Once you count all the meetings that are not duplicated, 60 hours a week at my full productivity would yield more output than 2 guys doing 40 hours. Loads of meeting distract as well as displace productive ouput.
A friend of mine in 7th grade signed up for a cosmetology class thinking it was cosmology, and boy was he surprised. At least it was only one of those 1 hours per week deals to fill in a gap with our weird rotating schedule (7 classes for 6 periods).
Good book, and one of the central tenets is that in a technical organization there will be a competence inversion. Good engineers will defy the Peter Principle by way of "Creative Incompetence", such that excellent technical leaders will stay at the bottom levels due to bad personalities, poor hygene, and similar.
Excellent book, but expect to be depressed as you see the behaviors it talks about in your own organization.
Yeah, that caught my eye too.
Dead wood needs to be cleared out, and I am curious if that is what is going on, or if it is just creating a climate of fear. Dead wood generally doesn't up and leave because of a bad review, good talent with other options does. Think Wally vs. Dilbert. Wally learns to burrow in year after year, Dilbert pulls his hair our over the failures he didn't cause but gets blamed for. So in the common stack system, dead wood tends to accumulate despite poor reviews, and good guys who just had a rough year end up motivated to leave.
The head of engineering at a former job told the crowd after a nasty layoff "We are ALL temporary employees" several times over.
Get used to it. In most jobs your loyalty is purchased in 2 week increments. Check your contract, or rather your lack thereof.
Cubeville is bad enough. I'm having to overhear folks politics the next row over right now (not my politics...). For real design work you need to be able to shut out enough outside noise and distraction to really immerse yourself for a couple hours at a shot, and a door would be awesome right now...
I'm curious if all those particulants are partially contributing to current drought conditions by seeding clouds to dump their load into the Pacific before getting to the West coast.
A point of frustration is that every gosh darn system has gotten idiosyncrasies about these extra characters, and the end result is bad practices.
Somehow authentication needs to go away from the password, as it has been empirically proven many times over that people will screw it up. With dozens of accounts out there, all with slightly different rules for both username and password, I end up trying my top few burner combos and then go into the annoying reset pit of despair.
My horrifying to me is Fidelity. They REQUIRE you to use a number only password, which is about as weak as you can get for surviving a brute force attack.
Interviewers all too often forget that this is a two-way process. I am evaluating them as much as they are evaluating me. In a recent interview a manager (not the hiring manager) really started to put the screws to me about my job history, really harping on how long I'd been at certain places that are just plain normal these days. Engineering has become somewhat nomadic, moving on as contracts dry up, or after the place gets bought up to be run like a puppy mill.
My takeaway was they were out of touch the industry they were looking to break into, and further probing by me bore this out. At that point I was still smart enough not to "blow up" the interview, as as others have noted, niche industries are alarmingly small and interbred. You never know who you will run across again down the road.
Excuse me while I go take care of my sudden onset nausea...
At least methane breaks down with a half life of about 20 years. CO2 will live eternally until it is absorbed by the ocean, or consumed by a plant.
It sounds like this stuff has no good mechanism to be taken out of the air.
I can tell you as someone who has interviewed a lot of engineering candidates, PhD's tend to get a very skeptical eye. Occasionally you find a great one, but usually they are a nightmare of disfunction, and almost never anything in the middle. It is too bad we can't accept more of a skills based compensation model, instead of one that automatically pays a large premium for an extra slip of paper, no matter how much of walking horror show it makes you skill wise.
Even hospice is just trying to manage the pain and suffering while waiting for death to come. It can be an agonizing experience depending on what is leading to death. The loved one is often still miserable, just that the aim is not to cure/fix/solve the underlying condition, just to keep the associated pain and suffering managed as best as possible.
Plenty of terminal conditions do not respond well to pain killers (especially some cancers). Other conditions, like mouth/throat cancer can literally result in the person starving to death once they are unable to eat.
Nobody is mandating forced euthanasia one people, rather it is a modest request to keep options open when a sick or dying person really has no good options left.
I helped my grandmother in her final days, and it forever ended any doubts I had about the ethics of assisted suicide. Very little will wrench your heart harder than listening helplessly to a suffering relative curse and beg God to put and end to things. In the epilogue it turns out that all three of the family members that were present came very close to offering the entire bottle of morphine she had at different points. I wish it had been legal, I would have done so without regret.