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Is this normal? In my experience, this is not normal. What typically happens is your employer would work with you in the transition by supporting you with training. Or alternatively, you employer could allow you a bit more time to do tasks in this new technology to account for the learning curve. I will say however, as a developer myself, it is on me ...


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Relax. The project came in on time and on budget, so you succeeded. Everybody makes mistakes; mistakes are how we learn. If you make no mistakes, then you learn nothing and you don’t improve! The proof here is that you’re being given another project, so you are not seen as a failure. Resolve to do even better this time. I have every confidence that you will ...


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This new team member can be quoted as saying "It's not upon your employer to give you time to learn" and that we should all be doing this in our spare time at home. This new team member is confused. And unless this new team member is your boss, or is funding your paycheck, then this new team member can be safely ignored. If an employer wants you to ...


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my "rating" and trust from my manager has dropped due to these episodes. Are you assuming it's dropped, or has it actually dropped? My first port of call would be to ask for a meeting with your manager so you can both talk about how the project went - you can ask him how you think you've performed from his perspective in that meeting, and potentially gain ...


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Good companies invest in their staff. Technology is a rapidly changing industry - there is always something new to learn. It is much cheaper to keep a current member of staff up to standard than to replace them with a new hire, which costs time and money in recruitment and getting up to speed. Good companies recognize this, and provide their staff with ...


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It's not just CEOs. It's pretty unusual for anyone in a leadership position to step down and take a lower role in that organization. To start with it usually makes for a strained relationship between the former leader and their new peers. If someone didn't get on well with the former leader they may try to take some sort of revenge now they are equals. Or ...


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If the person won't send you the information in writing, do option #1# and then send an email to that person saying. "From our meeting, I took the following notes. I'll start working on this immediately. Please let me know if I need to add or correct anything". Then you've got your paper trail AND credibility. Plus, you are actively taking control ...


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As a rule of thumb, what you do in your free time is none of your employer's business. Their right to assign tasks is limited to work hours. They hired you for a specific position, presumably after interviewing you for that position, and the skill set that you had at that time. They have since then changed their mind and decided they want a different skill ...


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At any career level, having someone replace you, and then having to witness daily how that new person performs at your previous the job (either better or worse than you), would be extremely frustrating to most folks. Further, the new boss doesn't want to deal with the baggage and office politics of a disgruntled employee who has been demoted. Finally, as ...


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This already has a bunch of other answers, but I feel like my own experiences may be helpful here. I am a civil engineer and for years I'd worked as a project engineer which entailed essentially doing all the work associated with getting the project out the door. In the past couple years, I've been more or less moved into a project manager type role wherein ...


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You were worried about submitting a critical document so you were distracted not unfocused. In fact, it was your focus on the document that resulted in you misplacing the pen drive. It was your single minded focus on one thing that caused you to lose track of the other. Was losing the pen drive stupid? It was more like like inevitable given that you were ...


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Admit that you seem to have misplaced it. If you think you have it but it got into the dirty laundry or whatever, you can say that and say you're continuing to look for it. If you realy think you lost it admit that. Trying to hide will make matters worse. Depending on how confidential the info on that drive was, you may be in serious trouble ... or you ...


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Get your manager to have a post-mortem. Clarify with them whether they want to go on with you or not. If they want to go on with you, discuss what went wrong and what could be done better next time. Do the same just for yourself. If there are behavioural problems, they can almost always be countered with processes. I'm sometimes forgetful, so I take a lot of ...


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In most cultures/organisations, demoting is extremely rare, except perhaps as a step towards dismissal. Demoting someone is extremely demotivating, the assumption is that this person will be resentful, have trouble accepting instructions from people who were once peers or subordinate, will have no reason to assume they have a shot a promotion, etc. Whether ...


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"Is this normal to ask an employee to do like this?" Considering we're taking about the unplanned and emergency leaves: This is not normal (I've never heard or experienced something like this), I think this is absurd, and should be questioned. You can do couple of things: Ask the HR for the definition of "emergency" and define the boundaries. To some ...


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I suggest you reach out to your manager with your concerns. Perhaps he or she has advice or knows someone elsewhere in the company with the expertise you can consult with. Aside from that, perhaps you can indeed discuss your methodology with your team. You might be underestimating them, they may have intuition to compare against your results, or barring that,...


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Broadly speaking, I feel like the responses to these sorts of questions don't consider the reality of the market. In short, being a developer is all about knowledge and experience and often knowing more means you can experience more which then reinforces what you know. It makes you extraordinarily valuable if you can do this. That said, consider your ...


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I don't think telling him he is wrong is the right approach, I think instead, you should talk to him about your workplaces etiquette. I agree with you, this is totally disrespectful to the cleaning staff, but based on the information provided, I think it is safe to say that your co-worker does not care about that. What I would do instead is tell try to ...


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who is responsible for defining and maintaining the company or business standards? Ethics are... complicated. You can't just decide for a product or process, "this is ethical" and expect everyone to believe/agree. There are: Cultural factors. What is appropriate in some cultures is not in others. Social factors. Current trends also have a significant ...


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I would personally approach this as trying to have my cake and eat it, too. I would at least try. Is the problem the time involved in your projects, or the skill required? If it's the time, that's much easier. Don't say "I want the same workload as the average worker bee". Just explain that you need more time, and don't mind if you get less pay. ...


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What should I do now? You should immediately explain what you have done to try and locate the device, and explain where you think it is. That way, the company can decide how to deal with the situation, as far as recovering the device. Should I consider today as my last working day? Normally, my manager never gets mad with anyone nor is he very strict, ...


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I am an information security professional, my first thought at reading your story is: the data loss needs to be reported! Depending on what was on the USB stick (passwords, login credentials, confidential / classified documents, etc) your security department may need to take steps to correct the loss and prevent further damage to the company. For this ...


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You have two choices: You hire an accountant, or you do it yourself. Your accountant is getting £170 a month for very little work. The government websites are quite decent, so you can do this yourself. As a software developer, I don't expect you to have too many different expenses (one big chunk for using your car or paying for public transport, and that's ...


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Normally, you would say things like "I decided", "we decided", "our team leader decided". If you say "the decision was made to do X", or "it was decided to do X", especially if it becomes obvious that it was a bad decision, that says quite clearly that you don't want to mention names, and that you deny having contributed to this decision.


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Email is the least efficient way of communicating with someone. It is, however, an excellent way to make sure that what was said, is remembered the right way. You should meet with your colleague. Then, you should talk out exactly what still needs to be done. Then, either one of you puts that in an email, and sends it out to the other for archiving. (And ...


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If they ask you to send emails to them and that results in more than they can read, then your obligation is to send the emails. (More on that later.) If they do not ask you to send the emails but you are sending them anyway, and it is more than they can keep up with, then you should probably send fewer emails. In the first case, knowing that they want the ...


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Understand "relax" is the "be nice ultra-PC" advice that any internet voting crowd will give you. Imagine if your manager went over these failures... would you say, "Relax." This is really simple. You and your manager should evaluate each of these short-comings and determine. Did you make a bad decision because you didn't take time to research or were ...


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Your mistake here is your actions could have been interpreted as an attempt to assign responsibility, rather than reflect responsibility. This can be problematic for a few reasons: People may not want to be assigned a specific responsibility They may have a lot of work to do, and don't want to accountable for a tool. People may not want their ...


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The competition at that level is incredibly fierce and, in order to win one of these coveted positions, it's generally not enough to be good at your job. You have to play a lot of dirty politics which often involves stabbing people in the back. If a CEO were to get demoted and he opted not to leave the company, there's simply no way his successor would be ...


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If you're the manager then you have the ability to bridge the gap between your two teams. This means either you or someone you give the role needs to be able to effectively pull the requirements from the design team. I am in a similar situation as you and I found you have to almost interrogate those responsible for communicating this information. I don't ...


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