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 handle a peer that thinks he is my boss?

My company recently completed a big re-org and I've been placed on new a team project at work. This is a cross organisational team of about 15 people. We've divided into smaller, more manageable ...
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I told off a consultant and it affected my job

My company hired a consultant to work alongside me and help convert our apps to a new technology. For months, while he did the work, he insinuated that my coding style was terrible and that I'm in the ...
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Coworker bringing personal issues to work

I am part of a small business of myself, the business owner, and a recently new employee. For all intents and purposes, it is just myself and the new employee are the ones running the business - the ...
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How to handle turmoil in company's ERGs

There is a policy at my company that says all individuals are welcome to join or attend any ERG (Employee Resource Group), even if they don't belong to that race/gender. Even though I am not Black, I ...
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How to ask former co-workers what they thought of me?

Question How do I gracefully ask former co-workers what they thought of me and my work? Summary I recently got laid off and have been organizing my resume. I'm finding that personal branding is ...
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How should I approach my boss about too much time spent on training, unnecessary tasks, and not following health regulations?

I am a lifeguard at a public pool and due to the pandemic, many things have changed, especially the way in which we operate. Some background information: we are only open 4 hours each weekday. Each ...
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Lack of Visibility within the Team

Everyone in my team affirm that I do a great job and that I am an important team member. However, I always feel like I am out of the loop. I am not supposed to know anything related to backstage. When ...
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How to cope with a Narcissist? [closed]

What techniques can you use to cope with a Narcissist on the team who is very close to the General Manager and we suspect is always passing mistruths upwards that reflect badly on the rest of the team?...
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Point out coworker's lack of professionalism without creating conflict

So, recently I have been dealing with what can only be described as lack of professionalism on one of my coworker's part. Usually I wouldn't mind, but it's become so frequent that it negatively impact ...
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Colleague is negative and does not acknowledge me

I have the following situation. I am new to a team but not new to the project have worked in it for couple of years but I was away on different assignment again for 3 years. Now I am back in new team ...
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Asking my coworker his/her scale of success for a person

One day I asked a coworker "What his/her scale for a successful person?" Usually we have side chat in private teams chat but he/she didn't respond to my question and by end of the day, I ...
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How do I impress a senior developer?

I’m a relatively new developer. I’ve been doing development for four years. I think I’m competent at what I’m doing for my level. I’m a fast learner of new technologies and code bases. I’m also good ...
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A colleague who resists workflow

In a software technology startup team, there is a colleague who is perceived to resist this desired workflow: Use self-hosted GitHub: Open issues Regularly comment/update on in-progress issues ...
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Am I up against favoritism in the workplace?

The tech department I am in consists of the head of the department whose role revolves around data engineering, colleague A and me - the head of the tech department is our boss. I should add that ...
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Boss unhappy with my performance, but is pushing me to a new role in Big Data should I look for a new job?

My boss has never taken the time to address concerns about my performance, until one day I expressed to him I had some confusion on my first assignment with big data. He told me then that he thinks ...
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I strongly notice my colleagues odour, but my other colleague doesn't. Should I still escalate this or keep quiet?

TL;DR We are 3 people in a small room at our office. Me, Bob and Charles. I can smell Bob, but Charles said he didn't notice anything. Should I still report this to our manager/HR and let him handle ...
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I am afraid colleague will get promotion instead of me - how to deal with it?

I work in banking industry for a year longer that my colleague from another sub-team in my area. We both are natural candidates for getting a promotion. My problem is that I think that my colleague ...
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How to handle authority who doesn't let you grow because of insecurity?

Long Version I work in Indian IT industry here we have off-shore [India] and on-shore [Abroad] culture for companies from abroad. On shore [Abroad] people have the most influence and they are key ...
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How do I communicate that I do not want to collaborate with coworker anymore

I am quite new to this company which has a very small department for my particular profession. Everyone in this department comes from other professions and they have poor knowledge about it. There is ...
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Popular colleague not doing their work which blocks my friend who doesn't feel confident confronting it

To clarify, this situation isn't mine, but a friend of mine whom I'd like to help. This is what I understand of it so far. About 6 months ago my friend started a new job in a junior/mid-level ...
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How to handle colleague who answer only YES or NO?

I have a really qualified colleague. We work together, he is very smart but I struggle to communicate. He always answer yes or no. Sometimes a few words... He speaks very little, What is the best ...
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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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Colleague nags and acts like my manager, should I be worried?

I've been working remotely as a software dev at a company I really like for a few years. One of my teammates, let's call him Bob, concerns me. Most of my colleagues work on one part of the product, ...
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Colleague lying about Covid-19 situation [closed]

I'm member of a small IT team in Europe, we're all working from home due to the COVID-19 situation. Last month one of my colleague stopped working because of the COVID-19. His wife caught the virus, ...
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How to stand up for myself at work without seeming arrogant, petty or spiteful

I've worked as a software developer in a small/medium-sized company for about 2.5 years (my first proper job after Uni). Basically everyone knows each other in the software development teams. Lately ...
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Is it inappropriate to require a colleague to write out a training report by hand?

TL;DR - A colleague decided a training they were put in charge of was required to be done handwritten as some studies have shown that it helps with information retention. Is it appropriate for a team-...
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How can I get my name added to a publication I collaborated on?

I am writing this on behalf of a friend of mine. Two years ago, my friend worked in a research institute in Canada. He collaborated with a colleague and someone else who heard of their collaboration ...
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How To Keep People From Talking Over Each Other In A Videoconference?

With the enforced work from home that a lot of us are doing right now I find myself joining more and more videoconferences. One issue we keep having is multiple people talking at the same time. Those ...
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How to work with seniors who are unwilling to help?

I am a junior developer in my team. I joined this team last year and it is my first job. Our working hours are from 10 to 7. When I share some PR(1) with them. They take good time a to have look at ...
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How do I professionally handle my manager who is blocking me from being the official lead and instead credits my work to my co-worker?

I am a developer at a company and have worked there for 3 years. The net size of the team I work on is typically 2 developers big: myself and another developer. Other devs I have worked with (I will ...
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Networking referral not answering email after a week

I am a graphic designer who was recently laid off last month, along with all my other coworkers and bosses at a small regional newspaper. The publisher just decided to close it, but it came as a shock ...
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Practical ways to hold peers accountable for their assigned tasks?

Recently, I and 4 other coworkers were working together on an internal initiative. Due to the nature of the project (internal rather than client-facing, etc), it was a rather "informal" project that ...
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How can I handle lack of respect from co-workers and lack of discipline from managers

I'm an administrator for an estate. A large part of my role is checking up on the paperwork and standards of the work of other colleagues. The concierge team are supposed to hand in paperwork to the ...
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What do I do when my fellow worker tries to degrade me?

I am a master student and an intern in a company. I have joined a company 11 months ago. After completing my first project (after about 6 months) which was a successful project, the company became ...
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How to react on jealous seniors who are trying to ruin me behind back

I have been working with few influential people in my team. You could say it as i was part of group whose influence on manager was too much. Everything was going good. As i was exceptional in my job i ...
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One to one question

I am based in the UK. I have a very poor relationship with my manager. She doesn't like me and I don't like her but no option this is the structure. She joined the company in 2017 and I left the ...
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Is perfume/cologne a form of sexual harassment in the workplace? [closed]

One of the long-held practices that takes place within the workplace is that many young single people wear perfume/cologne every day and their perfume/cologne is pleasantly alluring to other young ...
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How to deal with a selfish colleague?

I've recently joined an organization. I'm 2 years 9 months experienced Software Developer and one of my colleagues in my team joined this organization around 6 months ago. He is 3-4 years experienced. ...
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How do I lean in into a new job without sounding needy

I am fortunate to not only have a job in the current climate, but am paid decently well. However, I am the newest employee in the "team" and about to complete week 4. I work for a relatively decent ...
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How can I help developers reduce amount of instant messages to my team?

I am the team lead of the IT security team where I currently work. We have recently completed our annual vulnerability penetration testing and now user stories to remediate vulnerabilities are been ...
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Was I wrong asking my boss whether my co-worker needed to get checked at Employee Health?

My co-worker just flew back from vacations in Ft. Lauderdale and had previously said she needed to get checked at Employee Health before returning to work, but she just showed up. I asked her ...
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How can I survive in a company where everyone's trying to throw each other under the bus?

I joined my company a few months ago. Every time I've asked someone for help with something, they'll both: Email my manager to let them know that I didn't know something, and ask if my manager was ...
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Instant Messaging: How to Politely Re-ask an Ignored Question

With the current state of the workplace, many companies now run things from a 'work from home' perspective. My current workplace is similar, with everyone working from home, so there is no way to ask ...
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How do I deal with a senior coworker with argumentative and disrespectful tone in emails?

I am a remote worker on a mostly office-bound team. I am not particularly experienced (about 3 years out of college, all with this same company), but our team is mostly people around my age, with one ...
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How to handle a co-worker using Microsoft Teams incorrectly

I work in a small company (10-15 employees). Approximately a year and a half ago we took on employees who work remotely and, as such, we started using Microsoft Teams. Internally we are two teams, ...
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Coworkers acting like I have coronavirus [closed]

I am a resident of Omaha, Nebraska. I have never traveled internationally, and have only thrice in my life even traveled outside of Nebraska. I am fairly introverted, and usually spend my free time ...
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Should I work while on vacation?

I am the only web guy in our firm and get asked to work on client issues even while on vacation (PTO). It's understandable if it's an emergency production issue, but even for non-production/test ...
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Was offloaded a colleague's direct reports and duties as she was ineffective. She's leaving and boss won't assign duties back to replacement

I was the first choice for a Supervisor position at my company in a different department but my boss would not release me as I was needed on an essential business project. The project ended ...
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How to be appreciated for working alone and delivering results over “being a team-player”? Please see the description for more details

I have been working in IT as an employee for about 5 years. I have had many bad experiences working in teams. I like working alone. I am good at recognizing patterns, doing investigative and analysis ...
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How Should I Handle a Coworker/Friend who is Upset with Me?

I found out about two days ago, that a coworker/friend has been upset with me for months. A few of us were planning to go out after work with our team so we asked [Joe] if he wanted to join us, but ...

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