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What career opportunities should I offer to a programmer who doesn't want to get to management position? [closed]

There was a question about the ways a programmer can take to grow above programming job (What are possible career transitions for a seasoned software developer?) but I haven't found any information ...
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What can an employee do when the employer does not assign any tasks? [duplicate]

What should an employee do when their manager does not assign any tasks to him/her, although being aware of employee's idle state and dissatisfaction? Can the employee freely entertain himself, given ...
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1answer
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Managing passive-aggressive employees

We have a general reorganization of my department going on at the moment and I have one staff member in particular who is being difficult about the process. A bit of background... This person has ...
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How do I improve employee's productivities and engagement? [closed]

One of my employees has low production for the past two months, not achieving goals, and is disengaged in team meetings. I also noticed he is up out of his seat a lot recently. What do managers here ...
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Cleaning lady may have taken fruit from my work desk

Yesterday in my office was weekly fruit day. As always, I took a few, and did not eat them all. I left two on my work table. The fruit were in perfectly good condition, and I have done this more than ...
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How can I discourage employees from working voluntary overtime?

I run a small company (5 salaried employees). We have recently expanded from 3 to 5 staff, and while we are comfortable financially, there is not much spare money available. However there is a lot of ...
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Should I accept a raise when I am planning on leaving the company? [closed]

My one year review is due and my Front Office Manager has verbally informed me they're planning on giving me a raise. The problem is I'm hoping to leaving the country in two months, I'm waiting for ...
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I think I am trying but is it good enough? [closed]

I graduated from university less than six months ago, though I consider myself to really be self-taught. Even after getting my current job as a web developer, my company didn't offer any training as ...
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Bring food to work on the first day? [closed]

So I got an internship and we had the orientation and everything. I am going to my actual workplace tomorrow and thinking of taking a box of doughnuts for everybody. Would that be okay?
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Is this an employee confidentiality breach?

This is from a friend: Unbeknownst to me, I was granted stock options back in January by my company but the VP gave the RSU letter to my coworker (not clear on why) and she's had it for 3 ...
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Can my employer force me to wear a used uniform?

I work for a company in the United Kingdom, and they can't provide me with a brand new uniform, as they ran out of stock. They gave me a used (washed) uniform to wear for the time being. Someone else ...
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1answer
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How do you track Employee Engagement? [closed]

We are a growing company and as such I want to put a startegy in place to ensure that we are pre-empting any issues as we increase our work force. As a result I'm interested in implementing a system ...
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Is it okay to leave my original documents with a company who wants them “as insurance”?

I was a temporary employee for three months, and I recently signed a one year contract with the company where I am currently employed at. Now after signing the contract, the company wants my original ...
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1answer
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Measure competence of the company on different technology areas

We are trying to measure competencies of the people in the company for different kinds of technologies. The ultimate goal is to identify areas that we need to have some competency improvement ...
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1answer
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20% turnover in our company in half a year. Is that an outlier? [closed]

Our company had lots of new hires last year. Number of employees went up to almost 400. I have just found out in our internal system that over 80 people left in the last 6 months. That makes a 20% ...
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How to casually inform the recruiter about my current job I have been only for 3 weeks

I have successfully passed 2 rounds of interview with the company I like to have my long term employment. However, I wasn't really vocal and honest about my current job which i am only working for 2-4 ...
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Can a manager require that employees who want to trade shifts get manager sign off first?

My boyfriend wanted this coming Saturday off but didnt get it off on the normal schedule. So he asked a co-worker to trade shifts with him, and found one who was willing to exchange Saturday for ...
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2answers
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How to apply measurable goals to manual data processing? [closed]

In my annual performance review, which in general was very positive, I was told I could improve a lot if I gave more measurable goals to one of my teams. In essence, they need to translate ...
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1answer
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How to answer hiring managers' e-mails when I don't fit the job titles? [closed]

After I had signed up for websites, such as monster.com, linkedin.com, and indeed.com, hiring managers started sending me a lot of e-mails. I see that I don't fit the job titles or don't have enough ...
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3answers
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How to handle and engage employees in a secretive company culture?

Senior management in my company discourages revealing strategic and management decisions to first line employees. Since I have joined the ranks, I have been told that employees should just worry about ...
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3answers
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How do I handle a workplace diva?

My husband and I have a small consulting firm in which I am the 'chief financial officer', and he and all the employees are the technical expertise. My husband and I share the responsibility for all ...
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8answers
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How can I respond to an employee who objects to working on certain projects on ethical grounds?

My company does services for various clients. We recently were offered a contract to perform these services for a guy in the city who does predictions, tarot, numerology and the like for people. He ...
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2answers
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To be a successful new manager, must I stay competitive against my reports?

I was promoted to manager because I always helped my team learn new things about our work and was always given the task to coordinate big projects for us. After a certain point, I was doing more ...
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Who would be laid off first? [closed]

My company is experiencing low performance, and this has been a few months. If it's not getting better next year, I'm afraid there could be a round of layoff. There are many departments and teams. I ...
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2answers
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As a new Team Leader, what should I talk about in an initial, introductory, one on one meeting? [closed]

I've started new position on my company, and I need to get to know the team members (although I'm already familiar with some of them). What items should we discuss in an initial one on one meeting to ...
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1answer
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Benefits not included in the employment contract

I was offered a massive deal with a big (and extremely profitable) company. Besides great pay, they also offer a number of awesome benefits. However, those benefits aren't listed in the employment ...
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2answers
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Is it appropriate to approach references based on interviewer comments?

My partner had an interview for a teaching job which she did not get. The interviewer said, "check your references as one doesn't show you in good light". She is relatively certain the reference is ...
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When and how to fire a unproductive engineer? [closed]

Mr A has almost one year of experience with us now. He joined as a 'fresher' (unexperienced). The problem is he does not have his concepts clear, so we have asked him to take part in various training ...
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1answer
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How can I request my company not use my photos for promotional purposes without my explicit permission?

I got an email today notify that my company will take photos of all employees. The photo will be used for employee profile and is company's right to use it for promotional purposes. I checked my ...
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Why do IT departments still dictate what IT employees can use for hardware? [closed]

Are there legitimate business arguments for skimping on hardware and software for IT employees vs. say, giving employees an annual allotment to maintain their own hardware? Or is this just an old ...
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7answers
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How can we motivate employees to complete IT certificates?

Our company is an IT service provider which develops software for other companies. To attract customers, we encourage our employees to complete and maintain IT certifications (like Java certificates ...
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How to deal with an employee found to be misbehaving by chance (by accessing a restricted computer)? [closed]

I, as an owner/computer auditing worker, have been reviewing recent computer usage (for statistics) and happened to stumble across some serious delicate issues. There is an employee who does not have ...
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5answers
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Difference between contract and full time? [closed]

From what I understand full time employees get things like vacation, health insurance, dental and retirement. Are there any other important differences?
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Why is it considered inappropriate to treat contractors the same as corporate associates?

HR and management have said things along the lines of "We aren't supposed to treat contractors like they're employees." Why is that the case? What benefit does the business gain by maintaining that ...
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4answers
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Old employee wishes to rejoin [closed]

I had an employee (lets call him 'Old') who worked for me for 1 year. He had learnt a lot of things during the job. Two month ago he left the job and joined some other company (not a competitor of ...
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8answers
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Should the manager be CC'd when sending username and password to employee

I often create logins for new employees and then send them an email with their login credentials. While doing so I also CC their manager to let him know his user has been setup. Is this the right ...
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6answers
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In the US, can an employer sack an employee by giving wrong or disputable reasons?

Updated: Obviously they can fire you and let you go but the question here is about disputed reason that they came up with which might not be true or are totally wrong, just to damage you further. ...
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How do I deal with talented, but difficult employees?

I am managing a team of 10+ knowledge workers (developers, testers, technical support, no sales person). There are employees in my team who are extremely talented, who can consistently provide better ...
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Do prospective employers usually call or email for scheduling interviews?

I know there is no direct answer to this but i am hoping those have been through the process or are HR managers can help me with this. I sent out resumes to maybe 5-8 places and it had my old phone ...
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2answers
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When is a low paid contractor on retainer actually an employee?

Three years ago, I got hired as an independent contractor for a small company where we had a lot of contact with the owner. Then, my contract expired and things started get a little funny from there. ...
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10answers
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How to convince employees that IM and Facebook during work is unethical?

I believe that the employer pays employees their salaries to keep working for seven or eight hours daily, and he didn't agree, while signing the contract, that there is few hours set aside daily for ...
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Getting fired on the second day, how do I cope with it? [closed]

I got hired as consultant (hardware engineer) after a brief phone interview that went really well. He was impressed not only with my skill A but also skill B and C. I was asked to join immediately. ...
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Is there any evidence that giving references for former employees is inherently risky?

I've noticed a trend that most HR departments discourage or even have policies against giving references for former employees that go beyond these basic questions: Confirm Employment Verify dates ...