Questions relating to situations involving management in the workplace.

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How detailed must I be when non-technical managers ask to explain “everything”? [on hold]

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? [on hold]

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? [on hold]

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? [on hold]

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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1answer
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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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1answer
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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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5answers
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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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1answer
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How do you “confront” your manager if you believe he wronged you?

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

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? [closed]

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 [closed]

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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3answers
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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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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 ...