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Do you share your grumble about company stuff you don't agree upon with people who report to you?

“Gripes go up, not down.” Say you got a task from your boss and feel awkward with it. You state to the boss you are uneasy with the task, but still, he asks you to do it. Then you take it to your ...
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Delivery of message to underperformers

For me I always thought that in regards to performance a direct and early feedback with concrete examples is what is the correct approach or at least what everyone wants. Being a new manager I am not ...
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How to deal with dangerous co-worker? [duplicate]

I'm nineteen, female, and stuck working at a very unprofessional outback horse boarding place. I live in a bush town that's on the cusp of small and medium. The employees (4) all live on-site and work ...
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What to do when as a lead, you are imposed a team or strategy you do not agree with?

I was hired by a company to perform as a technical lead in DevOps/Automation, I have been asked to scale up further, for which I have asked for other devops profile to be hired to help me. My direct ...
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Is having to do repetitive work all day a sign that my organization is under-staffed?

Is having to do repetitive work all day a sign that my organization is under-staffed? I have an advanced degree and my job is basically pressing the same 12 buttons repeatedly all day and writing ...
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How can I protect myself from a sexual predator at work?

I’m an eighteen year old female, and I just started my first day at my new work placement as a farm-hand. I spent 2 weeks searching for a work placement so I was very excited and grateful. I’m afraid ...
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How do I broach the subject of cost of living with my boss?

I work full time for a state college in the USA. I like my job, and I have a positive relationship with my boss. My landlord is asking me to renew my lease, and rent is going up by 25%. I am slated ...
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Fear about people getting better than the leader

I am a senior software engineer who is starting with leading. I was following a course on Udemy where they say, "Don't be afraid that your reports get better than you. You should encourage that! ...
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How to convince my boss that we are not responsible for every issue at the company?

My boss is a very nice person in general, but she has a problem with saying no. She accepts all tickets that have the name of our product as ours, no matter if they are really for us, or not. It's a ...
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Switch in professional career due to personal circumstances [closed]

I have worked as a SDE in many interesting places, working abroad and in well known companies in the industry, one of them being a FAANG, for around ten years. Shortly after the pandemic started, I ...
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Should I buy shares of the start-up I'm working for as an intern? [closed]

I've recently taken an internship in a start-up as a software developer, and, although I'm being paid 500€/mo with a 6-months contract, my CEO (let's call him Bob) has offered me a small stake (2,500€/...
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Feeling like a fraud at a startup I joined as an intern

TL;DR: Young inexperienced coder gets an internship, gets offered a stake in the start-up he's working for, and now feels like a big fraud. Some context I'm a coder from an undisclosed European ...
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How do I politely tell my former manager I no longer work for her?

Long story short, my former manager is a bigoted jerk who tries to get her subordinates fired so she has an excuse as to why she cannot do her job. She tried two years ago with me during the start of ...
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My Ex-Boss is using my Accounting Software [closed]

I work as an accountant so I have my own QB Software, this allows me to install it on a PC. I was working for a company and installed the software. When I left I began the uninstall process and he ...
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Team won't come out of their shell (possible team-wide imposter syndrome?)

I have a team-wide performance problem on the team I inherited about a year ago. No matter their title, the senior+ engineers on my team perform at the level of a junior engineer (objectively, ...
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Complained about boss to boss's boss now he left

I complained about my manager to her boss (taking too many sick leaves, she didn't make good decisions in the workplace) to her boss who I have a good relations with. Now her boss is transfering to ...
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Team member regularly ignores "back to office" policy

A while back, the company announced a "Two days in the office" policy after working mostly remotely for the past two years. So every week, we are expected to work three times from home and ...
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What can we do if we get threatened when resigning?

Yes, you read it right. I'm not being threatened with being fired but, rather, I would be threatened when I announce my resignation. Unfortunately, my boss has his "background" so it might ...
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How to react after all your work being thrown away due to a merger?

I was hired by a company to develop a product a year ago, I have worked on this product exclusively during the last year and the intention was to move up to a managerial role with two more people as ...
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How to deal with manager's poor communication skills?

I currently work as a Software Engineer in a relatively small subdivision of a team of ~35 people, all of which report to the same manager (and all of which are Software Engineers of some sort). This ...
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Is my employer making my job unnecessarily hard or assigning useless work that helps nobody? [closed]

My employer said that they wanted me to copy and paste and itemize all the things in invoices part of a contract we receive and copy into excel. I can't just list the total amount of an invoice, I ...
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I am a full-stack engineer but my manager wants to make me do frontend development exclusively

I will soon have a meeting with my manager, in which she will want to assign me to exclusively frontend development. I am a full-stack engineer and enjoy both frontend and backend development. But the ...
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How to approach IT security and legal issues with unwilling boss?

I am working as an apprentice in a very small company, and, although sizable amount of money and IP (Intellectual Property) pass by our company, IT Security and presence of legally obliged documents ...
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How do you point out that a person is incompetent without exposing yourself to the risk of being sued? [closed]

How do you point out that a person is incompetent without exposing yourself to the risk of being sued? Let's say that your engineering lead is really terrible, and can't coach (has a really poor ...
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How do I tell my boss I don't feel the need to be friends outside of work?

I am an enterprise software dev in the USA. Another developer recently joined my small team. While he and I do share some similar interests, I find him annoying and am not interested in spending time ...
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How to talk about nepotism when owners/managers are involved?

Nepotism is a problem at my company. Almost everyone from the owner, to the president, to managers, have members of their families or friends hired at my current company. Usually they ensure their ...
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Build new company software on my own time? Or is that overstepping? [closed]

I started working at this company about a year ago. I work on a team that maintains their web application. The web application was built about 20 years ago using Java Spring and is extremely outdated ...
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How can I improve teamwork when the team relies on a few people?

I joined the team 2 months ago as a manager and I have a few teams in my organization. I noticed that each team relies heavily on 1 to 2 people. Every decision goes to a few people. Production ...
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How do I provide clear goals for a PIP when the developer's mistakes are ambiguous and varied?

Context: I recently joined a software development company as a manager where previously my team of developers did not have a formal manager. The oversight given to the developers was unsupportive at ...
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Can I rely on promises that a management coach will not share private information I provide?

Shortly after promoting me into a managerial position my boss hired a management coach - not just for me but also some of my colleagues who were also promoted. We were assured the management coach was ...
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Can I "write up" employees who are family for calling out on the same days?

I am new to management, I have about 20 employees under me at a supermarket and 3 of them are family members. The family members work staggered shifts and when they have something like a birthday they ...
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Is this management reorg a demotion?

Yesterday in my regularly scheduled "one on one" meeting with my manager I was ambushed not only by my manager but his manager (a member of the executive team) and an human resources person. ...
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How can I persuade my non-technical boss to stop interfering with IT systems?

I am the IT manager for my employer, a small office of about 15 people. My boss is not proficient with networking, websites, or anything technical past skimming an article or something his "...
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Ethics/risks on earning a double salary where both employers are okay with the situation

This is a weird situation and a throwaway stack account to protect me. I'm looking for some advice from you all to help organise my thoughts. The situation: I'm a software engineer that works/worked ...
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Reasons someone would avoid working on career growth

In my team I wanted to dedicate time for people's growth. I gave each of them some material and actions to do, to start working together on a development plan. All my team members started on this and ...
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How to politely ask why I wasn't told about Exit Interviews

I have under 25% ownership in a small company that is about 12 months from being closed permanently. My business partner hired a new HR person in December. I recently found out that she is doing ...
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"team lead" acting as gatekeeper

So I started a new (software development) job a few months back, and they use a "scrum-inspired" means of management. One of the rules is that the team lead for each team must sign off on ...
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Bradford score help

I work at a place that uses the Bradford score, yesterday I hurt myself at work and I had 3h left to finish and my manager saw how much pain I was, could barely walk, said I should go home but it ...
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How to handle management's expectations of new team members?

For context I'm a .Net Senior Software Engineer and Team lead. I recently started my current position and the majority of my team members are performing well. However, due to the general shortage of ....
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How to be professional with subordinates my company doesn't want to have anything to do with anymore?

I am a manager in an EU company of about 300 people in 3 countries. My company also had (until last week) a branch in Moscow with about 75 people. This branch generated about 25/30% of my company ...
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Can I refuse to train new hires?

I am a software architect, and generally it is my job to mentor other staff. However, there have been problems with hiring new staff, that are absolutely unqualified to do the job, even at a junior ...
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How to handle emotionally, a chronically irritable manager?

This is in the context of a UK work culture. I work in a small isolated team with a chronically irritable manager. I wouldn't go as far as to describe him as angry but he's certainly not merely abrupt/...
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Are regular 1:1 meetings really that important?

Are regular 1:1 meetings really that important ? I guess that for many people the answer is, of course. But I have been working for a Beijing local company for 11 years, managing a team around 10 ...
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How do you know if you are too flexible as a manager?

I joined a team as a manager and I am new in management. The team was in a part of the company that the demands have been "slow" and not much work that was a challenge. But since they did ...
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Promotion refused despite good performance review because of transition to more management responsibilities

TLDR My performance review (based on engineering skills) was positive, I applied for promotion and got refused because in the next period I will be taking managing responsibilities (and I'm new to ...
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Can't stand managers not reading emails and replies

Background: We work remotely. Our managers are in a different country I know the best solution is to reduce emails and instead use either Slack or instant messages, but these managers are from ...
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Properly communicating that I don't like having two managers

I am a Software Development Manager. In our organization chart, I directly report to a Senior Director ("Manager A"). A couple of months ago (early December), Manager A has asked me to start ...
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What should you do when the IT department just copy paste emails and then assign the ticket to you?

What should you do when the IT department just copy paste emails and then assign the ticket to you? I noticed they just copy paste the email they receive and they don't make an effort to solve them by ...
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Discovered developer doing Leetcode puzzles when he should be working

I hired a remote developer to work on a project with a client some months ago. He has been playing around on LeetCode throughout the working day hours, when he has active tasks in progress. I'm ...
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Is it rude to ask if a task is done almost immediately after it was given? [closed]

Is it rude to ask if a task is done almost immediately after it was given? I have a manager and this manager gets a lots of complaints from others, so I am not sure if I am the only one. And just ...
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