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Questions tagged [intervention]

To intervene in a co-worker's behavior is to audibly and visibly challenge it with the purpose of getting it to change.

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How to politely ask “pretentious” engineers to simplify language

I spent a lot of time thinking on this question so that it can have an answer, so please inform me if it needs modification since I really need help with this problem. I am one of 10 team leads for ...
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How to spend less time answering basic programming questions?

What is the best way to stop spending so much time teaching a co-worker basic things, without being hurtful? Background: I am a computer programmer, and my work is generally tested by a business ...
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Managing “workplace martyrs”

I have some employees who will pick up any task that falls by the wayside, take on tasks or responsibilities that other people should be doing but aren't, and end up doing all the things no-one else ...
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How to deal with incompetent lead?

Alright, so we are a two people team directly reporting to our director. I have 4-5 years of experience and my teammate has 20+ years of experience. For obvious reasons he is my lead. We both are ...
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Should I end messages in a ticket system with a friendly greeting? [closed]

In my previous job (that I have left not so long ago), I was sending tickets to our customers in our internal tracking system and ended each with "Have a nice day". My boss politely informed me that ...
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How do I handle people who change their minds?

Recently a kickass tech company offered internships when they visited our campus. Everyone applying for the internship was to go through the campus' screening process before they would make it to the ...
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A superior is complaining about me for things that are not my responsibility - should I tell their superior?

I work in a matrix-management based company where multiple superiors decide my performance appraisal, salary increases, etc. I have no single manager. I have evidence that one of my superiors is ...
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If my managers argue with/about me due to their conflicting agendas, should I escalate the issue to the CEO (and how)? [duplicate]

I have one line manager on the contract, but my performance review (including salary increase, promotion, etc.) will be decided by three directors of whom I am a shared resource. And there's lots of ...
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How to ask reports not to advertise team's mistakes?

Everyone makes mistakes. Sometimes they are silly, sometimes they are critical and unexpected, and sometimes they are both. But the worst thing is to embarrass in public those who made the mistake! I ...
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How do you handle a lead who is verbally abusive to you, and makes misleading statements about your performance? [closed]

I work in a new company with a new team. My lead is inexperienced who does the following: He won't formally assign tasks making it difficult to determine what he wants done, While telling me my ...
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How can I handle a situation where my manager is verbally abusing someone else?

We are a small team who performs software development and support services for other teams within the organization. My manager is the leader of this team. One of our "clients", another team lead in ...
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A fellow employee keeps making false accusations against me - who can I contact for help? [closed]

I am getting accused of hitting, screaming and sabotage of personnel records. Every day there is a new accusation. I have been investigated by HR who found that the accusations have no basis. Still,...
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Dealing with noisy neighbors (who don't work for our company)?

I work for a small group that rents a few offices from one of those companies that rents out a floor in an office building and then sublets individual rooms. Our group is part of a larger company ...
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How to encourage decision-makers to communicate their viewpoints more openly?

I am a newly hired C-level worker at a very small company (less than 30 staff) and am part of the decision-making body. It is my first time at this level of responsibility and here is my first ...
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coworker very sarcastic and negative demeanor [duplicate]

Someone I work with is a huge smart aleck. It's really annoying and we just got a new employee and he's harassing him too. For example: other: "Where do the build files go to?" him: "They don't go ...
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How can I deal with senior colleagues constantly getting my name wrong?

I work in the UK and I have a fairly normal "British" name. Having worked in my company for three years with my name plastered all around my desk, my person and my email, some senior colleagues still ...
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How to deal with a rude and bully Boss? [closed]

I work as a software engineer on contract basis for a big IT company in London. Couple of months back our team manager got changed. Our new manager is very rude and impolite. Her reputation as being ...
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Letting employee know he's too comfortable (“cavalier”)?

One of our more senior workers is very comfortable at work. So much so that a lot of very small mistakes are being made that when they cascade turn into pretty big issues. Other workers are ...
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Annoying colleague with self control problems [duplicate]

I have this little annoying problem at my workplace. I work as web developer, mostly with a system backend. Most of my work revolves around thinking about security issues and validations, and data ...
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How do I stop a rude co-worker from making aggressive/rude/embarrassing comments and keep my respect?

I am a manager with several direct reports. My manager also manages another team. One of his direct reports is continually rude to me in front of other employees. We have a work from home policy, and ...
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The Guy just won't shut up! [duplicate]

I work for a software company in a busy office, obviously there will be some noise and distractions but the most prominant and most annoying is a colleague (For arguments sake let's call him John) who ...
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How to be successful under a very very hot tempered & impatient boss?

I am incharge of a regional office and trying to set up a production unit for garments. I need more staff under me to carry out & maintain the office & production tasks. My boss is a very ...
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How to react to a co-worker who tries to be funny, but isn't?

We have a new guy at our office who several times a day makes a funny remark or joke. Unfortunately his jokes are about as funny as small talk is interesting and I am not sure how I should react. I ...
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dealing with uninterested co-worker

I am working as a web developer on a huge project. I was hired to work only on this project with another person. We were both hired with 0 knowledge on the project and we were provided training. The ...
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How to handle a coworker who likes arguing to cause conflict

At several jobs I've had a colleague that I had to work with who liked to argue over pointless things. It can be very frustrating and time consuming and is never productive, and usually is only ...
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growing conflicts due to inappropriate/sexual jokes at work

We are a team of more than 20 people with only one woman, which is not unusual for most engineering teams. One of the guys in our team is well known for his "unique" sense of humor, which is not ...
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How to deal with a team member who tries emotional blackmail on us?

We have a team member who has to create some input for a project we are working on. This team member is terribly sensitive to even the slightest criticism. They started a discussion how they feel ...
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How to deal with an incompetent colleague?

The setup... A little more than a year ago, we started a search for a "rock star" developer. We had lost our legitimately brilliant lead developer to a start up. I was able to step in and fill his ...