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How can I get honest intent about future plans from employees?

One of the senior software developers instantly quit over my company announcing that it will be office-centric again. Management dealt with the concerns about that very badly and lectured employees ...
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Coworker berated me in front of another coworker

About a month ago I felt like I was struggling with some parts of my job (an administrative assistant at a therapy office), so I reached out to my boss about it. She was glad to help me out and we ...
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How to prevent apathy and corner cutting when nothing happens so people feel secure?

Say that you have a software team that is supposed to aggressively check for code quality and bugs and security errors. Eventually you get to the point where people don't find anything so they start ...
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My mother is being framed by new management

Note: Long post ahead. Context: Rural southern Spain Medium-sized public company (+500 people) without HR Toxic workplace My mother is in her late fifties She has been in this company for 20 years ...
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What to do when a manager is constantly assigning you new things one after another?

I think most of us have all been there. You have a manager who assigns you some complex work which needs picking up lots of different technologies (8+). They give you a reasonable time to make ...
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New Manager at a New Company and feeling Anxious?

I started a new job yesterday with a new company as a manager. I've been managing for few years at different departments but it has all been under the same company. Now, I'm totally at a new company (...
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Manager wants to send me to an expensive training. A different manager told me it’s a waste of money

Background My employer requires that I take training which is offered to all employees by Company-X at no cost to my employer. This training is essentially a circuit of courses that are offered at ...
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Telling a coworker they aren't invited into my house

Long story short, my former manager, but current coworker's, poor treatment resulted in me developing a case of PTSD. I was diagnosed about two months ago. However, we don't have an HR team so there ...
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How to learn to become a manager?

I have always been an IT tech guy, currently with 25 years experience. Now I got a job in a company as an IT manager. I have no prior experience in management. I have problems knowing when to call for ...
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As a manager, should I support employees who work during the weekend?

An employee I manage has started working on weekends. They have a temporary position, and probably want to make a good impression to have a chance of getting hired permanently. Higher-ups have asked ...
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Helping a team member to ramp-up

I work in a startup of 9 people. It is my first position as a lead developer. I have started to build my team 9 months ago, we were two for many months and due to a tight deadline we have hired two ...
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When the boss thinks everything the company does is amazing and expect you to think the same

My manager is a big fan of the company we work at. EVERYTHING the company is doing is GREAT / AMAZING / .... For example: If the company reported it has a new customer, the boss will immediately ...
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Is concern about employee retention mostly for show?

It seems as though if hiring were as costly as companies claimed and retaining knowledge mattered all that much then turnover wouldn't be high. Everyone knows why people are quitting in tech. It is ...
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Alternative metrics for software development?

I am on a team where metric generation has been decreed by those higher above us. Specifically we are going to track team productivity by number of commits per week, PR review times, error log entries ...
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Is my boss playing “good cop” “bad cop”?

When my boss Burt calls a meeting with me, Ernie (one of my peers) is always invited. Sometimes Ernie has a good reason to be in the meeting, but often there is no reason at all for them to be there. ...
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Manager is assigning pointless goals? [closed]

I had my one on one with my manager on Friday and one of the requirements was the creation of measurable goals for me that are evaluated at the end of the year. They need to be measurable so they can ...
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When dealing with mass misconduct, how do you prevent disruption while still punishing the act?

I am an HR Strategist in a company of about 500 people. The Head of HR position is currently not filled and no interim head has been appointed. Seems like leadership has decided that it will be me for ...
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How to get more recognition for taking extra shifts

Where I work I often agree to take extra shifts when someone else can't make their shift upon my manager's request. I've been doing this often and don't feel like I'm getting recognition. (I make the ...
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How to navigate career growth in a team with title inflation and with a manager who fails to retain skilled employees?

I recently started a new job as a mid level software engineer.Team was made up of 3 seniors and 2 mid levels including me. Within my first month, other mid level colleague took extended leave due to ...
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How to clarify what my role is and how I can make an impact?

I am a 46 year old engineering manager, with 20 years of experience in the software industry, for a team of 8 people (who are mostly automation engineers in a product-based company) for the last year. ...
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Boss introduced my soon-to-be right hand via email. How to proceed now?

I recently accepted a new job and I'll be starting in a couple of weeks. The entire interview process has been online (video chat) because of Covid. I'll be leading a team. Obviously, I have not met ...
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Should I bring to my boss's attention that coworkers are getting me to do most of the work by giving me huge to-do lists?

I am working in a retail store. There is one to three of employees working at a time, usually with no manager on site. I have almost never worked with the manager and mainly communicate with him ...
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Boss used my sensitive PII data without authorisation

I work on the CRM system in a large recruitment agency in the UK. I applied for several jobs through job boards and spoke to a recruiter from the same agency as we work for and we discussed what I was ...
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Stuck working on project no clear goals

I am currently working on a master's degree in robotics. I have a job as part of a work study program from a French school. During the interview, I was presented with plenty of interesting robotics ...
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Should I report unrealistic deadlines assigned to me by other colleagues to my manager?

There is this person X, who would assign an unrealistic deadline and ask to build things that she won't use regularly. This has happened previously also and I had reported it to my manager and he ...
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Management does not care when product is stolen

I know this is a bit of a strange question. I am currently working in a retail store. There has been a lot of shop lifting and sometimes I blatantly see customers doing it. The first time it happened ...
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Hiring via Internal Transfer vs. External

I am currently hiring to fill an open position in my team. This is something I’ve done dozens of times during my career, through external candidates and I’ve been fortunate that I’ve never made a hire ...
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Manager focusing solely on personal career

I have a manager that is aware of my career objective to transition to her (managerial) role. In our one on one meetings she was encouraging the idea but I noticed that no real progress in any ...
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What should I do - I got a final written warning?

At my job I have been there for almost a year. My manager gave me a final written warning because people complained that I compare my workload to others in the fact that I do more than other people I ...
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Manager doesn't remember me

We had a town hall (organization-wide business meeting) today with my boss's boss. A part of her town hall, she introduced me as a new team member. She asked me to stand up and introduce myself and ...
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As a manager - how to handle a conflict between team members that reached a boiling point

Two of my employees were given a big task. They were responsible for splitting the work between them and coordinating the efforts and sub-tasks. The task seemed to be running smoothly for two weeks ...
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Added to new employer's repo and working on a new version during off-hours

I am starting a new Software Engineering position in a month or so, but, the manager I will be reporting to added me to the repo of the current codebase of the software I will be working on when I ...
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Pay increase for management responsibilities

I am currently looking for a new job and wanted some salary advice. I am a visual designer specialising in creating design systems for companies to help create consistency across their sites / ...
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Being Extremely blunt about displeassure of a certain person in a management position

I work (first "sidejob", 2 years) for a company who's offering me freelance work. It's great. It pays extremely well. There's a person in a management position who organizes our orders. ...
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How can I tell my boss he has poor video meeting manners? [closed]

My boss loves scheduling long, pointless video meetings. This is bad enough, but it's made worse by his poor manners and ridiculous rules. He doesn't like it when people mute their mic or use ...
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How can I ask my boss to stop overcomplicating everything?

I enjoy my job, but my boss makes everything more complicated than it needs to be. Whether it's policy, planning, implementation or improvements, he tries to "outsmart" simple things and ...
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When to inform boss, something wasn't my fault

In general I have a difficult time knowing when to defend my position that a mistake was not my fault. I'm working in a retail store right now, but I've had this question in other environments. Where ...
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Mistake during internship

I've been an intern at a company for a little over a month and I have made a mistake. For context, this same mistake was once made by my manager when I first started and they pinned it on me, so this ...
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Should I tell my superior I'm thinking of leaving now (start of paid parental leave), after finishing paid parental leave, or when I have a new job?

I'm in a high-paying Senior Software Engineer role at a top tech company with excellent benefits, just starting 16 weeks of paid parental leave, in the San Francisco Bay area in California, with a low ...
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Dealing with difficult manager

There is a manager at my company whose mindset I struggle to understand. Thankfully I haven't had to work with him that deeply or for extended periods, but because my company essentially rotates us ...
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Why do managers feel it's a good idea to do untrustworthy behaviour?

It's fairly routinely known that a lot of employees don't trust their managers, and I've certainly experienced that myself from time to time. https://www.careersingovernment.com/tools/gov-talk/career-...
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Manager Disclosing Health Info

I was taken out of work by my PCP (primary care practitioner) for severe medical reasons. I gave my job proper notice and had provided my work note. I was not aware that I did not have to disclose any ...
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Should I do anything about coworker who clocks in early and does nothing? [duplicate]

How to get clarity on hours paid. I recently started a job where we clock in at the beginning of our shift, and out at the end. The pay is directly linked to the clocking and out. It's down to the ...
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Stolen commission?

At my company there is a policy which states that whatever region the deal is signed in, that region gets the deal's commission. I've been watching one of my employees working on a deal for months ...
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Bossy coworker asked me to stay late. Should I tell our manager?

I started a job relatively recently, and it is in retail. The store is small, so sometimes only one or two people are working at a time. There's a coworker who's only been there a few more months than ...
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Boss not responding to my email about promotion

Last year during my amazing performance review, my boss said he submitted my name to be promoted to a higher officer position but he stated that he missed the cutoff so I’d have to wait until the next ...
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Should I report my manager?

At my place of work, we have many employees who Refuse to do their assigned work Does others work and not their own Just leaves the workspace whenever Yell at customers Just leaves whenever things ...
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Boss promoted new guy in less than a month. How should I proceed? [closed]

My boss (supervisor) has been trying to convince me everyone out there is evil, except for him. He cuts me out completely from talking to other departments, or anyone else (besides him) for what its ...
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New Employee with Challenging Team Dynamics

I started a new position on March 1, and while it is in a field that I absolutely love, I am challenged by unclear direction, new expectations and interesting team dynamics. Our manager is very "...
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Intentional company falsehood in job description causing tension with boss [closed]

I got a job at a big name Managed Service Provider (basically IT mercenaries). I was skeptical of MSP work at first but my buddy works on a different team at this office and really likes it, so he put ...

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