Questions tagged [performance]

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

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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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My boss wants to get rid of me - what should I do?

Brief story: I work as IT support in a bank. I am an analyst who just graduated from university and my boss is a VP 10-May-2019: My boss told me they will put me on an informal "performance ...
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How to deal with manager not bringing up problems?

I work at a small company with ~20 employees at my location. I'm the supervisor that closes the store two of the seven days of the week. Recently I found one of my closing checklists from almost a ...
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What can I do to provide better performance feedback for my peers?

I work in a software company. We have 2 performance cycles annually where we are supposed to provide feedback for all our peers. However, I struggle to find drawbacks/improvement-areas for my peers. ...
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Received a poor performance review 4 months ago and have not received the required “performance plan”. What can I do?

In late January of this year I received a very poor annual performance review. I received the level of "Needs Improvement", which states "A performance plan must accompany an overall rating of NEEDS ...
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How does being on a PIP affect my relocation bonus and future business trip?

Last year, I moved to a different state of the US to start a new job. The company gave me a signing bonus to assist with the relocation. If I leave the company within 2 years of starting, my offer ...
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Can my manager threaten me with firing over not collecting enough email addresses?

I work in sales. Every time customer makes a purchase I have to ask if the customer would like an electronic receipt. Most customers do not want it, and as a result I have only taken 10% of email ...
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Performance reduction as result of religious accommodation [duplicate]

Employers, in the U.S., are obligated to provide various religious accommodations to their employees, e.g. reasonable prayer breaks etc. But some religious pracices require types of abstinence, such ...
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New hire (closing on 4 months) is inadequate, and I am torn between telling my boss or just keep quiet

My company has basically 3 tiers of data scientists: junior, associate, and senior. I am myself an associate. Juniors should be under the supervision of another employee, associates should be able to ...
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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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