Questions relating to situations involving management in the workplace.

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Techniques to let a control freak boss think my ideas are his/hers?

I'm been struggling with my boss who is a total control freak: Any initiative I've had has been shut down; if they've ever been revived later on, it's only because someone else (a customer) asked for ...
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What are the major interview differences between hiring a manager versus hiring an employee?

I'm looking to become a manager, and there's a few rounds of interviews with various executives in our company. This will be my first managerial position, but I'm confident in my skills and management ...
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My manager wants regular one-on-one meetings: is this bad?

I'm a recent computer science graduate and have been working at my first developer position for about a month. Today I got an email calendar request for weekly one-on-one meetings with my manager. I'...
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I was offered a manager role without additional pay or seniority after I recently was given a raise, should I ask for more? [closed]

I started at this small software company (approx 100 people) about 2 years ago. I'm pretty early on into my career and I started as a base software engineer. About 6 months ago, my manager left the ...
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Risks around assigning role for colleague 'demoted' as part of a restructure [on hold]

Background I manage a team of about 12 employees in an engineering business. Although I am the manager in the organizational structure, I've structured the team to have two senior engineers work as '...
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6answers
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How can I address professional complaints from my partner about my direct reports? [closed]

My partner and I work for the same IT company, we're in different teams but she often comes to people in the team I manage when she needs help. There are some people in my team who are dropping the ...
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How to manage a person who identifies as bi-gender?

I am asking for a friend. The situation will take place in northern Europe should this matter. My friend is a manager in a multinational company and manages team of ~15 people. He has hired a high-...
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How can i ask my administrator for a lunch break reduction?

I am a web developer for 1 year in a company, and i am undergoing a very complex work/life balance situation. To keep in short terms: i accepted this work, moving from my home town to a bigger city, ...
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What is a good model for rewarding work on projects outside of contracted hours

I work at a small company and we have a full schedule of work ahead of us. There are some internal tooling projects that would massively help some departments in the company but they never quite get ...
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Management training help

I work at a relatively small business, but we are growing. Because of growth we hired a manager. This is his first time in a management position so of course there have been growing pains for him in ...
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1answer
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How to help with technical planning for a project I am not familiar with?

For context, I am one engineer in a group of engineers and we have an engineering manager and a project manager. My team works on a product and for a few months one of our team members has been ...
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Do I have to “hand over” my work email account which I created for myself?

I work for a "mom & pop" style franchise. When I started taking over, the company did not have their own email account. They were all using their personal email accounts. So since I did not want ...
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What should I, as a Software Developer do when the product owner asks us to do her job, which involves BA work instead of coding? [closed]

Our backlog ran dry and the one thing left, was this data-modeling task which involves dealing with huge excel spreadsheets and talking to various stakeholders every day. Neither the team, nor the ...
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Spending Project Money on Non Project Work [closed]

I currently work as a software developer in a rather large company. I am currently working on multiple projects which each have their own funding pool & own project managers who monitor ...
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3answers
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How can I keep my team's enthusiasm [closed]

I am a young entrepreneur with a brand new start up. I am still at school and so are my developers. The thing is one of my developer left the project because he couldn't spare enough time to work on ...
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2answers
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My boss is asking me to provide her with personal technical support that has nothing to do with the business. What do I say to her? [closed]

I work part-time at an independent bookstore with two storefronts in the same town as the publicity and events manager. The storefront where I work is often quite distracting, but I do my best to do ...
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1answer
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Should I tell my new boss about my past performance under my old boss?

Review season is around the corner, woohoo! /sarcasm So long story short I've been working under a new boss on a new team for a few months now. Not by choice. Initially I was reluctant, but I'm now ...
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1answer
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How to tell a manager that he is making technical mistakes? [closed]

I had a 20-something CEO/CTO at a startup whose technical knowledge seemed very limited, but he was also very arrogant and he didn't want to hear my ideas AT ALL. Here was a person who was doing ...
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Workplace is starting to turn into a toxic environment. How can I improve it?

I am a PM, the environment I am working in now is gradually becoming toxic, my Boss seems to be the main culprit. The situation: Briefly mentioned in another thread, he is now taking away flex ...
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4answers
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How to politely decline a job responsibility?

I'm looking for some advice on how to say no to a recent temporary role I've been forced into taking. Recently, I was asked to take the position of 'lead' on a project management position which I ...
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10answers
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Does my boss have any say on when my team should take their lunch breaks?

I'm a project manager working for a startup. Since I've been here, we've never had a set time for lunch, and just taken our breaks at whatever time we wished, for one hour. Our boss (the CEO) ...
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3answers
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How to convince manager to streamline small, complex processes?

We are a small (currently 5 employees) e-commerce company that sells widgets from our website. We are poised for growth, and have been for some time, but there's something major holding us back-- ...
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What if a boss requires supervision?

I work in a programming firm where the Projects manager always overrides set goals and milestones. He is keen to undermine issues as "doable" more than recognizing that we set out to complete a plan ...
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2answers
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How to approach a boss who doesn't take full responsibility for his mistake?

I work on campus at my university. Earlier this month, my boss sent me and my colleagues an email, asking if we are willing to continue working during the fall semester. He said that the deadline to ...
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3answers
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Dealing with boss and his request to (male) employees including myself, how to handle this right? [closed]

I work for a small firm here in Minnesota; only 30 people work there. Well, 27 men, 3 women. I[m a 37 year old guy, married, to my wife, 34, with a 14 year old daughter in highschool. Our boss (a ...
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4answers
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Resign because company joint venture with other company?

Is it a common thing that a company joint venture with other company in certain division will result some of employees under that division to resign?
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Feel like my area is understaffed. What to say to management? [duplicate]

My company asks me to do a wide variety of things, across multiple applications and multiple skill sets. For example, they will ask me to do customer support, technical support, design and art assets, ...
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Should I call or talk directly? [closed]

In my office (i mean it's not mine) has a telephone where connect my room and my boss room, I want to talk something to her, Should I call or go to her room and talk directly?
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What to do when you change your mind about writing a reference?

Inspired by this question: Does these entries in a reference letter make it no longer neutral? If a manager agreed to write a reference letter for an employee, then on attempting to write it realized ...
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Is it okay to ask for “access to the internet” if I was asked for a coding test during an interview?

I had an phone interview that went fine and then I was asked for an in-person interview and to "spend some time with the team", this coming Monday. What to do now? I am preparing myself for an on ...
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1answer
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My manager says to “every” opportunity yes [closed]

Our divison exists since beginning of this year. The team consists of 4 people. Currently my manager says "yes" to every opportunity. I think that he is often not aware what he wants to achieve with ...
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How can I prove that I am very good but in a Phone Interview? (Foreign with an accent)

So I work with a company and I am open for better opportunities. I got a call today that the CEO of a Software Development company wants to speak with me as a phone interview tomorrow at 1 p.m. I said ...
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Reevaluate salary after contract? [duplicate]

I am currently working at a company as a junior programmer on contract for the summer (June - Aug). I am working and going to school at the same time hence the contract, the company is hiring me as a ...
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How to force someone to quit [closed]

One of my family member, Bob, is suffering from depression due to work related stress. He is unable to quit his work because he do not see it as an option (depression makes him feel powerless without ...
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1answer
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Firing An Employee For Innocent Absenteeism [closed]

I have an employee who works part time in a small company (3 employees) in New Jersey whose duties include daily data input on a specialized program and phone calls with customers. The employee has a ...
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How to deal with a boss who does not get involved in any social events?

Maybe this is common at most workplaces, but I find working hours to be so much longer and less fun because most of the communication between my boss and us are just about work. I have been in the ...
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Is it typical for supervisors to never explain to subordinates?

I am new to a job. When my supervisor ask me to do a certain task that I feel a bit unreasonable. I often ask why & try not to offend him. My supervisor doesn't explain and ask me just do it. He ...
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How do I deal with a boss who changes the rules, seemingly at random?

I work at a fairly large private school in both the IT and library departments. Myself and four other people make up the IT help desk, providing computer and audio-visual help for those that need it (...
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How to handle a dis-agreeing team member?

We are an IT company and our team works for one type of products in the company. My manager currently has 9 people onsite and around 15-20 people working offshore under him. He has too many issues to ...
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Managing a friend who is under performing [duplicate]

I have become the direct supervisor of a good friend of mine who is under performing. How can I tell him I would like to see him improve? I recommended to a friend of mine that he apply for a certain ...
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How do I react and handle this situation with a condescending employee? [closed]

I have a receptionist that gets condescending every time management addresses any issues with her. The other day she rearranged her office and our IT person had requested I talk with her, as only IT ...
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4answers
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How to discuss removal of pets from the office?

The back story: I'm a recently hired high-level member of my organization. I'm in a close working relationship with the owner of the company. As a startup, the owner essentially lives in the office, ...
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Politeness When Writing an email [duplicate]

I'm facing a bit of a dilemma. Let me explain the situation to you. She stated that they would contact me within a short timeframe, when they were waiting to hear back from another company in ...
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How to manage superior assigning task

An executive-level manager from a non-Support team keeps assigning one of my team members tasks directly without involving me. This work takes up a lot of my time and impacts my team’s performance ...
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4answers
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Frustrating response by manager due to mutual misunderstanding. Should I just let it go? [closed]

Trying to keep this brief: I report to two managers, A and B. I meet infrequently with A (~1x/month) and my day to day work has no impact on her ability to do her job. I work very closely with B and ...
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What is the 'reasonable' amount of time specified in many contracts in terms of working over the normal 'working day'? [closed]

In almost every single contract I have seen, there is this clause which allows the employers to request the contractor to work a 'reasonable' amount of hours when required beyond the normal work day (...
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How to respond to “I'm so old!” [closed]

I work for a Pharmacy at a hospital in Canada. Today, I had a "1 on 1" with our new manager; basically an opportunity for her to get to know her staff. Part way through, she asked me about what ...
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Is it legal to be fired earlier than your intended resignation date? [duplicate]

I'm a US citizen working for a top technology company in the Valley in California. Long story short, I've been working in a completely chaotic and toxic environment and am about ready to state my ...
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1answer
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Making unattainable demands on employees [closed]

We are a receiving crew that works well together and before the new changes we were getting the job done. Now we have demands put on us with unreasonable time limits. We are required to break down ...
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How to inspire change as a new employee in a company that's clearly becoming obsolete? [duplicate]

I was hired recently into an old company from the 80s that sells some niche BASIC software, servers, and support for warehousing and fulfillment. My position is the lone programmer in the "new" web ...