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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coworker very sarcastic and negative demeanor [duplicate]

Someone I work with is a huge smart aleck. It's really annoying and we just got a new employee and he's harassing him too. For example: other: "Where do the build files go to?" him: "They don't go ...
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how to deal in a situation which demands to chose between being well organized and being fairly organized but quick [closed]

i work in a fast paced environment and we have really tight deadlines. theres always a gamble between being organized and being fast. I am unable to do both with the standards i keep for myself for ...
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How can I correct someone's incorrect use of a term in my field?

Background: Why is terminology important? Someone once told me -- possibly a math professor -- that what separates the amateurs from the professionals is that the professionals in a field use ...
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6-months internship has nothing to do with what was promised [migrated]

Since sept 2013, I have been doing a Masters in mathematical finance. Our course requires us to do an off-cycle internship of 5 months minimum (typically, from April to September). During this ...
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Colleague not working the hours he's scheduled

I work in end user support at a very small company (less than 10 people). We have 1 supervisor for everyone, who is also the owner of the startup. Another end user support agent is scheduled to come ...
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Handling culture difference in multinational workplace

Last week, a coworker, my boss and I went on a 4-day business trip to China. It was fun, for the most part. However, things got rather awkward when our business partners took us out to dinner. They ...
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Under what circumstances is it OK to tell your colleagues where you will be going after a resignation?

Is it ever a good idea to tell which company you will be moving on to? to your boss? your colleagues? Many of them will know soon via social networking (I.E. linkedin), but those aren't the ones that ...
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how to deal with a colleague who doesnt tell me about my mistakes in person, but always does it in front of other people [duplicate]

I have a colleague who has one year more experience than me and probably from other bigger companies. When she joined our team, I thought I would learn a thing or two from her. When I told her that ...
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A colleague borrowed a book, then took home without permission. How can I get it returned? [closed]

A colleague borrowed a work-related book (value ~£30) a few months back. Recently I went to ask for it back, but they had taken it home without permission. For the past two weeks they 'keep ...
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How to respond better to criticism or challenge?

My line managers are in agreement that I present a natural flair for sales, marketing and personal relationships. I can present engagingly to an audience of 400 persons or more and I can build strong ...
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Working with others who do not have a work life balance? [closed]

I work in an engineering environment with very smart people. However, with some co-workers, I get the feeling that if you have a dynamic mainstream life outside of work, you are not a real engineer. ...
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Should I report to HR and involve others if I am being wrongly accused of theft?

Today something weird happened to me at work - I was accused of stealing a ring by my company's security personnel. Of course, I didn't do it; I even helped my colleague to try to find the ring. My ...
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Yearly employee evaluation: said good things about myself and a few bad things about my co-worker [closed]

A few days ago I had my yearly employee's evaluation, during which we have to report what we have accomplished, what good and bad things have happened, and evaluate ourselves on a scale of 0 to 10. At ...
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2answers
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Deal with subpar colleague [duplicate]

I work in a relatively high-paying and high-pressure SAAS company on a legacy (no tests) c++ backend component that is critical to the business. A flaw in this component could easily result millions ...
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How to deal with a colleague who has very bad hygiene? [duplicate]

I took up a new job as software engineer where I share a generous room with another person. We interact with each other respectfully and professionally and he is doing great work as far as I am ...
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1answer
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Written warning given to me for something that someone else in a very similar position got away with completely, help! [closed]

So I was handed a written warning for my alleged conduct with a colleague. It was claimed that I had sworn during a discussion with a nurse. BTW didn't. The colleague put in a complaint and got her 2 ...
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Resolving awkward situation with flaky co-worker

How would you approach this? I have a male acquaintance that I work with who pulled some flaky stuff while trying to meet with me for a social event (not related to work) - this person set the time to ...
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Letting employee know he's too comfortable (“cavalier”)?

One of our more senior workers is very comfortable at work. So much so that a lot of very small mistakes are being made that when they cascade turn into pretty big issues. Other workers are ...
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How to deal with sending wedding invitations [closed]

I am getting married next year and want to invite some co-workers to my wedding because I have a friendly connection with them. I work at an open floor plan and we lunch with about 15 people every ...
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Awkward around some managers [duplicate]

I'm a shy person in his first job. There are two things that I can't deal with very well: the first is talking to a large groups of people, the second is talking to some of my managers. Two examples: ...
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1answer
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How do you “confront” your manager if you believe he wronged you?

I am looking for an advice from more experienced than I am. In my current team I was working in a project for quite a long time, mainly doing maintenance (unfortunately) and I believed that I had a ...
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Showing Gratitude for “Free” Carpooling in Germany

I grew up in the United States and am still pretty unfamiliar with German customs and social interactions. I am currently working as an intern in a moderately large company in Germany. It's about a 40 ...
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Writing a report that may compromise someone else's job

This is an ethical question mostly. A colleague and I have made some observations recently about some reports that are done (and then reviewed) with absolutely no added value since the (internal) ...
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10answers
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Junior colleague is questioning my methodology in front of client

My junior colleague and I attend a meeting every week. Last week I was giving a presentation about the proposed work to be done and my colleague questioned my methodologies in front of the client. At ...
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Annoying colleague with self control problems [duplicate]

I have this little annoying problem at my workplace. I work as web developer, mostly with a system backend. Most of my work revolves around thinking about security issues and validations, and data ...
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How do I stop a rude co-worker from making aggressive/rude/embarrassing comments and keep my respect?

I am a manager with several direct reports. My manager also manages another team. One of his direct reports is continually rude to me in front of other employees. We have a work from home policy, and ...
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Is it OK to ask colleagues to leave if they're sick?

I can't stand it when someone that sits near me comes in when they're sick. All day long I listen to them sniffle and cough and I just sit there and wonder how long until they pass their germs on to ...
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1answer
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The Guy just won't shut up! [duplicate]

I work for a software company in a busy office, obviously there will be some noise and distractions but the most prominant and most annoying is a colleague (For arguments sake let's call him John) who ...
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How to avoid fighting with co-worker over power outlet

My coworker and I share a standard US power outlet with a fan we both use plugged into it. I plug my lamp into the other part of the outlet, but my co-worker keeps unplugging my lamp so that he can ...
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How to get praise from customers?

I work in the consulting firm of a big concern with different departments. Inside these departments are really big differences in speed, quality, consumer service etc. My department is well known and ...
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What can I do? Does anyone have any advice? [closed]

I work in part of a branch of companies. One of my colleagues (Sarah) told me that a manager (Liam) had in the past made sexual advances towards her and she was uncomfortable about it and didn't know ...
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How do you counter the argument that “Arrogance isn't a blocker”? [closed]

We (a group of developers and managers) were discussing whether we should hire a certain candidate. There were several interviewers from different nations (American, Britain, and the Middle East). ...
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How to react to a co-worker who tries to be funny, but isn't?

We have a new guy at our office who several times a day makes a funny remark or joke. Unfortunately his jokes are about as funny as small talk is interesting and I am not sure how I should react. I ...
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How can I get my colleagues to stop interrupting me?

I am the youngest and the least experienced member of my team of eight. Everyone else has at least six years' experience. I have been observing that, for a long time now, whenever I try making a ...
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2answers
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Being at a higher position than colleagues who have been with company longer than you

I am soon going to be starting a job in where I will be significantly younger and less experienced than my colleages, who have been with the company for much longer, yet I will be in a higher position ...
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Should I Just Deal With Interruptions?

I'm a lead developer of a 6 person software team. Among the applications we develop are some that are used for in-house operations. As lead, I'm a resource to the other developers and a liaison to ...
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How to request colleagues not to celebrate your birthday

Many organizations and teams try to organize something for a person's birthday as a sign of showing care and interest in their employees. If there is a particular reason that a person doesn't want ...
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How to deal with an intern who puts no effort in her work?

There is an intern who I am responsible for this summer. But apparently she isn't interested in the job. I gave her a research assignment which is needed for her following assignments. I told her ...
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How to decline a colleague's requests for a drive home?

I have a colleague that asked me for a ride home once because he had to get home in a hurry, so I gave him a lift. Now yesterday he asked for a ride home again, and while I did give him a lift, I ...
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How can I correct an elder team member without causing offence?

I am working for a consulting firm and they employed me at their client location for their client project. My team consists of different team members who are also employed from different organizations ...
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2answers
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How to deal with lying co-worker who misrepresents issues or makes up scenarios

I've come in contact with a situation recently at work where a co-worker I formerly worked with in an old position has been misrepresenting or creating tension by lying about situations of contact ...
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Bad coworker work reflecting on me

Similar to How to deal with a bad coworker but my case is not about behaviour but rather about incompetence. Context: Our team is charged of designing and developping reports for the finance ...
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How can I recommend that a colleague be excluded from my team?

The background My colleague and I were hired as leads on a new data warehousing team. She does great in meetings, knows the right questions to ask and appears very competent in customer-facing ...
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Chit chat with one coworker but not the other

In a room of software developers, another dev and myself sometimes chitchat if we find something interesting. With no explicit declaration, we limit the talk to just a few seconds and only if it is ...
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2answers
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How to deal with a job which is very demanding and might be under-eligible for doing it?

I am constantly feeling overwhelmed in this job and there is never a sense of comfort. I remember being someone who liked challenges, but one at a time. My job is really good for someone who is ...
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How to deal with a team that does not let me talk or count my opinions, but later go through the same situation i was warning them of? [closed]

I am in a team that has very experienced members and I am the youngest in terms of knowledge and newbie in terms of domain knowledge. I have seen a pattern of us as a team overcommitting to work that ...
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What are the best ways of working with dominant personalities?

I often notice I tend to butt heads with other people who have ostentatious dominant personalities. I've only started to notice this because I know I can collaborate better with others who aren't this ...
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How do I evaluate “getting along” in an interview? Should I even try?

I just returned from an interview that I felt I did sufficiently good, except for one thing that kind of bugged me: Towards the end of the interview, the Manager says: "Well, since you're just two ...
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How to deal with a situation where a new team mate's experience makes him ramp up more easily and quickly as compared to yourself [closed]

I have been in this team for about 8 months now, as a consultant. I got into a project that did not give me sufficient time to know the domain know how in detail. I had to perform with the limited ...
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How to handle a coworker who likes arguing to cause conflict

At several jobs I've had a colleague that I had to work with who liked to argue over pointless things. It can be very frustrating and time consuming and is never productive, and usually is only ...