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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Colleagues refusing to use new, more efficient process; how should I proceed?

Current situation I am working in a team where we regularly need to process raw data from our business units. This requires multiple manual steps (export from system A to system B, etc.) which are ...
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Are practical jokes common and acceptable at work if no one gets irreversibly annoyed? [on hold]

Someone left a cup of water precariously balanced on the woman's bathroom door, and you can imagine what happened later. A coworker left a note on a manager's chair that said "Tack" after a ...
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I think my coworker went through my notebook and took my project ideas

I have a notebook that I keep meeting notes, current work and future projects I'd like to do. Oddly, all these future project ideas I had listed out are now being completed by my coworker. The ...
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How to deal with teammates who are curt and avoid helping me? [on hold]

I am in USA and I work for a big global company. I recently moved to a new team which is in a different time zone in USA. I worked with them in their office for a few days and then began working 100% ...
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Saying something to a foreign coworker who uses “you people”

A new co-worker who is not a native English speaker uses "you people" whenever referring to a group. As in "This quarter was great because of you people." If something negative happened "You people ...
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How can I get out of riding long distances with an obnoxious coworker?

My company has clients that are a 4 hour drive away from the office. Sometimes the project teams have to visit the Clients for update meetings. The last time this was the case the project manager ...
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How do I tell a coworker they are being set up for failure?

My coworker has been assigned a project for which he is completely unskilled. He is really smart and will eventually figure it out, but that could be inefficient and definitely mean the project goes ...
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Problems in Concentration Due to Pregnancy

I am currently 5 months pregnant and work in a tech company. We have an open seating area for the engineering department and this is where I sit as well. I have just received my semi annual review a ...
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How to deal with a colleague who is loud and distracting through no fault of his own? [duplicate]

I have a colleague who loudly slaps his bare skin pretty much constantly and regularly makes loud, bizarre noises. I believe this is something to do with OCD, and it wasn't a problem until recently, ...
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Co-workers with a lot of money and openly talk about it [closed]

I recently joined the Engineering a very young company (3 years in business) who are doing very well in the market. The existing team all came from another company after they had a massive exit. So ...
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How to respond to coworker posting this in public chat?

When asking a work-related question, I had a coworker respond with an LMGTFY link in public chat. Of course, the link expands and looks like this. How should I react to this? We've hung out outside ...
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What to do when remote teammates don't respond?

I am in USA. I work for a software company which has many offices in USA & the rest of the world. Our company has very flexible work policies in general. Very few teams work from office, and ...
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Erratic behavior by an internal employee against an external employee

Background I recently started to work for a company A few months ago that leases and sends employees to work as externs at other companies, say Company B. While writing End to End Smoke tests ...
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How to professionally tell someone to send better emails or use Slack?

There's a remote based colleague who has one of the worst email etiquette I've ever seen. He frequently initiates emails with all the text (usually 100-150 characters) in the subject. In email chains, ...
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How can I shift my job responsibilities back to programming?

I am a junior developer. I was hired 2 years ago as a software developer in a small company (About 20 people). My job was clear: programmer. The work went very well. I developed everything that was ...
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Colleagues speaking another language and it impacts work

I am aware of the following questions, but feel like they don't apply completely here because of the meeting issue (point 2 below): Everyone at work except me speaks another language How to deal ...
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How do I deal with a senior member who's irritated answering my questions even though it is the first time that I'm asking him about those?

I've been in the team for a couple of years and about a year back, our team absorbed the responsibilities from another team which consisted of senior/very technical people. For this process, there ...
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The photo copier might be making my colleague sick

In my office they are 19 people including me. My IT manager normally comes to office late and leaves at night. Today I spot one thing that might be a problem, the photo copier. I like to sit at his ...
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How do I tell a coworker about her stinky body odor? [duplicate]

One of my coworkers wears sleeveless shirts very often and it is obvious she is not wearing deodorant. Often her armpits emit a onion odor. How can I tell her it smells bad? Should I tell her? Or ...
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Coworker yells at subordinates, its not okay, why does she get away with it?

My coworker often throws tantrums when she is frustrated with team members on projects she manages. They have no choice but to endure it because they need to be utilized on projects to look good on ...
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Complaints from (junior) developers against solution architects: how can we show the benefits of our work and improve relationships?

I’ve been working in an IT company for 7 years (and I have a 14+ total work experience). About 2 years ago I was promoted to the solution architect's office. In my company a solution architect is a ...
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Coworkers frequently joke about being fired or quitting

My coworkers frequently joke about either being fired or who's going to quit next at work. They often bring up stories about predecessors who quit or got fired and why. It unfortunately seems to be ...
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Is there a polite way to tell a coworker to leave me alone? (subtlety hasn't worked) [closed]

I work with a coworker who is a chatterbox. He loves talking regardless who it is - clients, coworkers, random telemarketing guys, recruiters, you name it, he doesn't need a reason to start blabbing. ...
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Don't feel welcomed in a new team

I work as a web developer in a big company. Recently, I got moved to a new development team (scrum) inside a project, and I'm feeling as I am not welcome in that team. The team is comprised of ...
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Toxic colleague spreading lies [closed]

My colleague si master liar and also gathers evidence on others (screenshots of conversations etc.) the current situation is as follows: multiple managers tried firing her but they were always ...
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How to part with Colleagues

I have put in my two weeks' resignation notice effective next week Friday however, I have not told any of my colleagues I am leaving. we are seven in the office, only told my supervisor and CEO. I ...
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What are some approaches to networking with colleagues in different teams? [closed]

I am currently dealing with trust issues concerning my interpersonal skills. I unintentionally ruined the strong relationship with my manager at the office. My senior is aiming for a higher position ...
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Why would HR think it's inappropriate that I visited a coworker in the hospital?

I just got out of a meeting with my supervisor and a member of our HR department, giving me a "formal warning" for engaging in inappropriate conduct by visiting a coworker in the hospital. HR told me ...
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Approving claims although subordinate didn't drive

I'm in such a dilemma now. A little background of this department. There are 2 teams in this department. I'm a team leader for team A, and there's another team leader for team B. Both of teams are ...
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What to do if I have been accused of sexual misconduct?

I recently joined a company. Our training sessions are going on. During pair programming round, to try to make things go faster(as we are falling behind) when I tried to grab my pair's laptop(as we ...
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Googling: Breaking the ice without coming across as a creep

I joined a company last week, and one of my co-workers (not on my specific team, but still part of our overarching team) has a pretty unique/interesting name. I Googled it out of curiosity and learned ...
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My work is being pawned off to my colleague. Is it reasonable to apologize to my colleague?

I recently came back from a long trip at a client's location. This trip took longer than expected. There were many problems and I couldn't figure out if they were caused by my lack of knowledge in ...
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Other employees not following company policy

So, recently I volunteered for a shift a local movie theater and had to go through an orientation that lasted around 20 minutes and some of the things that were discussed included, If under 18, you ...
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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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Romantically rejected a more senior coworker; how can I protect myself?

A coworker recently asked me out in a romantic way and I turned them down. I don't work directly with this person, or report to them. They're not on my team. They are older and more senior. I don't ...
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How do I handle friends asking for second chance at an interview I set up that they refused?

Recently a kickass tech company offered internships when they visited our campus. Everyone applying for the internship was to go through the campus' screening process before they would make it to the ...
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Manager has noticed coworker's excessive breaks. Should I warn him?

A junior coworker of mine takes very long breaks every day. I've timed them; he makes hour-long visits to the restroom every day. He is paid by the hour, leaves after 8 hours, and is not allowed to ...
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How to deal with a noisy senior [duplicate]

I work for a medium sized software development firm who provides ERP solutions. The office space is great and so is the working culture where every department is nicely divided, even the one where I'...
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Supporting developers who insist on using their pet language

I've joined a team of around five developers building a microservice-based website, in a shop that emphasises autonomy and learning. However, it turns out one of the developers is writing "his" parts ...
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Co-worker works way more than he should

I work in a research facility in Germany. I have lots of co-workers that are from other countries, mostly part of some international collaborative research projects. There's one guy from China who's ...
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How handle a situation in which a domain-expert has fabricated his history of expertise?

I work in a large multinational which is experimenting in new forms of project management. We have invested a great deal of trust to an individual who is training members of staff. He was hired ...
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Should I approach my manager about an incompetent tech lead?

I work as an engineer in a team structured as follows project manager (my manager) └─── lead data scientist (my technical lead) └─── me (and other engineers) Unfortunately, I'm not convinced ...
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Is this worth to return to project where I had negative communication experience with colleagues and solution architect?

I've been working for the same employer for many years. During the last 6 years, I was working on two projects: Project A, where I used to be a team member for a short period of time and after that I ...
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I have a hyper empathetic colleague that I do not get along with that sits accross from me. How do I improve the situation?

I have a colleague who is extremely empathetic, and can always tell exactly what I'm feeling, why I'm feeling it, and can predict what I may want him to do. He often takes various actions on my behalf ...
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Feeling embarrassed after purchasing a gift for a co-worker as an apology

I purchased a co-worker a statue of a bear riding a bicycle, for some reason, as an apology for being late to a meeting. He decided to put it, and the note I wrote introducing the bear, on the table ...
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Should I avoid revealing my age at a new role?

I've recently been offered a role at a large company (I've usually worked in companies with less than 100 employees). I'm a unusually high seniority for my age (22) but started my career at 17 so I ...
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Taking advantage when HR forgets to communicate the rules

I currently work as a software engineer at a company in Europe. One detail that's going to be important below is that everybody here has a contract for 40h/week. If you work more, you can use the ...
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How do you build relationships with a colocated team as the only remote person? [duplicate]

My department recently reorged and restructured a few teams. I'm in City A's office and am joining a team all located in City B. This team is a former start-up that my (very) large company purchased,...
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Team member is vehemently against code formatting

I am the manager of a small team of developers (5 engineers, including me). A few months ago, on the suggestion of another colleague we introduced mandatory code formatting in the code base, for our ...
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I stressed my coworker into reprioritizing their work and now I feel bad about it. Did I mess up?

I have a deadline coming up in two weeks. An internal web application needed a small new feature to finish the project. The maintainer of the web application has been extremely helpful in helping me ...