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How/where can I get external feedback for improving programming style and general work habits?

Problem I am a software developer and have been told by more than one employer that I do my work too slowly and make things more complicated than they have to be, and I have to change this as soon as ...
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Intern - how to deal with situation when my current project is on hold and I do not have more tasks to do in software industry?

I'm currently a software development intern, and I've been in this company for almost 2 years. I really enjoy the office atmosphere here. My supervisor gives me a lot of space and freedom in terms of ...
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How to deal with less productive days? [closed]

Yesterday I had one of those days you get once in a while. You are less productive it is hard to focus on work related subjects or just any subjects at all and you cannot wait the day to be over. The ...
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How can I prevent being extremely clumsy and unable to pay attention to details? [closed]

I am 25 yrs old, a team manager with staff and also with ownership of individual contribution work mainly involving original research and analysis. My work is generally 70% managing and 30% own ...
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Team members spending too much time on Stack Overflow

Almost 8 months ago, I encouraged my team members to follow Stack Overflow so that they can read questions, help others, and build their skills. But now this has gotten out of hand. I have a team of 5 ...
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What are my options for performance appraisals for software engineers?

We are a small software development company. We are currently working on having a proper performance appraisal system with incentive tied to performance however, no idea how to implement it ...
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How to show passion and motivation at workplace without working out of hours?

Most German corporations are now banning out-of-hours work, with government regulations stepping in to tighten these measures in order to improve work-life balance in the country... I don't know if ...
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Does one's Learning Horizon narrow after getting a job [closed]

I started with my first job in a company recently, the company already had a project and i started working on it,The main hurdle in my career progress bar is that to complete the project i had to ...
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How can I make part-time work a success?

In all likelyhood, starting next year I will work at reduced hours (at 60%) for some time as a form of parental leave. This is nothing I have to negotiate, the law here being what it is. I did roughly ...
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Is it good to just focus solely on a task and nothing else when programming? [closed]

I like to read articles and check twitter every morning (usually no more than 30 minutes) and then I get down to my programming tasks. However, I have found that sometimes where I have a large ...
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How to address senior coworkers taking advantage of the owner? [duplicate]

I started this job about 7 months ago and since being here I can't help but notice that the senior developers on the team spend a huge amount of their day browsing the internet or doing other things ...
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Is it professional to voluntarily work on a side project for my company in my free time?

I've been working at my company for almost a year now. A few months after I started, there has been talk of developing a lunch order application mainly for internal use (optionally as free bonus for ...
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Can a company monitor the workstations without telling the users? [closed]

It's legal to track user activity throught a local spy software or proxies like SonicWall and don't telling them that they are being tracked?
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Gaining more confidence regarding my obligations and dealing better with the pressure

I'm a 23 years old web developer in a somewhat successful company. I have 4 years of experience on development. Since my internship, I've been through some hard times: had to do work that I didn't ...
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Solo Developer at a Startup [closed]

I've been programming for around 3 years now, I love everything about building software and programming since the day I started till now. I work on side projects and write about topics I find ...
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time tracking conflict

We have this requirement for time tracking: We have to have meet a quota of at least 70% accounted for. In the past couple weeks I experienced a slow time where I only tracked 10% of the time. I told ...
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How do I stay awake during work without the use of coffee? [closed]

I find myself drinking 2 cups of coffee a day during work, and feeling incredibly tired whenever I don't get at least one cup worth in my system during the day. This helps me stay awake well enough ...
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How to overcome 'cold war' in a team? [closed]

I am a software developer with 3 years of experience. I recently joined a new company as a "Software Engineer". They put me on an offshore team with 4 other developers. We don't have a Lead dev/Team ...
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Ways to encourage employees to be proactive?

Unfortunately, the developing country in which I reside seems to have a culture of "follow orders unquestioningly", and I rarely see people take proactive steps to solve problems. Instead, it's common ...
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How to Manage Your Employees' Absences and Late Arrivals?

I am working in a small (4 people) team (agency industry) and we are on the right track regarding the productivity. The company is really flat and liberal but doesn't allow remote work but on the ...
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When is it okay to consult others on work I'm doing (after being told I take up too much of their time)?

When I was working for a very large company, we had an intranet site where any employee could document any procedure (for those of you who know IBM I'm referring to Connections). With 400,000+ ...
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As a Interviewer, how do I keep track of Interview impressions?

I'm a technical Lead in a small organization, and I provide technical inputs to HR in the recruitment process. My involvement in the recruitment process is limited to the following: Creating the Job ...
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Why do companies disregard investing in productivity equipment? [closed]

Why do most companies have no special policies for improving productivity on their workplaces, especially in terms of ergonomics? Such improvements are fairly measurable and the return of investment ...
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What are some effective strategies in implementing a new technical request protocol throughout a large and diverse company?

I am trying to institute a technical request protocol throughout my very large and diverse company. The problem is, this protocol has existed for years, yet it has never been implemented effectively, ...
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Is it not right to write/blog something useful whilst working? [closed]

I am a developer by profession and like to log or make a note of what I do or if I found something exciting or any solution to any issue - either in my diary or blog for my reference in future. While ...
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Adjusting to an “open” cubicle office layout

About three months ago I got a new job and moved from an office where employees had modest private offices all surrounding a shared work bench area to an office with pretty small cubicles with half ...
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How to get more from a laid-back QA internship?

I started an internship 2 weeks ago as a Quality Assurance Engineer intern and in the intern orientation I was told: "You can only get out as much as you put into your internship." After the ...
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I'm not getting enough work assigned from my supervisor. Should I try to find more work or leave the company? [closed]

I recently (6 months ago) got my first job as a Software Developer (before I spent 2.5 years as tech support with some programming/software support). About 20% of the time I don't have any work to do. ...
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How do I ask for a longer break from my job?

I have a 5 days working schedule (and on the weekends I do work for personal growth). My schedule is literally so hectic that sometimes I feel I need a long vacation (at least 15-20 days). With such a ...
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How to not let co-worker's incompetence affect my productivity

How can I not let a co-worker's incompetence and sloppy work ethic affect how I treat him? He's a generally very nice guy who can't seem to adequately learn our business nor our product to be ...
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How do I keep busy during slow times, without looking like I have nothing to do?

I do a lot of tech support work and sometimes I find myself waiting on people or generally going through a slow time. I get a phone call something like once a week. I mainly setup virtual machines and ...
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Should I know what work/tasks/projects are next?

I've recently started working at a software development company where the style seems quite different to my previous experiences. Mainly, the work comes infrequently and after I finish it, I don't ...
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How can I get my employees more engaged in their tasks? [closed]

I feel that not all employees are fully committed to their tasks. I would like to see them ask more questions, make sure their work is done to the best of their ability, make sure deadlines are met, ...
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How to transition back to productive work quickly after long meetings?

So here's the deal and I 'm sure many can relate because I've had people say "yep, that's me too.". I will have a single meeting or string of meetings chained together that span say 2-3 hours with no ...
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Is okay to spend time learning at work?

New (6 months) junior software developer in a .net shop. Haven't finished college yet. Only briefly touched on .net during the degree (Java degree). There are many parts of the .net framework (...
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Changing the culture of overtime to efficiency

I work at a very young start-up company. We have had turn-over rates (mass resignation of staff, thrice) in the past but changes in the system have led to a more a stable employee retention and better ...
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How do I ask to do work outside my job description?

I was just hired in a junior position. My company employs about 120 people. However, I have very little work to do. It might just be because we're between projects, but I get the impression that this ...
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Workplace vs Home Productivity

I don't find my workplace to be a suitable place to being productive. Of course this is my opinion, other fellows doesn't seem to complain about this. We're about seven people in the same office, so ...
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What are the points to keep in mind while facing an interview though Skype (video conferencing)?

After a telephonic interview for a job with a IT company, the company wants to have a conversation via Skype through video chat for the next round. I am totally new to this type of interview procedure ...
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How can I convince employees to solve their own IT problems? [closed]

My job scope includes providing desktop support to office staff, but that is not the only purpose I am hired for. I am primarily a programmer. I have been practicing IT for years and my philosophy in ...
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How can I enhance my skills when my current job is not providing much scope? [closed]

I have more than 3 years of experience in IT. Sometimes I personally feel that I lack proper guidance as my surroundings are not providing me that much exposure and most of the professional people ...
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What's a standard productive vs total office hours ratio?

So it goes like this: we are keeping track of tasks using Redmine. We log time spent doing tasks, but at the end of the week if we add up all the time spent at those tasks there is no way a person has ...
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How to overcome the difficulty with communicating my thoughts or ideas or facts spontaneously?

I have a difficulty to give a right shape of speech to my thoughts or ideas or information that I know in order to express it well. Most of the times when I compose any email, I feel very difficult ...
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Effects of automated time tracking/monitoring

Our company wants to set up an automated time tracking/monitoring system. It will monitor every software developers' workstation and make statistics about their computer usage: which program the ...
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How can I be productive at unproductive meetings?

I work for a manager that is very fond of meetings. The problem is, however, that more than half of these meetings are both unnecessary and wasteful. For example, we have a regularly scheduled ...
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Specific strategies for maintaining confidence and competence when thrown into a more complex domain?

Preface: Seeing many hints of this question buried within other questions here and have experienced it myself. Scenario: For example, take employee X and the different technical domain levels of ...
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What steps can I take to ensure my company gets maximum productivity out of a software consultant?

I am the lead developer on a software project for which we are temporarily bringing on an additional developer hired through a recruiting agency. He will be working for us for about 6 months, and I ...
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Pitching for time for personal projects at work

Does anyone have any information how companies deal with personal projects at work? I have noticed an increase in companies offering a small percentage of time toward personal projects at work (...
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Purpose of cc to self

I noticed that some people inculde themselves in "cc" when they send out an email. What is the reason for this? A quick search on google showed that several people want to learn how to be able to do ...
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How do I avoid discussing government politics at work? [closed]

The U.S.A. just witnessed its first debate of the 2012 presidential election. Invariably, workers all over the country will be eager to discuss what they saw on television. But this begs a larger ...