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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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coworkers unwilling to do code reviews

At work I've been temporary lent to another team this quarter because they have too much work on their plate. I'm here to work on subject X for this team, that is kinda stand-alone but would benefit ...
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Coworker acting strange [closed]

I've recently started at a new workplace as a System developer. We sit in an "open area" with assigned workplaces where there are walls/ cabinets seperating us. The coworker behind me was very ...
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Trying to say no to the boss's idea of sharing, when one co-worker has a flaky personality

I just got hired at this university as a lab tech, but my boss wouldn't consider me a new person since I have some experience of the job. At the same time, the department also hired another lab tech, ...
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Advice for coworker's attitude?

I've recently (in the last 6 months) started a new job that a friend of my told me about. It's an office job for a small local business (<50 employees) and overall, not that complex. I'm a ...
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How do I unfriend a co-worker?

TL;DR; I want to unfriend coworker for her overly attached behavior, but she is also a QA of some of the projects that I develop. I was dragged into a group of 4 girls at work without me trying to ...
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How to protect myself in unfair environment [closed]

I am a newish programmer (around 3 years of experience). We have a test group of about 1-3 people. So, the apps don't get really tested well AT ALL, e.g. maybe one tester checked the changed page, not ...
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How to handle confusing communicator?

For context: I work in a retail environment as a merchandiser with someone who is not so much a supervisor as a counterpart who works in buying. She purchases, I merchandise. We both have different ...
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Anxiety attack at work, caused by colleague, how to handle?

I have a colleague who thinks he knows everything better than me. Sure, he knows many things, but not everything. He knows quite some things better than me, but I also know other things better than ...
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How can I clarify reporting structures, within the team, without sounding egomaniacal?

I work for a large public-sector organisation, in a managerial capacity, based in the UK. I started on this role about two months ago and then another team member was recruited, who I believe, as per ...
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How do I effectively succeed with a co-worker who is an obnoxious self-promoter?

My situation is that we're two team-managers leading a team of 8 other guys. I've got a co-worker who is regularly condescending to everyone. When a question is posed to the team he shouts everyone ...
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Co-Worker sabotages my work life

This is happening in central Europe. So basically I got this co-worker (let's call her Stacy) who regularly tries to undermine me. She disrupts my work, puts me in a bad light and doesn't cooperate ...
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How to remove guilt from accepting job promotion? [closed]

My friend has been at a company for just short of a year. Recently a senior job role came up for internal staff only so they applied. When his colleagues found out he'd applied everyone was angry as ...
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How to teach an unwilling coworker better coding practices [duplicate]

I have a coworker who is a bit older than me and doesn't follow good coding practices. His coding style is like the wild west - no encapsulation, no reviews (aka run from them, commit on master...). ...
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How to solve this shared resources problem at my workplace?

We have some shared resources at my workplace, namely: the dishwasher the coffee machine the kitchen sink and we have a policy on how to use them: Dishwasher If you have some dishes which need ...
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2answers
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How to deal with constantly bragging co-worker?

recently a new collegue started to work for the IT company I work for. He seems quite polite and nice but when it comes to lunch time he very often brags and - for lack of a better word - talks utter ...
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What is the right approach to handle bossy co-worker?

I’ve joined a robotics team in a consulting firm one month ago. I don’t have any work experience so I’m quite new to almost everything. My co-worker, let’s say X, has been working on this area for one ...
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2answers
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My boss hired someone, knowing she had previously been rude to me. What options do I have? [closed]

My boss and supervisor have been doing interviews for a position in the office I work in. One of the candidates interviewed was an employee who worked in a different department who had previously been ...
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What should I do when colleagues keep commenting on my attire?

What should I do when my colleagues, on finding me wearing new dresses to work, are greeting me with "Happy birthday" everyday in a sarcastic way? I am just mix and matching my attire in a formal way....
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Handling an Excessively Dominant Coworker

I work as a barista at a well-known coffee company. I have about nine years of experience with the company, so coworkers often ask me for advice. I injured my knee at the beginning of August and had ...
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Appropriate condolences for boss at work

I'm enquiring about sending a condolence card or note to my boss, whose parent passed away. They are quite a private person, and I'm not sure they'd appreciate having such a personal card passed ...
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Advice on how to handle an equal with less experience bossing me around [closed]

I have a colleague that has been with the company for 2 years and I have been here for 5 years. He has no degree and has been tapped to be the next Test Technician, he has been given the ...
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Helping someone who did not employ me (or his employee)

(This problem takes place at a university, but I still think it belongs here, as it is more about colleague relationship / work ethics than about academia.) I work as an assistant at a university. My ...
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How do I get a coworker to do something that they don’t want to do, as they disrespect me?

I asked a colleague at work to do a 5-minute task, which is part of their role. I sent an email, but they didn't reply. I went up to the person’s desk and they totally dismissed the request saying ...
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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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Intern I am working in pair with is slacking and disrupts our work

I am two months into my last internship as a Software Engineer, and the workplace is fine, except for one other intern, who I happen to work in pair with. We work on our own project in the company, ...
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Found out a coworker's salary after looking at her boss's unlocked computer

My friend is facing the following problem: Her boss left his computer open and she then looked at his screen, where the salary of a coworker at her level (who since has left the company) was ...
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2answers
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My colleague burps loudly all the time, How to handle the situation ?

This colleague of mine sits next to me like barely 2-3 feet apart. she keeps burping out loud all day every 10-15 min or so. It's annoying and i cannot find a way to tell her without sounding rude. ...
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How to politely suggest a co-worker needs to try to find the answer on their own before coming to me?

I am a senior-level developer in a large corporation in the US. Two of my co-workers on the same project work with me and sit in the same office, right by me. We'll call them Bob and Jim. They are ...
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Helping someone who has antagonized her colleagues [closed]

I work as a developer in the web/mobile department of a big org. We have developers divided in teams, we have team leads, and we have project leaders. There’s a “new” project leader who is having ...
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4answers
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How to point out to random coworker that they use speech patterns associated with negative stereotypes

I was, like, having lunch in the company cafeteria today while working on, like, a presentation, when two coworkers (I have like no idea who they are) sat in a booth like right next to me! One of them ...
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6answers
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HR treating new hires like kids [closed]

Recently graduated and started working for a large organization. The company provides training for new hires. Throughout the training, we are mentored by more senior employees. As a part of the ...
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Should I recommend a fired colleague?

I work at a multi-location company, on a project involving people from different offices. I had a co-worker at another location who worked on the same project as me for a few months. Recently she was ...
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Competitive co-worker changed their job title

I work for a small holdings company. I am one of two people competing for work building websites. My co-worker's job title - according to the company - is Senior Web Designer. My job title is Web ...
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Feeling left out at work. What do I do?

I've been at the company for 2 months now, yet I feel so ostracised by my co-workers. In the first month, I tried fitting in by being proactive in involving myself with work events and socialising ...
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How to deal with colleagues who laugh at me when I study something?

I want to advance my knowledge of algorithms and data structures, and sometimes I study them at work when there's nothing to do, because I usually do things fast and no one needs my help. A lot of ...
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How to deal with manager who expects more than we can contribute?

I am in a very complicated situation: I was hired 2.5 years ago at this company for a job I was not trained for but I was sure I could do it. I was very upfront about it at the interview and I was ...
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My coworker shared private information outside of work [closed]

I live in Colorado, recently my mother passed suddenly. I informed my employer and took a day off, the following week a coworker shared outside of the office to a non employee that my mother passed ...
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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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Colleagues going overboard as they get more envious [closed]

One of my cousins has joined an year old startup. She is full of ideas and expressed it right at the time of interview. The panel was impressed with her. With a period of 2-3 months, she introduced ...
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What should one do when his colleagues are pushing him out [closed]

Too long ; didn't read My SO works at a cars dealership She is handicapped and can't spend all day making physical efforts Her coworkers don't answer the phone, so she has to run around Lady ...
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Is it harassment to ask a person why they did what they did and whether they got paid for it? [closed]

I get a lot of useless emails in my work mailbox, so, a couple of days ago I received this email, talking about some bank's deposit interest rates. The email came from a person who works at the same ...
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Colleague appears insensitive to the fact I wear glasses now

I recently went to the eye doctor, and got myself some nice glasses. They are great, and I paid for all the goodies. Non glare, etc. I have a coworker whose desk is over my left shoulder directly ...
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IT help desk extremely slow

I work in information security performing risk assessments and handling incident responses. At our company, we have a person that is our IT help desk (Tom). We only have 5-7 people in the office so it’...
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3answers
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How to deal with a colleague who consistently schedules meetings that should be emails? [duplicate]

I've got a great team to work in and I absolutely love my job, but one of my colleagues will continually insist on meetings, even/especially after a 'long' email discussion. They're often <= 30 ...
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Disrespected by more senior employee

I recently started working doing CAD tasks for a more experienced engineer. I work in Europe. I am 26, male. The engineer appears to be in his mid-to-late thirties, also male. He is highly ...
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How to address a coworker about their emotional behavior at work?

I have a coworker who produces good work, but is difficult to work with. When confronted with a problem, he can easily get frustrated and will frequently derail meetings and hinder progress once he ...
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How can I encourage my coworkers to produce better quality code? [closed]

I'm a team lead for a small group of programmers. We share several projects with other teams. Lately the quality of two other teams' code has deteriorated to the point where it is slowing us down and ...