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How often does the manager provide employee feedback? If it is only tied to the end of year review, you need to increase it. Perhaps even weekly. Have the manager then raise the point in the setting which was designed for providing this kind of feedback. The conversation should look like: Stephen, I appreciate how you are willing to come to me to point ...


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If the subordinates are asking questions which can really be answered with a "refresh your browser", it looks like either they are looking for micromanagement or just to look like they are doing something. You don't mention where this is based, so I cannot tell if it's part of the local culture to have this sort of interaction. In my own experience ...


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The most obvious trade-off is that you risk "scaring the horses" by simply bulleting under-performers, and being seen as an assassin. The question is not merely whether you think (or some management metric determines) that a person is underperforming, but whether other workers think the target's performance falls far below the norm or that the ...


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For most managers, the important question is "would we be better off without this person?" Someone who is working 50% as hard that everyone else is still doing some useful work and if you fire them, that work won't get done - or it'll only get done by sacrificing something else. In theory you can recruit a replacement but that could take months, ...


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There is plenty of history and opinions on this topic. Jack Welch of General Electric got fame (and controversy) for instantiating a "fire the bottom 10% each year" policy. Some people think it's great while some people think it's stupid. More nuanced discussions are here and here. IMO it's up to the manager to figure out whether a poorly ...


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What could be the trade-offs between managing under-performers or just letting them go? First of all, it is not at all clear (generally speaking) what under-performers are. The first class of under-performers that I see is the fresh graduates, starting their first job. Should companies not even hire beginners / juniors? Economy would collapse in just a few ...


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Your manager's job is to deliver "value" through the team. That implies that the team needs to be in a good state - people are happy, they're motivated, they have the proper technical skills to attack the problems of the team, etc. Having periodic 1:1s is one of the main ways managers achieve the above. Therefore asking to ditch this is asking your ...


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It sounds like you are new in the company. Why not just have the meetings a few times and take it from there? Then, when you know whether/what is wrong with the meetings, discuss those things. It may for example be that you have an allotted hour to talk with the boss, but 4/5 weeks you just talk for ten minutes and get back to doing stuff. I have a weekly 1 ...


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Micromanagement nonsense. They think that you will be more productive with some obligation to talk about your "achievements". You will be more busy for sure; but not productive. What usually happens is that employees start to game these events and do stuff that is presentable but not productive. See if you can live with that culture because you ...


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I appreciate that there are a lot of toxic companies out there but I feel your behaviour is assuming the worst about your manager and the company. What a 1 on 1 is supposed to do is to create a channel for raising questions, concerns and conversations about career progression. e.g. Stuff I've heard in 1 on 1 as a manager: Office is too noisy I'm concerned ...


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What can I do to solve the meeting and make my manager feel that it went well. That is exactly the question you should ask during your first one-on-one meeting with your manager. Every manager is different. Every manager will want something different from their one-on-one meetings. When I held them, I wanted to know how things were going with their work, ...


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What lets a manager say that these were successful? He presumably has some corporate imposed goal. Don't ask us, we don't know. Ask your manager, in these meetings. Find out what he wants to achieve and help him do that. That applies both to the meeting and the rest of the week. What can I do to solve the meeting and make my manager feel that it went well. ...


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As I see it, the meeting should be informal talk about whatever you would like to discuss. That may be manager wanting to ask you about anything such as is there, or asking for a feedback about your colleagues, or providing some news about the company. You may in turn ask for something you find unclear, or discuss some impediments which you are having, or ...


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Run out of things to talk about 10 minutes in. There are some situations where you'll need an hour one on one or more, but noone needs it every week for their entire career. I have quarterly hour long one on ones with my manager. Before the meeting, write down the 10 or so things you need to talk with your manager about or feel he would benefit to know. All ...


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Majority of the cases, we hear the opposite problem: Not enough communication to set the goals and review the achievements, also availing continuous feedback. I'd say, instead of declining it, go for it. The key to any useful meeting is to have a clear agenda about the meeting. Set a recurring meeting invite. A day before the scheduled meeting, send and ...


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Yes, bad management is typical. The core philosophy apparent here is something called "theory X" management. Ie, the developers are lazy and will do no work if at all possible, so they must be monitored in a very precise and public way. I'm not saying an authoritarian, low trust approach never works in any industry. But at least in software, one ...


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Once you publish these numbers, even if management doesn't actively reward/punish developers based on these number, developers are going to compare themselves to others. They're going to try to establish themselves as someone who produces a low number of defects. While that's probably exactly what the PM is hoping for, it has a number of undesirable side ...


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