Questions tagged [motivation]

Why we do the things we do. Questions here center around the idea of how to get excited and do a good job rather than a poor one.

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How do you know when you should make a job change

How do you know when you should make a job change? I feel like I am the most motivated member of my team. Everyone else seems to be just slogging through to get through the work day. Does this mean I ...
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Struggling at job. Frustrated, tired and feeling unproductive. How do I discuss this or approach a new job hunt?

Background: I began working at a well established company 9 months ago. I was invited to interview by a colleague from a previous company. I was told of some tough points such as potentially longer ...
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How to motivate staff to attend a paid certification course in their off hours?

Context We live in a small south American, third-world country where quality education is scarce and really costly. Also, the minimum wage is around $385 a month. The situation I’m a new employee (...
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Everybody knows I only see my job as a paycheck and this is causing harm [closed]

Ive have had a position for 4 years (Europe, full-time, permanent contract, 30k+ employees) and I myself know that my time is due, I cant grow more, I learnt what I wanted to learn, the new colleagues ...
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Improve motivation in highly pessimistic team as new senior dev

I'm a new hire in a software development team. My existing peers, with less than a year there, are extremely pessimistic. As the dev with the highest level in the team I guess improving morale is ...
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How to keep yourself motivated at work?

There are times that I feel like I don't want to do anything at work. How to keep me motivated at what I'm doing?
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How to keep my morale high? My colleague is redoing my work and i feel belittled? [closed]

I work for a startup, and I handle from interviews to Production ops/ delivery. Many times I anticipate the future and I was ready with the work even before it arrives. This is how i used to deliver. ...
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Why should people in high turnover fields like software engineering put in discretionary effort?

A colleague of mine made the argument to me that I should not try that hard in my current job as I am a software engineer and if I cut corners, the problems fall on my replacement when I inevitably ...
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Refusing to give a raise to an employee, while keeping her motivated

An employee of mine is asking for a raise. Like many employees, she thinks she is doing very well and should get a raise. Her current compensation package is well in the market benchmark, and also ...
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Resentment towards employer over reduced pay

Background: I work as a mechanical engineer at a startup in India. So basically during the past year, my employer has reduced my pay during lock-down periods by up to 50% while still having me work ...
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How do I Help a Team Member Recognize the Relative Importance of Their Project

I find myself in the curious case of trying to partially de-motivate someone, some background: I am the team lead of a ~30 person team ranging from interns and new college grads to senior folks with ...
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What do I do if I can't seem to find interest for any job in my field (software development)? [closed]

I am having some major existential issues in regards to my career. I don't know if there is a true answer to this question, but I'd be grateful to receive any thoughts, experiences, or questions to ...
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Motivation/focus advice?

I have a job that I like with development chances that I appreciate. I genuinely believe I am lucky to have it. It's just that I am being so damn distracted and giving only 5% of my effort instead of ...
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How to motivate myself to do my own projects similar to my day job? [closed]

I got a new mobile development role about 6 months ago. I love it, the company and the people are great. I work from home too. Previously I’d been in web development roles and grew to hate it. I used ...
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Do they want me to leave?

I took a sick leave of more than 3 months after having neglected health problems, and an evaluation meeting exacerbated my situation. I completely lost interest in the project. My boss asserted once ...
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How to get motivated to work on tasks that doesn't help you improve

To me there are two aspects of any task assigned to a developer in a software project. These are not exclusive so a task can be (for example) 40% aspect 1 and 60% aspect 2: Task requires you to learn ...
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How does one know or convey to the boss that task is beyond my difficulty? [closed]

I work in a startup where I am the lone developer (there is one more person who is completely into different domain). So it's my boss who gives me tasks consulting a mentor who she knows. The problem ...
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Burnout - change industries?

I am a data analyst in the public sector and have been in various guises for the past 8-9 years. I am currently pretty well burnt out in my current role - all motivation has disappeared, work quality ...
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Motivation has dropped partly due to pessimistic views on work in general - burned out?

I've been in my current role for about three years, after graduating from University. I haven't really been impacted by COVID work-wise because I'm a software developer so I can WFH. Lately I've been ...
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Disagreements in project decisions led me to lose all motivation

We're a distributed team working on a new software project. My local team all joined around December, I joined in January. Nobody in my local team knows about the current codebase. Up until June, it ...
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Which kind of motivation software companies expects from applicant?

Some time ago I got a refusal after an interview because the company was looking for somebody who can "better express their motivation to work for Companyname". At this point I don't ...
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Should I start a new journey? [closed]

Almost a year after graduating, I work for a large company. I am highly motivated and passionate about my current job. I have never had any experience as a product manager, but I feel that I have been ...
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Refusing to increment productivity beyond salary raise

A software engineer in the team I lead was a very good worker and in the last two rounds and got a salary increase of the maximum the company allows. A couple of months ago, he said he was very ...
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How to give backend developers some limelight?

Recognition is one of the main topics discussed after employees surveys in our organization. One of the points raised in a recent survey is, developers want to get more chances to be seen and ...
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Decreasing motivation due to no operational tasks

Situation I work at a large multinational company where I am part of a smaller department consisting of around 30 people. I am a BI Developer/Analyst. I have no coworkers with a similar job ...
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Fired due to lack of motivation [closed]

So, I was fired a few weeks ago after being in place for ten months. I was told that my manager had come in to see me for a chat, and he said "It's not good news, the client wants to reduce the team ...
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What are some strategies to maintain morale and productivity after massive layoffs?

In what was perhaps a textbook example of bad optics, our company announced layoffs recently. To make things worse, the environment was such that many of us were personal friends as well as colleagues....
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How to make Coworkers/Employees feel their work is important

Every year we have a survey at our company where employees get to rate several different aspects of their employment. The results are important to us and we review them and try to improve things where ...
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Star developer didn’t get a promotion because he isn’t a people person, so he has scaled back his contributions. How can I motivate him?

I’m a VP at a financial institution and oversee a quasi fintech branch of our company. Two years ago, I hired a dev who turned out to be star. Great results putting him on one of our dev teams and ...
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One of my best engineers feels that he is slower than the rest of team, how can I determine the real problem (so I can solve it)?

I have a distributed scrum team and the developer in question is one of my best (produces quality code, knows his tech stack, can communicate well, etc). However, he keeps feeling like he doesn't ...
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My boss is motivated but is no longer engaged and suspects he is losing his job and this is making everyone feel unhappy, what can I do?

My boss is very clever and is highly motivated, often putting in more time than he needs. However, recently a number of people left the company, and everything seems to have came to a halt. My boss ...
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Bothered by watching coworkers slacking off

Situation I am working in a small office of 4 people, where 2 of us work independently and the 2 others are in a team. It has started to bother me that those 2 in the team are not getting much work ...
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I do not have tasks due to business analyst concerns

I'm working at some software startup. I'm well paid and the project needed to be built from scratch. Some months ago, I got hired as senior programmer, then I've designed and implemented a framework ...
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Am I being used more than my job role as a Graphic Designer? [closed]

I'm a Graphic Designer in a Digital marketing and design agency startup (8 months experience). I'm the only designer there. There's one person for copy writing and one director who checks my designs. ...
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What are some techniques to use to stop yourself from yawning during a long meeting?

I have always had a problem with yawning during long meetings (>1 hour) and I am interested in the techniques that people have used to keep themselves from yawning. I always start to yawn after about ...
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How to deal with (in my opinion) bad firmware design forced by my boss

First some back-story. We (4 Developers, 1 of them is my Boss) are currently in the process of designing a new iteration of one of our products. So my boss told me to come up with a new firmware-...
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Developers demotivated due to working on same project for more than 2 years

I am currently managing a team of 10 people for a project which was started 3 years ago, which will run for another year. I am not the manager, I am just the most senior developer (6yrs exp.) on the ...
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What to do when my ideas aren't chosen, when I strongly disagree with the chosen solution?

Bit of a psychological question I have here in relation to working as a programmer. In your work environment, when you're working on a particular system and that system needs to change due to ...
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I'm no longer enjoying my work. How can I revamp?

In September 2019, I will complete 5 years in the Software Engineering industry. Prior to this, I completed lots of personal projects during my undergrad days. I have lived with the code for the last ...
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How to get over being angry due to being laid off? [closed]

Due to circumstances beyond my control, a contract that I loved working on has been terminated with very little warning and I have been told my last day is Friday. I understand its business, the ...
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Seeing no perspective in job - low motivation [closed]

I'm currently working as a consultant in the it department of an company which is active in industry. I've studied computer science and my goal was to become a software developer. My job currently ...
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How can I motivate someone voluntarily giving me their time?

Backstory I'm developing a web-application for an active shooter defense training company. They go to organizations all around the country and teach them how to be best prepared for a horrible ...
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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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Wheaton's law rewritten as a company policy / company value [closed]

Wheaton's law: "Don't be a dick", we feel would be a excellent company policy or company value. But for obvious reasons we can not use that verbatim. What would be a more work appropriate way of ...
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How to deal with effort not being recognised?

I'm in the 4rth month of my compulsory, military service at the rank of Private. I'm knowledgeable and (un)lucky enough to be enlisted in the IT - Research Corps, so my military life so far has been ...
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Resigning from a job within months of starting [duplicate]

I have 4+ years of experience in the software industry. At my first job, I stayed for around 3.1 years I left my second job within a year (i.e in 9 months.) I left because I was not happy with the ...
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How do you incentivize employees with tough-to-measure roles?

I work in a sales development team as a solutions developer, i.e. I build sales and operations efficiency tools. So, one part of the department is made up of roles like mine; we do different tasks ...
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Showing up late at workplace [closed]

I recently (about 2 months ago) hired in a software development company as SysAdmin. The main reason I got hired was to improve my skills in SysAdmin and DevOps stuff, I had my own dedicated server ...
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How do I motivate usage of Git for the next maintainer?

I'm currently preparing to leave my company and writing extended documentation on the system for an eventual successor. An important note: I was the sole developer on the whole project for the last ...
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How do I keep myself motivated when working alone/at home?

I am working as a data scientist in a multi-country company. There are only 4 of us located in my particular country. The other 3 are often on the road, meaning that quite a lot of days, I am alone in ...
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