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Telecommute - How to complain about selective telecommute privileges

I work in a company in USA where some teams or individuals are fully remote. Our company is trying to get people to work in an office whenever possible, even in situations where it would not make ...
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How to approach manager regarding recent negative change in attitude towards me?

I've been working at this place for 6 months and ever since my interview my boss has been very impressed by me and trusted me with everything that he even asked me for advice. But suddenly since last ...
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Side project turning into job in free time

I am a student and have worked in a 3-person team on a project for some time now. In this team, I have all IT roles (but mostly programming), and am currently having a conflict with a person who has ...
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Is it acceptable to give manager feedback about something that didn't happen to me, specifically?

I have a coworker, let's call them Morgan. Morgan is a minority, the same as me, we are not friends but I can't help but feel some camaraderie towards them since we are in the same situation. Recently ...
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Senior staff member leaving, told everyone except her boss (me)

I own and run a small business with six full time staff. They are mostly French nationals, while I am a UK national. The team leader has decided to quit, and has shared this, along with the exact ...
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Management is pushing 'pairing' on non-programming related tasks. Is this a correct use of pairing? [closed]

I recently became the lead on a new team. My previous team was more pure software development. We pair-programmed ~80% of the time utilizing TDD. My new team is in charge of supporting, maintaining, ...
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My boss is motivated but is no longer engaged and suspects he is losing his job and this is making everyone feel unhappy, what can I do?

My boss is very clever and is highly motivated, often putting in more time than he needs. However, recently a number of people left the company, and everything seems to have came to a halt. My boss ...
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Handle criticism over early code at startup

A year ago I started working in a very agile startup. I was the first non-intern developer to join and I worked closely with the CTO to put together a beta version of a pipeline and a product. Due to ...
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Is there a reliable way to climb up the ladder?

I'm in a developer role, and applying for developer positions since around 3-4 years. I'm in a moment in my career where I'd be willing to lean toward a managerial position as I feel fit for the role, ...
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Create ownership when working in a remote office [closed]

Need your perspective, also this is going to be a long read. If you wish to skip, you can go directly to end where I have written questions. I am currently an Engineering manager in an e-commerce ...
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Decline discussing any issues or problems

Short story: Performance review is coming up, I kept my side short (one meaningless sentence per question) for reasons of complete demotivation and despondence. Boss will surely ask "What's wrong?". ...
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How can I manage my team to maintain a reasonable productivity when my employer doesn't treat employees well?

My employer doesn't treat employees too well, for example we often work overtime without pay (for details you may check my other question How can I argue against the idea of working overtime to fix ...
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I got one interview to be VP at a fintech company - should I apply for others? [closed]

Last week my boss offered me a pay rise to my current salary for doing such a good job. Turns out he forgot how much I was paid. He did agree to give me a real rise after I pointed out his mistake. I ...
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Manager trying to undermine my performance after I helped bring in more than $1 million for the company

I started at this job 5 months ago and was hired permanently full time about a month and a half later. It's a medical billing department apart of a non-profit healthcare organization that manages ...
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I'm an engineer with no experience of managing people but will be in charge of hiring help soon. How can I prepare for it?

I am a mid-junior-ish engineer who joined the right startup at the right time as their first employee. I do various embedded software related things for the products we develop but as most of what we ...
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Why did my abusive boss insist that I take an unpaid leave of absence when I tried to resign?

I've been working at this company for over 6 years and for those 6 years, my boss has been an absolute bully. He micro-manages everything I do, dumps so much work on me, and then criticizes everything ...
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What is the proper way to request team/project change?

I am working in a software firm on a project which doesn't have any work left. The team is of only 3 people, all three of us are from a different domain. Even If I ask for the project change, I don't ...
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What is recommended “good” attire for a male in management at a tech company? [closed]

I am not asking frivolously. I’m starting a management role in a mid-sized business software company in Philadelphia. I come from a finance company where I wore a suit and tie every day. The younger ...
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Manager keep on voicing general opinions which I don't share at work, what would be an appropriate reaction? [duplicate]

I used to have a very chatty manager that wanted to spend some time at work chatting about all kind of stuff. This is more or less normal I think. What was a bit weird was that my manager used to ...
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Confronted about an Amazon review

Back in 2018, my CEO wrote a book. I usually don't read these kind of memoir/non-fiction books, but I figure it would be interesting to get insight into the mind of someone I've been working under ...
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Misclassified as part-time when working full-time

Background: Working in the US in Wisconsin. Started at Company X as part-time (9am - 2pm) Transitioned to full-time hours (9am - 5pm) Recently discovered that I was still classified as a part-time ...
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How to deal with people whose priority is to not get blamed?

I recently had a project which suffered a needless delay of a month because all three people involved thought it was someone else's turn to do something. My reaction was "Sigh, now finish the project"....
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Company indirectly discriminating against introverts, specifically INTJ

Background On pretty much all tests out there, I heavily score as INTJ in the Myer-Briggs system. Some tests even suggest slight Asperger, combined with what I suspect is a healthy dose of OCD. I don'...
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Younger junior colleague who behaves like the boss

I would be grateful for advice on this situation. I'm a senior developer with about 10 years of experience. Until recently my team consisted of myself, my manager, and a staff engineer. We've been ...
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Disrespectful employee going above my head and telling me what to do. I am his manager

This time last year I hired 'Bill', someone a little older than I am, to take over some responsibilities I needed to start delegating. Despite his great interview and full understanding of the job ...
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How do I handle unreasonable management? [closed]

In my workplace the 'little guys' tend to get it in the neck. There are, I believe numerous issues within management, causing the bulk of the stress the workforce experiences, but the team I'm part ...
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Is it okay to complain to management after receiving role elimination notice

A friend of mine was bullied for 6+ months by her manager to promote a subordinate with whom he had an affair. This subordinate is an average performer with nothing much to show to be promoted from a ...
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How to advance career into an advanced management position when no opportunities exist?

I'm a software engineer but want to advance my career into management, ideally in something like a senior architect role. However, I have no idea how to do this, because the company I work for is ...
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How do you commercialize internal products [closed]

I have been in a technical leadership role with a product (15yrs old) for 9+ yrs. I'm presently leading ~10 devs and report to a senior manager. We don't have clear mgmt and engg leadership tracks, so ...
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What to do about a seemingly self-appointed, unannounced 'team leader' within our group when there's no official communication but some signs

I work in a functional team of 5 and we report to a manager, Anne. Anne also has about 6-7 other people who report to her doing something different but related. Our group's work is "downstream" and "...
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Categorically, what managerial experience am I missing from my non-traditional background? [closed]

I'm applying for a marketing director role that would have 10 reports, and they seem quite interested in my background. However, my leadership experience is non-traditional. I built my own company and ...
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Am I managing or just delegating responsibility?

My job is to coordinate the successful launch and running of training courses. I participate in the actual training only occasionally, instead leaving it to others. I generate the training materials,...
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As a junior engineer I have been put in charge of a project outside of my capabilities. How can I communicate this to my management?

I am currently working as an electronic/software engineer at small Australian company. I started here as a part of my work experience required by my university. After I graduated, I have continued to ...
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Should I provide my employee company-paid training/conferences for non-work-related skills?

I am a manager of a software developer whom I really want to retain because he is a high performer and a joy to work with. In our 1:1 meetings, he has expressed the desire to learn a skill which is ...
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Promoted to Supervisor “line manager” of peers (new position) but don't seem to have any authority in practice - how to address with boss?

I was a de facto 'senior' member of a group of 5 - not recognised by title or salary but I knew much more than the others, was the "go to" person for everything, etc. Then this was formalised by ...
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What is the rationale of using attrition (rather than layoffs of the lowest performers) as the main mechanism of slowly shrinking a department?

I was discussing with a friend about the context of the place where he works. It is a medium sized company (a few hundred employees) with both "legacy" departments (e.g. monolith applications) and "...
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What's a reasonable number of Uniform tops to provide employees [closed]

How many uniform tops are reasonable to have for women working with small kids?
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Should I complain to HR about being mocked for request I made [closed]

I work in the I.T. department as I had an issue with cheap toilet roll and unable to sit because of pain so I decided to put in a request. We use a survey site to put in suggestion and those that get ...
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An important collaborator is delaying my project with perfectionism and lack of turnaround - How to manage him

I am leading a research project which involves a number of international collaborators. We have been working with one collaborator since early this year to develop a Spanish version of the survey we ...
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Falsified Time Sheets [closed]

Edited * Question put on hold by community due to specificity of the question. To be clear I am not looking for someone to tell us what to do with said employee. I did edit the Title to remove the ...
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Is it unavoidable taking shortcuts in software development sometimes? [closed]

In my experience as software developer, I found work situations where you have to deliver a project in a very short time and with a very small number of resources (included team members). Your boss ...
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What does it mean when lower management gets replaced very frequently? [closed]

I have been working for one company for a bit over a year. The local manager (i.e. local to the city) never lasts more than 1 or 2 months. We are never given a reason why they quit or were fired. This ...
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Poor management handling of recent sickness and how to approach my return?

I have a chronic condition that my workplace is aware of. For what it's worth I am a developer and have worked at this company for five years. I am in the UK and the condition is covered under the ...
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Owner keeps cutting corners and poaching workers for his other company

I've joined an advertising company recently, climbed the ranks and I'm now at a position where I'm a manager. The problem is that the company owner is quite suspicious of everything and everyone and ...
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My employees keep walking out when I try to enforce rules [closed]

I manage a team of programmers, and I'm having trouble dealing with their attitudes towards work. A few months ago they were getting too loose with their lunch breaks, so I told them they had exactly ...
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Given an unrealistic project during probation

I have been working at a health dept. for almost 5 years. During that time, I got promoted twice (held 3 positions). My most recent one was about 4 months ago and I'm still on probation (I got a mini ...
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Boss refusing vacation after tentatively agreeing but ticket booked! [closed]

So for the entire month of August I have been indicating to my boss and my team that I would like to take vacation end of Nov/beg of Dec and was saving all my time for then. It was never a problem and ...
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How to let my boss know that monitoring business performance is not my duty?

My boss has been asking me to monitor the business performance for the whole company. However, we have a business operating manager who is supposed to do this task. I have explained this to my boss ...
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Is a high CEO salary in large corporations justified? [closed]

Being a CEO of a small company can be hard I agree, and their work can be appreciated. However, for a large company everything can be easily delegated and they have a team of management under them. ...
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Why do directors still get severance packages if they are terminated for not doing their job? [closed]

Why do CEOs or Directors get a large compensation upon termination, while employees who are caught (for example sleeping during work) get nothing? Was there an unconditional contract that allowed ...