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Questions relating to people management ie the practice of recruiting, training, engaging, and retaining people to optimize their talent and maximize their productivity.

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How can I improve my time management and communication skills in this situation?

I work as a junior software engineer and I have recently started a new project. The project is being led by an intermediate software engineer and she has set an ambitious vision for the project and it ...
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Arrogant , lazy worker considered for promotion

I recruited a person called AG in Asia office. In the initial year of AG's employment, I encountered significant challenges due to issues related to arrogance, laziness, and a lack of ordinary task ...
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How can I repair my relationship with management after accidentally getting access to a confidental document?

For context, I have been working here a month and requested access to an employee evaluation form I wasn't supposed to have access to. My skip skip level manager told my manager, and she started ...
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Dealing with coworker's junk science?

The entity im currently at operates on the pipeline of grants=> mental health research=>publishing papers. Been with this org 1 year. Recent changes led me to have to colaborate more w/ this one ...
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How to train an employee to be sensitive

I am a manager of a small team (low level manager with some training, but lacking experience) and recently was made aware that one of my staff caused distress to one of our customers with an ...
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How to deal with an unproductive colleague ( supposedly due to medication)?

I work in a medium-sized company in Germany, which is part of a fairly large corporation. In my department there are two teams in one office space. We all get along very well, but recently the mood is ...
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As a proxy Line Manager, how do I manage performance? Have I overreached and how should I recover? [closed]

I am the Scrum Master of a development team of about 4 people. The role is not a pure Scrum Mater role but rather it encompasses Scrum Master, Leader of the Team and being a proxy for their line ...
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How to maximize the monthly 1:1 meeting with my boss?

I have recently transitioned from being a contractor for many years for well known companies, to working at a very well known company as a full time employee. I have always self-managed, and never ...
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How do I handle/confront an employee who is cheating in an Office competition?

I was recently promoted to a middle management position at my office where I have about a half floor of employees working under me. As part of a company health initiative, I decided to co-host a month-...
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My direct reports bypassing me and leadership allows it

I am facing sort of a issue (not major problem though). Couple of my direct reports bypasses me sometimes and directly goes to my boss say for eg: My Laptop is not working, need to escalate, when will ...
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I think I am micromanaged. What should I do? [closed]

I've been in a big company for several years and recently had a new manager coming in. He is pretty senior in terms of working years, but he didn't work in big corporations before and I feel this is ...
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Does managing interns count as managerial experience?

Very straightforward question as stated in the title. I am a mid/senior level individual contributor in a technical field, with experience in creating and leading projects across teams in a company (...
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"Undelegate" tasks from ineffective coworker?

I'm a lead software developer for a team of 4 (including myself). Part of my job is to occasionally delegate development tasks to team members. One of my team members is ineffective and requires a lot ...
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Managing voluntary help I am giving remotely

Background: I left a small company after completing a few big projects. The people with know-how were already merely a few, and none really had sufficient knowledge of my domain. Even those people are ...
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Am I doing anything wrong by getting a greeting card for an employee who is leaving?

An employee gave her two weeks notice. This employee had worked for the company for 4 years then left the company. Then came back to the company after 6 months into a new position. Now one year later, ...
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How to convince my overseas manager that my new hire is incompetent?

I am a manager in two person office in Asia Pacific (APAC), which is part of a global company that has offices all around the world. I recruited another person so that in my absence support could be ...
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Struggling to motivate new employee

I currently have a direct report who I'm struggling with. He has some good attributes, but is not really stepping up to the level we expected of him when we hired him and when he was in onboarding. ...
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how to maintain work life balance

I (senior resource) used to work for a startup and the working hours were (14-16hrs/day) so i joined a new company recently. Now, the team is assigned a task and it involves a lot of POCing, and R&...
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Employees' Engagement in Virtual Meetings

We are a growing company with 12 employees. We all work virtually and meet in the office once a month or two. Office meetings are efficient compared to virtual meetings, but as everyone is working in ...
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How to deal with new manager that humiliates a team member (me and occasionally others) almost daily

There is a new manager in my company that has been put in charge of a pretty new project. Company culture is generally good, supportive, and empathetic. The new manager seemed to be that way in the ...
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Handle a subordinate who gives priority to office extracurricular over the actual billable work

I have no experience of team handling. Recently, a junior staff member was hired to work under me. He has been good in his work. Recently, he has started focusing more on office extracurricular ...
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How do I ask my manager for a Intern to Full Time Employee Conversion?

So, it's been 6 weeks since my internship started. It's gonna end in like 4 weeks. I have a mid internship review coming up which would be like a 1:1 with my manager. So I am planning to know his ...
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How to deal with passive management style ("come to me, I won't come to you")

TL;DR What are your options with a manager with "passive" management style, very little teamwork, knowledge sharing, bad onboarding for new employees, very little meetings and no incentive ...
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Do you share your grumble about company stuff you don't agree upon with people who report to you?

“Gripes go up, not down.” Say you got a task from your boss and feel awkward with it. You state to the boss you are uneasy with the task, but still, he asks you to do it. Then you take it to your ...
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Delivery of message to underperformers

For me I always thought that in regards to performance a direct and early feedback with concrete examples is what is the correct approach or at least what everyone wants. Being a new manager I am not ...
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How would you standardize on-call expectations across software teams when they've diverged at the same salary level?

I manage a couple of software teams for a fintech SaaS product. We generally expect teams to maintain an on-call rotation among the devs so that there's someone to contact in case of an off hours ...
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Handling Employee Who Would Rather Complain Than Learn

I was recently promoted to manager and I have this employee who, to put it nicely, is... difficult. They interned over the summer for the past few summers and didn't seem to enjoy working here, but ...
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Is having to do repetitive work all day a sign that my organization is under-staffed?

Is having to do repetitive work all day a sign that my organization is under-staffed? I have an advanced degree and my job is basically pressing the same 12 buttons repeatedly all day and writing ...
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How can I protect myself from a sexual predator at work?

I’m an eighteen year old female, and I just started my first day at my new work placement as a farm-hand. I spent 2 weeks searching for a work placement so I was very excited and grateful. I’m afraid ...
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Team member regularly ignores "back to office" policy

A while back, the company announced a "Two days in the office" policy after working mostly remotely for the past two years. So every week, we are expected to work three times from home and ...
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How do I tactfully tell a problematic colleague that doesn't get the hint that I don't want to interact with him outside work?

I was recently promoted to team leader, and I have several colleagues that I'm close, and some I would consider friends. I have two colleagues that I would like to distance myself from for various ...
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How to "swap" team leads without upsetting the current one?

One of the teams in my department has a team lead that's not quite fit for the job - he is great on the technical and professional level but not made to lead a team. One of his guys has expressed an ...
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How do I provide clear goals for a PIP when the developer's mistakes are ambiguous and varied?

Context: I recently joined a software development company as a manager where previously my team of developers did not have a formal manager. The oversight given to the developers was unsupportive at ...
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Reasons someone would avoid working on career growth

In my team I wanted to dedicate time for people's growth. I gave each of them some material and actions to do, to start working together on a development plan. All my team members started on this and ...
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How to be professional with subordinates my company doesn't want to have anything to do with anymore?

I am a manager in an EU company of about 300 people in 3 countries. My company also had (until last week) a branch in Moscow with about 75 people. This branch generated about 25/30% of my company ...
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Are regular 1:1 meetings really that important?

Are regular 1:1 meetings really that important ? I guess that for many people the answer is, of course. But I have been working for a Beijing local company for 11 years, managing a team around 10 ...
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How do I leave a company on good terms if my project manager views leaving the company as a form of betrayal?

I work as a software engineer under direct supervision of a project manager. Since I became employed, the project manager started trusting me more and more and now there's a lot of trust between us. ...
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Does the Manager's manager need to know disputes in teams?

I was reading about conflict resolution and I read a good approach, if a situation is considered as a conflict that wont resolve by itself, is to start with the manager calling an informal and private ...
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Negative feedback but the other person is unaware of issue [closed]

This is a question for managers. When someone in your team approaches you to complain/give negative feedback about a team member does it matter to you, and how you handle things, if they have not ...
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How should I deal with new trainees when, after a course, they are not able to do even a simple related task?

The company has hired four new people in the office. Each of them stated that they like IT and that they would've become software developers but none of them had any experience in IT industry. So I'm ...
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Why can other people work abroad but my partner can't - is this discrimination?

My partner is really going through it at the moment... she works in the UK at a tech startup going through some fairly aggressive acquisition management changes, which are having affects on morale. ...
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How to work with a boss that prefers to work with the opposite sex?

TLDR: my line manager prefers to give's me a higher workload and smaller deadlines, asks me to coach his new hires but then questions my professionalism in front of the junior team members, shows ...
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Preventing an exodus of other employees while mass firing others? One developer holds a lot of sway?

We are a company that tries to be "strong in performance management" (I know, a poor euphemism for throwing people out) and today we terminated about 10% of the company for a variety of ...
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As a former manager am I responsible for sharing personal information with management

I am a former manager at company Z. A couple of years ago I accepted a management position at company A. Both A and Z companies are part of a larger contract, with Company A being prime. I was ...
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Parting gift for departing manager for which I didn't contribute hasn't arrived, and I'm the one supposed to give it to him

I've been working in a multinational company for a few months now and I've noticed that, at least in the European branch, every time something "big" comes up (like a wedding or someone ...
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How to complete the handover and manage someone who applied for your job?

I received exciting news that I was successful in gaining a management position with a company I have wanted to work for. While this is exciting, I will be managing colleagues who have been working ...
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Colleague frequently late, often when manager is not present

I work for a micro company with less than 10 employees and the working atmosphere is generally good and everyone gets along most of the time. One gripe is that people are on time but there is one ...
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How can I discourage my new hire from working such long hours?

I've recently hired a new mid-level developer (not a junior but not a senior yet) and have been really impressed with their performance. My only complaint about them is that I get work-related emails ...
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I am a marketing manager who keeps being bossed around by all the other departments

I work for a start-up that's been growing super fast in the last months. I'm their marketing manager and I work alone, I have no team. All the other teams are big yet they keep focused on their niche ...
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What is the most effective way to deal with insolent team member?

I am the leader of a tech team. One of my colleagues, who was only one grade lower than me, not only satirized and antagonized me in public but also questioned or satirized me in the work chat group ...
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