Questions relating to situations involving management in the workplace.

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How to handle being asked to come back to a company previously worked at

I was recently called by my former boss from a company that I previously worked at several years ago, and the short version is that they want to hire me back. While I left on good terms, I did not ...
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How to communicate with boss that I enjoy the work but dissatisfied with treatment [on hold]

I work in a small team with a direct administrative supervisor. I often work on multiple simultaneous projects with different project directors, but it is my admin supervisor who manages my workload. ...
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Christmas party slap [on hold]

A work colleague brought her partner to a recent Xmas party and early in the evening he called me an offensive name. I asked him to repeat what he had said, and again he called me the name. I was ...
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Overloaded, delegated work, now accused of “offloading” my responsibilities. How to address criticism?

I am a relatively new manager in a highly matrix'd organization (multiple managers/accountabilities per person) and over the past six months my own functional team has been chronically suffering from ...
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Benefits of Senior/Lead level positions and Business Case examples [on hold]

I've been tasked with creating a Business Case to add Senior or Lead positions to our department which sounds easy enough, but I have a few hurdles. I do not have access to a good chunk of our ...
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Can I greet my boss with “Hey, boss” [on hold]

I mean, I just want to make the conversation more friendly, so sometimes I greet my boss with "Hey boss" or "thanks, boss". Is it ok?
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How to deal with a manager who stonewalls me? [on hold]

Let me first say that I have read How to proceed when remote boss doesn't answer emails . This has some great information, but my problem has gone a step further. Let me first clarify that I have two ...
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how do I get my relieving letter in this situation? [duplicate]

I quit my job in the month of march (unofficially) due to personal reasons and I was ready to serve my notice period but my manager told me that if I quit at that particular time the attrition rate ...
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Boss decisions are pushing backwards our product

Long story short, last Friday my boss told me we needed to release a new version of our ship application as soon as possible that day, without previous noticing. I told him it wasn't properly tested ...
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Punishment after relationship with boss [closed]

A few months ago I started sleeping with one of my bosses. It lasted for a month or so, and then we ended it. Recently our boss, right above him, found out about it. They are good friends. Now it ...
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What are some good exercises outside work to improve my political skills? [closed]

I have been in leadership positions since I was a kid - at various school societies (two of which I founded and still exist after I left) and later at university, as well as at non-profit ...
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Someone I manage keeps cc'ing my boss

I manage a team of about 20 at my company. One the people I manage will occasionally send emails to me to tell me things he thinks I should do differently. If I disagree with him, he'll reply and cc ...
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Starting/moving to a new office: how to make team feel their input is taken into account without turning it into design by committee?

I manage a team of 10 engineers, and after 3 years we are finally moving our engineering office outside the plant. Everybody is looking forward to it, and I have opened the process by putting all my ...
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2answers
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Dental Front Desk: receptionist or office manager? [duplicate]

I am currently employed in a front desk position with a dental office that runs 3 schedules daily. I do all scheduling, incoming calls, process all incoming/outgoing claims, act as a liaison between ...
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How to stay friendly when turning down requests your boss asked you not to escalate? [duplicate]

A common advice when receiving conflicting requests that compete for the same time and resources is to escalate the requests to the manager. But what if the manager explicitly asks you not to do so ...
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4 months into position found out my salary is below the minimum for position, how should I handle this? [duplicate]

I've been with with a large bank for 4 years, same line of work 3 years, my new position 4 months and I saw a posting for my same position showing the minimum salary about $2000 higher than mine. My ...
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Company Removing Telecommute Option [closed]

I work for a smaller company that has had the option to telecommute since the inception of the company. There is a perception around the company that abuse of the policy by my team is the reason for ...
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Ask company to allow time/space to pay off technical debt [duplicate]

I'm currently working at a software company as a programmer and for the last couple of months I keep struggling with finding the balance between doing exactly what the company tells me to do and what ...
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How much help should I get from my boss when solving difficult questions?

I am working as an intern for a GIS (Map) Team. The team is relatively new and small with about 6 people. As an intern I am working on some very back-end stuff. These are things I have never done ...
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Is “garbage in, garbage out” a valid reason for poor-quality work? [closed]

I am what would be considered a junior to mid-level programmer, though at this company I am working at(which is my first job in the field) I am more realistically closer to being mid to senior. For ...
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Overly push and workaholic boss [duplicate]

I've been working with a particular boss for 3 years now. He has his good qualities too but has some really annoying habits that get to you in the long term. He has the belief that an employee ...
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My supervisor at seasonal job is not returning my calls: Should I contact the company?

I just had an interview late last week for a seasonal job and I got hired on the spot, I was even asked to start training that day but I didn't have my social security card for my I-9 papers ( my ...
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How to leave a job? [closed]

So I've decided to leave my job. There's a number of reasons, but I suppose the final straw was when I came back to my desk to overhear my manager trash talking about me to a co-worker. She was ...
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How to go “above and beyond” when I don't have time, resources or processes to do so every single day?

I previously asked A superior is complaining about me for things that are not my responsibility - should I tell their superior? and really appreciated the answer by maple_shaft to act as professional ...
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How to politely tell my boss that I want to take on a different role?

I was hired by a small company few months back. Though I applied for a dev position, my boss got me on a different role which is not really the field I want to get into but since I was unemployed for ...
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How to delegate work when I'm not a lead

I've read the excellent answer by bethlakshmi on how to better delegate work, but I think my problem slightly precedes that one. After 1 year at my company, in our year-end review, I was praised and ...
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A superior is complaining about me for things that are not my responsibility - should I tell their superior?

I work in a matrix-management based company where multiple superiors decide my performance appraisal, salary increases, etc. I have no single manager. I have evidence that one of my superiors is ...
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I will soon become the manager of a close friend. How do I be an effective manager and friend?

A close friend of mine will soon be moving into my department. We see each other outside of work and our significant others both work together at a different institution. I want to be an effective ...
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Meeting etiquette [closed]

A direct report of mine walks into meetings and either keeps working on other stuff or chatting with other folks at the office. I know that this is a bad meeting etiquette and basically an insult to ...
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How to handle a situation where my boss is expecting things when I have no control over them? [closed]

My boss is asking me to do something related to an event I have no control over. For example, imagine being required to film a thunderstorm. I cannot cause a thunderstorm to happen. I have to wait ...
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Managing very senior individual contributors?

I will be interviewing for a new position where I may be managing a software engineering team of very senior principal individual contributors (non-managers), like with 30+ years of experience. They ...
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Personal matters: Is my boss required to know? [closed]

We are allowed 5 call-ins a year at my place of employment, I am no where near that. I had to call in for a personal family matter.... Does my boss have the right to know what this matter is? Or can I ...
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How to cope with a “UX Expert” who has no experience?

We have had a self-proclaimed UX Expert foisted upon our development team recently and it's been nothing but headaches ever since. I am not sure what his background is but he does not know anything ...
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SW development team delegated to make tough decision that are related to management

We have a software development team of 5 people. All of them are developers and one is also a scrum master. Our line management has need to fulfill a business analyst position in our company. They ...
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What is the point of 1:1's with someone who isn't my manager [closed]

Is it strange to have 1:1's are with someone who is not a direct manager? Context: I have my 1:1's with a manager of another totally separate group. I do not think they are very effective because ...
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Is it my fault (and part of my “performance”) if a resource I need to fulfill external requests doesn't exist? [closed]

Annual performance reviews are coming up and a senior manager whom I work keeps warning me informally that I need to get more things done and make things happen and that recently I haven't. I am an ...
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Performance review with a manager who doesn't know me?

Six months ago, I was reorganized under a different manager. My former manager (who has resigned) and I spoke almost daily, and as such, reviews flowed easily and were very effective. However, I have ...
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My colleauge is bothering me [closed]

I work in a small company from last 4 years as a Reporting Specialist, I was the only female in the company,other people working for this company are mostly guys. I was overloaded from work so when I ...
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How to rebuild my reputation damaged by lies.?

My manager transferred me and a colleague to places where we cannot afford to work. This is to protect himself from getting blamed for low sales. Manager didn't showed any interest in lively ...
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Not passionate about what I am working on [closed]

I have tried to communicate this to my manager during my 1:1 My current project is misaligned for my strengths How do I communicate more effectively with my manager?
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Do people need to be positive to be promoted?

I am a software engineer by trade. I am good at my job. I get universally good reviews. I have lead two teams (at two different companies). Both were successful - delivering our product on time, with ...
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Manager undermining other managers

At a company I was recently working at my immediate manager often undermined other managers. They seemed to have a clique with some other managers but viewed all other managers as the enemy and would ...
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How should an IT manager discuss retrieving equipment and IP with a terminated employee?

Handling it when someone resigns is one thing... But when we let someone go in the company it's difficult for me as the IT manager to engage this individual over the phone or via email. The need is ...
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Refusing to travel

I have been working at my company very happily for two years now as a software developer. However, recently I have started getting requests from the company to travel to different cities. I usually ...
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How can I implement a sales incentive for a helpdesk type sales funnel?

We've got a team of sales people who handle sales in a self-elective manner from a helpdesk funnel. Basically the workflow is as follows: Customer places order Order appears in helpdesk Sales rep ...
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Subordinate had conversations with my boss- should I have been told? [closed]

I am a C level manager whose direct report, a senior manager, went to my boss to complain I was over managing him. Through several meetings it was determined my report was at fault for not taking ...
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How do I tell my boss I am moving to a different organization? [duplicate]

I always wanted to do a kind of job I found a year back. But due to organizational changes, the entire team moved to a different project and I don't find the current work challenging and hence it is ...
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My manager tells me not to bother someone in the team when I need the answer from that person [closed]

I work on Design and I needed answer from a validation person, My manager tells me not to bother her since she is busy doing other work. Off late my manager keeps telling me to ask anyone anything. I ...
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How to be a programmer managed by scientists

I'm the most senior programmer at a company that works in the earth sciences. There are a handful of us (25%) that have backgrounds in computer science who work hard to support the rest of the company ...