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For questions about the tools and practices of management, including business management, project management, performance management and other management disciplines in the workplace.

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What is an effective way to evaluate and assess employees on a non-management career track?

My company is growing pretty quickly, and I'd like to make sure we have a career path that lets people move up without tying that exclusively to management roles. I'm in control of this, and am ...
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Former Coworkers Keep Sending Me Small Requests for Tech Help, How to Respond?

I worked for two years at a themed entertainment company as a designer/developer. I worked on a lot of complicated projects using custom electronics and/or microcontroller firmware. I did my best to ...
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What does “getting from 0 to 1” mean?

While preparing for an interview as a software manager, I was told that "you need to show how to get from 0 to 1 with a new team". What does that expression "0 to 1" mean in this ...
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How many direct reports should/could an engineering manager have? It depends

Currently a senior dev and being offered a chance to move into an Engineering Manager position focusing on personnel. Reading the web, it seems that some say 5-7 is the max and others have 30-40 under ...
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Is it a standard practice for a manager to know their direct reports' salaries? [closed]

Is it a standard practice for a manager to know their direct reports' salaries? Additionally, what are the pros and cons of a manager knowing this information? I realise this may be different ...
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How do you balance the need for discretion with the need for public reassurances?

Let's say one employee was publicly harassing another employee. In theory, a manager would talk to each of them and get to the bottom of the issue. It's hard to imagine a scenario where an employee ...
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How to put aside personal grievances during performance reviews

I've had a very frustrating issue with an employee of mine. The original issue is discussed at length here. Here's a quick update: after lots of leaving messages and trying to contact her, my ...
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How could the company benefit from correcting a performance review

Background: My manager left the company before the semi-annual performance review was given. My manager’s boss performed the performance review and the review was vey low and the review comments are ...
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How to convince engineers to lead?

I am a People and Culture person for a medium sized tech company (300 developers). We have the usual turnover most tech companies have so are constantly replacing people. One of the challenges we face ...
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Was told by management that there are concerns that will be addressed weeks from now

A bit of a follow up to Should I follow up with things that aren't my fault, or forget them? Example: was told I was late for shift I didn't know about Where I work we become union after 250 ...
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My boss trying to take revenge on me.what should i do?

I am starting a new job tomorrow, but my boss insists I need to finish tasks at my old job or else I can't leave. What should I do? Context My old boss is running his own business on company salary ...
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How do I communicate (with trust) to my boss, that our app is spaghetti code

I am the sole developer at a company. Before I came on board, the app was developed by a freelancer. I am working through the code base and making massive improvements. These improvements are not ...
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Should I follow up with things that aren't my fault, or forget them? Example: was told I was late for shift I didn't know about

In general I sometimes find it hard to decide to point out someone else's mistake, or forget about it. Here is a specific example. My manager called and asked why I was not at work. I told him I was ...
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Would it be better if a tech leader explain his/her rules?

Yesterday a middle manager told us that it's not allowed to use magic numbers in the code but don't explain why, and someone just asked what is magic numbers and why we cannot use that(many of my ...
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Getting really bad shifts at work even though agreement was shifts are given on seniority and people with similar have been getting better

A few months ago I started working a retail job. It is unionized, but one must have 250 hours before joining the union. In the interview I was told that shifts are given out based on seniority. My ...
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Junior Developer Struggling

I have been working as a developer for 9 months and I’ve never programmed before except for when I was in college. I am having a lot of struggles, but somehow I am managing to complete tasks even ...
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How late can direct deposit be? [closed]

My girlfriend and I normally receive our direct deposits at the same time on Tuesdays around 11pm. She received hers last night and I’m still waiting on mine. Any help or information on this matter ...
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Coaching someone outside my own skill set

I was a software developer for twenty years before moving into management. For most of my programming career I did not work with Business Analysts (BAs); in fact the very concept of the position ...
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As a male, how can protect myself from my female supervisor when she behaves inappropriately?

I live in Kentucky. I'm male and in my ninth week at a new job in a warehouse and within the first week my female boss and I started talking about how we both used to work at the same company at ...
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incompetent manager [closed]

So I have started a new job and the manager I feel is quite incompetent. She didn't oversee the old employee (whom I replaced) and blames him for the state of affairs when I think as a manager she ...
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Buying gifts for employees out of pocket [closed]

I'm a new manager with a small number of direct reports. My company does a holiday party (virtual in 2020), but we don't have any sort of gifts that are distributed. I'd like to give my employees ...
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Handed notice in - suddenly not doing anything right

I recently handed my notice in at my current employer. My company notice period in my contract is 3 months. I have a fair bit of work to do before I leave, which is alright, and this workload goes ...
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Email firm executive with a suggestion

I'm a software engineer for a bank. At my previous company, we were encouraged to write memos outlining ideas we have that could help the business and submit them to senior leaders. I have an idea i'd ...
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I made mistakes during a project, which has resulted in the client denying payment to my company

To give some background, I have been working in India for a company for the past four and a half years, mainly in core development (Java, JSP, and C#). At the start of 2020, I was assigned to a ...
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Should I take up with the new HR Chief? [closed]

TL;DR: I was terminated from a position which was "not important" to the company. The management was unfair and absolutely disregarded my efforts. Following "changes" which I was a ...
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How can I pay respect for a recently deceased team member without seeming intrusive?

I manage a close-knit team at work where I am currently the team lead. The company is big, but the culture is relatively relaxed. Building relationships with team members is encouraged. Unfortunately, ...
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At new job manager told me he got feedback that I question people when they tell me to do something

About 3 months ago I started a new job. Today the main manager asked to speak with me in private. He said he had been getting the feedback that I've been questioning people when I'm told to do ...
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Are empty/misused buzzwords harmful? [closed]

I work in a very small company, but I've seen this phenomenon before, to some degree even at all companies I've worked for: Officially, we work in a Scrum framework, including common planning meetings,...
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My Boss delayed a website launch from a client due to changes in workflow

Today was the deadline to deploy a new site for a client. I worked on this alone for the last month or so and finished mid last week. I told the client that their site will be live this Monday morning....
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Asking to skip the check in meetings and 1 on 1s and quarterly goal setting? How to make my boss care less about me?

I joined a new company a few months ago. My new company has apparently embraced bureaucratic management. So every two weeks we spend an hour talking about nothing in particular. They are supposed to ...
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Advice if you are not ready for your position? [closed]

I Dont know how this story begin, but my Story are related to this Moving forward as a new CTO for students I'm Working on small starup with 4 person including me . I'm the CTO in that company, and ...
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How can I teach an IT team member a bit more common sense? [closed]

I'm looking for inspirations including courses I could send a colleague to to make him a bit easier for me to work with. He's been with the company for years, but in my team for a few months. Although ...
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Asking former manager to start 1-1 mentoring with me

My former manager left our company a year ago to pursue another opportunity. He was an excellent manager and a great mentor. I feel like my personal growth is slowing down without his mentorship. I'd ...
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Managers - how would you feel about very negative feedback from a direct report?

I've recently started reporting to a manager who is very disruptive and is holding the team back. My peers (her other reports) are very friendly with her and they often hang out after work so I don't ...
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Employee being unreliable and logging too many hours

A marketing/PR manager below me has one employee (let's call him John) that has been constantly unreliable. They agree on something, let's say "John, post this on instagram today" and he ...
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Why Do Managers not Assign Any Work in Software Company? [closed]

I've been at a company for 2 years, lets say I am working on Web ECommerce Product System. Management just moved me to a new Scrum team. We have not done Anything in last 3 weeks, maybe few minutes of ...
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Is the practice of numerical target-setting in performance management supported or refuted by any research?

In the field of performance management, numerical target-setting is common, and recommended by many management resources (example). However, there are also many sources which warn against the practice ...
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How can I manage a remote team member who appears to not be working their full hours?

My employer has declared work from home until the end of the quarter 1, 2021 due to the pandemic. There is a six-member team reporting to me. There is one team member who shows away most of the time. ...
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At what point do I make a decision on a overworking low paying job?

so I've been working a cell phone repair job for a bit over a year and a half, and I've been doubting it for a long time. I took the job to get into the industry since there wasn't any opportunities ...
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How do I push back against upper management “innovations” and simple “requests”?

It has beeen a long time since I've asked a question, however the narrative to my question is quite simple: How do I push back against upper management "innovations" and simple "...
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How to cope with instructions that will result in low quality/non-compliant product?

Some background During the past ten years in a small company, I have progressed through several roles: testing leadership engineering writing technical procedures Excel automation (VBA) During this ...
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How can I ask for a quote breakdown - when agency refuses?

I work for a company that outsource some of our work to an agency. This agency specialize in branding & design, but also sub-contract other work out to designers, developers, etc. I am new in my ...
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Are agile processes taking too much time in a sprint?

The agile processes are focused on increasing velocity but at the same time seem to require lengthy meetings. Assuming a 2 week sprint, if I understand correctly, at the very minimum there must be: a) ...
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Manager Argument about coding speed

A non technical manager keeps arguing that the team should code faster to deliver on the scheduled release date. We tried explaining that issues arise, thinking and coding simply cannot be sped up to ...
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How to address with the boss that I need work permit for a psychologist?

I'm a developer, in Italy, and due to some problems related to my social sphere with friends I've started going to a psychologist. The problem is that the one that I found and is helping me is only ...
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Is it appropriate to make known a colleague using company's resources for personal use?

At my workplace, the company has trusted us with full access to its Cloud infrastructure service account (think of Azure, AWS, etc). The belief is for developers to have access to what they need fast ...
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Make it mandatory to turn camera on in video meetings at work?

I am between junior and mid level in my team and new to my company. Everyone works from home all the time and our meetings are on video chat due to the covid pandemic. I often feel that some teammates ...
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How to discourage subordinates from unnecessarily interrupting their manager?

This is a habit that tends to form in some people (admittedly including myself), when seated near a manager: the subordinate tends to ask the manager questions all day, often about very trivial ...
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Trying to convince your boss vs. shutting up

It might be a strange question, but where does it make sense to select between the two approaches: Someone is my boss. I shut up and accept what they say, and Discussions and trying to convince my ...
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How to answer your boss's question about your impression on the progress of a project that you took part in as a newcomer appropriately?

I work in academia in Germany. After a group meeting of 5 about a project that I took part in, my professor asked me how do I think about the project progress. I had the impression that we might not ...

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