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Hearing rumors one of my employees is interviewing elsewhere

I am the manager of a small team of software engineers. One of the business folks came to me the other day and let me know that one of my employees was overheard several times on the phone setting up ...
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how to effectively allocate seating in an office

i have a project to assign seating space for contract hires(employees), employees on internship and direct hires in an office space. what would be the most important questions to ask their managers in ...
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giving promotion to make people happy

Few small teams report to me, most of the people are happy but a single team who report to me is not happy, as one guy in that team influencing other team mates. he is bit smart and his collegues ...
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smart yet insubordinate coworker [duplicate]

I have one very smart coworker that I am hired to manage as a member of my team. He is been with the company for over 8 years, so he has made a few signs "do not manage me, I know what needs to be ...
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How to explain business priorities to a programmer?

I have a recurring disagreement with a programmer about code quality. He insists that all of his code is written to the highest standard (i.e. that it looks just like the examples in the coding styles ...
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Balancing mentoring interns with teaching them self reliance

I've got an intern and few a juniors I supervise and I'm having a hard time balancing mentoring them and teaching them to stand on their own two feet. On one hand I want to provide avenues for them to ...
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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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too important to fire, too stubborn to accept my authority [closed]

I have been hired recently as an outside Tech Manager for the very successful team. The vacancy has been opened for some time for internal resources, but the company has chosen me. My immediate boss ...
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2answers
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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 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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12answers
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How to deal with a team member consistently showing up late

For a long time I was the only developer at my company. Last year, we hired two more entry level devs. I have no management experience or training and very few managerial duties, but by virtue of my ...
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2answers
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What can an employee do when the employer does not assign any tasks? [duplicate]

What should an employee do when their manager does not assign any tasks to him/her, although being aware of employee's idle state and dissatisfaction? Can the employee freely entertain himself, given ...
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3answers
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How do you handle a lead who is verbally abusive to you, and makes misleading statements about your performance? [closed]

I work in a new company with a new team. My lead is inexperienced who does the following: He won't formally assign tasks making it difficult to determine what he wants done, While telling me my ...
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Difficult Colleague at New Job [duplicate]

I have joined a new job 1 week ago as a senior developer. I have a meeting with one of the team next week and people told me that one of the person in the meeting is a difficult person. I asked them ...
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2answers
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How do I deal with a manager who is now ignoring me a lot [duplicate]

I was assigned a new manager recently (about 3 months ago) as a result of an organization restructure. Since the manager was initially a peer (though of a higher designation), he was the one who was ...
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4answers
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How can a new manager deal with a report who is not productive and has communication issues?

I work in a small start up and have recently been made a Team Lead. I have some developers working for me; a product manager, a scrum master and a QA engineer. The job is largely going well but there ...
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4answers
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How do I deal with a manager who perceives a quality problem as not as critical as I do?

I work in software development and have worked on two projects with the same piece of software being used in both, but each are slightly different. The second was built off the first's code with ...
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1answer
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How to become a coach, mentor, or something like it? [closed]

After 9 years in the "booming" brazilian IT business, working with Big Data and related techs, I decided to take a government job. After three months of work, I was cornered and couldn't refuse ...
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1answer
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If I lose my job as a first time manager, what steps can I take to bring my career back on track? [duplicate]

I enjoy working with large teams, across teams and coordinating people. I was promoted from team lead to manager because senior boses across the compay recognized that I am good at getting other ...
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1answer
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How to prevent a mutiny by the senior employees whom I manage? [closed]

What are the courses of action I can take as a manager if the senior employees of my team keep complaining and resisting me? I believe the main reasons for their behavior are: 1. I was promoted early ...
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3answers
765 views

How to deal with a co-worker who preaches and is head strong?

What is the recommended way to handle with a co-worker who just constantly "preaches" his answer and does not "seem" to view the point of the view of others. My goal is to figure out how to get ...
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2answers
685 views

How to earn the respect of a team that is frustrated by and skeptical about change?

I think I have reached a dead end where I am not sure whether the issue is the team I manage or the way I manage. The first months of my promotion to manager went well, but after the 6th month my ...
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6answers
3k views

How to deal with dramatic and over-alarmed employees? [closed]

Quiet workplace... then - all of a sudden, a loud voice; complaints, criticism, aggressiveness. Everyone's attention is drawn to an argument - and sometimes the spotlight is on the person being ...
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5answers
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What are the best reactions to a company's bad behavior?

It doesn't seem right for a company to lie to employees, or misrepresent the truth within the organization. Example: Promising an employee that her job is safe, telling she is highly valued by ...
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1answer
483 views

What is it called when a manager/executive does a job alongside a subordinate?

What is the term for when a manager/executive does a job alongside or spends time with a subordinate in order to learn about what they do (typically to better appreciate and understand it)? Also, are ...
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2answers
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Developing management skills [closed]

I found a nice quote about management: Management as a career path is not right for everyone. You have to like responsibility. You have to enjoy working with people. You have to be able to deal with ...
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2answers
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Is it poor etiquette to give unsolicited suggestions when new on the job? [duplicate]

I just graduated from grad school and joined a job at a large software company in the US 3 months ago. I enjoy reading recent research papers to get ideas and to understand what's going on in the ...
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3answers
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Managing Up: How do I “manage” a boss who doesn't know how to set expectation?

I am managing a team of five, so I can be considered as a team lead of them. Above me there is a general manager, who is managing 4 team leads, and I being one of them. The problem-- as I see it from ...
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6answers
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How can I manage a project without authority to manage some of the people involved in the project?

I am currently in charge of the development and maintenance of all current and new web applications for the company I work for. I report directly to the president and VP of the company because ...
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6answers
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Delegation tasks by stewardship to someone who is reactive

I have, in my team, someone who is very reactive-- someone who can't do anything on his own, someone who needs explicit instruction in carrying out a task. In the parlance of Steven Covey, the way I ...