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

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How to interpret a "Thank you for all your hard work" statement before actual completion of work?

When your supervisor or team lead says, thank you for all your hard work towards the end of the project , but the project has not concluded and some work still pending, are they being sarcastic or ...
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How to deal with a colleague who has a really bad performance

I am a team leader for a SW Team which got freshly merged with another team. One of the new team members (call him Member X) is showing really bad performance and most of his tasks only get finished ...
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How do I provide clear goals for a PIP when the developer's mistakes are ambiguous and varied?

Context: I recently joined a software development company as a manager where previously my team of developers did not have a formal manager. The oversight given to the developers was unsupportive at ...
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How to calculate and set value of performance each individual? [closed]

Industry Type: IoT I want make startup which the Leader is just formality. And so the system of startup basically everyone in startup are called Contributor: There are two type of contributors. ...
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How to deal with low performer team leader from a direct report perspective?

Context The development team is basically made up of three devs and the team leader. This setup is in place for about six months. We are working using the SCRUM methodology. The main issue is that the ...
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Resentment and its Effect on Performance and Reputation

So I have been employed with my current company for about 6 months or so as a software engineer. This company is a Silicon Valley type technology company of a modest size. Unfortunately, I ended up ...
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How to add value to the team

Can you please advise how to get better at adding value to the work I do /team(at the same time keeping my skills updated )? I feel a lot happy when I have made an impact. So we are going to have a ...
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Employee doesn't listen to my demands

So I have a developer working on dockerizing one of our application for production. The thing is that it's already done for development, and he has been taking a lot of time doing it. He also is doing ...
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Is it common to be dismissed during the probation period?

Recently I started a new job in a publishing company and is serving a 6 month probation period. It is my first job since I graduated 6 months ago. I feel that many people are scrutinizing my work ...
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How to deal with underperforming associate and un-involved manager?

I have been in this company for more than 5 years now. I started as an associate when the initial team was being built from ground up. When I joined, I was the second member and in all we had a team ...
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Should I even show up tomorrow, after being put on a Performance Improvement Plan? [closed]

I got put on a Performance Improvement Plan this afternoon. What would be the consequences of just putting my computer in a box for the courier and mailing it into my company? I am a software ...
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Proper to Escalate a Manager that didn't follow correct PIP Protocol

I've tried to make this concise as possible so please bear with me. This is related to my earlier question (Employee barely working due to Mental Health issues), in which the summary is: In March ...
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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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Extracting work from people who are on PIPs but who we also cannot fire?

I work on a team of seven software developers where two of them have basically just given up. They got put on performance improvement plans, but instead of upping their game they are basically waiting ...
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Fast-paced environments, corporate culture, well paced environments for software engineers? [closed]

The term "fast-paced" environment appears often in job descriptions for software engineers. From a software engineering perspective, among other things, this may imply pressure to produce ...
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How to open conversation about low performance of the team

I'm working as a part of a team, I'm a backend developer. I work with two front-end developers. Last three sprints we missed delivery on things that were related to the front-end. My work is usually (...
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Low energy levels throughout the day

I’m struggling with my energy levels over the course of day, after it hits mid-day my brain starts to shut off, where I find it hard to focus on concentrate, brain fog and generally feel very fatigued ...
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How to deal with potential PIP?

I have been in a Tech company in USA for a few months and I work in a team of 4 people which includes me. The company is going through many reorganizations and I have seen a few long term and short ...
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What to do when underperforming in project [closed]

I have joined a IT company in last November 2020. I didn't get any training from the company but other joinees had training. I am basically from an electronics and telecommunication background. So I ...
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How to handle a poorly performing employee who's potentially suicidal

I have a subordinate who has in the past expressed suicidal thoughts. His performance over the past 6-8 months has been unacceptable. He has numerous documented coaching and performance improvement ...
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Probation extended at appraisal

I've had an appraisal at work at the end of my 6 month probation and have been told my employer isn't satisfied with my performance and has extended my probation for a further 3 months. At the ...
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How to effectively quit in place and transfer as much time to professional development?

I am a developer who graduated in 2016 and am in my third job. I am currently concerned that my resume makes me look like a job hopper because I am one. But I also have no interest in being at my ...
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How to handle social interactions with someone I fired for poor performance?

I fired someone for poor performance several months ago, and they haven't signed their severance paperwork yet so I am actively worried about litigation. I saw last weekend that they just joined my ...
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Handed notice in - suddenly not doing anything right

I recently handed my notice in at my current employer. My company notice period in my contract is 3 months. I have a fair bit of work to do before I leave, which is alright, and this workload goes ...
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Is the practice of numerical target-setting in performance management supported or refuted by any research?

In the field of performance management, numerical target-setting is common, and recommended by many management resources (example). However, there are also many sources which warn against the practice ...
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What could be the trade-offs between managing under-performers or just letting them go?

A number of years ago, I wasn't as passionate about my job as I currently am, so I know that for someone to develop the necessary degree of passion, enthusiasm, and work ethic to perform really well, ...
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How do you control performance in tasks with unquantifiable output?

Let's say you're asking an employee to research the internet for the the best accounting software. Let's say you are giving him some guiding criteria what should be understood by "best". Is ...
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Should I talk confidentially to HR about my unattainable sales goals

Summary: Should I discreetly discuss with HR how I don't believe I - or anyone - will be successful in my position at our company? I work at a large multinational in an industrial B2B role as BDM for ...
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Raising Constructive Concerns about Senior Employee's Sub-Par Performance

There is a senior software developer who has been at my company for a few years, who I don't feel lives up to what is expected of a senior developer - I think that he's out of his depth. My company ...
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Poor Internship Experience - Next Steps

I got an internship of 8 months from January to August. It was for a customer service role and my main job was to use SAP and enter orders for the most part. A lot of emails but overall, it wasn't too ...
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Is a weekly one on one leading to performance management?

The situation: I've read a few other similar topics here, but mine appears to be fairly unique. I've been at this company for 9 months, we've had the last 3 months working from home during COVID-19 ...
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Boss says that I'm pretty a good worker but not as good as XXX

I had a casual conversation with my boss while running errand with him today. When the discussion came to my work he said that I'm pretty good but not as good of a worker as ___ who was a previous ...
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Manager constantly giving bad reviews no matter what I do

I work as a developer in a multinational company. I work there since last November. At first, I landed in a project in which we had almost no work until January/February. When I started getting tasks, ...
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SMART goals for improving knowledge transfer/training abilities

I have some newcomers on my team who are somewhat lacking in certain technical skills and my boss has asked me to help them get up to speed. I've been put in this role many times over the years, ...
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No task been assigned by manager

Daily we have to fill timesheets and details on the project/task we have worked on upto hour level. Somedays I don't have any task that have been assigned to me. I have asked to my manager to assign ...
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Who should be driving performance discussions? The manager or the employee?

Whose responsibility is to setup one-on-one meetings? Is it the manager or the employee? What about performance reviews? My manager just sent a schedule for performance review and said I will work ...
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How to become more “pragmatic/efficient”?

I am quite a perfectionist and I like elegant and lean solutions. The problem is that I notice that this is not what is valued in my company... I've been working as a software-developer in mid-sized ...
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Panic attacks before performance review

I always have these mini panic attacks prior to performance reviews when I know I did not do a good job. It's something that comes from my school days from when I used to wait for my term grades and ...
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Is it a good idea to measure productivity in lines of code written/changed?

I’m a software coordinator and management wants a numerical assessment of all employees in the company. I am not a developer myself. The only numbers I could think of are lines of code and changes (...
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Am I about to get fired for poor performance?

I'm a new grad 6 months in to a startup job and am loving it, but I don't think they are loving me. I was hired mainly for my skills related to subject A but I have been tasked mostly with subject B. ...
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One of my subordinates ignores my instructions

So I'm a marketing coordinator at this hearing aids local company. We generate 7 leads/day through social media and paid media. Every lead we generate we send to our only call center operator, she ...
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I'm not a culture fit at my new company - is it dangerous to stay?

I'm at my first job out of school. I'm one of 12ish engineers, but everyone else has a totally different working style than me: Everyone else comes in at 7am and stays until 6pm. We're only required ...
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Establishing a productivity measurement for an outbound-only Call Center?

I am currently trying to establish how to hold a team of outbound-only reps accountable for production each day. I don't want to set an arbitrary number, but I do find it increasingly difficult to get ...
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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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Employer says they want Quality & Quantity, but only pays bonuses based on the latter

I work in a company that, like any other company, expects high quality and quantity of the product (service). I am a quality person who meets the production demands. However, many of my colleagues ...
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Presenting good work in a better way [closed]

I work at a really great company were my boss and even my boss's boss really care for me. Because i'm mentally ill, they do stuff like cover for me in talks to the company owner. I pay them back by ...
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Underperforming in my new-ish (~1 year) role but boss hasn't said anything even with prompting in regular catch-ups. What if anything should I do?

I started a role at a new company about a year ago but due to various factors I don't think I've been able to get "up to speed" as much as they perhaps expected (it was a new role to the company, so ...
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Probably terminated or laid off soon; confront or not?

TL;DR: Saw some stuff that seems to mean I'll be soon laid-off; confront them about the fact I saw it or wait for the other shoe to drop? Put in effort at current place, or on interviewing? To stave ...
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Colleague cannot put down her phone... even while teaching!

A colleague cannot put down her phone, not for a moment. She's a lecturer in English. Today I came into one of her classes, and she was holding her phone in front of her face with one hand while ...
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First dev job. Am I just a bad developer, or is my company/coworkers the problem? [closed]

Here's my current situation: I am a junior PHP developer since almost 2 years, previously only QA Never got a proper introduction or overview, still often encounter code/entire projects I've never ...
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