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 does one handle split-minded people?

Let me give you some back story. Recently a kickass tech company offered internships when they visited our campus. Everyone applying for the internship was to go through the campus' screening process ...
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What are your experiences with wearing headphones at the office? [on hold]

What is your experience with headphones that you wear at the office? What could be improved?
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How to deal with an ultra competitive colleague

I have a colleague who is competing for my work, wants to be in all my meetings, even wants my office. I'm finding this very distracting - is it better to give in and let her have what she wants or ...
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How to deal with a coworker's lack of motivation due to them retiring in a few months?

(This is an education setting, not a business per se, so keep in mind some things work differently) My coworker will be retiring in a few months, but is driving me crazy. Her personal tasks are ...
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How to encourge unemployed friends to take part in a home project to enhance their resumes?

I have at least two unemployed friends, and though they live near by, they're both depressed and won't come to my house to work on a mutually beneficial tech project. I would like them to learn from ...
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Connecting on Linkedin with people from other companies you work with

Say your company works for others. In a certain moment, you are involved in some of these businesses, by being present in negotiations and setting up the final product in the client offices. There, ...
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deal with a coworker who just didn't seem to get it

We have recently hired a new mid-level QA person, and the in the first few weeks, he did fine and seemed to catch up decently in training/learning of the product. When we finally assigned him "real" ...
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Unable to mingle with coworkers even after a couple of years

I am a test engineer, and have switched my company a couple of years back. I had a very good rapport with people in my team, during the five years I worked in a previous company. However, the ...
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How do deal with a rude co-worker as a new hire?

I started my new position just under a month ago. I was hired by a senior manager, whom my manager reports to, but never spoke with my current team during the interview process. My manager is ...
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Managing conflict with coworkers to relieve a hostile work environment [closed]

I work for a small software development team, and recently things have started getting extremely uncomfortable for me at work. We have a couple of girls who seem overly dramatic for no reason at ...
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Why does wearing a tie in a casual office cause tension? [closed]

I'd like to think that I coined this term, "Tie Anxiety". It occurs in an office environment where people who normally don't wear ties are seen wearing ties. How common is this and what is the ...
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Business partner suddenly makes opposite demands of what we had agreed on [closed]

I'm one of three members of a rather small German startup (online shop with around 100.000 sales per year). My partners and me met during our IS studies and decided to start a business together (while ...
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How handle a situation in which a domain-expert has fabricated his history of expertise?

I work in a large multinational which is experimenting in new forms of project management. We have invested a great deal of trust to an individual who is training members of staff. He was hired ...
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Boss's son does no work at all, how to handle it [duplicate]

We have a colleague who, quite frankly, does not work. The only exception is when the boss asks him to do a specific job; in this instance, he will do it (although usually in 5 minutes but make out ...
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How to handle manager who doesn't know how to manage well? [closed]

Let's say you have a project manager. They don't have any training in management because, unlike at some big companies, the management at this company does not require experience to become a manager. ...
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2answers
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How to deal with an bad project manager? [closed]

I am in charge of producing web applications, internal software, and other apps at MEGACOMPANY. I have pretty good say on these projects and can work on what I want within reason but at the same time ...
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Coworker is overcomplicating a project to the extreme - and I'll be forced to maintain if I don't speak up - What do I do? [closed]

I am a software engineer and one of my coworkers is going off the deep end - I can identify pattern obsession tendencies, misapplication of programming models (async-await for a list needed on the ...
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What to say when you hear that your colleague is quitting the job? [closed]

What will be the best way to express the feeling when you hear that your colleague is leaving the job.
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Possible reasons for coworkers keeping files off our server? [closed]

In my department, call it dep. A, we have a policy of keeping everything that might be important on the company server. For a while now, we have dep. B in the company - at start only new hires - who ...
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2answers
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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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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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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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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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2answers
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...