Questions relating to situations involving management in the workplace.

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How should I confront my boss for not being open with me about my performance and development?

I am a new manager (junior/assistant head of department), promoted one year ago, and I have always had five star performance ratings as well as been recently named best employee of the company. On the ...
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Tactful, diplomatic way of communicating with graphic-design ignorant boss

I have been a graphic designer for over 20 years, currently working under a Graphics Director, whose boss is the Department Manager, whose boss is the VP of Marketing. The VP is recently hired, and ...
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Random enforcing of company policy [on hold]

We have a company policy that specifically states that Immediate family members, while not forbidden to work together, cannot work in a manager-employee relationship. However, my supervisor ...
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How should I handle subjective evaluations? [on hold]

My boss isn't a great manager. He treats anyone who doesn't work for him a lot better than his employees. He barely communicates, barely praises, doesn't pay attention, doesn't check in to see how ...
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Is there a deeper issue? [closed]

I asked a similar issue but the comments i got were things i've tried before so I figure I'll be more detailed. The department I work for is a department of two people. My boss and I. I'm not his ...
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Would I be bad to leave a failing startup? [closed]

I'm a team lead for a small startup for the past 18 months. I started as a mid-level developer but was offered a promotion, taking on the role as it was an opportunity for me to upskill and learn new ...
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Why doesn't my boss communicate with me? [closed]

I have this on going problem with my boss that has been going on for years whereas 2 years before he became my boss we got along fine. But once he became my boss it was as if I don't exist anymore. ...
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How can I convince management that I need guidance and ask for a mentor?

I am 26 years old, working as a software developer. After I left college I worked as a trainee software engineer in a medium-size software firm, and gained good exposure to the software development ...
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How do you dispute a punishment irrelevant to the situation?

I've been with my current company for nearly a year now and I would like to confidently say I've been a complete star. Come 6 months into the job I was given a 30% increase in salary and praised about ...
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Is lowering employee's self-esteem a practised management technique? [closed]

I'm wondering if consciously making employees doubt their abilities or value, is a technique that some managers actively practise. I can imagine that this might be a good technique in certain ...
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What do I say if my manager asks me if there is someone in the company I would rather not work with?

As I was meeting with my manager the other day, he asked me who in the department I looked up to, outside of my mentor. I named several people. Then he asked me if there is someone in the company I ...
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How can I turn a “do more mentoring” objective into a something SMART?

I am writing objectives for one of my developers at the moment and we want him to take on some of the mentoring of a more-junior developer, partly as a means of increasing his seniority and partly ...
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Polite way to approach boss about salary?

About 2 or 3 months ago I had been hired by a software firm as an intern. Upon talking with HR around that time, they told me that they would start paying me once clients started coming in(It's a ...
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How do I politely tell my manager I don't want to work under someone

In my company in-between managers and employees like myself are team leads, more senior employees who individuals don't technically report to, but do prioritize team projects and generally have the ...
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How do I deal with a manager who is now ignoring me a lot

I was assigned a new manager recently (about 3 months back) as a result of an organization restructure . Since the manager was initially a peer (though of a higher designation), he was the one who was ...
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As assistant manager, supporting a team member the boss is down on

I'm the assistant manager of a small team, and the manager, "Mary", and I have a large difference of opinion about one of our members, "Ethan". He's the least experienced person we have. Overall, I ...
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Need help to respond to unexpected lay off [closed]

I work at a small PROFITABLE IT consulting firm in USA and I just finished two projects successfully, fighting with some "manageable" health problems (IBS).After that, I have not had a project for ...
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Management technique to give warnings to employees?

I want to know what the following management technique is which seems to be used by company managers. Say there is an employee in a company who hadn’t performed well during the year. After a couple ...
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Measure competence of the company on different technology areas

We are trying to measure competencies of the people in the company for different kinds of technologies. The ultimate goal is to identify areas that we need to have some competency improvement ...
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I do not see my subordinates' work - how do I manage them?

I work at a small creative company as a Producer. Until very recently, there was no hierarchy. Everyone reported directly to the owner/CEO. Recently, he's (CEO) developed a hierarchy with various ...
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How can I communicate to my boss that working with the new colleague is causing me stress?

A new colleague was hired at my department 3 months ago. He is quite disrespectful towards other employees since the first day, acts weird, has no experience and no actual work results, but is ...
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How to proceed when remote boss doesn't answer emails?

My boss and I sit in different remote sites, several thousands of miles apart. We don't see each other often. On several occasions in the last few months, I have sent him emails asking him for ...
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Got in over my head on a project, how do I tell my boss I can't do it anymore?

I have been working as a Jr. Developer at my current job for about a year and half. After been at my job for about 5 months I volunteered to do complete rewrite of a very old system that the company ...
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How to take the high ground when an employee tries to compete against me? [duplicate]

I am an assistant manager reporting to the head of department as well as some executive officers on some projects, and broadly manage all the execution and operations as well as make some strategic ...
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How do I communicate to my boss that I am unwilling to perform a task because it may be illegal? [closed]

My boss has instructed a co-worker to edit some papers with Photoshop to add information that is not true (and maybe use it later on court). He is concerned that making these edits would cause him ...
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Who do I listen to my boss or my team? [closed]

I'm having a situation at work where my boss (who I rarely work with) is telling me to do a piece of work one way, but a senior team member (who I work with often) is telling me to do it another way. ...
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If I love my job (and company), but my role has been stripped of responsibilities, what will I gain from staying? [closed]

(I think my previous questions were not clear or comprehensive enough as I always get negative rating or incomplete answers. So let me try again, as this question is really important to me.) I truly ...
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Influence boss' decision on what role to assign me to?

My boss is undecided whether to assign me to: role A: office (managing spreadsheets, image editing, vectorial drawing, etc.) role B: warehouse stock assistant How can I convince him or ...
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How to manage customer expectations when delivery depends on an opaque third party?

A client has requested a fast turnaround on a public iOS app. We know we can manage it with the resources available, but distributing via the Apple App Store is an unknown to us. I understand that ...
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How can I explain in an interview that I quit due to being passed over for a promotion? [closed]

I am a top-performing manager, no negative feedback (not even when I ask for them) from my superiors, yet someone else is going to be the new vice-functional/departmental head following an ...
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How do I handle my Senior making fun of my mistakes? [closed]

When my boss gives me a code review, he says my coding style is bad. He is constantly pointing out silly mistakes I've made and telling me that I am an amateur. He is very impatient with my making the ...
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Do I have an obligation to inform management for critical emails from past employees?

One of my colleagues received a very critical (and unsolicited) email for our company, from a past associate1, through a social network. My colleague informed me, his immediate superior, and my first ...
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Is it okay to share a customer appreciation email I received with my Manager

I received a email wherein a customer congratulated to my work. Is it okay if I forward and share this with my manager?
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How to expose your need for team interaction without sounding like a slacker?

I have been working at internships on and off for the past 2 years, and at least twice I have been in the situation of having my own project to advance by myself. The first time it happened, I was ...
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How to handle boss's invitation to become a Facebook Friend knowing that sometimes my Friends might post something that is not work-appropriate

I've had a pretty good working relationship with my boss for the past 1 1/2 years. He trusts me to deal with the problems he gives me, I give him the best quality work that I can, occasionally there ...
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Late Payment by employer

I have recently joined an middle -size organisation about 2 months ago. The employer has not yet paid the amount of my first month. The salary cycle is from 25th to 25th of every month, with a week ...
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Does there exist a management strategy that purposefully employs favoritism? [closed]

Favoritism on our team has reached unreal heights. I'm wondering whether there in fact exists a management strategy where one team member is set on a pedestal, similar to management strategies where ...
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Bosses refuse to follow branding guidelines

My company recently acquired a new building. The architect proposed a design for the facade that goes against the branding guidelines on use of our company logo. As the Corpcomms manager, I did my ...
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Name of effect on a company when the head changes [closed]

I understand when a large company changes the head boss, it creates a ripple effect of changes through the entire company. This is due to, the people directly under the new head boss will change how ...
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Am I right to consider workload when new good ideas are suggested by my team?

Sometimes people in my team (including a Mr. Know-It-All, as he is often leading the revolutionary charge) come up with some really good ideas or valid criticism. If they require very little time ...
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How to deal with know-it-all's?

Imagine your boss or another department manager asks you something. You start formulating the idea in your head... and before you can speak Mr. Know-It-All barges into the conversation and tries to ...
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Applying for a position that I previously held

I previously held a position at company X. I left because my spouse got a job offer in another location, but also my boss didn't like me very much and didn't let me do my job properly and he hadn't ...
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My supervisor treats me and my team as a “resource” [closed]

I've been reading some e-mails from my supervisor and I've noticed that he always call me and my teammates "resources". For example, answering a manager's demand, he answered At the moment I ...
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How to Deliver Resignation Letter To My Boss Who is Not Located on Site

My contract states that I must give 4 weeks notice in writing to end my contract. The issue I am facing is one of logistics. My boss works schedule is hectic, he either working from home, liaising ...
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How can I convince management to offer training to employees?

I work for a midsize software company. Recently we have experienced some attrition for a number of reasons, one of the chief complaints is that we are not offering training for our employees. There ...
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Is it professional to start my notice period before telling my manager?

What is a professional way to resign and start the notice period? Consider these cases: My boss isn't available to tell him first that I'm leaving. My boss is a diplomatic person that will ask me ...
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Cubicle assigned seating in office, requesting change in the face of refusal

Given an open office layout with low-barrier cubicles setup in rows and a management assigned seating plan, how reasonable is it to request a seating change? The seating was assigned during a recent ...
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Is it a bad idea to reveal to a boss that you had applied for another position in the same company and didn't get it? [closed]

I had applied for a position in a very large company and did not get it. Years latter I was hired by the same company, but in a different branch. I once mentioned to my boss that I had an interview ...
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How to respond to a rejection of recommendation letter

I requested a reference from a prof whom I used to know . He politely declined my request and responded this way: Hmmm..it is tricky - since I have not taught you or worked with you - it would ...
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Project Manager asks for complete 100% confidence everytime committing code

I've got an ongoing relationship with a long term business partner as a consultant where his role is project manager (task manager + direction), and my role is a contracted developer. He has a ...