Questions tagged [performance]

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

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Avoiding the terror of a Performance Improvement Plan

Over my career, I have needed to take several team members through a PIP (performance improvement plan). I was also given a PIP during one job. From both sides of the coin, there are many things ...
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Held responsabile for not playing a role that I was never assigned [closed]

Just got my review from direct manager, among other things he is claminig my lack of urgency and thus giving me a lower score. After thinking a bit was able to identify the situation where I have ...
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I'm on a PIP but really need this job. Should I ask for a lower salary?

I am a 55 years old programmer. In my career I worked with too many technologies. Jack of all trades master of none, as they say. My brain is filled up to the brim and new technologies get harder to ...
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Supervisor slow to give me new responsibilities after my father passed away

A year and a half ago I graduated college with a degree in EE and started working at a big company in my home town. At the time, my father was terminally ill with cancer (which was a large factor in ...
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How to handle rumours in the workplace?

I've been with my company for over two years and feel my performance has been good. We don't have performance reviews, so I don't know how my colleagues feel. Recently, I have heard overheard rumours ...
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Would a manager give a more positive performance review than deserved?

I recently had my first performance review, and I was given a very positive review. This was far better than I expected my review to be, especially comparing my skills and knowledge to other, ...
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can I ask for a raise even when I'm paid way above the top?

The fact is that I'm already being paid over the top and a raise seems very odd. The way I got to my current salary was because I was counter offered two times in a year, two years ago. I learn real ...
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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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Meeting with my boss about underperformance?

I'm working as a senior developer in a software company and recently started a new project. However, the project is based on some technologies that no one on the team (and even in the company) has a ...
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What can my boss do to help? [closed]

I've got a somewhat complicated situation at work. For the past three years I've been recovering from mental illness. Two years ago I was offered a job at my current employer and accepted. My recovery ...
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What to do when your company consider estimates are part of your KPI? [closed]

I’m a software developer working for a finance firm of about 50 employees, 15 of which developers. I joined the company less than one year ago on a contract. I’ve recently been praised for my ...
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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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How to grow yourself when your task is not specific? [closed]

I have been working on different tasks chosen by myself as a specific task is not allocated. I am free to choose tasks. Due to lack of a specific job task and needing to work on different tasks I find ...
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Notice period for resignation (to counter PIP) [closed]

This question is closely related to this Accept PIP or resign? question, but is slightly different. I am a victim of a conspiracy by my supervisor. He has been hatching a plot against me for the last ...
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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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fake poor performance - how to deal with it?

My friend is going through a not-easy period at work. She is a sales person, and her performance at the moment, is far from stellar. She works in a pharmaceutical company, where her results are ...
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Supervisor apparently making it appear that our team underperformed and we indirectly caused client not to pay full [closed]

Since I posted my question about how to leave my contract because I was inconsistently paid, I have sought other jobs below radar. The following events have happened: My colleagues came to me with ...
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As a scrum master, how do I get everyone to take deadlines seriously?

Overview I'm a scrum master and also manager of an average team and honestly its my first time I'm responsible to manage a group of developers more than 10 people(around 12). So maybe my question ...
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How to handle constant improvement feedbacks at work?

How to handle constant feedback from your scrum master in your team that you need to improve, and that you have not still reached that stage? How can I convey my message to him that this needs to ...
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My company wants us to recognize our coworkers' performance and reward the people with the most “votes”

I work for a small software company. A new system being instituted as a part of performance reviews is to ask if you want to recognize any coworkers for their contributions. The people with the most "...
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How do you ask for help when you're trying to prove yourself? [closed]

This might be a very unique situation, but here are the details of my problem. I was accepted as a front-end developer in startup with very good foundation. During the course of my application, the "...
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How to measure performance as a recent grad in a research-based startup?

TL;DR: I love the flexibility at my job, but I'm a recent grad with no mentor and unable to quantify performance. Some Background: I'm a recent grad working at a small startup focused on research ...
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Minimum staffing for a 24-hour coverage requirement [closed]

The company I work for has a requirement to provide 24/7/365 coverage for many of its products, and it tries to do so with only three people to cover the particular product to which I'm assigned. Up ...
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Does it make sense to grow a cost-sink? [closed]

Let's say I'm in an area of a business that is a cost sink: something like customer support. In this support realm there's a KPI that's based on Net Promoter Score. NPS is more or less used in ...
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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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performance punishment - should I go on sick leave? (Netherlands) [closed]

I'm an expat in The Netherlands working in the Dutch office of a large international company. The office is too small to have a trade union so there is no union representation and we have no HR people ...
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What exactly is the meaning of taking ownership in a project?

What exactly is the meaning of taking ownership in a project? I have heard lot of managers say this. Since this is very commonly used and at the same time, not part of formal education, I want to know ...
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How do I deal with my colleague criticizing me all the time?

I work in a project/team in my organisation which comprises of 6 people. One of my team members has a very bad habit of criticizing me and it seems that he wants to snub me on every little thing. He ...
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Asked to make purchase but I am not able

I am the junior most employee working in a consulting company. Recently my senior asked me to purchase some equipment for him while he was away on travel. The equipment is very expensive and I do not ...
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Impact of music on working performance [closed]

Is there any scientific research on impact of listening music when working to performance and quality of programming work? It seems some employers consider listening to music as a negative ...
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Excellent Performance earlier yet I'm asked to go [closed]

I'm an MBA from a premier institute and work as a manager with a big MNC. I'm responsible for handling a major area in my country. Although I only have 3 years experience, my performance has been ...
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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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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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How to implement work-to-rule in software development [closed]

I'm looking for ways how to implement work-to-rule to make software developer work as inefficient as it can be but still follow the permanent job contract rules. The question is how to do strike but ...
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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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Alternatives to seeking a new job?

Me I'm having a lot of trouble getting out of bed in the morning and going to work. When I started, I would show up 15-20 minutes early and be really excited. When I had my midyear review, they told ...
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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 to get introverted/quiet staff to open up as their manager

Normally I'm fine with quiet staff as their manager as long as they're performing okay. But I have one particular staff member (programmer) who's particularly slow. I've tried to discuss their overall ...
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Employee performance- working on personal business while being paid by employer

I have an employee who has started a Soccer Golf League in our area. His quality, quantity, and timeliness have taken a nose dive. I am certain that he is working on his start up company while ...
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After my boss got transfered to a different section, said he misses me everyday-New development [closed]

I (female, 29) have worked with this boss (male, 45) for 1.5 years. He was very supportive, all the time. Recently he got transferred to a different section of my department. I needed some advice on a ...
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How to explain being discharged for “performance reasons” to future employers? [duplicate]

I worked for the City of Jacksonville as a support developer for a year and a half. I worked for their systems fixing and upgrading multiple applications, over 200 tickets in that period. At the end, ...
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CEO thinks that our intern is fantastic. Should I correct him? [duplicate]

Our company is small, less than 10 people. All hiring decisions are made by our CEO, with little to no input from our CTO. We have had an intern developer for a few months. Our CEO seems to think ...
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Socializing as a poor performer

I am relatively new to my organization. For many reasons, I am not performing very well. I am behind on my projects, and although I feel that in my few-month tenure, I have produced decent work under ...
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What feedback should I ask for in a performance review?

I've been working for a company for 8 months and I have asked for a feedback session from my boss. I'm interested generally to know what he thinks of my work, but what specific areas should I ask ...
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Performance Improvement Plan severance?

About a month ago I had posted this question about being put on a PIP: recently-put-on-a-performance-improvement-plan-do-these-details-sound-fair So here's my question today. I'm still at the ...
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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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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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Unsure if employee I manage is abusing “unlimited sick leave” policy [duplicate]

A colleague who reports to me has been taking sick days (back issues etc... and, we have unlimited sick day policy). However, it looks like it has not made significant dent on life outside of work - ...
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How to Motivate Interns

We are a local gov't organization, who gets batches of Interns to help with specific help desk. These Interns are college students from local university who are required to do internship. If they have ...
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Explain that job uncertainty is affecting my ability to do work?

Should I tell my boss that job uncertainty is affecting my ability to do work? If so, how best to explain? I am a developer working on a contract basis for an organization and manager I like and ...