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Questions tagged [management]

Questions relating to situations involving management in the workplace.

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Severe neck pain

I work as a driver for a medical daycare in NJ. I lift children with handicap issues on and off the bus. I also drive them to and from their home. I was in severe pain due to a job related injury. My ...
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Late for work because of trains

My trains are pretty dire most of the time and I was late again for work last week - only about 10-15 mins but as always I send a message to my boss to say I’ll be a little late. I got called in and ...
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My employer signed an NDA on my behalf

I work for the US government in a research facility. I basically cannot sign anything on my own and definitely am not allowed to sign an NDA without written authorization from my supervisor. Yesterday ...
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Manager pushing acting manager aside when she is about to go on maternity leave when the pregnancy is a secret

Asking for a friend, I will try my hardest so it doesn't appear as a "what choise to make" question, sorry about the long post but it is an interesting scenario: The setting is a highly political ...
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what is it called when a supervisor is asked to fill in for a subordinate

what is it called when a supervisor fills in for a subordinate. I as a supervisor was told by a subordinate that I had to work her position while she was out on Friday.I called my manager and ...
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How to avoid being blamed for avoidant boss's lack of action?

I'm a project manager working at a bank. From time to time I need some decisions from my boss, e.g. approvals for budgets. To give you an example, one consultancy we are working with needs us to ...
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Is being an extrovert a necessary condition to be a manager?

I’ve been a first time manager for some time now. I’ve received feedback from my bosses that I’m too reserved and introverted to be in a leadership position. I need to add here that I’m very ...
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Team member is vehemently against code formatting

I am the manager of a small team of developers (5 engineers, including me). A few months ago, on the suggestion of another colleague we introduced mandatory code formatting in the code base, for our ...
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How to handle hourly employee taking unauthorized overtime?

I have a hourly employee in Texas who has taken to milking the time clock: the employee will stay a few minutes late to complete a document that came in towards the end of their workday, or they were ...
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How can we protest a deadline that is too short?

Our Project manager made a project's presentation and assigned it to our team. The amount of work was estimated at 3 weeks. Our team members discussed the project and we calculated that the amount ...
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Cognitive/anthropological/business research theory about corporate lies? [closed]

I am having hard time to live in this world where constant flow of lies is occurring, corporate world is very rich of them. E.g. one is speaking about fun in the work but the work is quite demanding ...
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Introducing software management practices in poorly managed company

I believe the company I work for has very poor software&people management practices. I want to approach upper management about this. I believe I should have a concrete explanation on what the ...
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How can I deal with a manager delaying personal side projects indefinitely?

I am a software developer for a large software company. This is my second software job post-college. A few months ago, after more than six months at the new company, I submitted a disclosure for a ...
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First time in management position - slack workers asking if they can go home with several hours left in shift

This was my first time managing anyone. The job is to hand out flyers with coupons to people in public. The previous team leads had played the system telling people when they have given away a ...
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Employer revised my salary without discussing with me. Is it even legal? [closed]

I got a new job 2 months ago and the pay was good given that I will be getting married and need to take of my mother's medical bills. I have a different salary during my probation and a higher one ...
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My team insists on printing contracts to be signed instead of using digital signature, How do I convince them to change? [closed]

Here's the situation, I work for a large company as a Technical Consultant, we are about 2k employees worldwide. Within the department I am part of, I am tasked to arrange for a supplier of ours to ...
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How do I tell my supervisor that he is choosing poor replacements for me while I am on maternity leave?

About at month after telling my supervisor that I was pregnant, I presented him with a list of recommendations for people in my office whom I thought could cover my various roles while I am on ...
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Calling in sick confusion

I woke up this morning feeling awful and not able to go into work in fear of collapsing because of dizziness. I called in but the woman who told me to go in today wasnt in when I asked for her. The ...
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How to handle a project assignment that's too advanced?

I'm a junior developer at a software consulting company. I recently was assigned to a new project, but I'm very concerned that it's set up for failure. TL;DR - Massive & important project, no ...
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How to deal with a difficult boss?

I am around 2 years experienced Software Developer in a small company. I have this boss in my company who is in this company since 2001 (that's also his first company). Now he thinks that the only ...
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How to induce procedural change when it is your boss who is resistant?

I work in a small software company in a team of 5 people. We currently handle a good number of customers but as we onboard more it's becoming apparent that some of our policies are quite outdated and ...
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How to hold a strong mentality if your boss is bullying you at work?

I'll try to be fair and explain the entire situation, if I am at fault please tell me. Till a few weeks ago everything with work was fine, until I started taking too long to finish a task and my boss ...
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How can I politely but firmly reject my manager's request for me to convert from work at home to in office?

I have worked in the same team for 5+ years and at the same company for almost 6 years. We experienced many changes in management and direction. The vast majority of people who used to be on my team ...
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The head of the IT department is unqualified [closed]

I work at a company where the head of the IT department has no background in IT she has been there for years. She knows nothing about APIs coding new software. The executive teams also have no idea ...
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Telling the CEO that his idea will never be a reality

The CEO of a startup that I work with has, unfortunately, grand ideas about software that we can build. It is in a field that I am interested in, so it excites me, but at the same time I am realistic -...
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How to give very negative feedback gracefully?

I have a report who is simply no good. He is able to turn the easiest task into a huge disaster. He's simply not a person for this job. But that's not the topic I would like to discuss here. I try ...
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How to deal with a difficult junior programmer?

I am the technical lead of my team and have joined that team a couple of months ago. Most members were there before I was. It took me a couple of weeks to earn the trust of my team but I was helped by ...
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Is it OK to try to sell a software I developed using company resource to my employer? [closed]

Without them knowing you created said software. In the last year I worked on a software that would solve a business need for my employer. I did this with the encouragement of my boss who is chief of ...
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Work not giving proper breaks

I do marketing work with the public. I think my team lead is trying to game the system and maybe thinks she's doing us a favour. She only gives one 15 minute break over a 8.5 hour shift. However she ...
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How do I communicate my peer's incompetence to our manager?

I have been at my current job about a year (hired fresh out of college). About six month ago my manager left and I came under the management of another senior lead (who was not formerly focused ...
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Got moved to a different position from what I signed up for. Is it too late to raise the problem after a few months?

Got an interview and talked with some people, but not my current direct supervisor. Got hired and things were OK, but because of the training I wasn't really working on the stuff I got hired for, so I ...
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Coworker might have entered with fake resume [closed]

A coworker has no online resume or LinkedIn. I also don't see them on Facebook, which is okay. I suspect that this person might have faked his resume, because he says he has many years of experience, ...
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Been asked to work significantly “below” my level for a sustained period — can I ask company for measures to mitigate it e.g. learning time?

Background info: This is a follow-up (but not a duplicate) to this question: Recruited for a senior SME technical role but assigned in the medium term to a much more junior project Basically I was ...
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How to persuade manager to promote based on performance and not just number of hours worked? [closed]

I am currently competing with colleague in the WA office for our company. I am one of two people (with my colleague included) being considered for a major promotion from senior engineer to senior ...
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Extremely rude follow-up email from CEO [closed]

I work as a researcher for a startup company. We are into research and I report to my CTO. The company consists of a handful people. I required three letters from my CEO and emailed him three weeks ...
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Should I follow up with an employee I believe overreacted to a mistake I made?

To keep it short, I am an overworked and overstretched manager. Today my employee appeared to show up to work an hour late, having only had one simple work-related task to complete before arrival - ...
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Constantly pulled onto different tasks/projects, becoming exhausted

I'm a data-analyst for my company and I also perform full-stack development work. I have a web-development project I've been working on for the last 8 months, and the primary focus from my boss and ...
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I was never asked to fill out a W-4 or an I-9 and I worked a week and was let go. How can I get paid?

I was hired at a place but it wasn't the job I applied for. The job duties and pay were totally different and I never got a schedule until I walked out the door each day. I also was never set up to ...
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Manager suggests I assume new role in company, should I be worried?

Some background information, I've been at this company for a little over a year. When I first started at this company I was brought on as a full stack developer, since my first day we were looking ...
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Staying late for appearance?

I have a senior management-technical position with equity and a decent salary in a pre-launch startup with 6 people. I am newly-married and I work about 11 hours a day, 6 days a week, give or take one ...
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“What are you thinking about” from your boss

My boss constantly tells me he sees I'm thinking about something and asks me what it is. It happens during meetings every time I don't look at him or talk. The truth is I normally try to think about ...
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How to deal with the stress of being in the middle of the chain of command

I am a manager for a team of people. My boss sets my team very ambitious goals. To reach these goals my team needs to work a lot. He ignores and reacts badly to my arguments that it's too much. On ...
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How to explain to manager that I wasn't reading emails because I wasn't receiving shifts and therefore not getting paid (for 100s of emails)? [closed]

I do a lot of short term, temporary work. I had an interview with a company awhile ago. They decided to "hire" me and said I would be getting a lot of work. For the several months I received no work ...
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How do I handle *floating* bonus check criteria?

When I accepted my current job it came with a few strings attached: -- Single Web App Project X with deliverables: A B C And must be completed within three months. If completed, you'll receive a $...
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How to ask a manage to direct all project-related questions to me?

I'm an IT architect on a project with a 10+ agile people in the team and I have a problem that my manager sometimes ask project-related questions random people from the team or discuss them with some ...
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Should I be looking for a new job if the cooperation with my new boss results difficult?

On the one hand, I strongly believe people should work to solve their problems instead of running from them. On the other, I'm wondering when is the time to say "it doesn't work". I accepted a ...
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Supervisor forgets that I'm now part time and is assigning me too much work

I've been with my company for ~5 or so years at this point. I started as a summer intern for the first 3 or so years and became an hourly employee ~2 years ago. I work full time during the summer and ...
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How to deal with colleague's extreme inflexibility and communication issues [closed]

I'm managing a colleague who is on the Autism spectrum. I find it quite challenging. For example, he's really inflexible. We have some regular tasks we perform, which aren't very important in the ...
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Why would a company hire someone from outside rather than promoting internally?

My company has this tendency to hire externally open positions. They tell the old employee with experience to train them instead of promoting the old experienced staff. What could be the reason?
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How to answer pointed “are you quitting” questioning when I don't want them to suspect

"[Not] telling your boss you're quitting" is a broad issue spread over many questions, the closest duplicate to mine is probably here. The consensus is that you have no obligation to prewarn employers ...