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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What should I do about an aggressive colleague?

I started a new job recently in a <10 people startup. I am a contractor working full-time remotely and don't have any job safety. The company I am working at has a team lead, two senior developers (...
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How to overcome a problem deliberately created by another worker at workplace [duplicate]

This question is regarding how to exactly explain the situation to someone, without getting misunderstood, so it's focus questioning is different than the previous question. Peter is a permanent ...
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How to escape a problem created by someone (rather than a problem which is really related to work) [closed]

Jane is a hardworking girl, talented, innocent, and have good working qualities and ethics too. She is working as a temporary lecturer at a university. Peter is a permanent lecturer who is a bit ...
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How do you show ownership and leadership in a new environment? [closed]

I've been hired by a recently promoted line manager. I should be involved in 4/5 projects as product owner/manager or even scrum master, basically is up to me which role to take up. All the teams are ...
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What to say to inconsolable co-worker whose job I was assigned to take over?

I have been on this job a total of 7 months. My co-worker taught me everything I know and we had been sharing duties. About 2 weeks ago management made some changes and said I would be doing the ...
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How to politely return an expensive gift from a coworker?

One of my team members gave me an expensive gift before the Christmas break as a thank you for something that I did for him earlier in the year. I feel it's way over the top and would like to give it ...
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Should I speak about seeing private information about a person?

information about one of my colleagues in the company’s server. Should I tell my colleague about what I saw or keep silent. I’m asking for the best ethical viewpoint.
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How do we deal with a colleague that falls short of expectations?

We are a small three-person team dealing with data analysis working in a software company. Until a few months ago, it was just me and another colleague, both of which have a technical background (...
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Is it professional that a Scrum master is doing the bare minimum, or even less? [closed]

Some background: I'm a product owner of a highly technical Scrum team. We're creating libraries, frameworks and similar artefacts that are then being used by other teams in our company. We don't have ...
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Contractor closed out from new contracts with big department in organisation

This question relates to Norway, the business culture is northern. I have the following problem. I have been working as contractor for Organization X 7 years. Not one stretch but let's say 3 periods. ...
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How to deal with an incompetent coworker when fighting for a raise

First of all, let me say that I have read How should I handle an incompetent coworker?, How to deal with an incompetent colleague? and How to deal with relatively technically incompetent coworker?, ...
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Short-term options to mitigate burnout and demotivation while working with painful colleague

In summary, I've been a tech lead on a project for over a year now, and during that time I've worked almost exclusively with one developer, who is probably one of the worst I've ever worked with (...
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How to respond when asked to work with a technology you have not worked with yet?

I am currently working in a software development company. During team meeting my reporting manager asked me to look into issues related to node.js(one of the technology) whereas till date I worked ...
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Should I report an unethical behavior from a teammate to our leader?

I am working in a research team that consists of researchers and a team lead. The team lead asked me with another teammate to experiment with several methodologies to get good results on a data. When ...
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Better channeling co-founder's enthusiasm

I founded a software company earlier this year. My co-founder is incredibly smart and one of her best qualities is that she is constantly radiating ideas on how we can improve this and optimize that ...
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Bullying at workplace

I have joined a new software company and facing problems on multiple fields. Wanted suggestions on how to handle these and continue without getting discouraged. My team lead (who recently got ...
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How to handle repetitive counter-questions situation

I've been recently accepted in a new position (joining new company) as a team leader. My team is composed of 2 persons, relatively my age and experience. What I've noticed is that one of those new ...
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How to confirm and handle double standards in promotions?

I joined about nine months ago a company where I started a new position in a computer science R&D department, which itself properly began several months before that. In this department are three ...
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How do I deal with a colleague who wants to talk to me? [closed]

I have a colleague at work. He is autistic. He likes to talk but have trouble expressing his emotions. He doesn’t sit next to me. He works with me sometimes. He leaves his cubicle to talk to me even ...
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Anxious about daily stand-up meetings

As mentioned in a previous post, I am a junior engineer a few months into my role after completing a 3 month boot camp. I have a BSc in English Literature, so I am picking up the technical knowledge ...
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A colleague "hoards" communal resources and our bosses are unaware, how do we solve the issue?

I work at a research institute. We have offices that are supposed to be just that - an office. And we have labs, lots of them. The labs are shared among the several hundred people that work at the ...
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Coworker ignores request in messenger, ask in person?

Coworker ignores request in message app should I ask in person? I'm asking my coworker to help me with something for work in messagenger app. They are clearly online from looking at their status and ...
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Co-worker always asks me to do small things when they aren't my responsibility

I have a co-worker who will very often ask me to do things he could easily do himself, when they are not my responsibility. Often something like this. Him: "Hey, I wanted to talk to you and Jim ...
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Annoying unprofessional private slack channel at work

One of my colleagues recently created a private slack channel and invited all the non-admin-level people at our location to it. About 70% of the time people chatting in it just communicate about ...
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How to deal with an colleague with an extremely strong smell?

I share an office with someone who smells extremely bad, maybe the worst I have ever known anyone to smell in my life (I'm not exaggerating, it smells like they have some item of clothing which has ...
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Coworker provided wrong information and told me to use it which I did unknowingly

Coworker who has a higher title told me to use information for a project which that section is used to determine the basis for the project. I was told to use that section and not touch it because they ...
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How to let your manager know some of your colleagues are not the sharpest pencils in the box

I have situations where time and again I encounter non-sense, non-high-standard behavior from some of my colleagues in the work. These colleagues report to the same manager as me. These can be ...
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Taking over the lead of a team but not official - am I not set up for success?

I joined a software development team at work 12 months ago, switching from a different team within the same company. Let's briefly go through the people in the team: a manager and then myself, person ...
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Employer lied about contract role, difficult colleague and now saying they expect more of me?

At the moment I'm in a difficult situation. I've been at my current employer for almost 9 months as a software developer. Sadly I quickly discovered they lied about the actual role because I went for ...
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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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