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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 do I stop my habit of gossiping in my office negatively impacting my colleagues? [closed]

I have this bad habit of gossiping around everyone. Sometimes, it feels really embarrassing as I think that gossiping and backstabbing about my colleagues, I am not only cheating them but myself too. ...
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Freelance co-worker not doing anything at all [duplicate]

TLDR: Alice is not doing her job and I end up pushing all the activities and doing her tasks because I'm afraid of being let go. Should I inform management about this ? The backstory: I've been ...
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When is it acceptable to share personal information I have about a coworker who disappeared? [closed]

This girl from my office kind of disappeared, she hasn't been in for 4 days now. Apparently nobody has her number or details either. The one person who has her details and would know where she is (...
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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 ...
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Is it unprofessional to ask a coworker at your workplace to review your resume?

I am a co-operative education student at my plant and am interested in working here full-time. However, I do not graduate from college for another year and am still actively searching for other job ...
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How to work with a senior colleague that you have bad chemistry with?

I work as a junior-ish software developer in a small team inside a fairly large company. We've recently hired a new senior software developer. He is very good at what he does, with lots more ...
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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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How to defend myself from someone trying to undermine me?

TL;DR Co-worker doesn't do his job and is trying to blame me for his low performance, what is the best way to get out of this situation? Is talking to his manager a good option? At my company, my ...
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How to mention that teammate accomplished nothing in team lead's absence [duplicate]

My team lead went on vacation for 2 weeks, mid-sprint. So my team, 3-ish developers, had a fair amount of work to finish the sprint off. Then we were told to work on the backlog and bugs in his ...
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How to navigate working with a development process that is not supportive of clean code?

I started working at my current job just over a year ago. When I started the code base was a complete mess. All of the code was in one file, it was not maintainable and best practices were not ...
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How do you deal with a colleague who is sharing information with you on a delayed basis?

I am working with a colleague who shares information with me on a delayed basis. She's worked on an area which has been assigned to me now. There's no one else whom I can ask about that area except ...
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How to overcome lunch-break embarrassing incident? [closed]

I was sitting on a table in the lunch room when I started coughing, which to my utter embarrassment resulted in a disgusting sound. Unfortunately, there were other colleagues having lunch near me, who ...
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5answers
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How to respond to unprofessional gossip about colleague in the workplace?

Jane is one of my female colleagues. She doesn't get on well with a third colleague, Joe. As he does every morning, Joe comes in to our office to say hello. Right after that, I receive an instant ...
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1answer
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Part- time worker rejected for full-time position

The company that I work at has few full time employees but a large number of part-timers, mostly all who work elsewhere full-time. I have a very good friend that has worked part time in my ...
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4answers
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What is the threshold between deciding to send an email or schedule a meeting? [closed]

I would like to ask a colleague for some advice on a project, but I am unsure as to whether an email would suffice or if I should schedule a meeting. What things should I consider when making this ...
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Coworker stalking us with company camera [closed]

I have a co-worker, this one is the wonderful sort that shirks about, can't do more than one task at a time, and decided to report every wrong move by anyone else in the cubicle farm. The worst part ...
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3answers
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What are reasonable concerns to have in a company culture that is not meritocratic? [closed]

I've been working at a start up company for two years and am wondering how I and other employees should respond to a company culture that doesn't reward hard/good work. (I am working at a small ...
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7answers
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Senior colleague feels threatened by me, an intern

I've been living a quite bizarre and pretty depressing situation the last few months. I'm currently interning as a financial engineer, and to make it short and blunt and without being too arrogant, ...
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3answers
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How can I get out of carpool, or ask money for it?

I would like to know how to get out of a carpool agreement I already made with a coworker, or, how to charge her some money. For the past two weeks or so, I have been picking her up at a highway and ...
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1answer
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When is it okay to IM or email a coworker?

I only recently started working in an office environment. Apologies if this question seems obvious. My company uses Skype for Business so I can see when my coworkers are in meetings/free/away/etc. I ...
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1answer
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New programmer is too active and unfocused on his role in project

Sometime ago I was put in some sort of teamlead role in our programmers part of team. And so I got two new programmers under my responsobility. Both of them have little previous job experience, but ...
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3answers
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How can I let my coworker know that I am not put off by criticism?

I recently had to deliver a report to another person, Alice, who is however not above me in the office structure. The report is not vital, but should be done anyway to complete the paperwork for the ...
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7answers
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How can I deal with the blame-game played by my colleague in office?

My colleague (call him Bob) and I are Software Developers with experience of 1 year. Our CTO considers me to be more intelligent than him. For the last few months both of us have been working on the ...
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2answers
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How do I explain to my boss that a coworker isn't capable? [duplicate]

So I have this giant project that has a ticking deadline of a little under 2 months. My boss (IMO) over promised on the timeline to the client by a mile and let the client set the deadline rather than ...
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Is it bad that an employee makes malicious jokes? [closed]

For background, I own and manage a large scale gaming community (Minecraft) where we are a registered company, though the company registration part doesn't matter too much. One of our employees who I ...
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Temporary Job Ending [closed]

I really enjoyed working with my school's administrative(Principle, Asst.Principle, Head Secretary, and Liason for Students and Parents)staff. After working 5 mos. the school year is coming to a close ...
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8answers
3k views

How to reply to an angry email for a problem the sender caused

My company has large departments, each with a lot of small sections made up of one supervisor and 5-10 employees. Our supervisors aren't all that powerful (for example they can't fire people but they ...
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12answers
32k views

I have reason to believe that my very competent coworker is being severely underpaid - any tactful way to tell a boss?

I am located in United States. I have a coworker who is senior to me (in that, if my title is "Blah", his title is literally "Senior Blah"). This morning he made a comment about job postings for a ...
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11answers
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Motivate coworkers to use strong passwords

I work for an expanding company, and we are currently establishing a new IT-infrastructure and several company-policies (privacy/safety rules). One of my biggest concerns is the acceptance of ...
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4answers
885 views

How to deal with a bossy coworker

Long story short, our team is now out of its team leader and our manager is not quite involved in our day to day operations. We're a small team with two more senior guys (another guy and myself) and ...
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3answers
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Responding to questions/requests from coworker who is known to shift blame

I'm the main software developer on one of the products for our company, my coworker 'Bob' is in another department but works with the product I build in some capacity (non-technical). The situation ...
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How could I make my coworker stop eating when I see it so I can stick to my diet better? [closed]

My coworker is eating a lot of unhealthy stuff at his workdesk and I am on a diet due to overweight. How could I make my coworker stop eating when I see it so I can stick to my diet better?
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How to handle a coworker who constantly asks for help with her tasks?

I am working as a Software Developer for the last 10 months. I have a colleague working on the same technology framework for 6 months. She doesn't develop the logic and algorithms on her own, and ...
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Assistant Manager and Receptionist went over my head

I am the payroll director/manager for a small accounting firm. I have roughly 10 individuals who directly report to me. Yesterday, two coworkers and I went to lunch which turned out to last roughly 1 ...
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1answer
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Colleague facing redundancy has asked me to accompany her to HR meeting

The place where I work is currently making redundancies. Cuts are being made and 20 people are at risk of losing their jobs. I'm not at risk but my colleague is and she's been invited to a meeting ...
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1answer
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Missing Colleague

I have a strange situation that I need some advice on. I work for a small marketing agency as a senior web developer. Last week a junior developer in my team resigned. He was still in his probation ...
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1answer
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How do I politely decline a team lunch for this specific reason? [duplicate]

From another post on this website I've seen that "I should just be honest with my team and let them know", I'm not sure if it would be the same here? The context: Every time my team has a new member,...
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2answers
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Deal with unprofessional behaviour of a colleague? [closed]

We have one colleague who is always watching us. Hes not the boss, but just a colleague. Ive had several issues with him. To give an example: Once after lunchtime he came to me, stopped me, pointed ...
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I feel like my coworker gives me all the work

My coworker has been with the company for perhaps 10 years longer than me, so obviously she’s higher up on the totem pole, but we’re still counterparts. She’s not my boss, we have the same job, she ...
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11answers
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How to politely avoid eating with a colleague

About my eating habits: I usually go to a nearby restaurant to eat. Sometimes I bring away the food and eat it in the company kitchen, but sometimes I go with a group of random people there. ...
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Privacy Violation

A coworker revealed to business customers that I am dealing with an illness in my family. He was not given permission to share this information. As a result, customers lost confidence in my ability to ...
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How to pitch an idea to my boss that he's already rejected previously?

Please forgive the technical nature of this post but there are a lot of "techy" users on this site so I feel comfortable asking it. I am a system administrator for a medium-sized company (~2000 ...
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10answers
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How to handle a developer getting defensive when faced with breaking code?

I started working at a company as a junior developer, after finishing a great programming bootcamp with a deep and broad programming knowledge. Since then (1.5 years) I learned a lot, gained ...
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How to interact with a colleague who failed and blamed others for it?

I started my first job after university last September in an industrial company. I work as a programmer in a team of three people (only development). In October, a colleague of mine -- let's call him "...
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1answer
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My boss wants to collect money from my colleagues for me

Every few years, our small team goes on a excursion and usually everyone attends. This year I declined the invitation simply because I didn't feel like going, I found some new hobbies for myself and I ...
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Should I ask my coworker if they value my work?

I've been working in a 50-60 employees computer research institute for two years. It's governmentally regulated; having a degree is conditional to the hiring process. All other employees have at least ...
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What to do when you catch your co-worker sleeping?

Background info I was hired as an engineer at a company. My duties are outside in the construction site we're at, and a lot of documentation and "office" related work as well. Above me is an on-site ...
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1answer
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Working with young developers [closed]

At this point in my life, I have found myself working side-by-side with developers much, much younger than myself. While I can "take them on" at any time professionally, I am unable to establish any ...
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12answers
18k views

Is it unprofessional to bring your spouse/kids to work to visit? [closed]

When I was younger in my career (20's), and worked at smaller companies, I often brought my spouse and kids into work. I had good relationships with my co-workers, and even saw some of them outside of ...
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4answers
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Colleague promoted immediately after I handed in my notice [closed]

I don't know how common this is, but being my first professional job, this is new to me. I apologise for the long back-story, but there's quite a bit of history difficult to condense. So bear with me. ...