Questions tagged [productivity]

Questions about the ability to get work done in an efficient manner

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Team member is constantly distracted - how to approach?

There is a one of my team members who is constantly distracted by personal communication (phone calls, messages). That started a couple of weeks ago and obviously affects his productivity. I tried ...
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Is there any good personal task management app which can show all tasks on one page? [migrated]

I am going through some famous task management apps like wunderlist, google tasks, microsoft todo but none of them provides one feature I need. Each of them give a feature to create many folders and ...
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Should I reveal my mistake after project delivery? [duplicate]

I was working on a project, as assigned by my manager. It was completed, reviewed and delivered, and is now under maintenance. While I was searching through code (for a different purpose) I realized ...
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Boss complains that there are too many people in the morning coffee run at small company [closed]

Upper management (who are the owners of the company) recently brought up that there are too many people going on the morning coffee run at a nearby cafe at once, and that it "disrupts the work ...
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As an intern with ADHD, how to be able to focus on badly engaging tasks?

I am what in english could be more closely described as a paid intern. I am happy with my position so far, a month in, it isn't perfect, but I don't need it to be. In my software developer internship,...
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How to handle myself with a coworker who keeps requesting too frequent status updates, repeating my tasks completely and in full every day?

There is an employee I work with who is effectively my customer, where the work I do is for the benefit of his department, and he represents his department when communicating to me. He keeps checking ...
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How to deal with an informal company as an introvert?

I'm an introvert, kinda of. I pushed myself to be a little less afraid of initiating a conversation because, even if I didn't want to, I need to cooperate with my friends and classmates in school. My ...
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How to end useless, drawn-out technical conversations?

For context, I work on a software development team and I have a teammate we'll call Bob. Bob regularly comes up with ideas on how we can improve things and proposes these ideas to his teammates. In ...
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How to ask and justify the requirements of tools [duplicate]

I have been MacOS or Ubuntu user for the last 6 years of my programming career. I love to work with them and it actually makes me work faster and increases my productivity in many ways. When I switch ...
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How do I proceed when one leader shoots down the tasks assigned by another leader?

So I am less than a month into a great new job. The CTO assigned me some tasks and then handed me over to the Sen Dev who shot down those tasks as not being that important, which leaves me with not ...
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Receiving conflicting messages from people in leadership roles

So I am less than a month in to a wonderful new job and I will get right to the point. From day one the CTO has told me to please poke holes and look for inconsistencies and what needs improvement. ...
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How to deal with constant food deliveries at work?

For some background, our company (around 100 people) uses a corporate Grubhub / Seamless account with everyone getting a daily allowance. People place lunch orders individually or as a group ...
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How can I block a website with Google Chrome without using an extension? [closed]

I cannot download extensions at my workplace. Also it appears that Google Chrome no longer respects the blocks I put in the /etc/hosts file on my Macbook Pro. I spent about 30 minutes searching ...
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Should I speak up if I feel like my team is coasting our project?

I work in a big tech company which has lots of money and it spends them on experimental startup-like projects to get an edge over other startups doing innovation in this space. Just like startups ...
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Criticized for doing my job too well

Our company has had a big problem with people not taking our mandatory online training seriously. Even though the higher-ups try to stress how important it is, people will usually flip through a 4-...
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Is it a good idea to push new employees to prove themselves in their first 90 days? [closed]

I am a new manager and I recently hired a new engineer. My boss’s philosophy is to really push people to achieve ambitious milestones in their first 90 days. He thinks a new hire should really want to ...
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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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Opening blinds in the workspace

I love natural light, open blinds, and outside views while I'm working. Given the only questions I found here, I do realize I'm in the minority. In a building of 300 people, not a single blind is open....
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I'm getting personal insults as a response to set up collaboration with former system developer, what should I do?

So, we are an NGO and we develop the new IT system for it on a voluntary basis that our members will use. It is a must for us, as people are not satisfied at all with the old system. Nobody has any ...
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Childcare and remote working

I work at a small company and am part of the internal development team (10 of us). Our team structure is as follows: 1 manager 2 testers (1 remote, 1 office based) 6 developers 1 product owner A ...
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First month at a technology company job: not a lot do do, feeling useless? [closed]

A month ago, I started a job as software engineer, at a large technoloy company (similar to Google, Facebook etc.). I guess my job level is on the low end of Google T5 or high end of T4? (salary is ...
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Roadblock, now what to do? [closed]

I recently got hired into a new job, it is a junior developer position which matches my previous work experience. As I began my work, I was told there was some installations to be done in the server, ...
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How to sync small design changes in the design team?

We are a team of 4-5 product designers with 5 product managers. We have a proper design system & central design repository to keep everything in sync. But the problem comes when sometimes some ...
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Should I clock in if computer started updating?

I got in early at work today, with approval from my manager, to get a head start on some tasks. I noticed my computer is acting out and decided to restart it. Instead of just restarting it installed ...
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Law firm Intern with lack of work to do [duplicate]

I'm currently an intern at a law firm. In the beginning, there was a moderate amount of work to do such as research and translation. However, these days there is no tasks assigned to me all day and ...
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How do I deal with a coworker who offloads his work and personal tasks onto other coworkers? [duplicate]

I have a coworker that has no problems with offloading his work or even private things on other coworkers. He does not do this with me, since I have rebuffed him once, but he does this with a ...
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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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Senior keeps suggesting unsolicited changes that would break code

I am a Junior at my work. Often recently the Senior who sits behind me has taken to coming over to me and making suggestions about changing and reordering my code... Initially I took him at face value ...
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When is it worth pointing out an error on another person's part?

Sometimes I’m unsure if I should point out another person’s mistake. For example, someone recently accused me of not confirming I will do what they had asked me to do in an email. I checked my sent ...
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How to let my boss know I have an unproductive work environment?

I'm in an office with around 8 co-workers. My desk is in the middle of the office. There's 2 people in front of me, 2 people to the right of me, and 3 people sitting behind me. I'm the only ...
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How to handle a coworker who constantly asks for help with her tasks?

I am working as a Software Developer for the last 10 months. I have a colleague working on the same technology framework for 6 months. She doesn't develop the logic and algorithms on her own, and ...
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How to address a non-compliance situation which is turning out productive

I work in a 50 odd employee start-up and I am in a senior techno-managerial role (reporting to CEO). Usually culture is fairly informal and lots of policies are not officially documented. Some emails ...
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How to approach your boss about including you in more design decisions if you're not a designer?

I have a weird dilemma. I am a front end developer at a company and am getting handed designs that are simply not web friendly. Our UX/UI is handled by a singular other person and I am often not in ...
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My boss emailed this to me. How should I respond?

I got this email from my boss. It has been brought to my attention by others that you spend a significant amount of time on your personal phone(s), laptop and physically away from your cube ...
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Dealing with manager in a highly political environment [closed]

I have recently joined a public funded research organisation. After joining I realised that there is no software practices to follow, no code reviews and no CI/CD. The only reason for this situation ...
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Supervisor is saying productivity is low, records indicate this is not the case

Background: I work as a research assistant in a lab. Part of my job involves following up with our research subjects, and scheduling their appointments. I have been working at this position since ...
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Tracking useless information, is this normal?

As a working data analyst in the non-profit sector I find that very often that higher management simply overlooks an analysis or report I produce based on questionable data quality from poor ...
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How do I explain that the open office is impacting my productivity? [closed]

I work for a small company of ~150 people that moved to a partial open office plan about six months ago. I agreed to this under the caveat that it was only a test and I could move back if needed, but ...
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What should I do about a fellow employee who left a “bad” review of our company? [closed]

I work in a business where I oversee some social media, trying to get positive reviews, etc. I noticed what a sub prime review of our company on Google - it's 3 stars. So it's not the end of the world,...
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Always making small mistakes, how can I improve? [closed]

At the end of the day, I was pulled aside by my manager due to me making mistakes on a workbook that I send daily to a big boss in the company. The task isn't complicated, but I keep making various ...
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How to negotiate with uncooperative senior engineers after they've been given new laptops they don't want to use

I'm a manager at a mid-sized engineering firm. We recently implemented a mandate that everyone has to now use a Windows laptop with various security tools installed on it for auditing, backup, and ...
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How to deal with productive procrastinators? [closed]

I have a worker in my company that works like twice as good as any of my other workers! twice as fast with twice as quality! But he is madly procrastinating and can't be relied on! Sometimes he comes ...
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Just started job that may not be right fit — how do I recover? [closed]

Three months ago, I landed a new job at an industry-respected company. This position was a deviation from my career track. Throughout my career, I always felt competent in my job. In fact, any job I ...
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Is a work performance appraisal a good time to bring up concerns about job role?

BACKGROUND I work within an IT organisation and have done for a number of years. I started at this company since I finished University so I am well ingrained within the department. My roles have all ...
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As a new employee, what is the proper way to raise concerns that the IT department is being mismanaged at a risk to the company? [closed]

I have recently joined an IT department of a non-profit international organization (offices around the globe). The department is completely disorganized, no formal procedures, outdated applications (...
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Increasing productivity on a small team of back-end developers [closed]

I run a team of 6 back-end developers and I've recently implemented the Agile & Scrum methodology in the company, starting with the back-end team (which later will apply to other departments, when ...
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How to tell your employer that you cannot work with the resources provided?

I recently got hired as contract data analyst for a company and have been given their datasets. The data that they provided me with is either not very well measured (via a poorly designed survey) ...
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Work/Life Balance, work is suffering because of the “life” part [closed]

I'm looking for some answers about work/life balance. My job isn't exactly that stressful, but I'm not being a very good employee because of the worry about my home life and I don't know what quite to ...
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Should I view being pulled to assist other teams as a good or bad thing?

I do Software Quality Assurance. In the past 6 months I've been pulled off my primary team to work with other teams. These are not one day tasks, but month long projects that require lots of time ...
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Uncomfortable workplace temperature [duplicate]

Recently our department has relocated to a smaller office with access to A/C and Heat controls out in the open. The temperature is normally set ~74F, but a handful of employees continue to turn off ...