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Questions tagged [management]

Questions relating to situations involving management in the workplace.

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Should I return my bonus after resigning?

Situation: Awaiting final offer from another job before I hand in my resignation to my current job. I just received a bonus from my boss (to be paid tomorrow). Dilemma: Should I give the bonus back ...
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Learning and development in billable focused IT/development consulting company

In the IT consulting organisation for which I work, to stay ahead of the competition we have a constant need to develop our team's technical skills in new languages and frameworks. However, the ...
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How to foster relationships with managers that are geographically distributed

I'm a manager of managers - and I have a counterpart on the other side of the ocean with ~9 hours offset. I'm wondering how I can foster the relationship between those managers that are located here ...
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Feeling left out from business trip

I manage two small software development teams at a remote site of a large, multinational corporation. Focusing on one of them, it consists of: "A", a senior software developer who joined under 3.5 ...
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Manager keeps playing alpha games

I'm not sure how else to explain this, but my manager keeps playing little power games with me. Being slightly disrespectful, playing physical domination games in person and not taking things ...
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How can I manage freelancers effectively in a startup [closed]

The problem is every time I hire someone from freelancing websites, I find it hard to manage the output or the budget. example 1 : I hired someone who claimed to be an expert in programming, just to ...
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Colleague left me with his unfinished work [closed]

TL;DR: By the end of the day, a colleague of mine told the high level boss that she must go home and that I can handle the task by myself. While the task had nothing to do with me except for her ...
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Balance between improving the system and generating revenue

I'm an online marketer, I'm doing two kind of tasks 1 - tasks that actually generate money 2 - tasks for improving my system, by developing tools, automation... My problem is sometimes I focus too ...
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Schedule Change

I interviewed with a company under the premise that my schedule would be Monday-Friday 9am-5pm. However, they sent out official schedules yesterday and my schedule was set as Tuesday-Saturday 2pm-11pm ...
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My approved leave coincides with an important delivery. Will this damage my reputation? [closed]

I am a Project Manager. My annual leave has been approved and it is coinciding with an important deliverable. I had booked this vacation and had senior management approved it months in advance. Senior ...
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Can an employer ask a part time worker to come in 1 time a week on their day off for a 15 minute meeting?

My employer is asking for me to come in for a 15 minute staff meeting on my day off EVERY WEEK. When I asked her if I couldn't just be told what was discussed on the days I work I was told no it ...
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How to get credit or recognition for my work? [duplicate]

I am working on a software development project with a coworker who is senior to me in rank and age. This coworker has a life long disability and he regularly uses medication which often makes him ...
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Inherited nightmare scenario, looking for advice [closed]

I will try to keep this as brief as possible but with enough information to make informed decisions. Please point me in the right direction if this is not it. I've worked at a small startup for the ...
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What to do with a coercive or bully boss? [closed]

I happen to work with a boss who overreacts to vague reasons. He has impulsive/ bipolar behavior, where he is fine with one incident and the next day/month he loses his mind over the same. e.g we had ...
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Do developer teams put fewer constraints on themselves or have they fewer constraints in terms of work hours?

In a given company everybody arrives between 9:30 am and 10 am. Yet, the developer team (front/back) always arrives between 11:30 and 12 pm. If this is typical, why do people put fewer time ...
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Telling manager I can't work shifts I never said I was available for

I recently* got on the roster for a large staffing agency. The manager has sent out mass emails with the new schedule. He has put me in at times that I may not available, as I'm working another on ...
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How to ask to my boss to pay Cloud Services that was bought in the company name?

First of all, my boss is very good and comprehensive person. I work on a Software Development company, and, currently, all our services are running on AWS system. But, the proxies that we need couldn'...
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How should I explain to the senior members of my team that our CTO is also our stakeholder?

The context is the following. During a corporate restructuring that happens this year, there were many resignations and layoff in my current company. Our CTO lives in New Zealand and we are based in ...
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How to deal with under-performing teammate when boss doesn't notice? [duplicate]

I work in a small company but my team has currently grown to include well over a dozen people. We all report to the same boss. This big team is broken up into sub-teams (each sub-team has no manager)....
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How to deal with a Co-worker with performance issues

I've been managing a small electronics store for a few years. I have two co-workers: the boss, and the technician. I have a problem with the technician: he's very nice, skilled, and actually the one ...
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Senior employee of my team understood my email as an order and didn't like it

I'm leading the Agile team with a flat structure and we recently got a new team member. He is 10 years older than me and more experienced in some things (emotional intelligence) and he is local in a ...
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Is my manager really on vacation or could this be related to being investigated? [closed]

Note: I'm already seeking employment elsewhere, please no advice on that Almost a month ago, my PM gave me a PIP and a final warning. No warning given prior. I kept extensive notes of conversations ...
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Disrespectful Colleague, Management not Doing a Thing

I have been in my current job for almost 7 months (it's my first job out of college), the first month was awesome! I really loved my job and enjoyed every minute of it! then there were some changes in ...
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Probation period extended but interim probation successful [closed]

I have a total of 21+ years experience. My first company I worked for 8 years, second company I worked for 6 years, third company I worked for 7 years. Fourth Company I worked for 4 months since I had ...
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Boss wants to use my lunchtime for work

My boss has recently asked us to attend a presentation during lunch. This will be a recurring thing at least once a month. However, I am not paid for my lunch, so I consider this to be my own time ...
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How can I convince my company to improve our software development process? [closed]

I work as an embedded software developer for a growing company that manufactures physical products and, in my opinion, is undergoing some growing pains due to its rapid growth. For decades, it was a ...
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Negotiating with my boss to let me work remotely or similar during depressions?

I'm a programmer working for a startup in San Francisco. I go through pretty bad depressive phases during the winter (it is a medical condition). It's often difficult to get out of bed, let alone ...
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Does it make sense to send multiple e-mails to management when the first one is ignored?

This happened to me some years ago and I'm still not sure what the proper course of actions should have been. Just to give you the context, I used to work in a medium-sized company with a small ...
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How to deal with a senior coworker who sabotaged my work

I currently work on a team being led by a senior coworker with a title equivalent to tech lead in Agile, however I do not report to him. About 3-4 months ago he switched the process from exporting ...
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How to get a response from a busy team?

I need to get an update for some high priority items, which have been pending for months now and starting to get absolutley critical. The technical team of 2 are the only colleagues who can help me. ...
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Boss setting expectations that subordinates can't meet

My grand boss has communicated out an unrealistic expectation to the board that we are unable to meet. My subordinate has complained to the board about my grand bosses conduct but won't elaborate to ...
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Sexual harassment in the workplace and boss not doing anything

I'm 36, married with two kids aged 7 and 8, been with my wife since I was 21. For the past few weeks, I've been sexually harassed by a co-worker; he's been asking me about things like oral sex, ...
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How to resign smoothly after having made promises during interviews [closed]

When I was interviewing, I was very excited to join this company. My resume tells I am a job hopper, they told me why should we hire you? I convinced them, but I explained why I want to change ...
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How can we be credited as individuals when pair-working as apprentices? [closed]

I work with a colleague who is similar in level but has different skills. They joined the company at the same time as me. We mainly focus on web development and software development (maintenance). ...
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Dealing with a team member who ignores company structure

I manage a DevOps team of ca 10 engineers in ~150 headcount software development company. One of my team members (call him Joe) has been with the company pretty much since its inception 10+ years ago, ...
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Dealing with attraction to my boss [closed]

I'm a recent college grad who finally got my first real programming job. For better or for worse, I am extremely attracted to my boss and have quickly developed feelings for her. This seemed awesome ...
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How do I convince my manager it's a bad idea to allow a reviewer to see a review of them from a subordinate before reviewing said subordinate?

Performance review season is rapidly approaching at my company, and our manager's manager has asked us to help her by creating a word document that has a list of our achievements from the past year ...
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should I complain to my boss about work partner? [duplicate]

I am doing job at a company where my boss divide work between me and one of my other partner. My partner sits idle whole the day and did not even help me out with the given task. When task is ...
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How to refuse to go to a meeting without a key team member present

I have a project manager that's been very relaxed on actually managing a project. His main style of management is to pick a laundry list of things that need to be accomplished in 1 week and tell the ...
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Management Not Responding To My Resignation

I have been working in a Software company and I have a bond there for 2 years. I have already served for 1 year 8 months. Unfortunately I'm now having some health issues and wanted to discontinue my ...
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What will motivate management to address operations shortfall?

The business I work for is a restaurant (franchise, one of 80+.) In 3 years it has rarely operated with a full staff because attracting workers to this location is difficult. My question is about how ...
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What is the way to give back stolen money to my boss?

I am working in a company for 2 years now. The owner is my father in law. Last year I was having money problems. My father in law trusts me a lot, so I was able to steal some money from the company in ...
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Can you safely go to HR about issues with management?

I work in Maryland, USA and have been working with a company for almost 10 years. For about the last 3 of them, I've been warned about, a newly hired regional manager that had eyes on me by my direct ...
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Is it wrong to refuse to work a shift I don't feel comfortable working those hours?

I work at a hotel and there is someone at the front desk 24/7. I once volunteered to work overnights because I love to cook but a few incidents happened and I no longer feel comfortable working those ...
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Received broken gift at workplace from the company. What should I do?

On occasion of Diwali, all the employees at my workplace got a 1ltr glass bottle nicely gift wrapped from the HR department. When I opened mine, I learned that the bottle is already broken(not by ...
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From Respected to “Invisible “

Over the last year I’ve found myself becoming increasingly invisible at work and would like to hear how others have addressed the situation. I consistently provide help to others as a subject matter ...
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Is it possible to have a “high income” as an engineer, or do I have to go for management jobs or having my own company?

Note that I have graduated not long ago - so I do not have much work experience. My situation: I am 26. I have a double-degree from a top French engineering school and a top 10 US university. I have ...
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Is it appropriate that my boss asks my teammate to validate my data work, and CC's me on the email instead of addressing it verbally?

My supervisor requested that my teammate does a quick validation on my work. He didn't ask me to explain my logic or even talk to me verbally about my teammate and I validating it together. Instead, ...
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Manager (Possibly) Setting Employee Up To Fail?

I'm asking this question on my partner's behalf/request. My partner works in retail. It is important to note that she is a part-time employee (~20 hours a week, paid hourly) and is not in a ...
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How can I plan a Christmas party when there seems to be no suitable date?

So I've been asked to plan a Christmas party for my department (roughly 40 people). I have three requirements: The party has to be before December 25th. The main boss has to be available on the ...