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Questions relating to situations involving management in the workplace.

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How can I clarify reporting structures, within the team, without sounding egomaniacal?

I work for a large public-sector organisation, in a managerial capacity, based in the UK. I started on this role about two months ago and then another team member was recruited, who I believe, as per ...
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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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What is the right approach to handle bossy co-worker?

I’ve joined a robotics team in a consulting firm one month ago. I don’t have any work experience so I’m quite new to almost everything. My co-worker, let’s say X, has been working on this area for one ...
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Seat Management Software for hotel-ing stations in the office [closed]

I would like to find a seat management system to enable our employees to schedule themselves into a working station. It would need to be free or close to. We're heading to a system where no one would ...
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My boss hired someone, knowing she had previously been rude to me. What options do I have? [closed]

My boss and supervisor have been doing interviews for a position in the office I work in. One of the candidates interviewed was an employee who worked in a different department who had previously been ...
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How to ask for reference from a manager I went extra mile for

I work for several staffing/marketing agencies where I go to different retail stores to promote different products. One agency I have worked with for a while and have good report with them. A few ...
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Boss immediately responds to me without letting me finish my question

When I'm in a meeting with several people and I start to ask a question, my boss usually interrupts me when I'm about 70% done asking my question/providing context. When she interrupts, she typically ...
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How should I approach a boss that keeps hiring temporary workers, only to have me finish something?

Long story short, we've recently had a lot of work to do at my job and in order to fill that vacuum my boss has been hiring temporary workers. At first he hired three which stayed for about two months,...
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How do I deal with a superior who seems more interested in respect than the issues? [closed]

I'm the technical lead on a software development project. We are wrapping up what should be the last release for this project. When I joined the team 14 months ago the project was already 14 months ...
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Team managers hindering Scrum transition due to reluctance about developer autonomy [closed]

My team has been trying to transition to Scrum for some time now, but it seems like the preexisting culture is preventing the team from switching to a new mindset or even causing it to move in the ...
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Transitioning to Managing Software Engineers via Product/Project/Account Management [closed]

It seems that the traditional way software engineers typically become managers (that is, having engineers directly report to them) is to climb their way through the engineering ranks, moving through ...
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Is my manager's career advice self-serving or in my best interests? [closed]

I’ve reported to and known my manager for one year. He’s probably in his late 50s early 60s. I’m 25. In this year of working together and as standard practice of company culture I’ve networked ...
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Jumping the chain of command

I developed a system (Web application) prior to my employment at this software company that I've been working at for over a year. I demoed the system to some developers that I now work with in my ...
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Difficult manager is the co-founder

Long story short: My manager is being often controlling to people in my team, but he also happens to be a co-founder of the company (a rather small start-up). He is the type of guy that believes he ...
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How to build my team's confidence in their own ideas?

I'm trying to adopt a coaching management style so that my team develops their skills and independence. I'm practising the common techniques of asking lots of questions, using active listening and ...
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Young colleague wants to resign; I would like him to stay

I've started a new position recently where I'm managing, orchestrating would be more the term, a wide range of software developers. One of the guys, a 20 to 25-year-old, has seen his previous team ...
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Semi-technical supervisor excessively micromanaging

I am a software engineer. My boss, let's call him "Bob", was a DBA prior to his promotion into management. Because Bob has some prior programming experience, he has taken it upon himself to be ...
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What should I consider when being asked to make a surprising move?

I currently work on a project for a senior manager as their ‘number 2’, often attending meetings and deputising on their behalf. I was told that a new person is coming onto the project to be their ...
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Below Industry Average Pay and Extra Work Taking Away From Personal Time [duplicate]

I work at a company that under pays me by 30% of the industry average according to Glass Door and Stack Overflow salaries. I used my skills and years of experience to find this. I even checked by ...
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Demanding employees to assist at major stakeholder's personal situations [closed]

My boss and major stakeholder (and CEO) in the business that I work as an engineer is pretty much busy all the time. In the USA where she is mainly based, she has an employee that holds the position ...
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I fear I am being set up to be fired by my direct manager. How to save my job?

I've received nothing but praise for months since I started working as a developer at this company. I've introduced a few changes (scrum, Slack, peer review) that upper management loves. Suddenly, ...
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Software license not valid in my country; how to handle being asked to use it anyways?

I work for a Greek affiliate of a USA company. In the past, the company itself did the mistake to buy a bunch of AutoCAD and AutoCAD Plant 3D licenses in USA for use in both offices (USA and Greece)....
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Unfair feedback from manager during mid year review due to poor communication skills

Company I work for has a review process, where we discuss what we have achieved for the past n number of months. In this mid-year review my manager wrote the following feedback: There have been ...
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How to get Senior management to take ideas seriously? [closed]

Touched on it here Not feeling valued Long story short One of the problems I have is where I work, the work stream I am Scrum Master of is continuously improving at a rapid rate, and that is from ...
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Mobbing by changing job requirements outside skill set?

First things first, I'd like to state a clear intention: I am not trying to post a rant, I just want to know if I am suffering some kind of mobbing. Thank you for your understanding beforehand. I've ...
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I'm a software engineer, but I'm treated as a fill-in. Are my bosses mobbing me? [closed]

I started in the current company as a software engineer. I was tasked with a side project 4 years ago, and it never gave any direct money back, though the CEO was ok with that, as it's a good ...
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Dealing with an employee's constant bad mood and lack of motivation

Company Background: We are a small logistics provider in Europe. A few months ago there's been a change in management and now I'm in charge. I've been with the company for over 5 years and quite ...
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Should I ask for my job back after being terminated? [closed]

I have a job as a front end web developer and I really love it because I have a passion for web development. But the problem is, I am always late and have problems regarding tardiness. My employer ...
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Boss asked me to comment on friend's abilities

I am a student researcher pursuing an internship (thesis, actually) at a research institute in Germany. I have been working here for a few months now. One of my friends had asked me about my ...
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How to handle Senior developer speaking bad over new colleagues [closed]

I face the issue that one of the Senior developers and actually one of the first employees of the company is regularly speaking bad over new-joiners. First of all it's important to understand, that we ...
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Colleagues going overboard as they get more envious [closed]

One of my cousins has joined an year old startup. She is full of ideas and expressed it right at the time of interview. The panel was impressed with her. With a period of 2-3 months, she introduced ...
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What is this kind of internship called?

During the last summer I was at an internship within a organisation where I had to work with multiple departments. I was tasked to work with one department every two weeks. So on the first two weeks I ...
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My manager is obstructing me from doing my job, and it's creating a hostile environment. Where can I draw the line without appearing insubordinate? [closed]

I work in the IT department of a small company, and over the past year, my original manager left, leaving me with a new manager who is not particularly fond of me. For the most part, my new manager ...
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How to sync small design changes in the design team?

We are a team of 4-5 product designers with 5 product managers. We have a proper design system & central design repository to keep everything in sync. But the problem comes when sometimes some ...
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Gain managerial experience without making (or at least minimizing) mistakes [closed]

I have just been assigned to a new role in my company. It is not entirely different than my previous role, just that I have to manage people now and take more responsibility in projects. Basically, I ...
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How do I ask my manager about switching out of my current team?

My team is not a good fit for me due to no communication among other issues. I've clicked really well with another team and am interested in their work. What's the best way to be professional about ...
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I'm working part time as an intern, and my supervisor is leaving. Is it too late to ask about a full time position?

I've been working full time during the summer and part time during the semester under my current supervisor for around half a year. I'm currently a senior in college. She is leaving in 2 weeks. I was ...
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How can my wife request more help at work?

My wife is in an assistant position at a large company; it's her and her senior on a team, with several teams per branch. Each team has one senior and one or more assistants. Recently, this company ...
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Is it a problem that I am never considered for new opportunities at work? [closed]

I have worked for a private firm for the last 9 months. I find myself facing the below problems everyday: My ex-manager who resigned recently, did not convey a good image of me to the Executive Team. ...
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How to be prepared for legal threats when resigning? [closed]

Context I am a salaried full-time employee at a small company where there are about 30 people. This is in western Europe. There is a high amount of employee turnover and frequently people leaving are ...
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As manager, should I explain any decision to my employees?

Usually people like when they understand specific action. For e.g. if I ask then to do TDD, I try to explain why it is important. The issue, starts when they do not agree with the decision, or when I ...
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Feeling I'm being held back - have been unproductive for weeks [closed]

To begin with, here's a bit of background. I work at a small company of about... I think I would be exaggerating if I said 25 people. I'm one of the regular software engineers in the company, based ...
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How to handle my boss withholding information from me?

TL;DR: Boss is a great guy but doesn't know what he's talking about when it comes to tech. Asks me to implement stuff, micromanages me, and keeps me out of the loop about the advances in the company ...
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Pros and Cons of Engaging Manager More

My manager has an open door policy. This is pretty awesome. I frequently see other co-workers utilizing this. I also do, but probably once every month or so where others are in there once a week or ...
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If and how should I raise a warning flag as a non-management employee?

TL;DR As an employee, should I report to my boss' boss (the CTO) that we are far from our objectives, and if yes, how? I work in the software industry. Recently our company decided that our API was ...
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How do you know if a developer is doing their job too slowly?

My company is composed of an iOS developer, an electrical engineer, a tester, two firmware engineers, an algorithms developer and a backend person. As you can see, it is diverse. The iOS app is ...
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Money bag reported missing while manager was out of town. Now he is being asked to repay almost $1,000.00. Legal? [closed]

I am a store manger at a local Hauling rental. While I was out of town, an employee called me to report missing money bag. (Video footage shows an employee counting $ and placing it in bank deposit ...
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How to deal with a uncommitted coworker, it affects my performance too [duplicate]

I am a back end developer for a data visualization tool. I have to work with a coworker who does the front end part. We established the deadline date to the client (it is a internal client in a big ...
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How to reject non-work related tasks from my boss's fiance

I'm asking this question for my friend as he is not familiar with forums/discussion panel sites and this takes place in Malaysia. He works as a graphic designer in a small event company (not more ...
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How to walk back responsibilities I've taken on at work?

Over the past few months I've taken on a lot of roles that I never asked for nor signed up for. I was hired as a developer. My boss took on a project in which I didn't have a say in the timeline. Due ...