Questions relating to situations involving management in the workplace.

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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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Contractor temp to perm [on hold]

I took a contracting job on the hopes being hired. After 5 months the company now has a hiring freeze. I then inquired a bout a raise because the job load keeps increasing. How long should I wait for ...
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Would you lead an under-performing Software Dev team? [closed]

A little background. I have around 10+ years of software development experience and I am 37. I got hired to a new employer and I thought that everything will then be a breeze. I got assigned to a team ...
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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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Title for an R&D position in an educational startup [on hold]

I am looking for the correct title to refer a R&D position in an educational startup company. The job involves the following: Designing new educational products, online and offline. Oversight of ...
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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 ...
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What is the professional way to deal with my manager's boss? [closed]

When I joined this company. I was hired and put in direct report to my manager. After a while my manager's boss a.k.a the director starts to communicate with me. At first it was merely project ...
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Boss IMs my private email account at work

My boss sent me an email today asking me to keep my IM chat open while I'm at work. My boss supervises me from another city, so I understand why the request was made. This way, my boss can quickly ...
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How can I show my manager and my director that different teams require desktops/laptops with different characteristics [duplicate]

I'm wondering what's the best argument to prove to manager and my director that different teams require desktops/laptops with different characteristics? I work for a medium sized company (+-350 ...
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How should I go about quitting a terrible job? (no contract) [closed]

I have been working as a graphic/web designer at a small company (there are 6 people who work at the head office including myself) for three months. Due to its size, the company has no HR department. ...
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How to deal with an employee who ignores you

I am having an issue with an employee/former co-worker who is flat out ignoring me. I work in a department in a college and for many years I worked as a student assistant. When I graduated I became a ...
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Manager - Employee Conflict

I manage Jane, and she manages John. John complained to me once that Jane is unprofessional, rude, and disrespectful to him. I addressed the situation with Jane. Since then, John tells me that ...
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How to discuss a promised raise after the boss who promised it is gone? [closed]

I'm going to use fake names to make this easier to follow. John = CEO of the startup company I work for. Brad = former CTO and the person who interviewed me. Lucy = current CTO. I've been working for ...
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As a fresh CTO, I'm about to hire a full-stack developer much more skilled than I am [duplicate]

I have quite a good experience in startups and consider myself as a perfectly valid full-stack developer. I'm in the process of becoming CTO for a consulting company that is economically viable and ...
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How to push back on a management decision I know is wrong [duplicate]

Today I have a thirty minute presentation that was well researched and contained a lot of examples regarding why need need to change a data source since my research has found that the old source ...
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How to stay in touch with a former manager?

My former manager was a good mentor for me. He is powerful in the company and he has a lot of contacts. He also gave me a good evaluation during my internship at the company. I got a job in the same ...
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What language (semantically) do I use to write a short spontaneous yearly status report?

I am writing the status on a project I am working on. This will be informal style meeting but quite an important one, since head of our small company will be there as well. I found out about the ...
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How would you measure KPI of “IT Infrastructure” team?

In my current employment, I oversee two teams of which I'm responsible for measuring their performance, "IT Help Desk" team and "IT Infrastructure" team. For the former, the KPI is relatively easy to ...
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What is the best time and way to tell your boss you are pregnant?

In an average company that would mean maternity-leave and so on. Some companies might not be supportive of such information especially if you started the job quite recently. So should you tell ...
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I caught a co-worker plagiarizing my work. What should I expect from Management? [closed]

I caught a co-worker plagiarizing my work. What should I expect from Management? At my office, as part of progress towards leadership and management roles, candidates for those roles write monthly ...
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Boss disagrees on everything

When we talk to our boss he always disagrees on everything we say. Not just job related therms but sports, food, holidays! Everything. This is very annoying and sometimes every ridiculous. When we ...