Questions relating to situations involving management in the workplace.

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How to build strong internal networks and informal relationships when I am always busy?

I work in a very informal culture where employees across all levels of hierarchy call each other "mate" or "buddy". Managers often make critical decisions outside the company walls, during lunch or ...
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How can I tell the head of company that my boss is incompetent?

I'm leaving my current position at a small startup to work elsewhere. While here I've been shocked by the incompetency of my boss, the CTO. The company is very small, < 10 people and everyone works ...
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How to deal with a manager undermining specialist advice in a small organisation? [on hold]

In a school, teachers, particularly of senior subjects are the professionals in charge of that particular subject area. Management can include principals of a section or of the entire school. This ...
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My employer wants me to write a guide for doing my job

I'm on my way out of a company doing tech work for an SMB (Small or Medium-sized Business) and I happen to be the only expert on various parts of the company's operation. I gained this knowledge ...
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How do I improve employee's productivities and engagement? [closed]

One of my employees has low production for the past two months, not achieving goals, and is disengaged in team meetings. I also noticed he is up out of his seat a lot recently. What do managers here ...
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How a manager should correct himself

How should manager a correct himself after giving a wrong advice to a team member, in order to avoid possible loss of trust and confidence in front of the team? And in this particular context, the ...
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Is my manager trying to replace me? [closed]

Here is my situation. I started at this position a little over 2 years ago. When I first started I was doing web development, at $40,000/yr. The company has many contracts so it's very profitable. I ...
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How to handle situation where my super boss perceive me to know everything when actually I know nothing [closed]

I am working in a software division of financial company and not much processes are followed in my company. Today my reporting manager told me that as he is not present tomorrow just executte some ...
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My boss's behaviour seems unethical and possibly illegal. What should I do? [closed]

I'm a web designer and I've been working at my current company now for about 6/7 months and I've witnessed many questionable things. Some of which I know are against the law but some of which I really ...
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How would applying for a scholarship sponsored by employer affect my employer's perception of me?

I am a second year masters student in Computer Science. I also work for a software development company which sponsors a scholarship that I want to apply to. I was concerned about the ethical aspect ...
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How to properly communicate to boss that we lack, and need more, time and/or manpower? [duplicate]

My work consists in doing a number of projects with multiple different teams across the company, as well as handling some day-to-day requests from individual colleagues, again across different ...
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Using Y-Theory practices on an X-Type employee?

A friend uses a very strong Y-Theory approach to management and recently his organization added a new business unit. That business unit has a very senior technical systems administrator who has become ...
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Quantifying risks and opportunities in DevOps organizations

I lead a DevOps group that I've broken-out into three distinct organizations: development, operations, and support. As the manager of these organizations, I'd like to start using quad-charts for ...
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Team 2 wants extra benefits because team 1's requirements changed

I have two teams, Team A and Team B. They do different work. The working hours of team A were recently changed (to 6-14hrs and 14-22 hrs), and the company decided to pay extra for Team A. Team B does ...
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Can Managers Make You Wear a Uniform? [closed]

I manage a care home and have never worn a uniform only a smart outfit - suit / dress. The home managers for the organisation I work for have now told us that we have to wear a nurses uniform. Can ...
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How does upper management get feedback from employees? [closed]

Generally when companies promote someone as a manager of a team, how do they evaluate if that person performs adequately? My assumption is that part of the manager's job is to have a good working ...
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What can I do to improve the chances of my being promoted? [closed]

Yeah I get the concept of hard work, go above and beyond, but that's not what this is about. I've worked in various organizations where it seems like people never quit. If people never quit how does ...
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How to tell my company that I am having issues with my boss?

I am in a services company where my employer has the responsibility to arrange or facilitate other consulting positions; usually the immediate boss takes care of this as his primary responsibility of ...
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List of Areas to focus on for a manager for an employee career? [closed]

I am new to management roles, and have 10 people reporting to me. As a manager, I have to make sure my reportees are given the right/equal opportunities which will help them to attain good performance ...
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How should I approach my manager that I want to move to another team inside the same company?

I joined my current company a year and a half ago and I've had the same manager since then. My manager has been stressing out in our one-to-one meetings that I am not performing adequately, even ...
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How should I approach my manager to ask if bringing fiancée to work would be okay? [closed]

My fiancée has recently had some major issues with family, and she's finding it hard to be on her own. We recently moved to a new city and she hasn't started university yet, and as such hasn't got any ...
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Is there a commonly accepted gender neutral convention to replace the abbreviation EQM (Equivalent Manpower)?

My organization is seeking to replace all "manpower" terminology with gender neutral terms. There are some instances where the conventional abbreviation "EQM", which stands for "Equivalent Manpower" ...
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Boss asked me to copy files from ex-CEOs computer

There has recently been a change in the corporate hierarchy. The former CEO/President is now, technically, just an employee (although, to be sure, an employee with a lot of weight) and a shareholder. ...
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How to handle pressure when I am not fully in control of the issue (and it is beyond my skills)? [closed]

I am responsible for delivering different final product/service requests to Team A (usually Customer Sales, Business Developers, sometimes the CEO himself) using in-house-built Software that is ...
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What kind of management skills should a manager mention on CV/resume skills section? [duplicate]

Many CV/resume advice websites mention that it will make recruiter's life easier to put a "top skills/areas" section on the top of the resume, or an ordered skills section, emphasizing the ...
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Will not having a reference potentially hurt my future career chances, despite not wanting to return to my current field of work?

I am resigning from my job at a small company that I've been at for only about four months. I am quite young and have spent the two years prior to this job dealing with health issues, so this job will ...
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How to encourage decision-makers to communicate their viewpoints more openly?

I am a newly hired C-level worker at a very small company (less than 30 staff) and am part of the decision-making body. It is my first time at this level of responsibility and here is my first ...
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How to deal with a colleague who is picking tasks based on what will get them more attention and visibility as opposed to picking up tasks of priority [closed]

I have a colleague who has recently been choosing to do work that is not deadline driven neither is it of high priority. There is other work that will probably get us more attention and visibility to ...
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Should one ever admit to being overloaded? [closed]

My manager is taking on a lot on my teams' behalf and I suppose I have the classic 'I don't want to admit to being overloaded in the fear of being seen as unwilling to do the work or worse, incapable ...
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How can I approach management when asked to work without a software license?

I need to use Windows at work and I do not have a valid license. When I talked to my boss about this he said I don't need it and to use it the way it is. I would rather not keep ignoring the warnings ...
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How to be honest when my boss doesn't want to hear the truth? [duplicate]

New Boss:"Is the deadline realistic? Answer yes or no. No maybes." Me:"Well, no..." New Boss:"That's an unacceptable answer. We must meet that deadline." That's just one of many ...
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How do I advise my boss about my colleague's work, which I don't believe is useful for the company

I work at a small startup company, comprised of mostly technical people. Our company is currently undergoing a tough time (we just had to lay off 3 people) and we're under a lot of pressure to finish ...
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What is the purpose of 1-on-1 meetings with your direct leader/boss?

I have worked in places where one-on-one meetings (a meeting where only the boss and one other employee are present) are a weekly thing and topics can vary from "what did you do this weekend" to "do ...
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How detailed must I be when non-technical managers ask to explain “everything”? [closed]

Sometimes non-technical superiors (matrix managers) from other departments spot something that didn't work as expected or are annoyed that we cannot deliver a project by a certain deadline; or cannot ...
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Is it good to drop mail to senior management about issues with directs I report to? [closed]

Is it good idea to drop a mail to senior management and explain issue with our views concerning the directs that I report to? Direct Manager: A A's Manager : B B's Manager : C (Overall Project ...
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Should I report a manager that doesn't do the job? [closed]

I'm struggling with a direct supervisor, who just doesn't seem to pull his own weight. Basically my supervisor is expected to be a "working manager", so his time is split between 15% administrative ...
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How to deal with a rude and bully Boss? [closed]

I work as a software engineer on contract basis for a big IT company in London. Couple of months back our team manager got changed. Our new manager is very rude and impolite. Her reputation as being ...
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Is there a good way to ask if you're being let go soon?

So this could just be me being paranoid but I have this dreadful feeling that the company I'm working for is going to be letting me go soon. They hired myself and another guy on at the same time, ...
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Do I need to project a manager “aura”/“persona” when liaising across the company? [closed]

New manager here - outside the office I am a socialite, inside the office I also socialize a lot, but by nature I have a very humble and almost "servile" demeanour when communicating within the ...
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How can I approach my boss after I feel blackmailed with him threatening my wife's employment?

I work for a small (15 person) niche IT consulting company. I have become regularly requested by our clients and I am a top performer at my company, which in turn has brought in healthy profits for ...
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How to behave when manager says “no” to me - but “yes” to other bosses - and makes me appear like a liar and bottleneck of deadlines? [closed]

Most of my job involves working with different managers across the company, including a senior officer who directly reports to the CEO and is virtually his "mini-me". In order to do my job, I rely on ...
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How to apologize for and address failures in areas of responsibility I have moved on from ages ago?

Recently a manager at my company started uncovering some critical mistakes in projects I had supervised a very long time ago. I have since advanced in level and taken on more teams/projects in higher ...
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How do I manage difficult ex boss returning from maternity leave?

My ex boss is about to return to work part time after maternity leave - we had previously worked together in our department for 6 years and although I never liked her much we got on fine. In her ...
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How to form opinions and communicate them after being conditioned to a culture of obeying-without-questioning?

Please help me rephrase the title in case it doesn't properly reflect the content, or isn't professional enough I am at the same company since I finished education. I was quite enthusiastic about my ...
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How can I impress upon my bosses the importance of security?

I work for a small company with a couple of directors and several staff who all report directly to them. I'm the senior PHP developer here and over the last few years have built a content management ...
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Written warning given to me for something that someone else in a very similar position got away with completely, help! [closed]

So I was handed a written warning for my alleged conduct with a colleague. It was claimed that I had sworn during a discussion with a nurse. BTW didn't. The colleague put in a complaint and got her 2 ...
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Is leaving the only solution when a manager doesn't want to listen to any critics? [closed]

I just read the unix principles and objectives and I found them precious for a software developer. I work in a big company where horrible design decisions have been made causing us to fail almost ...
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Is “company culture” just a set of personal preferences of leadership rather than a professionally developed institution?

As a manager with some say in the boardroom, I am interested in proposing a few changes to the company culture for the benefit of the overall company performance. What is still unclear to me is ...
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How to react when one of my bosses belittles my authority in presence of my reports? [duplicate]

All my seniors discuss with me first and thereafter leave it to me to handle all the workflow with the team. One of my new bosses - who is not responsible for my overall performance BUT whom I report ...
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How do you “confront” your manager if you believe he wronged you?

I am looking for an advice from those more experienced than I am. In my current team I was working in a project for quite a long time, mainly doing maintenance (unfortunately). I believed that I ...