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Questions tagged [management]

Questions relating to situations involving management in the workplace.

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Manager who insists on too many calls/meetings [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the appropriate way to deal with “meeting overload?” My colleague is placed with a problem with reporting manager. The manager wants to spend too much ...
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What are some best practices for creating an internship opportunity?

I'm in the fun position of getting to do some pie in the sky planning and advice giving. I certainly have my own opinions, but wanted to get ideas from the community. Here's some useful facts: the ...
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Why is “I'm stressed and need the day off” a bad request?

The title says it all: Why is "I'm stressed and need the day off" a bad reason to take the day off? And how can I phrase it so that it would be more acceptable? I've seen this attitude at my current ...
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How do I approach my boss about possible errors in my paycheque?

I applied for a job a short time back whose starting wage was $50K. After working there for a while I went through my payslips and calculated the amount, reversing tax and super, etc. I find Im only ...
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Should I take leave before office function? [closed]

I have some confusion regarding my workspace function. This month our organization have a big annual function and I was selected by my team leader to help out for that day. The problem is that 2 days ...
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What's the best way to convince a manager to let someone take initiative?

One of our customer service reps has been with the company for years and is starting to feel like he's outgrown his position and is looking for new challenges. His manager is reluctant to give him ...
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How can I manage a growing team?

I'm the admin assistant of the CTO and our organization has recently experienced a lot of growth. Within six months, we have merged with another organization and our Dev team has grown from 8 to 16, ...
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Converting Intern to full time, but can't be in the same team I wanted to be

I am a C++ guy and a right out of college (Masters, graduating DEC 2012). I gave my interview for a storage Domain Company, last April and coded close to 2000 lines in C++, as a part of interview ...
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How can I get employees to conform to office policies?

I manage a small company and find most - if not all - employees keep repeating certain mistakes. This is a young team and in general we have a positive office ambiance going on. But I want to find a ...
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How do I ask my boss for learning material?

I'm currently a co-op student (intern) at a software company that has a large, old application. We're currently in the process of converting it from an old runtime to something new, and in the process,...
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Refusing to do something that makes you uncomfortable

I work for a small company where one of the primary investors and managing partners happens to be a national celebrity (who will go unnamed). This person also plays the role of spokesperson and ...
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What guidelines should we have for employees bringing your own device to work? [closed]

We are getting ready to tackle the whole subject of people bringing tablets, etc. from home to work. We are a midsize company with 6 locations. I'm curious what others have implemented in terms of ...
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Management tactics and bonus programs

I was reading The Econ 101 Management Method by Joel Spolsky. He speaks of management tactics to motivate developers by paying them for fewer bugs (for instance). He describes how bad such approach ...
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Should you reply to every email that directs work to you (even if not your boss)?

Suppose that I have a coworker, Bob, who is a manager. I am a new hire, still low on the totem-pole. But if said manager, who isn't my manager, emails me about some work that he'd like me to do, how ...
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How can I tell if my shyness is an issue at a workplace?

I find myself to be excessively shy and at times, under-confident. I am unable to network well or express my opinions the way I want to to my bosses. Sometimes, my job (as a researcher) requires me ...
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How do I deal with an offensive joke from someone in upper management?

I was chatting with a high-level person (CTO) the other day and he was trying to persuade me into moving (out of my home) to be located at a different office. I had told him that moving out of my ...
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How blundererous are spelling and sentence mistakes when writing to your boss?

I often write to my boss (Director) to report the changes that I make to the software. These changes could be new functionality or enhancing the existing features. My problem is, I make spelling ...
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How to deal with the new boss's power-tripping sidekick [closed]

I'm a software developer in a small company. Recently the company hired a new department head after the previous one resigned. Thereafter the new department head hired his friend/colleague from his ...
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How can I deal with two supervisors with conflicting requirements?

I am a software developer. I was under training period and I was evaluated by my two seniors. Whenever they used to give me any application it was both of them who were reviewing my application. ...
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How can I manage technical workers when I have no experience in their position?

I've been asked to manage a team working on a project with which I am only marginally familiar. Getting more familiar with the project (desired outcome, expected timeline, etc) won't be a problem, but ...
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How do I advise a habitually tardy coworker?

A coworker of mine, an intern like me, is always at least 30 minutes late. But not more than an hour usually. Today the CEO even noticed. But I didn't tell him that part. Is it advisable to tell ...
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Does bringing your own lunch to work hurt your chances of being a manager?

I like many of my peers will bring my own lunch with me to work most days, perhaps going out to lunch once a week with friends or colleagues. I have worked at many different jobs in my career thus ...
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Work hours per week put in by senior management [closed]

I want to get an idea of how many work hours a week does any senior executive put in, in a mid-size or large corporation, on a regular basis? Do they also have a 5 day work week? By senior management ...
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Is it my job to convince my manager that my report is right?

I rewrote one of our existing financial report that has some minor/big flaws. I fixed all major issues but my manager (non-technical) is not full convinced yet. Is it my responsibility to convince my ...
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A previous manager burnt out employees, how can I help them recover and be more productive?

The previous manager repeatedly pushed his employees too hard to complete artificial goals earlier than necessary. After 2 years of some of the best employees quit and this the manager was removed, ...
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What should I write in “Working Relationship” field in job application

I am applying for job online and the form includes an area for me to list my references and our "Working Relationship". What should I write in that area? Also, when I report to a person who is the ...
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Should I disconnect from a past colleague on LinkedIn when a relationship has gone sour?

Despite my efforts at maintaining a professional and positive relationship while resigning from a job, I've recently been informed by past colleagues that my past employer has been saying a lot of ...
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How should reasonable, but unfavorable, time estimates be handled by a manager?

Presenting time estimates is a negotiation process: worker gives a high estimate, manager pushes to get the work done in a shorter period of time. However, besides this old-fashioned downward ...
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Dealing with a bipolar boss [closed]

My boss is really a brilliant guy, gutsy, full of ideas and very driven. Lately he has been exhibiting a very irrational behavior, squandering deals, blaming everybody, and we are beginning to lose ...
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How to convince employees that IM and Facebook during work is unethical?

I believe that the employer pays employees their salaries to keep working for seven or eight hours daily, and he didn't agree, while signing the contract, that there is few hours set aside daily for ...
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Is 3 months notice reasonable for a Development Manager Role [closed]

Is a 3 month notice period unusually high for a development manager position? This is at the junior end of the management spectrum, it will be my first management role. I am concerned that future ...
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How should I ask my boss about bringing in a pet?

It seems that some companies (as many as one in five) are now permitting/encouraging employees to bring their pets in to the workplace with them. Some are even claiming that pets in the workplace can ...
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What value to the business is there in sending non marketing people to trade shows?

I understand the value of networking to the people. And with sales and marketing positions these shows add value. However unless you are in marketing I fail to see any value gained by the business in ...
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Why would managers want to keep it top secret that an employee is leaving?

Since I started to work for my first employer, I have seen two employees quit the organization. What surprised me was that news of their exit was broken by team managers' only a week before the actual ...
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Are games and puzzles at your desk a sign of unprofessional immaturity or quirky intelligence? [closed]

I am the type of person that likes trinkets, small games and puzzles at my desk. Typically I have small brain teasers, a couple of Rubiks cubes and a small Chess board. I also have various other ...
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How do I help a non-technical boss understand my work?

My boss is a journalist, and I am a web developer. He thinks I am late on the project, and he doesn't appreciate the effort I have spent. He wants quick and complete service. He is not easy to ...
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My manager always seems too busy to meet with me. How can I improve that?

He's a great guy, but it feels like he's always in meetings or going to conferences or on the phone on long calls. He has told me that he really enjoys those interactions. He and I work somewhat ...
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How do I convince a manager to not “meddle” with the network? [closed]

We have a boss who used to be a member of the team, and still (perhaps too much) enjoys getting his hands dirty with the technical aspects. We're trying to move away from the old methods of doing ...
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What are effective means of dealing with mistakes made by an individual?

Placing blame doesn't seem appropriate or beneficial when working with teams. On the other hand, the management team's first instinct is to hold each other accountable. What is an effective measure ...
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How can I talk to my boss one-on-one with confidence?

I am quite confident at work and with the work I do, and have a good relationship with my boss in the office. But when it comes to one-on-one meetings in which I present my plans and strategies for ...
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How can frequent anxiety attacks affect me in business and the workplace?

I tend to get very stressed out about how things play out around me in the workplace. A lot of the stress and anxiety comes from high level decisions and changes made by management and executives ...
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Is the “open doors” policy for a project manager always beneficial? [closed]

I've heard that the "open doors" policy is beneficial, as it lets anyone come to the project manager with any problem that might arise. At the same time being interrupted at irregular times can be ...
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How do I maintain a good relationship with my old boss after being promoted?

I have been in some situations where I have been promoted above my current boss and ended up being his boss. What are some strategies I can use to make sure that I still have a good working ...
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How do you approach imparting technical knowledge to your superiors?

The people who are in charge of my workplace don't really understand what computers are capable of, mistrust them, and generally have a great deal of difficulty using technology. This is a problem ...
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How, as an intern or summer student, do you deal with a situation where you are denied opportunities because of your temporary status?

I've worked in a number of internship/summer roles/student schemes and one problem I have come across is that often, opportunities including interesting tasks and training courses are denied to ...
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How to handle a superior who is an 'information sink'

How do you handle a situation where you have provided useful information/ideas to your immediate boss, because you know/feel that information would be of interest to their boss, and you come to learn ...
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What should be the best criteria for deciding of lay-offs?

Even in good times lay offs of people can happen for extreme poor performance or disciplinary issues. However, Lay offs in the time of recession is quite another things. Usually several departments ...
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What is the best way to keep up productivity in crisis situations?

In the situation of crisis, as a manager or senior manager level person, but not the top management folk, managing people and indirectly the project becomes difficult. By crisis I mean when the ...
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Is there any evidence that giving references for former employees is inherently risky?

I've noticed a trend that most HR departments discourage or even have policies against giving references for former employees that go beyond these basic questions: Confirm Employment Verify dates and ...
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How should I bring up working from home?

Working from home is becoming more and more common. If my work lends itself to remoteness, what's a good way to ask management to work from home from time to time? Or is this not a reasonable thing ...