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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Is it rude to email a coworker that I expect him to do something?

I recently told a coworker on a different team in an email (with 10 people on CC as part of the conversation): I expect you to talk to me regarding [issue], and not wait for things to happen. ...
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Crying Co-Worker

I sit next to a co-worker who consistently has issues. As a human being I feel bad for her, but at the same time I do not appreciate the constant (once a week) loud personal conversations that she ...
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How to deal with a team member who tries emotional blackmail on us?

We have a team member who has to create some input for a project we are working on. This team member is terribly sensitive to even the slightest criticism. They started a discussion how they feel ...
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How to work with some who has a dramatically different pace of work?

I have always worked on projects where each employee, for the most part, works on their own. I am accustomed to my own pace, which happens to be slightly slower than the average worker but nonetheless,...
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How to react to a co-worker who tries to be funny, but isn't?

We have a new guy at our office who several times a day makes a funny remark or joke. Unfortunately his jokes are about as funny as small talk is interesting and I am not sure how I should react. I ...
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How to handle the situations where talkative colleague dominates [closed]

I have been working with my colleague for the past two years. Here is my problem: I do not talk much. When it comes to discussions, I make my point but most of the time it doesn't seem to be ...
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How should I handle my new job as manager? [closed]

Today I had my interview for a job that I had no idea about (my uncle told me to meet XYZ person, and my uncle himself didn't know anything about the position available). So I went to the office of ...
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Is it rude to correct a non-native English speaker?

A Spanish colleague of mine makes occasional, but repetitive English mistakes. Would it be considered rude or impolite to correct him? I haven't actually corrected him at all, but I feel as if I ...
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Should I mention a coworker working on personal projects to my manager? [duplicate]

In short, a coworker is working on short stories / novels during his down time at work. While I have looked at this question, I think it's different in that his writing is definitely for profit, not ...
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How can I deal with co-workers that send me a lot of off topic emails?

A few of my colleagues have a tendency of sending a variety of off topic emails, ranging from the usual "funny" stuff to serious, but still not work related stuff. I really don't like that, my inbox ...
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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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Is it Bad Form to use an Ecigarette or Vaporizor in the office?

I am a software developer and some of my co-workers took up e-cigarettes (vaping) in the office to replace their cigarette habits. I did the same thing after getting manager approval. I asked my co-...
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How to handle a coworker who likes arguing to cause conflict

At several jobs I've had a colleague that I had to work with who liked to argue over pointless things. It can be very frustrating and time consuming and is never productive, and usually is only ...
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Helping anxious coworkers by becoming a better instructor

I have coworkers who are really eager to agree with what you say, but don't really listen. I can be explaining how something works, or instructing them on certain procedures, and they will quickly ...
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Annoying colleague with self control problems [duplicate]

I have this little annoying problem at my workplace. I work as web developer, mostly with a system backend. Most of my work revolves around thinking about security issues and validations, and data ...
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Should I tell my colleague he might get fired? [closed]

I work in Germany, where a company can fire an employee at will in the first six months, but only for very good reasons afterwards. So the first six months are seen as a kind of probation period. In ...
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dealing with competitiveness with a colleague who is senior [closed]

I have joined my team almost a year ago. About 6 months back a new team member has joined my team. The new team mate is at the same position/ designation as me. The new team member is considerably ...
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How to deal with colleagues who explain things I already know?

I am a programmer and my colleague is a scientist, we are similar ages and at the same seniority. Neither of us have a background in economics, though I have studied some economics out of interest. ...
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Teammate ignores and excludes me [duplicate]

I'm very upset with the way my teammate has been behaving. I only have one teammate in my department and he's the first person I work with when I join the company. He was nice and helped me with ...
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Should I report to HR and involve others if I am being wrongly accused of theft?

Today something weird happened to me at work - I was accused of stealing a ring by my company's security personnel. Of course, I didn't do it; I even helped my colleague to try to find the ring. My ...
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How to deal with co-workers speaking in another language? [duplicate]

I came to the US about a year ago. I changed my employer 3 months ago. The technical lead is American, and the 4 developers are Indian. They have all been with this employer for around 2 years, and ...
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Sexist and homophobic jokes from teammates. Should I approach my Scrum Master or Manager?

I belong to a team of engineers and I have been often hearing sexist, racist, homophobic and transmisogynist jokes from some of them. At first they have been telling it to themselves, which I don't ...
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How can I deal with my coworker having zero social awareness?

My coworker is ruining what's otherwise a great job. I love all my other coworkers and the benefits are great, but this guy is incredibly offensive and rude. Here's some highlights: He'll make ...
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Should I tell colleagues I'm leaving

I handed my notice in some time ago. My boss (director of the company) has asked me not to say anything to my team and colleagues. She says she needs to protect the business as she is worried about a ...
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Dealing with co-workers intentionally working slower to milk their work hours?

My job has been in a sort of stale area for a week or two where there just isn't anything to do while we wait for the next big event to start up. Management has been keeping us busy with remedial ...
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Under what circumstances is it OK to tell your colleagues where you will be going after a resignation?

Is it ever a good idea to tell which company you will be moving on to? to your boss? your colleagues? Many of them will know soon via social networking (I.E. linkedin), but those aren't the ones that ...
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How to justify using a direct competitor's service

Let's say that I work for ABC Auto Insurance. Being a bit festive, I decided to ride my bike to work in observance of of Ride your Bike to Work Day, 5/15/2015. One of my coworkers pointed out that ...
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How do I navigate after an uncomfortable hiccup at work?

I came back after maternity leave and requested a flexible working arrangement: work 2-3 days in the office and a few at home. As a software developer this is a very reasonable schedule. The only ...
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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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Is it acceptable to politely decline to speak about one's personal life?

I've seen this answer, where the person says that one might present oneself poorly if they hide their personal lives from their co-workers. In-spite of that, I believe that revealing information ...
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Is it appropriate to ask after a depressed coworker?

I've been working as a software developer at a fairly large company for about two years now. I noticed a while back one of my coworkers who I'll call X, suddenly started acting rather depressed; when ...
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What should I do if my colleagues ignore my fear of cats?

I work for a European start-up with around 20 to 30 employees without an HR department. We have an office on the ground floor and there are a lot of cats around. I am afraid of cats and I don't feel ...
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How do I deal with a high manager that is pushy with deadlines?

I have a boss with extremely outdated software experience. He says it has been around 20+ years since he last did any development. When I give an estimate that he feels is taking too long, he ...
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Newly hired, Must mediate between two colleagues

I've recently accepted a position with a small, 25-person company as their technical director. I am to work closely with the creative director (CD) and the digital project manager (PM) in scoping, ...
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How do you set boundaries with a coworker who keeps walking into your office asking questions right away?

How do you set boundaries with a coworker who keeps walking in to your office with a question, when you are just busy working? Usually my other coworkers approach and make some noise and signal their ...
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Is it common for a boss not to want an employee to tell his/her coworkers about his/her departure? [closed]

I am leaving my current employer and have informed him of the decision. In addition to some congratulatory pleasantry, he asked that I do not tell my coworkers about the decision. Is it common that a ...
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Declining reoccurring informal team events

Possibly related to this thread about declining participation. However I don't feel like the answers fully suit my case, and as the details are different, so perhaps the answers will be. I am ...
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How to approach an interview where I have professionally quarrelled with one of the interviewers?

In a few days I am due to attend an interview for a management position which is a step up in my responsibilities but considered well within my capabilities by my current leadership team. One half of ...
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Endless code reviews, how to cope with those? [closed]

Everytime I write some code, for as simple and "non-critical" as it can be, I must submit a code review with a senior member of the team. The problem is: these code reviews are endless. I have some ...
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How can have a peer whom I mentor to be more proactive and use better judgement in his work?

I work in an IT audit and compliance department. A peer of two weeks whom I am informally mentoring is very enthusiastic and picking up the work nicely. Unfortunately, his attitude could be more ...
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Dealing with a designer who won't accept feedback

I am a lone web developer in the company maintaining a legacy web application. My job is to maintain this site and implement changes as requested by our web designer. The problem is that the "web" ...
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How to deal with a job which is very demanding and might be under-eligible for doing it?

I am constantly feeling overwhelmed in this job and there is never a sense of comfort. I remember being someone who liked challenges, but one at a time. My job is really good for someone who is ...
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How to offer a good apology

This morning I ended up missing a teleconference that I regularly host with two peers on another continent. I was doing research and lost track of time. I rely heavily on my Outlook notifications ...
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Colleague wants to take control

I work in a team where I am more experienced and have a better understanding of the work than my colleagues, and was hired for this reason. Unfortunately a colleague of mine, who has been here for a ...
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Why is it Important not to say you're planning to work with better opportunities?

Sometimes when I get bored and I'm free. I usually browse jobs online seeking great opportunities. One day I received a reply from my "Dream Job". Out of my excitement, I have told it to my colleagues....
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Working with coworkers who have poor communication skills

Many of my coworkers are of foreign origin. I have to often work with such a coworker whose first language is not English. His spoken English is thickly accented and the written English often has ...
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I have a team member who reports to me but when she has a problem bypasses me and goes to my boss

I got a promotion last year for a program that I started that had become a major successs. We went from me formalising and starting it and her joining after 9 months. To 10 members of staff. However, ...
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Dealing with stubborn but often wrong coworker [closed]

Some background - I'm relatively new (been there a month) to a fairly large software company. This coworker has been at this company for 3 years, but is also relatively new to this team. Because this ...
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Best way to deal with dishonest colleagues [closed]

As a technical project lead, I received a problem report from a Colleague marked as "Critical". Though I could have delegated that to another colleague on a Monday, I put some effort on a Friday late ...
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How to deal with disabled coworker who wastes time in office? [duplicate]

I work in the US. I have to develop some software with a disabled coworker (has disability parking card). He was working on this project alone for a few months and my manager added me to the project ...