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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 ...
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What reasons should I give to my leader when asking for a team change?

I have got into a situation in my workplace and I would like to change my sub-team. The team I am working in is about 25 people working in 6 sub-teams on different problems and every sub-team has its ...
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Peer co-worker “out-performing” me due to access rights left over from previous role

My co-worker 'Jan' and I have both worked for the company for a couple of years in our respective roles, but in totally separate teams/functions until now. We have now (a few months ago) been brought ...
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How to objectively measure work-done in a share of income contract?

Background I'm developing a web-application for an active shooter defense training company. They go to organizations all around the country and teach them how to be best prepared for a horrible ...
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How can I motivate someone voluntarily giving me their time?

Backstory I'm developing a web-application for an active shooter defense training company. They go to organizations all around the country and teach them how to be best prepared for a horrible ...
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Should I check with my boss before I schedule something in his office?

I need to schedule a meeting with me, my boss, and a third person (at my boss's level). none of the conference rooms are available at the only time the meeting is good. Should I ask my boss before I ...
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Handling informal skip-level meetings

Some background - although our company is large, it has a fairly informal culture. We sit in an open-plan office, there is lots of open, back-and-forth discussion, and the company prides itself on ...
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Is my employer allowed to access my office emails without my knowledge/permission?

I work at one of the county government departments. I was accused of wrong conduct at the workplace, which is obviously made up for retaliation by my branch manager and a district manager, because the ...
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What are some sane KPIs for a team of web application developers?

I was tasked this week by executive management to come up with some annual KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) for our development team by the end of the month. They also want individual developers to ...
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Is it prudent to create multiple online identities for work and personal? [closed]

Would it be considered overkill if you discovered someone had multiple online identities, one which they were using exclusively for work, and the other which was for their personal life?
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Unassigned at work for weeks because of poor management

I work in a software startup where one of the co-founders, who works remotely, is my boss. Usually he is the one who assigns tasks to all the developers, and we contact him when we finish our assigned ...
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Communicate to boss that the task I was assigned feels way to big/complicated

Like about a week ago my boss assigned me to a task, which to me feels way to big/complicated for me considering my minimal skills and lack of experience so far (I just graduated my bachelors degree ...
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Should I stay on a terrible job for one more month?

In June 2018 I had an offer for a job in Japan. The conditions were fine: 9:00-18:00, paid vacation, language support and an ok salary. Personally I moved there because I really enjoy culture and ...
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Employee (my direct report) underperforming due to religious fasting - how to address?

As a line manager, I've "inherited" (from a previous boss who has left the company) an employee who carries out a fast (i.e., not eating) during the day for a period of time as part of a religious ...
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Is it appropriate to leave office after working hours, even if being forced to stay to finish tasks?

So I have been working in this company for an year now and the only problem I am facing since then is that I am forced to stay in office even my working hours are completed. We are not paid overtime ...
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I am extremely uncomfortable & fed up at work- do I quit without another job lined up? [closed]

EDIT: TL;DR I had 100+ problems with my current company, esp due to horrible & inappropriate management. For the sake of my well-being & mental health- I put in my 2 weeks. Thank you to ...
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Asking boss and co-workers to involve me more often

First, the context: I work in a small company (~12 people) where almost everyone works together for more than 10 years (some for more almost 20 years) and I'm by far the youngest person. I work there ...
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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 ...