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My team mate is talking trash about me behind my back with my manager

I am leading a team of 5 and there is 1 manager who is above/supervising us. One of my team-mates I get along well with; she behaves well and I discuss personal stuff and share jokes with her. ...
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The team I’m working with are thankless

Long story short I have been a Scrum Master for a team, the team are quick to criticize as opposed to acknowledge when I’ve helped them as a servant leader and have a tendency for delegating blame to ...
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A Divided and Disorganized Development Team [closed]

I work for a company with roughly 20 developers, maintaining collateral management systems written in .NET. Historically this company has always separated their development team in two groups - ...
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Team building events vs. presents

In our region it is often the case, that you get a christmas present from your company to appreciate for the work one has done. That was also the case in our company, but since the company has new ...
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How to handle when another dev screwed up a project?

I was working in a project and I finished all my tasks. Another dev started to work in the new tasks. Now I have downloaded the project and its with some build errors on it. How can I handle with ...
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what to do when you don't want to go to a dinner meeting with your boss and coworkers?

I have a dinner meeting this Friday with my boss and with some coworkers. Last week, they asked me if I could go I said yes, but in somewhat non-committal way e.g. "umm, ok". But now that I had time ...
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How to cooperate with people not willing to go beyond just necessary? [closed]

I work in a big software company as entry level employee. In my team, there are two seniors. As of now, work is not very interesting (mainly documentation). As usual, my team does not like ...
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How to deal with differing opinions in a semi-large team [closed]

I am a part of a development team of 16 people split into 4 diciplines of varying sizes. We are a few weeks into production and we have yet to decide on a team name. We have a few contestants but ...
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How to sync small design changes in the design team?

We are a team of 4-5 product designers with 5 product managers. We have a proper design system & central design repository to keep everything in sync. But the problem comes when sometimes some ...
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Should hourly employees be compensated for work events?

My friend works for a company that employs some hourly and some salary employees. They are going to be having a semi-optional (people are strongly encouraged to go) team-building work event in which ...
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How to make a diabetic coworker feel included when I bring in cake for coworkers?

I work in a team of around 20 people, one of whom is diabetic. I often bring in cakes to celebrate birthday, holiday, and other little things going well in life. I'm one of many doing this in the ...
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Solo Developer: How to setup a new team environment to be ready for the future? [closed]

I have recently joined a growing enterprise on its way to 50 employees approx. 2 months ago as the first internal web developer of the company. Since I am the only one right now, it is going to be ...
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How to deal with excluding behaviour? [closed]

Background about myself: 40+, white, male, family, with the company for 10+ years, speaking English only. Over the past couple of years, there has been a change in the inofficial company structures (...
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How to get coworkers to volunteer for team building tasks at work?

Suppose I am organizing a birthday party for a coworker. This is not an official event. The team as a whole agreed to do it on every coworker's birthday. Someone needs to get a cake (and some other ...
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Events (or alternatives) for Remote Workforce

As a manager of a firm with a traditional office, you can hold events from time to time in which you get the team together for something non-work related to help build a sense of comradery, ...
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What do I do about a mandatory retreat with unacceptable accommodations?

I am a new hire at a job that I'm very excited about, and I want to succeed here. There is a mandatory company-wide retreat next summer in Europe (I live in USA along with the majority--I believe--of ...
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Suggestions for a deliberately confusing team building exercise [closed]

I have a team of 6 and I'd like to talk to them about techniques for giving and receiving feedback (specifically the Situation/Behaviour/Impact model). I'd love to illustrate this through interaction,...
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How can I get a socially awkward team, which lacks good interpersonal skills, communicating more effectively? [closed]

I manage a socially awkward team and this is leading to problems with communication. Ever since I started at the company, and before I managed the team, I noticed how quiet the team was, and how ...
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Helping a team member deal with my high standards

I'm the tech lead for our small and growing tech team. One of the first people we hired was a mid-level engineer and a little new to the full software-engineer setup: best practices, coding standards,...
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Other team members taking credit for my work [duplicate]

I am currently working on a project with another delivery manager. Set up is as follows Product owner who sets requirements 2 Delivery managers, myself and another (who works directly with product ...
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How to ask for mentor-ship when starting a new job

I just joined a company in the US (350+ employee) as a Software Development Engineer. Within my team, I am the youngest and the least experienced. I like the department and the new job, and I would ...
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How do I effectively address the Dunning–Kruger effect? [closed]

After reading the FAQ, this question might be considered as too-broad and opinion based. So if such is the case, please let me know and I'll preemptively stop the question. Dunning–Kruger effect ...
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Another team at my company is being secretive (or just uncommunicative) about work that we should be collaborating on, how can I get them to open up?

I work as part of a tech team team that handles database applications for various business statistics. Our database platform is somewhat dated, but the business application that runs on it uses ...
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How can I deal with a team member who I personally cannot stand [closed]

I'm currently a project manager. I've been promoted this year, however I've been working as one for the last year. Usually I try to keep a close relation with the team members. We go for lunch ...
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Does anyone get fired over bad code? [closed]

Last night I was brushing up my CV which brought back memories from my past work environments. I've been in the software industry for 10 years now, from data analyst (I don't have a CS degree) - to ...
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I want to avoid a 2-day social event organized by the company on working days

A company event is advertised with the words "attending is expected", which I assume means attending is obligatory. There doesn't seem to be anything work-related, but it seems to be a spirit building ...
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Do I have to pay for (team-building) dinner with coworkers myself? [duplicate]

I'm working on a project with a few developers from my company and a few external consultants. Our scrum master (external) invited us all to dinner to get to know each other better (group building) ...
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How many team members is too many in a single group? [closed]

When the team I manage (mixture of web development & digital marketing) started to grow beyond 5 or 6 I started to split it into separate groups to a maximum of 4 or 5 with a lead within each ...
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What is the best way to discipline an employee? [closed]

I am a project manager. My boss has notified me that a member of my team is underperforming. My boss was covering me whilst I was away on annual leave with general day to day management duties. My ...
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How should I deal with constantly changing directions/tasks/requirements from boss?

We have a small team (9 total, 3 of whom are admin assist types and 2 of whom are part time specialists), and I'm in charge of this small but strong crew. The team is great, very professional, ...
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How can I avoid the negatives of “never eat alone”, when I do not have lunch at all?

This answer advises to "never eat alone" at the workplace if you want to go ahead in your career. That sounds like good advice, but a major problem I have with following that is I do not have lunch at ...
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How to politely decline to participate in activities with my coworkers that I deem to be too expensive?

It may happen that my coworkers do some activities (not related to our job) in the evening and I am occasionally invited. Or it may happen that for instance for some particular event (birthdays and ...
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How to Organize a Book Driven Group Study at work [closed]

I have gotten the green light from management about organizing a Study Group for following the Chapters of specific programming book, and also U have communicated back to the team. What else should I ...
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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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Remote team members not responding [closed]

I am managing a remote team of students in a university class designed to give us workplace experience. My situation is as follows: First, the professor created a team of four students, and I ...
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What in a persons daily demeanor showcases team lead qualities? [closed]

How to know if I deserved to be promoted? I am in a mental mess thinking that maybe they promoted me to team lead because my manager didn't have another option and couldn't wait for one? I know I have ...
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How can an employee kindly decline to participate in an office potluck?

Many offices organize potluck lunches as a low-cost way to hold a large team-building-oriented meal. Unfortunately, some people may have some misgivings about the nature of a potluck. Some may want ...
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Colleague is starting to become awkward to work with

I am in charge of delivery and operations, any issues the team have when helping me deliver work have to go through me, I then bring it to the attention to my boss. My colleague, a developer lately ...
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I just started my first real job, and have been asked to organize the office party. How do I handle this?

I just started at my first “real” job as a programmer out of college two months ago at a large corporation. For some reason, my manager and other managers thought it would be an excellent idea for me ...
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how to handle a Misbehaviour from senior colleague?

I work for an IT organisation from 1.5 years now. Let me discuss from start, we went for a team party at a resto-bar and all those who wanted to drink alcohol had it, I even had a little. We all ...
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how to handle rant team member and avoid “You don't know team management” [closed]

I have already gone through How to deal with team member openly discrediting me across the company? How to deal with a team member who keeps making mild belittling insults in front of everyone? How to ...
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Who should pay for team building events?

I work in a big company and tasked with increasing engagement of employees who more or less have settled in their own (not so efficient) ways of doing work. One of the suggestions on the table is ...
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Just started a new job, and not sure if I should take long lunches with my team [closed]

I just started a new job as an intern. I am actually on my second week, and I think I have been getting along pretty well with my team. Everyone in my team likes to take long lunches; hour to a hour ...
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What kind of objectives we could set for a team working on different projects?

I'm a team leader for a software development team, who is working in the same location, but for several customer. No more than 2 people working together. As you can imagine, it is difficult to build ...
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Coworkers on other team dislike me; salvageable? [closed]

My workplace consists of a series of remote teams that are loosely connected by a singular goal. Each team has additional goals that they may prioritize above or below that singular goal. I was placed ...
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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 can we promote informal “water cooler moments” in a remote-only organization?

One of our recent hires gave me an interesting feedback during our last team retro: we lack water cooler moments. For context we're a 100% remote company - the largest based outside the US as I write ...
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Team building for help desk representatives

I'm trying to figure out how to organize a team building event for help desk representatives. The team has seven employees and i'm their manager. It's going to be more of a relaxing afternoon (during ...
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How can I ask to switch teams?

The company I'm working for is restructuring and new teams has been built. Now after I received information to which team I will belong, I feel there is another team, where my skills will be more in ...
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How to encourage employees to respect their pet projects and show up with them?

I work with a team of software developers, and some of them have great home projects so far. They occasionally tell me about what a project is for, the audience, technologies they chose to build it, ...