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You've done everything right. I've been in a similar situation as an IT professional. Asked for time off well in advance with the request confirmed and approved by management. I even reminded them a few days before hand with an all clear. Day comes and goes, management pitches a toddler style fit that I was gone. I'm not sure why some people are like ...


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Do you have a good rapport with your boss? Do you think your boss is normally reasonable and fair? If so, then you could go to her and ask why this is an issue. Hey boss, I come in early on Mondays, usually stay later than 5, start working when I get to work, and take less breaks than others. And yet, the 3-6 minutes I am late to work on some days ...


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I would like to apologise and take measures so it doesn't happen again. You answered your own question. You simply acknowledge the mistake, explain why it happened if relevant, and say what you're doing to ensure it doesn't happen again. That signals that you recognise the mistake, aren't cavalier about it and want to avoid it in the future. That's all that'...


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You have at least three issues here: you and the other dev waiting for him to join the morning meeting is wasting time and perhaps upsetting the two of you he would like flex time, to come in when he likes as long as he hits 40 hours and gets his stuff done, but the morning meeting is interfering with that now you think overall his quality of work dropped ...


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In my experience, when boss starts minute counting do the same. if your position is 8-5 - stick to it. Arrive 8am sharp You allowed 1 hours for lunch - take it, even if you use 20 minutes for food, take a daily walk for the rest of time, always good for our sitting jobs 5pm sharp out of the door. if you come in 7.45am - 4.45pm is your time to leave You ...


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Your boss doesn't need to know exactly what you are doing. At my workplace we would call this a "Personal Appointment" or a "P/A." When asking for flex time off I don't generally include any details about the P/A other than when it is happening, and how available I will be while it is ongoing.


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Is it possible that I can refuse to work on Saturday too? Yes you can - but I would not advise it, as you already have shown willingness to work on Saturdays when needed. The real issue here is that whomever hired these folks did not fully consider the fact that some of you are forced to work Saturdays. The problem now is that your employer hired these two ...


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Actually, nothing is preventing you from sending an email saying: Hey Bob, this project is becoming more urgent for our team. Could you guys please commit to a date for us? And maybe you could give the other team a quick phone call as well in addition to the email. Then, if they send a date back, you quickly forward it to your boss, and you tell ...


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Don't tell them. Tell your boss. It's not your place to warn them about your boss, and it could tend to undercut him, so don't do it. Instead, explain to your boss your concerns. Tell them what you just told us-- that you only recently sent them an email, and that you're concerned that your boss's actions will be tied back to you and that they will feel ...


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A possible schedule is working 9 hours M-Th, and then 4 on Friday, which keeps you at full time. However, you need to find reasons that benefits your company, not you. If you can come up with good reasons that will be beneficial to the company, then present that to your boss. If the ONLY reason is that it will make you happier (because you'll be able to ...


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First, get the idea of fairness out of your head. Life is unfair for everyone in some form or fashion. Get used to that. And NEVER consider saying you won't do something because it is unfair, you get nowhere that way and you appear as immature. What you do in this specific case is talk to your boss about how you now are expected to work half the Saturdays ...


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What is the best push-back strategy? For one, most often they can do the work with Excel, and two, can't they spend a weekend learning basic scripting skills? Got to be tactful. Thanks. As is often the case, you need to start a conversation with your boss. Your boss is the one who indicated your expertise as "the data guy", and that appears to have ...


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This topic is a big favorite of mine, or more specifically: the topic of establishing "rules of conduct" for a team. A lot of times I see rules being established and enforced, without much thought being spent on the actual value of that rule. So what's the value of being on time, in other words having mandatory time where people are working? Most times, ...


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Don't lie. Don't make something up that isn't true. Have a conversation with your management. You are not treated fairly and it's perfectly okay to talk about this. Be clear about what you want out of this conversation Don't work Saturdays at all Only work one Saturday a month Get extra pay for Saturdays worked Whatever else you may want Once you decide ...


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I agree with NotMe - you've done everything right so far. The best part is that you have the original vacation request, and a copy of the original reply/permission to take the time. If you're written up for this, the paper trail you have will be very helpful to show to her boss if it comes to that.


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Of course, I have a boss who bristles on those days when I arrive after 8:00. My understanding of being salaried versus hourly, is that one of the “perks,” if you could call it that, or trade-off for not having guaranteed breaks or lunches, and being required to work extended hours without additional compensation, is that I don’t have to sweat ...


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I told my friends I could help them out at that time. This is likely the best answer you can give. Most employees are quite happy not to pry, as I'm sure everyone has a "controversial activity" they'd rather keep to themselves.


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I am more than ready to work the extra four hours mid week. Not meaning to be picky, but those are not extra four hours. They would be extra if you took them along with your full day at the IT job, but you are proposing to cut the full-time job in half that day (so you will have normal work hours). Being realistic, it's unlikely your IT employer will agree ...


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I believe the answer is in your description of the problem. I would tell your developer that if he doesn't show up for the meeting at the regular time, the boss will set it back to the 8am timeframe, and that would be worse for everyone. Also asking (or reminding him) about the upcoming meeting next day at the end of the work day may also help, because it ...


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How can this be conveyed when there were significant "insistence" on the abbreviated schedule? I have always felt obligated to convey my best professional estimate, even when the schedule was imposed on me. If my estimate and the required schedule don't match (and scope is fixed, and no additional help is available), then I ask for help prioritizing ...


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You say this coworker is part of your Scrum team, so I'd start by bringing it up during your next retrospective. You need to be able to work as a team, and you need to be able to feel safe around your team mates, so this is a good place to start. You don't even need to call the person out; probably your entire team knows what's going on anyway. Just mention ...


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You are being perfectly reasonable. In fact, while you may simply regard your efforts as doing your due diligence as an employee, you are already showing magnitudes more responsibility than many adults. Work on your resume, round up some references/letters of recommendation, and find another job. Even if it's just for a few more months (while you presumably ...


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If you're a developer, part of your job is (if necessary) to give pushback about scheduling/deadlines/etc. If you feel that you will not be able to meet a deadline, you need to push back with your manager. And as early as possible. Keep in mind, if you don't confront them about a deadline/schedule, you're implicitly agreeing that you can achieve it. If ...


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How do I warn them they're probably going to get hit by a torpedo without them thinking I'm in on it? By not getting involved in the first place. It doesn't seem like it is in your place to manage the other team, or that you are responsible for their (lack of) delivery, and as such, you should've stayed away from it in the first place. If you know someone ...


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I don't want to send the message that obeying some clock is more important than getting your work done But in this case it is important, because not obeying the clock prevents work from getting done. Every minute he is late for the meeting is a minute you spend waiting for him. These are two minutes where you and the other worker are unproductive while on ...


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Lot of answers here involve sarcastic exchange with your co-worker. I think that is unnecessary. Just meet with him informally during a break and tell him: I know you only mean as a joke but can you please not announce my entry and exit times everyone. We all have option for flexible work schedule and our boss has approved mine. I am not comfortable when ...


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I’m having trouble phrasing the question, what exactly should I ask? This isn't difficult. When you enter the building, go up to your manager and say "Hi boss, how are you doing? Hey, what time is my break scheduled for today?"


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