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How to manage an “over worker”?

I have a direct report who is chronically stressed out and always seems on edge. I've tried to lighten his load as much as possible. I highly encourage time off, including just cutting out early or ...
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19answers
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Employee (my direct report) underperforming due to religious fasting - how to address?

As a line manager, I've "inherited" (from a previous boss who has left the company) an employee who carries out a fast (i.e., not eating) during the day for a period of time as part of a religious ...
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7answers
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Pre-employment background check with consent for future checks

I recently interviewed for a position with the hiring manager and her next-level manager. I was offered the job on the spot, which I accepted. A couple of days later I received an e-mail from a 3rd ...
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9answers
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Supervisor commenting on appearance. Inappropriate?

I work for a big company and am fairly new. I'm on my third or fourth week and was transferred to a new (bigger) dept where it's all men. I am the only woman. I'm also fairly young at 25 years old. ...
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3answers
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How and when should I disclose that I'm deaf?

I was born profoundly deaf. I am struggling to be hired as a software programmer (Bachelor Science in Computer Science graduated in 2012). I have been employed from time to time but finding long-term ...
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Trouble understanding the speech of overseas colleagues

All of my development colleagues (software development company) are based overseas in India (I'm in the UK). I'm in a junior position and a lot of my development relies on being taught how to do ...
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14answers
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How do I tell my boss I successfully did something they asked not to bother trying?

I am working on a programming project where I'm the only developer, but also working closely with my boss to design it. There's a certain step in the project that's a pretty big bottleneck, and I had ...
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How to respond to “You should have skipped college” in an interview?

In seeking my first full time position related to my college major, I was at a "cattle call" type job fair. One of the managers I was sent to looked at my resume and commented that I didn't have any ...
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12answers
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Coworker watches content on his phone all day

I work at a software company. I have a coworker who props up his phone most of the day, watching stuff while he works such as video game streamers, or cooking shows, or whatever. He's trying to give ...
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15answers
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Everyone involved in my hiring process left the company before I started: is this a red flag?

Today I started a new job as team leader in a new company (150 employees in total, the branch in my city counts about 35-40 people). It is in IT and IT consultancy (company is more towards ...
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12answers
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Is it reasonable to ask a potential employer for samples of their code and/or employee contact information, to determine if I want to work there?

I'm currently looking for a new job as a developer. There are two things that companies usually require that bother me a lot: long programming assignments and reference checks. There are plenty of ...
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8answers
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Is it ethical to read programming books on the clock?

I have an issue that hasn't ever surfaced as a problem, but it's a question that's been bugging me internally a little bit for the last several years. I've worked at a few different places where they ...
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12answers
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Company threatening to call my current job after I declined their offer

I declined a job offer last week for cultural fit reasons, over email, and this morning I received an email back from the hiring manager saying that he's very disappointed in me and he'll be calling ...
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18answers
31k views

How can I address being paid less than my male colleagues with similar or lesser roles in my company?

I am a female developer that has been working at a company for two years. Last November I asked for a £3500 pay rise which I believe will put me inline for what I should be paid for my role. I was ...
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10answers
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How to quit 1 of your 2 jobs, when your boss is your boss at both?

I'm in a tricky situation and could use some advice on what to do. I'll try to be as detailed as possible without giving out identifying information. I have 2 jobs, one retail position and one ...
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12answers
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“Offensive” bumper sticker on car

I have a bumper sticker on my vehicle that says The sticker is about 3" × 5" (7.6 cm × 12.7 cm) in white block lettering. My employer has told me to remove the sticker or face disciplinary action. ...
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23answers
48k views

What to do with a good employee who comes late and leaves early?

I've got an employee who does a pretty good job with her work. She does stay on top of tasks but she has a serious issue with start / end times. I am pretty flexible as long as work gets done so I ...
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8answers
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Turned down a client after accepting dinner, how could I have handled this better?

I was approached by a guy recently who wanted me to be involved in his startup. He asked me to meet him, he bought me dinner, talked about funding and market potential, etc, then invited me to see the ...
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17answers
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How to politely ask a coworker to “Google it”

I'm working in a team of 8 consultants just like me. I'm the youngest member of the team and also the one with the least experience (on resume at least). But 4 of the 8 members of the team will often ...
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13answers
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How to handle manager when handing in my notice after lying about not looking for a new job

I have worked at my current place for just shy of a year now - And in the past 4 months, it has been quite rocky. I have had informal counseling and a disciplinary against me. For some background, ...
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15answers
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Senior architect lashing out when junior developer asks questions. What to do?

I'm a female developer and I've been working at my current employer for 4 months. I’m new to the technology and to the business domain. I basically don’t know much about anything. I am working on the ...
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9answers
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How can I respond to an employee who objects to working on certain projects on ethical grounds?

My company does services for various clients. We recently were offered a contract to perform these services for a guy in the city who does predictions, tarot, numerology and the like for people. He ...
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12answers
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Someone I manage keeps cc'ing my boss

I manage a team of about 20 at my company. One the people I manage will occasionally send emails to me to tell me things he thinks I should do differently. If I disagree with him, he'll reply and cc ...
143
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10answers
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How to deal with an intern's lack of basic skills?

Due to some internal reorganization, now my team includes a new intern. Since I'm the technical and team lead, it's up to me to bring the new guy up to speed with how we work and what we need to do ...
143
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10answers
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What to do when during a meeting client's people start to (physically) fight with each other?

I work on a project that requires many on-site meetings at the client's location, with client people from different departments. These departments can be considered as closed silos, where everyone ...
142
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5answers
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Manager does not schedule breaks for team members

I work in a seasonal (summer lifeguard) position in Colorado where most of my time is spent out in the sun or doing physical labor of some sort. It isn't particularly arduous work, but it can be ...
142
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12answers
26k views

How to lead a group of developers who have much more talent than you

I recently was asked to take a hybrid leadership/development role with the client I am working for. I will be billing at a higher rate and responsible for reporting and other administrative tasks. I ...
142
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10answers
17k views

I worked for a company affiliated with a very publicly failed project. Should I take it off my resume?

I worked briefly for a company that had a recent highly publicized failed government project (I'm sure you can probably guess). While I did not work on that particular project, I think all the bad ...
142
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11answers
18k views

Boss wants me to falsify a report. How should I document this unethical demand?

I work in IT, and my manager is trying to get my coworker and me to submit a falsified security scan to a client of ours. Basically, he wants us to submit a security scan modified to exclude ...
141
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15answers
31k views

How can I deal with troublesome Professional Engineer?

I currently manage a team of quite a few engineers in Canada. Things normally run smoothly, but we've had a serious problem with a senior engineer as of late. This engineer is the sole engineer on ...
141
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7answers
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Dealing with an employee that went over my head

I manage a small team and recently hired for a new position. In the job posting it clearly stated that the work hours are from 8:00-4:30. No concerns about these hours were mentioned during the ...
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17answers
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How to deal with people who will not read?

I work in a field where you can get sudden requirements to communicate a lot of highly technical stuff from time to time. Sometimes this stuff is really involved. Like, you can chat with people about ...
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5answers
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Is celebrating small victories unprofessional?

Often when I'm coding and I crush a bug that I've been battling for a few hours I like to throw my hands in the air and sigh a small YES. Are these small celebrations seen by people as unprofessional? ...
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5answers
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What can I do about fire and health hazards at my former workplace?

For a few weeks, I was working at a scenery shop in Florida. The shop is a toxic mess. They openly burn Styrofoam with little to no ventilation. The lumber is stacked upright inviting a dangerous ...
141
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9answers
18k views

How to convince company to not go overboard with email signature?

The signature culture at my company is dangerously close to ridiculous, and this question made me ask about it here. We're an MS Gold Ultra Colour Plus(tm)(c)(fm)(wtf) Partner which is apparently an ...
141
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4answers
19k views

How do I coordinate the process of pursuing multiple job opportunities at the same time?

In the hot field of software engineering, a competent programmer wanting to switch jobs will be able to apply and interview easily for at least a half dozen jobs. However, coordinating the speed at ...
140
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18answers
33k views

Employees unhappy with change of workplace to an inconvenient location

I'm responsible for a small group of employees and we just acquired a client that needs their skills, but require them to work on its premises. The client's offices are located in an area poorly ...
140
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23answers
26k views

How do we recruit junior software developers in an age where everybody studies for the interview?

As a recruiter, I find it increasingly hard to recruit good software developers, due to the fact that it has become very easy to simply study for a job interview by reading any of those 14020 job ...
140
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15answers
26k views

How to handle being asked to automate jobs as a temp worker

I have been working as a temporary worker at a large ($13+ billion/yr) company for some time now. My job is a typical $15/hr office job where I do paperwork, place orders and bill people. At some ...
140
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12answers
26k views

How to handle incompetent/aggressive customers incapable of describing a problem?

The situation described takes place in Germany, but is not neccessarily linked to German culture. I work in IT support at a library with public workstations, and often encounter (mostly elderly) ...
140
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5answers
28k views

Hostile work environment after whistle-blowing on coworker and our boss. What do I do?

I work night shifts with a co-worker who would always sleep or never be at work. We are both nurses. She is friends with the administrator (our boss) who showed her signs of extreme favoritism on ...
140
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13answers
37k views

Project Manager asks for complete 100% confidence everytime committing code

I've got an ongoing relationship with a long term business partner as a consultant where his role is project manager (task manager + direction), and my role is a contracted developer. He has a ...
140
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17answers
56k views

How can I deal with being told I ask too many questions?

I was just put on a Performance Improvement Plan (PIP) after six months at my first job out of college. I know this means I'm probably going to get fired when the time is up, but I would still like ...
140
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12answers
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Is it legal for company to use my work email to pretend I still work there? [duplicate]

I recently quit my job due to the toxic work environment. My job involved email communication with our clients, and my boss has asked my coworkers to use my email to pretend to be me and talk to our ...
139
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8answers
29k views

The mysterious salary formula

I've been observing a trend in several European and American software companies when it comes to salary negotiations. Basically, HR says we have a "formula" to calculate the salary for our employees ...
139
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13answers
31k views

Employer doesn't want to pay me because I took longer than estimated to finish the work

I work as a junior programmer in Slovakia. This is my first job and I have been with the company for less than a year. This month I was working on a feature that was estimated to take about 1 week ...
138
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12answers
47k views

Engineer refusing to file/disclose patents

We have a senior engineer on our team that routinely excels at his work. In addition to his regular work, our company has a patent program where engineers can write up a patent for a novel idea, and ...
138
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15answers
33k views

Candidate brought parent to interview

I had an interview with a potential employee who applied to our company. The interview didn't go badly, but the candidate came with her mother who waited in our waiting room during the interview. I ...
138
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20answers
28k views

Trying to quit smoking but co-workers want me to start again due to me being more irritable

I'm trying to quit smoking. I have become more irritable and my coworkers are making comments. One co-worker made reference to me to start smoking again so we can have a nice work environment. How ...
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13answers
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How can I screen calls when callers refuse to tell me the nature of the call?

Background: At my workplace we have a small open office of under 10 staff. While I work as a developer which includes making & receiving phone calls for technical matters, I sometimes answer the ...

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