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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 stop a flirting co-worker without damaging our professional relationship?

There is a co-worker that is being way overly friendly with me. Nothing that would really be deemed unprofessional, and I am not offended in any way, but it is just that little notch beyond what a ...
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How to deal with a colleague who is showing off my work as his own?

The situation goes like this. A project in research lab involves programming, data analysis and writing reports. I have done most of the programming and data analysis on my own thus far. I shared ...
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Is it acceptable to give 2 weeks notice, and work remainder of time from home?

Question: Is it unprofessional to give my 2 weeks today and just not come in ever again, essentially working the remaining 2 weeks from home? Reasons For Quitting: Workload is too much (nights & ...
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How should I address abusive behavior by a senior coworker?

Today I made a mistake, which was compounded by the software we were using which incorporated my erroneous changes into all of the projects through out the company. I am not an expert in our ...
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How should I decide whether to take over someone else's work tasks?

My coworker is struggling with a task. I know that if I do it, it will take about 40 hours. I estimate that at the current rate, it will take my coworker at least three times that. So the first ...
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How to be constructive and solve problems in an unconstructive environment? [closed]

I'm working on a legacy software project right now. It consists of a lot of mostly undocumented classes. There are no unit tests and the project has enormous technical debt (copy-paste classes, missed ...
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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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Coping with the world-weary environment at the office [closed]

I am among the first 3 employees of the company. My Seniors and peers (3 seniors and 2 peers) are good to work with. A few months back, new people were hired by my company. I was friendly with new ...
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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 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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How to deal with manager who thinks that I'm threatening him

So there is this guy, who was working with me and recently was promoted to be a manager of our team. I have never had any problems with management, because I just do my job as well as I can. I don't ...
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How to win over jealous subordinate who is mocking me after my promotion?

I was promoted to manage my team a couple of months ago. While it was a stressful learning experience in itself, I enjoyed it and most of my team accepted me and appreciated my leadership - except for ...
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Best way to get my manager to follow web design best practices

I recently started as a consultant for a company. I've been asked to set up the base for a custom portal being built for the company. I decided to use Bootstrap as the front-end framework. The ...
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Is it my responsibility to inform HR of illegal events performed by coworkers that they might not know about?

Recently a coworker informed me they were convicted for check fraud and sent to prison several years ago, they advised me they did not disclose this information when being hired by the company. I ...
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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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Coworker CCs boss on trivial email correspondence

I have a coworker who has a habit of CCing our common boss on nearly all email correspondence. The boss is hands-on enough to know what we are talking about but he is also cool and practical enough ...
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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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How do I correct something a colleague did wrong without going over his head?

I'm currently working in a project with 3 other developers. One of them isn't really experienced with one of the technologies we are using (an ORM), but he is higher in the hierarchy and doesn't take ...
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How to deal with a developer who thinks all technical questions should be answered by him only?

I work as a UX Program manager in a large creative team where we take on a number of projects. The team by itself is pretty amazing and I get along with everyone and enjoy learning with everyone. ...
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Internet Monitoring Report spotted job searching [closed]

I monitor the internet usage throughout the business and then submit a report to the MD. On one report it shows a colleague has been looking for a job extensively in working hours. I know if I ...
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What I should do when I don't like to buy a take away for my colleague daily after my lunch outside of office? [closed]

I go to lunch outside of office everyday. One of my colleague wants me to buy a take away for him while I return from a hotel. He gives money to buy lunch for him, I don't like this and I am getting ...
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How do I avoid company outings without being an outcast?

I currently work for a small (15-25 employees) startup that likes to have company outings. Things like going bowling, going to a bar, etc. Work is never discussed. There is a lot of social pressure to ...
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How to keep track of time spent helping others?

I'm a fast learner so I often become the go-to guy in the office (and out of it, but that's off topic), I love helping people and I learn much from seeing different perspectives, ideas (even bad ones) ...
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Confront boss when he divulges a private discussion about another employee?

Our small team which consists of 3 staff and our boss recently have added a fourth person to the mix. It became immediately clear that he was not a fit personality-wise or skill-wise. He was a rush-...
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Coworker frequently eschews providing instruction - How can I get my coworker to give me feedback?

I have a manager who has assigned another coworker in my team to help me with onboarding and creating a few projects for me to work on. These are development projects that the coworker seems to ...
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Is it right to expect my co-workers to have the same dedication to work as me?

I've just started working and I have found that many people I work along with do not share the same commitment to work as I do. I've an instance to share. Once I had stayed back late since I had work ...
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How to approach a colleague who touches himself inappropriately?

I have a colleague who often puts his hands in his trousers and has them there for varying amounts of time. I work in a very open plan office, with a cubicle layout, but the dividers are low. We all ...
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How can team morale be improved after a deterioration?

Two coworkers and I have been selected to attend a training program. This will be in a different country with colleagues from across the globe. My team is newly set with 7 members and all of them ...
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Is it proper etiquette to alert a team with an email in addition to a ticket?

I often work with our web team to make changes to web server configurations for the applications I manage. Things like permission changes, file migration, PHP config settings, etc. I can not make ...
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How can I deal with a coworker who keeps trying to put blame on my shoulders?

I have this coworker that I help out very often. One reason he would approach me is that he doesn't have much experience in web applications. However, he is good in his domain. This person has a ...
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How to deal with a colleague who's trying to piggyback on my work for a presentation?

I am an entry level developer, I and a senior colleague are working on a project. We are part of a much larger team (30 people) that are working on other projects. I have been asked by my manager to ...
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How to find out if I will like my future co-workers? [closed]

I am looking for a new job. One of the things that is very important to me is how I will get along with the team. I am passionate and am always technically challenging myself. I am looking for a job ...
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Should I inform my manager that a colleague is looking for another job if I was told that in confidence?

I'm in a situation in which a colleague informed me that he/she was looking for a new job and has a couple of good prospects. I am concerned for the team if this person leaves and I'd like to give my ...
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What action should be taken by a manager when subordinates become racist?

In our office people are from different backgrounds, races, caste and culture. Yesterday I heard heated argument among a group of coworkers. The discussion was about terrorism, and one of the group ...
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Should I care about the coworker next to me while he dozes off and our boss doesn't care?

Actually he falls asleep very frequently almost everyday and our boss have never concerned or been mad about him. There was only one time that he snored quite loud and our boss patted him so he woke ...
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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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What are my responsibilities with regards to reporting suspected Fraud?

I work in a school in the UK. I work as part of a 3 man in house I.T. team employed directly by the school. There is my boss me and another tech. We are all contracted to work 37 hours and overtime ...
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Peer tasks me, then complains about push-back. Strategies? [duplicate]

Similar to this question, I have a colleague who gives me tasks/projects on a semi-regular basis. They are usually tasks someone has asked him to do, but he doesn't have the technical expertise to ...
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Is there an effective personal strategy or methodology to stop bringing work issues home?

In my work environment I interact on a daily basis with people who are not as technically strong as they should be. Who do not have the necessary managerial and administrative skills to run teams or ...
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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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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 should one handle an unnecessary question?

A fairly common experience is that a colleague or subordinate will ask a question (in person, email, phone, etc) that would have been answered if they would have properly read all the correspondence, ...
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Professional arguments taken personally

I recently had an argument with my Team Lead over the correct and plausible solution to one of the technical problems . Ever since he has taken that argument personally and doesn't interact with me, ...
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How to deal with “unresponsive” colleagues?

I routinely have to deal with a situation when some of my colleagues do not reply to my chat messages or emails. I can't just ignore them, because I get tasks from them and occasionally need to ...
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How can I stop my colleague from copying my work?

I have a problem with my colleague. The problem is, he just copies my code and uses it on Stack Overflow and his own blogs. It hurts me a lot. I can complain to my boss directly, but that could create ...
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How to deal with a coworker that told you about the position and now feels he/she owns you?

I am currently working on a company I found through a compatriot who is currently my coworker, and I get the feeling that he is acting as if he owned me because he told me about the position the ...
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How do I respond to an apology?

In a meeting yesterday, one coworker was unproductive and, for lack of a better word, sulky. The issue did not get resolved. Today, he sent an email to the team apologizing for his unprofessional ...
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How can I achieve and excel in a civilian job where the leadership essentially refuses to allow growth?

Tl;dr: I am not getting the tools and knowledge required in order to complete my job effectively, despite repeated requests and attempts to do so. I want to keep the job and be good at it. How can I ...
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How can we deal with the discouraging nature of a supervisor causing a promising intern to leave?

We are a startup company and have employed a final-year engineering student for a 6-month internship. During the first month I used to interact with him regularly, but for the past 2 months I have not ...
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How do I deal with a team member that keeps taking on tasks that he cannot solve?

I was hesitant whether I should post this on programmers instead, but I think that this problem is generally applicable. We have a junior team member (about two years with the company) who keeps ...