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Dating a Former Employee

Go for it. She sacrificed her job for you. Marry her while you're at it so people can't talk smack behind your back anymore. Because at that point, attacking a colleague's spouse is an HR issue.
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Coworkers accusing me of "cheating" for working more efficiently

Talk to your manager/boss. Explain to them the ways you've improved your output and how that could be applied to your colleagues (like you've done in the post). From there, your manager will either ...
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How to convince HR to let my star employee work from home?

If it was the CEO's decision to take away the work from home policy then HR is simply doing what they have been directed to do. If there is anyone that needs to be convinced it is the CEO. You can ...
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What's the best way to communicate 'you get a bonus but no raise this year' to employee?

Do not lead with the good news and then end with the downer. That is not a workplace thing, that is a general communication rule. In addition, focus on the fact that the employee is in a group of ...
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I'm in charge of equipment buying but no one's ever happy with what I choose. How to fix this?

Amazon should allow for returns. Box them up and send them back. Before you order new, ask your boss for specific requirements, or ask your teammates for suggestions of what they'd like, then ...
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CEO says not to expect pay increases unless you do something really exceptional. Is this counter-productive?

Is this counter-productive for staff moral, retention, and productivity? Yes, it is. People generally get better at their jobs with more experience, and if their productivity increases, they ...
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Why would company (decision makers) wait for someone to retire, rather than lay them off, when their role is no longer needed?

It's challenging to speculate about why particular decisions are made, even if you're able to observe directly - so, as a potential frame-challenge to your question, it's worth considering that you ...
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How to prevent a psychologically fragile person from harming a team?

Of course the company can fire her and from the sound of it should fire her. However, the lawyers might need to get involved in how to correctly document the performance problems in order to make the ...
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Dating a Former Employee

I dated someone from work at a similar size company who was senior to me (although I was not a direct report and she was the level below C-level). When we made our relationship public (shortly before ...
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How to convince HR to let my star employee work from home?

It sounds like your CEO has made a mandate and HR probably has their hands tied by it. The best way to deal with upper management's mandates is to make sure they fully understand the costs of them, ...
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I'm in charge of equipment buying but no one's ever happy with what I choose. How to fix this?

The biggest problem is you don't realize what you did wrong, and people are miffed about your obliviousness. Keyboards and mice are personal. Tournament gamers bring their own keyboards and mice. ...
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Why would company (decision makers) wait for someone to retire, rather than lay them off, when their role is no longer needed?

You seem to be thinking of this from a very cold perspective. That's probably a good way to get into the "mind" of a corporation, but since the decision-makers are actual people they may not respond ...
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How should I address a popular team member leaving?

As the manager it is your job to keep your employees from getting distracted. If it was me I would not mention of this individuals bad points or the bad code. At the same time don't encourage the ...
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How to convince HR to let my star employee work from home?

Some people still think that working remotely damages productivity and just gives people an excuse to slack off. HR is just the middle man, go straight to the CEO You need to be able to quantify to ...
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I'm in charge of equipment buying but no one's ever happy with what I choose. How to fix this?

It may be too late this time, but the expenditure per employee is small in terms of their happiness and productivity, so a do-over is probably of net benefit to the business. Perhaps a reasonable ...
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Young professional co-worker thinks she is not performing enough

I have been training people fresh out of school for about 5 years now. This behaviour is normal. I have learned that it's not really one thing that causes it, and there isn't really a lot you can do ...
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What are some strategies to maintain morale and productivity after massive layoffs?

The situation you're describing is tough. Layoffs have a very real impact on both the individuals that are let go and those that remain. I'm sorry you're experiencing this. Here are some things to ...
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Coworkers accusing me of "cheating" for working more efficiently

Your colleagues would very likely have no problem at all if it wasn't for the weekly bonus based on output. Whoever instituted it clearly had no idea of the friction it would create in the department ...
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How to convince HR to let my star employee work from home?

I'm surprised no one is addressing the disability. He left yesterday, citing lack of handicap-accessible doors. There's no way for him to reliably get in and out of the bathroom without help at work, ...
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I'm in charge of equipment buying but no one's ever happy with what I choose. How to fix this?

Why are you purchasing new equipment? If the users don't have a problem with their current equipment, and prefer it over the alternative you have provided, then you seem to be creating a problem that ...
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Dating a Former Employee

As long as private matters do not affect job matters, go ahead. The only rule that I know of is: there must be no personal relationship between two people which are hierarchically related (i.e. one is ...
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"Ace" engineer deliberately broke his own toe to avoid training replacements during notice period

I could only find one actual question in your post How do I convince the people in charge to just cut their losses? I don't think you can. Senior management has demonstrated repeatedly that they are ...
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Why would company (decision makers) wait for someone to retire, rather than lay them off, when their role is no longer needed?

In addition to the other answers which contain many true things, these "old timers" often have soft contributions that are difficult to measure, but which are important. Some examples depend on the ...
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Posting warnings and thank-you letters in public

Praise in public, punish in private, for anything short of an immediate-firing offense.
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How to convince HR to let my star employee work from home?

You don't have to convince HR. That's not your job. Your job is to report to your manager what your capabilities are given the policy. Explain that you can change timelines, scale down projects, or ...
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"Ace" engineer deliberately broke his own toe to avoid training replacements during notice period

My honest, personal answer to your plight, rather than your question, is to invite the guy for a beer and ask him if his new company is looking for people like you. But your question was how to ...
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What are some strategies to maintain morale and productivity after massive layoffs?

Jay's list is already good, I'd like to add one point from personal observation from when I was laid off: As a survivor, do not feel guilty. Assuming you did not personally pick who should stay and ...
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CEO says not to expect pay increases unless you do something really exceptional. Is this counter-productive?

Are employees becoming more valuable to the company over time? For example, do they tend to develop skills that make them more productive or maintain relationships that bring in business? If so, it'...
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My company now requires that we ask to go to the bathroom. Is this legal?

This may be a violation of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)'s Restrooms and Sanitation Requirements: Employers must: Allow workers to leave their work locations to ...
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