Questions about the interactions of employees in a group

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How to handle holiday handover when I cannot trust anyone in my team?

I have trouble taking longer periods of vacation due to the fact that many of my specialist knowledge and experiences are unique to me and I have not trained anyone on those skills. One of the main ...
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What is the reasonable course of action to take on the team member who seems to be lied to me?

I am working as Lead at a client site. I have a team member who reports to me. He is from a contractor from our company vendor. I consider him a good team member: He has good technical knowledge and ...
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What is the best term I can use to describe a distributed programming team [closed]

I have worked on several programming teams in which I was Georgia, my boss was in New York, the design team was in California, etc. We all communicated via phone, a job ticket system and Skype. Most ...
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How can a new mananger 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 and scrum master and a QA engineer. The jobs largely going well but there ...
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Is it alright to let everyone in the company know that I am the “go-to” person, and not my new senior colleague? [duplicate]

Is it fine to make myself visible in the company when, in fact, I have more experience and know-how than my new senior colleague? The reason I do this is that he was "appointed from above" and is ...
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Do “the views presented on this site do not necessarily represent those of my employer” type legal notifiers on blogs have any legal weight? [closed]

I'm just curious - do those things on twitters, blogs, facebooks, etc. have any legal weight? for example, if you say something incriminating on twitter - and the notice isn't there - can a company ...
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Who do I listen to my boss or my team? [closed]

I'm having a situation at work where my boss (who I rarely work with) is telling me to do a piece of work one way, but a senior team member (who I work with often) is telling me to do it another way. ...
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Team member takes holidays. Should the member delegate work, or the team leader?

I am working in an IT company and we offer companies the management of their IT infrastructure. Our support team consists of seven members and one team leader. The team leader, one member and me have ...
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My Manager (Department head) not working during office hours? [closed]

In my department, my manager is the whole responsible for our team. In this case, he is very lazy to do work and even he is not interested to see his files.And simply he pass the files/jobs to us. ...
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Solving the “out of sight, out of mind” problem with telepresence [duplicate]

I have a product development department in Mexico, we collaborate mainly with Michigan and distance seems to be a problem as with all distributed teams. Whenever I travel to Michigan, I end up ...
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how to manage virtual software developers without putting code at risk [closed]

Me and a friend of mine are thinking of hiring 3-5 people to develop applications for us. Our concern is how safe will our code be. We already have some of the code that we started ourselves and we ...
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How to convince my coworker to follow my approach without damaging our relationship?

I have spent the last 6 months at my first job after grad studies in a team of 8 people. I need to collaborate with my teammates for the project and although I am very comfortable with everyone else ...
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How important are project Kickoff and Goal-Parties for motivation?

Two weeks ago I attended a session about project management. The teacher told us it is very important to have a "Kickoff-Party" every time a new project is about to begin and also have a "Goal-Party" ...
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I was assigned a task I think doesn't make sense. Should I approach my boss about it?

I am building the frontend for our latest application, along with 2 other developers. With the application approaching 99% completion and ready to be shipped, I was asked to write unit tests. I am a ...
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How to deal with a colleague who wants to groom me for the job unsolicited?

I am working in a somewhat old startup with a team size of 10. In my opinion, all members are technically sound and work great as a team. A few months before I joined, another programmer joined the ...
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As a supervisor, how to deal with micromanagement of team member? [closed]

This question maybe similar with this one. However my condition is different. Moreover I think this question better suited for workplace rather than pm, since I'm not yet in role of manager. This ...
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How to celebrate one's probation period being over? [closed]

Apparently it's a thing to do, when your probation period is over, so would one go about that? A big dinner? Sweets? Drinks? And also imporant: Who's to be invited for that? The whole company? Your ...
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How to be a young and effective team leader? [closed]

Few months ago I was made the team leader of a development team comprising of 3 developers. The situation is such that all of them have more experience than me and are senior in age as well by 1 or 2 ...
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How to overcome 'cold war' in a team? [closed]

I am a software developer with 3 years of experience. I recently joined a new company as a "Software Engineer". They put me on an offshore team with 4 other developers. We don't have a Lead dev/Team ...
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ignored and leftout , how can i help myself? [closed]

[background] I work in IT for a bank. I moved from another team in the same organization to my current team - When I joined ( 2 years back ) I figured my boss is very territorial about the location he ...
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How can I gauge a company's culture before I begin working there? [duplicate]

I took on an internship at a software company several months ago. When I interviewed and visited the office, everybody was very nice and I felt I would fit in. As time has passed, I think people have ...
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How do I explain my trainee which is the correct task for him?

I have a trainee who is really enthusiastic and tries to do his best but has little work experiences. He is very sensitive. We have cut down his responsibilities due to his work-hours. He will get ...
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Teammate ignores and excludes me

I'm very upset with the way my teammate has been behaving. I only have one teammate in my department and he's the first person I work with when I join the company. He was nice and helped me with ...
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Outsourcing some software development tasks [closed]

We currently have a development team of 5 people and a support team of 8. We are based in Ireland and are doing ongoing software development on a product we license and support to a number of ...
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Group dynamic - How can we take out from the “Storm” stage as soon as possible?

I am working together with 3 guys close in a freshly created team I mean ~6+ months, we are mostly senior guys with one junior. We have separated environment and personal KPI-s. The work is given but ...
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How to deal with a sneaky competitive colleague? [closed]

As a member of a small team of six communication professionals, I value working independently while being a strong team player. I enjoy training colleagues and in particular mentoring younger team ...
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How to make sure important team members leaving doesn't impact knowledge transfer on a project? [duplicate]

I have recently joined a new company, and after 4 month of my joining, 2 of my team members are leaving this company. Technically, the project is not doing so good, and the team members also didn't ...
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How to Manage Your Employees' Absences and Late Arrivals?

I am working in a small (4 people) team (agency industry) and we are on the right track regarding the productivity. The company is really flat and liberal but doesn't allow remote work but on the ...
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What should you know about your department?

I work as a software developer in a small company. When I joined the company it was a startup, and only 3 people were responsible for all the development activities. Things ran smoothly, and we were ...
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At what point is it appropriate to approach management about an uneven workload distribution?

I'm a web developer who works primarily building clients' sites and web apps. At least, that's what I was hired for. There are 3 developers at this shop, and 2 "piles" of work, new development and ...
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How to prepare for meeting with HR and Reporting Manager with prediction [closed]

A meeting is scheduled between my Reporting manager and me in presence of HR team member regarding his concern with my leave and performance and my concerns regarding the project related issues. I ...
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How should I deal with a situation where 90% of my suggestions are ignored or rejected?

I work for a mid-size company and have been there for more than a year. I am part of two teams (TeamA and TeamB). TeamA has 15 members (14 teammates and 1 manager) and TeamB has 3 members (2 ...
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Is positive thinking enough to do well? [closed]

I feel that if habitual thinking of a person is positive, he/she feel more confident and get better result as most of us may know that majority of communication between humans happens in form of body ...
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What are the powers of Team lead to get work done from subordinates

I recently joined as a team leader in a new company and project manager assigned me five subordinates for this project. My problem is that I always feel feared of team handling as I don't know my ...
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How to encourage or triggers others to help me when everyone seems busy with their task [duplicate]

I have joined as a team lead in a new company but yet no reportees are assigned to me . In this company timelines and accuracy of response to client are very important as compare to my previous ...
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What options do I have when my team leader is not assigning me any tasks? [closed]

I am totally frustrated with my team leader because of his attitude. It's not only me, but the entire team is fed up with his nature. He is not assigning tasks to me for the last 2.5 months and if I ...
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Team members coming late to meeting organized by me

I have recently joined a software company as a team lead. Previously I was working in a small organization where most of the works were getting done orally and the company wasn't process-oriented. ...
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Etiquette in an open plan office [duplicate]

I've just started working at an office laid out using an open plan. Everyone has their own desk, but everyone can mostly see and hear everyone else. The group seems to have figured out how to use ...
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How can an organization keep the benefits of generalists on large-scale projects?

I work for a company experiencing rapid growth, with more growth projected in the future. We currently use generalists who can work on multiple projects for better communication, teamwork, and ...
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How can I as non-management improve morale and curb infectious pessimism?

I work in somewhat of a DevOps role with a team of professionals that for the most part are highly skilled, competent and easy to get along with. The biggest problem we face as a group is that recent ...
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What do I have to consider when working with muslim colleagues?

We have a new colleague in our team and she's muslim. Technically she's my subordinate, so I want to avoid as many pitfalls as possible. What are things one needs to know in this context? ...
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How to deal with praise for the wrong things

I currently have the enviable position of a manager who is quick to praise for work done at or above expectations: however as my boss lacks the knowledge to determine how difficult a task is I often ...
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Is it not right to write/blog something useful whilst working? [closed]

I am a developer by profession and like to log or make a note of what I do or if I found something exciting or any solution to any issue - either in my diary or blog for my reference in future. While ...
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How to work with some who has a dramatically different pace of work?

I have always worked on projects where each employee, for the most part, works on their own. I am accustomed to my own pace, which happens to be slightly slower than the average worker but ...
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Dealing With an Insubordinate Coworker

I am a project manager for a small team (about 7 people). I was chosen for this position by management over the one other senior member of the team, let's call him Bob. We both had reasonably ...
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As a new Team Leader, what should I talk about in an initial, introductory, one on one meeting? [closed]

I've started new position on my company, and I need to get to know the team members (although I'm already familiar with some of them). What items should we discuss in an initial one on one meeting to ...
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Learning an uncommon technology when co-workers are not cooperative [closed]

I am working in a software company and I have total IT experience of more than 9 years. I always think of getting work done with peace and harmony and never raise voice on any one and never play any ...
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How can my coworkers accommodate my alternative cognitive/learning style and patterns? [closed]

Several weeks ago I started as close to a dream job as a software developer as I could have wished for. It is a relatively small company with a casual dress policy, frequent on and offsite happy ...
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Student Team: How to deal with slackers

I'm a software engineering student and as the course name suggest, we make software in class (duh! :D) We usually end up grouped into teams of 5 in building projects... But in the end, it's like I ...
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How can I avoid divisive political issues at work?

I am currently a member of a 4-member team. There is a current national political issue that is very divisive in our region (we are in India). The team lead and both other members of the team are on ...