Questions tagged [management]

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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How to advocate a different approach to a project when office politics are involved in the decisions?

My group has found itself in the position of being forced to implement software projects in a technology that has proven to be a poor fit for the kind of work that we are being asked to do. Due to ...
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A coworker gave our boss a very big gift. What do I do?

A coworker of mine was just sent by the company to a Microsoft conference. At the conference, attendees were given Microsoft's new tablet and the Lumia 920. During our weekly meeting, my coworker ...
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A previous manager burnt out employees, how can I help them recover and be more productive?

The previous manager repeatedly pushed his employees too hard to complete artificial goals earlier than necessary. After 2 years of some of the best employees quit and this the manager was removed, ...
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What should I do if I think a group of colleagues is being discriminated against?

I'm a teacher in schools for deaf people. In one of the previous schools I taught at, we faced an organizational situation that I thought originated from the management's distrust towards our deaf ...
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Why is “I'm stressed and need the day off” a bad request?

The title says it all: Why is "I'm stressed and need the day off" a bad reason to take the day off? And how can I phrase it so that it would be more acceptable? I've seen this attitude at my current ...
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In a performance review meeting, would it be inappropriate to talk about switching roles?

I had mentioned to my boss that I'd like to change roles.. it seems he wasn't too excited about it as he stalled and reneged on a few verbally-agreed upon meetings(with another boss, for whom I could ...
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Does bringing your own lunch to work hurt your chances of being a manager?

I like many of my peers will bring my own lunch with me to work most days, perhaps going out to lunch once a week with friends or colleagues. I have worked at many different jobs in my career thus ...
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Manager who insists on too many calls/meetings [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the appropriate way to deal with “meeting overload?” My colleague is placed with a problem with reporting manager. The manager wants to spend too much ...
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How can I get employees to conform to office policies?

I manage a small company and find most - if not all - employees keep repeating certain mistakes. This is a young team and in general we have a positive office ambiance going on. But I want to find a ...
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Should I take leave before office function? [closed]

I have some confusion regarding my workspace function. This month our organization have a big annual function and I was selected by my team leader to help out for that day. The problem is that 2 days ...
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What's the best way to convince a manager to let someone take initiative?

One of our customer service reps has been with the company for years and is starting to feel like he's outgrown his position and is looking for new challenges. His manager is reluctant to give him ...
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Management tactics and bonus programs

I was reading The Econ 101 Management Method by Joel Spolsky. He speaks of management tactics to motivate developers by paying them for fewer bugs (for instance). He describes how bad such approach ...
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How do I ask my boss for learning material?

I'm currently a co-op student (intern) at a software company that has a large, old application. We're currently in the process of converting it from an old runtime to something new, and in the process,...
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Refusing to do something that makes you uncomfortable

I work for a small company where one of the primary investors and managing partners happens to be a national celebrity (who will go unnamed). This person also plays the role of spokesperson and ...
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What steps can I take to be a good boss to a more experienced employee?

I was recently given a small promotion at work, which has included some amount of managing an employee who has been here significantly longer than I have and who has more experience than I do. I want ...
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How do you approach imparting technical knowledge to your superiors?

The people who are in charge of my workplace don't really understand what computers are capable of, mistrust them, and generally have a great deal of difficulty using technology. This is a problem ...
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Work hours per week put in by senior management [closed]

I want to get an idea of how many work hours a week does any senior executive put in, in a mid-size or large corporation, on a regular basis? Do they also have a 5 day work week? By senior management ...
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How can I ask for more positive reinforcement?

I found out that what fuels me to do well at work is positive reinforcement from bosses, colleagues, and customers. My current job at a start-up is very demanding. My boss doesn't have time to give ...
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Is the “open doors” policy for a project manager always beneficial? [closed]

I've heard that the "open doors" policy is beneficial, as it lets anyone come to the project manager with any problem that might arise. At the same time being interrupted at irregular times can be ...
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Should I disconnect from a past colleague on LinkedIn when a relationship has gone sour?

Despite my efforts at maintaining a professional and positive relationship while resigning from a job, I've recently been informed by past colleagues that my past employer has been saying a lot of ...
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Is there any evidence that giving references for former employees is inherently risky?

I've noticed a trend that most HR departments discourage or even have policies against giving references for former employees that go beyond these basic questions: Confirm Employment Verify dates and ...
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Is 3 months notice reasonable for a Development Manager Role [closed]

Is a 3 month notice period unusually high for a development manager position? This is at the junior end of the management spectrum, it will be my first management role. I am concerned that future ...
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What are effective means of dealing with mistakes made by an individual?

Placing blame doesn't seem appropriate or beneficial when working with teams. On the other hand, the management team's first instinct is to hold each other accountable. What is an effective measure ...
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Are games and puzzles at your desk a sign of unprofessional immaturity or quirky intelligence? [closed]

I am the type of person that likes trinkets, small games and puzzles at my desk. Typically I have small brain teasers, a couple of Rubiks cubes and a small Chess board. I also have various other ...
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How do I convince a manager to not “meddle” with the network? [closed]

We have a boss who used to be a member of the team, and still (perhaps too much) enjoys getting his hands dirty with the technical aspects. We're trying to move away from the old methods of doing ...
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What is the best way to keep up productivity in crisis situations?

In the situation of crisis, as a manager or senior manager level person, but not the top management folk, managing people and indirectly the project becomes difficult. By crisis I mean when the ...