Questions relating to situations involving management in the workplace.

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immigrant manager's cultural sensitivity [on hold]

My new boss will be the first-generation immigrant from a third world country. He is a smart, middle age man but , I am afraid, he has a very little "American culture" awareness. In other words, he ...
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working for much younger single manager

I have been given an offer in a nice company: like the technology, package, salary and perks. There is one problem: my manager is 10 years younger than me and he is a single techno-geek who fits right ...
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How to handle a boss who doesn't accept disagreement [on hold]

I'm currently working under a boss who cannot accept disagreement. When I say "No sorry, I disagree because [...], I think it would bring more value if [...]", he responds very aggressively, ...
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How do I politely decline an invitation to an event that would be unpleasant or uncomfortable to me?

This question recently asked for advice on how to turn down an invitation to a sporting event the asker had no interest in. Most of the answers provided, including the highest upvoted one, recommend ...
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Long meetings (6-7 hours a day): Being “babysat” by supervisor [on hold]

I hold a PhD in mechanical engineering with a 7 year background in self-guided, self-paced research including 2 years as a graduate level course instructor and a subject matter expert for various ...
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I was called an asshole by an employee. By all scenarios, I probably was. However, I didn't mean to be. Is this a good response? [closed]

"hey _", I'm not sure if I heard you correctly, but I think you muttered "asshole" on your way out. I hear that often enough to know that it is me and my behavior so I apologize if I had hurt your ...
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How do I help my manager operate in a structured manner?

I have recently moved into a new team (both new to me, and new to the organization). My new manager's style is freeform, creative and fast-paced. While I like all those things, we work in an extremely ...
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Want to do more at work, how to approach it? [duplicate]

I am 25 and I have freshly started to work in a risk management department of a bank in December 2014. In the beginning it was very stressful, because I worked in an IT project(I studied computer ...
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Handling the departure of one's immediate supervisor

I unfortunately received the unpleasant information at work that my immediate supervisor will be departing the company for reasons unknown to me. I have a performance evaluation upcoming within next ...
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My boss found out I used to be on probation and is forcing me to quit and admit to thefts I did not do [closed]

One day at work I was talking to a co-worker about my probation, saying that I was off probation and my boss overheard. My boss asked me if I used to be on probation I admitted I used to be but I ...
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How To communicate maintaining a clean work place to employees one manages [closed]

I am the supervisor at my office. I watch over the dispatchers and I am also the Network Administrator. I have 3 other people that work in my office on different shifts. Time spent cleaning takes ...
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How to handle situation where boss wants to restrict paid days off?

I work at a company in software engineering and we are going through a period of time where we are busy implementing a variety of things, some of which are urgent. I want to claim one PTO day, but ...
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In Over my Head and High Expectations

I am currently working as a game developer. I am a recent grad (only graduated from university 2 years ago) and I seem to be in over my head. I started out at the company as a QA/maintenance ...
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Manager vs IC role [closed]

I am an engineer and worked as an individual contributor for msot of my career and is something I enjoyed doing. Last year though I took up a new job where I became a lead - now have ppl reporting to ...
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I have my probation ending at the end of this month, is it better to bring up salary increase before or during it?

So I joined my current company 5 months ago (approx) they asked me to join while I was working at my old company, at the time they told me that after 6 months they would increase my salary up 2k, but ...
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How to refuse a promotion to team leader from trainee because no salary appraisal.?

I joined this company as a trainee and I just finished my training period. Company offered me a promotion without a increment in salary. There are senior colleagues trying to this position also. At ...
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How to deal with a boss that continues to do day-to-day work?

My boss (and, actually, his boss too, which is the company general director) are generally quite good. But it happens (seldom, but frequently enough) that they start to fiddle with the details: day to ...
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Resigning while being trained as a replacement for someone who is resigning [duplicate]

I work at a software company and I am about to resign from my job due to getting a better job offer. The only problem is I was informed today that another member of our team is leaving and he will ...
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Manager asks to spy on others, should I agree to help?

One of my managers told me he had no time to actually keep an eye on what is going on in the team. He asked me to be his "eyes and ears". I think "snitches get stitches" and don't want to ruin my ...
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Providing constructive feedback for someone who interprets it as personal criticism

I am a fairly green manager of a small team of 6 software developers. In addition to managing, my responsibilities include providing technical direction, making overall architectural and ...
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My boss is over committing to his boss and creating tension in my job. How to handle this situation

My boss is a project manager and I am project lead, working in a software product development. My boss always wants to impress his boss by doing whatever he proposes. He commits deadline in our ...
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How to represent daily work done effectively in daily call with reporting manager sitting abroad

In the project I am working each of us need to give daily status to Reporting Manager for the daily development task we had done in a telephonic call as my reporting manager works from US office. I am ...
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Get the job of my boss

For several reasons I assume that I'd be more suited for the job of my boss and my boss is more suited for the job I do. From my perspective it would be best if we'd simply be switched. Given I can ...
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Leave a job out of concern of mistakes?

I am a CPA, licensed in a different state than where I currently live. I moved to this city less than a year ago, and worked from home for my old job for a while. Due to a huge offshoring initiative ...
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Resignation letter to a new manager

So I've worked at the same restaurant for 8 years and I'm graduating college in 3 months. About a year ago there was a change in management. My long time manager was forced out by the district manager ...
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How to defend my supervisor from higher management

Overview We have a project in our office, it isn't going well. There are many causes, but the biggest are: The project was underbid, so we never really had a chance of making any money (we are a ...
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How do companies with “self-managed” employees make HR decisions?

I recently read about Morning Star Tomato. According to this video, their employees are entirely self-managed and contribute to the company in whatever way they see fit. Decisions like equipment ...
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Should I obey the direct manager's decision? [closed]

I have years of engineering experience and now I am taking the position of a jr. manager. I seek the opinion of the other managers about the case at my current project. I had a positive experience ...
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What is the likely professional impact of requesting an internal transfer because of a bad manager?

I work for a company in north Africa that is owned by a bigger company in UK. Reporting hierarchy: Me-->my local manager-->development manager in UK-->IT manager in UK. I'm preparing to request to be ...
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Manager departure kept secret until it actually happens? Uncommon?

My boss's boss just left the company and I asked my boss how this is normally handled in the context of any company. He responded with this explanation: After the departing manager hands in his/her ...
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what to do when there are rumors of firing employees on their increment day

I am working for a company which opened its regional office in my country since last year. I started 11 months ago and I was told by HR that company has bright future and it values its employees by ...
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How to fill in for an absentee manager?

I recently joined a biggish company in a not well-defined role of coordinator/coach, but not actual manager, of a small business unit. My boss, i.e. my business unit's actual manager, is time-starved ...
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How to write a email to boss asking him to hire qualified empolyee to help me in QA dept [duplicate]

I joined as a junior in QA dept then grew to manager,day after day the products of the company get larger and I am unable to conduct all experiments and tasks lonely. So what I need to ask my boss to ...
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Why can't many teams be self-organized and how to help them to self-organize?

Note: although the question talks about programmers, I imagine it applies as well to many other professions where self-organization is suitable: scientists, visual designers, etc. I remember from ...
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What challenges are you facing in your new management position? [closed]

I might be promoted to a management position. I am wondering what kind of challenges, struggles and feelings people face when they are promoted from an professional to a management position. More ...
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How to handle manager who doesn't know how to manage well? [closed]

Let's say you have a project manager. They don't have any training in management because, unlike at some big companies, the management at this company does not require experience to become a manager. ...
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What is the difference between a re-organization and a re-alignment? [closed]

Business speak completely confuses me. My department(the IT department in a large bureaucracy) claims to be going through a "re-alignment" to become a "service oriented organization." What does that ...
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What obstacles are there, from an employer's view, to change contract from hourly to salary and how do I overcome those?

Question: What reasons might my employer have to decline my request for salary, and how can I refute these? Background: I have been with my employer for a little over a year. I am a designer, ...
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What is the best way to prepare to coach a junior in software development? [closed]

I've recently been asked by my superior to coach a junior developer. I'm thrilled about it and love the prospect. I have a bit of experience in coaching a Junior (once in the past) but I would like to ...
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Should I give a bigger notice period than what is required of me?

I am a contractor and my current contract ends on May 29. I have been in this position for a total of 3 contracts (including the current one), in contract lengths of 3 months, 3 months, and 6 months, ...
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My boss just accused me of being passive aggressive. How do I handle my manager who may be passive aggressive himself? [closed]

Today my boss asked me to step into a side room and started asking me about my workload. He didn't seem interested in my reply so I assumed this was just a performance review (I'm overdue) . He then ...
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Staying organized as a research manager/team lead

I work on a data science team in which most work is practical, data-oriented research usually terminating in the production of a prototype which is placed directly or with little modification into ...
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What is the real role and meaning of the middle manager? [closed]

Based on my own experience and based on the reading of the great number of questions, comments and answers on this site and around, seems to me that a lot of conflicts and troubles is caused by ...
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Can micromanaging issue could be brought up as an ethical issue? [closed]

“Micromanagement is a personality aberration of insecure individuals.” — Susan K. O’Brien, organizational specialist “One micromanager can do more damage to an organization than termites in ...
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Recording the time spent on projects in a somewhat unpredictable environment

I work in a small engineering company whose engineering department consists of a small handful of engineers. We will generally have one or two major development projects ongoing, but are also required ...
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How do you manage promotion when using Scrum?

I'm cursed with the blessing of a highly performing Scrum team. One of the benefits of this team is that they function as a very cohesive unit. Each team member is bringing their own particular ...
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my father passed away should I expect to see my boss at the funeral [closed]

My father passed away and I've been working for the same company for almost 10 years, should I have expected my boss to attend the funeral or at least the mass?
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How can an employee resolve the boss threatening not to pay anyone, if they take a planned holiday? [closed]

The boss at CompanyInc has said that if employee X takes her planned holiday with me (one week, planned three months ago), then no one in the company will be paid. This has been conveyed as a ...
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How do I break bad news to an employee without negatively affecting their relationships with other employees?

I manage an overseas team. When the team was setup, they were promised certain benefits such as cash bonuses and visiting industry conferences. However, one of my team is significantly ...
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My boss directly communicates with my subordinates without going through me [closed]

I am employed for the post with wide general authorization. My job on the first place is to build framework for detailed operations so that the process goes smoothly. I have subordinates who make ...