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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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An exodus of software engineers is taking place at my company. What are the pros and cons of staying and what should I be considering?

I’m a junior developer just a few months into my first full time job. At full strength, our department is at 10 developers, including the lead. We were down one developer who has yet to be replaced ...
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Determining raise for a software engineering promotion

I've been tasked with handling promotions for a team of software engineers and I'm struggling to find information on best practices for raises tied to promotions. For some background, we give a ...
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How can a developer talk to a shareholder about concerns after merger

I work in a startup founded about a year and a half ago by someone that I knew personally (friend of a friend). I like and respect this individual, and started working for the company which was, at ...
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How should I address my leadership experience in an interview?

In my last role, I did have a leadership role managing a team - for about a week. I couldn't handle the pressure of managing my own job - which was my first administrative office role, and an ...
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How to approach my boss about trust?

My boss is new. She's been promoted less than 3 months ago, after my previous boss quit the company. My old boss learned to trust me. She learned that, when I say "this is not our problem", it's not, ...
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How to say No to idea given by team member, when I know from my experience that it is going to fail?

I have a very hardworking team, and I like when they try to think about a project with broader perspective. I want to respect their contribution and don't like to refuse their ideas, but sometimes I ...
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How do I respond to performance review pointing out me being behind schedule and directing my focus towards meeting deadlines?

In the context of performance appraisal I have an option to sign the document electronically to acknowledge that performance has been discussed. I can Agree, Disagree and also have an option to enter ...
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Moving from California to Washington state - Payout for unused vacation? [closed]

I worked full time for a company for many years from the San Francisco bay area region in California, USA. After discussion with my manager, I gave notice to quit in November 2019 and my last day is ...
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Is it reasonable to ask a Front Desk Receptionist to arrange own vacation cover?

Whose responsibility is it to provide back up coverage for a front desk receptionist when she is scheduled for vacation or doctor's appointments? As a rule of thumb, most companies have the admins ...
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My boss copied all his files from his cell phone - with some inappropriate content - to a public folder on our company. Should I delete it?

We have a file server on our company network with a public folder for employees to share files. Each folder is based on the employee's name, but it's read/write accessible to all. It seems that my ...
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Managment has no idea what the project is about

I am in a bit of a strange situation. I am part of software development team doing core transformation of existing COBOL based ordering system. There are also plans for future sales channel being ...
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Dealing with conflict in matrix management

I'm a technical lead who also line manages developers. One of the devs (lets call her Alice) I manage works in a separate scrum team to the ones I'm the tech lead for. The teams do all work on the ...
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Manager keeps trying to delay my internal transfer due to project deadlines and delays

Background / current role: I'm a software engineer and I've been working almost alone on a project which has an impact on the whole company (big company 10,000+ employees). The project has been ...
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My Programming Manager constantly asks for updates and is never satisfied with my performance. How do I approach this? [closed]

I am an experienced Software Engineer and I have never faced this in my earlier roles. My Programming Manager does not have the tendency to wait. He is constantly asking for updates and never seems ...
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How to get my colleague to work with our new Supervisor?

Me and a group of colleagues now friends work for a medium sized start up. We were all working fine until our manager changed. We were given various assignments to complete before and after the change ...
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What personnel files should I request after unfair dismissal?

I was unfairly dismissed at the start of the year after another employee made a false allegation against me. This could have easily been disproved but was dealt with very unfairly and I was dismissed....
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Some employees are refusing to use a company program (instant messenger)

I have an instant messaging system on my office computers. The users in the shipping office are logging out. I’m the business owner and I manage a lot of our operations, as well as our tech. A lot ...
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Employer trying to prevent union meeting? (sort of)

EDIT: I have reorganised my question because all responses so far have been off topic to the questions I actually asked. What I would like to know is: Am I acting within my rights? Are my employers ...
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How to stop being labeled in a certain way by one's boss?

Recently I noticed that my boss labels me in a particular way in conversations with me, and in meetings with other higher-ups and colleagues. The label appears to be intended as a compliment and is ...
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Telecommute - How to complain about selective telecommute privileges

I work in a company in USA where some teams or individuals are fully remote. Our company is trying to get people to work in an office whenever possible, even in situations where it would not make ...
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How to approach manager regarding recent negative change in attitude towards me?

I've been working at this place for 6 months and ever since my interview my boss has been very impressed by me and trusted me with everything that he even asked me for advice. But suddenly since last ...
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Side project turning into job in free time

I am a student and have worked in a 3-person team on a project for some time now. In this team, I have all IT roles (but mostly programming), and am currently having a conflict with a person who has ...
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Is it acceptable to give manager feedback about something that didn't happen to me, specifically?

I have a coworker, let's call them Morgan. Morgan is a minority, the same as me, we are not friends but I can't help but feel some camaraderie towards them since we are in the same situation. Recently ...
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Senior staff member leaving, told everyone except her boss (me)

I own and run a small business with six full time staff. They are mostly French nationals, while I am a UK national. The team leader has decided to quit, and has shared this, along with the exact ...
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Management is pushing 'pairing' on non-programming related tasks. Is this a correct use of pairing? [closed]

I recently became the lead on a new team. My previous team was more pure software development. We pair-programmed ~80% of the time utilizing TDD. My new team is in charge of supporting, maintaining, ...
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My boss is motivated but is no longer engaged and suspects he is losing his job and this is making everyone feel unhappy, what can I do?

My boss is very clever and is highly motivated, often putting in more time than he needs. However, recently a number of people left the company, and everything seems to have came to a halt. My boss ...
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Handle criticism over early code at startup

A year ago I started working in a very agile startup. I was the first non-intern developer to join and I worked closely with the CTO to put together a beta version of a pipeline and a product. Due to ...
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Is there a reliable way to climb up the ladder?

I'm in a developer role, and applying for developer positions since around 3-4 years. I'm in a moment in my career where I'd be willing to lean toward a managerial position as I feel fit for the role, ...
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Create ownership when working in a remote office [closed]

Need your perspective, also this is going to be a long read. If you wish to skip, you can go directly to end where I have written questions. I am currently an Engineering manager in an e-commerce ...
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Decline discussing any issues or problems

Short story: Performance review is coming up, I kept my side short (one meaningless sentence per question) for reasons of complete demotivation and despondence. Boss will surely ask "What's wrong?". ...
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How can I manage my team to maintain a reasonable productivity when my employer doesn't treat employees well?

My employer doesn't treat employees too well, for example we often work overtime without pay (for details you may check my other question How can I argue against the idea of working overtime to fix ...
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I got one interview to be VP at a fintech company - should I apply for others? [closed]

Last week my boss offered me a pay rise to my current salary for doing such a good job. Turns out he forgot how much I was paid. He did agree to give me a real rise after I pointed out his mistake. I ...
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Manager trying to undermine my performance after I helped bring in more than $1 million for the company

I started at this job 5 months ago and was hired permanently full time about a month and a half later. It's a medical billing department apart of a non-profit healthcare organization that manages ...
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I'm an engineer with no experience of managing people but will be in charge of hiring help soon. How can I prepare for it?

I am a mid-junior-ish engineer who joined the right startup at the right time as their first employee. I do various embedded software related things for the products we develop but as most of what we ...
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Why did my abusive boss insist that I take an unpaid leave of absence when I tried to resign?

I've been working at this company for over 6 years and for those 6 years, my boss has been an absolute bully. He micro-manages everything I do, dumps so much work on me, and then criticizes everything ...
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What is the proper way to request team/project change?

I am working in a software firm on a project which doesn't have any work left. The team is of only 3 people, all three of us are from a different domain. Even If I ask for the project change, I don't ...
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What is recommended “good” attire for a male in management at a tech company? [closed]

I am not asking frivolously. I’m starting a management role in a mid-sized business software company in Philadelphia. I come from a finance company where I wore a suit and tie every day. The younger ...
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Manager keep on voicing general opinions which I don't share at work, what would be an appropriate reaction? [duplicate]

I used to have a very chatty manager that wanted to spend some time at work chatting about all kind of stuff. This is more or less normal I think. What was a bit weird was that my manager used to ...
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Confronted about an Amazon review

Back in 2018, my CEO wrote a book. I usually don't read these kind of memoir/non-fiction books, but I figure it would be interesting to get insight into the mind of someone I've been working under ...
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Misclassified as part-time when working full-time

Background: Working in the US in Wisconsin. Started at Company X as part-time (9am - 2pm) Transitioned to full-time hours (9am - 5pm) Recently discovered that I was still classified as a part-time ...
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How to deal with people whose priority is to not get blamed?

I recently had a project which suffered a needless delay of a month because all three people involved thought it was someone else's turn to do something. My reaction was "Sigh, now finish the project"....
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Company indirectly discriminating against introverts, specifically INTJ

Background On pretty much all tests out there, I heavily score as INTJ in the Myer-Briggs system. Some tests even suggest slight Asperger, combined with what I suspect is a healthy dose of OCD. I don'...
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Younger junior colleague who behaves like the boss

I would be grateful for advice on this situation. I'm a senior developer with about 10 years of experience. Until recently my team consisted of myself, my manager, and a staff engineer. We've been ...
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Disrespectful employee going above my head and telling me what to do. I am his manager

This time last year I hired 'Bill', someone a little older than I am, to take over some responsibilities I needed to start delegating. Despite his great interview and full understanding of the job ...
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How do I handle unreasonable management? [closed]

In my workplace the 'little guys' tend to get it in the neck. There are, I believe numerous issues within management, causing the bulk of the stress the workforce experiences, but the team I'm part ...
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Is it okay to complain to management after receiving role elimination notice

A friend of mine was bullied for 6+ months by her manager to promote a subordinate with whom he had an affair. This subordinate is an average performer with nothing much to show to be promoted from a ...
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How to advance career into an advanced management position when no opportunities exist?

I'm a software engineer but want to advance my career into management, ideally in something like a senior architect role. However, I have no idea how to do this, because the company I work for is ...
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How do you commercialize internal products [closed]

I have been in a technical leadership role with a product (15yrs old) for 9+ yrs. I'm presently leading ~10 devs and report to a senior manager. We don't have clear mgmt and engg leadership tracks, so ...
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What to do about a seemingly self-appointed, unannounced 'team leader' within our group when there's no official communication but some signs

I work in a functional team of 5 and we report to a manager, Anne. Anne also has about 6-7 other people who report to her doing something different but related. Our group's work is "downstream" and "...
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Categorically, what managerial experience am I missing from my non-traditional background? [closed]

I'm applying for a marketing director role that would have 10 reports, and they seem quite interested in my background. However, my leadership experience is non-traditional. I built my own company and ...