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How to talk to my manager about my rewards and recognition?

We have this monthly, quarterly, half-yearly and annual rewards and recognition program in our company. It is awarded based on performance, merit and value brought to the project/customer/company. ...
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Maintain low profile - Help overcome complexity [closed]

I have a problem at my work place and I feel it's my inferiority complex. I was given a task to be completed to which I am kind of new.So It took me more time and I was partially able to complete it. ...
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How do I motivate myself to invest time in learning additional skills?

I work in the IT services industry and find it a bit of challenge to invest time to self learn some of the hot technologies/frameworks out there in the market and build my competency. Knowing that in ...
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Motivate team without being redundant

Recently I've been appointed to lead a small software team and as I don't have much management experience (I'm a tech guy) I'm struggling to motivate and lead my team properly. The thought always ...
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How does Maslow's hierarchy of needs apply to a programmer? [closed]

We all might have heard of Maslow's hierarchy of needs. Does anyone know of how this translates to a programmer's needs? I read this and this. But is there anything else which succinctly tells what ...
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How to motivate people to participate in a company hackathon?

I’m working for a software company and am part of the committee organizing an internal hackathon. I’m not a manager. Ideas I suggest are discussed by the committee and if we agree they are good, we ...
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Directly telling/asking Motivation [closed]

If I'm a manager and I felt that one on my team who's motivated and has great performance seems to have lost his motivation should I ask him his what motivates him or if I am an employee who had lost ...
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Motivation vs. skill in company [closed]

I know all job advertisements say they're looking for people who are passionate, excited, growth-oriented, etc. A lot of the time I feel like my company hires people who are good at their jobs ...
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How to get introverted/quiet staff to open up as their manager

Normally I'm fine with quiet staff as their manager as long as they're performing okay. But I have one particular staff member (programmer) who's particularly slow. I've tried to discuss their overall ...
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Writing what you want in a Internship Motivation Letter [closed]

I was writing a motivation letter for an internship and showed it to a friend who responded “You're actually not saying what you want.” He was in the opinion that I should say what I want to do- ...
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As the new guy, how do I get people to act on all their big talk? [duplicate]

I'm "the new guy" at a small manufacturing company's IT department. We've a small team of 3 application devs + 1 database dev/dba-ish role. I've been here for a few months, so I'm hitting the point ...
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Honesty regarding reason to join new company [duplicate]

I've getting started calls from companies for scheduling interview. But before interview they usually ask: What is your motivation behind joining XYZ company? I was truly honest and I said: ...
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How to deal with a new company's vastly lower pace?

I started a new job as a software dev about 4 months ago and have been mostly learning. There's about 8 new developers working in two teams on the same project. Initially, I thought the slow process ...
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Motivate people working with people on a side project

So I've started a website on my own. I have many plans for where I want it to go, but I'm only one person. So I decided to try to recruit some former colleagues to help me with it. I asked around ...
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Fighting Boredom As An Application Developer [closed]

What are some excellent ways to combat boredom as a developer? I've reached this point where I am fighting serious boredom and burn-out with what I do. I'm confident its not boredom with the subject ...
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How to celebrate not fully achieved goals

Our small software team is developing a web application. All devs are very dedicated and working hard to meet the deadline. Nonetheless, when the release is deployed, it is not really perfect. All ...
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Online courses at work

I recently started working at a company in the IT department. The people are obviously hard working and helpful, but I'm afraid their skills aren't what they should be. They have many years at the ...
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Motivating yourself at new clients

I'm relatively new when it comes to the consulting side of things. My previous work experience was in smallish companies, ranging from 200 to 8 employees. Now after almost a decade of being employed ...
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How to find the motivation to continue working when you already know you're leaving in 5 months? [closed]

I'm currently working for a small software development company. I don't love it, but I don't hate it either, and up until this point I've gotten far in the company by working very hard. I've ...
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How to inspire others to love what they do

Earlier today I was discussing training with a coworker. We have differing points of view in that I have some expectations that my employees will take some initiative and learn some things on their ...
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How to encourge unemployed friends to take part in a home project to enhance their resumes?

I have at least two unemployed friends, and though they live near by, they're both depressed and won't come to my house to work on a mutually beneficial tech project. I would like them to learn from ...
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Volunteers keep leaving [closed]

I've been at a community radio station for a small town for over 5 years and only about 10% are original members from back when I joined. Our volunteers last no longer than a year at best. We are ...
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How to encourage employees to keep their data up to date?

I work for a large company which is beginning to make better use of the employee data held in Active Directory (e.g. contact information). Manually finding all of this information and updating it is ...
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Using Under-Time for incentive [closed]

People often have to work over-time for different reasons. Salaried employees rarely qualify for additional pay any more (US?). I think managers are more likely to request over-time than say, "Can you ...
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How to distance myself from a negative colleague in another dept. with whom I have to interact regularly?

As quality officer I have to interact a lot with the business analyst. Things went OK in the beginning when the BA just started in the company (I have been here for 8 years), but later on we become ...
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How do I motivate slackers (who are not on my team) to work?

I worked at the IT department of a company. This IT department hires 3 university students every 8 months. When I was working, one of the students (sat in the cubicle behind me) used to slack quite a ...
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Group Introduction Fear [closed]

I have around 7 years of work experience and recently I found myself terrified with group introductions. It has never happened before. I am dreaded with so much fear that I feel I am a total mess. I ...
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Fixed Term Work - No longer a good fit? [closed]

What are the concerns (ethical and other) should one be concerned with when motivation at a temporary position is threatened due to culture clashes or lack of quality work assignments? Scenario: ...
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No passion for my job - affecting my motivation [closed]

I currently work in Finance and am a chartered accountant. I'm still relatively young but am starting to realize I just don't have much passion for what I do. I don't wake up in the morning looking ...
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Work standing still, difficulty in autonomy [closed]

I am in a long internship at an IT company. At first, I was excited because it was the company I wanted and I was doing the job that would help me for my future career. But mostly, I was involved ...
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How to get praise from customers?

I work in the consulting firm of a big concern with different departments. Inside these departments are really big differences in speed, quality, consumer service etc. My department is well known and ...
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I am demotivated because my product owner does not care for project success, ideas for coping? [closed]

I am a young UX specialist. I have worked on a few real projects at university, but I was not really that invested in them, there was not so much real pressure to get them right. For the last year ...
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How to show passion and motivation at workplace without working out of hours?

Most German corporations are now banning out-of-hours work, with government regulations stepping in to tighten these measures in order to improve work-life balance in the country... I don't know if ...
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How to handle demoralization caused by a slacker in the team?

I recently started working a programming contract at a company, and initially everything was going fine. I was very focused, I came in on time every day and got a load of work done, and never let ...
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Are discretionary bonuses in finance roles essentially scams? [closed]

I started working for a hedge fund in a backoffice/midoffice kind of spot and I'm trying to see how the discretionary bonuses aren't just a scam to trick people into working long hours. I understand ...
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Canceling a project gracefully

I'm a senior developer on an agile project. In that project, I and two other developers are to port an existing software to another target platform. I don't code, I'm mainly responsible for project ...
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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 ...