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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Dealing with a designer who won't accept feedback

I am a lone web developer in the company maintaining a legacy web application. My job is to maintain this site and implement changes as requested by our web designer. The problem is that the "web" ...
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Why is it Important not to say you're planning to work with better opportunities?

Sometimes when I get bored and I'm free. I usually browse jobs online seeking great opportunities. One day I received a reply from my "Dream Job". Out of my excitement, I have told it to my colleagues....
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Colleague wants to take control

I work in a team where I am more experienced and have a better understanding of the work than my colleagues, and was hired for this reason. Unfortunately a colleague of mine, who has been here for a ...
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What is the best way to motivate your peers to “go read up about it” vs. explaining them everything at that instant?

We have many cases where colleagues with different experience levels are in a meeting and discussing potential software design(s). And another set of engineers who don't "get it" and would rather ...
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How to offer a good apology

This morning I ended up missing a teleconference that I regularly host with two peers on another continent. I was doing research and lost track of time. I rely heavily on my Outlook notifications ...
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Dealing with stubborn but often wrong coworker [closed]

Some background - I'm relatively new (been there a month) to a fairly large software company. This coworker has been at this company for 3 years, but is also relatively new to this team. Because this ...
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I have a team member who reports to me but when she has a problem bypasses me and goes to my boss

I got a promotion last year for a program that I started that had become a major successs. We went from me formalising and starting it and her joining after 9 months. To 10 members of staff. However, ...
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Working with coworkers who have poor communication skills

Many of my coworkers are of foreign origin. I have to often work with such a coworker whose first language is not English. His spoken English is thickly accented and the written English often has ...
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Best way to deal with dishonest colleagues [closed]

As a technical project lead, I received a problem report from a Colleague marked as "Critical". Though I could have delegated that to another colleague on a Monday, I put some effort on a Friday late ...
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How to deal with disabled coworker who wastes time in office? [duplicate]

I work in the US. I have to develop some software with a disabled coworker (has disability parking card). He was working on this project alone for a few months and my manager added me to the project ...
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Should I bring up traumatic memory associated with a coworker?

I work for a very large health insurance and health service provider. One day at work, I walked past a woman who works in the department across from mine. I know her from my past and started having ...
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How can I decline business-lunch invitations due to strict dietary restrictions?

I don't eat out at restaurants, I'm a strict vegetarian, and it's part of my faith. However, recently my manager invited me and other colleagues to a lunch. I don't want to be disrespectful and say ...
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How should I respond when a coworker says something offensive or inappropriate?

I've been in workplaces where it wasn't uncommon for others to express derogatory remarks about large groups of people, for example an ethnic group. Sometimes this includes groups I identify with, ...
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How can I get out of carpool, or ask money for it?

I would like to know how to get out of a carpool agreement I already made with a coworker, or, how to charge her some money. For the past two weeks or so, I have been picking her up at a highway and ...
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How can I deal with someone who is always nitpicking?

One of the developers of my team is causing a bit of "stress" inside the team. We are organized in an Agile team (we use Scrum), and we meet regularly, both for the various "ceremonies" (estimating ...
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Colleague taking credit after refactoring my work

Noticed that my colleague has refactored/normalized my work further into smaller chunks. What has surprised me is she has been adding a "Created by [her name]" on these files. It's clear this has been ...
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Reporting to a friend

I am considering a position where I would be reporting to a close friend. Originally we were colleagues at different companies but in the same field, and now we have become close. (In this situation ...
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Should I report a coworker that has inflated their timesheet?

I was recently in a position where I was able to see the timesheet of a co-worker(private information, and I should not have seen it). Our standard work day is 7.5 hours with flexible overtime. They ...
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How can I encourage a colleague to use a more productive communication style?

I'm working with a remote colleague who is an expert in a technology we use in our current project. Often there are minor communication issues, some things get lost in translation etc. Nothing too ...
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How to do things right while trying to date a coworker?

I'm based in Western Europe. Relationships among coworkers aren't rare here and I know several couples who met in the office, including bosses who married and had kids with their (former) subordinates....
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How to politely avoid or decline unexpected off-the-clock work?

In this specific company, work hours are very flexible. The only rules are: You must be at work between 9h30 and 11h30, and between 13h30 and 15h30. You must work a certain number of hours per week, ...
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Should I correct my coworkers' language mistakes?

I'm not a native English speaker, but I still notice some basic mistakes in grammar, pronunciation and wordings when my colleagues are talking to customers. But when I try to correct them, they rudely ...
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How to be constructive and solve problems in an unconstructive environment? [closed]

I'm working on a legacy software project right now. It consists of a lot of mostly undocumented classes. There are no unit tests and the project has enormous technical debt (copy-paste classes, missed ...
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How to deal with an office environment where everyone speaks a different language?

I'm working overseas and almost all of my colleagues speak another language (their native language). They talk to me in English regarding work-related stuff and everyone speaks English during meetings....
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What should I do about an employee eating at their desk? [closed]

I work at a conservative company where employees are not allowed to eat at their desk. The rule has always been in place, but has been more strictly enforced when we developed a pest infestation that ...
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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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How should I answer to coworkers' repeated questions about salary?

I face a quite uncomfortable situation in my company. Several weeks ago, I was tasked to work with a new coworker. She has been in the same company for a longer time than I, but was assigned to ...
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How to rebuild my reputation damaged by lies.?

My manager transferred me and a colleague to places where we cannot afford to work. This is to protect himself from getting blamed for low sales. Manager didn't showed any interest in lively ...
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How to handle a subordinate who asks the same question repeatedly?

I just joined a new company. My team of direct reports is new as well. We all started the same day. I have a direct report who tends to ask the same question multiple times but rephrased. For ...
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I feel like my coworker gives me all the work

My coworker has been with the company for perhaps 10 years longer than me, so obviously she’s higher up on the totem pole, but we’re still counterparts. She’s not my boss, we have the same job, she ...
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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 react when a colleagues steals ideas for his own self-promotion? [duplicate]

The situation I'm takling about at my workplace is as such: I do have a decent knowledge of a software base and have many times proposed improvements to my manager. He declined them for time reasons. ...
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Appropriateness of asking personal questions of employees?

So, I happened to be watching Undercover Boss tonight, and in one of the jobs the CEO starts asking some personal questions of his employees - like: how old are you? do you have kids? where did ...
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Nosey colleague [duplicate]

I work in an open plan office where there are 4 people to each bank of desks The lady who sits diagonally behind me will turn round and ‘stare into’ absolutely every conversation that I have with a ...
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How do I get work done in an open office environment? [duplicate]

I work in an office with an open floor plan and I am distracted by noise around me. I am much less productive and less comfortable when people talk around me. I'll outline the problem and then what ...
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New coworker constantly trying to undermine me [closed]

A new coworker seems to want my position within the company and has been constantly trying to undermine me in meetings and in front of my direct reports. She constantly tries to make up things that ...
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What should my company's policy be about “vaping”? [closed]

I have a few coworkers in my office that vape or use e-cigarettes frequently. They do this inside while I am in the same office with them. I am concerned about potential health concerns that may ...
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How much should I help my colleague

I have a colleague who's double my age and sometimes asks questions related to development that I didn't know 6 years back. But given his age and experience, am I doing right to tell him like what ...
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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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Colleague not working the hours he's scheduled

I work in end user support at a very small company (less than 10 people). We have 1 supervisor for everyone, who is also the owner of the startup. Another end user support agent is scheduled to come ...
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Bottleneck in the work place [closed]

I am a junior developer in a big company. The team, which I am in, is developing a very old system (since 15 years). The system is very very specific to this team and only two people know much about ...
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Is it alright to let everyone in the company know that I am the “go-to” person, and not my new senior colleague? [duplicate]

Is it fine to make myself visible in the company when, in fact, I have more experience and know-how than my new senior colleague? The reason I do this is that he was "appointed from above" and is ...
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Who are the most suitable people to be chosen as job references in résumé?

I am in the process of searching a new job. If I would be asked about references who I know, whose name should I include in the résumé/job application form etc. Please help me choose the best ...
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Internet Monitoring Report spotted job searching [closed]

I monitor the internet usage throughout the business and then submit a report to the MD. On one report it shows a colleague has been looking for a job extensively in working hours. I know if I ...
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How to deal with a bad coworker [closed]

I started working in my current company in August 2013 and I have next to me a "coworker" who is doing the same job as I'm doing as a trainee. He started at the same period of time than me. Frist he ...
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Should I tell my boss that my coworker’s work is of poor quality? [duplicate]

I am one of two software engineers at my company. Our boss is not a software expert but he understands our work at a decent level and he is a good manager. The other engineer and I have been working ...
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Co-worker in another division is looking sick - don't actually know him, but wonder if someone should tell him

I'm not a doctor, but one of my co-workers appears very jaundiced. I feel like someone should say something but I'm not about to for all the obvious reasons. I don't think it's any of my business, I'...
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How to handle subpar developers [closed]

I have co-workers who are supposedly senior engineers, device driver developers, firmware engineers who have been working on Linux based systems for 5 or more years and 20 years or more in total. But ...

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