Questions relating to situations involving management in the workplace.

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How to politely decline a job responsibility?

I'm looking for some advice on how to say no to a recent temporary role I've been forced into taking. Recently, I was asked to take the position of 'lead' on a project management position which I ...
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Does my boss have any say on when my team should take their lunch breaks?

I'm a project manager working for a startup. Since I've been here, we've never had a set time for lunch, and just taken our breaks at whatever time we wished, for one hour. Our boss (the CEO) ...
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How should the orga chart be designed in a small startup company? [on hold]

In a company with one or two dozen employees, how should orga charts be designed? I'm thinking of parameters like: Number of managers (how flat should the chart be) How many people have the same job ...
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Why is our IT team “port-scanning” networked computers? [on hold]

I work in an... antsy workplace. Management seems to be searching for reasons to move people along (and judging by the turn-over rate, they're good at it). The IT department (which I'm not part of) is ...
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How to convince manager to streamline small, complex processes?

We are a small (currently 5 employees) e-commerce company that sells widgets from our website. We are poised for growth, and have been for some time, but there's something major holding us back-- ...
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What if a boss requires supervision?

I work in a programming firm where the Projects manager always overrides set goals and milestones. He is keen to undermine issues as "doable" more than recognizing that we set out to complete a plan ...
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How to approach a boss who doesn't take full responsibility for his mistake?

I work on campus at my university. Earlier this month, my boss sent me and my colleagues an email, asking if we are willing to continue working during the fall semester. He said that the deadline to ...
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Dealing with boss and his request to (male) employees including myself, how to handle this right? [on hold]

I work for a small firm here in Minnesota; only 30 people work there. Well, 27 men, 3 women. I[m a 37 year old guy, married, to my wife, 34, with a 14 year old daughter in highschool. Our boss (a ...
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Resign because company joint venture with other company?

Is it a common thing that a company joint venture with other company in certain division will result some of employees under that division to resign?
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Feel like my area is understaffed. What to say to management? [duplicate]

My company asks me to do a wide variety of things, across multiple applications and multiple skill sets. For example, they will ask me to do customer support, technical support, design and art assets, ...
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Should I call or talk directly? [on hold]

In my office (i mean it's not mine) has a telephone where connect my room and my boss room, I want to talk something to her, Should I call or go to her room and talk directly?
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What to do when you change your mind about writing a reference?

Inspired by this question: Does these entries in a reference letter make it no longer neutral? If a manager agreed to write a reference letter for an employee, then on attempting to write it realized ...
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Is it okay to ask for “access to the internet” if I was asked for a coding test during an interview?

I had an phone interview that went fine and then I was asked for an in-person interview and to "spend some time with the team", this coming Monday. What to do now? I am preparing myself for an on ...
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My manager says to “every” opportunity yes [closed]

Our divison exists since beginning of this year. The team consists of 4 people. Currently my manager says "yes" to every opportunity. I think that he is often not aware what he wants to achieve with ...
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How can I prove that I am very good but in a Phone Interview? (Foreign with an accent)

So I work with a company and I am open for better opportunities. I got a call today that the CEO of a Software Development company wants to speak with me as a phone interview tomorrow at 1 p.m. I said ...
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Reevaluate salary after contract? [duplicate]

I am currently working at a company as a junior programmer on contract for the summer (June - Aug). I am working and going to school at the same time hence the contract, the company is hiring me as a ...
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How to force someone to quit [closed]

One of my family member, Bob, is suffering from depression due to work related stress. He is unable to quit his work because he do not see it as an option (depression makes him feel powerless without ...
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Firing An Employee For Innocent Absenteeism [closed]

I have an employee who works part time in a small company (3 employees) in New Jersey whose duties include daily data input on a specialized program and phone calls with customers. The employee has a ...
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How to deal with a boss who does not get involved in any social events?

Maybe this is common at most workplaces, but I find working hours to be so much longer and less fun because most of the communication between my boss and us are just about work. I have been in the ...
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Is it typical for supervisors to never explain to subordinates?

I am new to a job. When my supervisor ask me to do a certain task that I feel a bit unreasonable. I often ask why & try not to offend him. My supervisor doesn't explain and ask me just do it. He ...
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How do I deal with a boss who changes the rules, seemingly at random?

I work at a fairly large private school in both the IT and library departments. Myself and four other people make up the IT help desk, providing computer and audio-visual help for those that need it (...
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How to handle a dis-agreeing team member?

We are an IT company and our team works for one type of products in the company. My manager currently has 9 people onsite and around 15-20 people working offshore under him. He has too many issues to ...
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Managing a friend who is under performing [duplicate]

I have become the direct supervisor of a good friend of mine who is under performing. How can I tell him I would like to see him improve? I recommended to a friend of mine that he apply for a certain ...
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How do I react and handle this situation with a condescending employee? [closed]

I have a receptionist that gets condescending every time management addresses any issues with her. The other day she rearranged her office and our IT person had requested I talk with her, as only IT ...
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How to discuss removal of pets from the office?

The back story: I'm a recently hired high-level member of my organization. I'm in a close working relationship with the owner of the company. As a startup, the owner essentially lives in the office, ...
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Politeness When Writing an email [duplicate]

I'm facing a bit of a dilemma. Let me explain the situation to you. She stated that they would contact me within a short timeframe, when they were waiting to hear back from another company in ...
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How to manage superior assigning task

An executive-level manager from a non-Support team keeps assigning one of my team members tasks directly without involving me. This work takes up a lot of my time and impacts my team’s performance ...
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Frustrating response by manager due to mutual misunderstanding. Should I just let it go? [closed]

Trying to keep this brief: I report to two managers, A and B. I meet infrequently with A (~1x/month) and my day to day work has no impact on her ability to do her job. I work very closely with B and ...
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What is the 'reasonable' amount of time specified in many contracts in terms of working over the normal 'working day'? [closed]

In almost every single contract I have seen, there is this clause which allows the employers to request the contractor to work a 'reasonable' amount of hours when required beyond the normal work day (...
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How to respond to “I'm so old!” [closed]

I work for a Pharmacy at a hospital in Canada. Today, I had a "1 on 1" with our new manager; basically an opportunity for her to get to know her staff. Part way through, she asked me about what ...
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Is it legal to be fired earlier than your intended resignation date? [duplicate]

I'm a US citizen working for a top technology company in the Valley in California. Long story short, I've been working in a completely chaotic and toxic environment and am about ready to state my ...
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Making unattainable demands on employees [closed]

We are a receiving crew that works well together and before the new changes we were getting the job done. Now we have demands put on us with unreasonable time limits. We are required to break down ...
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How to inspire change as a new employee in a company that's clearly becoming obsolete? [duplicate]

I was hired recently into an old company from the 80s that sells some niche BASIC software, servers, and support for warehousing and fulfillment. My position is the lone programmer in the "new" web ...
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“Offensive” bumper sticker on car

I have a bumper sticker on my vehicle that says The sticker is about 3" × 5" (7.6 cm × 12.7 cm) in white block lettering. My employer has told me to remove the sticker or face disciplinary action....
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How to handle a boss that always asks trick questions when it is time to knock off from the office? [closed]

One of my friends, Jane, is facing a problem at her work. Her boss, Jill, asks her trick questions before leaving the office. She has done this for the past 7 working days. Jane answered wrong every ...
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How to deal with a boss who always shouts and yells at most members of his team? [closed]

How to deal with a boss who always shouts and yells at most members of his team? (Except his favourite employees of course who he is very friendly with). We have become very sure that he enjoys ...
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When to be concerned about a subordinate or employee

I am a developer that is managing a small group. All members of this group, including myself are working remote. One member of this group that we'll call "Bob" is having trouble and very slow to ...
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My boss keeps shuffling me around to his different companies. As soon as I get into the swing of things he uproots me again. How can I handle this? [closed]

I work in an office with three different companies: a cleaning company, a sales company that approaches customers selling cleanings from the above company, and an insurance company for household ...
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What do I say to my manager if he asked me about a colleague's raise?

So my boss asked me to come to his office to take my opinion about a raise that my colleague asked for earlier. This colleague started only months ago but he proved that he is very good at it. Took ...
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Supervisor apparently making it appear that our team underperformed and we indirectly caused client not to pay full [closed]

Since I posted my question about how to leave my contract because I was inconsistently paid, I have sought other jobs below radar. The following events have happened: My colleagues came to me with ...
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Tapering management's expectations on a research project

How does one set realistic milestones in R&D activities? Management wants to include milestones in research projects in the R&D arm of a company. I see the value of tracking progress in ...
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Miscommunication between office teams due to a single senior entity

I just joined a startup and am on probation. Am part of the software engineering team reporting to the VP of engineering. There's a product team that assesses customer requirements and pitches the ...
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How to deal with an awkward situation with a boss [closed]

I am a female employee, and am having a problem of a flirtatious boss. He doesn't flirt with other female employees apart from being friendly and having casual conversations with them. I know he is ...
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How can I help my direct report to understand he is not being micromanaged?

A couple of weeks ago one of my direct reports (we'll call him Brent) went to my boss to complain that I am micromanaging him. When I heard the accusation, I was flabbergasted, since I don't see ...
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How to tell CEO they are making a mistake [duplicate]

Where I work, we are choosing a new software package to implement. In our line of business, the software we use pretty much determines how our business is going to operate in the future. I was tasked ...
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How long should I wait after a staffing promise is made before sending follow up?

Fifteen months ago I wrote to my supervisor asking for a promotion that included requests for: A title change A 15% salary adjustment Paid PMP training A new staff member to absorb my existing ...
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Am I allowed to pass on a recommendation letter used for a separate occasion?

Building off of the situation in this previously asked question... I am in the process of interviewing for other job opportunities. My boss is aware that I am most likely looking for other work ...
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Is it okay to be moved under a different manager without your consent? [closed]

A bit of context: I work in the Silicon Valley at a large, Big 4 corporation. I was involuntarily moved under a different manager without a reasonable amount of time of advance notice. Essentially, my ...
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Getting to do a BIG project — alone?

Good Day! I recently landed an IT support job. The job is basically what a tech support does -- assisting in configuring, deploying/assigning units, handling some basic AD stuff (creation of new ...
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Re-negotiating a raise after informally accepting

Here's some background: I'm currently a junior developer at my company. I started as an intern and was promoted during a time in which the company lost two senior developers unexpectedly. When I was ...