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 do I correct something a colleague did wrong without going over his head?

I'm currently working in a project with 3 other developers. One of them isn't really experienced with one of the technologies we are using (an ORM), but he is higher in the hierarchy and doesn't take ...
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How to deal with a developer who thinks all technical questions should be answered by him only?

I work as a UX Program manager in a large creative team where we take on a number of projects. The team by itself is pretty amazing and I get along with everyone and enjoy learning with everyone. ...
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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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What I should do when I don't like to buy a take away for my colleague daily after my lunch outside of office? [closed]

I go to lunch outside of office everyday. One of my colleague wants me to buy a take away for him while I return from a hotel. He gives money to buy lunch for him, I don't like this and I am getting ...
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How do I avoid company outings without being an outcast?

I currently work for a small (15-25 employees) startup that likes to have company outings. Things like going bowling, going to a bar, etc. Work is never discussed. There is a lot of social pressure to ...
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How to keep track of time spent helping others?

I'm a fast learner so I often become the go-to guy in the office (and out of it, but that's off topic), I love helping people and I learn much from seeing different perspectives, ideas (even bad ones) ...
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Confront boss when he divulges a private discussion about another employee?

Our small team which consists of 3 staff and our boss recently have added a fourth person to the mix. It became immediately clear that he was not a fit personality-wise or skill-wise. He was a rush-...
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Coworker frequently eschews providing instruction - How can I get my coworker to give me feedback?

I have a manager who has assigned another coworker in my team to help me with onboarding and creating a few projects for me to work on. These are development projects that the coworker seems to ...
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Is it right to expect my co-workers to have the same dedication to work as me?

I've just started working and I have found that many people I work along with do not share the same commitment to work as I do. I've an instance to share. Once I had stayed back late since I had work ...
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How to approach a colleague who touches himself inappropriately?

I have a colleague who often puts his hands in his trousers and has them there for varying amounts of time. I work in a very open plan office, with a cubicle layout, but the dividers are low. We all ...
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How can team morale be improved after a deterioration?

Two coworkers and I have been selected to attend a training program. This will be in a different country with colleagues from across the globe. My team is newly set with 7 members and all of them ...
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Is it proper etiquette to alert a team with an email in addition to a ticket?

I often work with our web team to make changes to web server configurations for the applications I manage. Things like permission changes, file migration, PHP config settings, etc. I can not make ...
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How can I deal with a coworker who keeps trying to put blame on my shoulders?

I have this coworker that I help out very often. One reason he would approach me is that he doesn't have much experience in web applications. However, he is good in his domain. This person has a ...
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How to deal with a colleague who's trying to piggyback on my work for a presentation?

I am an entry level developer, I and a senior colleague are working on a project. We are part of a much larger team (30 people) that are working on other projects. I have been asked by my manager to ...
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How to find out if I will like my future co-workers? [closed]

I am looking for a new job. One of the things that is very important to me is how I will get along with the team. I am passionate and am always technically challenging myself. I am looking for a job ...
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Should I inform my manager that a colleague is looking for another job if I was told that in confidence?

I'm in a situation in which a colleague informed me that he/she was looking for a new job and has a couple of good prospects. I am concerned for the team if this person leaves and I'd like to give my ...
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What action should be taken by a manager when subordinates become racist?

In our office people are from different backgrounds, races, caste and culture. Yesterday I heard heated argument among a group of coworkers. The discussion was about terrorism, and one of the group ...
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Should I care about the coworker next to me while he dozes off and our boss doesn't care?

Actually he falls asleep very frequently almost everyday and our boss have never concerned or been mad about him. There was only one time that he snored quite loud and our boss patted him so he woke ...
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How to deal with a colleague who mocks me

A member of the team I work with is a guy who considers himself "super-smart". He makes snide remarks to me for no specific reason. I have not previously had any such problems with others, so I can't ...
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What are my responsibilities with regards to reporting suspected Fraud?

I work in a school in the UK. I work as part of a 3 man in house I.T. team employed directly by the school. There is my boss me and another tech. We are all contracted to work 37 hours and overtime ...
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Peer tasks me, then complains about push-back. Strategies? [duplicate]

Similar to this question, I have a colleague who gives me tasks/projects on a semi-regular basis. They are usually tasks someone has asked him to do, but he doesn't have the technical expertise to ...
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Is there an effective personal strategy or methodology to stop bringing work issues home?

In my work environment I interact on a daily basis with people who are not as technically strong as they should be. Who do not have the necessary managerial and administrative skills to run teams or ...
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Dealing with co-workers intentionally working slower to milk their work hours?

My job has been in a sort of stale area for a week or two where there just isn't anything to do while we wait for the next big event to start up. Management has been keeping us busy with remedial ...
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How to not let co-worker's incompetence affect my productivity

How can I not let a co-worker's incompetence and sloppy work ethic affect how I treat him? He's a generally very nice guy who can't seem to adequately learn our business nor our product to be ...
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How should one handle an unnecessary question?

A fairly common experience is that a colleague or subordinate will ask a question (in person, email, phone, etc) that would have been answered if they would have properly read all the correspondence, ...
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Professional arguments taken personally

I recently had an argument with my Team Lead over the correct and plausible solution to one of the technical problems . Ever since he has taken that argument personally and doesn't interact with me, ...
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How to deal with “unresponsive” colleagues?

I routinely have to deal with a situation when some of my colleagues do not reply to my chat messages or emails. I can't just ignore them, because I get tasks from them and occasionally need to ...
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How can I stop my colleague from copying my work?

I have a problem with my colleague. The problem is, he just copies my code and uses it on Stack Overflow and his own blogs. It hurts me a lot. I can complain to my boss directly, but that could create ...
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How to deal with a coworker that told you about the position and now feels he/she owns you?

I am currently working on a company I found through a compatriot who is currently my coworker, and I get the feeling that he is acting as if he owned me because he told me about the position the ...
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How do I respond to an apology?

In a meeting yesterday, one coworker was unproductive and, for lack of a better word, sulky. The issue did not get resolved. Today, he sent an email to the team apologizing for his unprofessional ...
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How can I achieve and excel in a civilian job where the leadership essentially refuses to allow growth?

Tl;dr: I am not getting the tools and knowledge required in order to complete my job effectively, despite repeated requests and attempts to do so. I want to keep the job and be good at it. How can I ...
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How can we deal with the discouraging nature of a supervisor causing a promising intern to leave?

We are a startup company and have employed a final-year engineering student for a 6-month internship. During the first month I used to interact with him regularly, but for the past 2 months I have not ...
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How do I deal with a team member that keeps taking on tasks that he cannot solve?

I was hesitant whether I should post this on programmers instead, but I think that this problem is generally applicable. We have a junior team member (about two years with the company) who keeps ...
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How do I get a coworker to stop chit chatting?

I am a software developer and I have an older coworker (60+ years old) who comes to me every time he has a question about anything involved with computers. Most of the time I am busy and I have no ...
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How to stay motivated when it feels that senior colleagues aren't?

I passed out of my college with a degree in computer science about 2 years back and since then I have worked in a multi-national firm which pays me decently well. I am sincerely interested in ...
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How can I get management to hold other employees accountable for their actions? [closed]

I'm in an environment where I feel 15% of the team is doing 85% of the overall work. There is a lot of "dead weight" that tends to cause more issues then adding to the company's profit margin. My ...
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How to politely ask a coworker to “Google it”

I'm working in a team of 8 consultants just like me. I'm the youngest member of the team and also the one with the least experience (on resume at least). But 4 of the 8 members of the team will often ...
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How to deal with a colleague who wants to be a personal friend and not just a work colleague?

I have had to work closely with a colleague on several projects. I am a very easy going, open and friendly person so when discussions got side tracked sometimes to personal life I went along with the ...
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How can I deal with favoritism?

I work in a small team where our lead likes one person more than others. Here are some examples which made me conclude this - Whatever code others write is always looked upon with suspicion. They ...
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How to “disarm” dominative gestures of a colleague [closed]

There is a certain set of gestures people use to dominate each other. One of the most well known is a handshakes. (I can't find example right now, but somewhere in the net, there is an article with ...
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'Not my fault' colleague

I'm facing a situation that I don't seem to know how to handle. I work on a software development team, and one of its members, say John, has a particular personality trait. Whenever we talk about a ...
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How to make my team members work harder? [closed]

Right now, I am pursuing with my graduation final year(bachelor in computer science).I don’t know whether I can ask question about my college stuff, because never came across while browsing through ...
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Should I report a previous coworker's arrest to management?

A previous coworker of mine was charged with aggravated assault last night after he had gotten into a fight with another female coworker(his girlfriend). The coworker had worked in a position that ...
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How to convince colleagues about my point of view in a meeting? [closed]

Often it happens that we have meetings in which I'm fairly convinced about one or more point concerning my field (i.e. ICT) and when I've to discuss with non ICT-expert I've to talk a lot and often it ...
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How to deal with a colleague who doesn't want to collaborate?

I've described this problem in the letter to my boss. I have a problem with N. This is my 3rd job and I've never experienced this kind of communication problem before. Our workflow assumes ...
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How should I deal with an employee who has slept with my wife?

I'm the owner of a business with about 30-40 employees. Recently, I found out that one of my employees has been having an affair with my wife. The employee has worked for me for 4 years. I felt like I ...
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How do I handle an employee situation when I only have perceived authority but no actual authority?

I am a hypothetical dept. chairperson at a high school (I no longer get paid for the position but am still considered the chair). My authority is really next to nil but the dept members look to me for ...
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How can I learn to communicate better with colleagues from another profession?

My experience is in online marketing, UI/UX and web design, but I know virtually no programming. I have recently been hired to build a new, fairly complex site from scratch, for which I will be ...
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How can I bring up a coworker's language fluency issue?

I'd like to talk to a peer at work about their language fluency. They're bilingual, and I've noticed repeated similar grammar mistakes in communications with customers. How can I bring this up in a ...
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How do I deal with a boastful colleague who has inside information from the boss?

My colleague and I have the same boss. My colleague gets inside information from my boss before the information gets to me (which is relevant to my projects and some additional information which is ...