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How to retain vested employees?

At a startup where the senior dev team have been here 3years, almost since the start, and their options are now vested. We have product in the market, are just about cash-flow positive, but are still ...
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Is lowering employee's self-esteem a practised management technique? [closed]

I'm wondering if consciously making employees doubt their abilities or value, is a technique that some managers actively practise. I can imagine that this might be a good technique in certain ...
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How do you track Employee Engagement? [closed]

We are a growing company and as such I want to put a startegy in place to ensure that we are pre-empting any issues as we increase our work force. As a result I'm interested in implementing a system ...
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How important are project Kickoff and Goal-Parties for motivation?

Two weeks ago I attended a session about project management. The teacher told us it is very important to have a "Kickoff-Party" every time a new project is about to begin and also have a "Goal-Party" ...
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Does anyone else feel unmotivated to work anything due to generally low salaries? [closed]

I mean, how am I supposed to be motivated to work if 65%, yes 65% of my salary goes just to pay the rent. And that is for a flat of 19 m2, more like a room, not a flat. I can't even buy enough food in ...
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How to motivate a team when everyone is paranoid about layoffs?

More than half of my team has been made redundant already, as have several other teams throughout the company. This is not due to financial reasons (we are very successful!) but there are some rumours ...
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How can I write instructions so that employees don't just tick boxes, but always go above and beyond? [closed]

Passion and motivation lead people to go above & beyond in their work and not just meticulously follow instructions so they can arrive and leave at precisely their agreed working hours. When the ...
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How to informally motivate employees to spend more time working and less time on personal matters?

The company I work for has no written policy against using company time for personal communications and entertainment (Facebook, Skype, Youtube, etc.). It is expected that everyone balances their use ...
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How to adjust to working 8 hours a day without watching the clock constantly [closed]

I used to work quite hard for my master thesis and later, as a research assistant at a university. I would always finish my job on time and then go off to do something else. Now that I am working a ...
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Meet internal targets while overworked VS postpone work to when feeling better?

I know since Tuesday morning that we will need to complete assignments A, B & C by Friday. Normally all three would require the full working days from Tuesday to Friday - so we start working on ...
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How to prevent a mutiny by the senior employees whom I manage? [closed]

What are the courses of action I can take as a manager if the senior employees of my team keep complaining and resisting me? I believe the main reasons for their behavior are: 1. I was promoted early ...
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How can I find out what sort of creative opportunities a company offers?

Many jobs claim to offer intellectual fulfillment, problem-solving opportunities, or freedom to use creative decision-making to steer one's own work. Yet in my experience, few jobs actually offer ...
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How to earn the respect of a team that is frustrated by and skeptical about change?

I think I have reached a dead end where I am not sure whether the issue is the team I manage or the way I manage. The first months of my promotion to manager went well, but after the 6th month my ...
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Does a potential hiring gives a motive to work harder?

Over the last 6 months I'm doing my internship in a small office. I'm very satisfied. In the past they told me that business go well and they might need to hire a developer. The last month I asked ...
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How can I as non-management improve morale and curb infectious pessimism?

I work in somewhat of a DevOps role with a team of professionals that for the most part are highly skilled, competent and easy to get along with. The biggest problem we face as a group is that recent ...
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How to deal with praise for the wrong things

I currently have the enviable position of a manager who is quick to praise for work done at or above expectations: however as my boss lacks the knowledge to determine how difficult a task is I often ...
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How to motivate people (employer perspective) [closed]

I'd like to apologize in advance for a lengthy problem description, however I am interested in the community's opinion and I'm asking this from the employer perspective. My company deals primarily ...
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How can I convince my boss to invest into the developer environment?

Our boss said that developers should have fewer mistakes so the company would have money for displays, servers etc. An always mentioned example is a late firing of an underperforming colleague whose ...
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Penalty for being late to a meeting

We are using Scrum and our manager decided that if somebody lates to the daily scrum (which is in the morning) he or she have to buy a piece of chocolate (or something like that) for the others. Is it ...
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How can we encourage people to visit conferences or do anything else to improve skills?

We're a small team of around 15-20 people. Around 70% of them are really passionate in what they're doing, visit conferences, spend even their weekends on hackathons and have a big progress in their ...
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Participation in Product line testing

Once a week we perform a test where we encourage everyone who works on the product line (~100 people) to follow a script and test several different clients from the product line. At first we started ...
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How to stay motivated when it feels that senior colleagues aren't?

I passed out of my college with a degree in computer science about 2 years back and since then I have worked in a multi-national firm which pays me decently well. I am sincerely interested in ...
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How can we motivate employees to complete IT certificates?

Our company is an IT service provider which develops software for other companies. To attract customers, we encourage our employees to complete and maintain IT certifications (like Java certificates ...
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How can I transition from freelancing back to the Corporate Workplace? [closed]

I've recently returned to Conglomo America after 13 yrs; a few in a different industry and 10 self employed (web development). I'm used to working at my own pace which was probably 12-16 hr days 4-6 ...
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How can I reinvigorate my passion behind my work if nobody at my job really cares?

Over the past 7 months, I've been working at a company programming/improving small little utilities and also doing a couple mundane daily tasks. I've come to realize that my boss is a Mort (this is ...
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Employee with no aspirations

I have a employee who recently joined us. I know he has the skills, but unfortunately he seems to be busy gossiping rather than getting actual work done. He has made all the money he wanted to from ...
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How can I become a confident developer again?

So here's the story: I'm a recent CS grad who has been working for a government company for about half a year, not because it was my first choice, but because I took their university scholarship and I ...
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Effects of automated time tracking/monitoring

Our company wants to set up an automated time tracking/monitoring system. It will monitor every software developers' workstation and make statistics about their computer usage: which program the ...
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How can I successfully change job fields?

I have made a career change from IT software developer to software developer in mechatronics. Though I am familiar and confident with the programming aspect of the job scope, I am not yet completely ...
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Does reviewing employees for raises by ranking them have a negative effect?

If a department is going through an annual review for its employees to determine raises (and/or potential promotions), does basing the review off ranking the employees against each other have a ...
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Is highlighting top performers a good idea?

The company I'm working for (a couple of 100s of employees) has recently started to regularly higlight "top performers" in the internal monthly newsletter. Has this practice been shown to motivate ...
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Avoiding unproductive days

Sometimes (usually once or twice a month) I have days when I'm in the mood to do nothing. When I feel like this, my work is sloppy and it takes 1-2 hours to clean it up the next day. This is really ...
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After being cheated by previous employer, how can I get a positive mind-set for the next one?

I believe there was unethical and mischievous behavior from my previous employer that really damaged my employee-employer relationship. It happened quite a long ago, but I still can't achieve the same ...
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A previous manager burnt out employees, how can I help them recover and be more productive?

The previous manager repeatedly pushed his employees too hard to complete artificial goals earlier than necessary. After 2 years of some of the best employees quit and this the manager was removed, ...
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How can I motivate myself to work on projects I don't believe in or care about? [closed]

I am generally pretty good at getting stuff done. In fact that's my reputation. I am very productive as long as I think the project is interesting or think it will do a lot to help our company ...