Questions about the ability to get work done in an efficient manner

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Changing work shift from 9-5 to 7:30 - 4, will I be looked at as a slacker? [duplicate]

I've been thinking of changing my shift times from 9am-5pm to 7:30am (or 8) to 4pm, to allow time to do yoga/therapy after work multiple days a week. My question is, will I be looked at as a slacker? ...
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Pros & Cons of Contracting from Employer's perspective

What are the pros and cons of hiring contractors and consultants from the employer's perspective? If you are a manager, product owner, senior engineer, or someone higher up with the company's better ...
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How to urge the top management about resolving washroom crisis in office

This may sound funny, but in our country, this is a very common phenomenon, i.e. temporary shortage of water supply and the water supply line remaining closed for several hours. However, in a software ...
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How to deal with loud (temporary) construction

We work in an open office, we didn't have upper neighbours for a few months. They will come soon, as of this moment there builders constructing their office, and they are loud! I cannot tell them to ...
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What is an example/template of the “5 Sentence Email”?

I first heard about the "5 Sentence Email" in a comment that was in response to this question: I emailed my customer asking multiple questions. Their reply addressed only one. What is the polite way ...
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How to avoid the label of 'unproductive'?

I have recently (9 months) been shifted to a team which is handling one of the most critical project of our organisation as well as known for its extremely strict and pushy managers. The focus of the ...
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How can I become more valuable and indispensable at work?

I work in a medium-sized software company. My supervisor has always told me that I am good at executing tasks perfectly and delivering them on time, but that I don't take personal initiative to ...
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How to properly ask for a reporting server? [closed]

I took a new job to help with work place productivity. I am finding it very difficult to ask for more efficient methods to be enacted. The major issue is creating dashboards. Hours and hours are spent ...
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How do I be more visible at work? [duplicate]

The firm I joined initially got acquired by a bigger firm couple of months back. After the acquisition, the work quality has decreased severely. I work as a tool developer for a semiconductor company, ...
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In Over my Head and High Expectations

I am currently working as a game developer. I am a recent grad (only graduated from university 2 years ago) and I seem to be in over my head. I did not even look for this job they found me on LinkedIn ...
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How to deal with non-objective co-workers

I work for a software development team in which some people just don't know when to stop talking. A very common pattern I have noticed is when someone comments something then another person states ...
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How to explain issues of momentum

I am a Web Developer, full-time, but that isn't so much important. At my current gig, and at previous jobs really, there is this issue of not dividing up work and planning for it far enough ahead of ...
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What are the good and bad effects of following hierarchical structure strictly? [closed]

Certain managers and leads, in particular, enforce certain rules that create a culture of hierarchy. For Example, one has to keep his reporting manager informed before having any cross team ...
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Uncomfortable Culture at Work After Expansion [closed]

I work at a game development studio as a programmer. For the first year things were great but it started to expand and they hired a bunch of new people. One of the new people was a senior artist who ...
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I'm a slow learner, how can I speed up? [closed]

A bit of background: I'm in the software industry. 90% of the stuff I'm working on is/was completely new when I started in August 2014. I need to make the same mistake two or three times before I ...
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How can I show my manager and my director that different teams require desktops/laptops with different characteristics [duplicate]

I'm wondering what's the best argument to prove to manager and my director that different teams require desktops/laptops with different characteristics? I work for a medium sized company (+-350 ...
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Is it immoral seeing tutorials and documentation and other information about an technology you are not very familiar [closed]

Recently I graduated with a degree in Computer Science. I have being searching for jobs ever since in Web Development. I've seen a lot of job opportunities are asking for MVC knowledge, especially ...
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How to resolve an issue with air conditioning at work? [closed]

At work, the air conditioning grid is quite noisy (55 Db), too much air pressure. I asked to solve this to the technician but he told me there was not a solution since he cannot control air pressure. ...
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How do I effectively handle this situation of no workflow?

I am a software developer who makes games. I really am at my wit's end with the game because of the chaotic workflow. The workflow is getting in the way of me getting anything done properly. ...
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I've just started an internship and have realised that I am disorganised and inefficient at work

I have had my current job for two weeks and it is an internship at a software company that makes financial products. It is an excellent workplace with smart people and a good atmosphere. I got the job ...
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How to utilize the free time during office hours? [duplicate]

I am a software developer and most of the times when I find free time I read few news or technical websites like Techcrunch, Gizmodo, etc or read Twitter. How do I utilize this time to the maximum, ...
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Properly negotiating a task assignment that I feel is unproductive

I was assigned a task by my manager that I consider unproductive for a variety of reasons. It involves organizing a large number of hardcopy documents, but it's clear to me (and it seems like the ...
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A more flexible purchasing policy for office technology

We're interested in thinking about making our technology policies at our company more flexible. Right now IT basically issues everyone a Windows box when they start here. We're primarily a ...
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got a promotion but I am not happy! [closed]

I am a java web developer with 2 years experience in the web development. I got promoted last month to associate engineer but not really happy. currently I'm working on a new and important project ...
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How to handle interruptions/distractions by colleagues at work? [duplicate]

I work in an organization where my job is usually a Desk job. Many a times when I am busy, some of my team members seeks for some help related to work. Being a professional, I always leave my ...
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Should I tell my manager that I'm having personal issues?

I am having a personal crisis that is making it difficult for me to focus and be effective. My productivity is down a bit, and I am not performing up to my managers expectations. Should I talk to my ...
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What would you think is better to learn and work considering IT market needs and my experiences [closed]

Firstly, I want to mention that I'm information technology enthusiast. And I have multiple working/learning experiences in different fields of information technology. But, now I see that I should ...
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Sharing work/industry related information with colleagues and peers? [closed]

In the old days, I used to get a memo with some newsclippings in my in-tray that we would all read and then we would initial it and pass it around. I find that emails disappear into Outlook. Begging ...
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What to do when my boss explicitly says he has nothing for me to do? [duplicate]

I work in a small office (three people usually) and I am fairly new (here less than three months). In general, I have things to do or can pester my boss to either give me something to do or make the ...
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How/where can I get external feedback for improving programming style and general work habits?

Problem I am a software developer and have been told by more than one employer that I do my work too slowly and make things more complicated than they have to be, and I have to change this as soon as ...
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Intern - how to deal with situation when my current project is on hold and I do not have more tasks to do in software industry?

I'm currently a software development intern, and I've been in this company for almost 2 years. I really enjoy the office atmosphere here. My supervisor gives me a lot of space and freedom in terms of ...
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How to deal with less productive days? [closed]

Yesterday I had one of those days you get once in a while. You are less productive it is hard to focus on work related subjects or just any subjects at all and you cannot wait the day to be over. The ...
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How can I prevent being extremely clumsy and unable to pay attention to details? [closed]

I am 25 yrs old, a team manager with staff and also with ownership of individual contribution work mainly involving original research and analysis. My work is generally 70% managing and 30% own ...
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Team members spending too much time on Stack Overflow

Almost 8 months ago, I encouraged my team members to follow Stack Overflow so that they can read questions, help others, and build their skills. But now this has gotten out of hand. I have a team of 5 ...
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What are my options for performance appraisals for software engineers?

We are a small software development company. We are currently working on having a proper performance appraisal system with incentive tied to performance however, no idea how to implement it ...
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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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Does one's Learning Horizon narrow after getting a job [closed]

I started with my first job in a company recently, the company already had a project and i started working on it,The main hurdle in my career progress bar is that to complete the project i had to ...
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How can I make part-time work a success?

In all likelyhood, starting next year I will work at reduced hours (at 60%) for some time as a form of parental leave. This is nothing I have to negotiate, the law here being what it is. I did roughly ...
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Is it good to just focus solely on a task and nothing else when programming? [closed]

I like to read articles and check twitter every morning (usually no more than 30 minutes) and then I get down to my programming tasks. However, I have found that sometimes where I have a large ...
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How to address senior coworkers taking advantage of the owner? [duplicate]

I started this job about 7 months ago and since being here I can't help but notice that the senior developers on the team spend a huge amount of their day browsing the internet or doing other things ...
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Is it professional to voluntarily work on a side project for my company in my free time?

I've been working at my company for almost a year now. A few months after I started, there has been talk of developing a lunch order application mainly for internal use (optionally as free bonus for ...
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Can a company monitor the workstations without telling the users? [closed]

It's legal to track user activity throught a local spy software or proxies like SonicWall and don't telling them that they are being tracked?
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Gaining more confidence regarding my obligations and dealing better with the pressure

I'm a 23 years old web developer in a somewhat successful company. I have 4 years of experience on development. Since my internship, I've been through some hard times: had to do work that I didn't ...
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Solo Developer at a Startup [closed]

I've been programming for around 3 years now, I love everything about building software and programming since the day I started till now. I work on side projects and write about topics I find ...
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time tracking conflict

We have this requirement for time tracking: We have to have meet a quota of at least 70% accounted for. In the past couple weeks I experienced a slow time where I only tracked 10% of the time. I told ...
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How do I stay awake during work without the use of coffee? [closed]

I find myself drinking 2 cups of coffee a day during work, and feeling incredibly tired whenever I don't get at least one cup worth in my system during the day. This helps me stay awake well enough ...
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How to overcome 'cold war' in a team? [closed]

I am a software developer with 3 years of experience. I recently joined a new company as a "Software Engineer". They put me on an offshore team with 4 other developers. We don't have a Lead dev/Team ...
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How do I convince my boss to get rid of our open office and give us individual offices? [closed]

My Job is a thinking job (programmer) and I work in an open style of office. I used to have a quiet area to work in and at one point, my own office. We are moving our office to a new building and ...
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Ways to encourage employees to be proactive?

Unfortunately, the developing country in which I reside seems to have a culture of "follow orders unquestioningly", and I rarely see people take proactive steps to solve problems. Instead, it's common ...
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How to Manage Your Employees' Absences and Late Arrivals?

I am working in a small (4 people) team (agency industry) and we are on the right track regarding the productivity. The company is really flat and liberal but doesn't allow remote work but on the ...