Questions regarding the people one works with. This includes questions about communication, teamwork, or other issues caused by ones co-workers.

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How do I confront coworkers about their loud, annoying mechanical keyboards [duplicate]

I work in a shared office space and two people that sit across from me have mechanical keyboards which are very, very loud and very, very annoying. I don't always want to listen to music, and since ...
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How to work with an underskilled peer who isn't going away? [duplicate]

I work for group A of a large company as a senior software developer / team lead. Group A contains almost all the software development function within the company. We're currently working on a ...
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How to handle coworker who breaks my Do Not Disturb signal (opens my closed office door)

I rarely close my office door, but when I do, it is usually for a reason (I am busy or stressed or need to focus, and closed off environment helps me do just that). There is a coworker who ...
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2answers
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Co-worker takes up my time talking and asking advice? [duplicate]

I am relatively new to my job and my co-worker has been there many years. For the past 5 months she has been taking up my time, while at work, with her personal problems and I feel I will get in ...
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can I get fired for telling a coworker I heard she would be let go? [closed]

I told my coworker that our boss said she might be let go until she is of age to serve alcohol in the restaurant where I work. I'm not a supervisor or a manager of any sort; my boss told me that she ...
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7answers
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Should I give honest (but bad) feedback about a colleague when asked by another team looking to hire him?

A colleague of mine has potential job offer from another team, which I have worked for in the past. Somebody from my old team has asked me what I think about him. To be perfectly honest, I think he ...
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6answers
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How do I navigate after an uncomfortable hiccup at work?

I came back after maternity leave and requested a flexible working arrangement: work 2-3 days in the office and a few at home. As a software developer this is a very reasonable schedule. The only ...
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How do I work with a hesitant co-worker

The company I work for recently hired a Software QA position. I’m the first one working with him and I’m finding him extremely hesitant to try anything he is not familiar with. I’ll give him a task ...
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How to stay in touch with a former manager?

My former manager was a good mentor for me. He is powerful in the company and he has a lot of contacts. He also gave me a good evaluation during my internship at the company. I got a job in the same ...
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5answers
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Sexist and homophobic jokes from teammates. Should I approach my Scrum Master or Manager?

I belong to a team of engineers and I have been often hearing sexist, racist, homophobic and transmisogynist jokes from some of them. At first they have been telling it to themselves, which I don't ...
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Should I report a colleague that may have broken intellectual property rules? [closed]

I'm a team leader for a large hi-tech company and I've been given ownership of a new project which we are planning to patent. Recently, a colleague of mine emailed me an article that reviewed the ...
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what to do with the arrogant coworker who doesn't want to cooperate? [closed]

I recently got hired in a company as an information security specialist who should find vulnerabilities and send recommendations to the IT team so they can fix it. X is a member of the IT Team and he ...
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How to thank colleagues helped over the Christmas weekend on very big prod issue? [closed]

Office location: CA, USA Issue started on Last Friday and many had already gone for vacation. Issue started in production due to my code, committed years back. Many colleagues joined the bridge and ...
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3answers
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Answering and sending holiday wishes and pictures to all colleagues via e-mail?

In the past two weeks my colleagues have been exchanging a lot of Christmas and New Year's wishes and cards through the company e-mail system. I don't mind receiving such email, but I usually don't ...
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How to approach co-workers who do not wash their hands? [duplicate]

We have all seen it, probably too many times: someone gets out of the toilet booth/cubicle and rushing outside, never even glancing towards the sink where he/she are expected to wash their hands like ...
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2answers
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Is it normal to shake hands with co-workers at office events? [closed]

I may be socially awkward/ignorant here, but is it normal for coworkers, who work with one another every single day, to shake hands to say hi/bye at company events? To give one instance, a group of ...
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Is it a good idea to tell my programmer colleagues that I actually code for fun? [closed]

I'm part of a small software development team. It happens that one of my greatest hobbies is actually, software development. In my free time, I enjoy contributing to several open source projects.When ...
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9answers
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How to convince my co-worker to accept night shift instead of me?

I have a situation where either my co-worker or I should work in night shifts, but I live a long distance from my work location and it will be hard for me to reach home in late nights. Our company ...
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3answers
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What should I do when a female colleague hits on me?

I am a fresh college graduate who has just joined work. My team lead is a female and she is hitting on me. In the beginning it was just eye-signals and facial expressions which she used to give me but ...
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3answers
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How to handle constant sexual jokes from coworker? [duplicate]

I work in a big company, where I have one coworker, which always makes me feel really uncomfortable by his constant jokes with sexual connotations. I see this coworker in breaks or when having lunch ...
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4answers
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Should I report a coworker who is stealing from me?

This may seem pretty trivial, but it really bothers me. In my cubicle I have an area set aside for my personal effects, nothing expensive. Among those items is a carton containing packages of peanut ...
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2answers
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Management too-hands off and workplace is chaotic [closed]

Management in this company is almost non-existent. There are no procedures or processes and everything is up in the air. When new people starts there is no orientation process or training at all. ...
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7answers
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Cultural clash in the office - artists and engineer struggling to understand each other [closed]

I work as a software developer and the artists at work always get very defensive and nervous when they work with us. We don't think we look down on them at all, however they become quite upset when ...
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1answer
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How to work with a person who is going to leave the company and is not liked by any team member?

I recently joined a company as a network engineer. Almost all the people here are personally known to me. One guy who works here, who used to be my good friend out of office, is not keeping up with ...
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A co-worker is using my cup

I have a co-worker using my coffee mug at work. I want to make him stop without sounding like I'm being picky. I have tried making the point indirectly that the cup belongs to me but he still uses it. ...
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3answers
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How to turn personal relationships to official ones? [closed]

I got a job offer to work with a company where I know 90% of the people by name, and 60% of they employees are my close friends. The job is a network engineer. Since the relationships I have built ...
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3answers
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What can be done if I'm below my company's salary tier? [duplicate]

My boss called me into his office and happened to have his computer screen on showing the other supervisors salaries (4 total). I have the most supervisor seniority, but I am paid the 3rd lowest. I ...
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Extracurricular Colleague as Professional Reference

I need three Professional References for a form for a Computer Science internship. I haven't had an internship or business related CS work before, but I have done extensive extracurricular work on two ...
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I will soon become the manager of a close friend. How do I be an effective manager and friend?

A close friend of mine will soon be moving into my department. We see each other outside of work and our significant others both work together at a different institution. I want to be an effective ...
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3answers
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How do I handle a co-worker stealing company time? [duplicate]

My co-worker and I started at the same time, mid-summer, so we each have 9 days of vacation time through the end of the year. Our new boss works remotely and there is very little accountability. My ...
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2answers
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How to deal with a situation where team is unaware of my efforts and thinks that I am on the contrary, not managing my time well?

I am on a scrum team. my company has sort of a freeze period going on, where in there are meant to be no releases of our software product / services. So, though there is still enough work for most of ...
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3answers
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Colleague decided to apply for a job at the new place I'm going

I've just got a new job which I start in a couple of weeks. However, a colleague has decided to apply at the same place but I don't want her to follow me as I find her to be intimidating due to her ...
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13answers
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How to shoo away people who make informal requests at the desk or canteen? [duplicate]

My role involves working with teams across the company, but there is a strong tendency for people to come and chat us up informally in order to get their things done, put pressure and even "blackmail" ...
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3answers
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How to rebuild my reputation damaged by lies.?

My manager transferred me and a colleague to places where we cannot afford to work. This is to protect himself from getting blamed for low sales. Manager didn't showed any interest in lively ...
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1answer
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How to react to someone who publishes your code when you told them not to?

I'm looking for advice on this as this happened to me recently. A co-worker needed a portion of my code to work on his project so I gladly assisted this co-worker but insisted that my code was not ...
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What to do when I can't work with a colleague [closed]

I have a major personality clash with one of my colleagues. We both get along pretty well with the rest of the team, but we both have strong opinions and disagree frequently. The problem has been ...
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Apologising professionally

At my company we have flexible hours but sometimes, according to a schedule, we have to stay on till late to lock up and switch everything off. I've only done this a few times and normally I switch ...
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How to deal with a colleague who is making complaints?

I am working as Dev team lead for an US based Organization.The requirements for the project has been written but those have many gaps. And also due to some Organization level decisions the ...
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The company is probably dying. What should I expect and how can I prepare? [closed]

The numbers are looking bad. People are leaving voluntarily and involuntarily. What I hear down the grapevine does not bode well. There's a real chance that in the next few months to a year my ...
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4answers
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startup etiquette: employee and supervisor meeting without me [closed]

I am the cofounder / CTO of a very small startup, ~4 people. We recently had to let go 2 people for differing reasons. As a result, we moved one engineer from working mostly on metrics to work on our ...
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How to approach an interview where I have professionally quarrelled with one of the interviewers?

In a few days I am due to attend an interview for a management position which is a step up in my responsibilities but considered well within my capabilities by my current leadership team. One half of ...
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1answer
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Regain trust to colleague after stealing incident [closed]

I had a bad experience at my first place of work. Some time has passed since that incident, so I'll try to recreate the story as closely as I can remember. I am putting this here because I was missing ...
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1answer
543 views

Managing passive-aggressive employees

We have a general reorganization of my department going on at the moment and I have one staff member in particular who is being difficult about the process. A bit of background... This person has ...
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Is it appropriate to ask for internal interview tips?

I've been working at my current job for 6 months. I was hired on as one of three temps to work through the rest of the year. However management has decided to open up a full-time position that I ...
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Why some collegues want to get rid of me.? [closed]

I'm new to the career life and this is so amazing. I'm an undergrad so I'm not that much into the work life yet. I want to break the ice and get involved. This is actually my third job, I see a clear ...
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What can I do when another employee is sick? [duplicate]

I am in the situation where I am sitting at a cluster of desks. My fellow employee opposite me is sick as a dog (coughing, sneezing and wiping his nose on his hand.) For some reason he never takes ...
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Should I tell my boss that my coworker’s work is of poor quality? [duplicate]

I am one of two software engineers at my company. Our boss is not a software expert but he understands our work at a decent level and he is a good manager. The other engineer and I have been working ...
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13answers
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Theft from communal kitchen causing issues across teams [duplicate]

I have reviewed how can we prevent theft of food from shared fridges by coworkers and whilst similar I think the differences warrant me posting this as a separate question. Me and my team (12 in ...
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3answers
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How to offer a good apology

This morning I ended up missing a teleconference that I regularly host with two peers on another continent. I was doing research and lost track of time. I rely heavily on my Outlook notifications ...
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How to handle interruptions/distractions by colleagues at work? [duplicate]

I work in an organization where my job is usually a Desk job. Many a times when I am busy, some of my team members seeks for some help related to work. Being a professional, I always leave my ...