Questions relating to situations involving management in the workplace.

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Periodically taking time off work for awkward medical reason

I recently started a co-op job through my university. My boss is the only one I report to and I don't work with anyone else. In the next few weeks I'm going to have to take some time off. I don't know ...
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1answer
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My boss forwarded a confidential email - what is an appropriate course of action?

Recently i sent a very personal email with a list of grievances to my boss. The start of the mail was a request not to forward that mail to anyone. My boss has not yet responded to the contents of ...
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Are managers reviewed on their own performance or their teams? [on hold]

An employee who is not a manager gets reviewed on the work they produce, where very little of it is dependant on other people. They might be part of a team but usually they will have tasks that only ...
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Telling my boss I can't stand to hear him eat near me

I suffer from Misophonia, meaning that certain sounds cause me to experience irrational irritability, anger, frustration and nausea. My trigger is the sound of people eating or drinking. Often my ...
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1answer
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How do I manage my company's interactions with a company I interviewed with?

At some point in the past I considered leaving my job for a different job at a non-competing company. The interview went well, but I decided not to take the job. My boss doesn't know I considered ...
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Lack of Transparency & Communication [duplicate]

Background Recently I've joined a Chinese company. I joined this company because of the beneft's offered by the company. I came from a very agile working environment. In my previous environment, we ...
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Volunteering for more responsibility: proving oneself vs being taken advantage of

Similar questions have been asked, but none seem to be exactly what I'm looking for. I'm looking to move into management or similar in the relatively near future. My current position does not ...
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Should I tell my boss I have started looking for a new job because I think my salary is too low? [duplicate]

Summary I believe myself to be underpaid and have started looking for a new job. I don't have an offer yet. Should I tell my boss as a way to gain leverage in salary negotiations? Long form I know ...
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Working overtime in Germany

I am about to start my first job as a software developer in a well reputed company in Germany. I have heard plenty of times that one is not allowed to work overtime regularly unless its highly ...
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2answers
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Tactfully quitting job given circumstances

I'm a co-op student with a 4 month contract for the government. I was surprised I got the job, as it was for a development position and I failed almost all technical questions in the interview. I've ...
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Can HR/Boss Require Your Username and Password?

We recently received this email at our work from the HR Department. We work in the healthcare industry and our username and password is linked to everything that we do. We have to follow strict HIPAA ...
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Junior developer with a chance at managerial role [on hold]

I've been working as the sole back end developer at a small startup for 2 years, and this has been the entirety of my software career. The front end work was all done by a similarly inexperienced part ...
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Unclear how to interpret what manager says

I started a new job where the main person I interact with is my manager. Sometimes I can't tell if he's mad, joking or asking a rhetorical question. For example he was showing me how to do something ...
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2answers
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Responding to VP of HR's confession of illegal hiring practices?

This is a throwaway account, for obvious reasons. I work for a fast-growing medium sized tech company. At a recent company conference, I attended a session that was run by our VP of HR and the topic ...
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2answers
596 views

Boss keeps asking me to do things that aren't my job

I am a professional-level employee and have become quite efficient with my work. I'm a problem solver and have become a go-to person in my department. Three times in the past month I've been asked to ...
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1answer
290 views

How to handle rejection then fake promotion? [closed]

I have a friend who works for a large university. Maria has been in upper management for 5 years for a large group. Her group is technology dependent and she also makes all/most of the technical ...
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1answer
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What are the requirements to become a project leader or a CIO?

I recently graduated from my computer science masters and trying to understand the industry. I'm still looking for jobs. I came across two positions (project leader and CIO) for software engineers ...
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Are there tax breaks (U.S.) for hiring new university grads?

I had my friend interview for a professional role on my team (software engineer II) - he didn't quite meet the expectations during the interview. Later, it was announced that we're going to start ...
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How to reply to bizare question/comments from manager?

My boss is from Russia and has a thick accent, but as he's told me he's lived in the US for a long time and considers it where he's from. However there may be a language/cultural barrier. On a couple ...
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How can I address my boss's concerns about my abilities?

I started a new job and from reading between the lines I sense a tension in that my manager is not sure if I have the technical skills. I didn't lie or misrepresent my abilities in the interview. My ...
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How to respond when supervisor hides something to “show you a lesson”

I've had this happen in a couple workplaces. Today was my first day at a new job. I left my letter of offer on my desk when I went to an orientation. In the orientation we were told everything marked ...
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How to deal with reporting manager expecting to work separately immediately after joining [closed]

I have recently joined a company in which not much processes has been followed. Immediately after joining 1 hour KT of system has been given by my colleague and my reporting manager expect me to know ...
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What to do when remote project manager isn't managing but still assuring his boss everything is ok?

here is the situation I'm in : I've been tasked by upper manager "B" to work on a specific project. To help me and manage me more directly I'm supposed to work under manager "A" (B being the manager ...
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How to communicate with checkbox-tickers about CMS choices [closed]

A web department develops a lot of CMSes using developer-friendly tools and frameworks, mostly using open-source technologies. They are being asked to develop and support a website using Sharepoint ...
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2answers
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How to tell my boss the task given to is way over my head?

In my current position as an intern, I have been learning about the business world and what it takes to be successful. I am not very experienced, but I do have the proper educational background for ...
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How to bring up the desire to transition to another team?

I started my job here a little less than a year ago. We're a pretty small operations team, supporting a large number of teams within our organization. More specifically, my team consists of six ...
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How can I find out from an interview if the manager is a micromanager?

I am about to go into an interview in a few days for a job in the IT field. My current employer is a micromanager and I am wanting to make sure this new employer is not. What kind of subtle questions ...
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Appropriate to tell supervisor about family medical emergecy?

If you have a family emergency (i.e. someone in your family is terminally ill), is it good to tell your boss so that things like working at home or telecommuting are options? I am not eligible for ...
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after an acquisition is management replaced?

Although I enjoy my job, the management is practically zero and when one of them are doing something, it's normally wrong or the long winded way to go about it. The company I work for was acquired by ...
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What do I tell my new manager about my old manager?

Recently there was a restructuring at work and everyone who works in my building - including my old manager - now works in a different division, except me. I now have a temporary manager, awaiting a ...
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How to handle an incapable manager (bad project management and poor programming skills)

Alright, so I'm in a team of web developers (RoR devs), consisting of 4 other people. My manager's programming abilities are ridiculously low comparing to the other team members. So that's causing a ...
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4answers
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My Old team are not happy with their new boss who reports to me

I have changed roles in my organization, and in that process hired a replacement for my old role. 10 sales people report into that role, and that role reports into me. The team have recently ...
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1answer
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How to approach management about switching roles in company

I don't know how to go about doing this. About a month and a half ago we were asked what role we wanted within the company, I'm a developer and I chose Professional Services since up to this point ...
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How to deal with a demanding and moody employee

One of my employees in a tech startup is behaving erratically. We are a small team of about a dozen people working our asses off for launching our apps. Initially he was OK, working and trying to ...
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Personal problems between employees

We are a technology startup, the problem i am facing is that my colleague(same designation as mine) Manager A and a member of his team (Coder A) have become incompatible.. it started out with ...
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rm -rf On client's product/live site! What can be done? [closed]

Our company just took contract to make some changes in client's wordpress based cms site a Day ago. I connectd ssh to his site.And i was just browsing his site thru linux shell. I pressed ls -l and ...
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2answers
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Expecting too much from me after maternity leave [closed]

I started at the company as a junior game dev so I did QA and old legacy games. I did that for about a year. I thought it was an appropriate level for a fresh grad just out of university. I went on ...
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Rules for Unpaid Lunch Times [closed]

I'm not sure if this is the right place to ask this, but I'm wondering about the normal rules/regulations for unpaid lunches. I live in Alberta, Canada, and I get a 1 hour unpaid lunch every day. ...
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1answer
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How to get 2 different department to discuss and clarify their scope work on a service that I receive from them?

I am an internal customer that receive a report between the HR & IT departments. However, this report is often incomplete or I have to string together multiple reports to get what I need. The ...
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How do I decide how much to charge my boss for a painting?

I'm an engineer by trade, but I dabble in watercolor painting on the side. My boss saw one of my paintings and later sat me down to ask if I would do one of his house. He's moving and it has ...
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How to address management concerns for “what if you leave?”

Background: I am a systems guys/developer. I develop a lot of intranet websites and apps used by thousands of people at my company (almost 100K employees globally). For the most part my company ...
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Ignoring my management and previous companies experience skills

I am an experienced Director of Database Applications who previously has successfully supervised a team of DBAs and has made a few successful database conversions to/from: MySQl, PostgreSQL, MS SQL. ...
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informing management about my new certificate [closed]

I have just completed a degree course in agribusiness but my main certificate known by my employers is a diploma in agric. how do I inform them of my newly acquired certificate? a sample letter will ...
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1answer
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Retaining employees during a period of high attrition. (Convince senior managers to increase their pay?)

I work in middle management for a 15 member team, 12 of whom are inexperienced and in need of training. The problem is the 3 experienced members were not happy with their compensation, and have been ...
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How to request management to provide us a cab?

We (around 10 people) live a longer distance from office location, and coming by public transport is very hard as we need to travel through 3 buses at least. It is also hard for us to travel by ...
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How to deal with company that doesn't set expectations or tasks for me?

Several years ago I began working at a start-up software company as a post-graduate. I initially signed on as the web developer, but over the years my responsibilities grew and grew and now I'm ...
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Manager's trust - does not trust me any meaningful management duties [closed]

I am a Director of Technology reporting to VP of Technology. I have noticed that my boss started: 1) Personally reviewing all job interviews in my department 2) Wants to pre-screen every single ...
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Getting kicked out of my office, what should I do? [closed]

I am the CIO at a company in the mid-west (I am the only IT person and I I handle all Strategic, Operational and Tactical operations of Information Systems). I recently had my yearly performance ...
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proactive middle manager on-boarding (not to be confused with Hand Holding!)

I have started a new job as a middle level manager several months ago. One of the reasons for me joining the company (let's call it XYZ) was the charisma and competence of my hiring manager, a VP of ...
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How to properly ask for a reporting server? [closed]

I took a new job to help with work place productivity. I am finding it very difficult to ask for more efficient methods to be enacted. The major issue is creating dashboards. Hours and hours are spent ...