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How to deal with a boss who is resistant to new technologies and project solutions?

Summary: How can we, senior developers, deal with a boss who almost always prefers to apply his own way of coding, structuring projects and introducing or using technologies despite of risks and ...
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Why would management get angry that an employee who is not valuable is leaving?

I have a problem understanding workplace politics. I usually google these questions. However, this is one scenario that I couldn't find an explanation for. Disclaimer: I'm not exaggerating when I say ...
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Moving all Designers to a single team

I've just joined a SaaS company as Head of Design in which I'm leading a team of Product Designers. I learned after a couple weeks that there are also designers under the Marketing team who seem to be ...
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How can I pass an unfinished project to another organization without feeling guilty?

First time posting here, so please bear with me. My team had a project from one of our OEM customers which aged for a few years. Nothing special so far, project kept growing and more and more tasks ...
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Asking for things outside of contract - how to end working relationship as quickly as possible?

I was a software developer who worked as contractor for a non-profit up until a few days ago. The business relationship ended because their expectation of me was to do the work of multiple programmers ...
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Is it normal to have a distinction between "business" and "engineering"?

I've been in the software business for over a decade but haven't changed many employers so my view of the industry is somewhat narrow. However, in the limited experience I have, I've frequently come ...
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What do I do when my boss is sabotaging interviews?

I work in New Mexico, USA. My position is supposed to be one of a team of four, but we have never been fully staffed in the two years I have worked here. This is because we have high turnover due to ...
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Am I right in thinking that my spouse's salary is irrelevant to my own raise?

I work in IT in Nevada, USA. My wife was hired by my employer's accounting department a few months ago. My employer typically announces next year's raises just before Christmas. Despite record profits ...
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Remote technical interviews: how to whiteboard without the actual whiteboard?

Thinking back to some of my best interviews - both how I performed as a candidate, an interviewer, or the individuals involved on both sides - I always find the white-board process as a central piece ...
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How do I tell my manager their teaching method is not effective for me?

I learn best through demonstrations then dissecting the parts and steps to reach the end goal. This is especially important to me with learning coding methods and the like. However, my manager who has ...
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How to get out of a situation where you are a useful bottleneck? [duplicate]

I am a data scientist in a big company (10K employees). I have to say I appreciate my job (for now) and leaving is not my preferred solution, even though it's in scope. So, in the last 2 years, I ...
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How to react to team members feedback on task assignment?

I work in the cybersecurity division of my company in United States as a team lead / technical lead, managing a team of 9 security analysts. I worked at my current company for close to 9 years and am ...
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How to deal with a micromanaging manager?

My manager told me to not say: I might be wrong so maybe it can take a little more time, but I doubt it. and to instead say: I might be wrong so maybe it can take a little more time, let me know if ...
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Does the Manager's manager need to know disputes in teams?

I was reading about conflict resolution and I read a good approach, if a situation is considered as a conflict that wont resolve by itself, is to start with the manager calling an informal and private ...
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Negative feedback but the other person is unaware of issue [closed]

This is a question for managers. When someone in your team approaches you to complain/give negative feedback about a team member does it matter to you, and how you handle things, if they have not ...
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Old foe is now my boss [closed]

Questions 1-Is there any way of arguing that gets me out of this new boss that sounds reasonable and professional? 2-How can I keep upper management informed about my dissatisfaction, even if I manage ...
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Is is possible to nip a new micromanager in the bud?

My team just changed managers last week. He's started out being very micromanagey - he'll constantly call us to see what we did with the previous 15 minutes and then say that we need to change tasks ...
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Frequently getting contacted by my boss after I clocked off [duplicate]

I may be biased because I'm talking about myself, but I get the feeling that I get contacted more often than not, after I punched out. For example, today I asked my boss about some work and he never ...
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How to reply to "you're expected to not stay in the one role the whole day"?

I was sent to work at a convention with a team of about 10 other people. The convention was two days and our setup was elaborate. Most of the people I was working with were new to working with each ...
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Colleague going behind back to ask questions and give answers from manager

I have been in my current job for almost 2 months, where I have started with 5 other new starters. We have been doing an example project in order to get to grips with the technology and work that is ...
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How can I not get unfairly blamed for things by my boss?

I am the only person that works with my boss and he knows some things about the stuff I work on, but he is not an expert. Sometimes he tells me to do something that he thinks would be easy, but it is ...
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Colleague's delayed work is preventing me from completing my own tasks

One of my colleagues and I are doing a project together and I depend on his results, but his deadline has been extended several times. I asked him why he delayed his work. He answered that he was ...
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How to execute the policy: "carrot and stick" policy with employees. Is it effective in retention? [closed]

We are a startup and the team consists mostly of freshers. It's a team of 10 where I lead them technically. Recently the team is going through high attrition (this year 4 left). The neighboring team's ...
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As a Tech Lead, to what degree should I learn about frontend technologies? [closed]

So the context is that I was recently assigned as Tech Lead for a POD, which holds both frontend and backend capabilities. However in my previous working experience, I think my expertise is 80% ...
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Is my boss insecure?

I'm struggling with my boss --- not for the first time. I'm the kind of person that likes knowing what is expected of me, learning how to do it, and then working hard to excel at it. What I am ...
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Coworker made a big mistake with no bad consequences should I tell the boss?

A coworker accidently threw away a check from a customer of pretty significant value ~$10,000 and I was able to find it in trash before they took it out. I think it was accidental and no malicious ...
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Is stakeholder management listed or inferred?

I have worked multiple times in technical projects that I was responsible for the successful synchronisation of all parties and update on progress. Basically I managed all the stakeholders. My ...
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How to tell when it's good to involve management vs making decision for yourself?

I have trouble deciding when to ask management what to do when something does not go according to plan vs. making my own decision. On one side if it's something small I do not want to bother ...
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How to convey staffing issues to burnout-causing boss?

I have been working for a small business for 15 years on a part-time basis. Over the years I have seen a considerable turnover of staff, some of which I believe has been down to my boss (business ...
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Not receiving feedback from raised concerns, what else can I do?

For the past four years, I have been a back end developer in a small, UK-based software development team in a large organization. I have been at this company for 7 years. Last year, I raised several ...
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Associate Business Analyst been assigned a task which senior business analyst is not able to do

To give some background I am working at a fintech company in India as an Associate Business Analyst in Delivery department of a MNC. Associate BAs are considered as Level 1 employee at this firm ...
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Dealing with out of hours emails?

I am a eCommerce development manager for a successful business. We are a small team but work very much as such with everyone fully committed to the cause. When I first started I was told that I ...
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Why can other people work abroad but my partner can't - is this discrimination?

My partner is really going through it at the moment... she works in the UK at a tech startup going through some fairly aggressive acquisition management changes, which are having affects on morale. ...
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How to handle unreceptive medical personnel?

I work with many fields of study at my organization establishing manning and balancing processes. My methodologies are very sound and proven mathematical approaches: queueing theory, line balancing, ...
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Confront Manager about Unrealistic Report deadlines

Disclaimer: I know there have been a lot of posts already about unrealistic deadlines, but this one's a bit different, so please don't mark it as a duplicate right away. Background: For the past two ...
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How to preemptively tell employer what you expect to get paid when there's potential for confusion/miscalculations

I recently started working for a new employer. I get paid by the hour and the work hours are not always consistent. A job lasted a lot longer than expected and in fact needed to be finished on a day ...
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How to deal with my boss constantly making stuff up about technology

First of all, I want to make it clear that none of this is negatively affecting me or anyone specifically, as far as employment and performance goes. I'm a software developer in small team. My boss, ...
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Assigned to do a physically demanding job with someone who wasn't up for it. Manager mad things were slow and may have to do it with them again

I'm going to phrase this question in a blunt way. I was assigned to do a tasks that had a considerable amount of physical work. I'm male and in good shape but I'm not particularly "large". A ...
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How to work with boss better

My boss has the following traits likes to micromanage in the sense that he wants to check or give me permission to work on things really hard time getting him to agree to let me have access to ...
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How do I handle a situation where I'm "stuck" between the CEO and Production Manager?

Summary: Our factory is suffering major issues, our CEO and my manager are in disagreement about the reasons for it and how to fix it. The CEO wants me to take his side in this and help the manager to ...
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Boss may think I'm overpaid

I have suspicion that my boss may think I'm overpaid. Is there anything I can do to remedy the situation if that is the case? Hypothetically say I'm 100% sure he thinks I'm overpaid what should I do ...
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How do you comeup with multiple teams where work in interlaced and all deliver the same Single UI project

I currently hold a team of 17 all of whom work on delivering single product --Admin UI. The problem with such a big team is Grooming, Standups, dividing works, scaling new team members, handling ...
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How to split your direct reporters to teams when your manager is against it?

A friend of mine is actually facing this problem. He currently manages around 12 engineers as their direct manager. He's unable to effectively perform his job since he's supposed to have a very hands ...
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How do I ask for a demotion?

I’m in a management role at a mid-sized company and hate it. My first three years at the company I held a “project manager” role, which I really enjoyed. Nearly two years ago I was promoted to the ...
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How should I tell my boss that I'm going away for another company?

Premise: I'm 21, and I've started my path for my current company when I was 16 in a school internship. Then for all next years every internship or every holidays I was working for them as a software ...
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How can I convince my manager that I cannot multitask?

I've never been able to multitask. Task switching takes a very long time for me. Writing software requires quite a lot of mental "setup" and I need to get into the flow of it. This takes ...
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How to keep yourself motivated at work?

There are times that I feel like I don't want to do anything at work. How to keep me motivated at what I'm doing?
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How to keep my morale high? My colleague is redoing my work and i feel belittled? [closed]

I work for a startup, and I handle from interviews to Production ops/ delivery. Many times I anticipate the future and I was ready with the work even before it arrives. This is how i used to deliver. ...
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Enforcing standard practices onto a self-taught project owner

I currently have engaged myself on a not-yet-serious-enough game project owned by my partner. Although it is not going as strongly as I wish, I myself am a trained dev, did my years at school and went ...
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Employee doesn't listen to my demands

So I have a developer working on dockerizing one of our application for production. The thing is that it's already done for development, and he has been taking a lot of time doing it. He also is doing ...

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