Questions relating to situations involving management in the workplace.

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How to build dialogue and cooperation when other managers bypass my authority as a manager?

I manage two internal teams (direct reports) and external contractors (matrix reports) in a relatively flat organization structure and casual workplace culture. It is common for employees to help ...
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How to request an acting supervisor position

I just learned that one of our managers is going to be leaving our organization (I work for a large, US, Federal Agency in California). I am currently not a supervisor, nor on the former manager's ...
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My manager wants me transfer to another location that I am not comfortable with

I am currently working in a place that is near my home. My manager wants me to transfer to some other place that I don't want to go. How can I tell him politely that I don't want to, so that I can ...
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Why do some companies not give minor benefits to employees?

I'm not talking about benefits that imply more money for the employee. Few years back, I worked in a company (let's name it company A) where we had many small benefits (free of course): Having ...
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Work standing still, difficulty in autonomy [on hold]

I am in a long internship at an IT company. At first, I was excited because it was the company I wanted and I was doing the job that would help me for my future career. But mostly, I was involved ...
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How to stay in the loop when senior managers go above you in external relations?

I manage the relationship with one of our key vendors e.g. an enterprise resource planning software such as SAP. As such, I initiate and look after negotiations, issues, new products, opportunities ...
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Approaching management about safety incident

I work at a pool as a lifeguard, lifeguard instructor, Water Saftey Instructor and WSI Trainer. I have been a lifeguard and WSI for 9 years, lifeguard instructor for 4 years, in a lifeguard ...
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What can I do? Does anyone have any advice? [on hold]

I work in part of a branch of companies. One of my colleagues (Sarah) told me that a manager (Liam) had in the past made sexual advances towards her and she was uncomfortable about it and didn't know ...
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Supervisors lies about company policy [on hold]

My supervisor instructed me not to go to human resources without informing the supervisor first, and lied stating it is company policy. This was said to me in hearing range of one of the managers in ...
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How to handle criticism and pressure in work never done before (industry pioneer)?

As a premise, I am the only person in the company who knows how to use a new Technology, and there are only a handful people in the whole country who use it. The Technology is in a very early phase, ...
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How to be successful under a very very hot tempered & impatient boss?

I am incharge of a regional office and trying to set up a production unit for garments. I need more staff under me to carry out & maintain the office & production tasks. My boss is a very ...
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How do you counter the argument that “Arrogance isn't a blocker”? [closed]

We (a group of developers and managers) were discussing whether we should hire a certain candidate. There were several interviewers from different nations (American, Britain, and the Middle East). ...
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How would you handle inflexible bad coding standards at a new job?

I have only been working at my current position for a little over 3 months and I feel that some of the coding standards that are in place go against my personal best practices. The biggest clash seems ...
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How to politely recommend someone they don't need to read the details but to sign [closed]

How can I tell my boss that I had read (and at least partially written) something he needs to sign, and that we had already discussed its content, so I can advise him that (IMO) he does not need to ...
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Why do companies not want to hire over qualified people?

I've heard stories of how people looking for jobs have been turned down by companies because they are over-qualified, even when they are willing to take a (sometime substantial) pay-cut. Why do ...
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Transfer revoked [closed]

Can my transfer (that has been accepted to move to another department) be revoked, if the accepting office decide to, due to previous issues over 4 years ago where I had to request a facilitated ...
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How can I get my colleagues to stop interrupting me?

I am the youngest and the least experienced member of my team of eight. Everyone else has at least six years' experience. I have been observing that, for a long time now, whenever I try making a ...
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I'm the new boss, the old boss is now a part-time employee under me

My boss was recently forced to retire. I have taken their position. Now they are coming back part-time with me as their boss. I have made some changes in how they did things before but I know this ...
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How to document that I work irregular hours every day based on business needs and on-demand situations?

I have been the curator/manager of a small historic building for 10 years and a change in management now requires that I document my working hours and processes, presumably to determine a change in my ...
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Can I be forced to cover for a colleague? [closed]

I work for a tow company where we have set schedules. Previously, another employee has made threats about cutting my brake-lines or poisoning me and my dogs. Management was made aware of the ...
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Warehouse picker 'promoted' to software developer without facilities or pay rise. What to do?

[There's a TL;DR version at the bottom] I am currently employed as a Warehouse Colleague for a large distribution centre. My general role is very menial, a low stress job that has very low skill ...
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My manager thinks showing up early doesn't show as much enthusiasm as staying late

TL;DR: My manager says I don't "show a sense of urgency" like the rest of the team because I am laid-back and typically leave right at 5. But I come in early and work through lunch and definitely ...
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What should I do when an employee threatens me?

My friend is a manager at a store and he fired a man for bringing his own stuff to sell in the store, which is prohibited. He also gave a warning letter to the other guy who helped that man selling ...
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How to take ownership to solve an issue when managers focus on pinpointing person to blame and punish?

When any kind of failure happens at my company, the first question everyone in the hierarchy asks is "Whose fault was it?" I remember once overhearing a conversation where someone replied "It's no ...
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My current task exceeds what is expected from an engineer in my position - what can I reasonably demand from management and when?

Six months ago I become responsible for an important engineering task within my company, since the person previously occupying that position was forced to leave (ahem). So far I have done a good job ...
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Internship: Manager never available [duplicate]

I am currently in an intern position and have been for a few weeks now. My problem is that I can never get a hold of my manager to get feedback on the work I am doing. He will assign me work and when ...
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How to handle when boss eschews or gives unclear instructions on a new assignment?

(Note: there are similar questions, though this is distinct in as far as a boss is involved and the task is unknown to me) My boss recently assigned me Project X. Although I am vaguely familiar with ...
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How do I give reference for a potential workplace if my reason for leaving my previous workplace was due to management? [duplicate]

Perhaps it might be better if I start out with some background first and that might give everyone a bit of an idea on where I'm coming from. I will be omitting all names here just in case. I work for ...
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Fired or Not Fired [closed]

Two employees called into boss's office: "Illinois is an at will state, I can fire you for any reason, I tried to protect you, you snubbed me, now get out of my office." Employee attempted to say a ...
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How to convince management that our department is understaffed

It appears to me that my department has been running dangerously understaffed for quite some time now. The work that used to be done by 8 people is now being done by 3. I've raised my concern a few ...
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How to ask your manager as if he asked CEO about a request you made

I am trying to find out how to ask a manager about request I made to him a few days ago, and he said he would find out in x days, but x days has passed. He usually doesn't respond unless you ask him ...
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How can I impress upon a manager the value of a respectful management style?

Background: I indirectly oversee a professional who manages an assistant. The assistant's work has lacked some attention to detail lately. The manager decided to deal with this by sending a rather ...
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How to become more employable as a manager? [closed]

There are many articles and resources on how individual contributors can stay employable in an increasingly unstable and rapidly-changing job scene: by learning more hard skills, taking courses, being ...
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Handling excessive absenteeism due to genuine illnesses

I'm on the board of an organization that has recently hired a new employee in a position where attendance during particular set hours is fairly important. The employee used up all her paid time off ...
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My seasonal illness makes it hard for me to work autonomously and learn new/difficult concepts, generally reducing my performance

I am typically a top performer and a hard worker, but my seasonal hay fever is making life (work) hell. Besides sniffling, which irritates some of my colleagues, I often get drowsy from medication ...
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How should I decide about rehiring someone who was disrespectful and unprofessional(though successful) in their management before? [closed]

A few years ago, I was fired by Mr. Visibility, the boss of the X company. It's hard to explain why, but I believe it occurs because of the differences of philosophy. One year later, Mr. Visibility ...
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What ares of business should one gain experience in to have more chances for advancement into CEO roles? [closed]

(I don't know why but for some reason my other question was "downvoted". I guess I need to re-phrase it for it to be more on-topic... please help me do so if it isn't!) As you can guess from my ...
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How to deal with bosses that expects too much

I am a trainee developer at a large (~120 people) web agency, about 7 days from passing my probation. During my interview and on the contract it says the work hours are from 9:30am to 6:30pm. I always ...
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Top management calls very frequent off-hours meetings

We have daily meeting with our production manager during office hours. Most of the time the meetings are during office hours. We do not have any difficulties with that. Sometimes our top management ...
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How to deal with a job which is very demanding and might be under-eligible for doing it?

I am constantly feeling overwhelmed in this job and there is never a sense of comfort. I remember being someone who liked challenges, but one at a time. My job is really good for someone who is ...
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How to bring up the compensation aspect in discussion with my boss?

I joined this organisation from college and been here for 2 years now. Many folks who joined along with me have left. And the subsequent year graduates have been joining in with higher starting ...
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Under what circumstances can workplace silos be beneficial to the company?

I have some of the greatest managers and colleagues I have ever had in my working life. Yet one thing that seems to be highly enforced at our company are workplace silos, i.e. information should not ...
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How do I quit a job when my manager is at a distant location?

I work at a large company and after the most recent "management restructuring," most of the employees in my department have managers at various other locations. While my manager used to sit about 30 ...
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How to deal with team member openly discrediting me across the company?

There are one or two similar questions here, I am sure, but I feel my situation might be quite specific in that I have no disciplinary authority over this person, yet I manage him. The other ...
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Is there a way to explain on resume that the scope/role of the employee constantly changed to make leaps in performance?

I am asking because I would like to describe this as an achievement on my resume. I will use an analogy to simplify my story: I have a team of graphic designers and we get more and more requests but ...
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What is the next step on the growth path of a first line manager, and how to reach it? [closed]

Sorry if anything like this has been asked before but it perfectly represents my internal situation: I am afraid that my team, whom I managed and developed from scratch, don't need me anymore. They ...
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How to write a email about certain achievement to boss?

I'm looking for a sample email that I can use as an offical email to inform my boss about my achievement (passed a certification exam). All the sample letters I found on the net relate to ...
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How do you incentivise developers without upsetting testers?

Our office is mixed with a dev-to-tester ratio of about 1:1.5 - and we're in a dilemma of providing perks for developers which could be too costly to provide for the entire office. Up to now, we ...
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Should I tell my new boss that one of my team is leaving for my old job? [duplicate]

Strange situtation: I'm in the process of leaving my company (company A) for a new role as a team leader (company B). While helping interview for my replacement, I've just discovered that someone ...
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What makes a job a senior job? [closed]

I was reading this question where the original poster say it is his/her first job. But the (at the moment) only answer points that he is ready to take senior position. I was surprised because in the ...