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Questions tagged [manager]

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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What to say in one on one with a manager that's not my boss

There are several questions here and other articles on the web about how to handle one on one meetings with your manager. I have a weird situation and need advice about a strategy in this case. The ...
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Co-worker is now managing my team. Does this mean that I'm being demoted?

I work in a mid-size startup (~150 people) in the US. I am a software engineer. My company is doing well, so we're growing rapidly. I'm in a ~15-member engineering team, writing software for the ...
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How to deal with incompetent coworker/passive manager?

My current coworker has very little, if any, responsibilities. My manager is aware of the issue and has let the issue linger for months on end, resulting in me being the one to pick up the slack for ...
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What attitude is most constructive while working with a very sensitive manager?

I've been at my current company for several months. I have a boss with whom I really need to walk on eggshells. He reads a lot into the tone with which I say things. Of course, most people attach ...
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How much we are responsible to read our emails? [closed]

This question is related to my other question How to ask my supervisor to read my emails instead of asking me? I used to believe as below and I expect the same from others as well. Reading my ...
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How to deal with manager not bringing up problems?

I work at a small company with ~20 employees at my location. I'm the supervisor that closes the store two of the seven days of the week. Recently I found one of my closing checklists from almost a ...
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How to ask my supervisor to read my emails instead of asking me?

I am working in IT and I include my supervisor (Technical Lead) in emails whenever needed. I notify him through Jira tickets ( he will get email notification ) whenever something he needs to be aware ...
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Group manager threw me under the bus to save her friend

I am at a bit of a loss as to what to do. Back story: I was put on a project that was far behind and was very low developer quality adhering to no set of standards or practices. The project was not ...
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What's the most polite way to tell a manager “shut up and let me work”?

I'm the youngest/most junior in my office and often one of my managers will come and give me something to do or change some requirement for a project, then just stand behind my desk repeating the same ...
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Employer demanding to see degree after poor code review

Today I had a code review at a new position I started almost 3 weeks ago. I was assigned a task working with my company's own CMS and a senior dev was supposed to do the code review. My employer ...
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How to manage frustration from dealing with spaghetti codebase and feeling like I can't deliver

Some context: I'm a newly hired developer (1.5 years) at a software testing company. For a while things were going great. I was able to dive in relatively quickly, but there have been some speed bumps....
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Manager questioning my time estimates for a project [duplicate]

I work in a software development company. For a new project, my manager asked me time-estimates. I read the project requirements document and worked out worst-case estimates. During a meeting, he ...
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Calling in sick confusion

I woke up this morning feeling awful and not able to go into work in fear of collapsing because of dizziness. I called in but the woman who told me to go in today wasnt in when I asked for her. The ...
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How do I tell my supervisor that he is choosing poor replacements for me while I am on maternity leave?

About at month after telling my supervisor that I was pregnant, I presented him with a list of recommendations for people in my office whom I thought could cover my various roles while I am on ...
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Ex-manager wants to stay in touch, I don't want to

I just left my first job out of college after working there 3 years. The reason I left is because I did not believe that my manager was treating me well. I now have a new job and am happy with it. ...
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Company threw a surprise party for the CEO, 3 weeks later management says we have to pay for it, do I have to? [closed]

Title says it all. We were not informed beforehand, not even about the party itself and now, 3 weeks later our manager says we have to pitch in with a little more than 5$. I am not upset because it's ...
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How to deal with a job interview if you are not sure you want to switch jobs?

I've been with my current company for just couple of months. The job itself is great. But since we don't get along well with my direct boss, who mentioned that we might need to part ways, I started ...
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Many employees including my manager leave their computer unlocked - how to Enforce good practice? [duplicate]

My manager constantly leaves his computer unlocked. The problem is that he's the IT director, and I'm the IT Systems Administrator, and I leave my computer locked whenever I'm not near it. How can I ...
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How to deal with a manager who is bad-mouthing my client?

I'm currently working in a small team where my client can be seen as my line-manager, although he is not. My client and me are working for department X of the group Z. I'm contracting. Another team, ...
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How detailed should be the employment certificate?

I want to ask my former employer to issue a letter of Employment Certificate for me so that I can give it to my next employer (in Germany). Besides the employment period and my position title there, ...
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How should I tell my manager I'm not paying for an optional after work event I'm not going to?

My manager planned a night at the ball park work event. She asked us all to reserve a ticket by putting $10 down a couple weeks ago. It was made clear to me that this reservation was not requiring me ...
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How do I handle an erratic, negative manager?

Background At my workplace, we have a "Matrix Management" system. That means everyone has two people to report to: their Day-to-Day manager who deals with daily technical tasks, and their Section ...
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Manager is not replying about permission to use dummy data

As part of the project that I was doing at a company that I recently joined I need to submit a report to my college. During the start of the project I made it clear that I would need to submit the ...
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Is it reasonable to ask my company to reduce my notice period after agreeing to a longer one?

Here is the situation I am in. I have recently handed my notice in and I have a 3 month long notice period to serve (I know, it's an insanely long period). During my exit interview I was asked by HR ...
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How should I behave if my boss doesn't have my back?

Your boss asks you to do something. You do it. The reaction to the action is bad due to department you wanted to influence being conflicted with yours. Your boss accuses you of formulating the email ...
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Is it appropriate for my manager to make me share my credentials?

Recently, at work, I was assigned a license for Microsoft Visual Studio and was asked to create an official Microsoft ID. The license came with benefits like a trial account for six months at ...
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When company doesn’t achieve targets I am blamed by my boss. Our monthly targets are set up very high

I joined my present company 6 years ago. I had to join without any options as my residency was getting over (my home country is India), and only this company provided it. We started with monthly ...
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Humiliated in front of employees

I work at a small company of about 20 people. We have the owner/president, 2-3 managers (depending on how you look at it), and the rest of the people are employees. I'm one of the managers. Each day ...
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Deal with toxic manager when you can't quit

At my first job, I had the bad luck to get a manager that was very toxic. This reached the point of him driving most of the team to quit. In the three months I was there, he drove 5 people to quit (...
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Dealing with a racist and misogynistic manager, as a contractor?

My team is 100% male contractors. We all work for different companies, and our manager is also a contractor working for another company than mine. Our manager is being misogynistic as well as racist ...
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New job, but hiring manager lied about the scope of the role. How is this prevented?

I just started a "dream job" for a big IT company. I was hired to be responsible for their market strategy for in the territory. I was previously covering the whole region, and I was told that once I ...
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How do I handle a potential work/personal life conflict as the manager of one of my friends professionally? [closed]

I have a rather peculiar situation. My wife and I have a couple who we are friends with, and recently the woman (let’s call her Jane) was hired in my company and works in my team (I’m her manager!). ...
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Should I tell management that I intend to leave due to bad software development practices?

update: after reading the answers and comments below, I realized I started off with the wrong question, and actually just needed a change in perspective. The answers in this question are now much more ...
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(How) should I report negative feedback from others to my boss?

If someone attacks me, for example, criticizes me strongly during a meeting or ignores my efforts to contact them for a prolonged period of time (although I know they are available and have political ...
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My boss doesn't want me to have a side project [closed]

It all started back in February when I decided to start an e-commerce store. When my boss learned about it, he started talking less and less to me. Some days he doesn't talk to me at all, like he ...
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Shall I tell HR and management that I want to work with a specific manager

I worked under a manager X in my previous company. Then he moved on. After that I got interview in his company and I cleared the process. First I was unsure wether to join the company or not as I had ...
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Compensation for working overtime on Saturdays

I work in an American infrastructure firm based in India. We work on both American and Indian projects. My Indian client works on Saturday while our company does not. Because of the clients, I also ...
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Should I make it up to my manager for making him buy something I didn't need?

I just started a new job and asked my boss to order me a USB hub about a week ago (they will order stuff you need for work). A couple days later I discovered that the monitors have built in USB plugs. ...
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How to communicate to my manager that him being available while on vacation sets a bad precedent

I'm looking for a good way to approach my manager that I believe his availability while on vacation sets a bad precedent for the team. Some background. My manager is a People Manager of myself and my ...
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How to deal with an overworked boss? [closed]

Today I had an argument with my boss. We had some problems with our software. A configuration issue that was partly our fault, but also a problem with the support team that didn't deploy it correctly....
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My manager is forcing me to clean, vacuum, wash, and take out the garbage during trade shows

I am a marketing project manager working in an American company based in France. This role includes planning and managing logistics for industry events. I am responsible of managing end-to-end all ...
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How to point to risks in a culture that awards optimism and punishes CYA [duplicate]

I work in a field in which too much optimism can cause huge costs (sunk costs in terms of money, time, resources). My boss tends to be too optimistic and disregard the risks I signal and ...
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I didn't get as much bonus as Manager promised: I think he lied to me

Some months ago my previous manager left and now I report to someone else who is in another country. Two months ago I had the opportunity of meeting him in person, we had a meeting and he promised me ...
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Is it my job as manager to resolve a conflict between two of my direct reports?

If as a manager you had a situation of conflict/friction between some team members, setting aside their responsibility to collaborate in improving the situation, do you also look deep into the root ...
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How politely decline positive feedback?

I have always felt uncomfortable and awkward when even minor compliments/praise is given, whether at work or in my personal life. My manager always is making comments such as "Good work!" or "A ...
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When to inform my manager that I want to leave in one year from now? [duplicate]

I have been working in this company for the past 3 years. This is my first job, I started it as an intern while I was studying for faculty. I was then hired as Software Junior, and this year I was ...
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How to deal with favouritism and credit stealing [closed]

I (Male, 30-35) work for a multinational Australian company in the software industry. I am really having a hard time dealing with the favouritism from my current manager towards people who are more ...
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How to deal with a manager who lies and hides information? [closed]

I work for a very large company in USA. Some of us are allowed to work remotely sometimes or always. A few months after starting my job, I saw evidence that my manager praised me in front of me, but ...
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What to do about manager who isn't assigning any work?

I was, a year back, reassigned from one job role where I had a manager who was assigning me plenty of work, to a new project role with a different manager, who generally isn't assigning me any work. ...
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How to manage management's expectations when starting a new job?

I started a new position several weeks ago. I've onboarded well and started working productively and delivering almost immediately. I've started introducing changes directly after starting (which I ...