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Should I come out as a neurodivergent? [closed]

after two of my children came with a combination of neurodivergent traits and were diagnosed with a range of stuff like ADHD, autism, and Tourette. I decided on my own to undergo a psychiatric ...
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A colleague is answering question my colleagues are asking me

I am tech lead of a project and I have one senior member, a smart guy. He does not sit immediately next to my desk, but it is an open office, so he is a couple of meters away. I am not very fast in ...
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What should be the limit of someone's incompetence? [closed]

I joined a new team as a software engineer. I am helping fixing security vulnerabilities on these existing applications. The owner of these application has been working on them for many years but I ...
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Manager not happy that I have discussions with executives at events and following up in emails [closed]

Situation: At our monthly events I socialized with leadership (executives) and had an "elevator pitch" with the outcome of executives' support on a critical project for the organization and ...
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How to recover after a workplace incident?

I was recently accused in a workplace incident where a major deliverable was delayed. During the planning sessions, one person stepped forward as a self-appointed leader; they dominated the planning ...
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Arrogant , lazy worker considered for promotion

I recruited a person called AG in Asia office. In the initial year of AG's employment, I encountered significant challenges due to issues related to arrogance, laziness, and a lack of ordinary task ...
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When (if ever) is it good to speak up if a coworker just sits watching videos all day?

At my job some days I would work out of a room with only one other person in it. 95% of the time he would just sit at his desk watching YouTube videos of World of Warcraft. He wasn't management but he ...
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How do I deal with offshore team who does not respond to my messages as they should or maybe it is not an issue in the first place?

I went through this question but the accepted answer did not adequately answer my question. Primarily it puts blame on the OP to be more considerate to the offshore team. It also assumes the OP is ...
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Seeking Guidance on Collaborative Targets with a Colleague Unaccustomed to Teamwork

I'm currently facing a bit of a challenge at work. I've been teamed up with a colleague who usually prefers working on their own projects. It's proving to be a bit tricky as they tend to avoid or ...
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Software developer flow - Code review and inadequate manager [closed]

I work in this small team where my "manager" has been the solo backend developer for 4 years. The person before me left after 9 months. When I joined the team I immediately noticed that the ...
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My boss is trying to throw me under the bus, for his own mistake [closed]

There was this big project from a huge client that my company got. We are a team of 12 people. That includes 3 developers, 1 team lead and my manager We got assigned work based on Sprints. There is ...
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Can i ban technical scope extension as a tech lead [closed]

I am tech lead of a team with decided architecture and an action plan for development divided in different phases. One of the developers, a very vocal one, wants to pick a task from one of the later ...
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Explaining to engineers the importance of writing clean code

I've been working in the industry for a bit now and I lead a small team of developers (those are not always the same depending on the project I work on). When writing code I normally receive feedback ...
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How to handle merging separate expert teams while avoiding bus factor?

When there is a situation that 2 small teams merge to form a bigger one, in the start there will be within the team two different sets of domain experts. This situation has the advantage that specific ...
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How to maintain accountability on scheduling without micromanaging?

See title. Description below. I am the project leader for a research effort with a small team (< 10 people), with a multi-year schedule. One of the things I do when communicating with my team, ...
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How do I let my manager know that I am overwhelmed since a co-worker has been out due to family emergency?

I work in the US. I share some duties with a woman, Jane, who has been out the past few days due to her son having major surgery. Since she has been out, I have been doing all the work of the duties ...
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Doing the heavy lifting, no gratitude

I have been in a very strange situation recently. 20 years of experience have had some disagreements conflicts in the past, but I have never managed to alienate a whole team towards me so far :) So it ...
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Does occupational / workplace psychology have a name for local managers using the "Barnum Effect"

The Barnum effect is when astrologers, tarot readers etc statements about your personality or your future that you think is specific to you but in fact are very general and apply to almost anyone just ...
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As a junior developer, how can I improve if I work with legacy code? [closed]

I graduated in Compsci related course. I was not great at coding during gradschool, but had some basic OOP knowledge, C programming, Java, Python (with django framework), SQL, and front-end with web ...
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How to deal with the feedback from coworker after joining new team?

I'm in a graduate rotational program and just joined my last rotation. My first two rotations were in the field of data science and for my last one I picked a team where I can learn and work on data ...
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How to deal with 'privileged' teammates always pushing unwanted work to me? [closed]

How to deal with 'privileged' teammates always pushing unwanted work to me? What I find is most of the time my teammates treat me as junior deliberately despite my being in experience terms more "...
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How do I make agile process more comfortable for introverts?

This article "Agile vs Introverts" resonates with me a lot. To quote, I had this thought: most of the “Agile” methodologies and tools are invented by extroverts ... Introverts are not ...
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Is it personal or constructive if the business owner criticizes me for expressing my surprise that my coworker takes more time off?

I work for a small creative business of less than a dozen employees, with the founder/owner managing the team as a whole. I manage production, but am only responsible for one employee. This person ...
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How can I make the people at my company understand that learning a spoken and written language takes time?

I am working for an international company, yet on every meeting my colleagues and bosses are speaking German (as far as I know they all speak English). It happened that someone wanted to respect me to ...
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How to perform and shine in a team when the boss is too busy to manage

When the manager is too busy to micromanage and monitor the progress of the project, he empowers and delegate it to me and my colleagues, who form a small team to work on a project. However, due to ...
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For a startup with 3+ founders how can it be damaging if two of the founders are working more closely together than with the rest of the team?

I am part of a startup that currently has four founders. Initially I started working on this project with a friend of mine, later on we invited two more people to join us. Currently, the distribution ...
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How can the L2 support team gain knowledge about the product? - Scrum framework

This may vary from company to company. but in general, how is this done? Or, how should this be done? This question is somewhat related to this and this. But not the same. We have 5 dev teams and a ...
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How to let your manager know some of your colleagues are not the sharpest pencils in the box

I have situations where time and again I encounter non-sense, non-high-standard behavior from some of my colleagues in the work. These colleagues report to the same manager as me. These can be ...
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How to deal with a senior who is showing signs of lethargy?

I am working on a project with a team of three (my team lead, me and one of my peer). My team lead is very experienced in the field and vastly knowledgeable. He is very dedicated and committed to the ...
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How to deal with co-worker attacking me to hide incompetence?

After some downsizing at my workplace, I was assigned to work alongside a co-worker on some year-long projects. In past interactions, I knew she was struggling at the job, and she seemed honest about ...
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CTO acts as Individual Contributor (IC), ignoring wider team

This is a "developer acts individually over being in or leading a team" type question, but at a much higher level. We're a small fully-remote business with a successful product solving ...
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Classic/Textbook approach feedback delivery rejected

When doing conversations about critical feedback to others the approach that I know is optimal and most books recommend is using a tentative language, state the point in a factual and non justmental ...
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Since when work groups are called teams?

It was back in 2013 when I switched to a job where I first heard work groups (or departmemts/divisions) to be referred to as "teams". The mid-level managers who were using the word "...
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Team member regularly ignores "back to office" policy

A while back, the company announced a "Two days in the office" policy after working mostly remotely for the past two years. So every week, we are expected to work three times from home and ...
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How to deal with a good new employee with poor verbal communication?

We onboarded a new senior guy recently for a project manager type of role. Based on his past experience and profile/portfolio of work, he is very good. He has handled complex jobs at large orgs in the ...
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How to deal with a colleague who has a really bad performance

I am a team leader for a SW Team which got freshly merged with another team. One of the new team members (call him Member X) is showing really bad performance and most of his tasks only get finished ...
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Colleague just won't let things go. It wastes time and affects my morale

My colleague and I work together on a project. We generally get along well on a personal level, and he makes good contributions to the team. His opinions are often valuable and highlight things we ...
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How can I improve teamwork when the team relies on a few people?

I joined the team 2 months ago as a manager and I have a few teams in my organization. I noticed that each team relies heavily on 1 to 2 people. Every decision goes to a few people. Production ...
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Train very young colleague on professional skills

Someone has joined my team recently to run social, community, user research, etc. They have done this in the past for their family business and are very good with it. But they seem to be quite ...
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Project leader does not allow for my reduced capacity due to Educational commitments

My situation: Two weeks ago I changed from fulltime employment to parttime (20 hours per week) to finish my bachelor's degree. I communicated this to my team leader and colleagues 4 months ago. My ...
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How to respond to this work situation?

I work in a corporate environment and come from a Mathematics background. We develop products for customers and my job is to come up with mathematically sound algorithms to develop solutions. I have a ...
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How do you know if you are too flexible as a manager?

I joined a team as a manager and I am new in management. The team was in a part of the company that the demands have been "slow" and not much work that was a challenge. But since they did ...
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How to professionally handle toxic behaviors of the new manager after her probation

I have been working in a US-based company (> 70,000 employees worldwide) in China for 2 years as a data "scientist" for business/commercial analytics. Recently the new coming team leader ...
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How to get credit on a joint task with a team member who is reporting the task

I have been told to work with a new team member on a ticket they were assigned. It is their ticket so they report on it during meetings. Originally my manager intended for me to work on this ticket ...
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Is it really so important to have experience of working in big (software development) teams? [closed]

I decided to check if there are any interesting job opportunities in my area. Several words about my job experience and skills: I am self-taught. I have 2.5 years of working experience: 1.5 years in ...
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How do I get colleagues to stop piling work on me in my last month of work? [closed]

EDIT: Thanks so much for all the feedback and suggestions! You're right, I'm not obligated to do any extra work and it's not my problem if things burn after I leave. For those asking, I work remotely ...
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Colleague's delayed work is preventing me from completing my own tasks

One of my colleagues and I are doing a project together and I depend on his results, but his deadline has been extended several times. I asked him why he delayed his work. He answered that he was ...
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How to execute the policy: "carrot and stick" policy with employees. Is it effective in retention? [closed]

We are a startup and the team consists mostly of freshers. It's a team of 10 where I lead them technically. Recently the team is going through high attrition (this year 4 left). The neighboring team's ...
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Idle at work and feel left out

A brief background of myself: I worked for 4 years at my first company as a software engineer. There, we only had 5 members, one position for one role: 1 software engineer, 1 database engineer, 1 ...
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Co-workers doing extra work to an extent just to undermine my team contributions in front of manager

So I work in a small IT company where I am working on a small group project with two other coworkers. Based on what is expected from the manager, we frame our deliverables and divide the work amongst ...
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