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 two supervisors with conflicting requirements?

I am a software developer. I was under training period and I was evaluated by my two seniors. Whenever they used to give me any application it was both of them who were reviewing my application. ...
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How do I confront coworkers about their loud, annoying mechanical keyboards [duplicate]

I work in a shared office space and two people that sit across from me have mechanical keyboards which are very, very loud and very, very annoying. I don't always want to listen to music, and since it'...
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How to handle interruptions/distractions by colleagues at work? [duplicate]

I work in an organization where my job is usually a Desk job. Many a times when I am busy, some of my team members seeks for some help related to work. Being a professional, I always leave my work/...
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How to convince colleagues about my point of view in a meeting? [closed]

Often it happens that we have meetings in which I'm fairly convinced about one or more point concerning my field (i.e. ICT) and when I've to discuss with non ICT-expert I've to talk a lot and often it ...
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How to deal with coworkers having loud conversations [duplicate]

The workspace at this job is divided with small cubicles just high enough that you don't see the person next to you when you're both sitting. Recently the worker next to me has been engaging in a lot ...
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How to gently enforce “nohello” to a coworker?

I am a huge proponent of nohello in the workplace - I get way too many Slack messages and other interrupts to waste time on pleasantries. I keep my Slack status set to "nohello.com" as a way to remind ...
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How to politely tell someone to stop explaining?

It happens occasionally, that I come across something I don't know how to do, and I need someone to show me. So I ask Bob for help, because Bob knows this stuff, and he comes over and starts ...
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How can I deal with a coworker who doesn't particularly care about code quality?

I'm a software dev in a small team. I am the most junior member with a couple of years professional experience, but was brought to the (newly formed) team because I had the most hands-on experience ...
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Dealing with reactions from colleague about being self-taught

I'm working as a software developer for a big company in Western Europe. I have 2 years of industry experience and 2 more years as a freelancer doing web apps on the side. All in all, I've been from ...
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Coworker throwing cigarettes out of a car, I criticized it and now HR is involved

"On my way to work yesterday, one of my coworkers was driving in front of me on the interstate. This coworker is a smoker. When they finished their cigarette, they flicked it out of the window. I ...
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How to handle a coworker pretending to be my boss? [duplicate]

I have an odd situation: I have a coworker who acts like he's my boss. I've already confirmed with higher-ups that it's just not true. He'll say all kinds of things like: This is my department. ...
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How to stay motivated when it feels that senior colleagues aren't?

I passed out of my college with a degree in computer science about 2 years back and since then I have worked in a multi-national firm which pays me decently well. I am sincerely interested in ...
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When you have passive aggressive co-workers

I've been at the same gig for almost 8 years. I was hired in as a software developer (the entire SDLC) and am the only developer in a small IT department. We went through lay offs awhile back and ...
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Asked to secretly obtain coworker's knowledge before he gets fired

I was recently told by my manager that one of my coworkers (call him Steve) will be fired in a few weeks, as his last reviews were found unsatisfactory. My manager also told me to "inquire and ...
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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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Should I be giving unsolicited help?

Situation is this: X and Y sit near my cubicle. X asks Y some question, which Y doesn't know an answer to, but together they spend quite some time talking on that. I have heard their conversation, ...
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How to deal with a colleague who mocks me

A member of the team I work with is a guy who considers himself "super-smart". He makes snide remarks to me for no specific reason. I have not previously had any such problems with others, so I can't ...
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How can you fix someone else's work without seeming pretentious, mean, or arrogant?

I joined up at a place a few months ago as a web developer. They hired me thinking I was "green" to the industry, placing me as a junior developer, and giving me menial tasks at first. I've since ...
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What should I do with my perverted and gloomy colleague?

I have this colleague that I am close to at work although we work in different floors. He has been very supportive when I was having a difficult time with my colleagues in my department when I was ...
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How can I ask a coworker about their salary package?

I may get a promotion in the upcoming month, and I want to know what sort of pay to expect or negotiate for. My senior colleague is in the same position I would be promoted to, and I would like to ...
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Should I tell on my colleague for not keeping to assigned work-hours and abusing work-hours as break time? [closed]

Update: Thanks for all the answers, some more useful than others. Conclusion is: I went to HR and told them my concerns about said employees behavior. Turns out I wasn't the first to complain so they ...
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How to not let co-worker's incompetence affect my productivity

How can I not let a co-worker's incompetence and sloppy work ethic affect how I treat him? He's a generally very nice guy who can't seem to adequately learn our business nor our product to be ...
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How can I stop my colleagues excluding me from socialising after showing my sporting skills? [duplicate]

My workplace has always been a funny place with funny people; for example we used to go for a beer once a week, spent some weekends all together, and so on. That all changed when my HR rep wanted to ...
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How do I tell a coworker he's wrong?

At my job as a software engineer, I am in a situation where I am right and my coworker is wrong. This is definitive; it's a black and white situation that can be "Googled" for an answer. Normally I ...
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How do you handle co-workers that want to converse with you in the bathroom?

I find that when I am in the bathroom I want to get in and out. I don't mind a simple "Hi" or "How's it going?" when I wash my hands but some co-workers step over this line. I have had managers talk ...
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How to work with somebody who works quickly without caring for quality? [closed]

I work at an organisation with a very small dev department, developing a project with one co-worker only. We are both junior, never used ASP MVC .NET or worked on production grade code before. The ...
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Shared Fluorescent Light Problem

Our office is primarily lit by very intense, very annoying fluorescent lights, and I find that they give me a headache if I sit under them for too long. My resolution for this is to get a lamp with a ...
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What is the right approach to talking to the boss about an inefficient co-worker?

I've been working at a firm for about 7 years. The work load has been steadily increasing in recent times. Just recently, I got posted to work with another co-worker. I have known this person for a ...
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3answers
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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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How can I stop my colleagues being disrespectful about my personal life choices?

I've been disrespected since coming back from maternity leave. I am trying to get the behavior to stop and I want to feel comfortable at work even talking to them in general without massive details ...
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In an exit interview, (how) do I tell my manager about my replacement's lack of skills?

I'm a software engineering co-op that's finishing my term in the next few days. I've worked solo on a decently sized project that seems to have garnered some interest from my co-workers. I really like ...
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Should I report a coworker who is stealing from me?

This may seem pretty trivial, but it really bothers me. In my cubicle I have an area set aside for my personal effects, nothing expensive. Among those items is a carton containing packages of peanut ...
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How can I find companies with strong teamwork when searching for a job?

I have developed for a few companies during my career. I have found that there is one thing consistent at each place, everyone is on their own. I feel like I try to answer questions for others when ...
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Manager gives credit to senior collegue instead of me

Short backstory. I joined an engineering company (around 150 employees, 35 in my department) as an intern 2 years ago, short before finishing my master's degree. My task when I joined was to aid a ...
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How to deal with rude senior after being shouted at? [duplicate]

I am working with a senior in my team. Recently, during a meeting, I was asking her a question that I doubt the methodology she proposed is necessary, and would like to make some suggestions. My ...
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What do I have to consider when working with Muslim colleagues?

We have a new colleague in our team and she's Muslim. Technically she's my subordinate, so I want to avoid as many pitfalls as possible. What are things one needs to know in this context? Prayer-...
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My boss asked me to keep an eye on a colleague and report how he performs. How should I respond?

My boss has asked me to keep an eye on a colleague, who is working with me on a project. He wants me to report to him after 2 weeks what I think about how he is doing his job. Even if I think he ...
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Constant single-time cough is driving me crazy [duplicate]

I have a co-worker (from another team and group but at least in the same department) who coughs. What's the problem with that? Well, he coughs every 2 minutes a freakin' single time! It's not the "...
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How to handle being assigned a colleague's work when the colleague does not complete it

I have a colleague who is appointed to perform the same equivalent task as me. This colleague loves to say how smart and clever (he/she) is. This colleague mentioned to my boss that (he/she) could ...
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Resigning: How to phrase email and what to say when sending email to all colleagues when leaving? [closed]

I will be leaving my current job soon, I already handed my notice in however I asked for it to be kept low key as I didn't want the whole office and my colleagues ask me why I was leaving etc (I don't ...
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Problem with co workers - Seniors, but don't work as they should [closed]

I work in an Agile/Scrum environment. We are a small team. We start sprint (two weeks) as all teams do, plan work and do it. There are some seniors in the team that basically don't (won't) work. ...
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What should I do when a female colleague hits on me?

I am a fresh college graduate who has just joined work. My team lead is a female and she is hitting on me. In the beginning it was just eye-signals and facial expressions which she used to give me but ...
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How can I teach my co-worker not to touch me while he talks?

My co-worker keeps on touching me while he talks or works on a project. We are both male. I believe he does not mean it sexually, but tries to do it by habit. He hits me very slowly. As slow as it can ...
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Co-worker letting coding standards drop again after large refactor - how to enforce better practices?

After we spent 4 years cleaning up the code and it is working OK again, my colleague started to get messy again. Ignoring Reviews with the usual phrase "I have more important tasks to do atm" means ...
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How should I handle an incompetent coworker?

I've read through How to deal with an incompetent colleague?, but my situation is slightly different. I am an intern1 (although close to graduation) working in Software Engineering. I work in a ...
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What can I do when another employee is sick? [duplicate]

I am in the situation where I am sitting at a cluster of desks. My fellow employee opposite me is sick as a dog (coughing, sneezing and wiping his nose on his hand.) For some reason he never takes ...
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How do I say my reasons for leaving without being/sounding rude and without burning any bridges? [duplicate]

I work as a software dev and I'm about to change my job, signing new contract shortly. After I sign it I'll give a notice at my current workplace to my CEO. The management board is rather distanced ...
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HR asked me about what I think about my colleagues when I'm resigning [duplicate]

I am leaving the company for another opportunity as I am quite dissatisfied about the behaviors of some colleagues. HR specifically asked me what I think about other people in my team in a meeting ...
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Coming into the office early and leaving early [duplicate]

It was brought to my attention (from part of my boss) that my coworkers have told him that they've noticed I've been leaving 10 minutes early. I leave early because I have an hour commute to work - if ...
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How to convey I am overwhelmed without damaging perceptions and lateral relationships at company?

Half of my work are orders from my direct manager, the other half requires that I address specific needs across the whole company - mostly lateral in authority but also a few senior managers. My ...