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How to address senior coworkers taking advantage of the owner? [duplicate]

I started this job about 7 months ago and since being here I can't help but notice that the senior developers on the team spend a huge amount of their day browsing the internet or doing other things ...
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How to handle a coworker who constantly asks for help with her tasks?

I am working as a Software Developer for the last 10 months. I have a colleague working on the same technology framework for 6 months. She doesn't develop the logic and algorithms on her own, and ...
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How to approach your boss about including you in more design decisions if you're not a designer?

I have a weird dilemma. I am a front end developer at a company and am getting handed designs that are simply not web friendly. Our UX/UI is handled by a singular other person and I am often not in ...
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My boss emailed this to me. How should I respond?

I got this email from my boss. It has been brought to my attention by others that you spend a significant amount of time on your personal phone(s), laptop and physically away from your cube ...
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Dealing with manager in a highly political environment [closed]

I have recently joined a public funded research organisation. After joining I realised that there is no software practices to follow, no code reviews and no CI/CD. The only reason for this situation ...
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Supervisor is saying productivity is low, records indicate this is not the case

Background: I work as a research assistant in a lab. Part of my job involves following up with our research subjects, and scheduling their appointments. I have been working at this position since ...
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Optimal office size: cubicles versus small rooms versus open plan? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there evidence to suggest that certain office layouts are better than others for productivity? Which of these three (and possibly others) are most beneficial to a company, ...
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Tracking useless information, is this normal?

As a working data analyst in the non-profit sector I find that very often that higher management simply overlooks an analysis or report I produce based on questionable data quality from poor ...
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Always making small mistakes, how can I improve? [closed]

At the end of the day, I was pulled aside by my manager due to me making mistakes on a workbook that I send daily to a big boss in the company. The task isn't complicated, but I keep making various ...
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How do I explain that the open office is impacting my productivity? [closed]

I work for a small company of ~150 people that moved to a partial open office plan about six months ago. I agreed to this under the caveat that it was only a test and I could move back if needed, but ...
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What should I do about a fellow employee who left a “bad” review of our company? [closed]

I work in a business where I oversee some social media, trying to get positive reviews, etc. I noticed what a sub prime review of our company on Google - it's 3 stars. So it's not the end of the world,...
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How to deal with productive procrastinators? [closed]

I have a worker in my company that works like twice as good as any of my other workers! twice as fast with twice as quality! But he is madly procrastinating and can't be relied on! Sometimes he comes ...
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What are the benefits of multicultural diversity in the work environment?

What's the impact of multicultural diversity in the workplace (i.e. having people from different countries working together in startups, corporations, co-working studios, etc) and how does it affect ...
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Just started job that may not be right fit — how do I recover? [closed]

Three months ago, I landed a new job at an industry-respected company. This position was a deviation from my career track. Throughout my career, I always felt competent in my job. In fact, any job I ...
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Is a work performance appraisal a good time to bring up concerns about job role?

BACKGROUND I work within an IT organisation and have done for a number of years. I started at this company since I finished University so I am well ingrained within the department. My roles have all ...
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As a new employee, what is the proper way to raise concerns that the IT department is being mismanaged at a risk to the company? [closed]

I have recently joined an IT department of a non-profit international organization (offices around the globe). The department is completely disorganized, no formal procedures, outdated applications (...
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Increasing productivity on a small team of back-end developers [closed]

I run a team of 6 back-end developers and I've recently implemented the Agile & Scrum methodology in the company, starting with the back-end team (which later will apply to other departments, when ...
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How to tell your employer that you cannot work with the resources provided?

I recently got hired as contract data analyst for a company and have been given their datasets. The data that they provided me with is either not very well measured (via a poorly designed survey) ...
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Work/Life Balance, work is suffering because of the “life” part [closed]

I'm looking for some answers about work/life balance. My job isn't exactly that stressful, but I'm not being a very good employee because of the worry about my home life and I don't know what quite to ...
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Should I view being pulled to assist other teams as a good or bad thing?

I do Software Quality Assurance. In the past 6 months I've been pulled off my primary team to work with other teams. These are not one day tasks, but month long projects that require lots of time ...
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Uncomfortable workplace temperature [duplicate]

Recently our department has relocated to a smaller office with access to A/C and Heat controls out in the open. The temperature is normally set ~74F, but a handful of employees continue to turn off ...
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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 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 do I deal with someone who is a productivity bottleneck?

My manager wants to review (and approve) all of the work I do. That's fine with me; I complete my work, send it to him for review, and then wait. And wait. I've tried dropping them a follow-up ...
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How do you say you are bored and need work to do?

I started working in my current job as a contractor last week and was given an assignment which I completed at the end of the first week. My 2nd week is now into its 2nd day without any ...
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How can I express that excessive meetings are distracting me from the actual work I'm discussing in them?

I work in devops for a central team, and am involved in a project that has multiple smaller teams working together. As the devops personnel for this project, I'm required to be at multiple meetings a ...
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I am frustrated because I keep on making mistakes on new job [closed]

So I am currently a full-time college student and I am also working 2 days a week because I wanna help my parents and also make my own money. So, recently I have been hired in a new workplace (...
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Suspended from work over something I didn't do and the boss would not accept my arguments [closed]

I went to my boss last Wednesday morning, and reported that I had found pornography on the machine, as per company policy (in our workplace, it's in printed format, in Comic Sans, unfortunately, but ...
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Better use of Work Time and time spent on SE [closed]

I have recently become more engaged to this and other Stack Exchange sites, and I am happy with it. Since I joined the network, the questions and answers I have seen in TWP, Stack Overflow, and other ...
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Should I tell my boss about personal issues I have on top of health issues I've already shared?

I usually don't share details of my private life with my managers. However, I had to tell my new manager that I'm undergoing a long, time consuming and painful therapy, because I need time off work ...
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Junior role with insufficient work [duplicate]

I am 4 months into my first software development role and for the most part I'm really enjoying it. My only problem is I currently quite often find myself without enough work to fill my day, causing ...
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How to improve communication between manager and employee to improve productivity?

This is not my situation, but something I am witnessing and was asked to help with. So, suppose that I lead a small team. I communicate and provide details on tasks to team members via email. One of ...
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How to “let go” issues, blocking my mind?

This is a problem I'm facing already during the entire course of my career (I'm 45 years old now): regularly I get stuck with something. I look at the problem and I can't find a solution. As I don't ...
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How to ask for more work to do [duplicate]

I am currently doing a short internship for a month at a games developers that may result in a part-time job at the end. I am generally a fast worker, and often complete tasks way before people expect ...
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Working with a colleague who ignores my technical contributions

I work for a small engineering company and so work with all of the engineers employed there. I get along well with all of them socially, and we often meet up after work. However, when at work, one ...
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Is it a bad habit to take work home almost every day?

Details: Recently I've joined a fintech company as a software engineer. I find working there challenging for myself because there is a lot of new stuff in terms of domain and technical stack. I ...
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How to ask for more work, now that my original tasks have been assigned to someone else?

I am working at consulting company which provides project help to customers in different domains. I was assigned to a supply chain project as a management liaison. Originally the manager of my ...
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Struggling to finish project, how to tell coworker?

About 8 months ago I began working on a project for a colleague (part of my job is to do side projects like this). Essentially developing an excel application for a very large database we have. At ...
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How to deal being alone in my department?

Being the sole software developer in a start-up and also being a junior (no prior experience either) I'm in a position that is hard for me to do anything project related. After discussing with my ...
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How not to micromanage? [closed]

There are quite a few questions here on how to deal with a boss who is a micromanager, but I did not see any asked by managers on how to not be one. A friend of mine has several direct reports. None ...
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How companies or managers deal with fluctuation in productivity over years

I am just a employee but I am trying to think how employers or managers take following into account and how they address them. Employee A starts working at company 999, they work really hard for 3 ...
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How do I deal with a lack of meaningful tasks? [duplicate]

I'm a recent graduate working with a small-medium sized company. I've completed my first project last week and have been assigned to do an enhancement on one of our products. In the past few days, I'...
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Professional response to “Are you busy?”

My co-workers often ask me "are you busy?" before asking for help or discussing a problem. I find this question hilarious: If you answer yes then you are a bad employee because you are unavailable and ...
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How to deal with a competent developer having trouble maintaining his productivity?

I'm the team leader for a small team of software developers (4 people total). One of my team members has been in the company for 4 years (came in directly after college) and is an extremely competent ...
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I'm being forced to coast by a team that isn't giving me what I need to be productive. Is it unethical to just… let it happen? [closed]

I work for a large tech company on an engineering team. This particular team is one of five responsible for building a product. Our particular responsibility is the lowest priority feature set of ...
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Sitting chairs are not comfortable! How should I approach getting better chairs with management? [duplicate]

I work with a medium sized company. The workplace is good till now. However, our sitting chairs are not good. These hurts sometimes. I seen many colleagues are not comfortable in these chairs. I ...
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How to handle idle site time? [duplicate]

I work for a engineering company that commisions automation software for industrial plants. Employees are often sent around the world to install and setup the control systems. I have been sent abroad ...
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How to handle work when the manager is suddenly AWOL

Recently the IT manager/director has gone somewhat AWOL. This is a person who works remotely from home and simply works through VPN, email and phone. Ordinarily he has a routine of checking on the ...
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Communicate better practice to a business owner [closed]

I have once worked for this business owner, which I've gotten pretty friendly with. The reason I quit is because his management style. The problem: there is no ticketing system for the IT department. ...
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How to train customer service team to better describe issues

We run the development team in an agile mode. We have agreed that we will have a place called the "Inbox" so that people in the customer service team can report bugs or important issues so we can ...