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 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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How can we motivate employees to complete IT certificates?

Our company is an IT service provider which develops software for other companies. To attract customers, we encourage our employees to complete and maintain IT certifications (like Java certificates ...
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How can I motivate myself to work on projects I don't believe in or care about? [closed]

I am generally pretty good at getting stuff done. In fact that's my reputation. I am very productive as long as I think the project is interesting or think it will do a lot to help our company and/...
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How can I successfully change job fields?

I have made a career change from IT software developer to software developer in mechatronics. Though I am familiar and confident with the programming aspect of the job scope, I am not yet completely ...
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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 stay motivated when it feels that senior colleagues aren't?

I passed out of my college with a degree in computer science about 2 years back and since then I have worked in a multi-national firm which pays me decently well. I am sincerely interested 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 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 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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How to gain motivation to do “boring” work?

I am an intern at an auditing firm. Completing this internship is mandatory to become a qualified chartered accountant. I like this profession, but sometimes I have to do boring jobs for which I have ...
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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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How can I become a confident developer again?

So here's the story: I'm a recent CS grad who has been working for a government company for about half a year, not because it was my first choice, but because I took their university scholarship and I ...
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How can I reinvigorate my passion behind my work if nobody at my job really cares?

Over the past 7 months, I've been working at a company programming/improving small little utilities and also doing a couple mundane daily tasks. I've come to realize that my boss is a Mort (this is ...
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How can we encourage people to visit conferences or do anything else to improve skills?

We're a small team of around 15-20 people. Around 70% of them are really passionate in what they're doing, visit conferences, spend even their weekends on hackathons and have a big progress in their ...
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How can I convince my boss to invest into the developer environment?

Our boss said that developers should have fewer mistakes so the company would have money for displays, servers etc. An always mentioned example is a late firing of an underperforming colleague whose ...
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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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Does reviewing employees for raises by ranking them have a negative effect?

If a department is going through an annual review for its employees to determine raises (and/or potential promotions), does basing the review off ranking the employees against each other have a ...
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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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How to motivate people (employer perspective) [closed]

I'd like to apologize in advance for a lengthy problem description, however I am interested in the community's opinion and I'm asking this from the employer perspective. My company deals primarily ...
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How to keep an officeroom clean with 10+ people?

we're working with 10-15 people in the same room and unfortunately there's no cleaning service. This leads to some untidy places/behaviours, like old cartons lying around, a messy fridge, empty cans ...
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How to motivate a junior team member who has been procrastinating and is being somewhat careless

I'm a team lead and I have a team member who has a little more than an year's experience. He is basically smart and capable but he has been having an issue for couple of months and I have not been ...
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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 ...