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 deal with condescending coworkers when I am overqualified for the job?

Here is just an intro to provide context. I am a senior software developer working for a big company. Working remotely. Over a year ago I have been moved to another position at my current job and I am ...
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Inadvertantly made coworker look bad

I was in a email chain with boss and a coworker and basically I said that there was some issues with a project that said coworker worked on and was asking him to fix it. The coworker got pretty ...
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How to adjust to work when you have narcissism

I have narcissism disorder for example I take criticism badly Like to one up coworker I get mad sometimes if coworker don't take my suggestion Sometimes can be a ass without realizing it How ...
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How to switch desks with coworker/s?

So I want to switch workstations at my job. I currently work in an open-plan desk and was hoping to switch to a closed office there are plenty at my work but all taken. Have you ever switched ...
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Assigned to do a physically demanding job with someone who wasn't up for it. Manager mad things were slow and may have to do it with them again

I'm going to phrase this question in a blunt way. I was assigned to do a tasks that had a considerable amount of physical work. I'm male and in good shape but I'm not particularly "large". A ...
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Passing same coworker quick succession greeting etiquette

Say you walk pass a coworker and say hello, but then pass him again not 30 seconds later. Do you need to say hello again or is it ok to just keep walking? Assuming it's someone that is barely an ...
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How to deal with spotting a colleague (potentially) getting high in office / meetings?

Now, I have to clarify: I'm not sure it's exactly what happened, or if it counts as "drug usage" or getting high. I have little to no experience with either topic. I'll just describe the ...
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Would it be inappropriate to leave anonymous letters of encouragement around my workplace?

Being the type of person I am, little notes of encouragement are always a nice surprise whenever I find them. So, I was wondering if it would be weird or inappropriate to leave anonymous notes or ...
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Coworkers treating me differently for being the only one not doing free overtime

All of my coworkers are happy to "hop online" for a meeting at 7pm or work on something over the weekend. They aren't being asked by our managers to do this and there's no extra pay, they ...
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As an introvert, how do I connect with co-workers at a new job?

I just started a job at an insurance company. The problem I'm having is that I don't talk to my co-workers unless it's work related. I'm new in the office and all of them are already friends. As the ...
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How to deal with upset colleague about clarifying requirements (hijacking email thread)

(names have been replaced) I work as a software developer at company X. In my team, we have testers and other engineers. Recently a request has come in from the business, to implement some changes to ...
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Stressed by a coworker who's generally against my working method

This might be nothing to others, but personally, I need help. I recently working with this coworker and they are the main reason I consider to quit my job. Boss tells me that they and my working "...
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Colleague wants to join my project

I started my new job on the same day with another colleague. We both are senior software developers. The workload is manageable, so we both were looking for some side projects the company can benefit ...
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How to professionally and politely reject and say no to client offering job at their company?

I have around 4 years of experience in an IT company as a software developer. The current company I am working with is a service-based company. The client of the project/product which I am working on ...
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Small business, dysfunctional and overloaded; how to convince cultural change?

Joined a small business who’ve built a SaaS platform for a niche and complex business domain. It’s basically “Business Guy” / CEO, “Tech Guy” and “Sales Guy”. The product is clearly valuable with ...
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How should I handle an overly assertive peer?

I have a coworker who is vocal and very assertive when he thinks something is being done wrong. We're both mid-level developers, but he is a much more experienced developer than I in the language that ...
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My boss wants to attend my team’s weekly meeting

My boss has asked that I invite him to my weekly team meetings, which I consider to be inappropriate. How can I respond? My concerns are that my (micro-managing) boss will potentially undermine my ...
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Dealing with incompetent peer protected by higher ups

One of my peers is a product manager and he is very bad at his job. So bad that I had one of my developers switch projects just to get away from working with him. I've tried coaching him, but he doesn'...
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How To Deal With (Possible) Accounting Error

Background The place I work at has an overtime policy so that anyone who works outside of their assigned hours, gets paid more for each additional hour. This company has a lot of bad managers and a ...
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Are Referral bonus expected to be handed over or split with with the referree?

Summary: I referred an ex-colleague and received referral bonus. Colleague went through interviewing and negotiation process for a different job posting, after my initial referral, which I did not ...
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I "snitched" on a coworker who always leaves hours early

Where I work there's a strong culture of "not snitching". Several coworkers leave 1-3 hours early. There is one in particular ("Bill") who literally does it each time. He often ...
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Is it appropriate to bring up "drama" affecting you that you technically shouldn't know?

I work remotely, and my sister works at one of the company's main offices. The team in the office is very negative and has an "Us vs them" mentality when it comes to remote workers. My ...
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Talk to Office Food Thief?

I have a coworker I consider a mentor. Therefore, I buy him popcorn whenever I go to Costco. It is $7/bag for thank you and he will share if you want. I have another coworker, I will aptly call, Karen....
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Coworker asking to borrow money in front of other people

Summary: Can it be viewed as unprofessional/suspicious to hand small amounts of money to a colleague in an office setting? On two different occasions, when I was working in an office, two coworkers ...
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How to deal with underperforming associate and un-involved manager?

I have been in this company for more than 5 years now. I started as an associate when the initial team was being built from ground up. When I joined, I was the second member and in all we had a team ...
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People reacting with anger to my trying to get rid of meetings that should be emails

I'm invited to a lot of "meetings that should be emails". I'm currently doing a lot of unpaid overtime because of, among others, that. I have a list of tasks to complete. In a typical ...
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How to politely ask coworker to check their results?

I work with a fairly large team across departments. One of my coworkers, whom I've never met in person, is polite and responsive. However, the data that they send to me for analysis is rarely accurate....
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Why did my coworkers get upset with me when I told them I run an online business that generates high income? [closed]

I have joined a publishing company for about 3 months, and I used to be close with the coworkers in my department. We would go for lunch together almost everyday. However, this changed last week, ...
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Style of projecting work results [closed]

I am a Software Developer in Germany, and have this quite style of working. I do my tasks and at times, even more than what is expected of me. But in meetings, I don't speak much about my work. I ...
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How do you handle colleagues who constantly give you resistance?

I work as a full stack developer in a team of 7 developers. I like to receive the constructive criticism as well as give it when needed. I love to review PRs and strive to maintain high coding ...
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Colleague frequently late, often when manager is not present

I work for a micro company with less than 10 employees and the working atmosphere is generally good and everyone gets along most of the time. One gripe is that people are on time but there is one ...
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Higher up ordered me to run a department meeting against my will and that by virtue of his rank I have to do so, should I report this to HR?

The head of my department (think "head of back end engineers") asked me to run a cross company meeting for the department, that is to happen next week because he will be on vacation. I ...
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I am a marketing manager who keeps being bossed around by all the other departments

I work for a start-up that's been growing super fast in the last months. I'm their marketing manager and I work alone, I have no team. All the other teams are big yet they keep focused on their niche ...
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How to deal with teams that deliberately make their negligence hard to document/track?

I work in a software engineering company with over 1000 engineers in silicon valley. We generally have really strong & healthy engineering teams, and have very high ratings on glassdoor. But ...
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Coworker asking about another coworker's attendence

I have several coworkers in my department. On paper we are all equal, no one is the offically the manager, team leader nor even the lead worker. Our oversight from our actual manager is minimal. We do ...
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Dealing with a difficult colleague not accepting my position (in an NGO setting)

I have a BA degree in computer science with a few years of professional experience. A few month ago I started working for a humanitarian NGO (with US-American origins) which is active in some lesser ...
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Having failed to meet the timeline, my collaborator asks for my help and covers his mistakes

This is a project involving a lot of companies and teams. As a contractor working for company A, I finished my part, so I am not going to get more money from A. However, Bob from company B failed to ...
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Helping a colleague that does not give credit back

We are a 2-developer team and a PM. My colleague is new and his skills are lacking with regards to his position. As result he is getting a lot of help from he. My problem is that when it comes to the ...
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Coworker acts like a boss

So I've recently joined the company, and there is a guy who shares same position as me, but older than me by 7-8 years. Our boss is also young; same age as me. So the coworker started picking on me. ...
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Coworker hoarding all the fun tasks and leaving the rest of the team with the boring stuff

I have a coworker who is actually a great developer but he claimed all the fun and interesting aspects of the current project. Management jumps at the idea of him getting assigned of these features ...
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Coworker berated me in front of another coworker

About a month ago I felt like I was struggling with some parts of my job (an administrative assistant at a therapy office), so I reached out to my boss about it. She was glad to help me out and we ...
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Manager wants to send me to an expensive training. A different manager told me it’s a waste of money

Background My employer requires that I take training which is offered to all employees by Company-X at no cost to my employer. This training is essentially a circuit of courses that are offered at ...
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Former coworker I gave a reference for sabotaged the company on his last day - Should I update the reference contact with this new information?

So here's the sequence of events: I gave a coworker that I had a good working relationship with a good reference for his next job. That next employer of my coworker's actually called back references ...
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How to deal with an angry co-worker or team member?

I guess my co-worker/team member is angry over me for few reasons and he is not providing updates or taking up tasks as before. Context is, my teammate and I were working in a project for more than ...
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Extracting work from people who are on PIPs but who we also cannot fire?

I work on a team of seven software developers where two of them have basically just given up. They got put on performance improvement plans, but instead of upping their game they are basically waiting ...
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Crossing the line to 1 up coworker?

I like to work hard at my job and try to do things better than my coworker in terms of projects and such. Is this considered one upping coworkers or just healthy competition and/or me working hard. ...
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Dealing with Executive who is always late

What is the best way to deal with a sr manager head of a department who is always late to my meetings? Should I start the meeting without him?
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Coworkers continually disrespect the workplace, boss, and customers

To start, I'd like to highlight that, though the youngest team member, I've been in this gas station cashier job for over two years, second only to the boss in time working here. My boss always taught ...
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What should I do if a coworker tarnishes my reputation?

We just moved our hardware into a new location shared with other projects. Prior to the move, I was talking to the move coordinator, and he asked me what workspace I was going to use in the new ...
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Is it unprofessional or rude to say that someone is being frustrated?

Summary: Contractor got upset and frustrated that we have chosen the other agency based on given quotes. I've tried to diffuse the situation by saying "I don't understand why you are frustrated&...

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