Questions tagged [productivity]

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How not to micromanage? [closed]

There are quite a few questions here on how to deal with a boss who is a micromanager, but I did not see any asked by managers on how to not be one. A friend of mine has several direct reports. None ...
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How companies or managers deal with fluctuation in productivity over years

I am just a employee but I am trying to think how employers or managers take following into account and how they address them. Employee A starts working at company 999, they work really hard for 3 ...
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How do I deal with a lack of meaningful tasks? [duplicate]

I'm a recent graduate working with a small-medium sized company. I've completed my first project last week and have been assigned to do an enhancement on one of our products. In the past few days, I'...
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Professional response to “Are you busy?”

My co-workers often ask me "are you busy?" before asking for help or discussing a problem. I find this question hilarious: If you answer yes then you are a bad employee because you are unavailable and ...
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How to deal with a competent developer having trouble maintaining his productivity?

I'm the team leader for a small team of software developers (4 people total). One of my team members has been in the company for 4 years (came in directly after college) and is an extremely competent ...
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I'm being forced to coast by a team that isn't giving me what I need to be productive. Is it unethical to just… let it happen? [closed]

I work for a large tech company on an engineering team. This particular team is one of five responsible for building a product. Our particular responsibility is the lowest priority feature set of ...
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Sitting chairs are not comfortable! How should I approach getting better chairs with management? [duplicate]

I work with a medium sized company. The workplace is good till now. However, our sitting chairs are not good. These hurts sometimes. I seen many colleagues are not comfortable in these chairs. I ...
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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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How to handle work when the manager is suddenly AWOL

Recently the IT manager/director has gone somewhat AWOL. This is a person who works remotely from home and simply works through VPN, email and phone. Ordinarily he has a routine of checking on the ...
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Communicate better practice to a business owner [closed]

I have once worked for this business owner, which I've gotten pretty friendly with. The reason I quit is because his management style. The problem: there is no ticketing system for the IT department. ...
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How to train customer service team to better describe issues

We run the development team in an agile mode. We have agreed that we will have a place called the "Inbox" so that people in the customer service team can report bugs or important issues so we can ...
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What should I do when I feel overshadowed by an extremely talented team member?

I'm a Full Stack developer and I'm in a newly created team of 4. There's this one other guy (let's call him Tom) who was hired with me. So the two of us are newbies in this company. However, Tom is ...
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Is there something during the work day that I can do to increase productivity after work? [closed]

I often find myself exhausted after work hours (8 hours of work plus commuting [and meal] times). When I get home, I am unable to be productive on my personal projects, even if I have the motivation ...
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How to fill dead time in work productively [duplicate]

Say, you've done your work and asked your boss to review it. But he's really busy and takes hours. How do you fill that void? Say you've done everything related to it, like documentation, comments, ...
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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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What to do about inadequate equipment causing productivity issues

I'm a lead software developer and have been at a new company for about 8 weeks now, everyone is nice and I am settling in well. The job/culture isn't what was sold to me in the interview but I am ...
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How can I convince my boss to pay for a productivity tool?

I'm a front end developer eager to enhance the relationship between designers and developers. I’ve been using an online collaboration app for a personal project. I’m completely satisfied with this ...
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Mantaining focus with lots of small interruptions [duplicate]

During my work there are a lot of small pauses, mostly due to outdated/clunky tools and PCs. These pauses range from 10s to 1 min long, and it's really hard to keep focused on my work while being ...
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Getting my Ideas into my Company's software - Write specs or do it myself?

I'm a biologist and mathematician by training, my job is to come up with algorithmical and conceptual (sometimes UX) solutions for problems in a laboratory environment (typically optimization stuff, ...
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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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The senior members of my team are slowing me down drastically. How to handle this situation? [closed]

My question/problem is kind of an extension of my previous question. For the ones, who do not read the previous question, I can briefly explain. In my team, I am working under two seniors, who are ...
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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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How do I approach my boss about staying later? [duplicate]

In my job I have a lot of small tasks all the time, and typically two or three larger ones at any given time. I'm also the go-to person for a number of things in my team, as I'm the one who ...
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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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How do I persuade employer to buy me a productivity tool that pays for itself? [duplicate]

I'm a permanent software developer in the UK. I started a new job at a startup recently, and requested a software tool subscription that makes me more productive, pays for itself, and makes me a ...
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How can I communicate with a superior who has initially misunderstood me?

I recently started at a new company and I've developed a good relationship with my team leader who assigns me important tasks because they say no-one else can do them properly. I am the second most ...
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How can I schedule my day to ensure that the “boring but necessary work” isn't ignored in favor of the fun work

So In my job there is fun work* that I enjoy doing and boring-but-necessary work** that I loathe. It's about a 60/40 split, but because the fun work is fun and interesting I usually ratchet it up to a ...
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Should money be paid as a motivation to testers and developers for detecting and producing bugs?

I read an idea for increasing productivity in a company. It went like this: Have a certain fund that will be a bonus. Say $100,000. For each tangible bug found, the testers get paid $5 - $15. ...
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How to help a colleague who has a low confidence and feels burnt out?

Last week, one of our developers approached the boss and asked for "some rest beginning January". We (boss, me, other members on the team) observed that he is stressed and wants to take a break from ...
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Making changes without stepping on manager's toes

Situation I work in an SME with approximately fifty employees over three sites. When I joined, my presence increased the size of my department to three. We have always worked well together, but the ...
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How to tell my boss that I am demotivated in my job?

I would like to write a message to my boss to convey to him that I feel demotivated because I am not being appreciated for my work. At the same time I don't want to be rude to him. The points that I ...
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How to deal with a manager who does not respect me?

I originally joined my workplace on a verbal agreement to create a website, and carry out admin work at the same time. Now I find myself just doing admin work, point-and-click-paper-pushing, and ...
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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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Negotiating the use of a software with my company

I have been working on improving the current process of tracking launches in my company for the past three months. The major difficulty was to define, locate and use the appropriate data for tracking ...
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Should I do my task quickly or should I take lot of time to complete? [closed]

When I am assigned a task by my manager.I usually take a lot of time to finish and sometimes I complete it in 1 or 2 days. I feel that if I do fast they think that I did without quality and if take ...
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How do people actually automate themselves out of a job? [closed]

I've read couple automated themselves out of a job 1 2 3 posts, and I wonder to myself how this is done. I can understand automating something to save 99% of the time, but I can't imagine setting up ...
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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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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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How should I measure my output speed? [closed]

I had a performance review, which I would describe it as 'bad', to say the least. I am planning, nonetheless, to stay positive, and focus on rectifying the situation, and turn the review around if ...
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How can you avoid being undervalued as a 9-to-5 developer while 90% of colleagues put in paid and unpaid overtime? [closed]

Lets say: A company states that it does not require its employees to work overtime. About 90% of its employees work extra hours because they get paid for it, or they even work when they do not get ...
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Using your own laptop at work - how do you stay focused and no get distracted by personal things [closed]

I start a new job soon at a pre-revinue startup. Computer programming. I need to work on my own laptop when I'm there. I fear that when I'm at work, I will be distracted by all my personal accounts; ...
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colleague who doesn't want ES6 JavaScript Next [closed]

How do i deal with a colleague who doesn't want to bring the new version of JavaScript into projects. Current scenario: Team Size: 3. Team members are the decision makers. Using ES6 the only benefit ...
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Is there evidence to suggest that certain office layouts are better than others for productivity?

Joel Spolsky is pretty famous for advocating private offices for workers, particularly software developers (see here, here or here for example). I've also read that Microsoft generally has private ...
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Staying focused during automatic processes, “It's compiling”

I recently ran into quite an ironic situation. After changing a small part in some code and telling my computer to start compiling, I switched to a website and ran into this: [xkcd comic 303 by ...
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How to handle it when you didn't do ANYTHING [closed]

So I'm an engineering student. I'm doing my master thesis project for a tech company. It started years ago, but I took a leave of sickness for 2 years due to depression. It was a pretty nasty story ...
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Figuring out non-existing problems [closed]

Recently I was facing several situations where a colleague was expecting, or “figuring out” a problem that may arise in a process that is to be done and trying to solve it preliminarily although they ...
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I have been asked to complete a project without any concrete specifications

I work in the software development domain. My team leader and manager have asked me to complete a project after calling a single meeting to discuss project details. In the meeting very little ...
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How should I deal with a Home-Offce request that wasn't even considered? [closed]

A little bit of background to this question: I work for a company, which some time ago (more or less 1 year) introduced home-office as a "benefit" for those, who cannot (for whatever reason) be at ...
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How to take vacation days within first year without looking like a slacker

So I just got a new job that I really like A LOT, and the vacation policy is quite generous (15 accrued days and 7 floating days). I plan on taking them all next year due to planned outings and music ...
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Restructuring has killed my team's morale. How can I remain productive when my colleagues have started competing with each other?

My employer is a vendor for a US-based organization that I work for as a contractor. The team consists of employees from client side, Employees from different vendors. I am one of the most senior ...