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Comment: Re:Listen to the old guy (Score 1) 178 178

Being a "coding wage slave" is much more attractive to me than being a sleazeball big money "if I don't understand it it can't be important" douchebag. Those folks have to fuck over half the country to get to that early retirement. I would rather not be that guy, even if it means I can't retire early.

Comment: Re:Generally? You don't. (Score 2) 267 267

Getting employee buy-in is important. An employee that is engaged, that believes he has a higher purpose than just working for this company will put more effort and pride into his work.

While that is definitely important, I find that management buy-in is more important. More specifically, director/VP/C-level management. Managing remote workers or teams is more difficult than helicopter micromanagement. Bad, insecure managers need to see you working; good managers look at your productivity. Measuring productivity is hard, it's difficult to put numbers on. Seeing that you're warming your chair is much easier.

I recently was working from home 40% of the time or so. Every Friday, other days as required (two small children, do the math) with just a notification to my manager. Then I switched managers and the new guy put together a spreadsheet showing all the days I'd worked from home in the previous couple of months. After pointing out that four of the days he was talking about were actually sick days (which I reported as such, and had the time taken out) and showing how all the non-Fridays I'd taken from home were for legitimate reasons (my son having surgery, etc), he took away the privilege anyway. By his own admission, I'd done nothing wrong. (He then went on to tell me, in the same breath, that 1) I should collaborate more with my co-workers, and 2) I should figure things out on my own. Then he told me that my 2.5% raise could have been 3% had I performed better. Gosh, I feel so motivated now.)

The problem is not that I was working from home too often. The problem is that he's a shit manager. All of his reports hate him. If his boss (or his boss' boss, the CEO) was fully on-board with remote work, then he'd have a harder time being such a dick about it.

Comment: Re:One bogus comparison (Score 2) 127 127

You do know that the only difference between firing a non-union worker and a union worker is that the union worker has to be fired for a reason that management can document, right? A non-union worker can be fired on the spot for no reason whatsoever. A union worker has the right to progressive discipline up to and including termination.

Stop spreading the lie that union workers can't be fired. They can, it's just harder for management to do so, because they have to have an actual valid REASON (shock horror why do they hate America).

Comment: Re:Profit over safety (Score 1) 127 127

Except for unexpected downtime a GM (does that mean 'general manager'?) has no influence at all on power production or sales and hence his salary is in no way related to the power production of 'his' plant.

Yes, nobody ever has their bonus determined by things that they have no control over. No company ever deliberately structures their bonus program in a way that minimizes them by making the conditions for a full bonus impossible to achieve. They can still say "up to 10% bonus", because 1% is a valid value of "up to 10%".

Oh wait, no, lots of them do that.

Comment: Re:Intelligence is part of the problem (Score 1) 184 184

That sense of being stigmatized could just be another way your depression is expressing itself.

Getting fired isn't your depression manifesting itself. Go ahead, tell me with a straight face that a majority of employers out there wouldn't fire your ass if they found out you were in treatment for depression. They may not even have a choice in the matter; their liability insurer could require it.

Comment: Re:Unhealthy society. Not just in business or tech (Score 0) 184 184

Doctors telling employers that a worker is burned out and needs rest? Those employers actually listening? Employers required to pay sick leave? No mandatory unpaid overtime? Bosses giving a fuck about an employee's quality of life?

What are you, in ISIS? Here in 'murica you are your employer's bitch, and don't you forget it!

Comment: Re:Unhealthy society. Not just in business or tech (Score 1) 184 184

And I would not want to hire someone who looks like they will be a burnout in 5 years.

Of course you wouldn't. They obviously don't work hard enough. You want the folks that you can work into the ground in 6 months or so, then fire them for having human reactions to extreme overwork and burnout, and replace them with someone else who makes less money. Lather rinse repeat. Take a bath in all the money that you've made off of others' hard work and sacrifice. It's the American way.

The price one pays for pursuing any profession, or calling, is an intimate knowledge of its ugly side. -- James Baldwin