Questions relating to situations involving management in the workplace.

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Staying late for appearance?

I have a senior management-technical position with equity and a decent salary in a pre-launch startup with 6 people. I am newly-married and I work about 11 hours a day, 6 days a week, give or take one ...
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What approach can be used to negotiate for higher PTO/salary, when I have a better offer in hand?

My current position I have a job that I really like, and suits me quite well. It is in the software industry and I am writing code for websites. What makes it great I suppose is also my working ...
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4answers
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Coworker's criminal conviction and current behavior make me uncomfortable

I work at some IT firm and recently, they have hired a "former" criminal (as a programmer) who was considered to be a possible suspect of two rape cases, and has spent some years in a jail for ...
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How can I tell an employer I'd rather not work abroad?

I recently had to work abroad for a few days and there is another trip scheduled for a few weeks time. Since the time I arrived, I have felt depressed and dejected. I'm not sleeping properly and I've ...
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1answer
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Facing difficulty with my boss attitude [closed]

I joined in a new company almost 45 days ago, my boss is workaholic and not even considering anything. He don't notice if the tasks not finish in time if I work more time in a day. I am completing my ...
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Getting manager to not over react when admitting to a mistake [on hold]

Back story: I knocked on my colleague’s door and found him to be on the phone. I went back to my room and continued to work. After a will the colleague came to my room and I asked him if he could ...
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5answers
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Assigned a job I cannot do

I am a recent graduate who moved across the country to get his dream job in game programming. I worked at a indie company for a year and then was hired by one of the largest companies. This is a dream ...
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2answers
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Boss delays decision that will decide what I will do the next year of my life

UPDATE 2: As expected, after approximately a month he did not grant it to me -saying he'd fear others doing the same. In my opinion that hints at a whole lot of other problems, but oh well. UPDATE 1: ...
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How to ask for clarity when instructions are almost incomprehensible

Previously I've asked questions regarding the way my manager speaks to me; this is separate from those. This is my first development job and my manager is not a technical person (at least when it ...
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Distinguishing between abbrasive managment style and bullying - when is it bullying? [closed]

I've been working for a large company that I got the job through by my school's co-op office. Sometimes my manager can be nice, but often times I feel like he’s mistreats me and acts in a way that is ...
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1answer
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How do I handle this new job awkwardness? [closed]

Been at a new job for 3 days, and the boss has a "team building" meeting... at least that's what the meeting request says. I get there, there are cookies and coffee and all of my new team, about half ...
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4answers
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Responding to question with “act mature”

I feel like my manager has been bullying me at work and I’m preparing to take action. He said something to me today I very much don’t understand. He told me to look at someone else’s code (who no ...
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5answers
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My boss is looking the other way, about my work-from-home?

I have lately been working from home more than before. Well, my boss allows us to take 4 work from home days per month. But in my current situation, I really wanted more. So I emailed him that I plan ...
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3answers
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Should I give a gift to my boss with/after my resignation letter?

I have had a very good experience with the company I am leaving, and want to soften the blow with a small gift to my immediate supervisor. Is this appropriate, wise, recommended? I'm based out of the ...
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2answers
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The work I am doing at my new job is not what I signed up for [closed]

I recently started a new job as an Merchandiser at a small fashion supplier business. However all I have done is QC work and no merchandising since I have started which is 1 month and 1 week. I have ...
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4answers
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How to talk to a superior abour your concerns with recent mass resignations

The company I work for (as a contractor) was recently acquired by a larger company. This has led to mass resignations from people that have been working here for many years (and in some cases ...
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4answers
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Dealing with unrealistic deadlines

I'm seeking advice on how to deal with unrealistic deadlines at work. The issue is that the company I'm working for is making a huge pivot, however there is an expectation that the pivot will occur ...
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Do hours logged managing remote projects/teams count toward PMP requirements? [closed]

I'm an independent developer with several years of experience working on physical teams for six month to one year contract projects and also managed remote members (primarily designers and developers) ...
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1answer
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manager has damaged future possible employment opportunities with a big employer [closed]

I have been employed by a large financial institution for a couple of years enjoying decent salary, great bonuses (20% of my salary), matching 401 (k), a pension (!!!) , etc, etc. Unfortunately, my ...
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best approach to internal inverview without being critical of current mgt.? [duplicate]

I have internal interview for high level position... tips on making suggestions for change without looking or being critical of current management.
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Significant difference of opinion between me (founder and head) and coworker (lead manager and owns 5% of company)

I want to file a patent on an algorithm / process which is used in a computer application developed by my company. The process isn't used in any large computer applications yet (I know that I'm ...
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2answers
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Who should I report to? Conflicting requests from different people

So right now I'm an intern, I believe I have a supervisor who is also supposed to be a mentor that can help me. I tend to send him the demos of my work and to report on progress. Hes also super busy, ...
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What to do when supervisors don't make your tasks clear?

I'm an intern at a (relatively large) software company. When my supervisor gives me tasks, he is often somewhat vague and high-level about them. I do my best to interpret what he wants me to do and ...
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0answers
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Get certificate of experience and/or reference from employer who dislikes me [duplicate]

I worked in college for a year as a student worker, the boss kept picking on my work until she fired me based on unfair reasons. My question is about getting a "certificate of experience" from HR ...
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1answer
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Created a startup company which is growing, but I'm far too inexperienced to do anything. How do I move on? [closed]

I haven't graduated university yet, and I created a startup company which is growing. There is no co-founder. It's just me. The issue is, I need to get some money in order to keep the servers running, ...
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What are some drawbacks to working for manager that has no IT/software experience? [closed]

So I'm 30 something and have worked with my current employer as an IT systems analyst/programmer for about 10 years. The manager job has been open for a few months, after the previous boss left. ...
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2answers
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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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1answer
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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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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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1answer
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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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2answers
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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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1answer
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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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1answer
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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]

Disregard... Problem Solved...
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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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1answer
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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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2answers
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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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2answers
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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 ...