Questions about the interactions of employees in a group

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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. ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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Should I make tea for everyone in my open plan office? [closed]

I work in a reasonably small open plan office with around 20 people. For context, if it's relatively quiet, you can hear everyones' conversations. General etiquette says that when I want a tea (or ...
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Team building for help desk representatives

I'm trying to figure out how to organize a team building event for help desk representatives. The team has seven employees and i'm their manager. It's going to be more of a relaxing afternoon (during ...
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Former employee wants to come back [closed]

I'm the only developer in a small company, and around a couple years ago an important developer (at that time we were 2), left the company for what he thought would be a better opportunity. His ...
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Language differences impact chain of command

I'm an English-speaking manager in a (US) workplace where many other employees, including my secretarial assistant, speak a different language as well as English. The problem is that because of their ...
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How to bring balance between team members who have opposite work styles and avoid conflicts?

I am working as Technical Team Lead for web application development Team. I have been there in the team since from 2 years. Most of my team members contain Indian teammates and working well. 6 Months ...
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A narrow path to move the team forward

Consider the below environment with 10 made up people and their corresponding titles. 4 upper peasants (Jeff, Jennifer, Joe), 6 peasants (Gary, Gilly, Gordon, Gertrude, George, Gloria), 1 peasant in ...
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A new officemate is badmouthing an employee on-training for not doing the tasks she thinks she has given him - What to do?

A relatively new officemate (about a month or so) has been badmouthing one of our employees for not doing the task she has given him. She knows, as I've mentioned to her multiple times, that the guy ...
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How do you manage productivity in a small team at a startup?

I recently joined a startup as a Developer and the work environment is very casual to say the least. There is no top management in the team i.e everyone reports to the founder. The problem is the ...
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How to best organize in a heads down environment

I am part of a "heads down" team (a term I learned in my question [1]). My question to more experienced software engineers is, how do you best get organized and plan your day in such a team that the ...
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How to be more effective when working “alone” and with no prompt feedback

I am used to working (as a software engineer) as part of teams with team members working together closely, where the technical supervisor/lead more or less controls the flow of the work and interacts ...
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How to deal with inexperienced coworkers (students) [closed]

The Setting We have to complete a software-engineering module at my university. We are a team of 8 students. This module is required for any computer science related students. Unfortunately we are 3 ...
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How do I clear my part when I am blamed for my team member's fault?

I work with a junior colleague in a pair. The junior had no idea about something in the project and went ahead & discussed about it with client on his own. Although my reputation was fine with ...
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We are #1 in our industry. However because we aren't a hot startup anymore some workers leave. How to manage this?

We were a hot startup and, long story short, we've become a slow-growth (mature?) company being more or less #1 in our industry. However there are workers which are leaving our company. Asking them ...
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Staying late for appearance?

I have a senior management-technical position with equity and a decent salary in a pre-launch startup with 6 people. I am newly-married and I work about 11 hours a day, 6 days a week, give or take one ...
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Coworker's criminal conviction and current behavior make me uncomfortable

I work at some IT firm and recently, they have hired a "former" criminal (as a programmer) who was considered to be a possible suspect of two rape cases, and has spent some years in a jail for ...
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How to effectively communicate a promotion to colleagues

I was recently informed that I am being promoted. I'd like to know how to effectively go about communicating this to my colleagues before the promotion is made public knowledge so as to ensure that it ...
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Should one report a mistake if he or she is not working on the project?

What would you suggest if one works in a company but finds something wrong on some part of the company he or she is not working on? Let's say for example that a secretary or even his or her friend ...
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How to encourage employees to respect their pet projects and show up with them?

I work with a team of software developers, and some of them have great home projects so far. They occasionally tell me about what a project is for, the audience, technologies they chose to build it, ...
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Is it okay to ask current team lead for linkedin recommendation, while seeking new job?

I'm looking for new job. I want to ask my team lead for a linkedin recommendation, so that I can refer to it in interviews( or indirect reference by putting linkedin profile link in CV). But I do not ...
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How to deal with, or what to say, when team member always says “I Have already explained this to you”

I am a software engineer of 8+ years of experience and joined a company 5 months back. Recently, one new project was assigned to me, and my reporting manager has asked one of my team members to give ...
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Team member causing rifts and disturbance in the team. How to deal with those things?

I am working for a US client for web application development as Vendor. Our team consists multiple vendors, client employees as well. Recently this project is moved into different department since its ...
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How to not throw a coworker under a bus?

I appologize if the title is too idiomatic, but I don't know how to explain the case without it. Short version(non-technical). I have a coworker who has for some reason or another not learned a ...
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Extremely hot-headed project manager - how to improve communications?

[background] I have been working on a game and I handed it in for 3rd-party certification. They came back with a couple of issues which I fixed all but one. We had a question about the final issue and ...
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What to do when you find a bug in development? [closed]

It is common during development to find bugs in the project, but when it was not you responsible for that module, it's correct to add a FIXME in the code? I see that not put the annotation that can be ...
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Reducing information silos and improving communication within team

In the company where I work, I have frequently found that information silos are a hinderance to team efficiency. The team whom I am a part of is small, 8 employees. To cite some examples, when I ask a ...
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How do I increase the bus factor when I'm the only dev? [duplicate]

Please note the emphasis on when I'm the only dev. Answers which address this for teams where other devs are available within the larger organization do not generally apply here. I'm working with ...
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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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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 ...