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How to deal with a manager who suppresses your ideas and suggestions and uses them for their personal benefit?

Recently my friend, a software developer, got into the following situation while working at a giant software consultancy. He had a few suggestions about improving a software development process which ...
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Manager does not develop employees [duplicate]

I'm working as an offshore Senior ERP Developer with a BPO Company for over a year now and my Manager and peers are working in the United States. I've been successfully been taking on large projects ...
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How can I convince my manager that we need to reduce technical debt? [closed]

I work as a developer on a 15-year-old software product, which has been continuously under development for all that time. The code base is enormous. We have over 500mb of code, which I suspect is ...
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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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How do you request your manager for a nap or sleep?

In brief: What is a good way to request a manager to let me sleep somewhere for about 30 minutes when I am sleepy, without appearing lazy? I actually feel super productive after taking a short power ...
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Convincing my manager to let me work from home [duplicate]

My manager wants to hire me for a full-time position in a big IT company. My job is mostly programming / fixing bugs / developing features.. software engineering to cut to the cheese. During the last ...
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Unproductive subordinate missing deadlines due to health conditions and problems outside work

I manage an unproductive subordinate, who has worked for the company for about 8 years. The issue was first raised almost 2 years ago, and has been gradually getting worse. The problem is not the ...
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How can I turn down a promotion gracefully?

I am about to be offered a very large promotion, but it would require me to relocate which I don't want to do. I will hear out the offer, but am almost sure I will end up turning it down. When doing ...
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Manager does not respond to my emails [duplicate]

I am a software engineer from the Ukraine working in a multinational company. My manager is located in the USA. I have a communication problem with my manager that I will explain with an example. I ...
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Boss plays loud music affecting my concentration. How do I take this up with him? [duplicate]

I am a software developer, and recently joined a new company. Five of us, including my boss, work in a small office. My boss plays music very loudly while he works — the kind you hear in nightclubs —...
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New job starts before end of current job's notice period

My current job has a notice period of 3 months, but I can negotiate this if my boss agrees to it. I have a job offer, and they want me to start in one month. What is the best approach to handle this ...
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How to work with a micro-manager?

I'm trying to learn how to work with my current manager. In my opinion he is too much of a micro-manager who is rude and wants an update of every single minute of my billable hours. As an example of ...
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I returned from vacation to find my desk in a mess. How should I deal with this?

I work in USA as a Software Developer. I took a week off as a vacation, and came back today to see my desk in a mess: my 3 screens were unplugged and stacked, and there were cigarette ashes everywhere....
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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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Material omissions by manager during interview process [closed]

I interviewed for a job that offered less money but also a lot less travel than my previous position. It's a sales job, with a smallish base salary with most income coming by way of commissions. The ...
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Manager takes credit for work - how to handle? [duplicate]

During an important meeting (which I am attending remotely, but which my manager is attending in person) with industry partners, my manager has taken credit for writing a demo which I developed on my ...
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Should i ask for more work , when i have completed all the tasks assigned to me for the day? [duplicate]

I work as software test engineer in a medium sized IT company. My lead usually assigns me task for the day which I try to finish asap. Sometimes when there is no build to test or when all the test ...
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New manager immediately after performance review period, how to preserve previous promise of a promotion?

So I just had a great performance review, and my manager indicated he wanted to promote me (verbal commitment) . However before anything was official, he suddenly resigned and my new boss has other ...
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How can I better understand manager or clients with strong accents?

In most of my daily life, I can understand most of the American English(and some Chinese) speaking people I come into contact. But in my office/workplace, there are more and more people with a heavy ...
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How to deal with a manager that keeps forgetting but refuse to admits it

I have a manager that like to be informed on everything I do to a absurd degree. With I have tried to comply with, taking a few minute to explain everything I'm planing to before i do it. The problem ...
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How can I manage up with a supervisor that doesn't respect time?

I'm currently freelancing on a project, and my supervisor has time management issues. He doesn't respect other people's time - or at least doesn't respect the time I reserved with him. Examples ...
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Should I be fixing my boss's computer?

I work for a small company and am the lone IT person. The owner has brought in his laptop that he's having network adapter problems with. I've spent some time getting it to work on the wireless ...
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My former Manager Isn't giving an Endorsement to my new Manager

Two months ago ("January"), I asked my manager regarding my development to which was left with open-ended answers (Read: Manager does not develop employees). Coincidentally, it was announced that all ...
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How to get things done when your line manager does not manage? [duplicate]

When your line manager: prioritises tasks according to politics, giving 50% of a month to a project which requires 10% of the time and vice versa; is not able to provide more staff; is not able to ...
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Did I overreact to my boss asking me to get him coffee?

In the middle of a meeting with my managers, me (a supervisor) and field staff, the manager stopped the meeting suddenly to request that I refill their cup of coffee. I was stunned and tried to joke ...
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What can I do about doing badly on an impromptu coding test?

I have been at my organization for around 18 months. I took a technical programming test (basically a C# kata of sorts) in the interview and flunked it. However, they said they liked my attitude and ...
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Is this co-worker relationship salvageable?

Ok, I'll try to summarise the last several months of my experience in a few paragraphs. I've been at my company for a little over 18 months. At first I entered as a junior developer, since I only had ...
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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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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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How to remedy a false accusation in small open office setting

I went on a work trip with my boss and we stayed at an AirBNB that was under my boss's name. She brought along her baby, and wanted a house to stay in so she could hire a babysitter to watch her baby ...
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How do I request a longer than normal leave of absence period for my wedding?

My wedding is coming up in October this year and I need 5 weeks (25 working days) of leave for completing all the wedding rituals, honeymoon, etc. My fiancé will be leaving abroad for work so I want ...
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How to deal with a boss who does not get involved in any social events?

Maybe this is common at most workplaces, but I find working hours to be so much longer and less fun because most of the communication between my boss and us are just about work. I have been in the ...
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Did I overstep my bounds by creating a tool “behind my manager's back”, during non-work hours?

Context I am a software developer in the United States. I work on a very, very small team, and we are in charge of developing and supporting a custom mobile app for one of our company's biggest ...
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How do I deliver a negative performance review in a constructive way, especially in a start-up company

When I was a junior developer I got several negative performance reviews. The memory is so vivid that even almost 20 years later I can still remember those reviews. They just ruined my days and made ...
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What is a good process to follow for resolving concerns with a bad manager?

Regarding situations like having a good job with a bad manager, I have read advice like "never complain at work", or "you can't get rid of your manager". So my question is, what is a process to ...
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How to proceed when my manager won't give me an update on my promised raise?

I've got senior title at engineering field at my current (startup) company, where I've worked for almost one and half year. And then I promised by managers that my salary will be increased after 3 ...
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How to respond to your boss when he ask what took so long to finish a project?

I was assigned multiple projects at work and one of the projects my boss is asking what took so long to complete. The project he is referring to was reassigned to me with not enough information to ...
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How to handle stress and potential stress leave [duplicate]

Looking for advice on how to approach the experts involved and how to eliminate stress factors. How could one eliminate stress to avoid the situation of feeling the need to quit immediately due to it ...
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Can I tell my manager that I don't believe him?

I have some signs that my manager is not giving due credit to my work. To come out of that I requested him to send the mail for any work assigned. He politely told me that, that is not required and ...
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How should I respond to a boss who complains if I'm 5 minutes late?

My boss wants me at work by 8:00 a.m. Outside of rush hour, my drive to work takes about 15 minutes. During rush hour the commute time can vary greatly. (Public transporation isn't a reasonable ...
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Resignation letter to a new manager

So I've worked at the same restaurant for 8 years and I'm graduating college in 3 months. About a year ago there was a change in management. My long time manager was forced out by the district manager ...
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My manager is not relieving me after my resignation. How can I get relieved properly? [duplicate]

I work for a service based company in India and I am in probation still. Now I have got a very good opportunity to work for a renowned MNC. So I put down my papers, and I am ready to serve my notice ...
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How to deal with mixed messages during the probation period?

TL;DR: My probation period may be extended, but my manager can't articulate how I can improve and is trusting me with long-term, high profile projects. How can I encourage him to be clear on how I can ...
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How to deal with a Manager who believes the more difficult solution is always the best solution

I work in a software company as a tech lead under a manager who is an architect but has very good technical knowledge, as well. I know it's good to have a manager who has knowledge about technical ...
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How to deal with a bad management choice about a technical solution?

So I am a new intern in a big company. During my interview my (now) n+1 asked how confortable I am with 2 informatic langages and If I would be able to their problem with them. I answered that I am ...
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What agenda items to bring to a one on one as the employee

This is sort of the opposite of this question, where I'm instead the "shy" employee. My manager has recently started scheduling weekly, hour-long, one-on-one meetings with me. To facilitate the ...
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Is it ok that I've used email to send my two weeks' notice?

I'm a student operator at a small school associated business. I was planning on giving my boss my two weeks notice at the end of the week this past Friday because it would be nice and neat to have my ...
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How to get rid of an incompetent manager? [closed]

My company has many good managers, with deep technical and social skillsets. However, a few Technically Incompetent Managers (TIMs) are managing to elbow their way up without contributing anything on ...
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How do I tell my boss that he may be underestimating how much work/cost my project entails? [duplicate]

Background I'm an intern in a small engineering firm. Every engineer in the company is a mechanical engineer (including my boss), whereas my tasks purely entail software development. I'm only working ...
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How to handle a manager who thinks I will leave the company

I work in a team of 8 persons. I'm happy with my job and I'm not looking for a new position at the moment. However, my manager thinks that I will resign in the near future and this is becoming a big ...