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There's a 4th option: Call your retired infrastructure support manager and ask him for advice. He knows the right people, and may care enough about his former teams to call his contacts higher up in the company. The advantage of this option is that there's pretty much nothing to lose. If he doesn't want to get involved he may still have valuable advice, and ...


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Get "sent home" notes in writing, preferably in emails This supports both (1) and (2), and might even get this new chap to back down a bit, because when he is forced to explicitly state "Joe Smith yawned twice at 4am" in writing, something which can then be taken to anyone with a modicum of common sense, he might realize that having his judgement reflected ...


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Don't make it a 24-hour event. Those kinds of events are fine for students and can work in startups or highly technical environments but most employees are just going to pass. It's simply too much of a time investment for anyone with a personal life. I also don't imagine the last 12 hours would be particularly productive anyway. If you want to make this a ...


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motivate employees... to make certificates in their free time because they are on projects Above is a huge red flag, don't do this. If it's really in company interests ("so we can say we have highly qualified employees"), don't cheat about personal improvement. What serves the company, should be done in work hours, don't invade into employees private life ...


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As my study of this situation, there are other problems, actual problems that needs to be investigated. People simply don't get demotivated for working 2+ years on the same project, they get demotivated when they either feel They are not valued Their work is not valued Their opinion is not valued They don't see any growth opportunity for their personal as ...


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In a situation like yours, a good starting point is to present the current use of Git as the rule. Add simple instructions like Where do I get the current code? Check out the Git repository XYZ. How do I make modifications to the code? Use development environment ABC, modify code and commit changes to Git repository XYZ Include Git into the written rules ...


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My question is, is it my fault that I was overlooked, undervalued and underpaid for so long? There's no way to know without a lot more details, but "fault" isn't something that should worry you anyway. Every company has a unique culture. Some companies value quiet, steady work. Other companies value loud cowboys. In some companies you can grow to more ...


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Clearly, you are not managing these interns the way they need to be managed. It may well be unfair that they need to be managed so differently from typical employees, who want to accomplish, but this is the hand you were dealt. Here is what I would do. First, I would gather them all together for an intern meeting. I would give them the following information,...


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I work at home two days a week, so I know where you're coming from here. What I do is be clear about what I'm going to do that day and what needs to be completed. I generally do the same things as I'm in the office - a cycle of work and coffee. I get distracted by websites sometimes, so I just close down the browser while I'm working (I use different ...


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My general pattern for dealing with office conflicts is to try to work it out with the person (which you did, and it was fruitless) and if not to appeal to higher authority and or HR. In your case, I would be choosing something closest to option 1. Of course, just because you're going to another person doesn't mean you can't be diplomatic. If there is ...


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Now, I should not care. I am not their boss and their work does not directly impact mine, so objectively there is no reason for me to be annoyed by this, but the fact that I feel that I make a bigger effort than them in our small company to achieve success does bothers me. Clearly this is about your feelings, and feelings are personal. What helped me ...


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My ~300-person company is currently in the midst of a hackathon, as it turns out, so here's what I've learned from that. First, as others have said, that 24-hour commitment is going to be a deal-killer for some of your employees, especially if you aren't giving them other time off in exchange. Even with valuable prizes, that's going to rule some people out ...


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If work was supposed to be fun, it wouldn't be called work. I'm sorry to tell you this, but welcome to the rest of your life. You might find a work that you enjoy MOST of the time, but you very likely won't find one that you enjoy ALL the time. What I suggest you do is think about the outcome of misbehaving during work (and in front of clients). You might ...


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I'm going to take the alternative approach to the problem and solve it at the source instead of letting it become your problem. Pay your interns at a competitive rate. If you don't like that, skip to the end of my answer for additional methods. I have friends who work unpaid internships; I work a paid internship. Their motivation is almost 0 because they ...


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Let me preface this by saying I understand your concern and where you're coming from. I would have a similar reaction. To answer your question, you don't. It's not your job any more. The new developer will be the sole owner of the product just like you were, and will use whatever tools they deem necessary. What you can do is present your boss with a list of ...


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It should be easy if you put forth the right mindset. You know that it will be over soon, so nothing should bother you. Therefore, with all the concerns of corporate BS being gone, you can focus on the work as it is literally the only thing that matters now. At the risk of sounding grim, many people who have a terminal illness can become very positive ...


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they don't know the basic tools we use like Git, agile development, etc. I think this is an unrealistic expectation for unpaid interns half way through college. Git and agile may be popular in the tech industry, but they are not academic topics, the purpose of their time with you is to get a basic introduction to these concepts, so of course they will start ...


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Nothing easier. Stop presuming that you are a virtuous person Obviously, your entire position here rests on the presumption that you are a good guy, honorable and hard working. From that high horse, you judge everyone else. And you presume that judgment is also virtuous. You don't even think about this; you just take it for granted. Another person ...


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Any suggestions on how can I motivate them? Hack days are a great way to motivate devs. Once a month allow the team to spend their Thursday afternoon working on a hack project. Ask your boss for a budget to buy beer and pizza. Start by brainstorming R&D ideas, what new tech do they want to try out? what cool thing could you build with your combined ...


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While this may seem strange to someone fresh out of school, this is generally what life looks like to adults : What you are proposing is the encroachment of Work's enormous green slice into the tiny little sliver of peaceful free personal leisure and development time that is left over in one's day after sleeping, eating, cleaning, laundry, yardwork, ...


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how do you deal with this conflict once it has been decided that this is something that must go ahead, if you feel strongly against the change? My way of dealing with this is considering what my role in the company is. Am I there as a developer? As an analyst? As a team lead? As a project manager? If I'm the developer (which I surmise you are), then you ...


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I had a job once where I was working there for several years and was making less than they were hiring new employees for. I went to HR and complained about X employee, who was making almost twice what I was (salaries weren't that secret in those days in that business) and I wanted to know why. The HR woman told me it was because he had years of experience at ...


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A subjective measure like bags under eyes or yawn for 'fully fit to work at all times' is not valid in my opinion. The new manager should be measuring actual output. I could be bright eyed and doing no work (like I am now). If he is sending people home weekly with reasons like that and upper management has not already taken action is a bigger problem. ...


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If you don't help him and let him fend for himself, he'll miss his milestones, nature will takes its course and that's the last you'll hear from him. From now on, you're always busy trying to meet your own deadlines. You are not so selfish as to not want him to get full credit for his own work, do you? Let his incompetence lead to his undoing. You don't ...


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There is the (in)famous motivational "fish video" (youtube and other sources) that shows fish market employees enjoying themselves on the job. The point being, if people can enjoy that physically demanding, bad smelling, and at times, disgusting job, so can you. The way to succeed is to make the job enjoyable and have a game with the work. You need to ...


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As a job-hopper myself, I can testimony about reasons my motivation go down when being in the same project over a long time. This usually has little to do with pay or recognition of my work: Working in the same project over a long time lacks of learning opportunities. There is a lot to learn from changing: you learn how projects are different and how they ...


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There are a few things you can try to keep yourself going throughout the day. Make a plan You know from experience how many tasks you can achieve so at the start of your day, plan how many of them you believe you can get through and start working on them. Prioritize Decide which task excites you most and, depending on what works better for you, do it first ...


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For myself, I would not be willing to sacrifice my personal time for any "work team-building exercise". Since it is a 24 hour event, that seems to suggest that I would be committing my own time to this event. Anybody with families or other commitments may think they would be expected to stay longer than usual to help their team win, and so pass because they ...


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This is a perfect example of "sweat-shop" software development. The people considering implementing this system clearly have no understanding about the creative process that goes into developing quality software, and only see their developers as overpaid Internet surfers who are a burden on the company's bottom line. They run the company, so they can do ...


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Decades ago there used to be an implied contract between the employer and the employee. The employee would exhibit loyalty and have long tenure, while the employer did their best to keep the employee happy and employed. We live in a very different world today, one in which employers made the first move to destroy that common trust that was once shared ...


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