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Questions tagged [performance]

Questions regarding how well one is at performing tasks required of a job.

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Should I address a coworker's performance when working in a temporary team? (software development, no real oversight)

I'm a developer who just started doing some consulting work at a small third party company on a temporary basis (a few months). I was asked to help out on a small side project in a different team, as ...
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How do we improve the relationship with a client software team that performs poorly and is becoming less collaborative?

I work as a team leader in a team of 6 (2 very senior devs, 1 senior dev, 1 medium level dev, 1 junior dev and 1 senior graphic designer). Our client has his own internal team of 5 (1 architect, 2 ...
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Dealing with conflict between co-workers for non-work-related issue affecting their work

TL;DR version at the end. I am the unofficial head of a 10 person research team staffed mostly by medical professionals and I seem to have found myself in a bit of a pickle. After a grueling 6 month ...
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Linking Performance to Payment without destroying teams

Our company is in the middle of creating a new interdisciplinary team. Our boss for the interdisciplinary team is planning to restructure the way People are being promoted/paid. He does not want to ...
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Engineer refusing to file/disclose patents

We have a senior engineer on our team that routinely excels at his work. In addition to his regular work, our company has a patent program where engineers can write up a patent for a novel idea, and ...
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How to convince somebody that he is fit for something else, but not this job?

I interviewed one candidate. He was a petroleum engineer in the desert site. After 3 minutes of interviewing and checking his code quality, without concern of his background at all, he failed. One ...
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What to tell your next employer if you are being bullied into resigning from your current role?

Following on from this question I received a written warning for my performance, how can I save my job? where the person asking received a warning letter and later resigned, I am in a similar ...
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Dialog between manager and employee is mostly about discipline in technical sense when it should actually be about the employees skills

I am a technical lead for a team of consultants. We have a colleague who joined 1.5 years ago and has severe performance and some disciplinary problems. This employee has also a conflict with me - he ...
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I'm new, should I tell my boss about this other new colleague's bad approach/performance?

Since 1 month and a half I've started a new job. Since 2 weeks a new colleague joined as well, and the future plan for us is to work together more often (but on different things). We have already ...
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Confess slacking off due to lack of work and lost of motivation

TL;DR How do I tactfully apologize for slacking off and express my willingness to set things straight again, without sounding like it was completely my fault? After that, how do I approach the topic ...
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Unfair compensation for work done outside the team?

I am a Software Engineer living in the US with 3 years of experience. I am an expert in a particular technology T that is widely used in my company. I also speak at conferences, and have taught a ...
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Is an installation of Adobe Photoshop on a personal computer a reasonable grounds for immediate termination? [closed]

I recently was quite unexpectedly let go from my current company for reasons unbenownst to me (official reasoning was 'lack of performance'. They said they had had 'multiple meetings with me' to try ...
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My boss does not “believe” me how good I am

I'm a Software Engineer and I think I'm very good at it, at least much better than my colleagues so recently I have asked my boss for a raise (I named a concrete number). He told me that he thinks ...
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I unexpectedly got a very negative annual performance review - What can I do to spot this earlier in the future?

I recently had an annual performance review in my Full Stack Developer, the first review I have gotten in about 11 months after being at the company for around a year and a half. On the self ...
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Employee (my direct report) underperforming due to religious fasting - how to address?

As a line manager, I've "inherited" (from a previous boss who has left the company) an employee who carries out a fast (i.e., not eating) during the day for a period of time as part of a religious ...
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Am I overly concerned about a newly hired Senior Developer with low performance? [closed]

TLDR: This is my first time having to deal with is apparently incompetent behavior as a Lead Dev (note: I am NOT in a superior/management position). Am I being too critical? What actions should I ...
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Ridiculous performance metric works in my favor

I am an admittedly mediocre software developer working for a mid-sized company. Earlier this year, I got into a spat with somebody else on my team over merge conflicts. Being the stubborn person ...
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Confessions of an incompetent worker. How to cope with colleagues hating me and failing in self improvement?

As the title above explains it all, yes, I suck at my job. Almost 2 years into my job as a system engineer for the IT department of a manufacturing firm, I can confidently do about a portion of my ...
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How can I bridge the gap between my employees’ productivity and my boss’s expectation?

I am a new manager in charge of a very small team of engineers. My bosses do not have an engineering background but they have expectations about the productivity of my engineers. I believe my bosses ...
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How to deal with under-performing teammate when boss doesn't notice? [duplicate]

I work in a small company but my team has currently grown to include well over a dozen people. We all report to the same boss. This big team is broken up into sub-teams (each sub-team has no manager)....
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My programmer underestimates deadlines or is just lazy

Since august, I have had a software programmer in my charge and I became the project leader of my area. She went well with learning things about our area, configuring some tasks, but ever since I ...
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10+ years in the job and placed under PIP [closed]

I am over 10+ years in the job providing customer service in supply chain logistics. It is a sort of a cross functional role that requires a certain knowledge about freight forwarding / supply chain / ...
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Key Performance Indicators for HR [closed]

I'm currently working in a tech based startup as a HR Manager and it's been only 5 months that I got into this role. My manager is asking me to set up the KPIs for HR and come up with performance ...
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Talking to employer about low performance due to new baby and lack of sleep

I'm a senior software developer at my company. My boss has always been really happy with my work and we've got on really well. I've always got good performance reviews and been confident in my ...
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Am I being overly critical and unfair to my coworker or is she being entitled?

About a year ago my boss was fired, and I was put in his place as a new manager. Our team was already understaffed, so I ended up doing several jobs, including team lead, project lead and PM for a big ...
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How can I politely tell a fellow contractor that I'm very disappointed in the effort he's put into an assigned task?

Quick summary: I "manage" a contract software developer whose efforts are substandard, and before I say something to our mutual employer, I'd like to find a way to light a fire under him and get him ...
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Strategies to talk about my low perfomance to my boss

After reading the answers to Fired for the third time especially this one, I think I'm one of those who refactor code too much. I already got the feeling I'm not delivering before this, because I ...
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How to get clearer feedback on direction and level of satisfaction of (new) employer (small business)?

EDIT: I know 2 weeks is a short time period but in Asia employers tend to evaluate rather quickly. Plus due to financial concerns with small businesses a 'highly-paid' (relative to other jobs etc) ...
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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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Performance bonus everyone except me [closed]

I worked for this company which went into administration. Most employees lost their jobs including me. A couple of departments were kept there and both were given increased wages and a performance and ...
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I undersold my success during an important meeting - is a correction possible?

I took over tasks in the area A for the market for which I am working. There are about 20+ markets in total. It's possible to objectively access how good you perform tasks in the area. There's one KPI ...
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How to get back into the working frame of mind on returning to work from a long break?

I had an accident in May which gave me an elbow fracture. I was on medical leave for 50 days. I have come back to work now but I feel very lost at work. I work as a development editor at a publishing ...
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Freelance co-worker not doing anything at all [duplicate]

TLDR: Alice is not doing her job and I end up pushing all the activities and doing her tasks because I'm afraid of being let go. Should I inform management about this ? The backstory: I've been ...
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Should I ask for a pay rise every year?

Is it unprofessional, or at least not recommended, to ask year on year for a pay rise? My performance is consistently being rated as achieving the expected standard or higher in my performance ...
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Is this “career ladder” HR tool commonly used? [closed]

My first job was with a large multinational that had a very comprehensive HR department. When I joined the company, HR gave new employees a lot of useful information, including a “career ladder” table....
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Project teammate having unrevealed problems and affecting performance

Some background: I work as a Software Manager in Singapore. We accept & develop software projects for client in a team. My project team and I have been working on a project for around 9 months ...
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Joel Test equivalent for a high-performing digital marketing teams?

The Joel Test is a great, simple way to measure the quality of a software development team. It's just 12 questions: Do you use source control? Can you make a build in one step? Do you make daily ...
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Performance Indicator Advice [closed]

Could I seek some guidance please on how to design a performance indicator? The workflow is related to data analytics from digital devices such as computer hard drives. Each task allocated to a ...
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Can my supervisor verbally put me in Performance improvement plan(PIP) from past date? [closed]

My supervisor has mentioned recently in an email that I am in PIP, however I am not aware if I agreed for any PIP and since which day I am in PIP. Also, I have never singed any documents for PIP not ...
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I am irreplaceable but cannot do my job due dependency on incapable colleagues' work [closed]

I work for a small company of about 10 employees. The owner comes from an entirely different field. I was the first employee he hired. I used my experience in this field to help him build the company, ...
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Employees are gaming their performance metrics, instead of doing what's best for the company

I'd have expected that all employees are expected to do what's best for the company. However this appears to be an ideal that's not reached in practice, and people seem fixated on hitting their key ...
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Is it professional to be too specific about a person's behavior even if it impacts work?

If someone is not using their time efficiently thereby causing extra work and delays to other colleagues obviously this is something to report to the manager to deal with. But when the usage of the ...
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Poor performance [closed]

working with a startup that has an app with thousands of users. last two releases to Test flight have resulted in crashes. don't know the cause since the App works flawlessly on my end. I also have no ...
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My manager's high expectations are affecting my internship reviews and jeopardising my graduation

TLDR I am concerned that I will fail my internship due to unusually high expectations from my manager. It could be due to the very polished impression I gave on my interview. What steps should I ...
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How openly should transferring an underperformer from a team happen? [duplicate]

I am a technical team lead. We have an under performer in the team (he joined one month ago, and is not picking up fast enough). We will most likely remove him from our team. What are the positive ...
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How can you give negative or constructive feedback to your manager?

As mentioned in another question I am part of a new team that is not performing well. The main reason is the relatively newly promoted manager (with a bit of "help" from some team members). The whole ...
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What are the most common ways for small companies to track performance & feedback, if any? [closed]

For companies with < 200 employees, especially in tech, is performance & feedback tracking typically seen as mandatory, a big plus, or unnecessary? And when it does exist, what are the most ...
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Explain in interview being fired twice in short interval? [duplicate]

I got fired today from a company I joined about 3 months ago. Before that I was fired from another company after joining them for 2 months. Both positions were as a Software Engineer and from both it ...
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What to make of a very small performance bonus

Quick note: I will try to make this as concise and non-ranty as possible. Background: I've been working at a large company in the US for about 18 months, it's my first "real job", and so far, things ...
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Is changing employment term contract and asking for a per project rate in current employment good? [closed]

I am working as a consultant in an organisation, I get good pay of which I save 80% even after living well. But I see there are some other consultants who get paid less but the difference is 10x in ...