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Questions tagged [morale]

Questions relating to developing confidence, enthusiasm, and/or discipline within the workplace.

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CEO says not to expect pay increases unless you do something really exceptional. Is this counter-productive?

Our CEO has recently said we should not expect pay increases (above the usual yearly inflation adjustment) unless you're an overachiever or do something really exceptional. Is this counter-productive ...
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Coworkers accusing me of “cheating” for working more efficiently

I'm a CAD drafter. We have quotas of drawings to get done each day, usually 5/day with the correct forms attached with them. Each one would regularly take around 1.5-2 hours at a normal pace, so to ...
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Should I provide my employee company-paid training/conferences for non-work-related skills?

I am a manager of a software developer whom I really want to retain because he is a high performer and a joy to work with. In our 1:1 meetings, he has expressed the desire to learn a skill which is ...
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Junior peer (I'm a senior but not a 'line manager') who's continually convinced that we're all about to be laid off etc and keeps voicing it

My team/role: I'm part of a team of 6 (1 senior (myself) 3 'standard' and 2 junior/trainee) that would broadly be described as "data analysts" and we report to a 'Analytics Manager'. Our everyday ...
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I heavily skewed the data by repeatedly submitting the same anonymous workplace survey and the CEO is reacting, how do I come clean? [closed]

The company sent out an anonymous survey to everyone. I figured out by clearing my browser history I could fill out the survey multiple times. So I did that to make sure my feelings carried more ...
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Determining why an employee who is very quiet seems to be unhappy

I manage a team of software developers. I have an employee who is unusually antisocial. It's not just that he's quiet, he won't even nod to you if you pass him in the hall. On the other hand, he is ...
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Why would company (decision makers) wait for someone to retire, rather than lay them off, when their role is no longer needed?

I'm asking about companies'/managers' reasoning in general, rather than about the policy of a specific company. This is something I've come across a number of times, in/about various different ...
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Dating a Former Employee

I'm a senior, C level executive at a relatively small company (~75 employees). A while ago, I became very close to a direct report. We began spending more time together outside of work; first in ...
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Loved my work place now I kinda Hate it - Is it time to leave? Would it hurt my carrer if I stay? [closed]

To start I work in a multinational company which owns a bunch of other small companies in such a way they only serve one purpose, like IT. I started as a Trainee on the corporate finance department, ...
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I'm in charge of equipment buying but no one's ever happy with what I choose. How to fix this? [closed]

I have several hats at work - I'm primarily a software developer but I also have to do Linux sysadmin, Windows sysadmin, tech support (like changing printer ink, plugging in cables for people, etc), ...
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How to convince HR to let my star employee work from home?

We recently got a new CEO and he took away everyone's ability to work remotely, including that of my most productive team member. As you can guess, everyone's productivity has dropped considerably, ...
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How do I get my brother/coworker to do his work?

Just as a background, my brother lives with me. I have my own business but I also contract for another company that he works with me for. He works with me/at my direction for my own personal business, ...
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How to deal with a politically opinionated coworker

I'm looking for guidance on an issue that's been dividing my team, which is composed of 24 techie 20-somethings, in a very laissez-faire office with various inclinations all over the political and ...
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Team building events vs. presents

In our region it is often the case, that you get a christmas present from your company to appreciate for the work one has done. That was also the case in our company, but since the company has new ...
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Young professional co-worker thinks she is not performing enough

I am a young professional with around six months of software engineering experience. I work with a young girl who is writing her bachelor's thesis in my company. We get along well, and I always see ...
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How to motivate team to be proactive on daily scrum?

My question is related to this one but it is not the same actually. The context is the following: I'm the new manager of a new team, with 2 technical senior members. The rest of the team is new. We'...
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Does taking away morale factors result in a permanent reduction in work satisfaction [closed]

I'm not sure if this is the right forum to ask, sorry in advance! I'm having a discussions with a more fiscally conservative colleague about how taking away some perks will affect morale and ...
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How should I address a popular team member leaving?

I had a "go to" guy quit my team. This guy always came up with new frameworks, technology, and all engineering stuff. Anyway, he did not really knew about these tech stack and always over engineered ...
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How to deal with manager who keep leading project into wrong directions?

My current situation is as follow: i work in a software company, mainly focus on embedded system. i moved into current company in 2016 and started as fresh-man at division X. The current project was ...
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Dealing with demotivation due to difficult project even though performance is fine [closed]

I am a back-end(PHP/Symfony) developer in a company. At the moment, I have a drop in my motivation that results in procrastinating during my work hours, getting anxious and having a low morale. Stress ...
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How can a non-manager boost peer morale?

My employer has been through a lot over the last year and a half -- corporate restructuring, merger, and resulting chaos (which we hope is temporary, but you never know). My team has lost about half ...
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Dealing with a slow moving project as a professional researcher

Context I have an undergraduate degree and I'm working as a medical researcher in a research lab, affiliated with a University. I've done very little since being employed, due to problems such as: ...
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Resignation - Is it fair for an employer to delay communicating about me leaving my company? [duplicate]

I've been with my company for 15 years and have just resigned b/c I'm moving to another city. I provided them with two months notice. My employer wants to delay announcing my departure to staff by ...
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Employees wanting salary increases from survey

A recent survey was done for our entire company on employee satisfaction and engagement. My organization scored pretty low (about 30th percentile for the firm). The biggest complaint was that ...
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How should I deal with a subordinate who keeps complaining that others in the company give him no credit for his work?

I'm the boss of a team and one member of the team does notably outstanding work. However no matter how much I recognise his hard work, others in the company ignore the quality of his work and the ...
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Should I send an email to my manager regarding low employee morale? [closed]

I've been working at company XYZ as a web developer in New York for a few years now. The company has steadily declined and I feel obligated to say something to my manager, the owner of XYZ. XYZ is a ...
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If One's Boss is Negligent to their Duties and Company Policy should we Notify the CEO?

The company I work for has many branch locations across my city. Each branch is managed by its own manager. At my branch our manager is rarely present and entirely un-involved in managing the work of ...
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Management expects full participation in holiday nonsense video

Management expects every department to pick a song and participate in a song and dance video to be shown company-wide (think https://youtu.be/X0v_InsGdSE ). Everyone is "expected" to participate, ...
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How can I build a better community? [closed]

I work at an IT services company. It has about 10 departments of mostly IT consultants. Most of these departments stand on their own and there is little interaction between them. In the past few ...
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Management doesn't trust me because of things that happened before I came on

I am a software developer at a large company. I was recently moved from the project I was hired on to to another project. Part of this was because the development work on my old project was drying up. ...
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When (if ever) is it appropriate to file a grievance about the behaviour of one the MDs in a family business?

I work in a start-up family business and have for a few years. The sister of the lead\head MD (an MD herself) works part time at the business. However, she constantly makes demoralizing comments ...
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Overtime or bonus - how to ask the team to choose

We currently pay overtime and an annual profit share bonus but we want our team to choose between payment of either OT or Bonus or commission (current commissioned employees don't get bonus or OT). I ...
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How to prevent a psychologically fragile person from harming a team?

I'm currently advising a team of six developers working in a company which relies on this team to handle all in-house projects. The team has a developer who—for some legal reasons I would prefer to ...
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Is it offensive to talk about non-discriminating hiring policies

I'm opening a game development business and I have a page on my web-site with open vacancies. On the page I had a statement that basically says that we don't discriminate people by race, nationality, ...
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Etiquette on freebies at work [closed]

What's the proper etiquette on grabbing freebies around the office? How can we draw a line between stealing/wasting resources and enjoying the treats? I work in a tech company so free food and ...
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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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What to do about a teammate who is burnt out

Our team has been working hard on an extremely difficult project with an insanely short deadline. We aren't working 80-hour weeks, but the time we are working is stressful to say the least. Everyone ...
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How do you incentivise developers without upsetting testers?

Our office is mixed with a dev-to-tester ratio of about 1:1.5 - and we're in a dilemma of providing perks for developers which could be too costly to provide for the entire office. Up to now, we haven'...
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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 do I improve the working atmosphere in this special case?

I have a huge problem at my workplace for which I can't find a way to solve. Let me start by describing the job and my coworkers (who are part of the problem). I am the new leader of a team of three ...
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How to convince the CEO to share some details about firing our previous leader

How should I share my thoughts with our CEO that firing our previous leader without any concrete publicized reason/background (except that the management and the old manager has different view of the ...
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How can we prevent merger panic from becoming an issue that affects the productivity of the staff?

One of my competitors is about to go bankrupt. The owners have proposed me the idea where I could buy their business. I am still discussing the idea with some of the leaders in my company. The ...
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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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Is it unprofessional or a sign of weakness to ask for a pep talk?

If you feel that morale is somewhat low on a team, is it a good idea to ask for a pep talk from a well-respected, team leaders, if you think it would increase morale? Or would there be any negatives ...