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My new manager does not care about employee's well-being

My new manager has taken over the team, where their management style is very authoritarian. When having a career conversation with her they just mentioned that it is their way of the highway, to the ...
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Delivery of message to underperformers

For me I always thought that in regards to performance a direct and early feedback with concrete examples is what is the correct approach or at least what everyone wants. Being a new manager I am not ...
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How to deal with an inflexible and difficult project lead

Alright, I work as a Data Scientist and here goes my situation. About a month and half ago, I was 'pulled into' an ongoing project led by a Mechanical Engineer also a Subject Matter Expert (SME) in ...
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How to convince my engineering manager that their design decision isn't the best [duplicate]

I recently started a new position as an iOS dev at this new startup. I know how to create fairly complex applications using Apple's frameworks UIKit/SwiftUI etc... I have always heard about RxSwift/...
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What to do about manager who's hard on me because I'm sick?

Ever since I returned from a substantial timeoff due to serious sickness, my manager has been very critical of me. I still complete my tasks and get my job done but because I'm still sick and not yet ...
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What's it called when a manager changes narrative to employees in the wrong?

What's it called when a manager changes an employee issue with the organisation into the employee doing something wrong? Example 1: Consider this as an example: employee reports a problem (say some ...
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Manager is trying to force me to communicate

I am an apprentice at a company that shares office space with a totally different company (same CEO for both though). I am only one of the two people (me and my manager) of my company working there, ...
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I was hired to create a department but I do not get more people

I have been working in my current company for over a year, I am the only one doing activity X and the only expert at it. I was told I would lead a department regarding activity X after a year or so ...
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My boss says he's jealous when I tell him about a work achievement

On several occasions, where I've made a breakthrough in my (highly intellectual, but non-academic) work, I feel accomplished and very proud of my achievement. But, when I go and tell my boss about ...
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New manager doesn't believe in me and reprimanded me for asking questions

I'm a junior developer. In my first week back after time off due to some issues, my new manager reprimanded me because a senior dev team member complained to him that I was asking him questions about ...
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How can I get the same exemptions from company policy as my co-worker without causing them trouble?

The company I work for, like many others, had a fairly strict policy regarding remote working (especially from abroad) before COVID-19, but since then they have been more permissive. More in details ...
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How to tell my manager's manager that I don't want to work under my manager anymore

Long story short: Strained relationship with Manager drove me to job hunting. Manager takes six month sabbatical. Working directly for her manager in that time is infinitely more enjoyable, and in one ...
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How can I persuade my manager to change my project?

I joined a decent company almost a year back, SDE profile, and was recently(~1 month) assigned a project which does not align at all with my skills. I admit I am fresh out of college but the assigned ...
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No feedback from manager regarding a request for a pay review

I've been at my current company for 5 years now. About 4-5 weeks ago, I had a meeting with my manager and I discussed that I would like a pay review due to multiple factors which I explained to my ...
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How would it be perceived by future employers if I had quit my job just after one month in, due to the work culture not being suitable for me? [closed]

I am from south Asia and I am thinking about quitting the current job which I joined a month ago. Reasons are, 500 developers are working in a single git repository ( backend, frontend, tools etc ) ...
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General Manager avoids signing agreement and is never present

I’m young and inexperienced, I’m not familiar with worker laws or how common things are within the workplace. I just turned 18 this year and for my uni course I need 5 weeks work placement to be ...
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How to deal with my boss deflecting criticism by devaluing my career?

I am a software engineer in an obscure office of the American government. We have serious staff retention and hiring issues, and HR has started a "talk about it" campaign. They send out ...
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How to tell my boss i can't relocate anymore, after i accepted in the first place?

I was hired during Covid and the job requirement was to work onsite, but due to Covid everybody was working from Home, so after being hired I was working from Home as well. Now it's time to go back ...
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As a contractor, how can I handle a client not providing the continuation contract sufficiently in advance to consider other options?

I'm a software engineer, and I started working for a new client. I have two weeks left on the contract, and he verbally promised me that I will get a new contract. I keep asking about it, but I am ...
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Manager schedules meetings during my lunch break

I put a 30 minute blocker in my calendar titled "Lunch" so that I could grab some lunch during that time. My manager has the same thing, but at a different time (way too early for me to have ...
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Is it legal to selectively enforce an arbitrary dress code for a specific employee? [closed]

I work at a university in the USA. I am a man in my early 30s, but most of the people with whom I work are men in their late 30s or early 40s. I look young for my age and am often mistaken for a ...
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How do I communicate to my boss that meeting scope creep is out of control?

I am in the USA. My team is completely work from home. My boss likes to "cross train", "collaborate" or "see what you're working on" and frequently demands the team ...
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New manager is assigning me, the only woman on our team of software engineers, mostly office administrative tasks

I'm the only woman on my department's team of 6 software engineers. We just had a new manager start and he's assigning me Jira tasks like "organize a teambuilding activity" or "see ...
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How should I push back against people arguing that they don't need to help me? [closed]

I work in an office. I'm in a new hire set of 4 cubicles that they put near the kitchen. The other 3 cubes are empty, no one sits near me. The IT setup is that we use a desktop computer with a ...
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What are the considerations of a 'rational' manager when asked by an employee for a raise?

Suppose that I, an average software developer with a satisfactory record and an average skill-set, employed for a few years in a company with a healthy development budget, approach my manager and ask ...
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Reasons someone would avoid working on career growth

In my team I wanted to dedicate time for people's growth. I gave each of them some material and actions to do, to start working together on a development plan. All my team members started on this and ...
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How to deal with a manager with strong cognitive biases?

For background, I work in a small tech company (~30 people) in the United States, and I have 12 years of experience in my field. I lead (but do not manage) a team of less experienced people in my ...
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I made a mistake last week and am trying to not get fired. I need help

Context: I made a mistake last week and sent the wrong data (including other manufacturers' data) to them due to a copy & paste error in Excel. Yes, the sensitive data shouldn't be sent using a ...
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Applying for job at company where former manager just started working, will I be seen as riding their coattails?

About a month ago my former supervisor left the company (Company A) I work for and started a position with another company (let's call it Company B) in the same, somewhat small, industry. Both ...
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Should I talk to my manager about a snarky/rude task lead?

Currently, I am working on a new technology (for me) which my manager is aware of and thus assigned said task lead to help and guide me through what I need to do as things/issues come up. However, ...
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Should I tell a prospect manager that I am waiting on another offer?

I am in a situation where I have company A extending a job offer. But I am waiting on company B who I'd like to work for more to extend a job offer which they have not yet. I was wondering if it would ...
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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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Manager is directing me to behave in a way I believe is unprofessional

My manager asks for updates on what I'm working on several times throughout the day. Lately when he finds out I'm working with someone else on something, he wants to know who's holding up the project. ...
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Promotion refused despite good performance review because of transition to more management responsibilities

TLDR My performance review (based on engineering skills) was positive, I applied for promotion and got refused because in the next period I will be taking managing responsibilities (and I'm new to ...
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Manager refused providing a company phone to employee who is frequently working on-call

I recently had a change in job responsibilities which requires me to be on call for issues. When this occurred, I requested a work cell phone to keep on my person and leave the ringer on, so I would ...
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How to handle an angry manager after a promotion?

I got promoted recently. I've noticed that since then, my manager gets angry on me quite frequently and on trivial issues. I ignore it, and take his feedback in positive light, but it's uncomfortable ...
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Getting to know manager [closed]

I have a part time lifeguard job at a hotel where one of the managers is basically the same age as me (I’m 24 she’s 23). I have heard of others who are younger than me inviting her to do things ...
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Properly communicating that I don't like having two managers

I am a Software Development Manager. In our organization chart, I directly report to a Senior Director ("Manager A"). A couple of months ago (early December), Manager A has asked me to start ...
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How to handle this talk about health related work time reduction?

A friend of mine ("Tim") has some worsening health conditions which started about half a year ago. The health condition is still under study with Tim's gp. But after a few months consulting ...
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Is it rude to ask if a task is done almost immediately after it was given? [closed]

Is it rude to ask if a task is done almost immediately after it was given? I have a manager and this manager gets a lots of complaints from others, so I am not sure if I am the only one. And just ...
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Is this sexism? If so, how should she handle it?

A woman I know is a hybrid team-lead/engineering manager at an established Bay Area startup and she frequently encounters issues that I, having been in similar roles, find troubling. For instance: ...
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Being moved to a new team but was not told which team they will move me to

My manager told me that my team is getting split into two, and that after the split, I will be with half of my team temporarily for a new project and will be moving to a new team after the project is ...
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Should I ask for a raise at current company when I receive offer+promotion from another company?

I will start by providing some little context: I was interning as a developer at a company A while I was in last year of my college, one year back. Since it was still a pandemic in my country, the ...
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Manager trying too hard to persuade me to stay on team

Due to some recent changes in my life, I decided I need to start working remotely. When I discussed the topic with manager, he was sympathetic but explained that the work-in-office policy came from ...
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Is it worth it to push back about time reporting deadline?

I work as a subcontractor for a company; Really almost all employees at this org are contractors through one of a handful of subcontracting firms. A while ago, there was a bit of an organizational ...
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Discussion with my manager or CEO on higher studies

I am a working person in India and I am preparing to get into a college for my higher studies. The college I want to get into has only regular classes (no option of online classes). I cannot quit my ...
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How do I leave a company on good terms if my project manager views leaving the company as a form of betrayal?

I work as a software engineer under direct supervision of a project manager. Since I became employed, the project manager started trusting me more and more and now there's a lot of trust between us. ...
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Does the Manager's manager need to know disputes in teams?

I was reading about conflict resolution and I read a good approach, if a situation is considered as a conflict that wont resolve by itself, is to start with the manager calling an informal and private ...
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Negative feedback but the other person is unaware of issue [closed]

This is a question for managers. When someone in your team approaches you to complain/give negative feedback about a team member does it matter to you, and how you handle things, if they have not ...
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Manager wants me to learn a different field of work

I'm a full stack developer. I have been hired as the same by my current company. As the company is not that big, my manager wants me to learn dispatch process as there are very few team members for ...
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