Questions tagged [productivity]

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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 ...
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How do you say you are bored and need work to do?

I started working in my current job as a contractor last week and was given an assignment which I completed at the end of the first week. My 2nd week is now into its 2nd day without any ...
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Manager who insists on too many calls/meetings [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the appropriate way to deal with “meeting overload?” My colleague is placed with a problem with reporting manager. The manager wants to spend too much ...
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Dealing with high visibility into productivity

I am using a mechanism that tracks throughput (so that we can estimate tasks acurately for each individual on projects). Having this data could cause issues (i.e. with people motivated to make the ...
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What are the benefits of multicultural diversity in the work environment?

What's the impact of multicultural diversity in the workplace (i.e. having people from different countries working together in startups, corporations, co-working studios, etc) and how does it affect ...
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Should I reimburse my employer for 25 cents worth of personal calls?

I just got a new phone in my office since my cell phone no longer works in my new office. This month, I called home seven times, at $0.07 per call (<1 minute each, long distance because my wife ...
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How much should I slack off? [closed]

I am a programmer and work 8-hour workdays. I have found it nearly impossible to sit and be concentrated on my work for the whole 8 hours - I do things like hang on Stack Exchange, go for a walk, eat ...
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How can I make sure my remote workers are not slacking off?

I have a company (about 6 programmers, and 14 workers in total). As I am going to expand my company, I am thinking about hiring remote workers for programming jobs and get them to be involved in the ...
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Mental Issues from Lack of Movement - how to Address?

I'm a year into my first career step, working as a software -developer/-architect/-programmer/etc for a company of less than 20 people. During the past year, I've developed anxiety, depression, rage ...
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How to negotiate working hours before accepting a new job?

I've heard through the grapevine that I'm likely to get a job offer from a company where a friend already works. Probably the most important thing to me is the hours I work. Not how many, but rather,...
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Should I quit my job because I lack experience? [closed]

I'm just 18 years old, so I don't have a lot of experience. I currently work for a company that develops online games for a local casino. My job is to create servers that will support Flash clients. ...
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How can I keep my relationship with an unproductive co-worker who makes me do twice the work? [closed]

For the past few months, I have been working with a coworker who, although is smart and hardworking, tends to make me promises which he doesn't live up to. These might be trivial ones like coming ...
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How can I motivate myself to work on projects I don't believe in or care about? [closed]

I am generally pretty good at getting stuff done. In fact that's my reputation. I am very productive as long as I think the project is interesting or think it will do a lot to help our company and/...
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My Open Office is not in increasing my productivity, how can I counter this? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are there any strategies you can use to remain focused when working in a open plan environment? We have an open office (no cubical walls) that is intended to increase ...
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Seeing the “real” accomplishments of my work

I'm a junior employee in my field of work (web programming, four years) and so often my day-to-day challenges are usually technical and not so much into the managerial or logistical kind. I'd figure ...
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Optimal office size: cubicles versus small rooms versus open plan? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there evidence to suggest that certain office layouts are better than others for productivity? Which of these three (and possibly others) are most beneficial to a company, ...
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How to introduce gamification to your workplace

From Wikipedia: Gamification is the use of game design techniques, game thinking and game mechanics to enhance non-game contexts. Typically gamification applies to non-game applications and ...
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Productivity level and access to “distracting websites” at work

There have been many mentions about employees wasting a lot of their time at work visiting Facebook, YouTube and other "distracting websites", thus making their productivity suffer. Some companies ...
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How can a company implement a “20% time” program like Google's?

I've read that Google's 20% rule is about encouraging fun and innovation. How can my company implemented and manage a program like this? A good answer to this question should also cover these sub ...
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What is the best way to keep up productivity in crisis situations?

In the situation of crisis, as a manager or senior manager level person, but not the top management folk, managing people and indirectly the project becomes difficult. By crisis I mean when the ...
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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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How to avoid or reverse getting “burned out” on a project

I have been with my current employer for about nine months. Due to what I believe are project planning issues that occurred prior to my employment here, the project I joined in-progress, which was ...

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