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How to avoid volunteering for work on extra tasks

Particularly if this is the first time this has happened, just ask the direct question: Hi Sam. How much time do you think you'll need from me on this project? If that number comes back as something ...
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How to work with a technician hired with a grant who argues everything

Ahh, the old, "I'm the boss, but I want to be your friend" situation. I will tell you to answer your question directly without context, and then try with context. Namely, be the boss and not their ...
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How do I get noticed at work?

Key point for me here: "I have received feedback from management that I am not getting noticed at my job" You probably should then ask said "management" (whoever that is) if there is anything ...
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Is it ok to offer cash to a colleague to do a task that I do not want to do?

I agree with Viv's answer, but I think it is worth expressing why it is inappropriate. If you offered money, and your colleague accepted, one of two things would happen. He would do it as part of his ...
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What to do when my ideas aren't chosen, when I strongly disagree with the chosen solution?

how do you deal with this conflict once it has been decided that this is something that must go ahead, if you feel strongly against the change? My way of dealing with this is considering what my role ...
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How to avoid volunteering for work on extra tasks

I am assuming you are no free roaming agent picking up whatever you think needs working on. You have some kind of manager that assigns tasks to you. So let this manager decide whether you should be ...
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How to work with a technician hired with a grant who argues everything

You don't want to stop her from asking questions, because that's how accidents happen. You said that it helps you in one way and makes you think and that's a good thing and the only problem you have ...
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What to do when my ideas aren't chosen, when I strongly disagree with the chosen solution?

You've expressed your idea clearly and they decided they did not want to accept your decision and this bothers you. Well of course it bothers you. You've made an excellent case for a particular ...
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How can I avoid subordinates and coworkers putting off tasks until the last minute, then having no time for revisions?

I’ve had a recurring problem with people I work with leaving things until the last minute and Deadlines for “drafts” or similar sometimes work but are often disregarded because they’re “not that ...
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Is this a bad job or a normal experience for programmers?

Is it normal? Yes, this is normal for a junior dev. Is it a bad job ... No, a job that gives you time to learn on the job (or in your case be on stackexchange) is a good job. They're paying you to ...
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How to work with a technician hired with a grant who argues everything

If there's one thing I've learned, it's that technicians are ignored at my peril. I would go the other way from the other answers and embrace this technician's feedback by formalizing the review ...
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My boss emailed this to me. How should I respond?

Your answer is in your question. It‘s perfect, because it‘s brief, it‘s precise, and it‘s not emotional at all.
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How to avoid volunteering for work on extra tasks

You mention in the comments that your manager is hands-off, and that you get along well with Sam. So just walk over to Sam's office (or pick up the phone if you're in home office) and talk about who ...
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How to signal to my coworkers how busy I am?

Work in a different location. Book a meeting room if you have to. Put time on your calendar that is "do not disturb." If you have to sign out of IM, do so. Setup office hours, with the explicit ...
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Is it okay to tell my team lead I am not interested in doing an administrative task?

Well if your response to the request from your senior was actually as curt as you describe it in the question then yes, I'd say that's pretty unprofessional. It's okay to express a preference for not ...
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How do I get noticed at work?

The things that get you noticed are not generally assigned to you. You have to go looking for them. That makes it somewhat specific to your own circumstances, but some examples I've done or seen ...
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What to do when my ideas aren't chosen, when I strongly disagree with the chosen solution?

It's a completely understandable reaction and a human one. You know you tried to influence the decision making process, you tried your hardest, and things didn't end up as you think they should. ...
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How can I avoid subordinates and coworkers putting off tasks until the last minute, then having no time for revisions?

I once worked with a guy who would give me (and others) things to read/proofread/edit/etc. At first, I would do the chore immediately to get it off my desk. But the instant I or anyone else made a ...
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Should I continue giving a teammate tasks I know won’t be completed?

In general, there are people who are not interested in gaining promotions, being noticed in the company or growing salary. This can be normal, they just want to get by, doing their job, like before ...
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Being asked to do work "on your own time"

If you are paid hourly, then explain that you must be paid for any work-related tasks. If you are salaried, then yes, they are asking you for unpaid overtime. You need to think about whether you ...
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Is it okay to tell my team lead I am not interested in doing an administrative task?

In my experience, it's best not to turn down a task without a good reason. This can include a lack of interest, but should be phrased in a way that you are given assurances and all concerns are ...
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How do people with ADD manage in the tech industry

Working as a software developer and being diagnosed with ADHD should make me qualified to chime in on this. ADHD (with or without the hyperactivity) can create problems in a very regulated workplace -...
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Ensuring fair distribution of clients in a commission work environment

Solution is simple, have a receptionist/cashier do the work and assign the customers to stylists. This is how it's always done here for exactly the same reasons. So the customer comes in, asks for a ...
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Is this a bad job or a normal experience for programmers?

This is normal, even for senior developers new on a job. You start with bug fixes to learn about the technical ecosystem. No one's doubting your technical ability (but if you're lousy, that will ...
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Should i ask for more work , when i have completed all the tasks assigned to me for the day?

Yes. Even better than asking for more work, demonstrate some initiative. Try and think of something you could do to improve some aspect of your job/division/company then take that proposal to your ...
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How can I ask my manager more development tasks rather than maintenance and bug fixing?

They need someone to fix bugs. It seems that, to them, it is most economically beneficial to put experienced people on new project, and you on bug fixing. The only chance to change that assignment is ...
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Is it ok to offer cash to a colleague to do a task that I do not want to do?

It is definitely not OK to offer cash. If you think the other person is suitable for the task, perhaps you can arrange to swap tasks with them, through your manager or whoever assigned the task to you....
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How do I get noticed at work?

I have received feedback from management, that i am not getting noticed at my job. versus [my team lead] says that [...] i should not worry about visibility to the client or management. I think ...
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Is it normal to be given tasks verbally?

I've frequently experienced this, where tasks are assigned by an offhand comment in an unrelated meeting, or a manager or team lead just walking by and saying, "Hey Meg, do when you have the ...
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How do people with ADD manage in the tech industry

I'm a Controls Engineer with professionally diagnosed ADHD. Having taken Adderall (2004-2007) for my ADHD, and having been un-medicated since, I can tell you that debugging/programming is much easier ...
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