Questions relating to situations involving management in the workplace.

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How should an IT manager discuss retrieving equipment and IP with a terminated employee?

Handling it when someone resigns is one thing... But when we let someone go in the company it's difficult for me as the IT manager to engage this individual over the phone or via email. The need is ...
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Refusing to travel

I have been working at my company very happily for two years now as a software developer. However, recently I have started getting requests from the company to travel to different cities. I usually ...
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How can I implement a sales incentive for a helpdesk type sales funnel?

We've got a team of sales people who handle sales in a self-elective manner from a helpdesk funnel. Basically the workflow is as follows: Customer places order Order appears in helpdesk Sales rep ...
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Subordinate had conversations with my boss- should I have been told? [on hold]

I am a C level manager whose direct report, a senior manager, went to my boss to complain I was over managing him. Through several meetings it was determined my report was at fault for not taking ...
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How do I tell my boss I am moving to a different organization? [duplicate]

I always wanted to do a kind of job I found a year back. But due to organizational changes, the entire team moved to a different project and I don't find the current work challenging and hence it is ...
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My manager tells me not to bother someone in the team when I need the answer from that person [closed]

I work on Design and I needed answer from a validation person, My manager tells me not to bother her since she is busy doing other work. Off late my manager keeps telling me to ask anyone anything. I ...
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My boss's boss doesn't trust me anymore because of my boss! [closed]

I am in a sticky situation at work whereby I was the first person to be recruited several years ago. I was reporting directly to the person who recruited me. Then last year a new manager was recruited ...
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How to be a programmer managed by scientists

I'm the most senior programmer at a company that works in the earth sciences. There are a handful of us (25%) that have backgrounds in computer science who work hard to support the rest of the company ...
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Is technical management unavoidable? [closed]

I'm a developer with about 10 years of experience, most of them with my current employer. I am good at my work, and this success has been recognized with promotions and increased responsibilities. ...
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How to deal with an underperforming engineering manager at a startup? [closed]

I'm at a startup that was an amazing place to work before we hired a new manager last year. In the time since morale has dipped drastically and amazing engineers feel they can no longer affect the ...
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If my managers argue with/about me due to their conflicting agendas, should I escalate the issue to the CEO (and how)? [duplicate]

I have one line manager on the contract, but my performance review (including salary increase, promotion, etc.) will be decided by three directors of whom I am a shared resource. And there's lots of ...
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As the 20-year old CEO of a startup IT company, what can I do to get older, more experienced people to take me seriously? [closed]

I'm the founder and head of a growing IT company. I went to a university (only finished my first year and a half) and was good with studies. I have 1 year of work experience (in an IT related field). ...
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startup etiquette: employee and supervisor meeting without me [closed]

I am the cofounder / CTO of a very small startup, ~4 people. We recently had to let go 2 people for differing reasons. As a result, we moved one engineer from working mostly on metrics to work on our ...
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Properly negotiating a task assignment that I feel is unproductive

I was assigned a task by my manager that I consider unproductive for a variety of reasons. It involves organizing a large number of hardcopy documents, but it's clear to me (and it seems like the ...
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How to coordinate people during a period of personal emotional issues?

This may be part of a broader question that could be "how to focus on work during a period of personal emotional issues", but in my specific case, I am a manager and my day-to-day work involves both ...
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How to deal with boss asking position unrelated tasks for free? [duplicate]

My wife is a part-time Chinese teacher, in a private school. Only the hours spent teaching are paid. Her boss often asks her and other teachers to do tasks unrelated to teaching, such as housework, ...
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Managing passive-aggressive employees

We have a general reorganization of my department going on at the moment and I have one staff member in particular who is being difficult about the process. A bit of background... This person has ...
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How do I get my boss to quit? [closed]

I work at a non-profit in California, where the entire team of 6 has become increasingly unhappy with our Director. She has been around for 13 years, is an old dog who refuses to learn new tricks, ...
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Asking current internship supervisor for letter of recommendation

I am currently a college student and part time intern at an organization, continuing my full time internship over the summer. Is it unreasonable to ask my current boss at this internship for a ...
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I quit my job and now my boss is threatening me with court (UK) [closed]

So I left my job on friday. I did so after a lot of thinking and basically I wasn't happy with the working environment and the ethical manner things were being done. I didn't give a notice, I simply ...
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How to tell a non profitable change may be profitable in long term? [closed]

When I entered the company, there was a project that a colleague started earlier that year. Let me explain the technical and non technical way (pick the one you prefer): The technical background Our ...
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How to be friendly without giving the wrong signals

How do I be friendly at the office without giving mixed signals, i.e. getting unwanted attention. I've been through a rough patch this year, and my immediate co-workers suspect it (abusive ...
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Boss angry about having to review my tickets with me, but doesn't let me communicate in tickets; what to do? [closed]

We use ticketing software at work to track tasks that need to be completed. My old boss allowed me to enter updates to tickets before they were closed, so that he/she could review my progress on ...
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Confused about my boss's behavior [closed]

I was struck with a serious illness and had to stay home for several days so I began to call my boss each day to inform him of my status. He told me it wasn't necessary to call him "every single day" ...
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How to deal with low quality colleagues in a way that satisfies management [duplicate]

I have come to the conclusion that most managers are more interested in PR and keeping "low tones" among teams and individuals than getting the job done. (They want to avoid heated arguments). For ...
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Need you inputs with dealing location transfer [closed]

I am currently working as a individual contributor with IT Product based MNC and i have been star performer through out my 4 years of exp with this firm. i & my wife work for different ...
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What should I do in a information call from the company of my interest?

I am a Ph.D candidate going to pass out from my uni and I received a call from a company I adore very much and wish to join. I was told by the HR that this is completely a non-technical information ...
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Being managed out [closed]

I accepted a job a few months ago with a large company and it has become apparent that my boss does not like me. I could try to identify things that I have done but even at the interview stage I felt ...
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How to handle a manager that seems to react out of personal grudge?

I used to have a good relationship with my direct team manager (I am a software engineer). But turned out that all is fine as long as you agree with him and be submissive. I had noticed that he takes ...
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Leaving workplace before “quitting time”

I am a university professor from the United States. I am on a one year "leave of absence" from my US university, and I am now in France working for an industrial research organization (high level ...
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How to communicate when I feel attacked by superiors' aggressive tone and impolite/foul language? [duplicate]

I have a superior who, unlike all my other managers, doesn't communicate his requests/positions/arguments in a matter-of-fact professional tone, but always adds aggressive emotions and comments, even ...
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Theft from communal kitchen causing issues across teams [duplicate]

I have reviewed how can we prevent theft of food from shared fridges by coworkers and whilst similar I think the differences warrant me posting this as a separate question. Me and my team (12 in ...
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How to respond when a senior manager uses pressure to prioritize his stuff?

My orders come through a somewhat matrix-style command structure. I report to one technical line manager, who decides and defines how things should be done from a technical point of view, but also ...
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Very wary boss keeps the team away from empowerment, how to deal with it?

Brief description of me I am in the electronics department of a medium sized engineering business, among my other five co-workers. I've been working for 4 years here in the same position, but the ...
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Management communication while monopolies and mergers commission decision pending? [closed]

My company has been bought by a company who recently bought our largest competitor also. The acquisition has been sent to the UK Monopolies and mergers commission. So they need the OK from them ...
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How to repair my leadership after failing to be assertive to my team?

I have been a manager for two years now. During the first year, I performed really well and was held in high regard by both my superiors and my reports. During the second year, I spent a lot of time ...
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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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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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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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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 ...