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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, ...
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Office Space Dilemma For My Interns

I would like to get around five interns (for programming and digital designing purposes) to work with me and actually like to push them to become skilled workers and then hire them later on. I'm ...
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How to ask your boss to remove a member from your team

I have a team of developers working with me but as we work closely my boss can see what everybody is doing. I have a developer in team which was in every other team in last 2 years and it did not ...
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Should one lower standards of 'alienated' employees for projects? [closed]

I am a lead programmer on a small development team. Normally, I give my other subordinates less critical things to program and my 'second in command' has brought it to my attention that they feel ...
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Cultural clash in the office - artists and engineer struggling to understand each other [closed]

I work as a software developer and the artists at work always get very defensive and nervous when they work with us. We don't think we look down on them at all, however they become quite upset when ...
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How to build strong internal networks and informal relationships when I am always busy?

I work in a very informal culture where employees across all levels of hierarchy call each other "mate" or "buddy". Managers often make critical decisions outside the company walls, during lunch or ...
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Declining department team-building activities [duplicate]

I received an invite for an out-of-office activity next Friday afternoon during office hours. I would have to pay for a meal ($30) and the activity (mini-putt, $15). I want to decline because I don'...
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Give team lead a couple of subtle hints, how? [closed]

Here's the situation: I've been with the company for quite a long time working with same people. From time to time we're organized into teams to work on different projects and about a week I joined ...
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How to decline participation in team building activities

I have this situation where I can't figure out what to do. Big team building event is coming up and it is happening at place where my girlfriend loves to go few times at summer time, it is really ...
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Team members spending too much time on Stack Overflow

Almost 8 months ago, I encouraged my team members to follow Stack Overflow so that they can read questions, help others, and build their skills. But now this has gotten out of hand. I have a team of 5 ...
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How to deal with a team that does not let me talk or count my opinions, but later go through the same situation i was warning them of? [closed]

I am in a team that has very experienced members and I am the youngest in terms of knowledge and newbie in terms of domain knowledge. I have seen a pattern of us as a team overcommitting to work that ...
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Is it generally unacceptable to become close friends with colleagues?

I'm a young graduate fresh out of university just under a year ago. I went to an international school in my youth and did not establish many friendships during university due to the girlfriend in ...
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growing conflicts due to inappropriate/sexual jokes at work

We are a team of more than 20 people with only one woman, which is not unusual for most engineering teams. One of the guys in our team is well known for his "unique" sense of humor, which is not ...
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Team building events: during work hours or in spare time?

What are the pros and cons when it comes to deciding when to hold a team building event: should I schedule this during or outside of working hours? Assume that the company activities and the event ...
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Team building: should the families be invited?

The company I work in is currently organizing an after-hours team building event, which consists of 4-5 hours of some kind of fun activity off-site. Over 20 employees are invited, but not everyone is ...
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How to improve team-building when cultural cliques are formed at a multinational company?

I am a junior manager at a European branch of a US-based firm. Our US-based colleagues and superiors often come over for major projects but always seem to keep a greater professional distance from ...
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What is causing negativity in a new employee and how can I deal with it?

I recently started a new job, and am working as part of a team with two other new employees. The company is in my opinion a good place to work with high levels of professionalism and great employee ...
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Is it a good idea to be the birthday organizer?

Some of the teams at our company celebrate birthdays as a group. Our team and another team are in the same group, but we do very little together. A peer suggested that if we celebrated birthdays as ...
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Team-building events with food...and allergies?

At my husband's work his team does a lot of team building events. Recently, one such event (on the clock during normal work hours) involved carpooling to an Asian restaurant to learn how to make sushi....

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