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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Discipline for excessive alcohol use outside of the workplace

Hi can an employee be written up for drinking outside of the workplace after hours, but with some colleagues? In this scenario, the employee was out of town visiting the home office. He was invited ...
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How to deal with co-worker attacking me to hide incompetence?

After some downsizing at my workplace, I was assigned to work alongside a co-worker on some year-long projects. In past interactions, I knew she was struggling at the job, and she seemed honest about ...
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Coworker has knowledge that I could use but they have problems staying on topic

I have a coworker who has a lot of expertise I could learn from. This coworker often offers to share this knowledge with me and is very generous with his time. Unfortunately, I cannot follow his way ...
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Blamed in front of coworkers for "skipping hierarchy"

I am a newbie tech worker in my first job at a small startup. I love it. Everyone has been very nice to me up until now, and I feel like I am very appreciated for bringing new ideas/solutions to the ...
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How should I deal with coworkers not respecting my blocking off time in my calendar for work?

I regularly block off 1-3 hours of empty space in my work calendar to work undisturbed. Very few other people I work with do this. Anyone can see anyone else's calendar, so my coworkers often add me ...
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Is it okay to call a person who has "absent" on their outlook?

If I look into my supervisors outlook, she has appointments all throughout the day and then "absent" directly afterwards. What does "absent" mean? Does it mean the person is not at ...
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How do you approach a business partnership contract with a friend?

I am about to start a company with a partner who is also an old friend. We are both going to invest money and work in equal parts. While the trust is total, we are going to write an agreement to ...
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How to deal with team members who are slow to respond to my messages?

I am a junior and I'm usually blocked by team members who are slow to respond to my instant messages. I had one of these senior team members tell me "Sorry I made you wait" after taking a ...
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How to deal with an inflexible and difficult project lead

Alright, I work as a Data Scientist and here goes my situation. About a month and half ago, I was 'pulled into' an ongoing project led by a Mechanical Engineer also a Subject Matter Expert (SME) in ...
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How do I politely coexist with a help vampire?

I'm a senior developer at my workplace. A coworker in my sister team… isn't. They're also a textbook help vampire: they face an issue, they don't understand it, they miss the error message, they ...
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Car share price

I've got a bit tricky situation and would like to get some advice, tips or suggestions. I usually get a lift to work and back with a colleague. Our work is 11miles away. Because we work night shift ...
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How can I protect myself from a sexual predator at work?

I’m an eighteen year old female, and I just started my first day at my new work placement as a farm-hand. I spent 2 weeks searching for a work placement so I was very excited and grateful. I’m afraid ...
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Coworker just went on a loud sexist rant right next to me

This was on the phone, I don't know who it was with. Might have been a personal call. It wasn't hostile or ragey, just general old man crap about how "women always tear each other down" and ...
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Is it appropriate to speak up for a team member who can't drink due to addiction recovery when a company event is being planned?

I am the team lead of a team of ten. One of my team members in the past has undergone counseling due to alcohol abuse / excessive drinking. He has since recovered, but no longer drinks. Senior ...
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How to politely stop a colleague's rude remarks about the way I sip alcohol?

We went to a team dinner where alcoholic beverages were served. However, I am someone who doesn't drink alcohol due to my personal beliefs. Since people around were constantly making fun of me, I ...
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Turning down meeting in the office

I'm completely burned-out and applying for other jobs. Mentally I've already quit although I perform all my obligations of course. What makes it a bit easier is that I do home office 100% of my ...
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How to respond to this email w/o blaming my former boss?

I recently started at this company as a contractor with a 3 month contract. At my 2 month mark, they requested to extend my contract due to my boss putting in his 2 weeks. I was NOT his replacement, I ...
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Should I let my coworkers know I can understand their language and risk further alienating them?

I recently joined a company where the majority of my coworkers are from a neighboring country in a full remote position. I learned their language a long time ago just by watching TV, since in my ...
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Manager is trying to force me to communicate

I am an apprentice at a company that shares office space with a totally different company (same CEO for both though). I am only one of the two people (me and my manager) of my company working there, ...
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How to deal with a resisting collegue as a newcomer

I just started a new job. One colleague is supposed to help me with the onboarding, but from the first encounter, he seems very resistant. He never replies to kind words like "Thank you" and ...
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Etiquette concerning food that has gone bad in fridges at work

We have a fridge for employees at every floor that gets completely emptied and cleaned once a year (between Christmas and the new year). The rest of the year, it is the employees' job to keep the ...
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How to get co-workers to put in fair contribution to project?

I work as a public school teacher. My principal requires all teachers to join one committee. Each committee has unique responsibilities, for instance, the "Party Planning Committee" plans ...
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tell direct report to come to social event

I am a mid level manager. I have a direct report that doesn't talk much. I want him to socialize with the team. Is it okay to tell him in private that he needs to start either socializing more or ...
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Co-worker refuses to do my work during my notice

I am currently serving notice, in a reputed MNC, where the notice period is said to be streamlined and smooth. My task was to handle the client and do minimal tasks, while a co-worker was to handle ...
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Tell coworker nicely that it's their job

Coworker is working on a spreadsheet that I will start using. He is asking me to test it to see if it's good to go. How to tell coworker to get this thing working before sending to me and that he ...
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How to deal with someone who is serving notice period, and not giving full attention

I have a team member who is currently serving notice period. This person was one of the best working person in our company, due to which the management was not willing to let go. But, the company ...
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How would it be perceived by future employers if I had quit my job just after one month in, due to the work culture not being suitable for me? [closed]

I am from south Asia and I am thinking about quitting the current job which I joined a month ago. Reasons are, 500 developers are working in a single git repository ( backend, frontend, tools etc ) ...
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How do you deal with disrespectful/angry coworker?

I wanted to get your opinion on something that happened today at work. I'm a manager in a tech company. Since friday, we have this "defcon 3" situation at work, meaning that we have some ...
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How do I tell my boss I don't feel the need to be friends outside of work?

I am an enterprise software dev in the USA. Another developer recently joined my small team. While he and I do share some similar interests, I find him annoying and am not interested in spending time ...
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How do I tactfully tell a problematic colleague that doesn't get the hint that I don't want to interact with him outside work?

I was recently promoted to team leader, and I have several colleagues that I'm close, and some I would consider friends. I have two colleagues that I would like to distance myself from for various ...
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Should you refuse to participate in weekly meetings, because of a toxic member?

Should you refuse to participate in weekly meetings, because of a toxic member? I have a person who keep harassing me and insulting me. The individual has been warned multiple times for his disruptive ...
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Getting bad attitudes from some colleagues at a startup because I insist on using formatter and proper use of TypeScript

So I have been working at a startup for over 6 months now. Two colleagues already have expressed some aversions to using TypeScript or formatters such as prettier when writing code, but if you are ...
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How to handle situation where my work is being delayed due to a co-worker

I work as a developer in a scrum environment. For 2 sprints, my work has been rolled over due to a co-worker (the codebase's owner) not testing it quickly enough. The first sprint, I finished 3 days ...
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How to interpret a "Thank you for all your hard work" statement before actual completion of work?

When your supervisor or team lead says, thank you for all your hard work towards the end of the project , but the project has not concluded and some work still pending, are they being sarcastic or ...
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How to deal with a colleague who has a really bad performance

I am a team leader for a SW Team which got freshly merged with another team. One of the new team members (call him Member X) is showing really bad performance and most of his tasks only get finished ...
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Colleague just won't let things go. It wastes time and affects my morale

My colleague and I work together on a project. We generally get along well on a personal level, and he makes good contributions to the team. His opinions are often valuable and highlight things we ...
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How can I change my attitude towards my colleagues and my carreer? [closed]

I just read this question and it hit hard. I'm in a small team of developers (mostly RPA, general AI, and scripting in VBScript, Python, PowerShell and so forth and so on), some of them don't ...
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Dealing With Secretive Project

I have been assigned to work on a project that will become Program v2.0. I'm not going into what exactly "Program v2.0" is but as the name implies, it's a completely new version and will ...
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How to offer code-reviews to a junior colleague who has been in the office longer than I am?

I am a senior software engineer, on an algorithm development team, with the algorithm engineer title (I wanted to stop being a software engineer by title, and move to algorithm development, which I ...
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Coworker refused to help me unless I switch my software to dark mode

This was my second week at a new job (I'm a remote developer). I asked one of my new coworkers a question and shared my screen with him. He said "well, first you need to switch to dark mode"....
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How to make sure to limit the scope of a task?

I am working on 10 projects currently at my job, I literally do everything and I was asked by IT to write an enormous documentation on what every button does and document every logic. I only worked in ...
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How to earn the trust and respect of a very negative coworker?

I am working in a small IT start-up of ~20 people. Most of us are very technical and senior in our respective roles with very little overlap in our specialties. One of the first hired guys - let's ...
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Productivity of group meetings with people with different personality types

I recently was running a small group meeting with 4-5 different people - developers, product, business, etc. The point of the meeting was broad open ended discussion about a new product. The product ...
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How do you handle being the only tech guy in a non tech team?

The company I currently work for has a terrible amount of processes that require manual work, thus they are very limited in the amount of projects they can take, as their processes do not scale up, ...
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Is mockery during a discussion ever acceptable?

I had a heated technical discussion where I made my point solid and clear. And it was on a public slack channel. But during the discussion there was a tone of mockery from someone, nothing said can be ...
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Coworker giving advice in front of others; how to handle this?

Today one of my coworkers told me that another coworker said that I seem unfriendly and hard to approach and that I should face the person when I talk to said coworker. He went on to say that I ...
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Not sure how to respond to a colleague at work

I joined a new work place and there had been an event where all people in other departments too got together. After the lunch two girls from my department were at the place where they were ...
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Stuck in a bad team. How to make the best of a worst situation?

I have been in a team for more than a year and I am stuck. The company works on proprietary software and I don't have much guidance. I waste all my time going round in circles and I can barely get ...
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How to convey the thanks directed at myself to others who have given a helping hand to do some work

I have arranged to deliver some goods to a covid infected person in our office after everyone in the department has contributed with money. That is, the goods were from the department's collected ...
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Colleague brought a loud mechanical keyboard

I work in a shared office space in a university. This woman sits behind me and types very aggressively on a very loud mechanical keyboard. She brought this in recently to replace the silent office ...
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