Questions relating to situations involving management in the workplace.

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I'm a salaried employee, paid on the 1st of each month. My employer is 11 days late paying me. What are my rights? [on hold]

I am a salaried employee that is usually paid on the 1st of each month. This was agreed upon in my employment contract. They cut a cheque for the 1st, but it bounced. They say funds are coming ...
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How to objectively counter “You are the first one to complain about that.”?

I've been facing this situation for some time where our office's management keep choosing the cheapest option whenever they have to pay for anything related to our work environment or company travels. ...
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How do I know when to contest a bad idea and when to let it go

I work as a designer for a software company, and work directly with developers on their newest and most important product. I am gaining a very good understanding of the software and how it works. ...
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How could I ask my future employer if I can work remotely?

I accepted a job back in October as a software developer for a company I've interned for twice. I have a great relationship with the company, and they were eager to hire me on after the summer's work. ...
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Having to execute an important change for the client without telling him

In my company we are supporting a client's website. However, when the quote was signed, the hosting fees where totally ignored on our side and it turned out that they are actually quite high. Due to ...
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What does it mean when your boss calls you to tell you that someone got fired? [closed]

My boss called me when I was working at home and he said in a very angry voice: So and So got fired. Do you want to know why? They weren't as talented as the others. I didn't work with the ...
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How can I sell a willing demotion to my management?

Two years ago I received a promotion. Since then, I have paid off my mortgage and feel I have my finances in order. Therefore, I no longer wish to work a position with the same level of stress as my ...
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How to manage a co-worker you dislike [closed]

I have recently been promoted to manage a small team I worked in before. My problem is, one of my coworkers. The co-worker (Jane) is a person I really do not like. We’ve had several loud clashes. ...
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Is this response from management to a casual harassment claim appropriate? [closed]

A number of my colleagues asked me some very rude questions after I came back from maternity leave. I was feeling sad because of the way my manager was treating me, and he was giving me horrible ...
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Boss working on project creating errors [duplicate]

While I was on vacation my boss worked on my software project trying to fix some things. What ended up happening is that nothing was really fixed and instead a bunch of bugs were created. This caused ...
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How can I manage different expectations from different personnel in different positions?

It's 7 months I am working in this company and I never had this kind of problem in my life. I am a web developer / software developer. Recently I started programming in C and C++ on an embedded ...
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Is it professional to question my boss about their constantly interrupting me? [closed]

I’m in my school’s co-op program and the last placement I was a solo developer. There were communication issues between me and my boss and I would like to avoid such in the future. Every hour my boss ...
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Boss accused me of incompetency and misrepresenting my skillset. How to respond?

I was assigned a task of staging some code on our dev servers. Most times this is an easy task. However this time my boss only gave me the FTP credentials and IP address of a client's server. He also ...
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How to ask my boss to verify if he forgot to do something?

I've started as an intern in a university research lab recently and am under the direction of a really busy professor. To get paid, I submitted a cheque sample to my university's finance department, ...
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How to report someone to HR when no longer work for company [closed]

Recently I worked at a job and believe I should report my former manager to human resources. His attitude and demeanor was very rude/hostile/aggressive/abrasive, both when speaking about work and ...
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Is this normal workplace behavior, and should I stay or go? [closed]

Thanks in advance for your help. I started a new job a few months ago. During this time, I've noticed a number of events that I have actively been trying not to interpret as red flags, but lately ...
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My boss is not giving me work to do, what should I do? [duplicate]

One of our presidents here where I work at, personally assigned me to a project relating to mobile devices, I finished the project, then the president and I had a meeting where we discussed the ...
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Cannot accomplish a task I'm given - not skilled enough [closed]

So here's the deal. I got accepted to this job as a developer, and I've had a test to make a simple app which I did in the interview. Now at this job, I've been given a task that I can partly do, and ...
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How can I tell my boss that I will work at a slower pace until I receive a raise?

I work in a company where the culture was, for several years, to raise the salary of almost every worker at every year. This increase was usually between 2%-5% and was related with the employee ...
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Boss spends the company's money and endangers employees' paychecks [closed]

Somewhat related to this question. A few months ago, a family member (it's not me, really) got a job at a small office with under 10 employees. The salary is low but not indignantly so, and she even ...
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How to encourage standard and centralized business processes in a smaller company? [closed]

I work in IT audit in a medium sized company (~1500 full time employees). Many issues I encounter and document can be traced back to lack of process centralization / standardization. As a result of ...
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Why do interviewers ask leadership questions even for “follower” positions?

I remember trying out for choir in college where I had to go through an interviewing process. The director asked me questions like "How did you form, lead, and manage a singing group?" as if I was ...
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Is it appropriate to ask a employee, former “boss”, on assistance getting a job?

I was a volunteering at a local hospital and I spent a relatively long time assisting there. (3 months, 4 hours, Mondays through Fridays) I was to report to an employee that I guess I could refer to ...
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New job. New co-workers all unhappy and looking to leave. Bad sign? [duplicate]

After eight years at my prior employer, I took a new position that allowed me to travel less and see my family more. It was a reduction in income, but the increase in quality of life seemed worth it. ...
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Hiring developers for a chaotic environment: what to tell candidates?

Management is strictly not hiring a candidate to establish a process or fix our existing process. I recognize that no workplace is perfect, but I feel that this might be a gray area between something ...
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I get distracted while working, how can I regain my focus? [duplicate]

Background I am working as a developer in a tech company. Every employee in our department has a vague and interlacing responsibility, meaning: an employee might be tasked to do something that ...
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When is it appropriate in the US to give a boss a gift? [closed]

Based on some comments in Asked to pay for a group gift that I have previously declined to contribute, are there times when it is appropriate to give your boss a gift? If so, what are appropriate ...
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Asked to make purchase but I am not able

I am the junior most employee working in a consulting company. Recently my senior asked me to purchase some equipment for him while he was away on travel. The equipment is very expensive and I do not ...
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I am a 19 year old web developer living with my boss, but I am not happy with the current arrangement [closed]

At the beginning of 2015, I started my gap year (a year I had planned for travelling and adventuring, starting immediately after I finished Grade 12). My plan was to start university in 2016 to do a ...
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Handed notice in at work & now have interview with a company owned by original employer! [closed]

OK - So I have handed my notice in at company A and applied for and set up an interview with Company B - Only thing is Company B is owned by Company A! Should I just cut my losses & forget the ...
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Is it okay for my family to intervene when my boss treats me unfairly in the first few days of work?

I'm an 18 year old student who just started a part time job a few days ago. This was what happened: I went for the interview for the part time job and was told that the boss's wife would give me a ...
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What would you say to bosses that think programming jobs are interchangeable?

I'm in this software company, and funny thing is, I've only experienced two managers so far, but both these two managers view programming jobs not much different than laying bricks. They always ...
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Dealing with boss that not doing his part of the job

I don't know if it is the norm or not -- I am thinking that if we need cooperation from other department, it is the manager's job to coordinate that, right? My new manager always ask us to do such ...
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Do I owe my ex-boss any loyalty? [closed]

I worked in a company for more than a year and then my boss decided to shut down the company and found me a job before doing it. I thanked him and accepted the job that I was offered, but after a ...
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Asked to work for free on Christmas Eve doing a task not specified in job description [closed]

My job situation is that I work as part of an R&D team at a University. I was placed on that team by a staffing firm who was awarded the position as part of a subcontract. As a member of that ...
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Ethics in the workplace am I being paranoid?

I've been working at a non-profit for 2 years. The first year was great but I did notice some things that I thought were a bit 'shady'. I report direct to the Exec Director and pay his expenses. ...
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How to write a email to HOD of the company seeking support [closed]

Help me with quotes and lines for sending a official mail to all the department heads of my company, seeking a good support from their end. I joined in a new company so everyone should know about ...
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Whether to put wording like “open to opportunities” on LinkedIn if not actively applying

Should I put wording like "seeking a new opportunity" on LinkedIn etc profile, if already employed and not actively looking to leave but unsure about my future to see what's out there and invite ...
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Are they lying? [closed]

So I work as a line of business/enterprise systems/corporate software engineer and so far (about two years into this) my manager has always supplied me with work - whether it was a full hashed out ...
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I am taking over all of a coworkers projects, but nothing is communicated to me officially

I work at medium sized (say 50-100 employees) a software industry company for about 2.5 years now, in Germany. We do not have a strict company hierarchy, so technically everyone can just go to anyone ...
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How should I behave well when I meet with my director? [closed]

Well, I'm doing a job in a private institute. The director is very nice person and supportive. I have to give status reports of my job, he has given me one job and it's going to one entire year and ...
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How to manage an employee who talks too much?

I manage a team of engineers. For the most part everyone is self-motivated and doesn't need much management. There is one engineer in particular, though, that is very difficult to work with. He has ...
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How to deal with unrealistic expectations? Enforcing a way to handle them

I handle a small development team in a startup company. We are limited in resources and amount of people in the team. But recently, the owner of the company started asking ridiculous and unrealistic ...
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Simultaneously Introduce Yourself and Light a Fire in Email to Supplier [closed]

I just took over management of our software product releases. Now I am tasked with sending an email to a supplier of ours to try and light a fire under them for some updated documentation. But they ...
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My manager hired a new teammate that I have not met/interviewed. Is this a red flag?

My manager recently notified me that a new team-member will be joining our team, and I believe I will be reporting to them. Unfortunately, I did not interview this candidate (they were interviewed ...
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Why employer want to fire an employee? [closed]

I'm clueless regarding a private job to understand thier managing behaviour. I want to understand this situation when an project has finished and they start to cut-down. I want to understand these ...
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What kinds of company records can an employee legitimately ask to see? [closed]

From a recent question about how to figure out whether you are on a death march, this answer http://workplace.stackexchange.com/a/58835/36305 got me thinking. As an employee in a non-management ...
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Discussing my role within the company with my boss

I started working at this company 5 months ago. I interviewed, and was hired, to develop applications in C and C++. When started, however, I was asked to put together a Web Application for management, ...
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email etiquette from boss - capitalization [closed]

Maybe times have changed or the new norm is to not capitalize anything in a sentence, but ... I have 2 superiors: one takes the time to say hello, ask/please/thank you in their email when ...
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A co-worker built a product in his spare time and now it's become a sanctioned company initiative - what to do

I work at a company that has a reputation for squeezing the most out of its employees, although the group I'm in doesn't share the same "burnout" culture that the rest of the company does. I ...