Questions tagged [management]

For questions about the tools and practices of management, including business management, project management, performance management and other management disciplines in the workplace.

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Manager keep on voicing general opinions which I don't share at work, what would be an appropriate reaction?

I used to have a very chatty manager that wanted to spend some time at work chatting about all kind of stuff. This is more or less normal I think. What was a bit weird was that my manager used to ...
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Company indirectly discriminating against introverts, specifically INTJ

Background On pretty much all tests out there, I heavily score as INTJ in the Myer-Briggs system. Some tests even suggest slight Asperger, combined with what I suspect is a healthy dose of OCD. I don'...
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Confronted about an Amazon review

Back in 2018, my CEO wrote a book. I usually don't read these kind of memoir/non-fiction books, but I figure it would be interesting to get insight into the mind of someone I've been working under ...
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Misclassified as part-time when working full-time

Background: Working in the US in Wisconsin. Started at Company X as part-time (9am - 2pm) Transitioned to full-time hours (9am - 5pm) Recently discovered that I was still classified as a part-time ...
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How to deal with people whose priority is to not get blamed?

I recently had a project which suffered a needless delay of a month because all three people involved thought it was someone else's turn to do something. My reaction was "Sigh, now finish the project"....
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Manager trying to drag team into office politics

I am not a new employee in the company but I am part of a kind of newly formed team with a newly promoted manager. The team overall is not performing well and she is the main reason (and some team ...
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Handing off (to another team) support processes - how to communicate that not everything can be part of a “checklist”?

Summary: I'm a developer, and currently also do support for the stuff I develop. Due to organisational reasons I'm being asked to hand off the 'support' function to a dedicated support team, but they ...
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Younger junior colleague who behaves like the boss

I would be grateful for advice on this situation. I'm a senior developer with about 10 years of experience. Until recently my team consisted of myself, my manager, and a staff engineer. We've been ...
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Employee is not hitting 40-hour week expectation

Problem Employee X is not at work 40 hours each week. For the last several weeks, Employee X has worked roughly 37-37.5 hours each week. Employee X is the primary web developer for each of our ...
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Disrespectful employee going above my head and telling me what to do. I am his manager

This time last year I hired 'Bill', someone a little older than I am, to take over some responsibilities I needed to start delegating. Despite his great interview and full understanding of the job ...
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How to advance career into an advanced management position when no opportunities exist?

I'm a software engineer but want to advance my career into management, ideally in something like a senior architect role. However, I have no idea how to do this, because the company I work for is ...
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How do I handle unreasonable management? [closed]

In my workplace the 'little guys' tend to get it in the neck. There are, I believe numerous issues within management, causing the bulk of the stress the workforce experiences, but the team I'm part ...
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Is it okay to complain to management after receiving role elimination notice

A friend of mine was bullied for 6+ months by her manager to promote a subordinate with whom he had an affair. This subordinate is an average performer with nothing much to show to be promoted from a ...
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How do you commercialize internal products [closed]

I have been in a technical leadership role with a product (15yrs old) for 9+ yrs. I'm presently leading ~10 devs and report to a senior manager. We don't have clear mgmt and engg leadership tracks, so ...
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What to do about a seemingly self-appointed, unannounced 'team leader' within our group when there's no official communication but some signs

I work in a functional team of 5 and we report to a manager, Anne. Anne also has about 6-7 other people who report to her doing something different but related. Our group's work is "downstream" and "...
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Categorically, what managerial experience am I missing from my non-traditional background? [closed]

I'm applying for a marketing director role that would have 10 reports, and they seem quite interested in my background. However, my leadership experience is non-traditional. I built my own company and ...
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As a junior engineer I have been put in charge of a project outside of my capabilities. How can I communicate this to my management?

I am currently working as an electronic/software engineer at small Australian company. I started here as a part of my work experience required by my university. After I graduated, I have continued to ...
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Am I managing or just delegating responsibility?

My job is to coordinate the successful launch and running of training courses. I participate in the actual training only occasionally, instead leaving it to others. I generate the training materials,...
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Should I provide my employee company-paid training/conferences for non-work-related skills?

I am a manager of a software developer whom I really want to retain because he is a high performer and a joy to work with. In our 1:1 meetings, he has expressed the desire to learn a skill which is ...
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Promoted to Supervisor “line manager” of peers (new position) but don't seem to have any authority in practice - how to address with boss?

I was a de facto 'senior' member of a group of 5 - not recognised by title or salary but I knew much more than the others, was the "go to" person for everything, etc. Then this was formalised by ...
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What is the rationale of using attrition (rather than layoffs of the lowest performers) as the main mechanism of slowly shrinking a department?

I was discussing with a friend about the context of the place where he works. It is a medium sized company (a few hundred employees) with both "legacy" departments (e.g. monolith applications) and "...
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Should I complain to HR about being mocked for request I made [closed]

I work in the I.T. department as I had an issue with cheap toilet roll and unable to sit because of pain so I decided to put in a request. We use a survey site to put in suggestion and those that get ...
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What's a reasonable number of Uniform tops to provide employees [closed]

How many uniform tops are reasonable to have for women working with small kids?
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An important collaborator is delaying my project with perfectionism and lack of turnaround - How to manage him

I am leading a research project which involves a number of international collaborators. We have been working with one collaborator since early this year to develop a Spanish version of the survey we ...
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Owner keeps cutting corners and poaching workers for his other company

I've joined an advertising company recently, climbed the ranks and I'm now at a position where I'm a manager. The problem is that the company owner is quite suspicious of everything and everyone and ...
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Falsified Time Sheets [closed]

Edited * Question put on hold by community due to specificity of the question. To be clear I am not looking for someone to tell us what to do with said employee. I did edit the Title to remove the ...
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My employees keep walking out when I try to enforce rules [closed]

I manage a team of programmers, and I'm having trouble dealing with their attitudes towards work. A few months ago they were getting too loose with their lunch breaks, so I told them they had exactly ...
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Is it unavoidable taking shortcuts in software development sometimes? [closed]

In my experience as software developer, I found work situations where you have to deliver a project in a very short time and with a very small number of resources (included team members). Your boss ...
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Boss refusing vacation after tentatively agreeing but ticket booked! [closed]

So for the entire month of August I have been indicating to my boss and my team that I would like to take vacation end of Nov/beg of Dec and was saving all my time for then. It was never a problem and ...
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What does it mean when lower management gets replaced very frequently? [closed]

I have been working for one company for a bit over a year. The local manager (i.e. local to the city) never lasts more than 1 or 2 months. We are never given a reason why they quit or were fired. This ...
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Given an unrealistic project during probation

I have been working at a health dept. for almost 5 years. During that time, I got promoted twice (held 3 positions). My most recent one was about 4 months ago and I'm still on probation (I got a mini ...
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Poor management handling of recent sickness and how to approach my return?

I have a chronic condition that my workplace is aware of. For what it's worth I am a developer and have worked at this company for five years. I am in the UK and the condition is covered under the ...
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What to do when product managers don't give proper requirements?

I am a QA in the IT team of a big global company. Our company expects that requirements/expectations for development and QA work/stories are written by product managers/PM and/or business analysts/BA. ...
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How to let my boss know that monitoring business performance is not my duty?

My boss has been asking me to monitor the business performance for the whole company. However, we have a business operating manager who is supposed to do this task. I have explained this to my boss ...
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Is a high CEO salary in large corporations justified? [closed]

Being a CEO of a small company can be hard I agree, and their work can be appreciated. However, for a large company everything can be easily delegated and they have a team of management under them. ...
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How can I ask my boss to consider dietary restrictions when ordering lunch for the office?

My boss occasionally orders lunch for the entire team in our office. It’s always catered and buffet style. I have celiac‘s disease, therefore I can’t have anything containing gluten. Every time he ...
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Why do directors still get severance packages if they are terminated for not doing their job? [closed]

Why do CEOs or Directors get a large compensation upon termination, while employees who are caught (for example sleeping during work) get nothing? Was there an unconditional contract that allowed ...
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Can the CEO and Executive Chairman be separate?

I'm part of a fairly large family business and we are trying to exercise better corporate governance after a legal battle involving a family member and shareholder. One of the concerns I have is the ...
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How to handle collegue acting as my manager and project lead? [closed]

I am working in team, where there is a guy who has same experience as me. However he has joined project few months before me. The person is acting like he is my manager as well as project lead. How ...
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How to deal with unfair or unrealistic management expectations?

Two projects in, and I'm fed up. Project 1 I was asked to make a unified control interface for several $50,000+ dollar pieces of equipment, single-handedly. I told management, "this will take ...
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Why is the average age of Software Engineers less than 33? [closed]

Based on StackOverflow's survey, why is the average age of Software Engineers (that participated in the Stack Overflow survey) less than 33? All answers need to include citations to ensure this ...
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'Promoted' to manager but no pay increase

I have been 'Promoted' to manager but in order for me to achieve my pay raise I have to 'prove myself', as I keep being told. I have ran perfect shifts for weeks now and every time I ask about it i ...
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How can I convince my colleague to call the help desk instead of contacting me directly?

This morning I received an email from a colleague, who doesn't want to call the help desk anymore, [we'll call him Joel.] I manage a small team of IT professionals, responsible for the care and ...
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How to ask manager if I am about to be laid off? [duplicate]

My company has many offices in USA and the rest of the world. Many teams or individuals work partly or fully remotely in this company. Many people have quit the company over the last few years and ...
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Office maintainence without prior information

I work at a small 7-8 year “start-up” company. I have to work every weekend and some holidays. Sometimes random people will come during the weekend to perform maintenance. That means there’s a ...
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How to configure a team for this purpose? [closed]

I was at an interview where we had to work in a team of 10 and we were required to solve two different problems with a final solution. We had 1 hour. We were acting as colleagues working for a ...
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How to deal with teammates who are curt and avoid helping me? [closed]

I am in USA and I work for a big global company. I recently moved to a new team which is in a different time zone in USA. I worked with them in their office for a few days and then began working 100% ...
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As a senior developer - architects/senior management making decisions based on their own (future) resume rather than company's best interest

I'm a senior developer and as well as the "coding up software" and "mentoring others" I get involved in a lot of meetings about future direction, how we will carry out the latest strategy, etc. My ...
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Should I ask for a raise for myself AND another manager?

Small Business of 40 employees. I am #2 person in charge (under the owner). I was given a raise a year an a half ago of 10%, however, the owner asked that I would not ask for another raise for 2 years....
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Feeling bored with software development. Should I change career paths? [closed]

just looking for some advice really as I don't know where to turn. I am currently working for a fairly large tech company, working as an application software engineer. I've been here for a couple of ...