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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Quality checker added something wrong to my report which was originally correct. Should I explain or just say sorry? [closed]

I am assigned with preparing and distributing a routine weekly financial report; my senior coworker is assigned with double checking it before I send it out. My manager and the quality checker (...
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Is it ok to ask former colleagues for feedback after being terminated?

I was recently fired from a job, and am struggling to understand why. The reasons given were unclear and contradictory, and management were defensive when I asked for detail - this was also my ...
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How to deal with a bad coworker [closed]

I started working in my current company in August 2013 and I have next to me a "coworker" who is doing the same job as I'm doing as a trainee. He started at the same period of time than me. Frist he ...
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'Don't tell anyone' compromise

Multiple times I've been struggling with the following issue: Say colleague A chat with me about some kind of 'secret' (lets call it, X) about colleague B, and after he/she told me ask me: 'Please, ...
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A co-worker is copying my personal projects [closed]

A co-worker is copying a project of mine I developed on my free time and walked him through (as education) so that he can learn the basics of SEO and can do similar stuff. I've heard from another ...
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How to gain respect from more experienced co-workers

I just finished my undergrad for college, and started my new job at a tech company. Most of my co-workers are 20, 30, or 40 years older than me. It seems like my status of being a fresh college ...
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How do I explain my trainee which is the correct task for him?

I have a trainee who is really enthusiastic and tries to do his best but has little work experiences. He is very sensitive. We have cut down his responsibilities due to his work-hours. He will get ...
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How to deal with a co-worker who preaches and is head strong?

What is the recommended way to handle with a co-worker who just constantly "preaches" his answer and does not "seem" to view the point of the view of others. My goal is to figure out how to get ...
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How to deal with an incompetent colleague?

The setup... A little more than a year ago, we started a search for a "rock star" developer. We had lost our legitimately brilliant lead developer to a start up. I was able to step in and fill his ...
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Conflict of knowledge with a colleague

An experienced (but in no way senior) developer has joined the same project as myself. He seems to know vastly more about the programming language we use, but on the other hand I feel I know more ...
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Is it appropriate not to complete a re-assigned task so that your colleague who did not do the work cannot claim credit in his or her resume [closed]

This colleague that I mention in my scenario (How to handle being assigned a colleague's work when the colleague does not complete it) have decided to leave the company because he/she have manage ...
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Changed position in department but others act as if I'm still doing my old job

After a key employee left, our department reorganized and I ended up in a different position within the department. Despite a company-wide announcement, some people continue to act as if I'm still ...
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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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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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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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Problems with loud, bossy colleague

I just graduated from college and started in this new company 6 months ago. I have a problem with a colleague at work. He is not well liked by other colleagues in the office. He's loud, bossy and ...
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Group dynamic - How can we take out from the “Storm” stage as soon as possible?

I am working together with 3 guys close in a freshly created team I mean ~6+ months, we are mostly senior guys with one junior. We have separated environment and personal KPI-s. The work is given but ...
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How to deal with a sneaky competitive colleague? [closed]

As a member of a small team of six communication professionals, I value working independently while being a strong team player. I enjoy training colleagues and in particular mentoring younger team ...
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Is it reasonable to not approve a stapler purchase in three years? [closed]

Microsoft has a Windows "honestly" ad about their tablets, where they feature a guy, supposedly an accountant, who brags that he "hasn't approved a new stapler purchase in over three years" (YouTube: ...
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Is it acceptable to ask those having criticism and feedback to put some effort towards providing it?

I support a small web application at work in my companies equivalent of "20%" time Now, as with anything, people have feedback, suggestions, criticisms,etc about it. Since I personally find it ...
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How to deal with someone who shouts whilst on the phone [duplicate]

I'm posting this on behalf of a friend. They write: Every office I work in I has a maddening problem with a SHOUTY MAN. Why do people feel the need to shout into the phone? The phone transmits your ...
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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 ...