Questions tagged [colleagues]

Questions regarding the people one works with. This includes questions about communication, teamwork, or other issues caused by ones co-workers.

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How can I deal with my coworker who is trying to take over my work?

I am a senior software developer in a software company. Recently, a junior developer joined the team and without being given any official responsibility, I whole-heartedly gave him extensive "...
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How do I make friends with people at work

I recently realized that I am being left out of after work hangouts and parties. I am not an introvert. I make a small chat when I run into people at work and smile at them. I am not an extrovert ...
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Conflict with older employee

An older colleague, a woman with 30+ years of experience as a cobol developer has been escalating me every week for the last nearly 2 months. She finds different pretexts for the same issue again and ...
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Hired as a manager to effect change; existing co-worker capable but lacks 'drive' to learn and build. How to build the relationship we need?

I have recently started a new job, where I am now in essence the Supply Chain Manager for a small company that has several locations across my province (Canada). Two of the people that work for this ...
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How to shut off an elder co-worker?

I work at a market research organisation mixed with many workers with various professions. I have a teammate who is older than me and has worked for 7 years more than me. Although, she has the same ...
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I'm not a culture fit at my new company - is it dangerous to stay?

I'm at my first job out of school. I'm one of 12ish engineers, but everyone else has a totally different working style than me: Everyone else comes in at 7am and stays until 6pm. We're only required ...
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What do I do when a newly-hired manager occasionally dispensed praise and accolades towards me?

I work as a programmer in the information technology area. A new employee was hired to be a manager of an adjacent department, where the department is a 'customer' of my work. They request various ...
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How to let colleagues know that your desk is vacant?

I work in an office that has few to no spare desks at the best of times. It is rammed! However, there tend to be desks within the office that are free (due to holiday, business travel, working from ...
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How to deal with a colleague who's taking all the nice/important tasks

I'm a DevOps. In my team, we do many "boring" tasks such as replying to client emails that are related to technical issues, and maintaining the system, cleaning DB. But we also do some development. I ...
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How do you address receiving terrible feed back from client regarding a co-worker?

My co-worker is assigned as Team SPOC to a project, my job is client engagement and keeping track of issued POs, we have the same position level. I have asked several times to the Team SPOC to send a ...
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How can I help a coworker with a bad case of impostor syndrome?

I am a software engineer in the US. One of the engineers in our team has a bad case of impostor syndrome, despite being among the most talented software engineers I've ever had the pleasure of ...
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Is it unwise to tell job interviewer that I won't be attending the company's regular social events?

I am currently looking for a job as a working student and I got a few invitations for interviews already. Now I am thinking about stuff that would be important for me to feel comfortable at work as I ...
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Update on My Question “ Deadlines getting pushed” Need more advice [closed]

From the previous question I've gone and decided to: Talk to the CEO about the situation If the Response is not something that's right for me just get out of here So: Had a chat with the CEO , and ...
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How to overcome your professional limits in your company

I'm a software developer with 10 years of experience, and I'm working in a small company (~8 people) all younger and with less experience than me (except my boss). We work mostly in B2B consulting ...
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Colleague is very nice, smart and helpful but stinks. Told him twice but not getting the message [duplicate]

I joined work about a month ago. My colleague/mentor smells because I don't think he ever showers. He sits next to me and he's the typical nerdy guy. Sometimes the smell is so bad it makes me sick. I ...
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My office co-worker turns off my PC showing a political screensaver [closed]

I work in a big tech company, and a majority of the people in my community have different political opinions from mine. To express my political position, I have a politically motivated screen saver - ...
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Asking for email introduction of the new coworker to the whole group

We have a new temporary coworker in our lab (it is academia, but not academia-specific question). There are about 12 people working here. I would like to ask for a lab-wide introduction of this ...
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What to do when you're expected to respond to a mail involving several people, but you've expressed your position in person in the meantime?

Consider this scenario: A colleague from work (be it a boss or another coworker tasked with coordinating something) sends an e-mail to several people including you, whereby it's expected that all ...
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Co-Worker working on Christmas/Holidays while they are off (to complete tasks I agreed I'd complete on our return from time off)

I would like to know how to deal with this situation. Basically our manager had a clear schedule on who is working and not working over Christmas. I took my vacation accordingly as I was the prime ...
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How to deal with a senior dev that does not trust your skill

It has been four months when I last ask a question about advice. Here I am again. I've been working on my first ever programming job coming from a non-IT background for four months now. Recently, I ...
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How can I get former colleagues to stop giving me gifts when I visit?

I left my former employer some time ago. The departure was on good terms, and they clearly liked me on both a personal and professional level because 1) they asked me to freelance for them (which I'm ...
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I am a target for constant mockery from a colleague

I am new at this great company, 2 months now and loving the project I am working on with three other developers. But one day, after making a point to one of them about stop playing with a stress ...
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Having difficulty understanding my native English-speaking colleagues. How can I improve?

I am originally from China and have lived in the UK for the past two and a half years, but English is not my first language. I spent one year studying a Master's degree and one year working an office ...
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Is not having friends at work normal?

I am an international student and I have got my first job as an intern at a company in Canada. I sometimes think that I am not good at communication and making friends. I have very little friends at ...
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Dealing with colleague who revoked his resignation

Background I'm a fairly stereotypical software developer. Decent technical skills, but sorely lacking in soft-skills (which I am actively working on). I recently found myself in a position where I ...
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Unrecognised for Work

In meetings usually, we have a session for recognition's. In one of the recent sessions, one of the colleagues with whom I worked with listed out everyone who helped her. She had even mentioned those ...
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How can I encourage a new team member to show more initiative?

I am team lead of the Information Security Operations team where I work. Several weeks ago, a new team member joined the team. This person a very strong technical background (several years of relevant ...
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Team lead unhappy to lead team [closed]

I am the team lead of a team with quite a diverse background in both age and knowledge. 2 COBOL developers around 60 years old, 1 business person, one project manager, and 3 Java developers. I am the ...
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Drunk co-worker humiliated me at a holiday party

I started this new job (first full-time job out of college) almost two months ago and I am still in training. There was a holiday party on Friday and some of my colleagues and I stuck around for a ...
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How do you work with a flat earther?

I work at a gas station. This home schooled kid is a flat earther and talks non stop. He's generally a nice person, but his views are awful and polar to mine. I try not talking, but he continues to ...
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How to talk to people (to push them to do better)

I would like some advice/recommendations on how to talk to people to push them to do better. Not only so the team can work faster, maybe better, but so that everyone can "push" each other as well. I'...
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How to do code reviews to people whose programming skills are weak?

I am a developer and I was recently promoted so I am doing significantly more code reviews now. Part of that includes doing code reviews on Github with people who are either not very competent or lack ...
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Dealing with a noisy coworker in a small office?

Recently my team was moved to a tiny office, about 3x3 meters. There were 3 of us, but now an ex employee has been hired again. He was annoying before he resigned, and he is still annoying today. I ...
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Gift from a contractor to a contractor

I am an independent software contractor for an IT company and a lead for a small team. All the team members are contractors as well and we're pretty friendly bunch. We go out sometimes for drinks or ...
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Nice job, but co-workers not critical-minded. What to do?

I don't share people's ideas on the job I currently do, but I really enjoy my job. Example: Someone says in a project meeting "this project has no objectives", and I'm the only one who thinks that ...
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Asked a lot to a coworker. Should I apologize?

So this is the situation: I work on a product delivered by A, and I have a lot of questions on the product. I usually go to A's desk (far from mine) and ask, or sometimes by mail with a list of ...
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Company Christmas party coming soon, but I am new to the company and having panic attacks. How can I handle this?

I’m new to a role (started 4 weeks ago) and our work Christmas party is soon. Although I’ve spoken to most of the people I’m yet to be ‘in a group’ and the thought of going to a party where I’ll be on ...
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How to deal with the “star” coworker?

I work with Database Administration and one of my roles is to make the environment safe. But on every company I've worked, there is a "star employee" - A guy that is a Dev normally, with little ...
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How to deal with difficulties of understanding a colleague (in person conversation)

Over the years every now and then I end up working with people whom I have trouble understanding in English. I am not a native English speaker and usually they are not either. Here I want to indicate ...
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Coworker stated they're unable to work with me?

I'm not really sure where to go.. so maybe this place and help a bit. I've been at my current job for over two years now, we're a small jewelry company. The business changed hands to a individual (...
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How to suggest “helping” a coworker in chat without sounding condescending?

I started a new job recently. A coworker (let's call him Sam) is tasked with helping me do the initial project setup. At one point, he wanted to share a huge file (about 1 GB in size) with me. Now ...
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How to cope with a type of colleague puts his nose into your profession?

I'm the only electrical engineer in a company where I take care of all the electronics part of other projects. Among my colleagues there is one who is a civil engineer and getting on my nerves. Let me ...
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Helping a mean coworker

A colleague has been a jerk to me. We used to work on a same project but now are on different teams. I hold him in contempt. 1) He does not help even if you ask him the smallest of doubts or favors. ...
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Colleague fixes my bugs

I value my free time and try not to work from home on weekends as one of my colleagues. Recently I got into following situation: Friday evening (after working hours) QA hit me up on Slack about a ...
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Managment has no idea what the project is about

I am in a bit of a strange situation. I am part of software development team doing core transformation of existing COBOL based ordering system. There are also plans for future sales channel being ...
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Handling awkward coworker

I have a weird colleague who always wants to know what I am doing, like every single day. Having said that he is not my manager but he acts as if he is my boss. Since I am an R&D engineer, I am ...
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Sending department-wide non-work emails to colleagues. Is it rude?

I really would like to send an email to all the colleagues working in my department about tomorrow's strike and the recent UN report about climate change with some links in order to raise their ...
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Superiour colleague is way too intrusive

I work here for about 4 months and one of my colleagues keeps pestering me, on my opinion. Maybe I'm wrong and it's just him being kind and friendly, but I feel bad about it and thinking of leaving ...
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How can I handle colleagues messaging several people about the same problem?

As a part (not the main part) of my work I help colleagues with technical issues and answer their questions. I work in a very big company (10k+ employees), so colleagues rarely approach me in person. ...
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“You are not paid to think, but to do X” is always wrong in the workplace?

Background I work in an IT consultancy company of about 200 people. As in many other companies, we work on multiple projects, with short deadlines, with a lot of pressure, both from internal managers ...