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Please use this tag for questions related to the person responsible for evaluating your performance. Questions such as communicating with him/her, discussing problems you are facing impacting your work with him / her would be appropriate uses.

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Answering The Question: How Many People Work Here?

As a small business owner, you might have anywhere from 1-3 people working for you. Sometimes, it's just yourself. When someone comes into the office for an interview, it's usually just the business ...
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How to decline additional responsibilities because I'm planning on leaving the company?

I have been working for a multinational company in Portugal for approximately 4 years. My manager is on an indeterminate leave and I have been acting as her back-up, because I am the person with ...
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How to talk to an oblivious boss who takes calls in bathroom unmuted

My boss has a bad habit of leaving his phone unmuted when on a conference call. Usually, we hear some background keyboard noise or some throat clearing noise, and somebody politely asks everyone to ...
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How should I approach a boss that keeps hiring temporary workers, only to have me finish something?

Long story short, we've recently had a lot of work to do at my job and in order to fill that vacuum my boss has been hiring temporary workers. At first he hired three which stayed for about two months,...
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How to convince manager of need for additional security testing before release [closed]

I work in the InfoSec profession as an IT auditor. One of my duties at work is testing and verifying that necessary security requirements are in place before code and application updates are released ...
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I snapped on my boss, when and how should I apologize?

I recently snapped on my boss. He's the CEO of a small company. I regularly have scheduled meetings with another boss where you talk about work life, complaints, suggestions, etc. In the last year or ...
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Is it reasonable to send warning over a phone going off [closed]

I work as a software developer in an IT service company. Our office has about 50 people. Usually we have our phones on silent mode. Once in a while (approx 1-2 times a month) a phone goes off, since ...
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How to ask my manager if I am about to be fired?

I have a feeling management is working to fire me. My manager says I've been "doing fine" but I don't believe him. How should I ask my manager if they are truly working to fire me? Let me explain ...
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How to deal with a boss who doesn't listen to you and keeps criticizing? [closed]

So, I have this CTO with 15+ years of experience in my small Software Development company, who is quite knowledgeable but is extremely proud of himself over his knowledge. Although he is good in terms ...
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What's the best way to ask for promotion? [duplicate]

I work in a pre-ipo startup company. I am a senior level engineer. One of my team member is also a senior level engineer and we work together on a project. I feel my manager wants to promote him ...
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Ask my manager what my performance review ranking is on the team?

I am working in a team of around 30 people. I got a performance review this year and got mostly "meet" and occasional "above expectation". However, I feel all my team members are strong and almost ...
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Salaried Employee Being Dinged For Tardiness

I am a salaried employee, scheduled to work 8-5, M-F, and one Sunday a month for month-end closing. I typically will arrive for work between 7:58 and 8:04. On really, really, bad days, sometimes ...
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I fear I am being set up to be fired by my direct manager. How to save my job?

I've received nothing but praise for months since I started working as a developer at this company. I've introduced a few changes (scrum, Slack, peer review) that upper management loves. Suddenly, ...
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Manager wants to completely avoid any overtime work. How can I adapt to this change?

I'm asking some advice for my mother. She was hired around 2 years ago for a team leader and customer-facing role. She wanted to be employed full time, but the company did not want to pay for this. ...
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Should I tell my manager about applying to a different (internal) job?

I am considering applying to other positions within my company. These positions are different from my current job but I ultimately aspire to work in one of said positions. There are no internal ...
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How to explain the reason you left a job is because of lack of training provided by the previous team

I'm not sure if it's fair to directly say my ex-manager was not supportive. So I'll describe my struggles and feedback at my previous job first. I changed jobs a few times after graduation to be ...
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Senior manager entered the role of a software developer and performs poorly [closed]

TL;DR: Company co-founder wants to do some 'real work' but does more harm than good. The company is a software house based in UK, has some ~20 employees, makes stable profits, pays well and offers ...
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How do I have a conversation about stress with my manager when he is the cause?

This question follows from How to deal with mixed messages during the probation period? My situation is that my probation period has been extended. Moreover, my manager sends me mixed messages about ...
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Boss threatens employee with losing their job if they don't cooperate in forcing an ex-employee to drop charges

A friend's manager recently fired a coworker for no apparent reason, even though most people in the office considered the ex-coworker to be hard-working and efficient. After some time the ex-coworker ...
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Thanking manager for undecided acceptance on a job offer as an current intern?

So I got a call from HR last week with a very nice job offer.... but it kind of blindsided me as my manager hasn't mentioned anything so far in my internship. I like the job, and I meant to ask my ...
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Manager sending emails as go-between… is this standard practice?

I am working in my first full-time position as an engineer at small tech firm. we have only a small amount of people in the office, including several engineers and an office manager with a background ...
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Make your boss look good — how to do it in a startup?

I'll try to write the question in a way that is as general as possible. How do I help my company and my manager look good, highly competent, etc., especially when the manager is unaware that most ...
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Being indecisive to report the immediate manager to HR manager before leaving the company

I have been working for a company in South East Asia for the last 8 months. The company is large with poor sense of organization (it's very chaotic, but I like it as I get to work with some ...
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I'm working part time as an intern, and my supervisor is leaving. Is it too late to ask about a full time position?

I've been working full time during the summer and part time during the semester under my current supervisor for around half a year. I'm currently a senior in college. She is leaving in 2 weeks. I was ...
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How to protect myself from a manager potentially playing with verbally assured comp time as a contractor?

This will require some background. I am an hourly contractor working on an HRIS migration for a small company. When I interviewed, I told the the VP and my eventual boss that the timeline was ...
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Manager who won't put information in writing: does this happen outside academia? [closed]

For the last 23 years I've been working at a community college in California, and several times I've encountered a certain situation with managers. I'm curious whether this dynamic is one that plays ...
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How to make decisions that could be undone when manager comes back

Some background info: I'm a developer at a rather large company with a small-ish IT team. We have our own scrum team and projects. Our product owner and team manager, let's call him "John", went on ...
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How to deal with a new manager falling behind on his duties

tl;dr New boss is slow in keeping up in his duties making me look bad and jeopardizing my position Where I work any changes made to the codebase undergo multiple checks. The first check is a peer ...
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Pros and Cons of Engaging Manager More

My manager has an open door policy. This is pretty awesome. I frequently see other co-workers utilizing this. I also do, but probably once every month or so where others are in there once a week or ...
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Toxic manager gave me poor performance reviews. How to approach with future hiring managers?

I came across this article and it describes my workplace experiences to a T. If you want the full story, I recommend reading that. Otherwise, some quick background: I'm in my mid-20s working in large ...
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How do I show concern to my manager, who is coming back from an emergency leave? Want to ask him if everything was good back at home

Last week my manager suddenly departed for his home country due to a family emergency. Tomorrow he is supposed to resume work and our first interaction is a regular scrum call with everyone in the ...
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Written warning for allegedly “slacking off” (in Germany)

Disclaimer: I am asking this question for a friend, since he does not want to make an account here for one reason or another. My friend works as an IT expert in quite a large company, in Germany. He ...
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Best way to approach manager with urgent issues when they are in a bad mood

I work in a quality control department for a manufacturing facility and report to the quality manager. Some days, my boss will be in a very bad mood due to having a lot of quality issues ...
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Taking videocall interviews at job location after my work hours. Is it ethical?

I am interviewing and most, if not all, video call interviews are set for business hours. It is not possible for me to take a whole day off for them, and it is difficult to commute home on time to ...
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Manager says “yes” even when he means “no”

I sometimes make requests to my manager for certain resources like data to analyze certain trends. Most of the times, he says yes and gives me what I need but after two or three reminders. However, ...
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What if your boss does not reply to your queries? [duplicate]

I have seen that my manager does not respond to my queries over especially when i sent him over email. how should i go about it, should i start CC'ing his manager when sending email.
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What should be my approach if I am not given proper KRAs? [closed]

I had two to three meetings with my manager but he did not give me proper Key Result Areas (KRAs) for the current financial year, instead, he told me to learn Microsoft Azure. As per my understanding, ...
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How to make sure I receive credits for a task that I developed and removed from

Last year I was assigned with someone X (who I report to him) to a task (develop an application from scratch). This task needed lot of development and tests and many changes happens on the go. Person ...
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What is professional language to say I don't want to work under someone for personal reasons?

I am a contractor, and I have just been offered full time employment at my current workplace. My day-to-day would change very little, but I would be put under another a manager who is a peer of my ...
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Low pay raise on promotion I haven't been formally told about yet. Should I talk to my manager? [duplicate]

I am a software developer working at a technology company. Several months ago I talked to my manager about promoting me to the next level (i.e. from associate level developer to intermediate level). ...
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Dealing with superiors that don't seem to know what I do in the project/company?

TLDR: I'm a Software Developer. A few months ago, I've been assigned to a new team, to work on a new company project. Whilst managing the team, it appears that my superiors often forget that I'm even ...
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How to think of being moved under a less experienced manager? [closed]

I am the founding engineer at a startup. Since the beginning of the company I've reported directly to the CEO and then the CTO after he was hired. Our company has grown considerably since then (from ...
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How to explain to your boss you are not interested in working nights and weekends?

I work at a software development company as a developer in the United States. I am well compensated in this salaried role. I work with other developers who are typically are happy to be brought into ...
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How should I respond to bidirectional loss of trust with my management? [closed]

It's clear that my management doesn't trust me to do my job or to accept criticism. I don't trust them to have my back, or to judge my work, or to use me effectively, or to accept criticism. I don't ...
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What to do with conflicting instructions?

We were between managers for a while recently and I was taking instructions directly from the owner of the business. This was the case for a couple of months so I became very familiar with my duties ...
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Recommendation Letter

I got a new job as an engineer. My previous job was not engineering related. Anyhow, my previous boss wrote me a recommendation letter due to my outstanding performance. Do you recommend I send this ...
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New line manager coming in aggressive

We have a brand new line manager. He's only been on the job for a week, but is already crossing the line between being assertive and aggressive. He'll be quickly dismissive to staff and at other ...
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Confront the manager in a constructive safe manner about lack of work

I was hired 3 months ago as a web developer at a company to work on a project and 2 months ago that project was killed. Ever since then I'm given all sorts of tasks, like testing and cleaning ...
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How can I be more “proactive” at my job?

Some background: I'm a programmer working in a group of electrical engineers in a very engineer-focused department. I have no education or training as an engineer, and have next to no overlap with my ...
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Is it normal to have daily 1:1 meetings with your boss?

I work as a Software Engineer in a large company. My team of six has daily stand-up meetings to chat about what we did/will be doing for that day. I also have a bi-weekly one-on-one with my own ...