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I suggest you focus on the real problem which is that work is not being completed in a timely manner and there is a loss of quality. If you feel they have too much free time to spend here, then assign them more work and more closely monitor the progress on the work assigned. When the quality problems happen, then send it back to them to fix and give them a ...


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management says employees should pay for such events Sadly your management is clueless. They are the ones who desire increasing engagement of employees. They are the ones who will have something to gain from such increased engagement. Thus any company event must be paid for by the company. I know it really boils down to willingness to participate in ...


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Go. Or rather: Go if everyone else is going. Do the cleaning. Be part of the team. Have a say in whether things that are yours get thrown out or kept. Have a say on what gets added to the office. Be part of the team. Comparing it to cleaning your apartment isn't fair. Your team doesn't use your apartment. You do use your office. It is two hours. The ...


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The first thing you should do is ask your friend if he or she wants an alternative. I am diabetic, and I either pass, or have a VERY SMALL slice of cake. If I know this is going to happen, I adjust my diet so that I have room for a few more carbs, so for me, this would be a non-issue. However, if your friend says they would like an alternative, ask them ...


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Professional team-building is more than a few co-workers having a good time together. It is designed with specific goals in mind. The event might encourage people from different departments to mingle and talk socially, before they are expected to work together professionally. If people are left to their own devices, they would mostly talk to people they ...


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Something I want to make clear first: dealing with coworkers, attitude during meetings, respecting someone senior... These are all things that fall under an employee's performance. It's not just the actual work they do, but their behavior and their relationship with colleagues and higher ups are areas where the manager has the authority (and even the ...


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How could i resolve this without any damage to both sides? You have been told that girlfriends are not invited to these events, so even if it's a really pretty place, and even if your girlfriend likes it a lot, stop asking if she can come along to this company event - you've already gotten your answer. Instead, bring your girlfriend on your own time - ...


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This is a very good question, I opt out of the secret Santa every year at my office which is run in a similar manner. The truth of the matter is that personally I don't want to get involved and I don't really like to make excuses so I just tell them I don't want to be involved. I do get teased by colleagues for being a Grinch etc but quite frankly that doesn'...


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What are some things I should keep in my mind so I can pull this off smoothly without any incident? Talk with the person who arranged last year's party and (as @ErnestFriedman-Hill points out) anyone who attended that party. Learn what worked well then, and what didn't. And take the "bowling" hint to heart.


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I am really not sure what I must do. Since you are their manager, you must manage the team. That means managing the existing team and the new hires both. It appears that you haven't gotten to the bottom of what's going on, but are instead reacting to just rumors and complaints. So it's time to dig in. Talk with this new hire. Talk with the team. Draw some ...


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I think you should rethink your plans a bit more: The remote working thing is a terrible idea for interns. By the nature of the role, interns need a lot of training, supervision, and direction - and this is all best handled face-to-face. Also, while sometimes it is useful to get a couple of interns working together - they can help each other through tasks ...


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Here's the bottom line: If they're using it for work, why do you care? The issue should never be "these people are doing this thing I would rather not be seeing them do". That reeks of micromanagement. The questions you really should be asking are: Are they not meeting deadlines that they were meeting before you introduced them to Stack Overflow? If this ...


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Keep in mind the attitude of the poster on the question you mention. In that case, the person asking doesn't want to be friends with the other guy. There's absolutely no problem in being good friends with coworkers - particularly if you are of a similar rank in the company. However, like any friendship, it must be mutual. I'm not saying that your ...


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I have several observations about your situation, which I shall comment on in turn in the hopes that at least some of the below will be helpful. I know people on my team lack good interpersonal skills, they have little interest in social events, and often put off other teams communicating with them because of their behaviour. Let's start with this one. ...


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Ask the diabetic for any suitable alternatives they can eat. I'm not sure what other legitimate advice there is to possibly give. Medical advice isn't suitable here, we don't know what kind of cakes the person cannot eat, hell we don't even know if the person even likes cake. The only suitable answer is to actually ask the diabetic what a suitable ...


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Have you ever had even one intern before? I'm assuming you haven't, and that makes this a bad plan. Start with two (they can support each other and bounce ideas around) who are physically near you, in the same building. Managing 5 people is not a good first managing experience. Managing even ONE person who doesn't have a lot of work experience is harder ...


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You will not raise employee morale by requiring them to attend team building events that they themselves have to pay for. You will, at least, improve team cohesion - they will all come together to hate their company managers in general and the fool who suggested they pay for something the employer should be providing in particular. The effectiveness of ...


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Team building activities are just that: team building activities. The idea is that you spend time with your team away from your normal office and work. If you take along your girlfriend, you will change the dynamics heavily. You will spend time and attention on your girlfriend (otherwise, why bring her along?), so you will naturally spend less time and ...


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TL;DR Go Long version At my company (~25 people, located in Germany), we're doing this once a year. It usually takes place on a Friday after lunch (during office hours, approximately ~2 hours). It's a lot of fun for everybody involved and a great opportunity for team building. Also, my boss participates himself. Think about it this way: what's the ...


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So you are on your first job. You are a programmer. And you have been asked to organize a party for 35/40 people. I hope it's a joke on part of your new colleagues. If it's serious, then something is wrong with the company. In my culture it's kind of normal to tell a new guy or gal, especially if they seem naive, that "every new employee so far bought tons ...


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Don't single out the diabetic. Many (if not most) diabetics can have cake, many just don't want cake. And there are plenty of folks who might have dietary restrictions or desires that you're completely oblivious to. On top of that, a lot of folks really dislike attention and "special" treatment for their diseases and diet. You've got three great options ...


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Yes, the joke was inappropriate. You know that because you saw that it made someone uncomfortable. It's a shame that nobody else on the team ever objected to this juvenile "humor" because now some people will say things like "we used to have such fun before we got stuck with a woman on the team." The response "how else would you put it?" is classic bully ...


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There's (at least) two ways to manage productivity: Work the job, not the hours. That is, you set an amount of work to be done by a certain date. Hopefully, what you've set is reasonable, and it's entirely up to your employees how they spend their working day. They can spend the day fishing for all you care, provided the work gets done at night. Many of ...


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Go to the dinner Be pleasant, listen carefully and attentively to the stories people tell. Tell a story or two of your own, but only if you want to. If someone tells a joke, smile. If it's funny, laugh (but don't fake it). Don't drink a significant amount of alcohol. Why you should do this Ever hear the adage "It's not what you know, it's who"?This is ...


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What I'm expected to do? Talking with him about this is rude and unprofessional as it is a personal issue. But not doing anything make's the team socially uncomfortable. If you are just a project manager and not this individual's boss, then you are expected to manage the project, not deal with social comfort. Expect professional work and hold everyone ...


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My boss yesterday told me that he may need to start having words with the developer, letting him know that there is a limit to what we can give him. Should I let my boss handle it, or should I step in? You should let your boss handle it, since he is this worker's boss too. You aren't in a position to do anything positive here. The boss has already ...


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Assuming the team event is optional: In a great company, official "team building events" aren't necessary, as people will organize and pay such events for themselves because they are already friends and don't see it as a company thing. A good company will pay for the whole event everything included. A reasonable company pays for the fixed costs and leaves ...


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To me, there are a number of red flags here: You come across as thinking you know better than this staff member and aren't willing to discuss things: "that I knows the best", "he has to follow me". Being a team lead is about persuading people that you are the lead, not just asserting your authority. Not giving him any work. Did you seriously think that this ...


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This topic is near and dear to me (so much so in fact I had to check my history to verify that I didn't write it)! At the end of the day, I disagree with any suggestions that you let your high standards slide. Coding standards add real value and you don't throw them away because they are tough... but as Lead, it is your responsibility to make them ...


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