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 to handle colleague who answer only YES or NO?

I have a really qualified colleague. We work together, he is very smart but I struggle to communicate. He always answer yes or no. Sometimes a few words... He speaks very little, What is the best ...
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Should I bring in CEO where a junior software engineer was hired in position of senior, and I am risking termination due to lack of collaboration?

I was hired at the beginning of April by a Swiss company as Senior WPF engineer, and because of COVID-19 lockdown was unable to be registered as permanent, so they hired me as a contractor for two ...
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Colleague nags and acts like my manager, should I be worried?

I've been working remotely as a software dev at a company I really like for a few years. One of my teammates, let's call him Bob, concerns me. Most of my colleagues work on one part of the product, ...
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Colleague lying about Covid-19 situation [closed]

I'm member of a small IT team in Europe, we're all working from home due to the COVID-19 situation. Last month one of my colleague stopped working because of the COVID-19. His wife caught the virus, ...
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How to stand up for myself at work without seeming arrogant, petty or spiteful

I've worked as a software developer in a small/medium-sized company for about 2.5 years (my first proper job after Uni). Basically everyone knows each other in the software development teams. Lately ...
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How To Keep People From Talking Over Each Other In A Videoconference?

With the enforced work from home that a lot of us are doing right now I find myself joining more and more videoconferences. One issue we keep having is multiple people talking at the same time. Those ...
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Is it inappropriate to require a colleague to write out a training report by hand?

TL;DR - A colleague decided a training they were put in charge of was required to be done handwritten as some studies have shown that it helps with information retention. Is it appropriate for a ...
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How can I get my name added to a publication I collaborated on?

I am writing this on behalf of a friend of mine. Two years ago, my friend worked in a research institute in Canada. He collaborated with a colleague and someone else who heard of their collaboration ...
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How to work with seniors who are unwilling to help?

I am a junior developer in my team. I joined this team last year and it is my first job. Our working hours are from 10 to 7. When I share some PR(1) with them. They take good time a to have look at ...
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How do I professionally handle my manager who is blocking me from being the official lead and instead credits my work to my co-worker?

I am a developer at a company and have worked there for 3 years. The net size of the team I work on is typically 2 developers big: myself and another developer. Other devs I have worked with (I will ...
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Working for my cousin

So i have been working in a small company and the owner doesnt really take anything serious. My cousin is the general manager and to be honest he has been doing alot of things with out permission and ...
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Practical ways to hold peers accountable for their assigned tasks?

Recently, I and 4 other coworkers were working together on an internal initiative. Due to the nature of the project (internal rather than client-facing, etc), it was a rather "informal" project that ...
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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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Best way to be friends with people at work in a new country

How can I get more involved with people at work? I wouldn't want to come off as desperate of course and I am not. However, I feel it is important to do it here especially since I anyway know very few ...
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Networking referral not answering email after a week

I am a graphic designer who was recently laid off last month, along with all my other coworkers and bosses at a small regional newspaper. The publisher just decided to close it, but it came as a shock ...
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What do I do when my fellow worker tries to degrade me?

I am a master student and an intern in a company. I have joined a company 11 months ago. After completing my first project (after about 6 months) which was a successful project, the company became ...
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Is perfume/cologne a form of sexual harassment in the workplace? [closed]

One of the long-held practices that takes place within the workplace is that many young single people wear perfume/cologne every day and their perfume/cologne is pleasantly alluring to other young ...
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How can I handle lack of respect from co-workers and lack of discipline from managers

I'm an administrator for an estate. A large part of my role is checking up on the paperwork and standards of the work of other colleagues. The concierge team are supposed to hand in paperwork to the ...
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How to react on jealous seniors who are trying to ruin me behind back

I have been working with few influential people in my team. You could say it as i was part of group whose influence on manager was too much. Everything was going good. As i was exceptional in my job i ...
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Working on independent projects, should I still spend time/ hang around with my competency team?

I am working on 3 separate projects that are linked under my competency's team but are completely separate/independent from that team's major project. I have been a part of the team for almost a year ...
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One to one question

I am based in the UK. I have a very poor relationship with my manager. She doesn't like me and I don't like her but no option this is the structure. She joined the company in 2017 and I left the ...
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How to deal with a selfish colleague?

I've recently joined an organization. I'm 2 years 9 months experienced Software Developer and one of my colleagues in my team joined this organization around 6 months ago. He is 3-4 years experienced. ...
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How to be appreciated for working alone and delivering results over “being a team-player”? Please see the description for more details

I have been working in IT as an employee for about 5 years. I have had many bad experiences working in teams. I like working alone. I am good at recognizing patterns, doing investigative and analysis ...
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Teammates are actively ignoring my work, what should I do?

Foreword: some specifics are related to software development, but this is a workplace problem, so I believe it belongs here. I'm the only junior developer in a team of senior mobile developers, ...
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How can I help developers reduce amount of instant messages to my team?

I am the team lead of the IT security team where I currently work. We have recently completed our annual vulnerability penetration testing and now user stories to remediate vulnerabilities are been ...
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How to deal with a coworker who may be depressed

Recently an intern joined me to work on a project. We are the only people working on this project. A month went by and it was going well; he was completing all the tasks in time and has the talent to ...
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How do I lean in into a new job without sounding needy

I am fortunate to not only have a job in the current climate, but am paid decently well. However, I am the newest employee in the "team" and about to complete week 4. I work for a relatively decent ...
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Was I wrong asking my boss whether my co-worker needed to get checked at Employee Health?

My co-worker just flew back from vacations in Ft. Lauderdale and had previously said she needed to get checked at Employee Health before returning to work, but she just showed up. I asked her ...
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How can I survive in a company where everyone's trying to throw each other under the bus?

I joined my company a few months ago. Every time I've asked someone for help with something, they'll both: Email my manager to let them know that I didn't know something, and ask if my manager was ...
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How to deal with being the 'loud person'

There are already a few questions and answers from the perspective of workers who deal with loud colleagues: Loud and unprofessional employee and What can I do about a very loud coworker? As someone ...
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Instant Messaging: How to Politely Re-ask an Ignored Question

With the current state of the workplace, many companies now run things from a 'work from home' perspective. My current workplace is similar, with everyone working from home, so there is no way to ask ...
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Using a colleague's laptop without asking for permission

In one of my previous jobs, I had the following situation, and I'm not sure what would have been the right way to react. Once, during a team meeting, I was showing something work related on my laptop ...
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How do I deal with a senior coworker with argumentative and disrespectful tone in emails?

I am a remote worker on a mostly office-bound team. I am not particularly experienced (about 3 years out of college, all with this same company), but our team is mostly people around my age, with one ...
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Should I work while on vacation?

I am the only web guy in our firm and get asked to work on client issues even while on vacation (PTO). It's understandable if it's an emergency production issue, but even for non-production/test ...
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How to handle a co-worker using Microsoft Teams incorrectly

I work in a small company (10-15 employees). Approximately a year and a half ago we took on employees who work remotely and, as such, we started using Microsoft Teams. Internally we are two teams, ...
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Coworkers acting like I have coronavirus [closed]

I am a resident of Omaha, Nebraska. I have never traveled internationally, and have only thrice in my life even traveled outside of Nebraska. I am fairly introverted, and usually spend my free time ...
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How can I deal with a disruptive team member?

I'm currently acting as a Project Manager and Tech Lead within a really small team, as we are just starting out. I manage about 6 people so far, and the integration and communication between the team ...
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Was offloaded a colleague's direct reports and duties as she was ineffective. She's leaving and boss won't assign duties back to replacement

I was the first choice for a Supervisor position at my company in a different department but my boss would not release me as I was needed on an essential business project. The project ended ...
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How Should I Handle a Coworker/Friend who is Upset with Me?

I found out about two days ago, that a coworker/friend has been upset with me for months. A few of us were planning to go out after work with our team so we asked [Joe] if he wanted to join us, but ...
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What to do (if anything) about a desk neighbor on my project who verbally and physically expresses anger and frustration? And I feel intimidated

I'm part of my own team but the nature of it is that I sometimes get "hired out" to work with another team in the same company as a sort of subject matter expert. Today and for the last 3 months or so ...
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Should I shake hands with everyone at the start of the day?

I have just joined a company. What I have seen there is that our seniors regularly come to my seat and shake hands with me and all. Do I also need to do the same and shake hands with all employees on ...
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How can I let a coworker know I'm not interested in socializing with him?

There's a coworker at my job who asked me out on my first day and I said no. Since then he keeps trying to socialize with me by sitting next to me while I eat my lunch. I'm really not interested in ...
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Can a supervisor forbid me from being friends or talking with a co-worker?

Summary: friend at work is a poor performer, my manager tells me they are bad influence and I should stop hanging out with them. I work as a teacher and am a union member. I have one co-worker who I ...
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Someone on my team is sending bigoted emails to another member on my team

I manage a dev and project team with about 15 people. Every morning we have a stand up. Fairly standard stuff for an agile team. However, about once a month, someone who clearly participated in the ...
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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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Is it appropriate to ask a coworker about “what happened” after they suddenly told me that tomorrow will be their last day?

A senior coworker who's been with the company for over 6 years, suddenly approached my desk, handed me their card with info and said, "It has been nice working with you, I told [top boss] that ...
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I've realized my coworker is a narcissist. What next? [closed]

While watching various videos on mental health and anxiety, I began to come across videos on narcissism. This led me to this list. I'll just include the headers so I don't just copy the author's ...
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Is being anti social a serious hinderance in my career? How to cope with it?

OK So I am looking for a job right now, was out of the country for some time and now back in trying to settle. I am a software engineer with 10+ years of experience, I am having a bit of hard time ...
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I am someone who is an excellent individual or hand picked team performer, but generally a bad team player. How can I be less irritating?

This similar recent question popped up, but I am more interested in mitigating frustrations (without compromising my productivity) rather than getting away with them. I am someone who is immensely ...
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What does it risk if… I get caught looking at the pay sheet in my coworker's bag by my manager? [closed]

What does it risk if... I get caught looking at the pay sheet in my coworker's bag by my manager ?

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