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 to politely avoid or decline unexpected off-the-clock work?

In this specific company, work hours are very flexible. The only rules are: You must be at work between 9h30 and 11h30, and between 13h30 and 15h30. (1:30-3:30pm) You must work a certain number of ...
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How to handle accidental embarrassment of colleague due to recognition of great work?

I am a team / technical lead in the cybersecurity team where I work. Our current company has a peer recognition system where anyone can nominate anyone else for contributions above and beyond ...
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How to tell coworker to stop trying to protect me?

I used to work for a factory but I got burned on my arms and needed skin grafts. They've healed and I took some classes and went through vocational rehab to get an office job. When the COVID ...
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I accidentally insulted the director of accounting, now what?

I am a 36 year old woman and work for a biotech startup on a 4-person sales team. We are aggressive, communicate quickly and swear frequently, for better or worse. We recently hired a new customer ...
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Coworker made unsolicited comments about appearance, how should I handle it?

I was on-call last night with a coworker. I was wearing a bit of makeup, and at the end of the call, he comments "omg haha are you wearing makeup?". I said oh its for such and such. And, he ...
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Skeptical that new hire is actually working during day - should I address with boss?

My company is still working remotely due to the pandemic, but has recently hired a new employee. My company communicates internally and with clients via slack, and consequently I am reading or sending ...
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Colleague exchanged asset ID sticker on my computer

Summary: A colleague exchanged the ID sticker on my computer (our company's registered computer ID) with that of another computer. He did so with other computers as well. In details: In my company, ...
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How do I resign gracefully from a professional job?

This question is intended to be a canonical question, see Make that answer a canonical answer to "how to quit gracefully in a professional way" I am currently working in a full time ...
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Is it a valid strategy at workplace to select the people you work and comunicate with and avoid the rest?

I am closing on my 20 years working as IT. I am above average skilled and loud enough to be able to gain focus, raise through the ranks and then fall. Have done it several times :) I have had ...
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How to deal with former coworker calling to help them in their own work?

So I left a shitty IT service based company, also served the 3 odd months notice period there. I had a good bond with coworkers there and helped them with coding because I'm good at it. There is one ...
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How to deal with a colleague who complains all the time and patronizes me [closed]

I work for a big corporate in the software industry in the UK, so we have hierarchies and everything. About a year ago I was promoted and moved to a different team. In this new team (which I already ...
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Does this make me an office snitch if?

So I was tasked with organizing and handling a large capacity of files for the Exec. Director. Last week I was told that I need to obtain the rest of the 5 boxes of files located in the basement. I ...
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I forwarded confidential email to the recipient without informing the boss . What action could my boss can take against me?

I work for an Indian startup. I got an email regarding the same confidential project whom I and a colleague ( Let us call X ) and several colleagues were a part of. I, these recipients and X are a ...
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Company tries to retain an hard working but brash employee by treating me in an unfair way [closed]

EDIT: Because of the repeated requested by people to stay concise I am editing the question. I joined a company, a colleague of mine has been really unprofessional to me.Lot of times shouting at me. ...
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Work colleagues asking for lift home [closed]

I have 2 work colleagues who from time to time ask for a lift home when they're stuck to get home. In the current climate I don't want anyone in my car mainly to protect my family from Covid and also ...
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Educational Materials with Continued Education

Long story short I decided to continue my education and pay for it myself after watching upper management repeatedly gripe about how SHE (not the company) paid for a disliked coworker's degree. We ...
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How to respond to the question, “is this a drill?” from staff during a scheduled site evac?

Sorry if this is not the right board, I wasn't sure where to ask this. We have a scheduled fire drill next week at work. We are not informing staff in advance. I am one of the admins onsite having to ...
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How to handle overtime work?

I am working 20 hours per week as I am an international student, in my 20's, I was asked to help my colleague to do some task, my colleague also works for 20 hours per week. I was done for the day but ...
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Slacking coworker what to do [duplicate]

I have a coworker that frequently comes in late. We have shared work (accounting) and sometimes when he comes in late it disrupts my work since we are share tasks so I might have to pick up doing it ...
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What is this phenomenon in a company when it's difficult to find important knowledge?

I was told by colleague A that a database table would be helpful to me, but a field name and its comment in it were not that self-explanatory and detailed and I cannot get to know how the values of ...
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Is it ok to use an employers laptop and software licencing for side freelancing work?

I have a colleague who also freelances on the side after hours (I assume this is ok, it's none of my business). I discovered today he's using his work laptop and work software license for his ...
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How do I deal with a co-worker that keeps making the same jokes, and same remarks?

Basically, I work in a small company that usually will have 4-5 fulltime workers at a time in the office. There are separate rooms in the office, and I share a room with a co-worker who I will call '...
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Is there an universal argument for sharing valuable knowledge/skills? [closed]

There are many great Questions and Answers on this site that deal with the question of whether or not to share valuable knowledge/skills with others: What is wrong with sharing knowledge with ...
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Dealing with Needy and Self-Centered Coworker

I have been in my current position for about a year and a half now (have been with the organization for closer to 4 years) and my coworker was hired shortly after I got this position for a supporting ...
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Political talk radio through speakers

I work in a shared office space with a small group of coworkers. One of the more senior coworkers has made it a habit to play political talk radio through speakers for the entire room. It seems to ...
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Can I consider that I was be isolated or something else?

I am a Java software engineer located in Paris office. Three months ago I remote joined a team in Berlin, because one person left in the team. I meet strange thing here: Generally speaking, if I have ...
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If a coworker is mean to me, and I do not want to talk to them, is it harassment for me not to talk to them?

I do not get along with a coworker A, but we work together and don't let it stop us from getting tasks done. Coworker B is dating coworker A. Coworker A goes on (possibly permanent) leave and says ...
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What is a polite way to ask coworkers not to use instant messaging like a face to face conversation? [duplicate]

I have quite a few co-workers who when they send a message, will send a greeting and literally will not say anything else until you greet them back. Some even repeat their greeting multiple times, and ...
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Should I bring in CEO where a junior software engineer was hired in position of senior, and I am risking termination due to lack of collaboration?

I was hired at the beginning of April by a Swiss company as Senior WPF engineer, and because of COVID-19 lockdown was unable to be registered as permanent, so they hired me as a contractor for two ...
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How can I ask my team lead not to assign me large amounts of work that falls outside my job description?

I'm a software developer on a team of five people. This team has a lead, a web developer, a back-end developer, and two mobile developers. This team structure is relatively new, and we are currently ...
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Is it frowned upon to involve a colleague in a side project?

I am a part time employee at a company based in California. I have a client I work for in my spare time, to make a bit more money. The client is in a completely different field of my employer. My ...
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How do I manage colleagues who lie, ignore facts and exaggerate to pursue their own agenda?

I am dealing with a colleague who is trying to sell a product we don't have. He pitched an idea for a new product internally, but nothing is committed or confirmed, and there is no ETA or any ...
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When should you go to HR vs. your manager with regards to an issue with another employee?

I had a previous role where I was having a problem with a disruptive, socially unaware colleague, and ended up asking HR about how best to handle it. We had a solid talk and it was discussed that I ...
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How to solve difference of opinion with senior colleagues on taking an approach towards a task?

Lately, I have observed that I have been frequently engaging in arguments with my senior colleagues to whom I report the work I do. These arguments are not in a negative way but most of the times, the ...
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Company's political cruft is preventing me from exercising my expertise in new position. Unable to work at my level

Somewhat Related to: Work given is not in my area of interest, how to approach my manager? Been asked to work significantly "below" my level for a sustained period -- can I ask company for ...
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When in a conflict with someone, should I tell them that I intend to speak to their superior?

In a workplace, if there is a conflict with a coworker, the best approach is to talk to the coworker about the problem directly. If a resolution cannot be reached, one can then try talking to the ...
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How do I handle malicious coworker making work unbearable

I recently started working for a small team. At the same time company hired another person for the same position. We were meant to form two person team, because our competences are complementary. That'...
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Don't like my coworker, but afraid to say anything because I'm still in probationary period

I do not like my coworker and I'm not sure what to do about it. Let's call him John. We are software developers at Megacorp. I am new, I've only been here four months. This is my first job as a ...
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Co-worker copying my messages and privately send them to clients as his own

I am a software developer, and my new co-worker is privately asking me questions and then sending them in private group chats to our client. This is my first job and I wasn't sure whether this is ...
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My adult son embarrassed me in front of my coworkers - how to react to provocations?

I am located in the north of Germany. We had an event where the whole company got together, about 200 people. We had dinner, a live band, all in all it was a great evening. My small department (about ...
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Should I notify my manager that a coworker has been taking a lot of cough drops over COVID-19 concerns?

At my workplace, we are required to wear face masks throughout the day and to do our best to keep a six foot distance from other coworkers to reduce the spread of COVID-19. A few days ago, I noticed ...
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How can I debate technical ideas without being perceived as arrogant by my coworkers?

I'm somewhat new in this job (6 months) as a frontend/backend developer. My boss, whom I consider a really capable and smart manager, has a system for measuring developer performance, in which I ...
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How loud until you get a mark on your back?

Being relatively skilled and relatively loud in the office at promoting myself has got me in several rollercoasters of raising through the ranks then falling :) But one thing with being loud is ...
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Can I reach out to dismissed coworker to wish her well?

A co-worker I had regular dealings with was recently dismissed from the company. I suspect it was due to performance ratings as my employer dismisses the bottom x % each year based on performance ...
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Saw senior, respected colleague repeatedly masturbating in the office - how to get him to stop

This happened over a year ago so there's not much point bringing it up at work now, but I did see a senior (male) colleague repeatedly masturbating in the office. At the time I (also male, junior) was ...
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Backing Out Of a Grievance

I have a union protected position at a company located in Canada. Recently, a group of us have been assigned extra work that clearly goes outside the terms of the Collective Agreement. We filed a ...
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How to deal with arrogant people pretending to want “discussions”?

I'm working as a software development consultant (contractor) for a small/ish enterprise. We have this software engineer I'll call John. The team consists of me, the CTO and John. John is a Senior ...
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How to deal with a younger coworker who is too reliant on online sources

I'm from the age of typewriters telex machines, menu driven programs, and disk-loaded operating systems. Back then, computers were unreliable, and your chief source of information was still books. ...
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How to deal with an arrogant superior?

I'm currently working in a software company as a junior developer. Due to having been able to demonstrate a good understanding of the technology we use, I have been assigned some rather abstract/...
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Another team at my company is being secretive (or just uncommunicative) about work that we should be collaborating on, how can I get them to open up?

I work as part of a tech team team that handles database applications for various business statistics. Our database platform is somewhat dated, but the business application that runs on it uses ...

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