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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Answer to an email I didn't send

I've got one coworker from my company (working in another location than mine) who sent me an email as if I had already asked him something, but I didn't send any mail to him. I don't know him at all. ...
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3answers
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Efficient morning greetings [on hold]

The Scenario We're an small IT firm with 10 - 15 employees split into three different offices (A,B & C): Each morning as staff members arrive, they make their way through these offices in ...
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Is it best to move on after being harassed at work? [on hold]

If you read my previous posts I've been harassed and mistreated after returning from maternity leave. How can I stop my colleagues being disrespectful about my personal life choices? I submitted a ...
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10answers
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As a Brit working in America, how can I get my American colleagues to stop mocking my accent/spelling?

I am not a person of colour and I do not pretend to understand the struggle of those who endure racial discrimination, prejudice and persecution based on their race or ethnic background. However, ...
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1answer
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Cryptic message from colleague - am I about to be fired? [on hold]

I've been working at a software company for 6 months now (first job) and am a junior coder. I've been responsible for maintaining and developing a particular system by myself for 3 months but most of ...
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5answers
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Role of consultant/freelancer when co-worker/employee performs sub-standard work?

I've begun a 4-month freelance software position, as a senior engineer. The team is me, a manager and one full time dev. My question is, what should I do when the full time dev does things like; ...
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1answer
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Resources for communicating & dealing with “hot buttons” as a software developer? [on hold]

I'm a senior developer/consultant/freelancer, and I find that most positions entail being hired to "level up" the team. (A recent manager used this exact phrase.) But of course, a team of people isn't ...
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Extremely hot-headed project manager - how to improve communications?

[background] I have been working on a game and I handed it in for 3rd-party certification. They came back with a couple of issues which I fixed all but one. We had a question about the final issue and ...
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How to justify using a direct competitor's service

Let's say that I work for ABC Auto Insurance. Being a bit festive, I decided to ride my bike to work in observance of of Ride your Bike to Work Day, 5/15/2015. One of my coworkers pointed out that ...
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1answer
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How to keep a good relationship with your colleague when managment helped you by making a decision that hurt them?

Firstly, I'd like to maintain a good relationship with every colleague. I work in a supermarket that is open from 7 - 22 everyday of the year. I have quite a lot of colleagues so when somebody isn't ...
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Fpinishing stuff [duplicate]

How do you tell someone you don't want to work with them for a project without being Mean Ps they are one of my good friends and I want them to still like me but I also want to get it done well Wh ...
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4answers
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Should I Confront my Co-worker?

So I work at a help desk where I'm the only employee around and there is no supervisor for the majority of my shifts. My supervisor recently informed me that my co-worker (whose shift is directly ...
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Is there an ideal way to deal with a higher-level colleague who is wrong and aggressive?

I recently had an experience with a 'Principal Architect' (who has been with the company for 12 out of the 15 years its existence). He forwarded me a defect with a comment saying that it's caused by ...
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9answers
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How can I stop my colleagues being disrespectful about my personal life choices?

I've been disrespected since coming back from maternity leave. I am trying to get the behavior to stop and I want to feel comfortable at work even talking to them in general without massive details ...
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1answer
437 views

Best way to address an executive who interrupts a conversation with a colleague

The situation was as follows: I was at a company event carrying a casual conversation with a colleague when I was interrupted mid-conversation by an executive. To my recollection, the executive was ...
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Reporting to a friend

I am considering a position where I would be reporting to a close friend. Originally we were colleagues at different companies but in the same field, and now we have become close. (In this situation ...
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How to handle well meaning but immature colleague

I have a very junior colleague sitting to my right, he graduated 5 months ago and this is his first job, he works in a different team. I have been working for 10+ years. He is otherwise quite fine, ...
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When and how to tell colleagues that your's wife is pregnant? [closed]

One of my coworkers does not come to work this week. We only know from the manager that his wife is going to deliver soon. Clearly he chose not to divulge the surprise to anyone other than the ...
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Maintaining mentorship with a mentor who has a different problem solving style

Background: I'm a recent degree graduate and software developer. The company I work at has a relatively small team with 8 members. I'm the newest on the team and have been here 10 months. I get along ...
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2answers
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What can I do? My employer told a coworker that I complained about her [closed]

There is a coworker that will come in when she feels like it. She was 50 minutes late on Tuesday. My boss called and asked if we would like to go to a meeting with him. I told him as soon as she ...
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How to bring up lack of respect for junior developers to management? [closed]

I started out as a fresh grad in this game company as a QA and legacy game programmer. I was very happy to have the job and eager to learn but the poor attitude of the 'senior' devs shot me down. ...
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3answers
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How to properly ask for a reporting server? [closed]

I took a new job to help with work place productivity. I am finding it very difficult to ask for more efficient methods to be enacted. The major issue is creating dashboards. Hours and hours are spent ...
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How to deal with a bossy, micro-managing co-worker [duplicate]

I'm a web dev (mostly front-end/UX designer), at a small shop of less than 10. I was hired quite quickly as they had projects piling up and the previous person in my position had kind of left them ...
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3answers
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How to handle the situation where the scrum master is not supportive [closed]

Recently I joined a software company, working in an Agile team of 6 people. The Scrum Master in my team has less software experience than me, but based on his project management and client management ...
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2answers
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Want to do more at work, how to approach it? [duplicate]

I am 25 and I have freshly started to work in a risk management department of a bank in December 2014. In the beginning it was very stressful, because I worked in an IT project(I studied computer ...
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Resign (look for another job) or clear the air after bad mat leave return [closed]

I started working at my company right after university. I have a degree in math and physics and a diploma in computer programming. I work as a game developer. They found me on LinkedIn and approached ...
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3answers
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Project is due Monday but isn't finished because coworker didn't do his part. how do I explain this to manager without throwing blame on coworker? [closed]

My coworker and I were assigned a website development project. My team consists of me, my coworker and 4 other full time workers. I was the lead on this project. My coworker's task was to design a few ...
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1answer
395 views

Very Distanced From Coworkers [closed]

I feel very distanced from my colleagues. I'm not sure if it's just this company or all software places so I am seeking your opinion. Also, I think it gets in the way of productivity because no one ...
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Coworker keeps asking to see the baby

My daughter is now 7 months old and since I came back from maternity leave my female coworker keeps nagging at me to see the baby. I live over an hour and 10 mins from my work so to bring the baby in ...
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2answers
656 views

In Over my Head and High Expectations

I am currently working as a game developer. I am a recent grad (only graduated from university 2 years ago) and I seem to be in over my head. I did not even look for this job they found me on LinkedIn ...
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5answers
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How to respond to boss who wants to move regular meeting time due to daylight saving time?

I manage a team that has a brief meeting scheduled every day for the same time. My boss is invited to this meeting and is a valuable participant. However, my boss is in another country and the recent ...
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Career start at a firm with older colleagues [closed]

I just graduated and had entry interviews at a company. I noticed (not so surprisingly but still new to me) that most employees there are around 30-50 years old. As I am 26, I think I cannot relate ...
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A colleague owes me money. How do I / should I claim it back? [closed]

Some details: We're both young (<30 years) and university colleagues as well We bought something as a shared thing. It was my idea, but he agreed I need the money back. How should I remind him, ...
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Co-worker really upset at supervisor and manager for “shooting down” his suggestions / opinions and “lying to him”. How can I alleviate the situation? [closed]

I'm a student at a company and I work alongside another student (call him Jay. This is his first student work-term and has been here for 6 months). We work in the IT department. Both of us are ...
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1answer
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Perceived disrespect from other team [closed]

Where I work there are several software programming teams all focusing on different products using completely different technical stacks. I've noticed a somewhat disturbing pattern in that I perceive ...
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884 views

Hostility Towards New Employees

The software company I work for often hires junior developers when there is a lot if testing to be done and there is time/room for them to get up to speed. however the senior developers get extremely ...
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How do I effectively communicate with a co-worker who has Aspergers? [duplicate]

I strongly suspect that one of my co-workers has Aspergers. We are both programmers and he doesn't have any issues performing the technical requirements of the job, but I'm finding it extremely ...
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611 views

How to navigate small talk at work [closed]

While I genuinely like my coworkers it is still a workplace and you can only talk about neutral topics without interjecting personal opinions into the mix. You don't have 'freedom of speech' at work. ...
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1answer
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How can I deal with someone who is always nitpicking?

One of the developers of my team is causing a bit of "stress" inside the team. We are organized in an Agile team (we use Scrum), and we meet regularly, both for the various "ceremonies" (estimating ...
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2answers
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Should I point out someone else's failure? [closed]

The situation I'm working together with 2 persons on freelance basis. I've known both of them for a very long time already. One of them is a relative, which is why he doesn't want to work directly ...
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1answer
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No work being assigned in office [duplicate]

I know that similar kind of questions have already been answered before, but I have a slightly different situation and would appreciate a suggestion. Pardon me for the lengthiness. I am a Software ...
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Contacting Colleagues outside of work hours

I would like to know what is the consensus regarding etiquette on contacting coworkers outside work hours, for example in the evening on a work night (Mon-Fri). If one is working collaboratively on a ...
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1answer
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Multiple leads with conflicting interests? How to manage them?

I have been recruited for a Project by my current Organization. This Organization is client for my Employer. My Employer is vendor to this Organization. This project belongs to a Department, Lets ...
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9answers
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I think I smelled whiskey in a colleague's cup at work. What’s the right way to approach this?

So I was helping a colleague to fix a bug and definitely smelled whiskey in his cup. I have no idea what my company’s policy is on alcohol while working, but can only assume it’s frowned upon. We ...
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2answers
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Declining reoccurring informal team events

Possibly related to this thread about declining participation. However I don't feel like the answers fully suit my case, and as the details are different, so perhaps the answers will be. I am ...
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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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How to deal with an ultra competitive colleague [closed]

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, ...