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 to deal with former co-worker adding his name to a website I originally developed? [on hold]

I used to work part-time at a company developing their e-commerce website, under the "supervision" of another employee who is significantly older than I am (I'm a university student and that was not ...
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2answers
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Is it normal to shake hands with co-workers at office events? [on hold]

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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5answers
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Is it a good idea to tell my programmer colleagues that I actually code for fun? [on hold]

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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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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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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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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8answers
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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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2answers
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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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4answers
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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
508 views

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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6answers
462 views

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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6answers
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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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2answers
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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
503 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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3answers
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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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1answer
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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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3answers
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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 ...
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Should I tell my colleague he might get fired? [closed]

Background: I work in Germany, where a company can fire an employee at will in the first six months, but only for very good reasons afterwards. So the first six months are seen as a kind of probation ...
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2answers
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How to build strong internal networks and informal relationships when I am always busy?

I work in a very informal culture where employees across all levels of hierarchy call each other "mate" or "buddy". Managers often make critical decisions outside the company walls, during lunch or ...
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4answers
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dealing with competitiveness with a colleague who is senior [closed]

I have joined my team almost a year ago. About 6 months back a new team member has joined my team. The new team mate is at the same position/ designation as me. The new team member is considerably ...
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My colleague often took over my product line, and toss it back to me when he cannot handle it [closed]

I'm working in a instrument manufacturing company now. There are only product manager now, my colleague and I. Our manager had already assigned responsibilities for both of us when we join this ...
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6answers
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Should I explain that I am quitting because of another coworker?

I work for a very small startup software company. Just over a year ago, a close friend of mine joined our team. At the time I was very enthusiastic about working with them, but now after getting to ...
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5answers
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I'm the only junior in the company. How do I handle my training and set feedback expectations with colleagues?

Context: I'm younger than all of my colleagues by at least 2 years. I just finished college. I've been in this position for around 3 months, and a bit longer than that in the company itself. I'm ...
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4answers
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How to convey I am overwhelmed without damaging perceptions and lateral relationships at company?

Half of my work are orders from my direct manager, the other half requires that I address specific needs across the whole company - mostly lateral in authority but also a few senior managers. My ...
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3answers
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Dealing with a situation where my colleague demands i repeat documentation in their format even if it means duplication [closed]

Dealing with a situation where my colleague demands i repeat documentation in their format even when i have it somewhere else already documented with the way i want it to be formatted. This truly is ...
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7answers
5k views

Asked to use CCTV to check fellow employee's hours

I am the only employee with access to the CCTV system but I have never been certified in CCTV operation and we do not have a CCTV policy. I inherited it as I am the IT Systems Administrator. HR have ...
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4answers
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coworker very sarcastic and negative demeanor [duplicate]

Someone I work with is a huge smart aleck. It's really annoying and we just got a new employee and he's harassing him too. For example: other: "Where do the build files go to?" him: "They don't go ...
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How can I correct someone's incorrect use of a term in my field?

Background: Why is terminology important? Someone once told me -- possibly a math professor -- that what separates the amateurs from the professionals is that the professionals in a field use ...
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Colleague not working the hours he's scheduled

I work in end user support at a very small company (less than 10 people). We have 1 supervisor for everyone, who is also the owner of the startup. Another end user support agent is scheduled to come ...
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4answers
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Handling culture difference in multinational workplace

Last week, a coworker, my boss and I went on a 4-day business trip to China. It was fun, for the most part. However, things got rather awkward when our business partners took us out to dinner. They ...
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Under what circumstances is it OK to tell your colleagues where you will be going after a resignation?

Is it ever a good idea to tell which company you will be moving on to? to your boss? your colleagues? Many of them will know soon via social networking (I.E. linkedin), but those aren't the ones that ...