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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Colleague refusing to justify decisions for reasons unknown

My company hired a remote freelancer to do some work (let's call him Joe). Joe's great at doing so, really quick and at a fair price. He's given us documentation about the process he followed, and is ...
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2answers
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What are the pros and cons of letting colleagues know about very good grades?

I am currently employed as a working student in a German based company. We have mostly German employees but also quite a few international people working there. I think I have a good relationship with ...
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3answers
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How to deal with colleague who takes excessive work breaks? [duplicate]

A colleague of mine takes long toilet breaks several times a day without fail. I am not sure whether I should tell his manager that he is slacking, or confront him and tell him to seek medical help. ...
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4answers
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Telling someone they are horrible at making coffee

In my office we have a coffee machine that was my idea to get. The VP was nice enough to go out and buy one on the company dollar, and she also supplies the Milk/Sugar/Coffee grinds as well. Now I ...
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15answers
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How to deal with a nit-picky coworker

I'm a self-taught software developer here. I am wondering if anyone has advice about how to handle a coworker (with about 1 month of experience at my workplace compared to my 18 months) who takes ...
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7answers
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Is it rude to email a coworker that I expect him to do something?

I recently told a coworker on a different team in an email (with 10 people on CC as part of the conversation): I expect you to talk to me regarding [issue], and not wait for things to happen. ...
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3answers
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Should employees threaten resignation to get better benefits? If that seems to be the way in organization [closed]

I'm seeing management giving employees more travel opportunity, better packages, and/or promotion when employees hand in a resignation letter or if the organization suspects they are planning on ...
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2answers
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Rumors and false accusations [closed]

I have been at a start up in Europe for a year. A friend brought me over to be design and technology architect lead of my department. Ever since our office filled with employees I have had a problem ...
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2answers
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How to deal with chauvinist remarks?

I am working in an environment where very few women are present. Personally, I am in a team with 4 male co-workers. Every now and then they make sexist and stereotypical remarks about women (or gay ...
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5answers
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How can I best respond to “reasonable” personal questions from co-workers?

I am engaged, but we are not planning to get married for at least a couple years, for our own financial reasons which I don't feel like explaining. I work in a fairly small and close workplace where ...
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2answers
393 views

Overly Competitive Coworker

I work in a small team of software developers and we all get along quite well. There is however one junior coworker who continues to intrude im my duties and tasks. He will work well over what ...
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1answer
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9 months into a new job and i want to quit. How can i improve the situation? [closed]

I am having a lot of difficulties at my job. I liked it for the first 6 months and now I hate it and want to quit. I am an intermediate web developer at a large company making an internal product ...
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3answers
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Friend/Co-Worker isn’t a Fan of my Girlfriend

Recently I have encountered a problem. I am part of a group in my workplace almost from the time I started working at my firm. We have obviously become close friends and know about not only our ...
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2answers
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Co-worker seems to be trying to sow discord on his way out. Inform HR?

I have a co-worker on a peer level with me. He is a term employee and the company has opted to not extend his term. He will be done at the end of the month. The company line is that there is not ...
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1answer
165 views

How should i handle my co-worker? [closed]

I work in the medical field and i need some advice. Does a coworker have the right to tell you which patient to room? Tell you to hurry up? Even though the doctor isn't behind with his schedule? ...
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4answers
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My manager has read out my Resignation Letter to my work colleagues, what should I do? [closed]

I handed in my resignation letter due to being ill after getting knocked down by a car. I received two messages from two of my work colleagues stating that my manager had read out my resignation ...
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2answers
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Co-worker spends most of time searching for problems in others work

One of my co-workers spends big part of his time in analyzing the others work. He looks for glitches like forgotten outdated comments in the code, design decisions that could be more optimal while ...
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4answers
259 views

New to Company – Potential Overbearing Peer Problem

I've recently been recruited into a large organisation in the UK as part of a huge hiring drive the business has engaged in with regards to their development function. I'm a Senior Developer, and my ...
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11answers
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Managing “workplace martyrs”

I have some employees who will pick up any task that falls by the wayside, take on tasks or responsibilities that other people should be doing but aren't, and end up doing all the things no-one else ...
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6answers
638 views

How can I react to bad suggestions without offending the person making them?

I do marketing/web site management for a small business of 15 employees. A colleague from a completely different department is routinely suggesting bad ideas for the website. The latest example was ...
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4answers
756 views

My coworkers think I'm over 21 and offered me a beer, I accepted it… What do I do now?

So here's the story. I'm 19 and just got a job at a small park in the middle of nowhere. There are less than 20 people working at this place, and I deal with them every day. Since everyone I work with ...
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2answers
540 views

How to deal with an office environment where everyone speaks a different language?

I'm working overseas and almost all of my colleagues speak another language (their native language). They talk to me in English regarding work-related stuff and everyone speaks English during meetings....
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2answers
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How to get better at office politics? [closed]

I'm a an employee in the UK with almost 3 years experience in the software sector. I think I'm pretty naive at office politics and at building certain type of office relationship. I believe there ...
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3answers
957 views

Conflicting work practices with colleague

Background: I work in a small group of web developers for a website project. The project is growing significantly, and our leader had added a new developer in. I largely work on the front-end aspect (...
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10answers
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Working with another intern who does nothing? [duplicate]

I'm working as a software engineering intern at a corporate company. I'm ecstatic for this opportunity and trying my hardest to read code, ask questions, make mistakes and learn. However, I'm paired ...
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5answers
771 views

How to deal with colleagues who explain things I already know?

I am a programmer and my colleague is a scientist, we are similar ages and at the same seniority. Neither of us have a background in economics, though I have studied some economics out of interest. ...
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6answers
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What do I say to my manager if he asked me about a colleague's raise?

So my boss asked me to come to his office to take my opinion about a raise that my colleague asked for earlier. This colleague started only months ago but he proved that he is very good at it. Took ...
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1answer
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How do I stop being seen as a rookie with something that I am quite knowledgeable in? And treated as such?

I have been working in an agile environment for the past year and a half (PHP, Java). Before that I was an apprentice with the company I work for, for a long while where I learnt how to make websites (...
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5answers
239 views

How to work with senior colleagues who always seem to have an upper saying?

I work with some senior colleagues, some of them have over 25 years of experience and I have around 5 years. One of them is my boss and he always seem to override whatever I say during meetings and in ...
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15answers
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How to answer professionally to coworkers who tease me because I am vegan?

I have been in this company for one year but still, being the sole developer, I haven't had many occasions to talk a lot with my coworkers and we haven't even had many chances to chit-chat that much. ...
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2answers
271 views

I feel left out of a decision - should I contact the project manager?

I am part of a team on a project that is about to start in the next few weeks. While I was away on vacation, a colleague of mine was appointed to the role of Scrum Master. I felt bad when I came to ...
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7answers
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How to respond to caste-based discrimination in the workplace?

India is a place where people from different communities, religions live together. More than 80% (around 1 Billion) of country's total population (1.2 Billion) is of Hinduism religion. Our country has ...
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2answers
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Team member falling asleep: who to talk to first as an external consultant?

So, here's the situation: In our project team, there are some smaller subteams. We're with two in ours: my colleague who's an employee me, an external consultant, also 'team lead' responsible for ...
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3answers
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Problems in Concentration Due to Pregnancy

I am currently 5 months pregnant and work in a tech company. We have an open seating area for the engineering department and this is where I sit as well. I have just received my semi annual review a ...
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7answers
771 views

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
347 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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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
2k views

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
627 views

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
592 views

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. ...