Burhan Khalid
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Subordinate who has a good reputation may be breaking company policies
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I see a few issues here, some are already mentioned above. It is a management failure that you have such a low bus factor. You should deal with this immediately irrespective of the outcome of the ...

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Is it illegal or unethical for a supervisor to ask a contracted employee for a large loan?
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To answer your questions directly: Q. Is it illegal? A. No, it is not against the law to ask people for money. It is also not illegal to offer loans to people. The second one is a bit more of a ...

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Should I volunteer for a pay cut?
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The first gut instinct is, never volunteer a pay cut as this validates the assumption (of your boss) that you are overpaid; as you can attest from all the other answers. The truth is it is more ...

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Should I ask for a pay rise every year?
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No, it is your absolute right to ask for a pay raise as costs, life circumstances, your worth to the company - all of these have changed in the course of a year. There is nothing unprofessional about ...

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IT having too much power
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I have faced the same kind of knee jerk reaction. Here are some tips: Have your department follow some established IT processes (such as ITIL), and have these processes audited. Consider getting ...

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Is it obligatory to make small talk with your colleagues?
1 votes

I wish I was judged only on the basis of the quality of my code and not on how many people I wish a good morning to while walking through the corridors. The world is not binary. The unfair fact ...

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Can staying late look like something bad?
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I had a new hire with the same problem. He is an excellent worker but he always came in early (by an hour) and left late (by an hour) while he was doing office work. I let this slide for the first ...

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Remote team members not responding
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I can offer you some tips that help iron out these issues: At the very beginning, everyone should agree on - or it should be mandated to the group - how the group should communicate. It could be that ...

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Can I ask for a signing bonus to buy a laptop instead of getting a company-owned laptop?
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The basic premise of your question "will I sound greedy" depends entirely on how you frame it. If you want to purchase a laptop, and then have the company pay for it. There are few ways to do this: ...

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How to tell a co-worker that I can't help them if they won't put any effort into framing their problem?
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I can tell you the simplest trick that worked with me (in your exact same situation): I would love to help you with this. In order to make sure I don't miss anything important, can you please ...

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Newly promoted software architect wants to do code reviews of code in progress
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You have two issues as I see it: Your supervisor doesn't understand pair programming; as code reviews are a part of the way pair programming works. He/she is not aware of the backlog, or the sprint, ...

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Any drawback of using fake name as online identity being a software developer?
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Having a pseudonym online is normal these days; so it will not be a shock to find that your online nom de plume does not match your real, legal name. Although to what extent it was done to avoid ...

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My manager wants regular one-on-one meetings: is this bad?
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I'm a software development manager at a large organization, and on occasions I ask the same of my direct reports. Here is why: It gives them time with me; which is important especially for new hires ...

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Keep getting called on my personal phone
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If you value your personal time, do not ask for a company phone. Once you are on a company phone, it is expected that you will answer each and every call, not matter what time or day it is placed. It ...

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How should my employer compensate me for having to bring my own laptop to work?
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I'm asking this question because BYOD is quite a common practice nowadays in Software Development, and I think if you are bringing your personal computer, you should not do it for free. Maybe in ...

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Should I lock my resume from editing to make it read-only?
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As I have been applying, I have my resume in Word format (.docx), and I have wonder if it would be wise to make it read-only to prevent those kind of changes from hiring managers or anybody (not ...

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Is dropping out advantageous, because job experience has more market value than education?
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There are two types of skills that you need for any kind of job. The skills you should know already (pre-requirements); and the skills you gain when you actually start doing the work (experience ...

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How can I approach management when asked to work without a software license?
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I would like to add a few other points to the otherwise great answers written here: It does not sound like you are the person responsible for purchase / compliance / IT - so your responsibility is ...

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New employer wants me to pay for ISO 9001 accreditation before employment begins - is this a scam?
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As someone who is a ISO 9001 certified auditor, I can tell you that: This is a scam. You cannot get an ISO/9001 certification (it's not possible); you can only be certified as an auditor and even ...

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I broke an appliance at a company-supplied house -- should I turn myself in?
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To start off with; chances are that the apartment is insured (along with the appliances) or it is under a maintenance contract so that the appliances are covered as well. In short, the business will ...

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Hygiene Etiquette for Riding a Bike to Work
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I usually keep a change of clothes at work (not because I bike, in the summer 50C is a cold day) but simply because it may get uncomfortable in the summer if I have to step out for a meeting or to run ...

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Coffee maker "custody"
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We've basically been maintaining and paying for everything related to the coffee in the office, and we can lose some time by walking all the way over to the cafeteria just to get coffee, and the ...

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Is the CEFR (language scale) well-known enough to include on a résumé or CV?
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I would include it only if the job position you are applying for specifically asked for language proficiency, for example: Must be fluent in German and English Working in a multi-lingual ...

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Are backpacks accepted in most American work places? If so, for how long?
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I know you asked specifically for an American workplace, but I thought I would throw my hat in coming from a very traditional suit-wearing workplace (a bank) on what I see during the morning and ...

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Asking a company why they are using a 3rd-party recruiter
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There are many reasons a company uses a third party recruiter. Here are just some that come to mind, from my time on the "other" side of the table: They do not have the staff to handle the flood of ...

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Should I disqualify candidates if they Google the answer and type it verbatim in a phone screen?
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35 votes

An answer is only as good as the question that was asked. This is unfortunately a case of asking a bad question that can simply be Googled like those famous "how many potholes" questions you see ...

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Dropped out from my first year college and then took admission next year in bsc it. Now in last year what should I explain to the recruiters?
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From my personal experience of more than 10 years as a software professional; where I have hired everyone from seasoned veterans (several years senior to me) to fresh graduates out of high school and ...

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Should I complain to my boss about a building move which inconveniences me?
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Do any of these issues you have raised go directly towards your productivity? If so, frame it towards something that translates into time or productivity loss directly and you'll likely get a more ...

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Am I authorized to work in this country?
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5 votes

The company wants to know if you will require a work visa or other such accommodation should you be hired. It is the same as when they ask "Do you have clearance?" (for military or government jobs). ...

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Quit company but keep working with the same client. Is it ethical?
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25 votes

Ethical is something that can easily get into the lovely grey opinionated area; therefore I would instead recommend checking your contract - or more appropriately, your company's contract with the ...

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