Questions tagged [productivity]

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How should I tell my boss to stop accusing me of slacking in a backhanded manner?

My boss keeps sending me messages saying things like, "How much time are you spending on [company program]? Please don't let it take too much time.", or "Try not to sign up for too many ...
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Am I overreacting to a new rule where I have to check-in my status every morning?

Three months ago I started a role at a new company as a software engineer. Within two months, I helped onboard the team to a lot of contemporary best practices. They didn't do proper source control, ...
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What are your biggest productivity vampires as a developer? [closed]

Curious to hear from my fellow developers as to what the biggest drains on your time are that take you away from doing productive work.
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I am becoming very unproductive because of WFH (working from home)

I am becoming very unproductive because of WFH (working from home). It always used to be the opposite when I had an office job before the covid. I used to request home office often so I can work ...
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How much do nap facilities improve worker productivity?

I was reading this economics paper on sleep efficiency, and came across: short afternoon naps at the workplace improved an overall index of outcomes by 0.12 standard deviations Are there any other ...
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How can I set goals in embedded field? [closed]

I have 2.6 years of experience in my current company as an embedded software developer. But still have not any aim or goal in future life. How is money after 40's for people with experience in ...
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How can I get my programs to be used where I work?

I mostly work alone as a programmer in a small department, within an organization of about 500 people. I have been creating web-based applications for the internal network, mainly to replace old ...
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How can I better estimate the real scale of a project?

How can I better estimate the real scale of a project? Are there techniques to help reduce the error of estimating the hours required to do a project? ... some manner of formula with numerous terms ...
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How to control my employees productivity?

My employees (front, back, and full-stack programmers) are working remotely since March and I'm noticing their productivity has dropped. We had a deadline in September (currently moved to end of ...
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Raising a startup, but workmates are falling behind on their tasks. How to handle this?

My friends and I are currently raising a startup that will launch our first product at the end of Q3 this year. Apart from the freelance marketing team, this startup consists of three developers, ...
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How to negotiate with a stubborn coworker?

I work in small team of 8 developers and we do not have direct management because of our small numbers. We are more or less self managed. We make heavy use of version management, IDEs and all sorts of ...
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Looking for tools to maintain productivity and keep myself in check? [duplicate]

I have a job where I work from the office 3/4 weeks and from home for a week. No matter how much I tried to keep myself focused and productive, I found that I just slacked off towards the end of the ...
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Am I overloaded or just slow?

I think there are multiple issues needing to be addressed, but the main one I want to resolve is in the question title. Some background context: I'm somewhere between a junior and mid level software ...
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Asking for holiday after probation extension

I recently had a probation review and it was extended as my manager hasn't seen anything that can put in the role I m in (senior developer) and lack of communication. Following feedback, I had been ...
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No task been assigned by manager

Daily we have to fill timesheets and details on the project/task we have worked on upto hour level. Somedays I don't have any task that have been assigned to me. I have asked to my manager to assign ...
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How to make most of short term job with steep learning curve

I recently started a new job. It's less than 2 months long but there's a chance for extension. I'm really glad I got it because I really needed money and it's in an field I want to get into. I was ...
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Is there justification to maintain an alternate work schedule, i.e. 9/80, 4/40 when telecommuting

Our organization, like many others, has been forced into teleworking lately. For the most part it's been successfully implemented, and has been found to be productive. We are discussing ...
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How To Navigate Saying “No” To Unnecessary Work In a Leadership Position

I work at a great small startup. I'm the only person in my position which involves the look and feel of our product. I am positioned when we grow to lead a team that will work on these things with me. ...
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Unproductive, overwhelmed, work from home single parent, children off school during lock-down, steps to turn this around

The context and background Since the pandemic started in the UK, I've been work from home. On top of that I'm a single parent and my teens are off school because the schools have shut. At the start ...
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How to be collaborative & helpful yet concentrated on your goal

I like to help people and people show up to me for help many times. But many times in aggressive timelines on projects I am facing hard time to be both helpful & highly productive. I like to ...
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Software developer work day productivity: Is there an ideal code editor usage percentage? [closed]

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most IT firms have started a work-from-home practice. To track their employees' work, they are using various time tracking software. Our company (which provides services ...
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What are some strategies to maintain morale and productivity after massive layoffs?

In what was perhaps a textbook example of bad optics, our company announced layoffs recently. To make things worse, the environment was such that many of us were personal friends as well as colleagues....
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Would IT employees be more productive if all communications are placed on a separate computer? [closed]

We all know how distracting emails and messengers are and how they create a sort of compulsion to check them every now and then. This is stealing the employees' attention. They not only spend less ...
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Why do I always feel so creative and in the flow while travelling and in airplane?

Sometimes I struggle working optimally, but then sometimes I am traveling during the day, e.g. 2 hours by train, waiting 2 hours at the airport, flying for 3 hours and for some reason I get more work ...
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Why do I feel like I'm working very hard yet feel very unproductive? [closed]

I'm a software developer and think myself very fortunate as I really enjoy writing code and learning about it and feel confident in my abilities. When I finish what I wanted to do for the day I feel ...
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How to stop a subordinate from yawning?

This is the first time I manage a team. There is a new guy, coming directly from his master's and with no office experience. He is not lazy nor unproductive but he oftens yawns, sometimes noisily. We ...
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Best way to ask for knowledge transfer

I need to ask someone to provide knowledge and insight around autoscaling in AWS. I am unsure of the best way to ask for this help. The goal is to get enough information about this process so that I ...
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Establishing a productivity measurement for an outbound-only Call Center?

I am currently trying to establish how to hold a team of outbound-only reps accountable for production each day. I don't want to set an arbitrary number, but I do find it increasingly difficult to get ...
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How to prepare for fallout of downgraded working conditions that caused loss of eficiency?

Disclaimer: I ask this one anonymously, because I don't want to have issues if some of my collegues will find it. I have some tens of thousands rep on my main account, but I'd rather ask this question ...
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I've increased my productivity by 40% by automating my job. Should I ask for a higher salary, or just enjoy having more time to learn?

I've worked at a company for more than 7 years and have achieved all stated goals. A bit less than 2 years ago I got promoted (higher salary and title). Now I am among the top paid engineers in the ...
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I'm completely lost in my new job

To give a little context, I'm a french software engineer, and my specialty is mobile dev (Android mainly). I resigned from my first job because I felt professionally abused, like asked to do 4 times ...
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CEO says not to expect pay increases unless you do something really exceptional. Is this counter-productive?

Our CEO has recently said we should not expect pay increases (above the usual yearly inflation adjustment) unless you're an overachiever or do something really exceptional. Is this counter-productive ...
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How to deal with severe mental fatigue without taking time off?

I work as a remote software developer. I work on a casual basis from home, and I'm free to work as much or as little for my boss as I like, while billing my boss on a weekly basis for the worked time ...
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How do I get work done in an open office environment? [duplicate]

I work in an office with an open floor plan and I am distracted by noise around me. I am much less productive and less comfortable when people talk around me. I'll outline the problem and then what ...
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How can I manage my team to maintain a reasonable productivity when my employer doesn't treat employees well?

My employer doesn't treat employees too well, for example we often work overtime without pay (for details you may check my other question How can I argue against the idea of working overtime to fix ...
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(Alternatives to) Sensory Deprivation for Concentration & Productivity

I found that my concentration and productivity are higher (probably up to 50%) when I wear ear plugs and when I work in a relatively dark room (shutters almost closed). That's probably not surprising ...
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Should I reveal productivity tricks to peers, or keep them to myself in order to be more productive than the others?

I am working as a Software Engineer and working with team on one of the products. While working I have developed some productivity tools and tricks which can automate some repetitive tasks and ...
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How do I ask for critical feedback when demoing a tool/dashboard/widget

I've read How can I ask for candid feedback from my manager? and How politely decline positive feedback? and concluded that these answers were primarily for the individual, i.e. feedback to the ...
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Am I being used more than my job role as a Graphic Designer? [closed]

I'm a Graphic Designer in a Digital marketing and design agency startup (8 months experience). I'm the only designer there. There's one person for copy writing and one director who checks my designs. ...
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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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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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