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The employee in question sounds extremely productive. If he can finish his work faster and more efficient than anyone else, then he is way above the skill set required to succeed in that job. I can see why he was hired again 3x. If I was in your position, I would try and plan the following with my own boss: Talked to him one on one and figure out ...


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Now I have a deadline that I know I will most likely not meet. Should I explain to my manager that I am further behind that he may believe and that I have messed up, or should I just work extremely hard on finding a solution and deal with the mess-up at deadline time? Both. You should immediately talk to your manager about the project - where you are,...


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Alison covers this very nicely. Two options that I find very useful are saying something when they first interrupt you: I've only got 5 minutes to talk, and then I need to get back to work. and I'm a bit busy right now. But if you come back in 45 minutes, I should have a few minutes free. In other words, deflect them right off, in a friendly and ...


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I suggest pushing towards making his teaching effective. The first step is to point out that very few people learn well just watching someone program, and in particular it does not work for you. You need to have your fingers on the keyboard, listen to what he tells you to do, ask questions until you understand it, and then type. He may find actually ...


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I would take the approach of "How well does this developer produce versus other members of your team?". If their production is in line with the rest of your team, or worse they are a better producer, then I am not sure it will be easy for you to approach without altering the atmosphere for all of your team. If their productivity is below the line in ...


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There's also the thing about him being my team leader, I feel like I can't use the "I am really busy" line because it would imply that he doesn't have anything to do... I want to keep a cordial professional relationship. How can I communicate all this without being rude? Avoiding the "I am really busy" line is not implying anything, nor is it ...


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So the question is at what point should you put your foot down on the issue? If you are the manager, you put your foot down on any issue when it becomes a real problem. If this person is not working at the appropriate rate, then you deal with that problem specifically. Basically, you should care about getting the work done, and not about the "letting ...


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Should I explain to my manager that I am further behind that he may believe and that I have messed up, or should I just work extremely hard on finding a solution and deal with the mess-up at deadline time? Do both. Explain to your manager that you are behind your timeline, AND work extremely hard to meet your original deadline. The mess will be infinitely ...


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Seek (medical) help, and that may include counseling, medication, or even a therapy. I had also phases like this in the past, as others people answering had here, but I wont include my personal diagnosis - it could be physical, psychological, you could be doing the wrong job, or doing it in an bad environment.


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The reasons could be many and varied, but when I had this problem a few years ago, it turned out to be my thyroid shutting down. I'd go get a physical examination, and explain the symptoms to the doctor. A little blood work could end up showing the issue. Besides, it's always a good idea to get checked out once in a while. A very inexpensive prescription ...


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Is the job done? I mean, wether the person looks like working or not should not be relevant. Performance should be relevant. If that worker makes more stuff than others, where is the problem? This person works another way than the average. Is probably not able to stay focused as much as its colleagues. Is able to make the job anyways. Well, then it's time ...


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How to deal with amazing procrastinators? Work with your HR department and put this person on an performance improvement plan, commonly known as a PIP. By doing this, you will have given the employee documented items to improve upon and the means by which their success or failure will be measured. If they fail to meet the goals of the plan, you will have ...


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Should I explain to my manager that I am further behind that he may believe and that I have messed up, or should I just work extremely hard on finding a solution and deal with the mess-up at deadline time? You should stop and analyze carefully your situation here. If you consider you definitely can't finish on time you should speak to your manager ASAP. ...


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