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For questions about the tools and practices of management, including business management, project management, performance management and other management disciplines in the workplace.

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I “snitched” on a coworker who always leaves hours early

I have a coworker who always leaves 1-3 hours early. Usually there's only two of us working at a time, so it's obvious to me when he leaves. Usually he asks me if I'm OK if he leaves early. I find ...
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Is being disliked due to making unpopular decisions expected in every management position?

Almost a year ago I got promoted into my first management position to lead a team of 6. Even though I think I'm doing a passable job and my team is mostly happy with my style of management, I'm hating ...
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How can I avoid an undeserved demotion

So. I've been working for this company for almost a decade. During these years I've been doing all sorts of tasks, basically helping where help was needed. As a result, I now have skills in various ...
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Too many cooks/leaders problem solutions

I am working in the Startup world and noticed that often there is a problem of too many people jumping on the issue, wanting to lead it, make decisions etc I know it from Corporate world it was ...
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As a stutterer I have been asked to move into Management

I have had a stutter for my whole life and after a few minutes most people can easily recognise it. I have always worked in Infrastructure doing mostly Engineering/Security and Development. I have ...
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New manager gave everyone a raise including new people

I have been working in retail at a store with a very high turn over rate. Recently we got a new manager. She gave everyone the a raise so we are all getting paid the same. At first I was happy, but ...
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How to navigate the breakdown of managerial structure in workplace [closed]

I'm hired by a Manager X. He is under the higher level boss Z. Z is the largest share holder of the company and initial mentor of X. A breakdown happened between X and Z. Because X wants to pursue his ...
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How do you handle colleagues who constantly give you resistance?

I work as a full stack developer in a team of 7 developers. I like to receive the constructive criticism as well as give it when needed. I love to review PRs and strive to maintain high coding ...
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Boss locked me out of my email as a punishment for being absent for a few hours this week

I work at a startup and up until now I had a good relationship with my manager. He’s 15 years younger than me and he owns the company. He sees himself as a very ruthless manager and he prides himself ...
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How to proceed with benefits reimbursement? [closed]

In my company, as an employee, I received "benefits" like 25% discount for studying for a master's degree in their university, and for being paid full time for 6 months while doing the ...
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How should I navigate an unfair compensation situation?

Background: I am a former web developer professional who never earned a degree. I developed medical issues that were originally thought to be life altering and enrolled in a college to complete a ...
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Is it normal for a team leader to use pull request comments as an indication of performance?

I was in a performance review recently and my team leader, who is a non-technical person was going through the usual: what do you feel has gone well so far this year, what do you think could have gone ...
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An employee departing means that our project spend is reduced as that employee gets deleted. How to ethically arrange departures? [closed]

I work for a very metric driven organization and they have time tracking and budgeting for everything. However, they also like to hire people without experience to let them "grow" into their ...
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Salary negotiation if salary of colleague is known

I work in a software company and my 2 year contract ends in a few months. The management wants to take me on in any case, because I was able to take over personnel responsibility and lead a team in a ...
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Proper to Escalate a Manager that didn't follow correct PIP Protocol

I've tried to make this concise as possible so please bear with me. This is related to my earlier question (Employee barely working due to Mental Health issues), in which the summary is: In March ...
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Team building in the post-COVID-19 era

I am not sure whether I should call now (July 2021) the "post-COVID-19 era", but let me just use that in my question. About team building I don't mean those "fancy" outdoor ...
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Should I warn our new manager that the previous one didn't always follow company policy?

I work in a retail environment. We are getting a new manager. The previous manager seemed to have rules but didn't care if they were followed. For example he told us, we (as non-management staff) are ...
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How to handle lying and insubordinate employee?

The company that I work for (IT company) has undergone cost-cutting and laying off employees. As a result, a few teams are down to one person, including two of my teams. One of these two, let's call ...
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Dealing with interference from my boss

I am the lead software developer of a startup since one year. We are 7 in the company and I will be promoted as CTO in few months, and I informally fulfill that role since I was hired. We have some ...
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Boss says I'm stubborn when I don't agree

I work in industrial automation, and as part of a project, we had to install a light barrier around a turn table to keep operators safe. Upon noticing that this light barrier was not sufficient (could ...
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How to deal with teams that deliberately make their negligence hard to document/track?

I work in a software engineering company with over 1000 engineers in silicon valley. We generally have really strong & healthy engineering teams, and have very high ratings on glassdoor. But ...
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Can my employer force me to wear clothing that's too big?

I recently got a new job cleaning a clothes store and my manager gave me a polo shirt that's a size ‘small’ but it comes to my knees and is way too big. I could fit three of me in the polo shirt. I ...
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Boss provided practical advise on how to commit suicide during bad feedback in our 1:1

I'm still shaking when thinking of this. The other day I had a 1:1 meeting with the boss. During the meeting, the boss gave me some bad feedback about my performance. I was really upset about the ...
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Transitioning from a semi-autonomous role to a heavily managed role

I've been working as a data scientist/analyst at my current company for close to four years now. My former manager (call him Dinesh) left at the end of last year and since then, his manager (call him ...
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How do I apologize for feeling sick and missing a meeting?

I am an intern a part-time software engineer in a company. I did not feel well the night before, I overslept accidentally and missed a meeting, where 5 of us want to write a business plan, the ...
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Desperate for advice dealing with maniacal management [closed]

Summary: I work in that company for 8 years. I want to transfer to another department because my current management has done illegal things that I've documented in emails to them. I think they prevent ...
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Coworker acts like a boss

So I've recently joined the company, and there is a guy who shares same position as me, but older than me by 7-8 years. Our boss is also young; same age as me. So the coworker started picking on me. ...
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How can I get honest intent about future plans from employees?

One of the senior software developers instantly quit over my company announcing that it will be office-centric again. Management dealt with the concerns about that very badly and lectured employees ...
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Coworker berated me in front of another coworker

About a month ago I felt like I was struggling with some parts of my job (an administrative assistant at a therapy office), so I reached out to my boss about it. She was glad to help me out and we ...
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How to prevent apathy and corner cutting when nothing happens so people feel secure?

Say that you have a software team that is supposed to aggressively check for code quality and bugs and security errors. Eventually you get to the point where people don't find anything so they start ...
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My mother is being framed by new management

Note: Long post ahead. Context: Rural southern Spain Medium-sized public company (+500 people) without HR Toxic workplace My mother is in her late fifties She has been in this company for 20 years ...
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What to do when a manager is constantly assigning you new things one after another?

I think most of us have all been there. You have a manager who one day suddenly assigns you some complex work which needs picking up lots of different technologies (8+). They give you a reasonable ...
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New Manager at a New Company and feeling Anxious?

I started a new job yesterday with a new company as a manager. I've been managing for few years at different departments but it has all been under the same company. Now, I'm totally at a new company (...
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Manager wants to send me to an expensive training. A different manager told me it’s a waste of money

Background My employer requires that I take training which is offered to all employees by Company-X at no cost to my employer. This training is essentially a circuit of courses that are offered at ...
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Telling a coworker they aren't invited into my house

Long story short, my former manager, but current coworker's, poor treatment resulted in me developing a case of PTSD. I was diagnosed about two months ago. However, we don't have an HR team so there ...
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How to learn to become a manager?

I have always been an IT tech guy, currently with 25 years experience. Now I got a job in a company as an IT manager. I have no prior experience in management. I have problems knowing when to call for ...
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As a manager, should I support employees who work during the weekend?

An employee I manage has started working on weekends. They have a temporary position, and probably want to make a good impression to have a chance of getting hired permanently. Higher-ups have asked ...
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Helping a team member to ramp-up

I work in a startup of 9 people. It is my first position as a lead developer. I have started to build my team 9 months ago, we were two for many months and due to a tight deadline we have hired two ...
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When the boss thinks everything the company does is amazing and expect you to think the same

My manager is a big fan of the company we work at. EVERYTHING the company is doing is GREAT / AMAZING / .... For example: If the company reported it has a new customer, the boss will immediately ...
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Is concern about employee retention mostly for show?

It seems as though if hiring were as costly as companies claimed and retaining knowledge mattered all that much then turnover wouldn't be high. Everyone knows why people are quitting in tech. It is ...
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Alternative metrics for software development?

I am on a team where metric generation has been decreed by those higher above us. Specifically we are going to track team productivity by number of commits per week, PR review times, error log entries ...
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Is my boss playing “good cop” “bad cop”?

When my boss Burt calls a meeting with me, Ernie (one of my peers) is always invited. Sometimes Ernie has a good reason to be in the meeting, but often there is no reason at all for them to be there. ...
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Manager is assigning pointless goals? [closed]

I had my one on one with my manager on Friday and one of the requirements was the creation of measurable goals for me that are evaluated at the end of the year. They need to be measurable so they can ...
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When dealing with mass misconduct, how do you prevent disruption while still punishing the act?

I am an HR Strategist in a company of about 500 people. The Head of HR position is currently not filled and no interim head has been appointed. Seems like leadership has decided that it will be me for ...
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How to get more recognition for taking extra shifts

Where I work I often agree to take extra shifts when someone else can't make their shift upon my manager's request. I've been doing this often and don't feel like I'm getting recognition. (I make the ...
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When subordinate gives the stakeholders a lower time estimation

The other day, the development team and I had a meeting with some stakeholders. The stakeholders asked for a new feature with the follow-up questions of "How long will it take to do it?" As ...
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How to navigate career growth in a team with title inflation and with a manager who fails to retain skilled employees?

I recently started a new job as a mid level software engineer.Team was made up of 3 seniors and 2 mid levels including me. Within my first month, other mid level colleague took extended leave due to ...
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How to clarify what my role is and how I can make an impact?

I am a 46 year old engineering manager, with 20 years of experience in the software industry, for a team of 8 people (who are mostly automation engineers in a product-based company) for the last year. ...
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Boss introduced my soon-to-be right hand via email. How to proceed now?

I recently accepted a new job and I'll be starting in a couple of weeks. The entire interview process has been online (video chat) because of Covid. I'll be leading a team. Obviously, I have not met ...
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Should I bring to my boss's attention that coworkers are getting me to do most of the work by giving me huge to-do lists?

I am working in a retail store. There is one to three of employees working at a time, usually with no manager on site. I have almost never worked with the manager and mainly communicate with him ...

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