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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Mumbling coworker [closed]

I have a coworker who constantly mumbles under his breath impolite things about me or other coworkers. I find it very rude, because others can clearly hear him, although it's possible he is unaware ...
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How to address a coworker's undermining behavior that affects my performance?

I work as an engineer for a large company in the US and am facing challenges with a co-worker who exhibits offensive behavior towards me. We are part of a three-person core team within a larger group, ...
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My Product Manager Traveling To My City, Should I Meet Her In Person?

I've been working remotely for a year now for this company. On our daily meeting, my PM said she will travel to my country tomorrow. Is it okay if I reach out to her and ask if I can treat her meal ...
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How to set boundaries regarding hours of work with colleagues who like to work late

I happen to be a software engineer with a family, luckily the company owner is a fair and just person who also has a family, but everyone else seems to not have family responsibilities. We recently ...
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Dealing with an incompetent colleague on a project

I'll try to keep the introduction very brief and elaborate further down. I work as a senior cloud engineer and our boss manages 4-5 teams of 3-6 people. My colleague - also a senior cloud engineer - ...
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How to deal with an oversmart/bossy colleague?

I am part of a team: 2 senior developers (8+ Years, including myself and my colleague X), 4 junior developers. X is not my reporting manager, and my reporting manager doesn't involve herself in our ...
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Can I refuse to review the work of the team tech lead if I have a lower grade than they?

Long story short, I work as a data scientist in a small team. The working environment is quite unusual. Key facts: The lead data scientist's technical expertise wasn't checked during the interview (...
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What would be good gift card amount to give to a departing senior coworker? [closed]

A very helpful coworker is leaving our company and our manager shared a link for us to leave a farewell message with the option to contribute to an Amazon gift card. I'm leaning towards contributing ...
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Struggling with Team Dynamics: Dealing with a Critical and Ambitious Junior Developer

I'm currently facing a challenging situation within my development squad, and I'm seeking advice on how to navigate it effectively. Eight months ago, our team leader and I hired a junior developer for ...
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How to deal with colleague making fun of my decisions [duplicate]

Context: I work as a developer and support specialist in a medium-sized business with a lot of offices around the country. We often get calls from different offices that require technical assistance ...
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How to handle an employee that responds to an email he is copied in on, but is not his responsibility to take that action?

I work in an industry where external emails come in where the senders will typically just throw a bunch of recipients' emails into the TO: and hope they get a response from any one of the parties (so ...
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How do I handle an unclear Work from Home Policy and setting expectations? [closed]

Background details: I am new to leadership on my team. I lead a group of 5 producing data analysis products for various customers. Multiple members of the team are new to this career field and ...
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seeking for guidance from my boss who is on leave

I have just been recruited as an assistant internal auditor without much experience in auditing. Currently, my boss, who is the head internal auditor, is on leave and I am required by the organization ...
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Is it worth making amends with a toxic ex-manager?

I had a very toxic and narcissistic "manager" in my past role. He joined as a senior although other people including me had more experience than him; and soon after, due to lack of enough ...
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Party for a leaving coworker, but I'm off that day

A coworker is leaving the company and they are having a small party in the office. I will be off that day. Is it rude to not show up, since I'm off?
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How to deal with workplace bully? [closed]

I only started my new job a week ago and already feel like Im being bullied by someone there. It's hard to confront her directly as it seems to be different things she does each time. I would rather ...
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How to get coworkers to stop giving me ChatGPT-generated suggestions

I work in computer graphics for a small company on our own game engine. We also have an in house team of artists creating content for this engine. I am often tasked with taking suggestions from the ...
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When (if ever) is it good to speak up if a coworker just sits watching videos all day?

At my job some days I would work out of a room with only one other person in it. 95% of the time he would just sit at his desk watching YouTube videos of World of Warcraft. He wasn't management but he ...
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Teammate keeps clearing throat during video calls

My teammate clears their throat multiple times during meetings, and it's usually pretty loud and right into their microphone. No one's said anything about it, but I've noticed some people pausing ...
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How to handle a coworker who is constantly suggesting improvements in pieces of work I'm primarily responsible for?

In my job, my coworker and I handle a certain aspect of development which has 2 parts, my focus is on one part while my coworkers focus is on the other part. Over the last few months, I have noticed ...
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How can I tell if I'm being singled out by a colleague for being a woman?

I'm a software developer with a respectable work history. I'm confident in the quality of my work, though I know I'm not perfect and not above criticism or correction. I have been discriminated by a ...
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How to deal with technical discussions that get "lost in the detail"?

I am a tech lead in a software development team (but our team is not very hierarchical - I just help with organisational tasks more than other team members do). I recently had a technical discussion ...
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Can someone be fired for giving a coworker a birthday card inside the workplace that is funny, but is also a bit sexist?

I work in an automobile factory in the United States and the vast majority (approximately 90%) of the employees in my department there are male. There is a coworker's birthday coming up next week in ...
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Seeking Guidance on Collaborative Targets with a Colleague Unaccustomed to Teamwork

I'm currently facing a bit of a challenge at work. I've been teamed up with a colleague who usually prefers working on their own projects. It's proving to be a bit tricky as they tend to avoid or ...
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Colleague making up excuses for lack of knowledge

Context: We are a small team of developers working on a single multiplatform project (Web, Mobile and PC). One colleague in particular is in "charge" of the mobile application. I quoted that ...
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Should I pay for dinner to pay back a dinner from 3 years ago?

A few years ago at a conference I was all but certain I was about to get fired so I refused to spend too much money eating out. My co-worker paid the entire bill at a steakhouse for us to eat dinner ...
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Co-worker complained to management about me then expects me to greet her and have chit chat. I refused

I work in the US. A coworker complained to management about me regarding leaving work for her and about a work question I asked her. My manager informed me of this. I felt betrayed. The job is my ...
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Is it appropriate to ask if any of my collegues are colourblind? And if so, how do I go about doing so?

One of the roles I have on my team is to make plots and graphs display data and the latest test results. Over the past few years I have become increasingly aware of the use of colourblind-friendly ...
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How to get past the lack of trust? [closed]

So I just started a job doing what I have been doing for 7 years, fronted react-redux development work and doing pretty good I might add, out of the ton of tickets this company put together, like 16 ...
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Should I send coworker reminder email if he forgot to do something

So there is this task that coworker is assigned to do. Once in awhile (not often maybe once every 3 months) he will forgot to do it. Should I send him a reminder email the day after to let him know ...
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Trips in a colleague's car (smoker)

One of my colleagues is a heavy smoker. We sometimes go together to customer appointments (approx. 1 hour's drive in one direction). We don't have company cars. He offers me then a lift in his car. In ...
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Giving credit to a colleague in a presentation that I was selected for

I recently gave a presentation with all the people within my department to several managers (mid-way up my org.) After that I was emailed, along with a select few, to repeat this presentation, in ...
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Manager implied that I should be pushing a colleague to get work done faster. Do I tell the colleague?

Same manager as my previous post. My colleague and I are working on the same project, and we are at the same level in the org chart (in fact, we are in the same role), but he is newer to the ...
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How to handle a coworker who can't take feedback

I am in a senior position at my job. A fresh recruit came from the university and I have been working with him for around 8 months now. We work closely together, and since I am in a senior position I ...
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How to figure out exactly what will be expected at a new workplace and face it [closed]

I have been working at a state university as a lecturer, actually in a senior position (on contract though) because I have a post graduate qualification as well, completed with a research component. ...
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How to give feedback to stubborn colleague?

I am senior software developer working on a team of 6 engineers, one of them is very difficult to work with, especially when trying to change his mind during a debate or an engineering discussion. He ...
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Tech lead role in a team topologies type of team [closed]

In recent years in the country where I am positioned (Scandinavia) the role of the tech lead in a 10 person team has been reduced. More and more teams actually don't have a designated tech lead. The ...
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How can a cybersecurity team mitigate internal customer complaints that real time user training is too intrusive?

I manage a team in the cybersecurity division where I work. My team is responsible for owning several security tools used to protect company digital assets (Data loss protection suite - DLP, advanced ...
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How to handle unrealistic expectations from your manager and teammates?

Lately, I've been improving my performance at work. I have solved some challenging problems, and I'm getting immense trust from my manager. My colleagues have started to express that I'm talented. &...
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New employee In a small office environment exposed to huge culture issues

I have just finished my first week with what I see as a great company that is poised for tremendous growth. Currently there are only 4 full time employees, including myself, within the office and ...
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How do I politely get my coworker to stop communicating with me in morse code?

A close coworker of mine has developed an obsession with morse code and has decided to use it constantly with me. Whilst I find it pretty cool, it's really distracting and I'm finding it hard to ...
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How to assist the improvement of company quality by stopping some very low qualities practiced by coworker

This is regarding a problem occured in a work place where a majority of workers are doing gossiping, backbiting and undermining, kind of they have adapted it like a cultural thing. So, for short, they ...
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How to deal with colleague enrolling my email to mailing lists instead of his own

Background My company uses long and short emails, where the short emails are (most often) <initials>@<domain> and the long emails are <first name>(.<middle name>).<surname&...
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What can I call actions that seem to motivate employees to give gifts to a senior?

A situation like this has been happening. The most senior (say the dean of a faculty or a manager of a company) of the workplace, kind of likes to receive gifts. When there are new members, she looks ...
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How to deal with unprofessional colleague without being unprofessional myself?

Colleague teases me with girls colleagues name, how do I solve this issue? This colleague is very unpleasant. First things first, I got this job because of my sister had contact of my current manager. ...
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Corporate Sponsored Masters Flare Up

I am in a corporate paid Masters program at work. Over time, the group has slowly dwindled to only just a few of us now in this Masters program at a local university. Since then, two of the last ...
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Coworker keeps telling me where to sit. How can I handle this?

I recently started a new job. My coworker who sometimes works from home asked me which desk I sit at when he is not there. I told him at the same desk I normally do. He told me that needs to change, ...
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Can the impressions created through what you say, be used to safeguard yourself from manipulation at workplace?

I am writing this to get help on identifying some behaviours of people at workplace and develop my skills. I am a bit introverted and recently I came across a work place with a lot of toxic co-workers ...
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How can I raise behavioral concerns as a candidate?

Introduction I'm waiting for an offer from a company I'm currently interviewing with. The job is a Software Engineering Team Lead at a company with 300 employees. My Interpretations During the ...
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Did I throw someone under the bus?

There is a task we have to do at work that a couple of coworkers and I take turns on. One day one of my coworkers forgot to do said task, and my manager emailed me to ask why it wasn't done. My reply ...
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