundesurlaubsgesetz" (Federal Law on Vacation). Rather more suprisingly the law does not say you have to take vacation at all - ...

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How to tell my boss about a personal mourning? (Should I?)
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There may be company cultures where talking about personal issues is looked at as a sign of weakness, and if you work in a place like that you might want to keep quiet. However, based on personal ...

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Applying for higher position, although I never did the work before
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While lack of formal education in the field might not be a deal breaker (e.g. I studied education and I implement Web Analytics Systems for a living) lack of relevant experience probably is. "I ...

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Contacting a previous employee of the company
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Let your HR departement manage that. Unless your former colleague has completely changed the field he will now be working for a competitor and might not even be allowed to help you (and when in ...

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How can I adjust my work hours to start/end earlier without my colleagues thinking I'm suddenly slacking off because I'm leaving earlier?
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The simplest way seems to be to write an e-mail to your team saying "Do not schedule any meetings after 4.00 pm since starting at (date) I will work from 7 to 4 and will not be available after 4". ...

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Resentment and its Effect on Performance and Reputation
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You have maneuvered yourself into a difficult position - you felt underappreciated, so you did everything to give people a reason not to appreciate you, and now you basically want to tell your manager ...

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Is it acceptable to refuse to be somewhere because there is a sick person in the room?
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It is (at least it would be with my employer) acceptable to refuse, but it is not acceptable to let your manager find out by chance. You need to communicate with your manager immediately (ideally the ...

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Should I quit during probation immediately or first discuss problems with my manager?
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You should just quit. Probation period works both ways - it is not just the company testing you out, it's also you testing the company, and obviously the company has failed your test. Six months ...

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How can I make sure verbal promises in a negotiation are kept?
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Keep minutes of the meeting (from memory in your case). Have them signed off by you future employer and keep a copy. At least where I live verbal promises are part of the contract (unless the ...

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How to handle losing job due to lawsuit against old company during interview?
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If you divulge information on an ongoing lawsuit your current employer might decide to sue you (e.g. if this leads to loss of business - they might then try to blame bankruptcy at you. That your ...

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