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Am I being asked to lie in my job?

Your supervisor has told you that there is no technician available for this month. You are not lying if you tell your customers exactly that. Why there is no technician available, whether they are ...
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Manager strongly suggests that I do more unpaid overtime during performance review

What your manager says is nonsense. What he apparently wants is "bums on seats". A nice quote from some top manager at Microsoft: "You can make people stay in the office 80 hours a week. You can't ...
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How do I address poor performance that is exacerbated by religious practices?

Stick to the facts. How do you know it is their religion that is causing the issue? It could very well be some form of issue with their home life, or maybe they lost "the spark" and are not happy ...
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Should I request a lower raise to avoid a health-insurance premium raise threshold?

Therefore, if my new salary is between A and (A+$950), should I request (A-$0.01)? Assuming you are able to request raises, it would seem to make a lot more sense to request (A+$1300). You can use ...
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What's the best way to communicate 'you get a bonus but no raise this year' to employee?

Do not lead with the good news and then end with the downer. That is not a workplace thing, that is a general communication rule. In addition, focus on the fact that the employee is in a group of ...
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Manager is threatening to grade me poorly if I don't complete the project

Talk to your academic adviser. That is a person in your home department who is responsible for helping students progress. Come prepared with: initial scope of work timeline / schedule / something ...
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Intentional company falsehood in job description causing tension with boss

They've admitted that they're lying to you, to every other employee, and to every potential job candidate, and have admitted to you that they intend to continue lying. My advice would be to forego any ...
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Interns I'm training don't care and it affects my performance

Clearly, you are not managing these interns the way they need to be managed. It may well be unfair that they need to be managed so differently from typical employees, who want to accomplish, but this ...
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How to handle undeservedly positive feedback

Stop selling yourself short: the positive feedback is deserved. The expectations for junior developers hired fresh out of university are generally very low, you're a single step above an intern on ...
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I just got an invite for a meeting with my boss and boss's boss titled "Performance Improvement Plan". Should I be worried?

While there may be some workplaces in which the PIP is actually used to improve an employees performance, it's usually management's way to provide documentation to justify an employee's termination in ...
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Bad performance review despite objective successes and praises

Can I do anything to still solve the situation before quitting? Yes, by not trying to do anything. My manager said I wasn't with the company long enough for him to have trust in me and give me a ...
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Deleted 2 days of work and no backup

This is a very unfortunate situation but since you can't change it anymore, make it a valuable experience. Do I have to report in daily scrum? Yes! If you are scared of telling this to your team, ...
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I have a problematic assistant manager, but I can't fire him

How can I convince my district manager to let me fire my assistant manager? I think your best bet is to build up a written paper trail of each occurrence, where you sit down with the asst. manager ...
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Employer says they want Quality & Quantity, but only pays bonuses based on the latter

Based on your statements in the question, I'm going to write the answer(s) How to cope with this situation? If you want monetary benefits, shift your priority to produce quantity rather than ...
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How to put aside personal grievances during performance reviews

How can I put my personal grievances aside and provide a fair performance review? Explain to HR your dilemma. Ask them for their recommendations and involvement. Since you clearly have issues that ...
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I just got an invite for a meeting with my boss and boss's boss titled "Performance Improvement Plan". Should I be worried?

No, do NOT seek a lawyer. The last thing you need is expensive litigation that will only result in large legal bills and being blackballed in your industry as being one who sues employers. Yes, you ...
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How to deal with a promotion if it would be more lucrative after an upcoming rule change?

If you want to actually take the promotion, discuss the problem with the manager suggesting you for the promotion. I would love to accept right now, but I have calculated that if I accept now, it ...
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How to tell my manager's manager that I don't want to work under my manager anymore

I have my six month review of my new role coming up with Tracy. I really dont know how to approach this. Despite everything, I dont want to throw Jane under a bus, for her sake but also mine as I dont ...
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Is it normal for a team leader to use pull request comments as an indication of performance?

That entirely depends. If they just sat there and looked at comments without understanding them, then it certainly is a poor indicator and I have never heard of it. If they actually understood the ...
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Bad performance review despite objective successes and praises

I had my performance review yesterday. We have 4 performance grades. I got the second worst one ("Meeting expectations"), with consequences for my yearly bonus and the maximum salary ...
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How do I address poor performance that is exacerbated by religious practices?

I think you should not touch religious ground here at all. One, because it is totally irrelevant, two, because you can get yourself into all kinds of legal difficulties. Why is it irrelevant? Because ...
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Manager strongly suggests that I do more unpaid overtime during performance review

Are they allowed to force me to do overtime at no extra pay? This really depends on your local laws, your employment contract, and your status as an employee, none of which can really be determined ...
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Should I tell my employer I have ADD?

No. In general, avoid revealing your disabilities and shortcomings unless they grant you legal protection. In an ideal world, the employer will understand you and handle this in a perfectly ...
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Bad performance review despite objective successes and praises

3 words: Get. Out. Now. You said you came into the job and it was a total mess. In 8 months you turned it from a disaster zone into a functioning work environment; not a great one, but functioning....
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I have an upcoming performance review but I'm planning to leave work within a couple months

Go to your performance review and address it as if you were staying with your company. You never know what can happen in a few months. NEVER under any circumstances should you reveal plans to leave ...
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Interns I'm training don't care and it affects my performance

I'm going to take the alternative approach to the problem and solve it at the source instead of letting it become your problem. Pay your interns at a competitive rate. If you don't like that, skip to ...
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Employer says they want Quality & Quantity, but only pays bonuses based on the latter

"...in the meetings, my manager wants everyone to be 'me'..." This is a vital detail that should be the lede in your question and not buried in a comment to an answer. This is the one thing that ...
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Interns I'm training don't care and it affects my performance

they don't know the basic tools we use like Git, agile development, etc. I think this is an unrealistic expectation for unpaid interns half way through college. Git and agile may be popular in the ...
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Intentional company falsehood in job description causing tension with boss

My position has huge turnover so the company made a 90-day eval to figure out why no one sticks. The problematic piece here is the manager, and they are the reason for the turnover. It doesn't make ...
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Performance review with a manager who doesn't know me?

While the other answers are good, I like to take a different approach to performance reviews. This situation used to happen all the time when I was in the military. Performance review time would be up,...
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