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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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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 ...