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Questions tagged [management]

Questions relating to situations involving management in the workplace.

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About the “Never Accept an Ultimatum rule”

I've seen this mantra being spelled out around TheWorkplace: As a manager, never accept an ultimatum [The easy question] : Why is this a rule? [The hard question]: Are there known, ...
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Boss assigns my colleague to present my work

My manager often assigns tasks to whoever is in front of him, rather than the correct person to each task, which often annoys me. Recently, I've found out my colleague was assigned with scheduling a ...
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Convincing my boss to respect meeting times

Backstory: I just moved from a very large MNC to a small company for primarily personal reasons. This is my 3rd job since graduating 5 years ago. I started at a small (~30 person) company a little ...
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managing through a coworker

Background This is my first serious job and I know too little of the language in this country. I have spent about 6 months with this company, weirdly enough I communicate with most people using a ...
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Put on a final notice in one day by new manager [closed]

Okay so I was rehired at my old job and they have an extensive training program. I had to go through the training again even though I had been rehired. I was constantly finished with the courses ...
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How to inform former intern boss that I'm re-applying to their company

I interned at company X a couple years ago. At the end of the summer, one of my supervisors told me, "Let me know if you'd like to work here after you graduate" (would be happy to have me back, etc.). ...
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How do I tactfully thank my manager for being so flexible?

On Monday I had to take some emergency personal time after finding out that my mom was hospitalized for a mental health breakdown. I didn't give the details to my manager, only that she was ...
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What can I do about doing badly on an impromptu coding test?

I have been at my organization for around 18 months. I took a technical programming test (basically a C# kata of sorts) in the interview and flunked it. However, they said they liked my attitude and ...
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How to deal with a colleague who I manage and who often gets angry?

I'm managing a newly created team and I'm also learning the whole dev environment we are working with. Our team has a mix of young devs and older devs. One of my colleagues is a senior developer. ...
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How to convey to a coworker the explanation for avoiding working for some managers without badmouthing them?

Recently a colleague told me that the project she is working is going to end and that she must choose another team/project to work next, so she is trying to understand where she might fit better (both ...
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How to effectively change a boss's mindset on technology choices when I will be the one building a project?

You can skip straight to the Conclusion if you don't wish to read the Background and Problem Details Note: I do work remotely, which does present it's own challenges for communication. Quick ...
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As an employee, would it be inappropriate to suggest the acquisiton of better equipment?

First of all, let me explain my point: I work as the sole code developer at a small tech company. Since some months ago we have been working with lots and lots of data analysis, which is getting ...
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I am being undermanaged and repeatedly asked to throw away half of the work done

In the last year or year and a half, I have been in an unpleasant situation and I wonder whether my expectations are too high. I have a boss whom I struggle to communicate with - I rarely get an ...
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How acceptable is it to openly compare team member performances

I had this manager that frequently brought up how team members performed compared to each other during one-on-ones or performance reviews. E.g. "A could do this task in half an hour you took three ...
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How should i approach my manager to say i want to move to another position in the same company?

I am in a big company that has many buildings and areas of all diferent kinds all over my city and country. The point is that i entered as an intern in one area that, in my opinion, does not suit what ...
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Leaving early or on time is looked down upon in my company [duplicate]

So this is a very strange situation that I'm having at work. I always come in at 8:00, take a 1 hr break and leave at 5:00. This gives me 8 hours of work-time. The problem is at my work 95% of the ...
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Employee refuses to sit at desk with rest of team, sits in common area instead

I have a low-performing employee who refuses to sit at their desk. I’ve asked twice if they have issues with the chair or table — because we can make accommodations there — and employee said no. ...
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Dealing with criticism from boss

I've been working at a software development company for the last year and a half, and during my time there, I've contributed to multiple product releases with little to no delays and generally with a ...
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New time logging initiative at work place

Management announced that starting on specific day all developers (small team) have to log all work time, including non-project work: meeting time, standup chats, walks outside (during non-lunch time),...
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Software Industry - is this normal to feel lost in first month?

I've been working with software development for nearly 3 years, but always in small companies with 6 employees at most. In Dec 2018, I started working in a big company and I'm still feeling completely ...
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Is it impolite to reject new tasks while I'm leaving the company?

I'm leaving a company that I have worked in for over 4 years. I'm going to say that I'm leaving the company. Is it impolite/rude to reject new tasks and just finish my ongoing tasks? How should I ...
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How do I handle a malicious manager

For some reason my manager no matter what I do finds falt. Even though I deliver projects on time, under budget or ahead of schedule. Nothing I do is right. I am constantly told how he laid off two ...
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What to do when the entire team turns against you? [closed]

I had a great relationship with my team in the past .... There is one person who's been with the company nearly 20 years. He's survived it all! Not because he is a brilliant professional, but because ...
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Am I being unrealistic asking to go from working full-time to part-time?

I've been working for three months in a software start-up. This is my first job after graduating university. The deal was that I would work for at least three months subject to evaluation, with the ...
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How to change a manager's mind?

I'm a recently-hired junior developer. I noticed several menial, tedious tasks that are performed manually every day. Being a software engineer, I created small (<100 LOC) applications to automate ...
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When my entire team want a different manager, what steps shall we take to negotiate with the upper management?

We are a software team of 6 in a large software company, 3 of us are more senior and have been here for years. Our manager is incompetent and a bully, within less than 2 years my manager have been ...
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How do I tell my boss I want to start applying to other places?

I joined a start up very early ( a month old) and have done everything from setting it up with Google, to product management, inventory management, understanding the technology, solving pricing ...
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Boss thinks less of me because I smoke

There is a break room where all employees have their lunch/break. It has a smoking area. I am a smoker and I usually take my smoking breaks in that place. My boss's boss, call him BigBoss, is an old ...
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Being setup to fail? [closed]

I’ve been working for my current employer, a well funded startup, since day 1 for the last 6 years. I’ve always had great performance reviews, and have built a good team that recently shipped our ...
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Accidentally missed a shift, how do I apologise?

I missed a shift and it was my fault. I would like to apologise and take measures so it doesn't happen again. I work seasonal at a large chain of retail stores. I take the work extremely seriously (...
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Should I return my bonus after resigning?

Situation: Awaiting final offer from another job before I hand in my resignation to my current job. I just received a bonus from my boss (to be paid tomorrow). Dilemma: Should I give the bonus back ...
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Learning and development in billable focused IT/development consulting company

In the IT consulting organisation for which I work, to stay ahead of the competition we have a constant need to develop our team's technical skills in new languages and frameworks. However, the ...
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How to foster relationships with managers that are geographically distributed

I'm a manager of managers - and I have a counterpart on the other side of the ocean with ~9 hours offset. I'm wondering how I can foster the relationship between those managers that are located here ...
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Feeling left out from business trip

I manage two small software development teams at a remote site of a large, multinational corporation. Focusing on one of them, it consists of: "A", a senior software developer who joined under 3.5 ...
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Manager keeps playing alpha games

I'm not sure how else to explain this, but my manager keeps playing little power games with me. Being slightly disrespectful, playing physical domination games in person and not taking things ...
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How can I manage freelancers effectively in a startup [closed]

The problem is every time I hire someone from freelancing websites, I find it hard to manage the output or the budget. example 1 : I hired someone who claimed to be an expert in programming, just to ...
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Colleague left me with his unfinished work [closed]

TL;DR: By the end of the day, a colleague of mine told the high level boss that she must go home and that I can handle the task by myself. While the task had nothing to do with me except for her ...
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Balance between improving the system and generating revenue

I'm an online marketer, I'm doing two kind of tasks 1 - tasks that actually generate money 2 - tasks for improving my system, by developing tools, automation... My problem is sometimes I focus too ...
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Schedule Change

I interviewed with a company under the premise that my schedule would be Monday-Friday 9am-5pm. However, they sent out official schedules yesterday and my schedule was set as Tuesday-Saturday 2pm-11pm ...
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Can an employer ask a part time worker to come in 1 time a week on their day off for a 15 minute meeting?

My employer is asking for me to come in for a 15 minute staff meeting on my day off EVERY WEEK. When I asked her if I couldn't just be told what was discussed on the days I work I was told no it ...
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How to get credit or recognition for my work? [duplicate]

I am working on a software development project with a coworker who is senior to me in rank and age. This coworker has a life long disability and he regularly uses medication which often makes him ...
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Inherited nightmare scenario, looking for advice [closed]

I will try to keep this as brief as possible but with enough information to make informed decisions. Please point me in the right direction if this is not it. I've worked at a small startup for the ...
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What to do with a coercive or bully boss? [closed]

I happen to work with a boss who overreacts to vague reasons. He has impulsive/ bipolar behavior, where he is fine with one incident and the next day/month he loses his mind over the same. e.g we had ...
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Do developer teams put fewer constraints on themselves or have they fewer constraints in terms of work hours?

In a given company everybody arrives between 9:30 am and 10 am. Yet, the developer team (front/back) always arrives between 11:30 and 12 pm. If this is typical, why do people put fewer time ...
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Telling manager I can't work shifts I never said I was available for

I recently* got on the roster for a large staffing agency. The manager has sent out mass emails with the new schedule. He has put me in at times that I may not available, as I'm working another on ...
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How to ask to my boss to pay Cloud Services that was bought in the company name?

First of all, my boss is very good and comprehensive person. I work on a Software Development company, and, currently, all our services are running on AWS system. But, the proxies that we need couldn'...
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How should I explain to the senior members of my team that our CTO is also our stakeholder?

The context is the following. During a corporate restructuring that happens this year, there were many resignations and layoff in my current company. Our CTO lives in New Zealand and we are based in ...
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How to deal with under-performing teammate when boss doesn't notice? [duplicate]

I work in a small company but my team has currently grown to include well over a dozen people. We all report to the same boss. This big team is broken up into sub-teams (each sub-team has no manager)....
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How to deal with a Co-worker with performance issues

I've been managing a small electronics store for a few years. I have two co-workers: the boss, and the technician. I have a problem with the technician: he's very nice, skilled, and actually the one ...
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Senior employee of my team understood my email as an order and didn't like it

I'm leading the Agile team with a flat structure and we recently got a new team member. He is 10 years older than me and more experienced in some things (emotional intelligence) and he is local in a ...