Questions around how to control where one allocates energy over the course of a work day. Where does one spend time and make the most of that time in the office.

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Need help in work management [closed]

I am finding difficulty in finishing tasks on time. And lately, this is affecting me and my professional life a lot. At work, my boss is getting judgmental about this and discarding all my good ...
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Am I right to consider workload when new good ideas are suggested by my team?

Sometimes people in my team (including a Mr. Know-It-All, as he is often leading the revolutionary charge) come up with some really good ideas or valid criticism. If they require very little time ...
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Does Being Paid Salary Mean My Days Should Be Longer? [closed]

I was recently moved from hourly pay to salary pay so I'm used to leaving work on time. Now that I'm salary though I keep getting remarks from management that seem point at I should be staying at work ...
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How can I inform management that our time tracking procedure is flawed? [closed]

A director at a company I worked for mandated that all time-sheets be accurate to within 5 minutes for each task, so that future projects can be estimated accurately in terms of time and cost. There ...
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Seeking Best Practices around project/time tracking for capitalized labor. [closed]

We are a small (310 employees) software company looking to reevaluate the way that we currently track projects/time. Our current homegrown time tracking systems requires employees to assign hours ...
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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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What is a 'friendly' way to let managers know that having good developers is a privilege?

I work for a small company, where we recently had a change of managers. The new manager has no experience managing developers, and the old manager has moved into a development role to fill in gaps ...
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5answers
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How to communicate something negative without feeling like a backstabber?

I have difficulties communicating other people's mistakes/shortcomings. The most common time this happens to me is when my department head assigns me with supervising a project to deadline, but my ...
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early morning and late afternoon emails [closed]

I've recently read an article about how the successful managers don't read emails first thing in the morning. The question I have is very general. How to handle the work emails you receive (mostly ...
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How to manage managerial deadlines with a volatile and eventful health condition?

I have, like most professionals today, a deadline-driven job. I also have, unlike most, unpredictable health events. There are periods in which I am just like everyone else. I am also very ambitious ...
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5answers
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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 ...
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How can I avoid selective enforcement of rules against me?

Most people in my department often come to the office very late with rather odd excuses such as "my wife forgot to wake me up" "I slept on my leg funny and couldn't walk in the morning" "I ...
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How to handle a situation where my meeting deadlines is delayed by someone superior to me?

I am in a management position where my role is to coordinate and assemble the first hand manual research and analysis of raw data by junior business analysts, which I have to give to my direct ...
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How do you tell a business user politely that the work she's requesting has to come through my boss?

I have a customer that has been going through me to request work. All requests need to go through my manager before we can address them. I have already sent her 3 mails stating this. The last 2 ...
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3answers
732 views

What to do when overwhelmed at work? [closed]

How should one go about doing their work, when there are far too many simultaneous and non-related ongoing tasks to do? Right now, I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed with the things I am expected to do. ...
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2answers
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Handling pressure and stress in an inescapable position? [closed]

I am currently working as a software developer and I feel that my work load is too heavy. To make this problem worse my supervisor asks me to finish everything in a day when the amount of work I have ...
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Arriving earlier and earlier [closed]

Arriving earlier and earlier My boss keeps getting me to come in earlier and earlier. Is it OK for me to ask him if I can come in later? I have the following reasons why I think I should be allowed: ...
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Small general construction business that needs help getting crew to provide DETAILED info on exactly what tasks they did and how long it took

Cliff note version, we need to be able to provided detailed info about what tasks each crew member did on a daily basis. Easy example, we cannot justify billing a customer x amount when currently ...
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888 views

What sort of reasoning can I use to differently review two employees who provide the same output?

I have two employees, Alan and Beth. If I assign a task to be completed within 4 weeks (which is enough plus some slack to spare), both will finish on time with the same quality of work. The big ...
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How to keep track of time spent helping others?

I'm a fast learner so I often become the go-to guy in the office (and out of it, but that's off topic), I love helping people and I learn much from seeing different perspectives, ideas (even bad ones) ...
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How to stay productive during work system downtime? [duplicate]

When systems are down and I cannot do my work so I have a free hour or possibly more, what is an acceptable means of passing time in the office for an engineer? In the present situation all my work ...
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How can I tell my manager the task I was assigned is beyond my current ability?

I was hired a year ago as a new graduate to my company. I have been learning the job as I go along, helping out with smaller tasks (modifications to C++, C#, vb6 programs) rather than being ...
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How can I get out of meetings? [duplicate]

We have a LOT of meetings at my job. Individual departments have meetings. Then, people from every department have cross-department meetings to make sure everyone is on the same page. Somehow ...
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Meeting starting before I'm contracted to start working

My scheduled hours of my office are 09:30-17:30, and we have a big project starting, which will cost the company lots of money if it fails. The project manager for this project has scheduled ...
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Juggling Projects in a Matrix Management Organization [closed]

I keep running into this problem over and over when I work in relatively large companies with a matrix management organization. Basically, I deal with multiple concurrent projects. My "deliverables" ...
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What's the most efficient way of tracking employee hours?

I'm trying to change the way we do things at our company of 10 people. We can't afford, or better we don't need a full time HR person. Most of our company comprises of developers, and historically ...
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How to co-ordinate working hours for a team distributed across time zones?

I am working very closely with a couple of other developers across time zones between North America and Europe. We all have flex hours and it's proving difficult to be online together at the same time ...
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What to do after I finish all my tasks and my manager has no tasks to give me?

Sometimes, after I finish all my tasks, my boss has no tasks to give me. So I sit and feel bad I'm not doing anything. Additionally, I'm not sure if I can surf the Internet and mind my own business or ...
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Is it okay to work on personal projects in my spare time at work?

About two months ago, I started work as a full time server administrator for a small company. I have almost nothing to do. I generally work 1-2 hours a day. There have only been two days where I ...
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What's a standard productive vs total office hours ratio?

So it goes like this: we are keeping track of tasks using Redmine. We log time spent doing tasks, but at the end of the week if we add up all the time spent at those tasks there is no way a person has ...
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The “Help Me” Nag

For the past few months, I have been constantly haunted by a team member for "help". This dude continues to play ignorant and gets me to do his work. I am stuck, can you help, and get me to sit in his ...
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How should research work be waged?

I am a young aerospace enthusiast and have just completed BA in computer engineering and am currently enrolled in MD. Besides this I am working for an aerospace engineering company where I work on ...
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How to deal with hundreds of unread mails after an absence?

I'm in a situation where I'm away from my corporate mailbox for a few weeks. I have an autoresponder set up that says when I'll return and who to contact in urgent cases. Nevertheless, you can imagine ...
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How do I politely ask about the “urgency” of a work request - i.e. what date should it be completed by?

I work in an IT Help Desk role, and I often get requests that have vague "due-dates". So maybe a Project Manager wants a large database pull, which will take at least a week of my time. But they ...
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Saying no to project managers?

There are 5 project managers who keep coming to me and insisting that their requests are urgent and I find myself switching between 4 different projects, while I am supposed to work on only 1 project ...
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What can I do at work when I have no work?

I am a chemical engineer, and I have been spending much of the last two months doing nothing (either surfing the web or chatting with other employees) since my project has been very slow. The company ...
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13answers
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Am I damaging my reputation by arriving and leaving on-time?

I work 9am-5pm, 5 days a week as an employee (not contractor). I'm fairly strict with myself in only doing work at work and making the absolute most of my time away from work. This means I will ...
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How to convince employees that IM and Facebook during work is unethical?

I believe that the employer pays employees their salaries to keep working for seven or eight hours daily, and he didn't agree, while signing the contract, that there is few hours set aside daily for ...
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My manager always seems too busy to meet with me. How can I improve that?

He's a great guy, but it feels like he's always in meetings or going to conferences or on the phone on long calls. He has told me that he really enjoys those interactions. He and I work somewhat ...