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How can I feel less intimidated by younger colleagues?
54 votes

I faced similar problems. The gaming-industry is special in that regard. Young people will work out of enthusiasm, as long as they are provided enough money for a bed and cheap food. This does not ...

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How do I evaluate a manager I have a negative opinion of?
33 votes

@Kaz's answer is really good. I would like one more thing, a concrete strategy I found useful in similar situations. The questions sound typically corporate, leadership, ability to deliver on ...

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How can I stop getting fired? I have been fired 5 times
19 votes

The other answers are good, but I want to add some aspects that you might be missing: Why is there no hard warning? An employee that expects being fired might start doing harmful behavior (copying ...

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Is it ok to openly admit that you brought a friend of yours to the company?
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11 votes

Some companies even set out a bounty if you can recommend someone who they actually hire. People should only "recommend" candidates they know reasonably well. And knowing someone reasonably ...

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Moving house without taking a new job
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10 votes

Short answer: Yes, it can be done. Details: Do not make your manager nervous. If you feel you want to mention it to them, tell them that you temporarily(!) want to try(!) to live with your girlfriend ...

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Being a good mentor to software developers whose skills are below-par
10 votes

Old Nick's comment about pair-programming is very true. But aside from that: Do not teach anything before you know how much of the underlying basics are missing. So whenever you want to teach a (new?) ...

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One of my developers is gaslighting a horrible product owner. The results are great, but I am concerned about risks
10 votes

Ironically enough, your biggest risk may be that new developer. Great skill in manipulating people, combined with the absence of scruples to use those skills... that is to my (non-professional!) ...

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If a job opening was reposted recently after more than a month, is it still worth applying?
9 votes

There are many reasons why a job-posting might be "reposted" at a later date. (Maybe the original post did not yield any answers so the company tries on a different platform. Maybe some ...

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How can I repair the working relationship?
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8 votes

Your question is really long, and I think it might actually be several questions. I will focus on how to improve your relationship with X. It seems like X is not having a problem with you specifically,...

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Is it OK to ask a manager why people are being fired? (Not about individuals, but churn in general)
8 votes

You can ask your manager. But the way of doing so has to consider several issues: Make sure the manager can save face. Do not ask them like an accusation, and not in front of other people. Do not ...

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How to politely ask for more information on a task?
7 votes

You know that you will have to ask several questions, and you do not know all the questions from the start. Having this in mind, contact them saying/writing: "In order to help you and solve the ...

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Boss is setting my project up to fail. How do I insure myself against the resulting blame?
6 votes

You already know the project will fail. On top of that, you assume you will be blamed for that. Start escaping this situation now. This is not something you want to invest your lifetime in. You can ...

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How to professionally deal with a bad boss?
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6 votes

Since there was no other answer yet but "leave!": Option A: Be friendly, supportive, but not afraid to even oppose him in a friendly way. Do show him problems you see, but do not try to &...

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Just got fired after 4 months what do I do
5 votes

"Is there any hope to save myself?" Unlikely. If you are in a very small company, and your team-lead is basically the owner of the company (or the decision-maker), you may have a chance to ...

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59 days passed and Full and Final settlement
5 votes

You are trying to convince someone who is saving money by not being convinced. There is no point in talking - let alone in undocumented talking. Get legal support: Either a lawyer or some organization ...

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Should I send out an apology email or IM after introducing a production bug?
4 votes

Getting and reading an unnecessary mail is an annoyance for most people. A mail that interrupts 12 people's workflow for only 5 minutes each also costs the company an hour worth of work. If possible ...

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What specific questions I must address/answer in cover letter for profile software developer (Europe~Germany)?
4 votes

Not necessarily complete, but you want to: Convey contact details. Show that you can write a formal letter without fucking up formalities (which you will do implicitly by writing it). If you had ...

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How to improve ability to ask intelligent questions
4 votes

You are asking in regards to software-industry, so i am going to answer in that context. "How can I improve my ability to view things from a different perspective and therefore considering things ...

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How to clarify what my role is and how I can make an impact?
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3 votes

If I understand you correctly, you are managing a team of 8 people, and you are unsure of your role and what you should/could contribute. Your main role would be not to "contribute new content&...

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How to positively describe a negative behaviour or event?
3 votes

"Working with team B is always a pleasure and fun. I fondly remember the time when they played a practical joke on us: For example, they claimed to be working on something identical to project C. ...

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Dealing with hostility from ex-teammate newly promoted to lead
3 votes

Before you "deal" with it, try to find out the "why". Your former teammate might feel that your tone/habits towards him (which were acceptable earlier) undermine his authority. Or ...

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What to ask before the end of probationary period?
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2 votes

Ask for their feedback, but a week or two before the end of the probation period. There will be three cases: No feedback or irrelevant feedback. This is generally fine, although for some positions ...

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How to respond to the question, "is this a drill?" from staff during a scheduled site evac?
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Imagine a real emergency happens at the same time. Do you want an injured/hurt person to be moved in a hurry which might worsen their injuries? Do you want rescue teams to arrive, and people cannot ...

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COVID-19 proof team building activity
2 votes

Do a "game-jam". Make sure it can be both digital and traditional games, and make sure the topic of the game-jam is not a traditional "male" interest. Everyone should join a team ...

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Should I be concerned about non-contributor activity for NSFW projects on my personal GitHub activity feed?
2 votes

It is Github. Anybody who knows how to search there is already more technically minded. They will likely not care, or might even sympathize. If they know a technical way to remove it, they might think:...

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How to reply to "you're expected to not stay in the one role the whole day"?
1 votes

Seems like you did the right thing. You asked for more information and did not push back. Generally, doing exactly one thing for two days straight can be stressful, especially if it is any job more ...

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How to approach colleague to address lack of teamwork behavior
1 votes

Speak with him either one-on-one or with just one third person. Keep your speaking-tone serious, but calm and emotionally neutral. Provide concrete examples. Describe consequences of his behavior. ...

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Is uncertainty about what to work on normal?
1 votes

It might be less typical than having too much to do, but it is not unusual in big organizations. It is a bit like standing in the kitchen, giving tasks to two of your kids but not having a sensible ...

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Hiring unqualified people in a startup
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"Money" is not the only incentive to take on a job. The main motivation you can use is "desire to learn". On the positive side, the people who will apply on a job that offers a ...

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What to do if manager repeatedly forgets aspects of the project?
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The other answers focused on documentation. Since people (and especially managers :-D) often ignore documentation they did not write themselves, I want to answer from the people-side of the question: ...

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