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Have you thought of code reviews? Code reviews are a standard practice where you only merge your code in after there is a general acceptance of its quality, this usually comes before QA. This will mean that both you will review Johns work and John will review your work, it will usually catch surprises before they are merged and helps the team both gel and ...


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It doesn’t seem to me that anyone has directly addressed the question of why such relations are discouraged. They are discouraged for multiple reasons, some of which won’t apply to you as the owner/manager of a small company, some of which are even more applicable to you than they would be for a larger company. A few of the reasons: There is an inherent ...


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My wife at the time, hired an ex-girlfriend as a clerk in the accounting department (which she ran) at our company that I was President. My operations and finance managers resented her because we talked. On the other hand she told me stuff that I would not otherwise have known about my two managers. The situation simmered for a while and they constantly ...


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can the previously more junior colleague insist on the use of 'Sie' to reset the relationship? You can but unless there was some sort of incident that would be perceived as very rude or offensive. You overstating the "seniority" aspect. German formality in the workplace is a lot less than it was 20 years ago and "Du" is quite common ...


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In Dutch the equivalents of Sie/du are u/jij. Personally I think it's quite strange to go back to "u" when you have already jij-ed each other. I have only seen it happen when two people have had a conflict of some sort with each other and are putting some distance between each other.


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I don't live in Germany, but I'm familiar with the language, and my native language has a similar concept. When you switched from "Sie" to "du", it meant that your relationship reached a certain level of confidence. It is a mark that the senior considers the junior at least a little bit more than just another employee in the same company, ...


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