Questions relating to situations involving management in the workplace.

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How to deal with a manager who swears and yells at me?

At times we have to work together, there is a fair amount of brainstorming and coding involved. They have a habit of swearing(real bad words in native language) on the work they do. Although I have ...
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Being A New Head Of IT [on hold]

Background After feeling frustrated working in China Company that do things without any process. I finally moved on and surprisingly i found a job within a day. New company took me in as Head Of IT. ...
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Finish discussion with manager who then just sits there staring

I know this sounds strange, but there’s very long drawn out periods of silence with my boss. For example 1 to 2 minutes at least. I understand English isn’t his first language but I’m positive he ...
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trouble understanding directions even after having asked for clarification [closed]

I'm a developer working on a project that is domain-specific to forestry and involves a lot of GIS. My boss basically hired me as his assistant because "he doesn't know programming" and that's my job. ...
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What to do when your manager doesn't accept your vendor's answer about a bug?

Basically, my company uses Software A, which provides a developing framework and a lot of generic code templates. My company purchases this software and uses it as a platform, making customizations ...
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How can I evaluate my job when I feel incompetent? [closed]

I'm a recent college graduate in Electrical Engineering (EE) with a minor in Computer Science (CS). Most of the topics I learned in EE I understand fairly well (mostly dealing with basic Power ...
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How do I address conflicting feedback from my manager?

I have been a manager for about two years in the software field. Over the last two years, feedback from my employees and VP has been conflicting but consistent. I've been told I don't speak up enough ...
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how to focus on work at hand and prioritzing task [closed]

I am a web developer and i am not too smart with coding or a fast learner, i wanted to know tips to be more focused. Be fast and produce result. I have a habit of refactor code or indent code etc. I ...
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How can I stay calm and make my case when my boss gets angry at me?

I work closely with my boss and we often need to talk about solutions or how we want to implement our products. Every now and then, we have a disagreement and he gets (a little) mad at me. I always ...
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Strategies to cope with manager I don't respect [closed]

My manager is knowledgable but not well respected. He does not like to share knowledge, but would rather prove that he knows more than others. This is his first time in a supervisory position, and I ...
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How to move from middle management to upper management in the software industry? [closed]

I have started a career as software engineer and I just got promoted to management. I am deeply enthusiastic about it and I am very determined to move to upper management during the next 10 years. But ...
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Providing notes for missed work

I hurt my hand and needed to take time off work to get it checked out by doctors. My boss is super vigilant to make sure I get a doctors note each time (he didn't even accept a nurses note and he's ...
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How to Succeed when Proposing Change

I work for a small motel that is underperforming and suffering financially; it has a deficit of approximately 16% of the revenue generated. There is only one staff member present at the reception ...
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Boss stole my project [closed]

I am an IT professional at a non-profit. I enjoy the work I do, and as a person I enjoy taking on interesting and fulfilling projects. Our office building has a small back yard area that has gone ...
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How can I reassure my team that key defections aren't part of a larger plan?

I'm the IT Director (CIO) for a team of approximately 40 people. My organization prides itself on treating employees well, and many of my team members have been here for 10 years or more, ...
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How to keep track of what projects direct reports are working on? [closed]

Part of my job as a manager is to manage workloads. I have 6 direct reports, and I'd like to keep track of roughly what is on everyone's plates. What methods do people use for this? Pen and paper? ...
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How to address a manager frequently losing their temper

This is a follow up to this question. Recap is I began working my current job at the beginning of May and sometimes my boss speaks to me in a way that I'm not ok with. For example I will not tolerate ...
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My boss gets mad when I missunderstand directions

I started my job in the beginning of May. My boss is not from an English speaking country and he can be hard to understand, even when not talking about technical stuff. He's a forestry scientist and ...
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How to phrase “having trouble communicating” with a particular individual

I've worked as a solo software developer for the government for a little over a month now. Basically one person hired me as he doesn't know programming. I find it challenging for me to do my job well ...
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What should I do about a sexist and vulgar employee?

I'm an assistant manager at a small business, and I'm regularly the top manager on duty for a staff of two to four employees. Since we are a small business, the staff are able to chat when we aren't ...
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How do I explain to my boss I don't feel like part of the team outside of work?

So recently, I was sitting with a couple co-workers and my boss and one of my co-workers made a remark to my boss about being excited for a party (a brewery tour) that my boss had invited him too. My ...
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How To Request Help For Document Review

I’m an auditor reporting to headquarters auditing their subsidiaries. Management of the subsidiaries is super duper fragile mentally and negative thinking. Anything sent out will be considered as ...
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How do I deal with my boss who is never available?

Here is the situation: I like my job, I like my manager, but in the past 6 months he went from someone who was always approachable and willing to give feedback, to someone whose calendar is literally ...
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Should I report a violation of company workplace policy if the manager already knows about it but do nothing?

A colleague in the same team spends most of his time (if not all) conducting private business activities through company’s electronic communication systems or his own cell phone during regular working ...
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Manager saying other staff have told her I've done things that never happened [closed]

I'm a department director and am told on a regular basis that "anonymous" staff members have made various accusations against me. When I ask who said these things and if we can have some kind of ...
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smart yet insubordinate coworker [duplicate]

I have one very smart coworker that I am hired to manage as a member of my team. He is been with the company for over 8 years, so he has made a few signs "do not manage me, I know what needs to be ...
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How to explain business priorities to a programmer?

I have a recurring disagreement with a programmer about code quality. He insists that all of his code is written to the highest standard (i.e. that it looks just like the examples in the coding styles ...
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Marketing is libeling my department's work

I've been at a small technical company (<20) since the beginning of this year where I'm involved in product development and research. We expect to grow a lot this year and add a bunch of new ...
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Is it wrong to ask my boss to verify my work or provide suggestions?

My boss has asked me directly to provide technical specifications for a project/task I am working on. There is a BA and a BI Analyst involved in the same project. My role is a software developer and I ...
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How to ask your boss to remove a member from your team

I have a team of developers working with me but as we work closely my boss can see what everybody is doing. I have a developer in team which was in every other team in last 2 years and it did not ...
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What to do when your line manager is heavily involved in a political struggle?

I recently joined a new company in a technical role. My line manager is a very nice person and fully understands the challenges or my position, I am really happy to be working in this team. However, ...
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How to effectively manage / coach myself at work in lieu of a supervisor?

I just started a role as a programmer out of school and in the position I find myself in now, my manager is very 'hands off'. This hasn't posed much of a problem as I have a year of internship ...
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Is it appropriate to ask why my promotion was not announced?

In my workplace, all promotions are announced to our department via email. I was promoted recently. Although there was an email announcing everyone else who got promoted, no email was sent announcing ...
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Financial punishment for road collision [closed]

Can an employer introduce a policy whereby employees involved in a collision in a work vehicle and found to be at fault can be fined a proportion of the damage caused.
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How to not throw a coworker under a bus?

I appologize if the title is too idiomatic, but I don't know how to explain the case without it. Short version(non-technical). I have a coworker who has for some reason or another not learned a ...
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Periodically taking time off work for awkward medical reason

I recently started a co-op job through my university. My boss is the only one I report to and I don't work with anyone else. In the next few weeks I'm going to have to take some time off. I don't know ...
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My boss forwarded a confidential email - what is an appropriate course of action?

Recently i sent a very personal email with a list of grievances to my boss. The start of the mail was a request not to forward that mail to anyone. My boss has not yet responded to the contents of ...
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Are managers reviewed on their own performance or their teams? [closed]

An employee who is not a manager gets reviewed on the work they produce, where very little of it is dependant on other people. They might be part of a team but usually they will have tasks that only ...
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Telling my boss I can't stand to hear him eat near me

I suffer from Misophonia, meaning that certain sounds cause me to experience irrational irritability, anger, frustration and nausea. My trigger is the sound of people eating or drinking. Often my ...
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How do I manage my company's interactions with a company I interviewed with?

At some point in the past I considered leaving my job for a different job at a non-competing company. The interview went well, but I decided not to take the job. My boss doesn't know I considered ...
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Lack of Transparency & Communication [duplicate]

Background Recently I've joined a Chinese company. I joined this company because of the beneft's offered by the company. I came from a very agile working environment. In my previous environment, we ...
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Volunteering for more responsibility: proving oneself vs being taken advantage of

Similar questions have been asked, but none seem to be exactly what I'm looking for. I'm looking to move into management or similar in the relatively near future. My current position does not ...
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Should I tell my boss I have started looking for a new job because I think my salary is too low? [duplicate]

Summary I believe myself to be underpaid and have started looking for a new job. I don't have an offer yet. Should I tell my boss as a way to gain leverage in salary negotiations? Long form I know ...
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Working overtime in Germany

I am about to start my first job as a software developer in a well reputed company in Germany. I have heard plenty of times that one is not allowed to work overtime regularly unless its highly ...
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Tactfully quitting job given circumstances

I'm a co-op student with a 4 month contract for the government. I was surprised I got the job, as it was for a development position and I failed almost all technical questions in the interview. I've ...
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Can HR/Boss Require Your Username and Password?

We recently received this email at our work from the HR Department. We work in the healthcare industry and our username and password is linked to everything that we do. We have to follow strict HIPAA ...
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Junior developer with a chance at managerial role [closed]

I've been working as the sole back end developer at a small startup for 2 years, and this has been the entirety of my software career. The front end work was all done by a similarly inexperienced part ...
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Unclear how to interpret what manager says

I started a new job where the main person I interact with is my manager. Sometimes I can't tell if he's mad, joking or asking a rhetorical question. For example he was showing me how to do something ...
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Responding to VP of HR's confession of illegal hiring practices?

This is a throwaway account, for obvious reasons. I work for a fast-growing medium sized tech company. At a recent company conference, I attended a session that was run by our VP of HR and the topic ...
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Boss keeps asking me to do things that aren't my job

I am a professional-level employee and have become quite efficient with my work. I'm a problem solver and have become a go-to person in my department. Three times in the past month I've been asked to ...