Questions tagged [performance]

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

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I received a written warning for my performance, how can I save my job?

The Situation I just walked out of a conversation with my boss. The HR person from the head office also joined us via phone. I was served with a written warning 'for consistent disregard of work and ...
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How can I deal with being told I ask too many questions?

I was just put on a Performance Improvement Plan (PIP) after six months at my first job out of college. I know this means I'm probably going to get fired when the time is up, but I would still like ...
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Boss's son does no work at all, how to handle it [duplicate]

We have a colleague who, quite frankly, does not work. The only exception is when the boss asks him to do a specific job; in this instance, he will do it (although usually in 5 minutes but make out ...
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How to handle undeservedly positive feedback

As a recent Computer Science graduate I've gotten a position as a Junior Dev. My team has 6 people, a BA, two Senior devs, a tester, and a team lead (Dev background), all of whom have 10+ years of ...
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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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What is the best course of action when someone is performing sub-par in your team?

I've been in a couple situations where a member of the group pulls a lot less weight than the rest of us. Usually the manager doesn't realize. However after seeing people like that get credit for ...
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In a company without 1-on-1s or structured feedback, what can I do to understand how I can improve my performance?

We primarily receive feedback for what we deliver, but not how we deliver, how we can improve, what we can improve, and how we work (except if it's a serious lack of discipline of course). I am now ...
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What to do when your manager won't give you your annual performance review?

My manager is four months late for conducting my performance review. Everyone else I know received it back in July and have already received their salary increase. The deadline for reviews passed a ...
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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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My seasonal illness makes it hard for me to work autonomously and learn new/difficult concepts, generally reducing my performance

I am typically a top performer and a hard worker, but my seasonal hay fever is making life (work) hell. Besides sniffling, which irritates some of my colleagues, I often get drowsy from medication ...
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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 do I know I'm not unknowingly messing up my software apprenticeship?

I'm currently in the second year of my apprenticeship as a software developer in Germany. My day-to-day work consists of getting tasks, doing them and then handing them off to the customer (other ...
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I just got an invite for a meeting with my boss and boss's boss titled “Performance Improvement Plan”. Should I be worried? [closed]

This is the first time I am hearing about this. I have a questions: What can one typically expect in a meeting such as this? I have been at this company for more than a year now and this is my first ...
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Mental Issues from Lack of Movement - how to Address?

I'm a year into my first career step, working as a software -developer/-architect/-programmer/etc for a company of less than 20 people. During the past year, I've developed anxiety, depression, rage ...
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How do I address poor performance that is exacerbated by religious practices?

My line report has poor attention to detail at the best of times. From typos to major coding errors to faulty numbers entering draft reports. I have raised these issues with him and we are resolving ...
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How can I best handle a star performer on a small team who feels no one else is good enough? [duplicate]

I have a small team and lately my star performer has been marching to a different tune. This person feels that no one else is good enough and doesn't seem to like it if others offer a differing design ...
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How to explain reluctance to delegate is because of ineptness of others?

I'm being criticised for 'reluctance' to delegate. In fact I am pretty happy to delegate (maybe too much so... - I'm quite lazy) given competent people. NB: I don't have perfectionist standards of ...
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Is automating my job a good idea? [duplicate]

Recently I landed a part-time job re-sizing images for a local custom-printing business, and while I'm really excited to start working, I couldn't help but notice the obvious flaw in the fact that ...
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What to do when you've been thrown under the bus at the office? [closed]

Recently, I was the technical architect for a well-intentioned project at work. Though the project was not well conceived, it was making slow progress toward its goal. I walked into a meeting with ...
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I offended an employee by discussing his performance. Should I try to make amends?

I have an employee that I think has been underperforming the last few months. I don't have a "smoking gun" to prove that he is underperforming, however I do have some circumstantial evidence and a gut ...
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How do I demonstrate excellence working in poorly understood or non-core roles?

Organizations usually have one or more main goals (e.g. revenue sources for a company, mission statements for a government department or charity) and many staff directly work toward them. For example, ...
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How to be more effective when working “alone” and with no prompt feedback

I am used to working (as a software engineer) as part of teams with team members working together closely, where the technical supervisor/lead more or less controls the flow of the work and interacts ...
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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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One of my reports is slacking off. Should I move him to a different desk so his screen is visible to others?

For a long time now, one of my team members has been much less productive than I'd expect someone in his role to be. He seems to waste a lot of time with non-work related things. I've brought his poor ...
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If I am consistently underperforming, how do I know it's time to resign or ask for another assignment/project?

As I mentioned in another question, I feel I am no longer delivering an excellent work, despite having previously been one of the most dedicated employees who was promoted also very quickly. I am ...
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Accept PIP or resign? [closed]

I am a victim of a conspiracy by my supervisor. He has been hatching a plot against me for the last six months behind my back and I have been informed very recently of the consequences. I am told that ...
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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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I am slated to be put on performance improvement plan for sixty days, I have one week to decide & I don't know what to do [closed]

I am creating a new question with an update to this question of mine. So the meeting happened & as some of answers had expected, my boss's boss was there as a witness. I am going to be really ...
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Recovering from getting fired twice

First off, this is a bit of me fishing for encouragement which I desperately need. I was an economics student in College, and in the first job out of school (which I hated) I discovered a knack for ...
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Handling employee who has disclosed anxiety and depression [closed]

We're new business owners in Australia. We were only a couple of weeks in to our business when we moved a confident employee who really wanted to work for us (with a customer-facing role) from casual ...
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Can I ask HR to put me on a PIP? [closed]

Two months ago, I joined to a new IT company with negative feedback from my previous manager, as a full-time tester. During these 2 months, I have been working part-time for 3 weeks (4h/day) in a ...
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I have so many problems I cannot focus on work - should I resign? [closed]

I have a huge amount of personal problems that take a lot of time, including being worried and trying to sort a few things out. But I can neither focus on one nor the other properly when I am at work -...
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How a status email should look like? [closed]

I'm working for small well growing company handling offshore projects. Here I'm working as a Software Developer(not experienced) Here is my problem, Currently I have been shifted to a new project and ...
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Attitude to take following reported user complains [closed]

I am apparently getting bad feedback from clients recently. My manager, which I don't have a good relationship with, re-opened my yearly objectives to add their feedback as an objective to be solved. ...