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What feelings do you folks have reading this cheerful... invitation to a summer party from your HR department? [closed]

Dear All, After a long time without, we are happy to invite you to a summer party once again. Since many new colleagues have joined us in recent months, we would like to take the opportunity to get to ...
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Company Retreat Forced PTO Usage

There's a multiple-night company retreat involving travel taking place that I have no interest in attending (for family reasons). It was stated that anyone who chooses not to attend must use PTO for ...
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Did I make a mistake in telling team about sensitive / controversial hobby [closed]

I work in cybersecurity and have been at my employer for about 9 years. I am in the USA, in a "blue" Democratic leaning state. Today several new team members joined other teams within the ...
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How to get employees to report to me as opposed to their previous boss?

First a bit of a background: The company I work for recently transitioned to a new ERP. This took about four years to go live with and we finally did so a few months ago. During this time, it was ...
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Team building in the post-COVID-19 era

I am not sure whether I should call now (July 2021) the "post-COVID-19 era", but let me just use that in my question. About team building I don't mean those "fancy" outdoor ...
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Product Owner complaining that he's not part of the team

I am currently a Scrum master of a team since a few months. The Product Owner feels he's not part of a team, not liked by Team Members and that he is sidelined. For more context, he's been with the ...
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Helping a team member to ramp-up

I work in a startup of 9 people. It is my first position as a lead developer. I have started to build my team 9 months ago, we were two for many months and due to a tight deadline we have hired two ...
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How to navigate career growth in a team with title inflation and with a manager who fails to retain skilled employees?

I recently started a new job as a mid level software engineer.Team was made up of 3 seniors and 2 mid levels including me. Within my first month, other mid level colleague took extended leave due to ...
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COVID-19 proof team building activity [closed]

My employer organizes a teambuilding activity every year for the development teams in our company. I am looking for some ideas where we can still do something, taking social distancing into account. I ...
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First job likely to be remote due to COVID-19: tips needed

I am starting my carrer just now (currently applying for my first job after finishing my MSc degree), and the jobs I applied to are 100%, mostly or at least partly remote (I am applying for ...
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Manager always removing employees from my team

In the past, my manager has given me additional employees which were loosely connected to my team's functions. Although it was outside of my zone, I was OK with it, because it was a growth opportunity....
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How can I help junior colleagues understand the why of tasks our team does

I work in IT Security as the team lead of the team. I really enjoy mentoring younger, more junior colleagues of team and in the past, my manager has complimented me on how teaching and leadership are ...
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How should I handle constant change on employee assignment from my manager?

I manage a team of 8 engineers, 3 of them are really strong while the other 5 are still mid and junior. They are professional and want to learn new things. My style of building team is to make sure ...
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How do companies manage to work remotely to meet client deliverable? [duplicate]

In this situation of COVID-19, many business have affected. still, some companies are performing well while working remotely to meet their client deliverables and deadlines. How are they managing to ...
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Can dinner be ordered to go [closed]

My team is divided into to two groups. The techs and the coordinators. The coordinators are required to stay up to an hour later than the last tech. Tonight we have a team dinner that starts at 6. The ...
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How to hire great people for a new startup company? [closed]

I am a mid-level computer engineer and want to establish my own company. I found a new idea and after some researches decided to work on it. So the next step was finding and hiring new people for my ...
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Excuse not to go on company party with new team

I work a couple of years in a company that organizes company parties once a month. I was on such event once when I started my job (just to see what it looks like). Since then I didn't participate, ...
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Team lunch - I have food preferences the venue can't accommodate [duplicate]

I am a vegetarian (and also I don't drink). Our manager takes the team out to lunch, say, once every quarter. This time they are planning to go to a restaurant that has no vegetarian options. ...
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Looking for a team building activity for +- 100 participants [closed]

I'm looking for a team building activity for about 100 software developers. I notice it is quite hard to find something where everyone can participate (male/female, young/old, active/passive profiles)....
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How to exclude myself from informal activities with colleagues?

This may sound bad but please consider that I'm truly uncomfortable with these kinds of activities. I'm a junior software developer, I work with an amazing team and I get along with everyone. I'm ...
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Name or Rules of a Team Building Exercise [closed]

A few years back, I participated in a great Team building exercise that I still think about today very often. I would now like to organize the same exercise for my team, and thus would like to find ...
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Is it ok for a company to organize a team building event on a weekend?

A company wants to organize a team building event for a team (optional to attend, but an organizer is verbally pressuring). They proposed several dates but all of them are on a weekend. I'm just ...
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Teambuilding: Breaking the five dysfunctions

Our team was asked to read The Five Dysfunctions of a Team and we are working on breaking those to improve our teamwork and encourage the associated functions. These are the five dysfunctions, ...
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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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Employee is self-centered and affects the team negatively

I manage a satellite office of about 25 people for my company. This question is about Jane, a new employee. She is young, in her mid 20s. I was the one who hired her. She seemed very pleasant and ...
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Should I join an office cleaning event for free?

A few days ago, all my co-workers on our floor and I received an invitation for a full-scale office cleaning event that will happen on Friday afternoon. The event includes cleaning up desks and ...
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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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