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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Bossy coworker asked me to stay late. Should I tell our manager?

I started a job relatively recently, and it is in retail. The store is small, so sometimes only one or two people are working at a time. There's a coworker who's only been there a few more months than ...
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My boss keeps changing the requirements. How can I get him to make up his mind?

I am a fresh graduate who started working as a Graphics Designer. My boss gave me a task to create a design from various references. As I do the job, I consult with him and report my progress so that ...
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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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What is the best course of action when someone is performing sub-par in your team?

I've been in a couple situations where a member of the group pulls a lot less weight than the rest of us. Usually the manager doesn't realize. However after seeing people like that get credit for ...
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My supervisor treats me and my team as a “resource” [closed]

I've been reading some e-mails from my supervisor and I've noticed that he always call me and my teammates "resources". For example, answering a manager's demand, he answered At the moment I don'...
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How to delegate work when I'm not a lead

I've read the excellent answer by bethlakshmi on how to better delegate work, but I think my problem slightly precedes that one. After 1 year at my company, in our year-end review, I was praised and ...
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How to introduce better software development practices/processes in the workplace? [duplicate]

I'm a developer in a small software team that works on fairly large software systems. There is a lot of room for improvement in our software development process. The software lead sees the need for it,...
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How can I manage technical workers when I have no experience in their position?

I've been asked to manage a team working on a project with which I am only marginally familiar. Getting more familiar with the project (desired outcome, expected timeline, etc) won't be a problem, but ...
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How should a manager handle an employee who lacks intuition?

I'm a manager at a small company. My team maintains product and marketing data. One of my team members, a graphic designer named Amelia, is an increasing source of consternation. Amelia has several ...
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smart yet insubordinate coworker [duplicate]

I have one very smart coworker that I am hired to manage as a member of my team. He is been with the company for over 8 years, so he has made a few signs "do not manage me, I know what needs to be ...
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Do long commutes count against personal or work hours? [closed]

My employer (science) has several sites. One is in Cambridge MA, where some colleagues tell me their one-way commute is in excess of an hour. I've even heard that a few colleagues commute up to 2 hrs ...
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What if a boss requires supervision?

I work in a programming firm where the Projects manager always overrides set goals and milestones. He is keen to undermine issues as "doable" more than recognizing that we set out to complete a plan ...
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My boss gave me everyone's pay by mistake and mine is lower, how can I increase it? [duplicate]

I found out that a co worker is making 10,000 dollars more than me. My boss handed me a document that had increases for all our employees by mistake. He grabbed in back when he realized it had someone ...
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Can I be fired if my employer thinks I am looking for another job?

Here is the scenario. I work in the UK, and my probationary period was extended 3 more months a while back and I was given a agreement to sign which stated the points that I should improve. Today I ...
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Manager gives credit to senior collegue instead of me

Short backstory. I joined an engineering company (around 150 employees, 35 in my department) as an intern 2 years ago, short before finishing my master's degree. My task when I joined was to aid a ...
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How should I handle being talked over by my boss?

I've just come from a standup meeting where I started to speak, and had my boss interrupt and talk over the points I wanted to make. I waited until they'd finished then said what I originally intended ...
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How to ask management for more staff?

I am software developer and am currently happily leading my team of one... me. The problem is that my responsibilities and quantity of work is starting to balloon and I fear that it will soon become ...
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How to motivate a team when everyone is paranoid about layoffs?

More than half of my team has been made redundant already, as have several other teams throughout the company. This is not due to financial reasons (we are very successful!) but there are some rumours ...
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How to respond when a senior manager uses pressure to prioritize his stuff?

My orders come through a somewhat matrix-style command structure. I report to one technical line manager, who decides and defines how things should be done from a technical point of view, but also ...
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My boss asked me to keep an eye on a colleague and report how he performs. How should I respond?

My boss has asked me to keep an eye on a colleague, who is working with me on a project. He wants me to report to him after 2 weeks what I think about how he is doing his job. Even if I think he ...
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How to deal with a boss who always shouts and yells at most members of his team? [closed]

How to deal with a boss who always shouts and yells at most members of his team? (Except his favourite employees of course who he is very friendly with). We have become very sure that he enjoys ...
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My boss doesn't believe in positive reinforcement

My boss has told me, in no uncertain terms, that he does not and will not offer praise or positive reinforcement to anyone for simply doing what he considers to be their job. He also will absolutely ...
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What steps should someone take when reporting their bullying issue to management isn't taken seriously?

I would like to ask some questions in regards with the workplace bullying. I had my lunch in front of my desk, as usual, when one of my colleagues started complaining that my lunch was smelly and ...
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When I ask my boss a question he says he's already answered but he hasn't

Often when I ask my boss a question about what it is I should be doing he tells me he has already answered. Often times he has answered something similar or the situation has changed so I ask again. ...
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How to build dialogue and cooperation when other managers bypass my authority as a manager?

I manage two internal teams (direct reports) and external contractors (matrix reports) in a relatively flat organization structure and casual workplace culture. It is common for employees to help ...
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Why do companies disregard investing in productivity equipment? [closed]

Why do most companies have no special policies for improving productivity on their workplaces, especially in terms of ergonomics? Such improvements are fairly measurable and the return of investment ...
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My manager wants me transfer to another location that I am not comfortable with

I am currently working in a place that is near my home. My manager wants me to transfer to some other place that I don't want to go (family reasons). How can I tell him politely that I don't want to, ...
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Telling my boss I can't stand to hear him eat near me

I suffer from Misophonia, meaning that certain sounds cause me to experience irrational irritability, anger, frustration and nausea. My trigger is the sound of people eating or drinking. Often my ...
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How to promote autonomy in colleague/subordinate

There is a junior developer (1.5 years of experience) at my company. He is technically very knowledgeable and skilled. However, he is continuously asking for advice, confirmation, etc, to his superior,...
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Dealing with long periods with no work

Background Information I work as a junior software developer for a large company and am a part of a small team of developers. A lot of our work has been outsourced to an offshore team. Recently some ...
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How do I deal with too many cooks spoiling the broth? [closed]

I work for a corporation that owns multiple companies. At the highest level is the owner of the corporation, under him are two CEOs, under them is a general manager, managers for each department (HR,...
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What is the right approach to handle bossy co-worker? [duplicate]

I’ve joined a robotics team in a consulting firm one month ago. I don’t have any work experience so I’m quite new to almost everything. My co-worker, let’s say X, has been working on this area for one ...
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How to deal with low quality colleagues in a way that satisfies management [duplicate]

I have come to the conclusion that most managers are more interested in PR and keeping "low tones" among teams and individuals than getting the job done. (They want to avoid heated arguments). For ...
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How to win at workflow and influence coworkers [closed]

I was tasked with a rather open-ended assignment: to document the workflow processes of my organization. I spoke with my coworkers and boss and concluded that this task would not only cover ...
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Been asked to work significantly “below” my level for a sustained period — can I ask company for measures to mitigate it e.g. learning time?

Background info: This is a follow-up (but not a duplicate) to this question: Recruited for a senior SME technical role but assigned in the medium term to a much more junior project Basically I was ...
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How to deal with a manager who swears and yells at me?

At times we have to work together, there is a fair amount of brainstorming and coding involved. They have a habit of swearing(real bad words in native language) on the work they do. Although I have ...
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What to do when your line manager has a very different vision of the deliverable?

Background: So a large part of my work requires graphic design, as a front end designer I keep up with the trends and generally like to produce work that feels trendy. In my current job most of my ...
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How do I ask my manager about switching out of my current team?

My team is not a good fit for me due to no communication among other issues. I've clicked really well with another team and am interested in their work. What's the best way to be professional about ...
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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 manager who stonewalls me? [closed]

Let me first say that I have read How to proceed when remote boss doesn't answer emails . This has some great information, but my problem has gone a step further. Let me first clarify that I have two ...
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What criteria should I use to pick an out-of-the-office team-building activity?

I'm managing one of a team of interns at our office this summer. My company sees internships as a chance for us to promote our company and recruit good candidates. They have put me in charge of ...
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Manager asks to spy on others, should I agree to help?

One of my managers told me he had no time to actually keep an eye on what is going on in the team. He asked me to be his "eyes and ears". I think "snitches get stitches" and don't want to ruin my ...
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My manager hired a new teammate that I have not met/interviewed. Is this a red flag?

My manager recently notified me that a new team-member will be joining our team, and I believe I will be reporting to them. Unfortunately, I did not interview this candidate (they were interviewed ...
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Have the company dropped the ball with me as a junior developer?

I've recently started my first job as a programmer (I'm currently one month in) at quite a small company and for my first assignment I got paired with a senior developer to work on a minor project, ...
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Coming into the office early and leaving early [duplicate]

It was brought to my attention (from part of my boss) that my coworkers have told him that they've noticed I've been leaving 10 minutes early. I leave early because I have an hour commute to work - if ...
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My colleague always ask for help. Should I help him always?

So my colleague always or at least most of the times ask for my help like he expects me to explain everything from scratch for every project. He wants to learn but doesn't quite catch up everything ...
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How much help should I get from my boss when solving difficult questions?

I am working as an intern for a GIS (Map) Team. The team is relatively new and small with about 6 people. As an intern I am working on some very back-end stuff. These are things I have never done ...
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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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No work assignment nor communication from boss [closed]

I have been working for this company for 18 months now. At the beginning, the job was very good. But as time passed business began to slow down. Currently the business is at an all time low. The ...
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Algorithm to calculate monthly “helpdesk champion” [closed]

I coordinate a small team that is responsible for (among other things) a software-based IT helpdesk solution. I'm looking to introduce a fun rolling award for the "helpdesk champion" of the past 30 ...

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