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 get out of riding long distances with an obnoxious coworker?

My company has clients that are a 4 hour drive away from the office. Sometimes the project teams have to visit the Clients for update meetings. The last time this was the case the project manager ...
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What's a good way to foster an environment where colleagues feel free to express their opinions, if I'm not in a management role?

I'm a developer working in a team of around 10-15 people, with almost two thirds of them working remotely. We use scrum, and have daily standups, sprint plannings and other meetings over conference ...
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On notice period - coworker I need to train is giving me the silent treatment

I gave my two-week notice last week and I'm spending this week finishing projects, writing documentation, and passing off some stuff for after I'm gone. Part of my work is sysadmin and we have shitty ...
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Is it poor workplace etiquette to display signs of relative “wealth” at work when others are struggling financially?

I work in an office with about 40 other people in varying situations (junior up to director level). I'm a little older than my immediate peers (the people I work with and socialize with) and more ...
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What to do if you are unintentionaly subject of favoritism?

I have the following situation at work. I am part of a team with people having different background age-wise and business wise. Since the beginning of the project It happened so that I took the role ...
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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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How to politely ask a coworker to “Google it”

I'm working in a team of 8 consultants just like me. I'm the youngest member of the team and also the one with the least experience (on resume at least). But 4 of the 8 members of the team will often ...
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How should I professionally not shake hands with women colleagues at the first working day?

At the first I should add that different cultures have different attitudes and believes, so with that in mind I would like to ask my question that may seem weird to almost all European, American, ...
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My colleague treats me like he's my boss, yet we're on the same level

I started my current role a few months ago as an analyst, joining another person who had started one month before me, with the very same job title. He's two years older than me, but he treats me like ...
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Bothered by watching coworkers slacking off

Situation I am working in a small office of 4 people, where 2 of us work independently and the 2 others are in a team. It has started to bother me that those 2 in the team are not getting much work ...
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How can I politely request that my colleague reduces the number of trivial help requests?

Background: A colleague of mine has recently been moved to my team for which I have been given a more senior role in. The colleague is a very friendly and enthusiastic individual that I get on quite ...
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How to deal with a colleague who makes personal jokes about my appearance?

I've worked with an engineering consultancy firm for a little over 2 years now, on a team of approximately 15 people. I’m one of three graduates on the team and there’s one guy (we’ll call him John), ...
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How can I deal with teammate who is not a team player, possibly searching for glory? [closed]

To clarify, this is actually my senior project for my university so no changes could be made personnel wise. However, I'd like to apply this situation to a workplace setting, as that's what it is, ...
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How to address smirking of colleague [closed]

I work in a small team, this guy had recently joined, like a month ago and I love to teach/mentor and my manager sees me enjoying and good at it, the colleague is of my age but he smirks a lot e.g. If ...
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Advice on defusing a tense situation after disrespectful behaviour from a colleague [closed]

This happened to me today and I'm still trying to digest it. To give you some context, I'm working on IT at a company with several branches across Europe. I don't hold any position of responsibility ...
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How to deal with my team leader who keeps calling me about project updates even though I am on leave for personal reasons?

I am working in an IT company as a software developer. I work on several projects and my TL is the one who takes the client calls and reports to the manager. The problem is this guy doesn't asks many ...
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Handling prospective awkwardness with an internal team move

I have been at a mid-size company for a while (over a year) in team X in a software capacity. I am not growing as well as I anticipated within X and I have been more than patient with regards to the ...
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How to deal with a new, inexperienced and hostile colleague

In my company we have recently received a new hire that is specializing in automating testing, which is a part of what we do but it is not our core business. I specialized at university in the field ...
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(How long) Should I indulge my new co-workers?

I started in a new position, in a new company last week, after 5 years in a similar position in an other company. There are two other guys, both twice my age, doing the same job, and a manager in a ...
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How can I respond to comments, made by colleagues, about my job performance?

I work for an animal charity in the uk as a fundraiser and recently found out that the staff who work with the animals think I "don't do anything". I was told by a trusted co-worker that this was ...
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Junior peer (I'm a senior but not a 'line manager') who's continually convinced that we're all about to be laid off etc and keeps voicing it

My team/role: I'm part of a team of 6 (1 senior (myself) 3 'standard' and 2 junior/trainee) that would broadly be described as "data analysts" and we report to a 'Analytics Manager'. Our everyday ...
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Might have gotten a coworker sick, should I address this?

This is in the US. Last Wednesday, I woke up feeling under the weather, but it appeared to just be allergies. Regardless, I still took precautions to avoid spreading anything (washing hands, excusing ...
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How do you deal with collegues who think aloud?

For the last few weeks I've been sharing an office with new colleagues who think aloud all the time. I've asked them to break this habit and though they promise they'll try it starts up again after an ...
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Should internal documentation use citations that follow academic standards?

My work experience has mostly been in academia. Recently I began work in a startup software company. One of my team members has the task of developing documentation. My concern is the prepared ...
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Coworker assigned his work to me with little notice; how to handle this?

My coworker who likes to push his work to other people emailed my supervisor with me as CC. Email goes like this: Hi Team Lead, Here’s the task assignment for tomorrow. A. WORK WORK WORK ...
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Hiring a graduate student for R&D research [closed]

Recently I started working in a company as an intern. The things that I am working are for the future of the company and applications that I develop solves companies existing problems. I am facing ...
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What to do when product managers don't give proper requirements?

I am a QA in the IT team of a big global company. Our company expects that requirements/expectations for development and QA work/stories are written by product managers/PM and/or business analysts/BA. ...
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How to ask your company to participate in humanitarian services?

In light of the recent damage to the Bahamas cause by hurricane Dorian, I’m wanting to do what I can to help. Originally I had an idea to contact companies like Pepsi and Walmart with regards to ...
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How to amend relationship with a co-worker after I accidentally offended them?

I'm a 24 year-old male that has just worked for 3 months in this new job. Sitting next to me a is woman who is 4 years older than I. We have a normal colleague relationship (at least I think it's ...
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Team asked to stay late to finish another team's work. Finished my portion first and left, then criticised for leaving - was I in the wrong?

Our team of 5 (including supervisor) were asked by higher management to stay late after work to carry out a task that isn't part of our normal duties, but was necessary for the company as a whole due ...
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Coworker constantly sitting and spending time in HR / director office [closed]

I've had a coworker in the past who was constantly sitting with HR and with the director of the company (mind you this was a 100 people company so not very big), in their offices. There was not much ...
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Departing senior is ghosting me, I need info and code from him

Some background - I joined the company fresh out of college a year ago. My feedbacks till now from my manager and other team members have been quite positive. After couple of months after I joined ...
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New coworker has strange workplace requirements - how should I deal with them?

A new coworker just started in our office, and on her first day she told us: No one can speak to her. Communication needs to be done over email only. No one can speak in the room we work in. There's ...
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Is “Don't mix work and relationships” good advice? [closed]

My father always tell me "Don't mix relationships and work" - i.e., avoid romantic relationships with individuals that you work with. Is this good advice? What are the risks of pursuing a romantic ...
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Objective in a new software job when no objective is given [closed]

Two weeks ago I started a new job in an automated medicine dispensing company. The company is not very big, around 50 employees. I was hired to work 50% / 50% with automated medicine dispensers (...
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Keeping proof of requests from coworkers

If a colleague asks me for something (for example to show them how to use something), is it ok for me to ask them to send me an e-mail with their request, and then for me to answer them also in ...
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How can I reply to coworkers who accuse me of automating people out of work?

I work in a small manufacturing company on special projects that automate some processes (primarily design/drafting). This automation is mainly targeted at reducing errors, establishing standards, ...
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Is it ok to record my colleagues around my workplace?

I work in one of these open office plans (which now I dread) and there is a bunch of guys around who make really offensive jokes. I'm not all PC but these guys really cross the line. I want to bring ...
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Coworker refused to to their assigned task; how to mention that in upcoming meeting with a new boss after a move inside the same company?

A while ago, I was asked to coordinate measures needed to complete a task. The task was set up to support an important customer C. One sub-task would have fallen to coworker X, who was the only one ...
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How do I, an introvert, communicate to my friend and only colleague, an extrovert, that I want to spend my scheduled breaks without them?

I'm an introvert and as an introvert I like to take a break by spending some time alone. My only other team member is an extrovert and wants me to spend time with her. Initially our personal ...
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How to ask manager if I am about to be laid off? [duplicate]

My company has many offices in USA and the rest of the world. Many teams or individuals work partly or fully remotely in this company. Many people have quit the company over the last few years and ...
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Colleagues refusing to use new, more efficient process; how should I proceed?

Current situation I am working in a team where we regularly need to process raw data from our business units. This requires multiple manual steps (export from system A to system B, etc.) which are ...
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Are practical jokes common and acceptable at work if no one gets irreversibly annoyed? [closed]

Someone left a cup of water precariously balanced on the woman's bathroom door, and you can imagine what happened later. A coworker left a note on a manager's chair that said "Tack" after a ...
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I think my coworker went through my notebook and took my project ideas

I have a notebook that I keep meeting notes, current work and future projects I'd like to do. Oddly, all these future project ideas I had listed out are now being completed by my coworker. The ...
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How to deal with teammates who are curt and avoid helping me? [closed]

I am in USA and I work for a big global company. I recently moved to a new team which is in a different time zone in USA. I worked with them in their office for a few days and then began working 100% ...
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Saying something to a foreign coworker who uses “you people”

A new co-worker who is not a native English speaker uses "you people" whenever referring to a group. As in "This quarter was great because of you people." If something negative happened "You people ...
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How do I tell a coworker they are being set up for failure?

My coworker has been assigned a project for which he is completely unskilled. He is really smart and will eventually figure it out, but that could be inefficient and definitely mean the project goes ...
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Problems in Concentration Due to Pregnancy

I am currently 5 months pregnant and work in a tech company. We have an open seating area for the engineering department and this is where I sit as well. I have just received my semi annual review a ...
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How to deal with a colleague who is loud and distracting through no fault of his own? [duplicate]

I have a colleague who loudly slaps his bare skin pretty much constantly and regularly makes loud, bizarre noises. I believe this is something to do with OCD, and it wasn't a problem until recently, ...
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Co-workers with a lot of money and openly talk about it [closed]

I recently joined the Engineering a very young company (3 years in business) who are doing very well in the market. The existing team all came from another company after they had a massive exit. So ...