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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What is the right approach to talking to the boss about an inefficient co-worker?

I've been working at a firm for about 7 years. The work load has been steadily increasing in recent times. Just recently, I got posted to work with another co-worker. I have known this person for a ...
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4answers
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Is it advisable to tell my colleague that he is getting fired?

Yesterday, my manager told me that my colleague would get fired. Then I asked my boss for the reason, and he gave an explanation. After we finished the conversation, I continued working. When I came ...
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1answer
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How do I improve the working atmosphere in this special case?

I have a huge problem at my workplace for which I can't find a way to solve. Let me start by describing the job and my coworkers (who are part of the problem). I am the new leader of a team of three ...
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How to get people from different companies to mix on Friday afternoon drink

Recently my company (of 10 people) moved to a new building, where we share the floor with another company (also of about 10 people). We don't share offices, just the coffee machine. Because they ...
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3answers
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Colleague at work makes constant jibes

I have a colleague who is not only very intrusive, but also makes constant jibes at me. He keeps snooping what I am doing on my computer (even though I am just working) every time. But that's not ...
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2answers
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How do you deal with someone who makes you not want to talk to them?

I have a colleague who works in a different department. She's a few years out of college while everyone else who works for the company is mid to late 30's or early 40's. As she has little ...
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6answers
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How do you handle co-workers that want to converse with you in the bathroom? [on hold]

I find that when I am in the bathroom I want to get in and out. I don't mind a simple "Hi" or "How's it going?" when I wash my hands but some co-workers step over this line. I have had managers talk ...
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3answers
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Asking well-being of manager, without making it seem I am trying to make a bond for favors, etc

My manager had been out sick due to heart problems. I feel very sorry and sad about it. Since he returned today, I asked him how he was doing and how everything was. He didn't want to talk much ...
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2answers
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How to moderate excessive competition in a workplace? [closed]

Some of my coworkers are putting in 10+ hours daily (in addition to a +2 hours commute), and make sarcastic remarks when suggested to leave the office 'early' (especially if the boss is present in the ...
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2answers
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How to overcome resentment from new colleagues for “replacing their friend”

A friend of mine recently got hired for a new job. After she joined, she realized that she was replacing an ex-employee who was terminated. The ex-employee was well liked amongst his peers. Now, her ...
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12answers
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I'm not Junior/Entry-Level, but Senior Dev treats me like one

I'm currently a 24 yr old contract-to-hire developer at this company. I'm five months in to a six month contract. My job title is "Developer." No prefix. I'm between Junior/Entry-Level and Senior. I'm ...
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3answers
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Is there a polite way to say that a colleague is too relaxed with the “Definition of Done”?

I'd like to ask you, how do I handle a situation where a colleague declares a functionality of our project to be "done" to our superior when it still has room for improvement, and (programming term ...
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11answers
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How can I communicate better with a co-worker who is not a good listener?

I've been working as an engineer in a company. I have been working alone on a large scale maintaining project and there is a project manager beside me. Recently, the company hired employer who retired ...
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5answers
268 views

Best way to deal with dishonest colleagues [closed]

As a technical project lead, I received a problem report from a Colleague marked as "Critical". Though I could have delegated that to another colleague on a Monday, I put some effort on a Friday late ...
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3answers
304 views

How can I get my colleague to stop calling me over to his desk when he wants my help?

I have an annoying colleague who always asks me to come to his desk if he has a question about something. The thing that he has on his screen is always open on my screen and he could always just ...
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2answers
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Dealing with people that think they're more skilled than you when that's only partially true

I'm working with someone who is more skilled than me in programming, but lacks many of the design skills we need to complete an assignment. He can't stop pointing out that he's a better programmer ...
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5answers
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Is it alright to let everyone in the company know that I am the “go-to” person, and not my new senior colleague? [duplicate]

Is it fine to make myself visible in the company when, in fact, I have more experience and know-how than my new senior colleague? The reason I do this is that he was "appointed from above" and is ...
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3answers
1k views

How can I communicate to my boss that working with the new colleague is causing me stress?

A new colleague was hired at my department 3 months ago. He is quite disrespectful towards other employees since the first day, acts weird, has no experience and no actual work results, but is ...
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13answers
4k views

How to handle constant jokes from senior coworkers and manager dissing your competence and gender?

I am a young woman fresh out of college in a department filled with older men. I'm afraid if my situation isn't corrected soon, I'll be dealing with it long term. My coworkers make the sort of jokes ...
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3answers
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how should i act with a colleague who is supposed to mentor me but he doesn't want to?

i have got a new job that needs a lot of training in the beginning. So our project manager always assign someone to mentor the new employees.my colleague, who is supposed to mentor me started teaching ...
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8answers
2k views

How do I deal with a co-worker who thinks his own shortcomings are funny?

I have a co-worker who constantly misses deadlines, hands in incomplete work, or claims that things he doesn't want to deal with are 'too hard'. For reasons beyond the scope of this question he will ...
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3answers
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How do I deal with a manager who perceives a quality problem as not as critical as I do?

I work in software development and have worked on two projects with the same piece of software being used in both, but each are slightly different with the second being built off the firsts code ...
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5answers
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Shared Fluorescent Light Problem

Our office is primarily lit by very intense, very annoying fluorescent lights, and I find that they give me a headache if I sit under them for too long. My resolution for this is to get a lamp with a ...
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2answers
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Dealing with a designer who won't accept feedback

I am a lone web developer in the company maintaining a legacy web application. My job is to maintain this site and implement changes as requested by our web designer. The problem is that the "web" ...
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8answers
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How should I tell a coworker their headphones are too loud?

I work in an open cubicle environment. We're no different than any other environment and things can get pretty noisy. Not all the time, but it's pretty standard for everyone to have a pair of ...
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6answers
1k views

What should I do with my perverted and gloomy colleague?

I have this colleague that I am close to at work although we work in different floors. He has been very supportive when I was having a difficult time with my colleagues in my department when I was ...
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1answer
271 views

Is it healthy to share our job opportunities with current colleagues? [closed]

I planned to move for better opportunity. iIn this case is it good for me to share this information with my colleagues? because all my colleagues were close to me. Of course, they are all different ...
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1answer
242 views

Late arrival to the project wants equal billing; how do I decline diplomatically?

I worked as the lead for a project (that involves other sites) for 3+ years. I got the project up and running. The project is now completed, but I was unwell towards the end of it and writing got ...
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1answer
794 views

Can't I say 'Anytime' in reply to a 'Thanks' from my manager? [closed]

There was a small issue at work. I solved it and notified my manager over IM. She said, 'Thanks, Vinay'. I replied her, 'Anytime' as I do with my other colleagues and friends. A colleague of mine ...
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3answers
931 views

How to deal with a colleague who wants to groom me for the job unsolicited?

I am working in a somewhat old startup with a team size of 10. In my opinion, all members are technically sound and work great as a team. A few months before I joined, another programmer joined the ...
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5answers
3k views

How can I ask a coworker about their salary package?

I may get a promotion in the upcoming month, and I want to know what sort of pay to expect or negotiate for. My senior colleague is in the same position I would be promoted to, and I would like to ...
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1answer
216 views

Endless code reviews, how to cope with those? [closed]

Everytime I write some code, for as simple and "non-critical" as it can be, I must submit a code review with a "senior" member of the team. The problem is: these code reviews are endless. I have code ...
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3answers
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How can I decline business-lunch invitations due to strict dietary restrictions?

I don't eat out at restaurants, I'm a strict vegetarian, and it's part of my faith. However, recently my manager invited me and other colleagues to a lunch. I don't want to be disrespectful and say ...
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1answer
869 views

How do I convince my boss to let me fix his computer [closed]

I've constructed a script for my office which needs to be run by every office computer. It works very well for everyone, but one, my manager (of course). The issue (without getting too technical) is ...
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2answers
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Quality checker added something wrong to my report which was originally correct. Should I explain or just say sorry? [closed]

I am assigned with preparing and distributing a routine weekly financial report; my senior coworker is assigned with double checking it before I send it out. My manager and the quality checker ...
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4answers
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Is it ok to ask former colleagues for feedback after being terminated?

I was recently fired from a job, and am struggling to understand why. The reasons given were unclear and contradictory, and management were defensive when I asked for detail - this was also my ...
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1answer
208 views

How to deal with a bad coworker [closed]

I started working in my current company in August 2013 and I have next to me a "coworker" who is doing the same job as I'm doing as a trainee. He started at the same period of time than me. Frist he ...
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1answer
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'Don't tell anyone' compromise

Multiple times I've been struggling with the following issue: Say colleague A chat with me about some kind of 'secret' (lets call it, X) about colleague B, and after he/she told me ask me: 'Please, ...
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1answer
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A co-worker is copying my personal projects [closed]

A co-worker is copying a project of mine I developed on my free time and walked him through (as education) so that he can learn the basics of SEO and can do similar stuff. I've heard from another ...
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6answers
507 views

How to gain respect from more experienced co-workers

I just finished my undergrad for college, and started my new job at a tech company. Most of my co-workers are 20, 30, or 40 years older than me. It seems like my status of being a fresh college ...
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2answers
315 views

How do I explain my trainee which is the correct task for him?

I have a trainee who is really enthusiastic and tries to do his best but has little work experiences. He is very sensitive. We have cut down his responsibilities due to his work-hours. He will get ...
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3answers
253 views

How to deal with a co-worker who preaches and is head strong?

What is the recommended way to handle with a co-worker who just constantly "preaches" his answer and does not "seem" to view the point of the view of others. My goal is to figure out how to get ...
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1answer
452 views

How to deal with an incompetent colleague?

The setup... A little more than a year ago, we started a search for a "rock star" developer. We had lost our legitimately brilliant lead developer to a start up. I was able to step in and fill his ...
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4answers
423 views

Conflict of knowledge with a colleague

An experienced (but in no way senior) developer has joined the same project as myself. He seems to know vastly more about the programming language we use, but on the other hand I feel I know more ...
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3answers
203 views

Is it appropriate not to complete a re-assigned task so that your colleague who did not do the work cannot claim credit in his or her resume [closed]

This colleague that I mention in my scenario (Handle colleague who don't do work and end up you doing your colleague work) have decided to leave the company because he/she have manage to find ...
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1answer
281 views

Changed position in department but others act as if I'm still doing my old job

After a key employee left, our department reorganized and I ended up in a different position within the department. Despite a company-wide announcement, some people continue to act as if I'm still ...
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2answers
359 views

Handle colleague who don't do work and end up you doing your colleague work

I have the following scenario - I have a colleague of mime who is appointed to perform the same equivalent task as me. However, this colleague love to say that how smart and clever was. this ...
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1answer
420 views

How to deal with rude senior after being shouted at? [duplicate]

I am working with a senior in my team. Recently, during a meeting, I was asking her a question that I doubt the methodology she proposed is necessary, and would like to make some suggestions. My ...
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2answers
417 views

Teammate ignores and excludes me

I'm very upset with the way my teammate has been behaving. I only have one teammate in my department and he's the first person I work with when I join the company. He was nice and helped me with ...
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3answers
990 views

Problems with loud, bossy colleague

I just graduated from college and started in this new company 6 months ago. I have a problem with a colleague at work. He is not well liked by other colleagues in the office. He's loud, bossy and ...