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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Someone from HR suggesting that I should not hang out with a coworker [closed]

I am pretty new at my work, having only been there for a few months (compared to people who have worked there for up to 10 years) and I felt a little pushed aside during lunch breaks or company ...
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What are some strategies for managing irritation with colleagues? [closed]

I have two colleagues whom I often get annoyed with. I don’t believe the details are too important — suffice to say that their lack of planning sometimes causes me to have to do extra work. I have ...
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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 deal with apathetic co-worker?

I work in gastronomy in a rather small restaurant. The co-worker I spend most of my work-day around has become more and more apathetic over the past few months. It was a very gradual change, so I am ...
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killing workplace environment [closed]

I am not a people person , i don't know how to interact with anyone socially, apart from work, I tried so many times but never gets a response and am the odd one out in office group. So in I have no ...
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My teammates are all unhappy with their raise, but I know I got more than them. How to handle?

I have just come back after one month break from work (this is relevant) and am faced with a bit of a strange situation. This is in the UK. Whilst I was away there was pay review meetings at work ...
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Coworkers talking on cell phones in the bathroom

I work on a floor with approximately 120 people sharing one set of bathrooms (one men's and one women's with approx 6 stalls each). There are a couple of people on the floor who feel absolutely no ...
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How to deal with a colleague who is being aggressive?

I’ve found that a relatively new addition to our team is being needlessly aggressive and I’m not sure if I should speak to them or our mutual manager about this face to face, or try some other ...
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Teammate is avoiding me but won’t tell me why

One of my colleagues seems to have an issue with me. We were friends before I joined the company, he even referred me to the position I’m now in. He actually tried to get me on his team when I had ...
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Team has team lunch everyday, am I forced to go?

I don't want to join my colleagues for lunch, but I am an intern so joining is important for relationship building. I don't know how they manage to have lunch everyday together but they do. Am I ...
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First project as Dev Lead: Which questions to ask to get solid feedback? [closed]

I'm a mid level developer and I recently (successfully) completed my first project where I was acting as the lead developer. It was a fairly small situation: I was assigned to build something out ...
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Dealing with a co-worker in development undermining teamwork

My issue is on how to deal with obnoxious, conniving co-workers. I have never had an issue with the older team of developers back in the day; we then hired a phd graduate who worked in academics for a ...
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Boss stalling on raise he acknowledges I deserve [closed]

I would like to start off with the fact that I am not the smartest or greatest developer by any means, but I do have a good work ethic and finish my tasks, although it may take longer than others do. ...
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Team member is vehemently against code formatting

I am the manager of a small team of developers (5 engineers, including me). A few months ago, on the suggestion of another colleague we introduced mandatory code formatting in the code base, for our ...
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How to like somebody who you dont like at work? [closed]

I guess its the most natural of all feelings, some people we like, others we dont. But at work, wanting to be professional and to the advantage of the business, I believe collaboration is best when ...
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Should I send a “thank you” message to someone who forwarded it to a colleague?

I would need some advice about the customs of answering with a "thank you" message to someone who forwarded my mail to a colleague. To give you more context, I was contacting this person for the ...
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How to phrase negative feedback to senior coworker about unwise jokes?

My company has a tool that they use for requesting & providing feedback from others in a respectful & productive way (for both positive & negative feedback). It has a list of standard ...
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Many employees including my manager leave their computer unlocked - how to Enforce good practice? [duplicate]

My manager constantly leaves his computer unlocked. The problem is that he's the IT director, and I'm the IT Systems Administrator, and I leave my computer locked whenever I'm not near it. How can I ...
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Colleague overloaded with work, does not realize problem

TL;DR: My colleague receives way too much work and intends to work on holidays, without realizing the problem let alone airing it to management. How can I convince her to discuss with her manager? "...
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How to deal with relatively technically incompetent coworker?

I'm a software engineer. I work in a mid-sized startup that is growing very, very fast. Overall, I love my job, my coworkers and the atmosphere. One thing about my company is that most staff have ...
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Employee wants to bring in his dog for a kids event

I was surprised that our company didn't do anything for national Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day, so I volunteered to organize our own version of it (just calling it Bring Your Child to Work ...
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How to get project manager to be in charge of communications with the client?

I am developer in a technology consulting company, where each developer is assigned to multiple client projects simultaneously. Each client project has a designated project manager who is responsible ...
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How do you deal with a coworker who seems provoke you constantly?

I just switched jobs (I work on Qt based display codes; currently assigned to fixing assigned issues/bugs) in December. I was assigned to a project; good manager, okay-ish work, a polite client. All ...
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How to be confident/assertive? [closed]

How to be assertive? Yesterday one girl from my office asked me to change with places where we seat (she sits very far away like far behind from team, alone). She did it in front of other people like ...
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How to deal with a manager who is bad-mouthing my client?

I'm currently working in a small team where my client can be seen as my line-manager, although he is not. My client and me are working for department X of the group Z. I'm contracting. Another team, ...
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How can I persuade colleagues to turn their computers off when leaving the office?

Most of my colleagues leave their laptops on when they go home - even over the weekends. I regard this as a colossal waste of electricity, especially when we have a public holiday coming up next ...
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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 stop co-workers from teasing me because I know Russian?

I work on a team of 8 people for a U.S financial company, and a few weeks ago, a business meeting with some clients overseas was taking place. My manager asked us in an e-mail if anyone can speak and ...
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How do I deal with a coworker that keeps changing the look of a report I'm building, without documenting the changes in a design template?

Ideally this was to be an easy project. Create a report for a website. Something like this: I am provided a template (drawn up by graphics designer) I implement/update the programming to match (...
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Bringing up a slow colleague in a nice way

I am a mid-level developer and leading a project at my company. I am very strongly encouraged to pair with another dev who is relatively new (half a year now). He is a good guy, but working with him ...
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How can I deal with a coworker who only yells?

This isn't a case of workplace aggression, just some guy I work with who only yells to communicate. He's not mad ever, he just only talks in a super loud voice. Everyone tells him to talk quieter and ...
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Is what happens at this company common? [closed]

Given the below information is this sort of situation with my company common or unusual? The company I work for is a small startup. I am a software developer and have been there for a year. ...
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New hire (closing on 4 months) is inadequate, and I am torn between telling my boss or just keep quiet

My company has basically 3 tiers of data scientists: junior, associate, and senior. I am myself an associate. Juniors should be under the supervision of another employee, associates should be able to ...
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Co-worker works way more than he should

I work in a research facility in Germany. I have lots of co-workers that are from other countries, mostly part of some international collaborative research projects. There's one guy from China who's ...
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When do I bring up unwelcome news?

In the past I tended to break unwelcome news when I was expecting attendees to be least stressed & most likely to have time to discuss about immediate concerns - staying clear of any special ...
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How do I communicate my peer's incompetence to our manager?

I have been at my current job about a year (hired fresh out of college). About six month ago my manager left and I came under the management of another senior lead (who was not formerly focused ...
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Co-worker has annoying ringtone

There is a co-worker who has this annoying ringtone of "In the end - Linkin park" and gets about 10 to 15 calls every day. Every time his phone rings I get really annoyed. I feel like I should tell ...
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Hostile co worker

My team was approached today by our manager. Background: We have a hostile co worker. He's aggressive, sarcastic, rude to clients and managers. About 4 months ago he out of the blue stopped talking ...
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Should I point out my colleague's mistakes in this situation? [duplicate]

Last week I was assigned a project by our manager. I started it and worked on it in between some priority work which came up. The project was stuck. So our manager and I decided to forward the ...
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Some one else is taking credit for the work I have done [duplicate]

I have joined a new, big company very recently (a month ago). I work as software engineer. I have noticed that something was not done correctly, so I created a pull request for the refactoring and ...
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How to handle hostile comments by the CTO which imply I'm making mistakes?

UPDATE AFTER ONE MONTH I wish I'd trusted my instincts: this initial bad treatment was a big red flag. I was hired to replace someone else who quit because of the CTO. The bad treatment has only ...
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Is there a polite way to tell a coworker to leave me alone? (subtlety hasn't worked) [closed]

I work with a coworker who is a chatterbox. He loves talking regardless who it is - clients, coworkers, random telemarketing guys, recruiters, you name it, he doesn't need a reason to start blabbing. ...
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How to react to hostile behavior from a senior developer?

I started working at Dec 2018, currently, there is only me and the senior developer and we sit next to each other. He comes to work really early and leaves early. When I started working I noticed ...
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Co-worker's music [duplicate]

How do I tell a co-worker to turn off her music or at least wear headphones? My boss seams to be ok with her listening to the music, but it really bothers me. I have tried to ask her to shut her door ...
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Should I address a coworker's performance when working in a temporary team? (software development, no real oversight)

I'm a developer who just started doing some consulting work at a small third party company on a temporary basis (a few months). I was asked to help out on a small side project in a different team, as ...
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Shall I report my organization's bad social media posts to my organization?

My company often posts really bad social media posts. It is not opinion based, these are objectively bad posts that consistently contain : typos, poorly cropped pictures and overall nonsense. The ...
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How to deal with a coworker who may be depressed

Recently an intern joined me to work on a project. We are the only people working on this project. A month went by and it was going well; he was completing all the tasks in time and has the talent to ...
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How to deal with colleague's extreme inflexibility and communication issues [closed]

I'm managing a colleague who is on the Autism spectrum. I find it quite challenging. For example, he's really inflexible. We have some regular tasks we perform, which aren't very important in the ...
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Is it OK to tell my colleague her constitution is amazing?

This is a follow-up of this question from the English StackExchange. I think my colleague's constitution is amazing for reasons given in that question: she tolerates cold better than the rest of us, ...
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Should I ask about new intern behaviour? [closed]

I'm currently only going to the office 2 days a week. The rest of the time, I work remotely from home, so sometimes, I don't get some office news. One of those days, I came in late, 9 am instead of 8 ...

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