Questions about the interactions of employees in a group

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What do I write a goodbye email to a team, when the team is the reason the I'm leaving my job?

I've been in my position for only 5 months (4 total years at the company), and I have found new employment. My last day is in a week, and I'm drafting a goodbye email to my team to let them know. (I ...
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One of my reports is slacking off. Should I move him to a different desk so his screen is visible to others?

For a long time now, one of my team members has been much less productive than I'd expect someone in his role to be. He seems to waste a lot of time with non-work related things. I've brought his poor ...
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What should I do about a co-worker with bad hygiene [duplicate]

There are many many complaints about a specific female co worker at my job who always comes in VERY musty , its putrid !! I am not a manager so if I directly addressed the issue I could be seen as the ...
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Diffusing leadership politics for the sake of a project's success

To keep this short. How can you tactfully and effectively tell a group of people who while although technically have superiority over you in your role within an organization. They have never done ...
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How to handle a Test Engineer biased to one of our team member

I am a team lead, in a small software development. In my team, there are 5 team members. In our company test engineers and software developers interaction is very much allowed for a faster ...
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New to Company – Potential Overbearing Peer Problem

I've recently been recruited into a large organisation in the UK as part of a huge hiring drive the business has engaged in with regards to their development function. I'm a Senior Developer, and my ...
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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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11answers
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Should I tell an employee she's sabotaging herself, two weeks before I leave my job?

I am currently the manager of a team of 15 people. In two weeks' time I will leave this job for a totally different one, in a different sector and a neighbouring city. At my current job, I have one ...
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What should I do when I feel overshadowed by an extremely talented team member?

I'm a Full Stack developer and I'm in a newly created team of 4. There's this one other guy (let's call him Tom) who was hired with me. So the two of us are newbies in this company. However, Tom is ...
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How to prevent my boss from forcefully making my team work overtime [duplicate]

My boss thinks we are not producing enough work quick enough, the reality is that all of my reporting indicates that we are. My cumulative flow diagram has shown a massive amount of backlog work done....
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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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I feel left out of a decision - should I contact the project manager?

I am part of a team on a project that is about to start in the next few weeks. While I was away on vacation, a colleague of mine was appointed to the role of Scrum Master. I felt bad when I came to ...
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I was asked to be the “temporary” lead of a voluntary team, but it's not temporary. How do I step down graciously?

We are going through a system modernization (government) and volunteer teams from each division were formed to work on the effort with the vendor. I volunteered to be a member of the team to assist, ...
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2answers
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How to deal with strongheadedness [closed]

There are some people that I work with that are very stubborn and opinionated. Usually when discussing they dismiss what I am trying to say before I even get a chance to finish my point. Usually I ...
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Advice about having discussion with a bossy subordinate who undermines my authority

Background I have about 4 years of experience, all that time I have been working in the same company. I am a researcher, and over the years I have managed to establish credibility in front of my ...
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How to communicate that the root cause of a problem is a manager's leadership style?

TL;DR A fellow manager is creating unnecessary rework for my team. The root cause is a lack of leadership skills. How can I effectively communicate to our leaders that they need to address the cause ...
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2answers
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As an intern, how do I approach the team regarding improving code quality?

I am a Software Engineering intern at a big company. Few weeks back, I was given a simple task to do, imitating the behavior of another component. Reading the code, I found the current ...
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How do I ask the people I work with to write a complimentary note for my team to show appreciation for our efforts? [closed]

My team has been working very hard to fufil all different types of (IT Application related) requests and urgent requests from this group of users who are very demanding. One day, I received a phone ...
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Boss accepts but then ignores company policy proposed by employees

I am working in a small software company. We are quite small with only 3-4 full time developers. I started working there as a student assistant roughly 8 years ago and started working full time after ...
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How can I give feedback without hurting the other person?

I am asked to give feedback for a colleague for which unfortunately I have many negative aspects to point out. The issue is that I don't want to make them too personal. Example: I find him very, yes ...
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How appropriate is it for me to join in with non-work conversations, and to what degree (as contractor)?

I have recently jumped into the contracting/consulting world, and landed my first project with a client where I'm working full-time on-site. This means I've entered a typical office environment with a ...
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When, if ever, is it appropriate to collaborate beyond the “Brainstorming” process?

Some companies feel that it's a waste of time to have, for example, one designer or artist at the drawing board (or computer) with another designer/artist sitting next to them providing creative ideas ...
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Frequent lunch and dinner invitations from a team member make me feel I am getting bribed. How to refuse in positive manner?

I am working for US based Organization as Development Team Lead in IT Department. 6 months back we have hired a new person. They come from the same state in India. I am his Boss. Initially I helped ...
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Coworkers on other team dislike me; salvageable? [closed]

My workplace consists of a series of remote teams that are loosely connected by a singular goal. Each team has additional goals that they may prioritize above or below that singular goal. I was placed ...
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Colleague Playing Dirty - Stealing Best Team Members for His Team Alone

I have a colleague who's great when it comes to talking but is actually not very good in the work he does. This guy has the support of the management and is ready to do whatever it takes to make his ...
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2answers
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How do I make the case to my manager that I should be excluded from the Scrum methodology when it doesn't fit my work? [closed]

Background Recently due to team changes within the company, I have been put into a team that runs scrum. It was my first and I am not familiar with Scrum sprints and processes. Previously I work ...
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Helping colleague's annoying behavior [closed]

One of my colleagues is helping me on a project, as he has prior experience with such a project, and the product is pretty new for all involved. I asked him about small doubts I had during the ...
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3answers
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How to impress manager who is in a different place?

I'm a software developer, have been hired in this position for 6 months now. My problem is that my team and I work in a separate office than our manager, he doesn't see us.. so, I find it hard to let ...
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10answers
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Should I recommend that I not be involved in a project if my advice is consistently ignored?

tl;dr: Should I recommend that I not be involved in a project if my advice is consistently ignored? Background I'm an electrical engineer with 20+ years experience in a highly specialised domain. I'...
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10answers
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Peer achieving more, by putting in more than regular working hours for not so urgent tasks

I have a great team member who is very reliable and dependable and a great asset to the team. However, of late, I have realized that this person is working for almost 14 hours a day. There is ...
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What actionable steps can be taken to refocus discussion on solutions rather than problems?

I'm on a small scrum team at a software development company. I've noticed that all of us, including myself, tend to speak and think in a very negative way. Just some examples; please don't focus ...
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How can I help a “meet the team” interview to succeed?

We are looking for a third developer. I have reviewed the applications, conducted initial on-site interviews with the most interesting applicants (classic interview questions, FizzBuzz etc.) and, thus,...
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Difficulty in understanding Manager's accent(language and communication) [duplicate]

I am working for an IT company and recently got moved to a different team. Obviously, under a different Manager. My Manager is so compatible in all terms. However,I have a problem. I am not able to ...
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How do you act when team members are quarreling?

Few weeks ago several team members were "friendly" discussing a problem at work. They have been under lot of pressure lately due to a project running past its deadline in addition to pressure from the ...
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Senior dev always makes careless mistakes - how to not feel frustrated? [closed]

I work with a senior developer with more 15 years of experience - we'll call him Paul - who displays a very careless attitude, and demonstrates a complete disregard for other people's time and ...
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How do I objectively determine that I'm not a good fit at my current position?

I came up with my question after reading this one. I've been in the face of a seemingly impossible problem a couple of times in my career, one of which I distinctly remember failing at (not my only ...
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A co-worker built a product in his spare time and now it's become a sanctioned company initiative - what to do

I work at a company that has a reputation for squeezing the most out of its employees, although the group I'm in doesn't share the same "burnout" culture that the rest of the company does. I ...
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Am I being taken advantage of, as a team leader? [closed]

I work for a nonprofit agency and often take on ambitious projects. I get excited about projects that have the potential to make a difference in our world, and I enjoy creativity. We are expected to ...
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Other Department manager viewing me as a problem and attacking me. How to deal with the situation?

I am working as a development team lead for a US based Organization. Recently I feel that another department manager is viewing me as a problem and attacking me. Below are reasons I had arranged a ...
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Do I tell another manager that one of their team members was doing work he should not? [closed]

I am manager of team A. Before I became manager Steve (not his real name) belonged to team A and enjoyed the work. Steve was moved to team B. He dislikes the work performed by team B. Last week I ...
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How can I socialize when I sit apart from the rest of the team?

About a month ago, I started work as a software developer in an office of about 50 people, as part of a team of eight. Most of the team sits in cubicles in a section off to one side of the office; ...
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Two managers are having personal conflicts. How do I protect myself and my team from negative impact?

I am working for a US based organization as the IT Development Team Lead. In our IT group, we have requirement elicitation team who is the interface to our group. The requirement elicitation team ...
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How to thank co-worker for good report/praise to my managers

Recently I was helping a more senior developer write up a training manual document for a niche part of an application that some other developers use but have troubles with getting their head around. ...
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Adjusting to a team with conflicting socialisation preferences for a group dinner

I started a new job half a year ago. I am very satisfied, there's just one thing. The team is pretty outgoing and they like to go out for a dinner together once or twice a month. I don't mind that, ...
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How do we track the growth of a team? [closed]

I want to make my team productive and growing at a rapid pace. What are the factors I should consider while evaluating the progress of my team in that (or any other relevant) direction?
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Should the software architect report to the project manager? [closed]

On a software team with a software architect and a project manager, should the architect report to the project manager? Or should the architect report to the project manager's superior? I have ...
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New QA Lead- Need Advice in Transition

I have been recently promoted to Senior QA role on a Agile team and with it also came an opportunity to lead a big group of 15 QA team members( onshore and offshore). I do not officially have a Team ...
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How to understand a team member who performs below the mark and motivate him to perform better?

I am working as Technical Team Lead for web application development Team. I have been there in the team since from 2 years. I have a team member who is performing below the mark, let us say his name ...
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How to deal with an untrainable junior dev? [closed]

We have a new Junior developer on our team. I think it was a mistake to hire him. This is a career switch for him - he was a System admin, and has been learning Ruby on Rails for the past two months, ...
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Is it good to get involved in another team's project without the knowledge my Project manager

I am new to the software industry, having worked in the manufacturing field before now. Currently I work on a project which is almost 50% completed, which means I have to grasp the technology faster ...