Questions about the interactions of employees in a group

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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? [on hold]

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 ...
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Junior colleague is questioning my methodology in front of client

My junior colleague and I attend a meeting every week. Last week I was giving a presentation about the proposed work to be done and my colleague questioned my methodologies in front of the client. At ...
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How to deal with a “team leader” who hates it that developers contribute to Stack Overflow during work downtime

We are working in a software company in India, and in our team, we have a lead and he simply doesn't like the developers who try to contribute Stack Overflow in a regular basis (meaning try to hit the ...
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How do I deal with a spat between coworkers that impacts me?

So, I work at a smallish company as a full-stack web developer with several other people. The guy who has worked here the longest ("Mark") has been here for six or eight years, and developed the ...
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Older employees refer to me as an intern, how can I let people know I'm a permanent employee?

I work in a branch of a company that has 30 people. One week before I was hired, 3 college students were brought on as interns. As a result, three times in the past couple of weeks I've been referred ...
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How to handle special travel accommodations for medical reasons?

I am currently in the process of changing employers and will be relocating to a new area, and a new exciting position. This new job requires me to travel long distances by plane 3-4 times a year. My ...
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How to name 3 equal but separate teams? [closed]

We're trying to come up with naming schemes for a team that is splitting up into 3 equal but separate teams working off the same backlog. To most outsiders, we're seen as just one group. We're ...
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Handling low quality work from a senior

This is a question regarding the software industry, but would apply equally to any industry in which teams contribute work to a final product. How do I handle having to completely rework the work ...
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Working with team members who do not follow up with responding to task requests in the agreed time

I find I have quite a bad memory so when I ask a team member if they could do something and let me know when it's done I tend to forget about it and rely on that person to remember and hence let me ...
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1answer
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How to handle a condescending co-worker?

It's my first time posting here so just bear with me. I work at a software development company that primarily focuses on C#-based web development, but they also work on desktop applications on ...
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How to deal with a difficult team consisting mostly of senior members?

I am part of a software development team working on a project that is about 5 years old. I joined the project as an intern almost 2 years ago and i am a full-fledged software engineer now in the same ...
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How can I correct an elder team member without causing offence?

I am working for a consulting firm and they employed me at their client location for their client project. My team consists of different team members who are also employed from different organizations ...
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How can I recommend that a colleague be excluded from my team?

The background My colleague and I were hired as leads on a new data warehousing team. She does great in meetings, knows the right questions to ask and appears very competent in customer-facing ...
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Team members spending too much time on Stack Overflow

Almost 8 months ago, I introduced encouraged my team members to follow Stack Overflow so that they can read questions, help others, and build their skills. But now this has gotten out of hand. I have ...
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What to do when blocked by reviews and the team is busy?

I am a co-op at a company. Sometimes, I find myself in situations where I am making many pull requests for my project for review, but the team is busy with understandably more important matters. If ...
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How to deal with egotistical, arrogant senior colleague

My problem started from the moment when my client and my manager recognized my work. Sometimes he'd stop talking with me without any valid reasons. The first 1 or 2 such incidents I apologized, ...
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How to deal with a job which is very demanding and might be under-eligible for doing it?

I am constantly feeling overwhelmed in this job and there is never a sense of comfort. I remember being someone who liked challenges, but one at a time. My job is really good for someone who is ...
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How to deal with a team that does not let me talk or count my opinions, but later go through the same situation i was warning them of? [closed]

I am in a team that has very experienced members and I am the youngest in terms of knowledge and newbie in terms of domain knowledge. I have seen a pattern of us as a team overcommitting to work that ...
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growing conflicts due to inappropriate/sexual jokes at work

We are a team of more than 20 people with only one woman, which is not unusual for most engineering teams. One of the guys in our team is well known for his "unique" sense of humor, which is not ...
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Fitting in with strange or undesired aspects of company culture

I just recently started a position at a new company. Everyone is extremely nice and friendly, but they all share the same non-work-related hobby (a pretty famous trading card game). I don't mind that ...
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A team member made a mistake and I need to manage it

One of my team member made a mistake and a manager noticed it who sent me an email regarding a follow up meeting with the team member. However my concern here is that the mistake was witnessed by one ...
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When is it critical to CC people not directly addressed in an e-mail (or not directly concerned with the subject)? [closed]

My company has no direct policy about this and we generally have an informal way of communicating, especially within teams. Between teams, I have seen varying behaviors in the past 12 months I am here ...
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When should I openly give credit to my reports, when to the team as a whole, and when to myself?

In many books about management and leadership, I've read that it is a good practice to give credit to others (the individuals) when someone in the team - or the whole team - does well, but take ...
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Dealing with stubborn yet impressively skilled coworker [duplicate]

I occasionally collaborate with a colleague who is quite experienced and skilled professional. Though he is so stubborn and intolerant to almost everybody else despite his of her status, authority or ...
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What is causing negativity in a new employee and how can I deal with it?

I recently started a new job, and am working as part of a team with two other new employees. The company is in my opinion a good place to work with high levels of professionalism and great employee ...
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How to deal with a team member who tries emotional blackmail on us?

We have a team member who has to create some input for a project we are working on. This team member is terribly sensitive to even the slightest criticism. They started a discussion how they feel ...
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Dealing with a lack of team and possible replacements [duplicate]

I work mostly alone without much direction from management. Really, I am not certain if management even knows the business process as most of the business processes/practices I created them without ...
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How can I defuse a tense situation with a coworker?

We just had our company lunch and we bought some donuts packed into small little boxes from our excess team fund. As most of us were too full, they told me to bring some of it back or they will go ...
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Is it a good idea to be the birthday organizer?

Some of the teams at our company celebrate birthdays as a group. Our team and another team are in the same group, but we do very little together. A peer suggested that if we celebrated birthdays as ...
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How to handle vacation handover when I cannot trust anyone in my team? [duplicate]

I have trouble taking longer periods of vacation due to the fact that many of my specialist knowledge and experiences are unique and I have not trained anyone on those skills. One of the main reasons ...
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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 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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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 ...