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How to deal with not getting updates on a task from colleagues?

I often deal with colleagues (who are not in working in the same place), who promise to deal with some task (they have to fix something, install something, etc), but the promised deadline comes and ...
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Can a part time employee move up in the organization? [on hold]

I work part time at an engineering firm. I would like to progress to Department Manager. I am part of the technical teams and manage projects now. Since I work 4 days a week, sometimes it takes me ...
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Should I transfer difficult employees to my boss or refuse to do it [closed]

So I have been with this company for over three years and got promoted recently. I have a few resources reporting to me directly who have been working for the client (through another company) way ...
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A subordinate complained behind my back, what are the effective ways to resolve this? [closed]

My subordinate went over my head to complain how she isn't growing. She has only has 3 years experience. She also complained thay she expects some reward like a promotion by now given she is almost 4 ...
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Should I tell my manager that I am not happy

The gist of the situation is this: the company I work for got sold my manager used to be CEO, now he has people he’s reporting to. We are both programmers and we are working together on projects the ...
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How to set boundaries and define my role with the people above me?

I am a senior developer working in this team for 4+ years and have deep technical & functional knowledge about 3-4 internal applications that this team is managing. Involved persons: Developer (...
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What are some of the ways / meeting tactics to deal with team members creating conflict in meetings?

I manage a team of 10 Developers and Test Engineers. Its a new team, and team is slowly transitioning into Agile Scrum. We have meetings on team agreements, and things like definition of done, release ...
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How can I get a problem employee to do work assigned to him when I'm a supervisor with no real power?

In one day I went from being the junior member of a three person team to the senior member of a three person team. It's my first supervisory role. Unfortunately one of the new members of the team is ...
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Introducing software management practices in poorly managed company

I believe the company I work for has very poor software&people management practices. I want to approach upper management about this. I believe I should have a concrete explanation on what the ...
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How can I avoid subordinates and coworkers putting off tasks until the last minute, then having no time for revisions?

I’ve had a recurring problem with people I work with leaving things until the last minute, then when there are problems, having no time to address them. Deadlines for “drafts” or similar sometimes ...
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Ugly email exchanges, spreading Insecurity [closed]

Background: Over the course of the last few years, my manager has been bad mouthing me in nonofficial "around the water cooler" type conversations. I have overheard this many times and my colleagues ...
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Should I have been more open about my disagreement with my boss in this scenario?

We recently had a bad software release for a particular customer. I think the problem is that Bob, the QA engineer, isn't doing testing. I think he is shirking at work. I have privately shared my ...
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How can I help a team member who's a recent immigrant adapt to a new work culture?

After a recent meeting, one of my team members asked me for feedback and advice on fitting in to work culture in our country (Canada). The team member is a recent immigrant and this is their first job ...
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New employee received an offer from a different company [closed]

I need help. I'm a newly promoted Team leader and currently having a hard time handling an attrition. This person has a Team lead experience but was hired as an individual contributor in our company a ...
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About the “Never Accept an Ultimatum rule”

I've seen this mantra being spelled out around TheWorkplace: As a manager, never accept an ultimatum [The easy question] : Why is this a rule? [The hard question]: Are there known, ...
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How do I deal with a slow co-worker whose attitude is affecting my team?

So, I have this colleague (call him Mark). Both of us are software developers with more than a year’s experience (his being two months longer than mine). Since we were hired, he has been working on ...
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How can I bridge the gap between my employees’ productivity and my boss’s expectation?

I am a new manager in charge of a very small team of engineers. My bosses do not have an engineering background but they have expectations about the productivity of my engineers. I believe my bosses ...
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Dealing with unfairness in the workplace

The compensation in my job is highly dependent on new income streams that I produce for my team. However in my team there are several existing income streams that need to be maintained. My issue ...
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Is it commonplace that the project manager and the line manager are the same person? [closed]

In my division (of a very large company) it seems common that someone's line manager is also one's project manager. Not always but often. This seems counterintuitive to me as if I have an issue with ...
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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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Trouble with boss shooting me down and telling me to just accept things the way they are

TLDR: I have been having problems with my boss wasting my time with meaningless assignments that don't have all the details necessary to complete. I also have problems with my boss telling me (every ...
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Defining expectations for a software development manager/architect

How can I define performance expectations for a new software development manager/architect (new in that this is a new set of responsibilities for him, specifically in the architecture area)? Then, how ...
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Part- time worker rejected for full-time position

The company that I work at has few full time employees but a large number of part-timers, mostly all who work elsewhere full-time. I have a very good friend that has worked part time in my ...
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How to help senior developer who is beyond helping

I got recently promoted as a manager in a small company (less than 20 people), I have only been in the workforce ~2.5 years, and I'm a lead developer in our project. Senior developer has been working ...
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Are managers expected to work longer hours than their subordinates? [closed]

I know lots depends on the industry and so on (and size of the company etc). So to narrow down the scope of the answers let me provide some context: A mature startup in the software industry. So the ...
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Can I be forced to be a flight RN? [closed]

I have been a labor and delivery nurse for 5 years at my hospital. The hospital has done a lot of expanding in the pediatric area including bring in specialty doctors to the area. The labor and ...
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New manager penalising my team for 'tiredness' - how to shield them?

Background I'm an infrastructure support night team leader for a very large IT services company in the UK. Due to the requirement for 24/7 support that most of our clients have, the support teams are ...
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How to deal with employee who wants to use new frameworks in software for critical systems, but I don't

I think I initially agreed to use a new framework, but after risk analysis and audits on current software, I am hesitant to use a new framework (eg Angular) for critical systems. The current ...
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Dealing with a co-worker who is extremely entitled but won't be fired

A friend of mine is supervising a team of three people. One of those three is a foreigner who is a source of her daily frustration. My supervisor friend describes that employee as follows: Generally: ...
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How can I make my team's work more publicized?

I am the lead of a software development team in a company of about 120 workers. The work that my team makes is very important and also technologically complex, but not well known and understood by the ...
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Negative feedback for negative employee

I am interested to know what strategies people have had success with, when dealing with negative team members. I have recently taken a role as Team Lead for a relatively large group of engineers. One ...
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How to approach the issue of coworkers eschewing involvement?

So, I often send out emails regarding how to improve the team's work and productivity. Usually 2 coworkers (out of ~10-20), at most, will submit their opinions. The pattern I have discerned is this: ...
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Team member seems to be focusing on everything except core responsibilities

There's a QA in our team who's proving a bit of a headache. 'Q' is a likable young software tester who joined our team a few months ago. I think he graduated last year. He's energetic, has bags of ...
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Bad annual review following disagreement with VP

I took a team transfer 5 months ago, and it was agreed with my current manager that I would work for the next generation of products. Then, 2 months ago this manager announced he is leaving. To ...
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Difficulties providing feedback to client without harming the relationship [closed]

My manager suggests (minor) lying to mitigate client's (mistaken IMO) perception of my recalcitrance. I understand and agree with logic of suggestion, but don't want to. Not following manager's ...
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How can I deal with a dev lead who is interfering with resource allocations in my team?

I am QA manager with 5 reports. Our team also has a dev manager who is equally involved in the Scrum team. My concern has been slowly rising with the way she directly asks my reports about how they ...
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Handling brilliant but also troublesome developers [duplicate]

I've recently been promoted to a management position in a medium-sized digital agency. One of my first tasks will be either to make two members of the development team more productive or fire them. ...
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Handling situations when my subordinates require my help but I can't attend them?

As a first-time technical leader that is dividing his time between teaching and managing and also working on my own assignations I'm having a hard time handling certain situations, all of my ...
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How to better handle losing devs with no backfill while scope remains unchanged? [closed]

I'm seeking advice regarding the recent reorg and impact I've had in my organization. I am a relatively new project manager on a 12 people team. My direct manager got promoted to the next level and ...
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Strategies for managing older employees?

A friend asked me to provide recommendations as to what he can do early in his new role to improve his chances of succeeding as a supervisor, and to promote satisfactory performance from his team. He ...
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How can I deal with a conflict between my two senior techs that is affecting the entire team?

I manage a small webcast production team of volunteers. On a purely technical level, I would rank them in the top 10% of teams in our niche. Because we are small and volunteer, everyone has been ...
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Ensuring fair distribution of clients in a commission work environment

I own a beauty salon. Right now I have 6 workers (2 stylists and 4 therapists). The stylists are specialized in cutting and all hair treatment, while the therapists generally do creambath, hair mask, ...
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How to deal with upper management's lack of a reason for performance review stack ranking downgrade?

I work for a company that is rolling out a stack ranking process. I received a solid positive performance review this year (higher rankings are rare), and was told by my boss that he and his boss ...
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Dealing with an employee that went over my head

I manage a small team and recently hired for a new position. In the job posting it clearly stated that the work hours are from 8:00-4:30. No concerns about these hours were mentioned during the ...
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Meeting with boss regarding team member who reports to me

I have an issue with someone who reports to me and is constantly going over me to my boss (this does not happen with any other of my subordinates). Recently, my boss answered this person and me saying ...
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I was given a promotion within my dept however i am still a majority of the time doing my old job

I was given a promotion within my department (Member services) last April. Previously I was a phone representative taking calls in the department. With my new title I am a non-phone employee. In ...
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How can I get my manager's support in establishing my role?

I am looking for a good way to command my role. My team is about 15 people total, 10 of them are engineers, the rest are managers(!). Here is what happened. Initially, I was hired as a technical ...
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How do you replace key employees when you don't have the budget?

I am a project manager in a tech start up and a key colleague is leaving over pay, where I have not been given the budget to properly replace him. Boss wants me to replace an experienced hire with an ...
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Dealing with cultural change in an old department

I am a young software developer and part of an administrative team. There is one other software developer, the rest of the team does administration of our vast server-environment. The average age in ...
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Web Developer Contractor and dealing with internal politics and a perception issue

I have been working with a client for around 2 years now (UK Based), it was initially a 6 month contract but has been extended a number of times as the requirements have constantly grown over time. ...