paulj
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As a manager, how can I deal with employees challenging me?
16 votes

The answers above are dealing with start/end time policy. I believe the issue is how to teach subordinates how to respectfully "manage up". There is disagreeing with a policy, and presenting this ...

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Employee lack of ownership
10 votes

When are people most productive? When is the team most able to handle critical bugs? There have been studies that answer said questions to when humans are best able to handle certain tasks. You have ...

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What other problems does hot desking solve?
8 votes

There is another case to consider, layoffs. This does not seem to be a problem at your company, as there are enough desks for employees. But consider one where 100% of desks are utilized and there is ...

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Helping someone who has antagonized her colleagues
8 votes

Birds of a feather flock together For your own career, I would suggest no. Be professional, be courteous, make your case when in front of others of her point of view. However, from your description,...

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Resign immediately after attending work sponsored conference & business trip?
6 votes

then there will probably be 3-4 weeks before I actually hand in my notice Being shown the door earlier than you would like is not fun. If this is the US, you say nothing.

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Does work from home in general mean "Stay at home"?
5 votes

So, you equate WFH to include going to a separate country, hoping that your VPN will work, that medical and taxes are all okey-dokey, data-protection laws between home and away country are compatible, ...

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How can I avoid critical mistakes in a new code environment?
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The problem arises that the API is referenced in a BPMN workflow file which didnt show when i searched for the references or API name as text in the IDE. What did the teams retrospective ...

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Using a colleague's laptop without asking for permission
4 votes

I have no idea who would simply start typing at a different users computer, let alone touch it. You reacted with shame; react with indignation. My responses would have been as follows: To a ...

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Asked to sign two variants of a form
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Every form that I sign has my signature and the date I signed it. Not sure what the problem is as you will date it when you sign it. Make a copy for yourself, as well, before returning the forms.

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Remove a job from the resume and look unemployed
2 votes

List as a reference a colleague or multiple at your last company instead of a manager. And yes, 9 month gap is better than what you have now. And I would talk to another lawyer, slander is a big no-no,...

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How do you deal with a boss who assigns you work but wants you to learn the technologies in your personal time?
1 votes

First, is your friend junior or senior, i.e. does he have marketable skills? If senior, than the response can be firm with answers given above, though the below applies as well. If junior: How would ...

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How to make sysadmin and developers work together?
1 votes

the sysadmin asking for complete re-installation of another kind of this OS (e.g. change of Linux distribution, so "everyone has the same system") Transparency - What level of work is ...

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Dealing with conflict in matrix management
1 votes

"several times Bob has used his authority to silence Alice and prevent further discussions on ways to improve the team." "separate scrum team".` A scrum team is a team of ...

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Coworker thinks code review cost too much time
1 votes

The Sr. Developer is convinced that because of our tight schedule Right there is what you need to focus on, not code reviews or best-practice. If Sr. Dev is not reviewing your code, it is doubtful ...

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Is my manager's career advice self-serving or in my best interests?
1 votes

This is an internal position. As such, there is extreme politics involved. 1) Does your boss have a good rapport with the potential new manager who you will be under? 2) Does your new boss have a ...

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Went home sick (jetlag from holiday) first day of work. How can I limit the damage?
1 votes

There is little reason to go into specifics regarding illness. If you are ill, state that you are feeling ill and need to leave. All positions I have had allowed a set number of hours for sick leave. ...

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Asking for bonus pay for additional project
1 votes

I would not propose this. As an exempt, I am surprised that your boss has not already come and required unpaid overtime from the group. Secondly, there are off-the-shelf programs that perform these ...

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When facing a low salary offer, should I ask for more than my desired salary in order to "negotiate" down to my desired salary?
1 votes

During negotiating, please do not forget total compensation. They may be stuck in a salary band, but PTO may be more open. Also, how does their benefits stack up against other companies in the area? ...

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Can company A verify offer pay with company B?
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Depends on country and state. EU, I am sure this would run afoul of GDPR. US, California has strong laws requiring this information remain confidential.

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Employee asking other employees if they have been vaccinated
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The best method is to tell this employee that he is not allowed to ask personal medical questions as this harassment. If he needs to know the current protocols in place to protect the workplace, ...

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Can employers and background check companies find out if you claimed unemployment benefit / insurance?
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They may find out. So? They will find out the start and end-dates of his employment. I know of no companies that care if you collect unemployment. What they care is if you are currently employed, not ...

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How much about my mental health should I share?
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If you could afford it, talking with an employment lawyer would be beneficial. They could instruct you on what not to do as well as what to do. The reason would not be to sue, but to protect yourself ...

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Adjust title on resume based on actual job performed?
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In the cover letter and opening resume headline/profile I see no problem with this. When actually listing work experience, perhaps no title. Changing would make me as hiring manager uneasy.

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In what occupations, niches, roles can a software developer work when he is 90 years old?
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I am pushing this to also see what others think. You stated that you are currently a software developer primarily with JAVA. Why could you not state your are a domain expert who used JAVA to solve ...

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Quitting a (probably impossible) freelance job that I'm not qualified for
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You are unable, even with diligent investigation and research, to provide the algorithms needed. However, could you work with a domain expert and incorporate their solutions within your work? Not ...

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How to progress in your career if your employer is using outdated tools and technologies?
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You would not stress the technical, but the soft skills. How you were a constant advocate. Maybe do workshops or presentations on new tools to staff (or management). With cost benefit analysis. And ...

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Boss calling my personal phone outside of working hours
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The next day, when I arrived at the office, the boss called me and complained about the fact that he couldn't reach me and that he had to tell me important information that would have affected the ...

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How to deal with a coworker which keeps pointing out a mistake I made?
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He also points it out in front of other team members and also uses it as an argument against me whenever we are discussing some future features and he doesn't agree with me. This must be nipped ...

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Should I accept this Web developer job offer or keep looking?
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-1 votes

How long have React developers been needed? How long will React developers be needed? From my understanding, front-end languages come and go. So instead of React, you'll learn Angular? Then you will ...

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Just got my first ever initial job offer, negotiate or not?
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This is an initial offer, anchored at 60k. Not counter-offering will leave them believing their initial offer was too high. How this will effect future raises as well as their expectations...? ...

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