Questions relating to situations involving management in the workplace.

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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?

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? [on hold]

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? [on hold]

“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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Manager lying to keep from delegating. Projects stalling [on hold]

Part of my job description is marketing a certain type of product. The products were on hold but have recently come back. My manager has now asked me not to market them, as the senior management are ...
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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? [on hold]

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 [on hold]

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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Can a manager sabotage a horizontal move within a large company?

I work for a well-known, large company in Silicon Valley. I'm not exactly happy with my current position and the department I'm in. I'm thinking of making a horizontal move by getting in touch with ...
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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 ...
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How to handle being asked to come back to a company previously worked at [closed]

I was recently called by my former boss from a company that I previously worked at several years ago, and the short version is that they want to hire me back. While I left on good terms, I did not ...
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How to communicate with boss that I enjoy the work but dissatisfied with treatment [closed]

I work in a small team with a direct administrative supervisor. I often work on multiple simultaneous projects with different project directors, but it is my admin supervisor who manages my workload. ...
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Overloaded, delegated work, now accused of “offloading” my responsibilities. How to address criticism?

I am a relatively new manager in a highly matrix'd organization (multiple managers/accountabilities per person) and over the past six months my own functional team has been chronically suffering from ...
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Can I greet my boss with “Hey, boss” [closed]

I mean, I just want to make the conversation more friendly, so sometimes I greet my boss with "Hey boss" or "thanks, boss". Is it ok?
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How to deal with a manager who stonewalls me? [closed]

Let me first say that I have read How to proceed when remote boss doesn't answer emails . This has some great information, but my problem has gone a step further. Let me first clarify that I have two ...
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how do I get my relieving letter in this situation? [duplicate]

I quit my job in the month of march (unofficially) due to personal reasons and I was ready to serve my notice period but my manager told me that if I quit at that particular time the attrition rate ...
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Boss decisions are pushing backwards our product [closed]

Long story short, last Friday my boss told me we needed to release a new version of our ship application as soon as possible that day, without previous noticing. I told him it wasn't properly tested ...
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What are some good exercises outside work to improve my political skills? [closed]

I have been in leadership positions since I was a kid - at various school societies (two of which I founded and still exist after I left) and later at university, as well as at non-profit ...
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Someone I manage keeps cc'ing my boss

I manage a team of about 20 at my company. One the people I manage will occasionally send emails to me to tell me things he thinks I should do differently. If I disagree with him, he'll reply and cc ...
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Starting/moving to a new office: how to make team feel their input is taken into account without turning it into design by committee?

I manage a team of 10 engineers, and after 3 years we are finally moving our engineering office outside the plant. Everybody is looking forward to it, and I have opened the process by putting all my ...
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Dental Front Desk: receptionist or office manager? [duplicate]

I am currently employed in a front desk position with a dental office that runs 3 schedules daily. I do all scheduling, incoming calls, process all incoming/outgoing claims, act as a liaison between ...
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How to stay friendly when turning down requests your boss asked you not to escalate? [duplicate]

A common advice when receiving conflicting requests that compete for the same time and resources is to escalate the requests to the manager. But what if the manager explicitly asks you not to do so ...
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4 months into position found out my salary is below the minimum for position, how should I handle this? [duplicate]

I've been with with a large bank for 4 years, same line of work 3 years, my new position 4 months and I saw a posting for my same position showing the minimum salary about $2000 higher than mine. My ...
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Company Removing Telecommute Option [closed]

I work for a smaller company that has had the option to telecommute since the inception of the company. There is a perception around the company that abuse of the policy by my team is the reason for ...
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Ask company to allow time/space to pay off technical debt [duplicate]

I'm currently working at a software company as a programmer and for the last couple of months I keep struggling with finding the balance between doing exactly what the company tells me to do and what ...
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How much help should I get from my boss when solving difficult questions?

I am working as an intern for a GIS (Map) Team. The team is relatively new and small with about 6 people. As an intern I am working on some very back-end stuff. These are things I have never done ...
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Is “garbage in, garbage out” a valid reason for poor-quality work? [closed]

I am what would be considered a junior to mid-level programmer, though at this company I am working at(which is my first job in the field) I am more realistically closer to being mid to senior. For ...
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My supervisor at seasonal job is not returning my calls: Should I contact the company?

I just had an interview late last week for a seasonal job and I got hired on the spot, I was even asked to start training that day but I didn't have my social security card for my I-9 papers ( my ...
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How to leave a job? [closed]

So I've decided to leave my job. There's a number of reasons, but I suppose the final straw was when I came back to my desk to overhear my manager trash talking about me to a co-worker. She was ...
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How to go “above and beyond” when I don't have time, resources or processes to do so every single day?

I previously asked A superior is complaining about me for things that are not my responsibility - should I tell their superior? and really appreciated the answer by maple_shaft to act as professional ...
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How to politely tell my boss that I want to take on a different role?

I was hired by a small company few months back. Though I applied for a dev position, my boss got me on a different role which is not really the field I want to get into but since I was unemployed for ...
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How to delegate work when I'm not a lead

I've read the excellent answer by bethlakshmi on how to better delegate work, but I think my problem slightly precedes that one. After 1 year at my company, in our year-end review, I was praised and ...
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A superior is complaining about me for things that are not my responsibility - should I tell their superior?

I work in a matrix-management based company where multiple superiors decide my performance appraisal, salary increases, etc. I have no single manager. I have evidence that one of my superiors is ...