Questions about the interactions of employees in a group

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I got the business plan approved. Am I not a team player if the boss gets one of his favourites to run the business?

CEO asked me to present the business plan, because my boss couldn't present a good one. The plan was later approved. The boss now wants to split it into several parts and get his favourite folks to ...
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What are your experiences with wearing headphones at the office? [on hold]

What is your experience with headphones that you wear at the office? What could be improved?
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How can I help a new manager settle in without being patronising?

I have, up until recently, been the only member of my team after the team leader left a few months ago. The new one has just started, so naturally, part of my role is to help him settle in. I'm still ...
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.NET developer role/skills [closed]

I recently joined an organization heading up the Internet Marketing team. The company overall is dated, no place more than its use (or lack thereof) of technology. We interface extensively with our ...
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What is the likely professional impact of requesting an internal transfer because of a bad manager?

I work for a company in north Africa that is owned by a bigger company in UK. Reporting hierarchy: Me-->my local manager-->development manager in UK-->IT manager in UK. I'm preparing to request to be ...
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Why can't many teams be self-organized and how to help them to self-organize?

Note: although the question talks about programmers, I imagine it applies as well to many other professions where self-organization is suitable: scientists, visual designers, etc. I remember from ...
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What can a developer do to instill a practical team Agile mentality? [duplicate]

I have been at my new job as a contractor for about four months. Since I am very sensitive about workflow protocols and procedures, I made it a priority during the interviewing process to ask things ...
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How to handle my boss suddenly not responding in the middle of conversation

Here's a (representative) conversation we just had. We were in the middle of a conversation about something else, where he did answer me - it's not like he was looking at code or doing something and ...
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Correcting an incorrect use of a word that has become vernacular at a company [duplicate]

I try desperately to be humble but it is so hard. Sometimes I feel like everybody on my team has Dunning-Kruger effect, while other times I feel like I must not be a very skilled or competent ...
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Asking for a raise for one of my team

I have a team of 8 members. i asked for a raise for three of them and the upper management gave me the approval for two and reject the third guy because he didn't finish a year yet. he is very ...
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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 work with a “fanboy”?

As an IT Professional, part of what I do when assigned larger projects from management is to meet either formally or informally with the stakeholders, work to establish a scope and a set of ...
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Team member is inexperienced and failing. How can I help him professionally?

I am a Technology Lead for a US based Organization. My Organization outsources some of the work to various Indian Outsourcing Companies. We started a new project with a new team 6 months back. It is a ...
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How to diffuse misunderstandings and rumors about me in the work place?

I am working for a US-based consulting firm. They have employed me at their client location based on corp to corp contracts. My employer is vendor to client. I have to report to a manager on the ...
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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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How to not appear defensive when turning down requests from the rest of the company? [duplicate]

Our company highly emphasizes that everyone should do their best at cross-departmental teamwork and as such we also have 360 degree appraisals, not just from our direct line manager. People get fired ...
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Under which circumstances it's appropriate to pick up your colleague's phone if he's on leave?

I have this situation where my colleague, who is of similar rank as I am, went for a long holiday (approximately a week). There have been many calls coming in on his phone line, and I'm not sure if ...
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If a lot of people are leaving a particular team, does this imply that a person should also start looking for other jobs? [closed]

Suppose a team originally had 10 people. 5 team members left for other jobs. Does this indicate that a person in the team should also start looking for other jobs?
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How can I interact professionally with female colleagues whose appearance I find distracting?

I am a fresh college graduate male and three quarters of my team is female. I come from a traditional and rural background. Their dress and wardrobe appears to be seductive and this makes me feel ...
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What differentiates a manager from a team leader? [closed]

What differentiates a manager from a team leader (TL)? What is expected of a manager as opposed to a team leader?
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Team communication - what to use instead of emails?

Suppose I have a very important remark on some kind of technical convention or a rude bug in the code that everybody copy all over the place, how can I notify my colleagues on subject? Although we ...
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Managing very senior individual contributors?

I will be interviewing for a new position where I may be managing a software engineering team of very senior principal individual contributors (non-managers), like with 30+ years of experience. They ...
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How to cope with a “UX Expert” who has no experience?

We have had a self-proclaimed UX Expert foisted upon our development team recently and it's been nothing but headaches ever since. I am not sure what his background is but he does not know anything ...
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How do I tell my colleagues that the codebase they've built is a total mess and their practices are ancient?

The situation A few months ago, I've been working with a new team in a new company. The company offers some web services and the team's role is to develop and maintain those services. Problem #1: ...
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Should both points of contact reply to an email addressed to us? [closed]

I am one of 2 points of contact for a team. If someone addresses an email or question to both of us, and my other colleague replies to it, but I don't, then does it look like I am irresponsible? ...
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SW development team delegated to make tough decision that are related to management

We have a software development team of 5 people. All of them are developers and one is also a scrum master. Our line management has need to fulfill a business analyst position in our company. They ...
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What to do when I can't work with a colleague [closed]

I have a major personality clash with one of my colleagues. We both get along pretty well with the rest of the team, but we both have strong opinions and disagree frequently. The problem has been ...
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How to explain to my team why they shouldn't interfere when other managers or teams talk to me?

If a supervisor, another teams' manager or a different team member comes to my desk/area and asks questions or wants to discuss an issue, some of my more enthusiastic team members jump in and start ...
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How to be more assertive within a senior team [closed]

I've been working as a "Software Engineer" at a large, well-known tech company in the Valley for over a year and a half now. Previous to this, I've worked at another company straight out of college ...
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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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How can I implement a sales incentive for a helpdesk type sales funnel?

We've got a team of sales people who handle sales in a self-elective manner from a helpdesk funnel. Basically the workflow is as follows: Customer places order Order appears in helpdesk Sales rep ...
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How do I motivate slackers (who are not on my team) to work?

I worked at the IT department of a company. This IT department hires 3 university students every 8 months. When I was working, one of the students (sat in the cubicle behind me) used to slack quite a ...
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How to deal with an underperforming engineering manager at a startup? [closed]

I'm at a startup that was an amazing place to work before we hired a new manager last year. In the time since morale has dipped drastically and amazing engineers feel they can no longer affect the ...
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Managing passive-aggressive employees

We have a general reorganization of my department going on at the moment and I have one staff member in particular who is being difficult about the process. A bit of background... This person has ...
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Motivate people in team in a non work environment [closed]

I have a small group working on a project together. I'm a team leader, but not the boss. The project is not for money, it's our thesis. We have around 6 months to finish this project. This is the 2nd ...
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How to be friendly without giving the wrong signals

How do I be friendly at the office without giving mixed signals, i.e. getting unwanted attention. I've been through a rough patch this year, and my immediate co-workers suspect it (abusive ...
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Is it appropriate to ask to be included in a chew out meeting?

After having a read of this question, and it's answers, a hypothetical-esque question popped in my head. Imagine if you'd heard some one/people had made a mistake on something you're involved with, ...
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Is it appropriate to ask to be excused from a chew-out meeting?

Recently some co-workers have fallen out of line with our standards for completing a well-documented task and need to be reminded of their duties and responsibility when completing said task. The ...
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What exactly is a (non-technical) manager for in a software engineering team? [closed]

I could be a completely ignorant person here, but that's exactly why I'm asking this. Why does an engineering team need a non-technical manager? What exactly is his job? I mean, I do understand the ...
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Should I point out typos to colleagues in meetings? [closed]

When in a group meeting with a projector on, if someone's making notes or typing out minutes for everyone to see, I'd occasionally point out typos to do with internal acronyms and terms. I try not to ...
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How to convince my team leader not to lose faith in me? [closed]

I am in a company for 3 months now in these 3 months I have missed my deadlines and gave faulty codes and each time I asked apology and assured him of better performance but I couldn't do due to ...
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Very wary boss keeps the team away from empowerment, how to deal with it?

Brief description of me I am in the electronics department of a medium sized engineering business, among my other five co-workers. I've been working for 4 years here in the same position, but the ...
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Declining department team-building activities [duplicate]

I received an invite for an out-of-office activity next Friday afternoon during office hours. I would have to pay for a meal ($30) and the activity (mini-putt, $15). I want to decline because I ...
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How to deal with team member who is picking argument always instead of understanding the point? [closed]

I am working for on IT organization as Team Leader. I have a team member who works as developer. In age he is elder than me. He is very prone is picking argument and making offensive personal ...
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What are the things that I should mention and avoid in the introduction e-mail to my team in my new job? [closed]

I am joining my first job after my graduate studies. My manager asked me to send an e-mail to him with my short bio so that he will use it to introduce me to the entire team. I would like to mention ...
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Is it bad to offer alternative solutions without recommending them?

Sometimes in a meeting where a problem is being discussed I'll say something like "Perhaps we should consider frobnigating the widgetron instead of hexterpating the frampilator. I'm not saying that's ...
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Being a team's representative to the rest of the company, but not its manager, how much am I accountable when something goes wrong? [closed]

I am an assistant manager with authority over part of our Team ("sub-team"), mainly in supporting the actual manager. Most of my and my sub-teams' duties revolve around being a link between the Team ...
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Give team lead a couple of subtle hints, how? [closed]

Here's the situation: I've been with the company for quite a long time working with same people. From time to time we're organized into teams to work on different projects and about a week I joined ...
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Request to observe environment prior to accepting job

What sort of requests are reasonable for a potential candidate who is looking to see if they would be a good fit prior to joining a company - particularly is it reasonable to request to observe a ...
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How to build dialogue and cooperation when other managers bypass my authority as a manager?

I manage two internal teams (direct reports) and external contractors (matrix reports) in a relatively flat organization structure and casual workplace culture. It is common for employees to help ...