Linked Questions

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How to mention that teammate accomplished nothing in team lead's absence [duplicate]

My team lead went on vacation for 2 weeks, mid-sprint. So my team, 3-ish developers, had a fair amount of work to finish the sprint off. Then we were told to work on the backlog and bugs in his ...
71
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9answers
65k views

Coworker doesn't actually work - how to deal with the situation? [duplicate]

We have a colleague who prefers to waste time at work instead of well... working. He's either watching movies, playing online games, or he's always on social sites. This is all on company time, with ...
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10answers
16k views

How do I deal with a very manipulative employee who doesn't do his work? [duplicate]

I am the supervisor of an IT department in a small but a high-paying company. I supervise 12 employees. There's one that I'm having troubles with lately, he is newly hired and is a great person. But ...
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5answers
10k views

Should I mention a coworker working on personal projects to my manager? [duplicate]

In short, a coworker is working on short stories / novels during his down time at work. While I have looked at this question, I think it's different in that his writing is definitely for profit, not ...
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10answers
5k views

Working with another intern who does nothing? [duplicate]

I'm working as a software engineering intern at a corporate company. I'm ecstatic for this opportunity and trying my hardest to read code, ask questions, make mistakes and learn. However, I'm paired ...
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5answers
4k views

How to deal with disabled coworker who wastes time in office? [duplicate]

I work in the US. I have to develop some software with a disabled coworker (has disability parking card). He was working on this project alone for a few months and my manager added me to the project ...
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5answers
10k views

Boss's son does no work at all, how to handle it [duplicate]

We have a colleague who, quite frankly, does not work. The only exception is when the boss asks him to do a specific job; in this instance, he will do it (although usually in 5 minutes but make out ...
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4answers
2k views

Should I report my coworker for falling asleep? [duplicate]

I've just completed my 3rd shift as Night Auditor with ease thanks to me actually reading the training manual, but the person who was supposed to be assisting/training/supervising decided, on the two ...
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3answers
3k views

How to work with an underskilled peer who isn't going away? [duplicate]

I work for group A of a large company as a senior software developer / team lead. Group A contains almost all the software development function within the company. We're currently working on a ...
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3answers
4k views

How do I handle a co-worker stealing company time? [duplicate]

My co-worker and I started at the same time, mid-summer, so we each have 9 days of vacation time through the end of the year. Our new boss works remotely and there is very little accountability. My co-...
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4answers
2k views

Unsure if employee I manage is abusing “unlimited sick leave” policy [duplicate]

A colleague who reports to me has been taking sick days (back issues etc... and, we have unlimited sick day policy). However, it looks like it has not made significant dent on life outside of work - ...
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2answers
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Germany: team member abuses sick days; what can I as team lead do about it? [duplicate]

I am a tech lead. I am not leading this guy, because he is in another project. But I take care of some frameworks, and I am a little on the top of his work. Anyways, the problem is this guy keeps ...
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3answers
1k views

Freelance co-worker not doing anything at all [duplicate]

TLDR: Alice is not doing her job and I end up pushing all the activities and doing her tasks because I'm afraid of being let go. Should I inform management about this ? The backstory: I've been ...
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5answers
3k views

How to deal with team member leaving too early and not finishing work [duplicate]

I have noticed that a colleague in my team is consistently leaving way before the 8 hours of the day. I am not sure how come this has not been noticed by our team manager. Personally this is ...
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4answers
1k views

Should I cover for a chronically late employee? [duplicate]

The chronically late employee has worked here 3 years I just started. Short of changing my job (I've only been here a little while) I don't know what else to do. No one else is affected by this ...
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3answers
701 views

How do I deal with a coworker who offloads his work and personal tasks onto other coworkers? [duplicate]

I have a coworker that has no problems with offloading his work or even private things on other coworkers. He does not do this with me, since I have rebuffed him once, but he does this with a ...
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4answers
3k views

How to deal with low quality colleagues in a way that satisfies management [duplicate]

I have come to the conclusion that most managers are more interested in PR and keeping "low tones" among teams and individuals than getting the job done. (They want to avoid heated arguments). For ...
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1answer
2k views

Colleague not working their hours and boss hasn't noticed [duplicate]

I work on a small team (approximately 10 people) within a very large company. Within our team, we all share the same line manager and all sit in close proximity to one another, within our office. We'...
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2answers
809 views

CEO thinks that our intern is fantastic. Should I correct him? [duplicate]

Our company is small, less than 10 people. All hiring decisions are made by our CEO, with little to no input from our CTO. We have had an intern developer for a few months. Our CEO seems to think ...
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2answers
4k views

When is it time to complain to the boss about a coworker? [duplicate]

I have a coworker who neglects to perform her work properly and often acts unprofessionally (has been reprimanded for both in the past). She's also developed a habit of napping on the job, which I'm ...
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1answer
1k views

My coworker doesn't do anything at work [duplicate]

I am a software development student and I have got a job at a Hardware Company which also makes Software. Currently I have an internship elsewhere and I work there on Saturdays. We work in a team of ...
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3answers
3k views

Dealing with a senior colleague not pulling his weight [duplicate]

I'm fresh out of college working in an IT company. I'm really enjoying myself and am working on a small project with 5 others. However one of the other developers (all senior to me) is really bad at ...
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2answers
447 views

should I complain to my boss about work partner? [duplicate]

I am doing job at a company where my boss divide work between me and one of my other partner. My partner sits idle whole the day and did not even help me out with the given task. When task is ...
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1answer
2k views

Should I tell my boss that my coworker’s work is of poor quality? [duplicate]

I am one of two software engineers at my company. Our boss is not a software expert but he understands our work at a decent level and he is a good manager. The other engineer and I have been working ...
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5answers
2k views

Dealing with a coworker who never works [duplicate]

I'm a research intern at a fairly selective/prestigious company. There are several other interns, all with different (though somewhat related) projects, some with different supervisors. One of the ...
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2answers
380 views

How to deal with a uncommitted coworker, it affects my performance too [duplicate]

I am a back end developer for a data visualization tool. I have to work with a coworker who does the front end part. We established the deadline date to the client (it is a internal client in a big ...
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1answer
1k views

Team members not contributing [duplicate]

I work as a software developer. I have taken on another task which is not part of my job, setting up a bunch of new servers for a new application that the company I work for has bought. I am working ...
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2answers
371 views

How to handle team leader offering no help? [duplicate]

My team leader, who only works part time during the summer months, is not offering me (or other team members) adequate help when he's in the office. We're told he is either too busy with his own work ...
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2answers
526 views

How do I explain to my boss that a coworker isn't capable? [duplicate]

So I have this giant project that has a ticking deadline of a little under 2 months. My boss (IMO) over promised on the timeline to the client by a mile and let the client set the deadline rather than ...
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1answer
842 views

How to deal with an underperforming colleague [duplicate]

This question is about a retail environment We are a high-profile shop selling expensive premium items. Customer care is obviously a high priority. The colleague in question was hired primarily for ...
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2answers
383 views

Should I complain about my colleagues's bad work to their manager? [duplicate]

Since taking a job about year ago as a senior developer, I've seen my fair share of work that, let's just say, is less than stellar. The company is full of developers (for the sake of this question ...
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1answer
781 views

How report incompetent colleagues? [duplicate]

This question is not directly about myself, but more on a colleague. We are a small IT company (around 20 people) producing&developing software for a niche industry. Mostly we are developers who ...
3
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1answer
593 views

What should I do about a coworker that is slacking off and in turn, creating more work and stress for myself? [duplicate]

EDIT: I had to edit this because I realized this situation is very specific and I am too paranoid thinking someone from work will see. Thank you kindly to those who read through my backstory and ...
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1answer
616 views

How to manage lazy coworker? [duplicate]

I have a coworker in my workplace which is a web-developer. He is not so interested in his job and in case of problems in his daily tasks, he stops his job somehow and waits till the problem resolves. ...
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2answers
432 views

How to deal with people/colleagues who speak/show more than they really know [duplicate]

How do I deal with people at workplace who show/speak more than they really know or have really done to draw the attention of the manager? One way I have experienced is to be patient and allow the ...
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1answer
384 views

How to handle well-connected co-worker that wastes working hours on online Games? [duplicate]

How to handle well-connected co-worker that wastes working hours on online Games? I'm on a small software engineering team (5-7 people), who have an aggressive schedule. I've noticed one team-...
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1answer
266 views

Dealing with unproductive long term colleague? [duplicate]

I started at this company in Europe 5 months ago. I was placed in a small team within a company of about 150 people. This team is a stand-alone team and does not collaborate with any of the other ...
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4answers
581 views

When is it appropriate to “go up the ladder” when someone isn't doing their job and it's affecting you? [duplicate]

Here is the situation: We need maintenance done on a utility supply that a machine we have can't run without. It's a somewhat crucial piece of equipment and time is money here (but then again, where ...
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2answers
280 views

How to deal with under-performing teammate when boss doesn't notice? [duplicate]

I work in a small company but my team has currently grown to include well over a dozen people. We all report to the same boss. This big team is broken up into sub-teams (each sub-team has no manager)....
167
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10answers
41k views

My manager told me to stop helping a (supposedly) underperforming coworker. What are my options?

A bit of background I'm a junior female developer working for a telecommunications company. Shortly after I started, another young woman joined the team. Our manager sat us together with the ...
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13answers
21k views

How do I deal with an unproductive colleague in a small company?

I am an employee in a small company (under 30 people). I have a colleague who is basically not really productive. We've been at the company for about the same amount of time, and we both joined while ...
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11answers
24k views

How do I stop getting all of this work placed on me?

Currently working for a three letter government agency in their IT department and going on three years as system administrator. I also work as the backup SAN administrator, and manage all of the ...
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15answers
22k views

How to deal with your co worker telling you “not to do stuff so fast”?

I like to do stuff right when people ask me. When they need help, if I'm doing nothing, I love to go there and help, or to call them and fix the problem, because I like to be pro active. But my co ...
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12answers
16k views

We're contractors who think the main perm guy isn't very good. Do we say anything?

(I don't believe this is a dupe of What can I do to make a coworkers lack of effort more visible? because that question is about effort, whereas this one is about ability.) I'm a contractor (UK) but ...
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10answers
9k views

How to handle demoralization caused by a slacker in the team?

I recently started working a programming contract at a company, and initially everything was going fine. I was very focused, I came in on time every day and got a load of work done, and never let ...
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6answers
29k views

What do I do if a co-worker is leaving early frequently while the boss is out?

We are a team of 10 people, and one of them is leaving early. They are supposed to work 8:00 hours like everyone else but they are working about 7:30. Our manager is out of office till next month. ...
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8answers
4k views

Colleague is not competent but gets away with it

We have a dedicated resource for CSS styling since we are working on a web application and are under tight deadlines. Me and 2 others are the main drivers behind this enterprise application. We simply ...
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4answers
7k views

How to handle unreachable colleagues not performing / your work being blocked

I'm responsible for the setup of a whole range of new servers, to replace older platforms. This is in a multi-national, with offices across the world. As such I've had to order servers through each ...
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4answers
14k views

How do I deal with a co-worker who is constantly late, leaving early, or taking long lunches, forcing myself and my colleagues to cover for her?

I work in a preschool, and I have one co-worker who is consistently late coming in to work, leaving early, calling in "sick," or taking lunches that run long - to give you an idea, she is classified ...
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3answers
5k views

I'm swamped at work and a colleague is slacking. Not sure if telling on him is professional

Title pretty much says it all. We work in pairs here at my company, and my peer has just quit, leaving me all alone. I'm swamped right now, having to work my part and my former peer's. There is an ...

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