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 ask a co-worker to turn down the volume on their laptop, when I don't know which co-worker to blame?

I work in an open office with about 10-12 workers, all in partitioned cubicles. Most of us have the sound turned off on our laptops out of respect for the rest of the team. However, one (or maybe ...
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Theft from communal kitchen causing issues across teams [duplicate]

I have reviewed how can we prevent theft of food from shared fridges by coworkers and whilst similar I think the differences warrant me posting this as a separate question. Me and my team (12 in ...
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How to handle demoralization caused by a slacker in the team?

I recently started working a programming contract at a company, and initially everything was going fine. I was very focused, I came in on time every day and got a load of work done, and never let ...
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How to deal with a senior coworker who wrote their own programming language? [closed]

I'm on a team with a senior developer who has been with the company for a long time (maybe 15 years) and works exclusively on the backend architecture of our 25-year old product. Recently, as part of ...
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Is it unwise to tell job interviewer that I won't be attending the company's regular social events?

I am currently looking for a job as a working student and I got a few invitations for interviews already. Now I am thinking about stuff that would be important for me to feel comfortable at work as I ...
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Can my employer force me to fix employees' personal computers?

I run an IT department at a mid-size retailer with 1000 employees. Throughout my career, there have been a many instances where people have brought in their personal equipment from home (phones, PCs, ...
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How can I stop a flirting co-worker without damaging our professional relationship?

There is a co-worker that is being way overly friendly with me. Nothing that would really be deemed unprofessional, and I am not offended in any way, but it is just that little notch beyond what a ...
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How to deal with an underperforming subordinate?

I'm a Software Developer with experience of more than 1.5 years. After being happy with my performance, the CTO of my company made me a team lead of 3 new employees (2 of them graduated recently). ...
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How can I debate technical ideas without being perceived as arrogant by my coworkers?

I'm somewhat new in this job (6 months) as a frontend/backend developer. My boss, whom I consider a really capable and smart manager, has a system for measuring developer performance, in which I ...
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How can you fix someone else's work without seeming pretentious, mean, or arrogant?

I joined up at a place a few months ago as a web developer. They hired me thinking I was "green" to the industry, placing me as a junior developer, and giving me menial tasks at first. I've since ...
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Can I bring food to share only with the people in my team/around me?

I work in an open plan office space, where we sit in teams, placed in table island of about 8 tables per island. My hobby is baking and I often have leftovers that I would like to bring with me to ...
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How can I recommend that a colleague be excluded from my team?

Background My colleague and I were hired as leads on a new data warehousing team. She does great in meetings, knows the right questions to ask and appears very competent in customer-facing situations....
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How to mention that teammate accomplished nothing in team lead's absence [duplicate]

My team lead went on vacation for 2 weeks, mid-sprint. So my team, 3-ish developers, had a fair amount of work to finish the sprint off. Then we were told to work on the backlog and bugs in his ...
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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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How to do code reviews to people whose programming skills are weak?

I am a developer and I was recently promoted so I am doing significantly more code reviews now. Part of that includes doing code reviews on Github with people who are either not very competent or lack ...
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I'm not Junior/Entry-Level, but Senior Dev treats me like one

I'm currently a 24 yr old contract-to-hire developer at this company. I'm five months in to a six month contract. My job title is "Developer." No prefix. I'm between Junior/Entry-Level and Senior. I'm ...
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Having difficulty understanding my native English-speaking colleagues. How can I improve?

I am originally from China and have lived in the UK for the past two and a half years, but English is not my first language. I spent one year studying a Master's degree and one year working an office ...
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What can I do if I have a colleague who is picking on me?

I have a colleague who is making unrelated non-professional remarks (for example she criticized the socks I was wearing last time). It looks like that she is frustrated and this is her strategy to ...
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How to deal with a co-worker who assumes “unofficial” ownership of a project?

I am assigned to work with a co-worker on a project. Before we even start, he is saying exactly every single way we should do every feature. Neither of us are assigned as the "product owner". Often ...
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My colleague treats me like he's my boss, yet we're on the same level

I started my current role a few months ago as an analyst, joining another person who had started one month before me, with the very same job title. He's two years older than me, but he treats me like ...
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How to deal with a coworker that shuts me down?

I have a coworker that works in a different department than me that I frequently consult with to perform my duties. For example if I need something changed on the server, they are the one I need to ...
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How can I shift my job responsibilities back to programming?

I am a junior developer. I was hired 2 years ago as a software developer in a small company (About 20 people). My job was clear: programmer. The work went very well. I developed everything that was ...
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I saw a colleague - my ex tutor - spying on my conversation with CEO about salary [closed]

A few weeks ago I got a good news from the CEO of the company where I did an internship. He told me that he wanted to hire me. A few days later I was called by him to talk about the contract details ...
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I think I smelled whiskey in a colleague's cup at work. What’s the right way to approach this?

So I was helping a colleague to fix a bug and definitely smelled whiskey in his cup. I have no idea what my company’s policy is on alcohol while working, but can only assume it’s frowned upon. We ...
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How to handle another intern from the same school lying to leave work early?

I'm currently doing an internship while being a student. The company I'm at has always hired interns from my school and given them good projects, it's really a big opportunity for students. Another ...
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How to politely refuse in-office gym instructor for steroids and protein

In my office, the in-house gym instructor asked me to have protein, amino and steroids. Almost twice a week he insists that I use those. From my experience, I don't want to use those things at all, ...
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How can I stop my colleagues excluding me from socialising after showing my sporting skills? [duplicate]

My workplace has always been a funny place with funny people; for example we used to go for a beer once a week, spent some weekends all together, and so on. That all changed when my HR rep wanted to ...
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How to deal with a younger coworker who is too reliant on online sources

I'm from the age of typewriters telex machines, menu driven programs, and disk-loaded operating systems. Back then, computers were unreliable, and your chief source of information was still books. ...
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Had miscarriage, how to deal with coworkers

I was pregnant and exhibited pregnancy symptoms throughout first trimester. Some co-workers guessed I was pregnant. I just found out I miscarried and will have procedure tomorrow. Next week I return ...
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The company is probably dying. What should I expect and how can I prepare? [closed]

The numbers are looking bad. People are leaving voluntarily and involuntarily. What I hear down the grapevine does not bode well. There's a real chance that in the next few months to a year my ...
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Might have gotten a coworker sick, should I address this?

This is in the US. Last Wednesday, I woke up feeling under the weather, but it appeared to just be allergies. Regardless, I still took precautions to avoid spreading anything (washing hands, excusing ...
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Male colleague using female bathroom and not cleaning up

I work in a growing company with only 1 bathroom for women, and 1 for men. The bathrooms are always occupied and everyone needs to wait from time to time. My male colleague uses the female bathroom, ...
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How to decline a colleague's requests for a drive home?

I have a colleague that asked me for a ride home once because he had to get home in a hurry, so I gave him a lift. Now yesterday he asked for a ride home again, and while I did give him a lift, I ...
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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 do you handle co-workers that want to converse with you in the bathroom?

I find that when I am in the bathroom I want to get in and out. I don't mind a simple "Hi" or "How's it going?" when I wash my hands but some co-workers step over this line. I have had managers talk ...
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I don't want to congratulate a colleague for a poorly done final year project

One of my colleagues told everyone at work that her final year project, an Android mobile app, has been approved. I don't think highly of this project as it is a copy of another app already published ...
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What should I do with my perverted and gloomy colleague?

I have this colleague that I am close to at work although we work in different floors. He has been very supportive when I was having a difficult time with my colleagues in my department when I was ...
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Should I recommend a fired colleague?

I work at a multi-location company, on a project involving people from different offices. I had a co-worker at another location who worked on the same project as me for a few months. Recently she was ...
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Co-Worker Overreacts to Request for Clarification

I received an email from a business user requesting an update of national identifiers for 1150 employees. Being the fairly new guy (I've been with the company for only a year), I looped in the other ...
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How do I get my coworkers to not touch my computer screen?

It bothers me when a coworker who is talking with me at my desk reaches out and stabs a finger into the screen, leaving fingerprints/skin oil (sometimes repeatedly and lingeringly rolling that finger ...
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How to respond to the question, “is this a drill?” from staff during a scheduled site evac?

Sorry if this is not the right board, I wasn't sure where to ask this. We have a scheduled fire drill next week at work. We are not informing staff in advance. I am one of the admins onsite having to ...
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Can I reach out to dismissed coworker to wish her well?

A co-worker I had regular dealings with was recently dismissed from the company. I suspect it was due to performance ratings as my employer dismisses the bottom x % each year based on performance ...
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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 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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My boss slapped me over a calculation error [closed]

My boss slapped me because My Excel file had a calculational error. I fixed the error and saved the file to the network. If I complain, I guess I will just get fired. But I don't want to work for ...
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How to respond to unprofessional gossip about colleague in the workplace?

Jane is one of my female colleagues. She doesn't get on well with a third colleague, Joe. As he does every morning, Joe comes in to our office to say hello. Right after that, I receive an instant ...
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How to let colleagues know that your desk is vacant?

I work in an office that has few to no spare desks at the best of times. It is rammed! However, there tend to be desks within the office that are free (due to holiday, business travel, working from ...
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Someone on my team is sending bigoted emails to another member on my team

I manage a dev and project team with about 15 people. Every morning we have a stand up. Fairly standard stuff for an agile team. However, about once a month, someone who clearly participated in the ...
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Should I be giving unsolicited help?

Situation is this: X and Y sit near my cubicle. X asks Y some question, which Y doesn't know an answer to, but together they spend quite some time talking on that. I have heard their conversation, ...

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