Questions tagged [productivity]

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

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How to resolve an issue with air conditioning at work? [closed]

At work, the air conditioning grid is quite noisy (55 Db), too much air pressure. I asked to solve this to the technician but he told me there was not a solution since he cannot control air pressure. ...
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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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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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How can I express that excessive meetings are distracting me from the actual work I'm discussing in them?

I work in devops for a central team, and am involved in a project that has multiple smaller teams working together. As the devops personnel for this project, I'm required to be at multiple meetings a ...
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Blanket statement or personal reminder?

We have processes in place at the office that people are supposed to follow. Recently we had a flurry of cases where people didn't follow these processes due to deadline pressures, and certain things ...
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How do I be more visible at work? [duplicate]

The firm I joined initially got acquired by a bigger firm couple of months back. After the acquisition, the work quality has decreased severely. I work as a tool developer for a semiconductor company, ...
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I'm a slow learner, how can I speed up? [closed]

A bit of background: I'm in the software industry. 90% of the stuff I'm working on is/was completely new when I started in August 2014. I need to make the same mistake two or three times before I can ...
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How can I quantify the value of my position without before and after metrics?

First a little about what I do: I'm a developer. I work in our company's Application Support department (Help Desk). My official title is "Application Support Engineer". I do a lot of different ...
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Working with a colleague who ignores my technical contributions

I work for a small engineering company and so work with all of the engineers employed there. I get along well with all of them socially, and we often meet up after work. However, when at work, one ...
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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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Finish discussion with manager who then just sits there staring

I know this sounds strange, but there’s very long drawn out periods of silence with my boss. For example 1 to 2 minutes at least. I understand English isn’t his first language but I’m positive he hadn’...
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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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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 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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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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Quality of work suffering due to workload [closed]

I am 25 and have currently around 2 years of work experience. Further, I have quite recently changed my job to another company in our group. I asked in my first position for review talks about me and ...
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How to “let go” issues, blocking my mind?

This is a problem I'm facing already during the entire course of my career (I'm 45 years old now): regularly I get stuck with something. I look at the problem and I can't find a solution. As I don't ...
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Cannot accomplish a task I'm given - not skilled enough [closed]

So here's the deal. I got accepted to this job as a developer, and I've had a test to make a simple app which I did in the interview. Now at this job, I've been given a task that I can partly do, and ...
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Properly negotiating a task assignment that I feel is unproductive

I was assigned a task by my manager that I consider unproductive for a variety of reasons. It involves organizing a large number of hardcopy documents, but it's clear to me (and it seems like the ...
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Changing work shift from 9-5 to 7:30 - 4, will I be looked at as a slacker? [duplicate]

I've been thinking of changing my shift times from 9am-5pm to 7:30am (or 8) to 4pm, to allow time to do yoga/therapy after work multiple days a week. My question is, will I be looked at as a slacker? ...
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How to handle interruptions/distractions by colleagues at work? [duplicate]

I work in an organization where my job is usually a Desk job. Many a times when I am busy, some of my team members seeks for some help related to work. Being a professional, I always leave my work/...
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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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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 leverage existing employees as ambassadors and trainers, with very small incentive budgets

To help the wider business learn how to use software and have a point of contact that's NOT the IT team, we are looking to introduce power users. We hope that it will highlight issues that don't get ...
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Uncomfortable Culture at Work After Expansion [closed]

I work at a game development studio as a programmer. For the first year things were great but it started to expand and they hired a bunch of new people. One of the new people was a senior artist who ...
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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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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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Better use of Work Time and time spent on SE [closed]

I have recently become more engaged to this and other Stack Exchange sites, and I am happy with it. Since I joined the network, the questions and answers I have seen in TWP, Stack Overflow, and other ...
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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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How do you stay productive in an interrupt-driven environment [duplicate]

We are a small team of software developers where everybody knows everybody, and we work in an open space. Naturally, this means that whenever we need to ask a question or get some information that is ...
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Problems in Concentration Due to Pregnancy

I am currently 5 months pregnant and work in a tech company. We have an open seating area for the engineering department and this is where I sit as well. I have just received my semi annual review a ...
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Disengaging from non-constructive conversations

Lots of people in my office seem to like giving me advice but sometimes not on productive matters. For example, someone spent 30 minutes telling me about why I need to be more general when it comes to ...
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How do I effectively handle this situation of no workflow?

I am a software developer who makes games. I really am at my wit's end with the game because of the chaotic workflow. The workflow is getting in the way of me getting anything done properly. ...
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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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Suspended from work over something I didn't do and the boss would not accept my arguments [closed]

I went to my boss last Wednesday morning, and reported that I had found pornography on the machine, as per company policy (in our workplace, it's in printed format, in Comic Sans, unfortunately, but ...
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How to properly ask for a reporting server? [closed]

I took a new job to help with work place productivity. I am finding it very difficult to ask for more efficient methods to be enacted. The major issue is creating dashboards. Hours and hours are spent ...
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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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How to handle idle site time? [duplicate]

I work for a engineering company that commisions automation software for industrial plants. Employees are often sent around the world to install and setup the control systems. I have been sent abroad ...
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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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Tips on staying professional while dealing with major family illness?

Very suddenly my mother and aunt got the news they're terminally ill. My father is chronically ill, his brother just had a stroke and my sister in law is chronically ill as well. I was dealing with ...
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What is an example/template of the “5 Sentence Email”?

I first heard about the "5 Sentence Email" in a comment that was in response to this question: I emailed my customer asking multiple questions. Their reply addressed only one. What is the polite way ...
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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 deal with non-objective co-workers

I work for a software development team in which some people just don't know when to stop talking. A very common pattern I have noticed is when someone comments something then another person states ...
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How to improve communication between manager and employee to improve productivity?

This is not my situation, but something I am witnessing and was asked to help with. So, suppose that I lead a small team. I communicate and provide details on tasks to team members via email. One of ...
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Sharing work/industry related information with colleagues and peers? [closed]

In the old days, I used to get a memo with some newsclippings in my in-tray that we would all read and then we would initial it and pass it around. I find that emails disappear into Outlook. Begging ...
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Is it ok to ask to reduce salary to compensate low productivity so that everyone would be happy? [closed]

My situation is that the salary I get might be too big and might be one of reasons that I might be fired. It feels that I should be working like 10 hours per day, and plus weekends to finish what ...
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How do I know if my boss is having me do almost all of the work? [closed]

So I work in a small, two-person company (in America, Seattle if that helps anyone). Just myself and my boss. We are both (web - full stack) software developers. We share office space with a couple ...
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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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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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Something to improve in the office and the only one with the feeling

As always, I have something to improve in the office and the only one with the feeling. This time is that the AC machine is a bit old and noisy and would like to suggest my boss to change it. In fact, ...