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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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

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 handle a rude coworker?

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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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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1answer
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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? [on hold]

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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5answers
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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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10answers
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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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6answers
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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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4answers
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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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3answers
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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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1answer
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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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1answer
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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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2answers
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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 ...
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How to prepare for an interview for promotion when a close colleague has also applied?

Next week, I am being interviewed to become a manager with my current employer. It will be my first management role after 13 years of experience as a customer service advisor. I accepted the ...
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How to suggest that faults in my work also exist in my colleague's work, but are undiscovered?

My situation is as follows, I am an entry level programmer having been assigned my first real project. I'm supposed to be part of a 3 man team which develops a new part of the application, the others ...
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3answers
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How can I stop my coworkers from teasing me with another coworker?

Some background: I am a software programmer and is responsible for a whole system that is being used by mostly the girl from another department. Since she mostly use a system that I alone handle, we ...
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10answers
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How to handle demoralization caused by a slacker in the team?

I recently started working a programming contract at a company, and initially everything was going fine. I was very focused, I came in on time every day and got a load of work done, and never let ...
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9answers
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How do I tell a colleague that I don't want to add him to Facebook?

I consider Facebook to have information that is personal and that I only share with close friends and family. However, in my new workplace I’ve been asked several times for my Facebook username and/or ...
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Should I tell my new boss that one of my team is leaving for my old job? [duplicate]

Strange situtation: I'm in the process of leaving my company (company A) for a new role as a team leader (company B). While helping interview for my replacement, I've just discovered that someone ...
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Helping anxious coworkers by becoming a better instructor

I have coworkers who are really eager to agree with what you say, but don't really listen. I can be explaining how something works, or instructing them on certain procedures, and they will quickly ...
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Dealing with a hostile work environment.

Setting: I'm a 45 years old Iranian woman. A year ago I got hired in a hospital as a professional worker. I got training in the morning and made a couple of friends. When I was getting trained in ...
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Is it Bad Form to use an Ecigarette or Vaporizor in the office?

I am a software developer and some of my co-workers took up e-cigarettes (vaping) in the office to replace their cigarette habits. I did the same thing after getting manager approval. I asked my ...
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What to do about a colleague who likes to embarrass you? [closed]

Over time I became friends with a colleague who is the assistant of my manager. We are not in the same team but we have to communicate at work. I have noticed that when we are outside of work (ex: ...
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2answers
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How do I deal with getting blamed for my coworker's sloppy code?

You may recently have seen my question How do I tell a coworker he's wrong? Well the time has come where I got a long email being blamed for sloppy coding done by said coworker. I'm not a ...
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How to properly play the seniority card?

I have a co-worker who is talented and technically competent but a has trouble accepting direction from others. We need to make two major changes to a system. Based on my experience, I have ...
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How can I improve my relationship with a senior coworker who thinks that I'm worthless? [closed]

Edit: I want to make this question more clear/less personal, so here goes. I am working with a senior co-worker who is not acting professionally towards me and generally speaking, has not ever acted ...
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A junior co-worker uses words like ”hit ’n trial method” to define my actions

My co-worker was explaining her work (we were working together, I being in a supervisor role) and suddenly made a personal comment saying “I think we are going wrong with this hit ‘n trial.” IMO, this ...
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How do I tell a coworker he's wrong?

At my job as a software engineer, I am in a situation where I am right and my coworker is wrong. This is definitive; it's a black and white situation that can be "Googled" for an answer. Normally I ...
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Idle at work. Could but are not allowed to help

Andrew is a friend of mine. Andrew's direct boss is Brian who is the head of the department. Unfortunately Andrew doesn't get enough work from Brian and he often bored and idle there. It also causes ...
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How to overcome fear of a workplace? [duplicate]

First of all, I will tell something about me. I am not a gifted guy with a lot of intelligence and other talents. But if I am prepared, I can do really good (I have observed it, several times…), but ...
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What is causing negativity in a new employee and how can I deal with it?

I recently started a new job, and am working as part of a team with two other new employees. The company is in my opinion a good place to work with high levels of professionalism and great employee ...
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How can I keep myself from overstepping my authority with co-workers?

The other day, my boss approached me in private and had a very surprising talk with me - a talk about how important it is for me and my co-worker to go to him for help, to work together where we can, ...
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How to deal with a team member who tries emotional blackmail on us?

We have a team member who has to create some input for a project we are working on. This team member is terribly sensitive to even the slightest criticism. They started a discussion how they feel ...
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Management is failing at enforcing their own security policies, what should I do?

At my current job, some of my duties are related to security. I know security and usability are inversely proportional, and because of that I have tried very hard to find the proper balance. I have ...
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Had miscarriage, how to deal with coworkers

I was pregnant and exhibited pregnancy symptoms throughout first trimester. Some co-workers guessed I was pregnant. I just found out I miscarried and will have procedure tomorrow. Next week I return ...
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Is it out of place in this situation to speak up to get what I want?

I currently share an office with a very abrasive and downright annoying coworker who is in the process of being relocated to another department. This means that the office her and I occupy will be ...