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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 explain business priorities to a programmer?

I have a recurring disagreement with a programmer about code quality. He insists that all of his code is written to the highest standard (i.e. that it looks just like the examples in the coding styles ...
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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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Hearing rumors one of my employees is interviewing elsewhere

I am the manager of a small team of software engineers. One of the business folks came to me the other day and let me know that one of my employees was overheard several times on the phone setting up ...
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How to deal with a team member consistently showing up late

For a long time I was the only developer at my company. Last year, we hired two more entry level devs. I have no management experience or training and very few managerial duties, but by virtue of my ...
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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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How to justify getting additional team member when the current team is doing well?

I've been working in a large IT company in a 2 man team, for the past 3 years. We are very dedicated and we have a strong image as serious and reliable. Every important development comes our way. The ...
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Can I leave in the middle of a project? (programmer) [duplicate]

I have been working here since I graduated, as a software engineer for approximately 5 years at this company. In the first 3 years I thought everything I went through was learning, even though the ...
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Can layoffs have a positive effect for a business due to the remaining employees thinking “If I don't work harder, I may be the next”?

Letting go of an unqualified member is unavoidable sometimes. But my question is not about that. My situation is when the business is not thriving and my employer has to layoff people, anyone who is ...
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How to deal with upper management that's taking advantage of an excellent hire?

I'm a manager at a medium-to-large corporation in Arizona. Some details have been anonymized, including the state. We recently hired a Junior Software Engineer with about 1 year of experience several ...
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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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What should I do if I have sensed my guy wants to quit and I don't intend to keep him too? [closed]

There are signs that someone has plan to quit, e.g. suddenly calls in sick from time to time, frequently take "secretive" calls, avoids social interactions with co-workers, less engaged than they used ...
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How do I break bad news to an employee without negatively affecting their relationships with other employees?

I manage an overseas team. When the team was setup, they were promised certain benefits such as cash bonuses and visiting industry conferences. However, one of my team is significantly ...
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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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How to deal with dramatic and over-alarmed employees? [closed]

Quiet workplace... then - all of a sudden, a loud voice; complaints, criticism, aggressiveness. Everyone's attention is drawn to an argument - and sometimes the spotlight is on the person being ...
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Managing Up: How do I “manage” a boss who doesn't know how to set expectation?

I am managing a team of five, so I can be considered as a team lead of them. Above me there is a general manager, who is managing 4 team leads, and I being one of them. The problem-- as I see it from ...
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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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Employees won't listen to me and kept making excuses, how do I assert control? [closed]

Before we begin, I'd like to say 3 things: I understand that respect is earned, not bought I'm in Bali, the work culture may very well be different I'm not a foreigner relative to my workplace So ...
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Delegation tasks by stewardship to someone who is reactive

I have, in my team, someone who is very reactive-- someone who can't do anything on his own, someone who needs explicit instruction in carrying out a task. In the parlance of Steven Covey, the way I ...
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How to deal with envy amongst my direct reports?

Two of my direct reports, let's say Alice and Bob (names and genders changed), are at the center of a morale issue related to envy. Recently, Alice has been struggling to get work done, despite ...
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How to deal with a co-worker who preaches and is head strong?

What is the recommended way to handle with a co-worker who just constantly "preaches" his answer and does not "seem" to view the point of the view of others. My goal is to figure out how to get ...
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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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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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I shouldn't have the senior title

I'm about three weeks into a new job as a Senior Software Engineer. I interviewed for the senior position and I got it; however, it doesn't feel right. I'm the only senior engineer on the team (other ...
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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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How not to get sucked into a game of 3 managers? [closed]

I got into a tricky situation at the office. First, let me explain the people's chain: Me -> Manager A (my direct almost-ex-boss) -> Manager B (my manager's manager) -> Manager C (boss of the other ...
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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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Concerning a relationship in the team [closed]

This is about a situation that isn't strictly an employed workplace, but is similar. I am on project team at a university. It is supposedly a 'professional environment', though as we are all ...
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How can I manage a project without authority to manage some of the people involved in the project?

I am currently in charge of the development and maintenance of all current and new web applications for the company I work for. I report directly to the president and VP of the company because ...
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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 deal with a disruptive team member?

I'm currently acting as a Project Manager and Tech Lead within a really small team, as we are just starting out. I manage about 6 people so far, and the integration and communication between the team ...
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A comment to a team member about hygiene has caused manager to lengthen my probation - recoverable? [closed]

I apologise in advance for the length of this post but I wanted to make sure I was able to give all the details up front. I started working for a very large company 4 months ago as a software ...
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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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What are the best reactions to a company's bad behavior?

It doesn't seem right for a company to lie to employees, or misrepresent the truth within the organization. Example: Promising an employee that her job is safe, telling she is highly valued by the ...
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How do you handle a lead who is verbally abusive to you, and makes misleading statements about your performance? [closed]

I work in a new company with a new team. My lead is inexperienced who does the following: He won't formally assign tasks making it difficult to determine what he wants done, While telling me my ...
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Is it poor etiquette to give unsolicited suggestions when new on the job? [duplicate]

I just graduated from grad school and joined a job at a large software company in the US 3 months ago. I enjoy reading recent research papers to get ideas and to understand what's going on in the ...
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Is not having anything to talk about in 1:1 meetings a negative?

I’ve been in my current role for a little over a year now and have always had a weekly 1:1 meeting scheduled with my line manager. For the first few months, this was incredibly helpful as I was new to ...
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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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Backstabbing, incompetent and lazy interns

I’ve just been made president of my startup but because the budget is low I had to hire two interns. The president I’m replacing decided to select the interns I was going to work with which meant I ...
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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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New Team Leader, how to handle nomination criticism

I've been appointed yesterday as Team Leader; I was astonished as I am still under probation, but this means also that the company has given me an enormous trust and I've shown already plenty. There'...
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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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theft in the office

I left my personal money in my office desk drawer locked it and went home since i was leaving the office late as a sales man and its risky out there. The office is secured with CCTV cameras inside and ...
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Balancing mentoring interns with teaching them self reliance

I've got an intern and few a juniors I supervise and I'm having a hard time balancing mentoring them and teaching them to stand on their own two feet. On one hand I want to provide avenues for them to ...
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What to be aware of when reporting to multiple managers?

As someone who has never been in a role where I'm managed by two different people, are there any pitfalls or common issues that I should be aware of? There is a position opening up soon for which I ...
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How do I deal with a manager who perceives a quality problem as not as critical as I do?

I work in software development and have worked on two projects with the same piece of software being used in both, but each are slightly different. The second was built off the first's code with ...
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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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How to help my employees to find their value added

Some of my team members starts to ask themselves and me as their manager: "What's my value in this job?". Although I know their value as individual and as a team in the organization, I think just ...
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How to handle rogue management? [closed]

I recently moved up from a specific team to a global function, moving from an incompetent manager to a very good one. I am in a healthy and productive environment. However, yesterday my own job ...