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How to point out to random coworker that they use speech patterns associated with negative stereotypes

I was, like, having lunch in the company cafeteria today while working on, like, a presentation, when two coworkers (I have like no idea who they are) sat in a booth like right next to me! One of them ...
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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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Competitive co-worker changed their job title

I work for a small holdings company. I am one of two people competing for work building websites. My co-worker's job title - according to the company - is Senior Web Designer. My job title is Web ...
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My coworker shared private information outside of work [closed]

I live in Colorado, recently my mother passed suddenly. I informed my employer and took a day off, the following week a coworker shared outside of the office to a non employee that my mother passed ...
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How to gently enforce “nohello” to a coworker?

I am a huge proponent of nohello in the workplace - I get way too many Slack messages and other interrupts to waste time on pleasantries. I keep my Slack status set to "nohello.com" as a way to remind ...
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What should one do when his colleagues are pushing him out [closed]

Too long ; didn't read My SO works at a cars dealership She is handicapped and can't spend all day making physical efforts Her coworkers don't answer the phone, so she has to run around Lady ...
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Is it harassment to ask a person why they did what they did and whether they got paid for it? [closed]

I get a lot of useless emails in my work mailbox, so, a couple of days ago I received this email, talking about some bank's deposit interest rates. The email came from a person who works at the same ...
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IT help desk extremely slow

I work in information security performing risk assessments and handling incident responses. At our company, we have a person that is our IT help desk (Tom). We only have 5-7 people in the office so it’...
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Disrespected by more senior employee

I recently started working doing CAD tasks for a more experienced engineer. I work in Europe. I am 26, male. The engineer appears to be in his mid-to-late thirties, also male. He is highly ...
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How do I deal with my coworker using my work computer in my absence? [closed]

A couple days ago I found out whenever I'm out of the office (meetings, vacation, etc), that one of my coworkers have straight up been using my work computer in addition to their own work computer ...
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How to deal with unsafe working conditions at a college job that are the fault of student workers and not a supervisor?

I have a job replacing light bulbs at my school that involves working with three other students. They have each been working the position significantly longer than I have (I am two weeks in) and have ...
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Self concious about tics, how to inquire without coming across insecure?

I just started here a week ago and am not that much of a talker. My first week hasn't concisted of much work, but mainly studying up. I have a lot of tics (tourettes) and the combination of thinking ...
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How to handle well-connected co-worker that wastes working hours on online Games? [duplicate]

How to handle well-connected co-worker that wastes working hours on online Games? I'm on a small software engineering team (5-7 people), who have an aggressive schedule. I've noticed one team-...
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Change in attitudes from contractor to employee [closed]

I started work at a company as a contracted software engineer that was brought in to build some software to help the company communicate with their external clients. The people were helpful and sort ...
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Made a mistake that really annoyed a coworker. Should I attempt to explain myself or just leave it be?

I had an issue that I needed a DBA's help with. I went to my go-to DBA (DBA#1), since he's usually been friendly and receptive to my questions. He gave me his recommendation, and I logged a ticket for ...
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When is it acceptable to share personal information I have about a coworker who disappeared? [closed]

This girl from my office kind of disappeared, she hasn't been in for 4 days now. Apparently nobody has her number or details either. The one person who has her details and would know where she is (...
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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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Is it unprofessional to ask a coworker at your workplace to review your resume?

I am a co-operative education student at my plant and am interested in working here full-time. However, I do not graduate from college for another year and am still actively searching for other job ...
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What is the threshold between deciding to send an email or schedule a meeting? [closed]

I would like to ask a colleague for some advice on a project, but I am unsure as to whether an email would suffice or if I should schedule a meeting. What things should I consider when making this ...
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Coworker stalking us with company camera [closed]

I have a co-worker, this one is the wonderful sort that shirks about, can't do more than one task at a time, and decided to report every wrong move by anyone else in the cubicle farm. The worst part ...
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How can I let my coworker know that I am not put off by criticism?

I recently had to deliver a report to another person, Alice, who is however not above me in the office structure. The report is not vital, but should be done anyway to complete the paperwork for the ...
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How do I explain to my boss that a coworker isn't capable? [duplicate]

So I have this giant project that has a ticking deadline of a little under 2 months. My boss (IMO) over promised on the timeline to the client by a mile and let the client set the deadline rather than ...
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Is it bad that an employee makes malicious jokes? [closed]

For background, I own and manage a large scale gaming community (Minecraft) where we are a registered company, though the company registration part doesn't matter too much. One of our employees who I ...
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How to reply to an angry email for a problem the sender caused

My company has large departments, each with a lot of small sections made up of one supervisor and 5-10 employees. Our supervisors aren't all that powerful (for example they can't fire people but they ...
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I have reason to believe that my very competent coworker is being severely underpaid - any tactful way to tell a boss?

I am located in United States. I have a coworker who is senior to me (in that, if my title is "Blah", his title is literally "Senior Blah"). This morning he made a comment about job postings for a ...
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Responding to questions/requests from coworker who is known to shift blame

I'm the main software developer on one of the products for our company, my coworker 'Bob' is in another department but works with the product I build in some capacity (non-technical). The situation ...
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How could I make my coworker stop eating when I see it so I can stick to my diet better? [closed]

My coworker is eating a lot of unhealthy stuff at his workdesk and I am on a diet due to overweight. How could I make my coworker stop eating when I see it so I can stick to my diet better?
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How to handle a coworker who constantly asks for help with her tasks?

I am working as a Software Developer for the last 10 months. I have a colleague working on the same technology framework for 6 months. She doesn't develop the logic and algorithms on her own, and ...
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Assistant Manager and Receptionist went over my head

I am the payroll director/manager for a small accounting firm. I have roughly 10 individuals who directly report to me. Yesterday, two coworkers and I went to lunch which turned out to last roughly 1 ...
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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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Should I look worried by problems on the workplace? [closed]

I always look relaxed, even when there are troubles, I look like a zen master, seeing my worried face is extremely rare. I have a coworker which is always worried of everything, usually we are ok but ...
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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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Unprofessional, immature, credibility killing co-worker [closed]

I love my job. I work with at risk youth during the school year; teaching soft skills and preparing students for their next steps in life During the summer myself and my two colleagues facilitate an ...
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Coworker keeps opening blind which makes it difficult to see my screen

I'm positioned with a window next to me my coworker sits in front but have a wall to their side, then in front of them there is another window: | <---window | || <-- wall || O <--- coworker |...
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How can I best prepare for a meeting with HR about a coworkers Passive-Agressive Conflict with me?

I work with a male coworker who I'd describe as a passive-aggressive bully. He has angry outbursts daily, several times a day, over every little noise in the office. If another coworker coughs, or ...
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Software Industry - How do I deal with mentally impaired coworkers?

I am in USA and I work as a programmer in a big company. We are a team of 6 people. My coworker is usually mentally impaired due to his medication, which is presumably needed for his undisclosed ...
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How do I prevent colleagues from making fun of the length of my password?

At work, we were required to choose login passwords on our first day. I choose a long and complex (mixed with numbers and symbols) password, it's easy for me to remember, but hard for anyone standing ...
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How to tell a coworker what to do?

There is a person at work who has been in the company for almost 5 months. She was trained by other people. The problem is, she is very lazy. She never offers to help me and she often works on trivial,...
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How to avoid someone concurrently working on same task and wasting everyone's time

I am working with another developer. I was originally assigned to one problem, and he decided to do a rewrite of my work because requirements changed during and after testing. I am unsure how to ...
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Friend got overpaid but doesn’t report it - is it my obligation to report it?

A friend/coworker of mine recently left the company after his internship ended. He later told me that got overpaid with his last salary but also said that I shouldn’t tell anyone so he didn’t have to ...
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How to stop a coworker from constantly nagging about joining his “initiative”

In my open-space office our 5-man team, "A" sits next to 8-man team "B". About 3 weeks ago, a colleague from HR came and asked team "B" to mind their behaviour because they were rather loud and tended ...
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How to give a bad reference for a co-worker?

I'm in an interesting situation at work. I work with "Joe". Joe and I are both programmers, having both been professionally programming for about 20 years. Joe does some of the worst work I've seen ...
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Govt job, I'm given 2x more work for the same pay as my coworkers [closed]

I work for a State Government, doing acquisition of property for public projects. We essentially get assigned "parcels", and have what is referred to as a LET date, where we need to acquire everything....
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I wanted a coworker to offload things to. Now I have more work to do

Some months ago I asked the manager to add another developer to our software project, in order to be able to offload some things and parallelise a little more. The new guy is (and was already) a ...
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Coworker insulted me through text after asked about a task he failed to complete for me [closed]

What should I do in this situation. I'm not sure what triggered him to do this, but it boils down to: He is responsible for maintaining the computer I work on among many other things. For 2 weeks he ...
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Discussing problematic colleague during performance review

I’m a developer at a small startup. There is a performance review coming up for everybody. We are asked to prepare according to a list with the usual items (what are my goals etc) but also ”do you ...
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How can I politely ask a coworker to stop giving his unsolicited opinion and quit asking personal questions?

Let's call him Tim. Ever since Tim got hired in our dev team we have had a good professional relationship. As time went by, I realized he was asking questions I didn't want to answer, for example: "...
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Dealing with a co-worker who is extremely entitled but won't be fired

A friend of mine is supervising a team of three people. One of those three is a foreigner who is a source of her daily frustration. My supervisor friend describes that employee as follows: Generally: ...
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How do I tell a coworker not to keep asking me to pass on illness/absence messages to our manager?

Maybe I'm being petty, but my friend and co-worker has, on a few occasions now, asked me to tell our manager that e.g. he's not working today or that he'll be working from home because he's sick or ...
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Deadlines, Unprofessional Coworkers and Contracts [closed]

I recently had a situation in the office where I was working on a dataset all day with real progress being made, only to have the power at my station go out because some other coworker wanted to plug ...