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 tell someone to be more concise and message me less frequently?

I'll try and keep this short and concise to avoid "venting", rather than explaining. Long story short, I use skype to communicate with someone my company has contracted with. I am a programmer and he ...
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14answers
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How to politely tell someone to stop explaining?

It happens occasionally, that I come across something I don't know how to do, and I need someone to show me. So I ask Bob for help, because Bob knows this stuff, and he comes over and starts ...
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8answers
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How should I maintain a professional relationship with female coworkers?

I am a recently graduated engineer and have just joined a small software company in India. Our company is divided into project teams that are further divided into groups of three people. My first ...
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2answers
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How to deal with a messy laboratory space? [closed]

I work in a small r&d company where we do a lot of prototyping and fabrication. All the mechanical work (cutting, soldering, etc) takes place in a single area of the room. The problem is that ...
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1answer
313 views

Manager watches through CCTV [closed]

I am currently outsourced to a agency. I work in place where they are tons of CCTV. For example, even now, behind my desk there's a CCTV to monitor. That is fine. When I step out for a short ...
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1answer
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Is being asked to remove all personal belongings retaliation? [closed]

After I complained about harassment the office manager was extremely angry with me and told me to remove all photos of my child from the office space. I only had one avatar photo of my daughter on my ...
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4answers
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How do you convince a colleague clean up workspace without being his boss?

I have a colleague who works with his hands on our product testing; however, his lack of workspace organization and a clean up protocol leaves much to be desired. Most of what I'm talking about is ...
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2answers
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My company wants us to recognize our coworkers' performance and reward the people with the most “votes”

I work for a small software company. A new system being instituted as a part of performance reviews is to ask if you want to recognize any coworkers for their contributions. The people with the most ...
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2answers
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How to adjust yourself where your colleagues are not understanding to you?

I work in a company where electronic circuit parts are manufactured and assembled. I am in the assembly department. We are team of 15 junior and 2 seniors. I have newly joined and working as junior ...
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2answers
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How to deal with coworkers holding something private and not work related against you?

I told my boss I was pregnant at 4 months, but not my other coworkers until about 6.5 - 7 months. In my country, it's customary to wait past the 3 month stage. I now have a few issues to deal with: ...
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4answers
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found out ex colleague I don't like is interviewing at my company [closed]

I discovered that an ex-colleague I worked with within a "toxic" team is now interviewing at the place I work now. What do I do ? Context: So a year ago I joined company A as a contractor to join a ...
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1answer
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What can I about coworkers that slurp and smack their food in the office? [duplicate]

When lunch time hits at our close office space, a majority of my coworkers tend to very loudly enjoy their meal. The amount of slurping and chewing noises is amazing. All these noises with the saliva, ...
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7answers
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What do I do if a co-worker is leaving early frequently while the boss is out?

We are a team of 10 people, and one of them is leaving early. They are supposed to work 8:00 hours like everyone else but they are working about 7:30. Our manager is out of office till next month. ...
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3answers
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How can I ask my colleagues to do something?

I am 20 and student and I work part-time in a medium-size company. I don't have very specific job there. I am computer guy there and I do everything that somehow relates to computer there. I don't ...
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5answers
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What happens if I poison a co-worker who has been stealing my food? [closed]

I must have the worst luck. Not only have I been feeling rather 'backed up*' lately but someone at work has also been stealing my sandwiches! I’m not looking for help on either of these issues ...
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0answers
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How does one deal with an excessively noisy colleague? [duplicate]

Here is the situation. I work in an open-plan office. Tables are put together in small groups. The group where I sit is composed of 5 people. One of them, unfortunately, has some rather noisy habits. ...
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2answers
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How can I convince my co-workers to join the union?

I work in a small IT company. There are a number of changes and improvements in working conditions that I and my co-workers would like to have management make. However, my co-workers insist on ...
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5answers
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How to deal with the team members who always turn a blind eye to this joker who mocks me [closed]

I'm from india and my workplace consists of people across india, meaning that people of different mother languages come to work in the same workplace. Recently when I and my team mates were ...
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8answers
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Are such religious references typical for US-based companies or should I be worried?

I was shown a job ad at StackOverflow from a US-based company which had caught my eye. Now, I don't have any immediate plans to move to US, but I do check out opportunities from time to time. Besides, ...
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5answers
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Should I mention a coworker working on personal projects to my manager? [duplicate]

In short, a coworker is working on short stories / novels during his down time at work. While I have looked at this question, I think it's different in that his writing is definitely for profit, not ...
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5answers
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How to professionally 'dodge' ex girlfriend's/boyfriend's work emails?

So my ex girlfriend and I work at the same public organisation. I no longer wish to speak to her and have blocked her on all personal social media etc. However, she can email me at work. Naturally I ...
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2answers
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How to handle a coworker's breath odor? [duplicate]

I work in an office of 6 or 7 people a day. I absolutely like everyone and it is a really nice place (seriously). I want to stay here a long time and continue working with the same people. I have a ...
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3answers
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What are the benefits of being outspoken? [closed]

I'm a Software Engineer working in an Outsourcing company in Asia. This morning, my boss was talking to me in a private meeting about a coworker: "I like his style, civilized, just like a ...
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1answer
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Team member showing off other's work

One of my friends work in a good firm in an MNC. He is hard working and sharp guy. He seems to love the work he is doing but he always complains about somethings which I can not properly answer. One ...
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4answers
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How to handle subpar developers [closed]

I have co-workers who are supposedly senior engineers, device driver developers, firmware engineers who have been working on Linux based systems for 5 or more years and 20 years or more in total. But ...
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2answers
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How can i convince my workmates that we need natural light in the room [closed]

We have the IT room (5mx4m) where 6 people work inside it. This room used to be a conference room, so not much time was spent there back in those days, so no complain until then. The problem is that ...
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1answer
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How to clue in a colleague to act more “politically intelligent”?

One of my Colleagues, recently promoted to a team leader position has been putting management's nose out of joint recently by querying silly things. First off, she queried the company policy re: ...
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1answer
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Colleague Playing Dirty - Stealing Best Team Members for His Team Alone

I have a colleague who's great when it comes to talking but is actually not very good in the work he does. This guy has the support of the management and is ready to do whatever it takes to make his ...
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5answers
16k views

New colleague is a smoker; I can hardly breathe near him

To be explicit: this is my problem. I'm not "blaming" the new guy (actually he's rather nice). That said ... I'm allergic to smoke. When I was younger, I went "out on the town" only once or twice a ...
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11answers
14k views

Co-worker regularly placing his foot on my desk - how to get out of the situation?

A certain co-worker of mine has a habit of placing his foot on my desk while conversing with me. My desk is an L shape and where he stands is not across the desk from me, but at the end of one of the ...
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3answers
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Getting heard from departments I need a feedback from

My problem is actually quite simple, but I haven't figured out a solution yet. I work in a company where is very important to correctly measure things (I cannot disclose what they are). Being in ...
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8answers
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How to behave with women in my company when it's International Women's Day?

Today I woke up and remembered that today is International Women's Day. I am not exactly the person who likes to greet and give wishes to everyone, and I am often kinda embarrassed when I have to do ...
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1answer
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Coworker has an extremely annoying habit, how should I handle it? [duplicate]

At the company where I work, we recently started a new project, and I've been assigned to a new team. One of the members of this team is a fellow from India, however the site is located in Europe. ...
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3answers
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Newly hired, Must mediate between two colleagues

I've recently accepted a position with a small, 25-person company as their technical director. I am to work closely with the creative director (CD) and the digital project manager (PM) in scoping, ...
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1answer
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If management doesn't care about harassement does it mean they don't care if you quit? [closed]

If you have been subjected to long term harassment and they refuse to categorize the behavior as bullying or harassment despite the fact that by object measures it was, does that mean they don't care ...
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5answers
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How to deal with a coworker that shuts me down?

I have a coworker that works in a different department than me that I frequently consult with to perform my duties. For example if I need something changed on the server, they are the one I need to ...
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1answer
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How do you approach potential harassment witnesses? [closed]

I was harassed by my direct supervisor at my old company. The harassement was all verbal and there were potential witnesses but few direct. For example, there were people within hearing ...
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3answers
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Helping colleague's annoying behavior [closed]

One of my colleagues is helping me on a project, as he has prior experience with such a project, and the product is pretty new for all involved. I asked him about small doubts I had during the ...
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2answers
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What should my company's policy be about “vaping”? [closed]

I have a few coworkers in my office that vape or use e-cigarettes frequently. They do this inside while I am in the same office with them. I am concerned about potential health concerns that may ...
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3answers
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How to deal with constant non-work-related interruptions [closed]

I work in an open plan office and due to the location of where I sit, I am constantly being interrupted with non work related trivia when people get bored i.e. chat while people are getting something ...
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9answers
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My colleagues feel that I go into discussions too aggressively - how do I fix this?

One of the main feedback points I got from my performance review was that my colleagues complained/commented that they feel that I go into discussions too aggressively, that I try to push through on ...
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3answers
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Is it common to work as a developer without having the possility to know vital things in the project? [closed]

A bit of background: I am one of the two software developers in my company and we are currently working with C++ on embedded machines. My co-worker is working with C since a lot of time and now my ...
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3answers
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Coworker who likes to take credit for work that is not theirs [duplicate]

I am someone who likes to believe that it is important for all members in a team to give and receive credit where credit is due, but recently these ideas have been put to challenge in my office. You ...
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2answers
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How can I make sense of this communication style? [closed]

During the exit interview I mentioned that I wanted to quit just 6 months into my job because the senior developers did not want to mentor me or even answer my questions at times and it was getting in ...
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10answers
26k views

My manager told me to stop helping a (supposedly) underperforming coworker. What are my options?

A bit of background I'm a junior female developer working for a telecommunications company. Shortly after I started, another young woman joined the team. Our manager sat us together with the ...
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6answers
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How to deal with co-workers expressing opinions that I find offensive? [duplicate]

Some of my coworkers complain about their children and how horrible their lives are because of their children. I find this behavior to be very offensive and disgusting for a variety of reasons. How ...
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5answers
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How to deal with incompetent lead?

Alright, so we are a two people team directly reporting to our director. I have 4-5 years of experience and my teammate has 20+ years of experience. For obvious reasons he is my lead. We both are ...
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3answers
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Conflicting information regarding acceptable practice. How to determine if doing something with permission will hurt me?

I worked from home in the month of December for two weeks with my manager's permission. My manager also allowed me to work from home for the next two weeks. A month after this happened a colleague ...
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4answers
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I'm working with a startup who's CTO/lead developer is essentially at a junior developer level, how to make it work? [closed]

I'm currently working with a startup on a contract developer basis, evenings and weekends. They have one other developer, who also happens to be the CTO. There is also a CEO and a CFO, who aren't ...
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3answers
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Can anything be done about an atmosphere of finger pointing?

I'm on a project that I would have loved. Before I started at the company, somebody estimated the budget and timeline for the project, and they made the estimates absurdly low. The project is hugely ...