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How to tell VP that his presence makes people uncomfortable?

I am a line manager for a group of 8 software developers. Our team is great, and everybody is usually very happy and cheerful. A couple times a month, my boss (the VP) comes into the office to check ...
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Struggling to motivate new employee

I currently have a direct report who I'm struggling with. He has some good attributes, but is not really stepping up to the level we expected of him when we hired him and when he was in onboarding. ...
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Transitioning from specialist to manager role

I have recently transitioned from an individual contributor at senior scientist level to a team lead role, where the first task has been to build my own team from scratch. It has been an interesting ...
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How to refuse a business trip due to low budget

My boss wants me to take a business trip to meet some team members. This business trip has no other value than just hanging out in person. The given budget for the accommodation would get me a hostel-...
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How to effectively communicate feelings of being undermanaged?

I'm working for a "flat" tech company of roughly 50 people. I work with several project managers, but there's no one whose responsibility is to manage me. Despite being billed as flat and ...
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Given high-responsibility project completely unrelated to my expertise [closed]

I work for a local company (UK-based) and am becoming increasingly concerned about a project that has been assigned to me, aswell as some of those in charge. To keep my identity a secret, I’ll refer ...
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Employer made me redundant, then retracted the notice after realising that I'm about to start on a new project

The company I work for called me into a meeting out of the blue last Friday, notifying me that they do not have any work they foresee me being able to do in the next 3 months and were terminating me ...
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What do I do when all my bosses are inept? [closed]

Every BOSS I had was inept ? How do I change this ?
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Why is personnel management decision-making so different to that in other functions?

I don't want to sound cynical and I am sure that selfish decision criteria exist in other functions than HR. Yet I do find that, in general, personnel selection decisions tend to be quite different in ...
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How to help a dev, who is otherwise good, improve the speed at which they work?

I work as the lead dev on a small team. I manage 3-4 devs. I don't have any issues with this particular dev apart from that given their level they should be completing tasks faster. This isn't just my ...
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Handling Protective Overworked Employee

I am a middle manager at a company and we have a developer who works on our site. He does not report to me. He is overworked and upper management doesn't want to hire someone to help him, but at the ...
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Nearly Perfect Offer, Except for Title

I'm about to receive an offer that is quite aligned with my experience, and the pay is excellent. However, I'm concerned about the implications of the title change based on my career trajectory. At my ...
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Interpreting a negative self-evaluation of a high performer

I have a direct report that I consider to be not only my best performer, but one of the best performers in my entire organization. Recently, our organization decided to implement a detailed self-...
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Negotiating salary tactics

Suppose a person has been at a company for 4 years and hadn't received a pay increase. What is the best way for this person to negotiate for a higher salary? Ask his boss directly? Should the person ...
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As a manager, would it be wrong to create secret PTO so that I can keep my star employees?

I work for a large corporation that has really inane rules about PTO (Paid Time Off). For example: We don't get a ton to start with, and if you don't use all of it, at the end of the year it goes ...
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Please help! Employer coerced me signing a backdated commission agreement, threatening to withhold earned commissions if I didn’t. What can I do? [closed]

My corporate organization is a mess. Here is the high level: 4 commission agreement changes in a year I’m the top salesperson They’ve underpaid my commissions multiple times, I’m patient with them ...
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How can I learn to lead at the client as a mid-level software developer in the workplace?

I was externally hired by a company to help them with software development. All people at the client are software developers too. I was asked to lead them, but I don't know how. I'm quite introverted, ...
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How to best deal with a devious work colleague that is constantly undermining my role?

In my current role, I am responsible for managing several teams, for where I am accountable for their performance and how they work together to deliver work. I am the scrum master. In one team I have ...
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How do you foster collaboration between foundation/service and product engineering teams?

Recently joined a company where the engineering teams are broken down by foundation teams and product engineering teams. The charter for the foundation team is to build products that are reusable by ...
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Employees' Engagement in Virtual Meetings

We are a growing company with 12 employees. We all work virtually and meet in the office once a month or two. Office meetings are efficient compared to virtual meetings, but as everyone is working in ...
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What do you use for personal note-taking at work? [closed]

I want to transition away from using my handwritten notebook to maintain personal note-taking and record keeping for projects, meetings, and just my progress notes/thoughts on things. Main problems ...
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How to deal with new manager that humiliates a team member (me and occasionally others) almost daily

There is a new manager in my company that has been put in charge of a pretty new project. Company culture is generally good, supportive, and empathetic. The new manager seemed to be that way in the ...
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Fighting back being thrown under the bus

I work for a small company, and I've recently discovered that while talking to the big boss my manager has wrongly blamed me for some issues that delayed our product. Although I can understand that ...
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I work remote but CEO is not happy no one is using the shiny new office space, new mandate that everyone has to work 3 days in the office (UK) [closed]

Background: I am employed as a remote Senior/Mid C# developer at a local-ish company. I have worked remotely for over 10 years at various companies with the usual caveat that comes with all remote ...
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What to do when your boss overrides your decision? [closed]

I have been interviewing people for retail operation manager. The hard requirement is experience in retail, fashion, and training. My boss referred a friend of his to me. His friend comes from the ...
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Constant, juvenile conflicts with colleague after promotion turmoil

I am Software Architect at my current company. I was offered the role of team manager when my manager (who I’ll call Bill) was promoted 6 months ago. I told Bill that I would probably provide greater ...
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Manager is mad that I can no longer work on weekends for family reasons

I recently became a shift manager and used to be a casual crew. I changed my availabilities and no longer able to work on weekends due to family reasons. My manager replied with this: “Hi ****, why ...
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I agreed with my management that I would stay in my current position at least a year. Is it appropriate for me to leave if I don't feel respected?

Edit: Some answers and comments have made it clear that in choosing not to elaborate very much on my issues with management, I may have poorly described the breadth of the issue. What makes me choose ...
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What should I do when my supervisor is being disrespectful and too harsh

I am now currently doing my internships at this one company. This company is actually a branch, so here they have their person in charge for this branch. Unfortunately, on my first day of internships, ...
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Startup scaling but ignoring its seniors' warnings - retry or give up?

I joined a small software dev startup in the moment they started scaling up. The software was a working prototype, a very complex one (multi-threaded CPU and GPU app pushing top notch gaming PC to its ...
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Team relies too much on me for devops, which isn't what I want to do

TL;DR: My team's planning and software development practices are awful. I want to do ML research but painted myself into a corner by taking the lead on development instead. Things are improving too ...
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How many project managers does a startup need?

I've worked at 3 separate startups, most had 1 - 2 PMs, usually roughly 1 PM per 3-5 developers. My current position is similar, there are 4 teams of 2-3 devs, each with their own PM. My friend's ...
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Group of friends project % split problem

Recently me with a group of friends (group of 3) have started a web page, we have decided that the % (future benefits and expenses) of the project will be 42.5%/42.5%/15%, despite the fact that the ...
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Soliciting suggestions from entire group of subordinates - good idea?

I am a member of the managerial team at a large international school. I coordinate about 40 staff members. I am considering emailing them at the beginning of next academic year, and possibly at the ...
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Work at old company as contractor while working full-time at new company?

I currently work at Old_Co. At Old_Co I created a sophisticated application suite that's used by many of our employees. Unfortunately, the administration changed and I started job-hunting. I received ...
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How to interpret management being inconsistent in their interaction/feedback?

I work in a fairly quantitative technical field. We get open projects which I love to do. I do quite well at them, and I have a good reputation in my team. My manager is more operational and most of ...
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In what situations are you able to call the police at work to deal with abusive colleagues?

I am in England. Both I and many of my friends have experienced abusive/misogynistic/bullying that veers into mobbing/ harassment/sexual harassment at work. I think everyone's first instinct is to try ...
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Convincing my boss not to fire me

I've learned today that my boss is trying to replace me. From the echoes I got, I learned that he wants to do this because of an under-performance issue, my performance was not on point this year due ...
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New boss is extremely strict about time at work, not sure how to ask her to trust me more

I just started a new job in May that is basically a step up from my old one - very similar work, just more responsibility and more high-profile clients. In my previous job I always got my work done on ...
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Why do my bosses ask if I am okay?

I tend to care about my work and so I tend to work long hours. I am a manager, so when my employees call out, I pick up their task and complete it. I am told I am an open book and my team and upper ...
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How to deal with passive management style ("come to me, I won't come to you")

TL;DR What are your options with a manager with "passive" management style, very little teamwork, knowledge sharing, bad onboarding for new employees, very little meetings and no incentive ...
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Scope and responsibilities change after starting at a new job

I started a new jobs a few months ago. I signed up to run a business group at the company which has three departments. Two months after I joined, the company wanted to spin off my business group as a ...
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How should we handle interns who are not performing?

We took on some interns who are still in college on the request of one of their teachers. The interns don't have much skill at all and don't seem to be taking things seriously. They lack enthusiasm: ...
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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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