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Recover from management getting the impression that I'm haughty

I work for a company that makes a software product. This is my first real job. I started out on a team with a bit of a bad rep in the rest of the company. At first, I thought it was because of the, as ...
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Is it my job as manager to resolve a conflict between two of my direct reports?

If as a manager you had a situation of conflict/friction between some team members, setting aside their responsibility to collaborate in improving the situation, do you also look deep into the root ...
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My co-worker is secretly taking pictures of me

I started working at my first real job (not student work) in autumn of last year. In my job there are mostly male employees. I am a (like I want to believe, good looking) female – age 25. We have two ...
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Should employees with children get special treatment [closed]

I've been struggling to determine the right way to approach the following situation: My manager decided that I was the correct person to send on a grueling, long-term travel task, and he specifically ...
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How to deal with favouritism and credit stealing [closed]

I (Male, 30-35) work for a multinational Australian company in the software industry. I am really having a hard time dealing with the favouritism from my current manager towards people who are more ...
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How to deal with a manager who lies and hides information? [closed]

I work for a very large company in USA. Some of us are allowed to work remotely sometimes or always. A few months after starting my job, I saw evidence that my manager praised me in front of me, but ...
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I'm the toxic person on the team. How do I approach my manager?

I work on a medium sized software engineering team. I have been generally not a good person to work with lately, there has been feedback from team members as feedback directed at the team, but its ...
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What to do about manager who isn't assigning any work?

I was, a year back, reassigned from one job role where I had a manager who was assigning me plenty of work, to a new project role with a different manager, who generally isn't assigning me any work. ...
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Is it OK to change the topic of an internship after agreement?

I recently started a new position as a researcher in a start-up. This is the founder's (my boss) first start-up and it was created less than 1 year ago, so I would say we are both new at this. The ...
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What to do when management doesn't consult relevant teams in major projects?

I work for a company that has > 200 employees, and in recent years we've noticed that management hasn't consulted with relevant teams for major projects, resulting in confusion, frustration and extra ...
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Why are my senior co-workers ignoring my reply on email chain? [closed]

Here is my issue. I'm on an email chain with a few higher ups. Yes, I understand I'm the grunt that does all the real work while the leader, "look at the bigger picture." But while they're busy ...
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Colleague responds badly to constructive feedback so how can I move to a better place

I have a subordinate who is very technically gifted, and has been at the company a long time, however he responds badly to constructive feedback and I've tried everything to make our relationship work....
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How to ask your boss why he didnt give you a task?

Half a year ago I was moved to a project because of my expertise in a technology. The idea was to teach the team and focus mainly on using that technology from now on... But that project was rejected ...
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Problematic New Manager With Falsified Resume [closed]

Background Several of my friends work for a department of my municipal government. The municipality is small, having about 30 000 people and is in Canada. It also is not covered by any provincial ...
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How should I word my employee yearly performance goals in a company intolerant of mistakes?

We've been tasked with writing employee goals for the upcoming year. Our goals will be reviewed and approved by our manager. At the end of the year we'll be asked to explain, in writing, how we met or ...
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Supervisor putting me to impossible deadline, ignoring feasibility warnings, and failing to deal with the fallout

tl;dr: My supervisor chose to try to deliver a new feature within an unfeasible org-wide deadline, put me on development for it (despite my early warnings), made me feel like I'm at fault for it not ...
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How to make sure I'm assertive enough in contact with subordinates?

I'm a first-time manager and sometimes have difficulties judging whether my expectations towards my subordinates are realistic or not. How assertive/ cooperative should I be in the following ...
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Where is the line between being obedient and getting bullied by a boss?

As an employee it is obvious part of the contract that I do the job assigned to me by my boss, and in those terms he has control to a high degree over what I do, when I do it etc. While it's ...
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How do I tell my boss he is being extremely rude?

I work in IT. Recently there was a computer issue that cost the company about 4k. It wasn't preventable, predictable, or my fault. However, it did happen under my watch. When I explained the situation ...
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Moving forward as a new CTO for students

I have been the single developer of a 3 man start-up for about 1,5 years and have recently acquired two students, both are engineering students in their 1st and 2nd year of bachelor-studies. This is ...
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Work recognition - is this a lesson something i have to learn? [closed]

My daily job involves working on a legacy project and full of hectic work. We can say our code repository is an example of spaghetti code with all violations of a maintainable code and can be taken as ...
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Is boss over stepping boundary/micromanaging?

In my office my boss is the Dr. and the manager. He is very particular about what I say to the patients, especially over the phone. He has had me write lines in the past. He now wants to have a ...
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Taking day off work every week this year - For a student work placement with a different company? [closed]

I currently have a position at a software company, company A. I am finishing my degree this year and am going to be working on a project with an industry partner, company B. This would be unpaid, ...
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When hiring, should I discriminate against a group that is favored by others, for balance? [duplicate]

I live and work in Boston (software development industry). We have a large population of one religious minority and many managers hire predominantly coders from this same religion. (I know this from ...
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Am I responsible for the work produced by coworkers since we are a team even though they excluded me?

I have been working for my current company for 7 months now and I am completing my two years in the industry in total. My company is a large enterprise, with relatively relaxed deadlines and flexible ...
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Can a manager keep tips without informing staff of the rule in advance?

I volunteered at an event. It wasn't my expectation to get paid. However, at the beginning of the event the person doing the "training" said any tips we make, we pool together and divide at the end. I ...
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What to do when your boss betrays you?

I suggested to my ex-boss to go work for him again. After some negotiation, we agreed on 2 important conditions. Starting from my 2nd week, I started to understand that he was going to violate these ...
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My boss brings up politics frequently. How can I avoid it?

As I wrote in the title, my boss brings up politics a lot in the workplace. I won't bring up my individual politics, but let's just say we differ significantly. Frequently he'll mention politics that ...
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How to deal with a weeping co-worker

My co-worker weeps due to their family problems at office. They don't seek privacy. I don't intervene because I don't think it is my place to ask about their problems when they are not willing to ...
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How to deal with an underperforming subordinate?

I'm a Software Developer with experience of more than 1.5 years. After being happy with my performance, the CTO of my company made me a team lead of 3 new employees (2 of them graduated recently). ...
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My boss hits too hard

I'm new to the company, Oct 2018, and I'm just now getting back into the technology field after being a classroom teacher for the last 10 years. I left education because of the lack of money, and I've ...
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Dealing with a dishonest employee as a consultant

I’m a consultant and have a good contract with a company. I used to be an employee but am now working as consultant for them. I have noticed one of the employees is feeding management some bs. In ...
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Is it appropriate for the boss to make employees stand next to his desk for long instructional meetings?

My boss is the subject matter expert, and most of us are learning from him. He calls in employees for long meetings where he explains how to do a task, and, for this entire meeting, the employee must ...
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How do I ask to leave because of weather?

I'm not sure how to ask my boss if I can leave early because of weather (specifically snow). I came in this morning, to get some work done before it got worse. Well it's worse now and the roads are ...
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Gender equality in new hires [duplicate]

I am managing a team of 15 individuals. The gender ratio in the team is not very good, 8:2 to be exact! All of them have almost the same skill sets. Apparently, there are some vacancies on the team. ...
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Internally blasted for not finishing work due first quarter by end of January

Situation: On the 2nd of January I had a meeting with my supervisors and agreed on a new task list for the new year, one big task specifically assigned to be finished for end of first quarter (late ...
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New (to the company) manager told me to delay a task with a firm schedule; I disobeyed. How should I have handled it?

Worked at this company for around 4 years, I have about 7 years in the workplace overall. I work in a team of 3 who deal with 'reporting' (mostly financial), we maintain the systems that "month end ...
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My subordinate became my superior [closed]

I have been working for an IT company for 5+ years as an Engineer. Two years ago my boss promoted me to the Team Lead position. After a year of being on a Lead position my boss told me that he is not ...
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Is it reasonable to tell employee to put up or shut up when they don't like the company goal?

I have a social game company. Some of my employees think social games are harmful, and whenever I share the company's vision/plans, they question it/criticize it openly. For example, they would ...
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How should this type of remote work environment be handled?

I work as a team lead for a small remote-working team. Last year, it had grown from 3 to 9 people and I am looking for advice on how to improve the effectivness of this team. There is 9 team members ...
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How can I make my colleagues work more accurately/ devote more attention to detail?

I frequently get data from my reports which I can't use. For example, a first check shows that it's not consistent or not coherent. Frequently I need to send the data back to them several times ...
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Can I refuse to work on projects I find unethical?

I'm a software engineer in a consultancy company. I've worked there for several years and until last November, I worked in the main offices on internal, deep learning-based projects. My company then ...
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How to ask for help/new work?

I started an internship on my last year of university. The goal of my internship was to implement a production planning system. I collected and organized data and implemented some minor management ...
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Appraisal process disguised as “Dialogue” with my direct manager [closed]

The company I work for initiated (without consulting its employees, just after a few two info meetings) a so-called "Dialogue" process. The process consists of 1on1 sessions with direct managers, ...
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Conflict of interest between Agile Dev Team and Marketing Team

Agile dev team says the cost is already fixed due to a fixed number of developers, so either scope or deadline shall remain flexible. Marketing team whats to launch a promotion campaign with a ...
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My manager refused to change my vacation time. What should I do? [closed]

I was approved for vacation but I had to change the date twice due to work schedule on my husbands part. I asked my supervisor if she could change the dates of my PTO both times. However, she did ...
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How to deal with an underperforming, well-liked subordinate as a new employee?

I joined the company at the beg. of January as a manager to take over a team. It has been very intensive from day 1. We had deliverables even on my third day. It's my first management position. There'...
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Can I tell my boss to expect worse work based on his new rules?

My boss has just announced that we will be required to use only company-issued computers/software and peripherals (no more BYOD, personal mice, etc). I know that this change will make my work a lot ...
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Staff returning to work after gross misconduct

I was wondering I someone could help me with the below on what paths I can take? I am from the UK. Recently, accusations was made about myself that could ruin the career I am in. The owner of the ...
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Did I overstep my boundaries by sharing my phone number and including my firm's name in e-mail signatures?

Today, out of the blue my supervisor came to me and asked me to talk in private. I noticed he had a sticky note on his hand, it was my new phone number I had written down and had pasted to the board ...