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Comment: Re:So what? (Score 1) 471

by johnnys (#49485897) Attached to: Seattle CEO Cuts $1 Million Salary To $70K, Raises Employee Salaries

"Actually I fail to see how "motivate your employees to work harder" necessarily translates into "employees are happier""

Fair criticism. I just think that for people with common sense, more money likely (not necessarily!) translates into a better life and more satisfaction, up to a point.

A larger apartment closer to work for a more relaxing commute, fewer nagging worries about money, chances to enjoy nicer "things", etc. are all minor but real improvements in quality of life that can be enjoyed with a higher salary. Some people are very much motivated by money and some are less so, but unless your staff have genuine addiction problems, more money is likely something they will appreciate.

Comment: So what? (Score 4, Interesting) 471

by johnnys (#49485199) Attached to: Seattle CEO Cuts $1 Million Salary To $70K, Raises Employee Salaries

He surely owns a large chunk of the company: Why take a huge salary when you can motivate your employees to work harder and make the company worth more? That is a faster way to get rich than just paying yourself a salary.

He gets rich faster, and the employees are happier. It's win-win. Just don't pretend it's about "justice" and not simple self-interest.


Comment: Re:thank God they didn't have computers.... (Score 1) 626

No, the media should be asked to make a big stink about this, and the mind that can countenance that this is in any way a proper use of the system must be removed from any position of authority. A felony charge will follow that child around for the rest of his life. That is NOT acceptable.

Comment: Re:Lies, bullshit, and more lies ... (Score 5, Interesting) 442

First of all, welcome to Canada and I hope you're having a good time in our great nation. Sorry about the winters!

Second of all, if the USA wants to do the H1-B visa fairly for all USA citizens, here's a suggestion: Make the minimum annual salary for each H1-B visa holder 10 times "the poverty threshold for a single person under 65" (about 10 x $11,490US = $114,900US based on 2013 numbers.)

That way you will eliminate the problem of employers getting "cheap" labour to corrupt and undercut the job market to displace honest, capable USA citizen workers, and you'll still be able to attract the genuine foreign talent that these billionaires claim to need.

If these billionaires REALLY want what they claim they want, then they'll have no problem with this change. And pigs will fly, too!

Comment: Race to the bottom much? (Score 4, Insightful) 460

by johnnys (#49421487) Attached to: Planes Without Pilots

Just put two reasonably competent people in the cockpit at all times and stop trying to f**k an extra penny out of every dime, you cheap chiselling b*st*rds.

Right now many feeder airlines are barely paying a living wage for their junior cockpit staff, so stop pretending that the personnel costs are going to put you out of business. You're certainly not passing along the recent fuel cost savings to us sardines.

(I haven't had my coffee yet, so that's my excuse for the "negative tone" in this post.)

Comment: Re:Easy. (Score 1) 279

by johnnys (#49382369) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Dealing With User Resignation From an IT Perspective?

If the work is so disorganized that it can't be picked up easily, then the manager has been doing a crappy job. The manager should have a good overview of what the employee was doing.

If the person coming in to do the job is too junior to pick up the job fairly easily, then they are too junior and the manager needs someone with better chops.

Finally, there's no reason that the manager can't call the released employee with a few questions during the 2 weeks: That's perfectly reasonable.

Losing an employee is always going to be difficult no matter how you do it. There's no easy way through it but if you hire the right person with the right understanding of the job, the work they do to learn the job will help define it and give them the chance to make it their own. If you try to define the job perfectly with all the processes and rules already in place, you don't get the chance for the new guy to bring in better methods and ideas.

Comment: Easy. (Score 1) 279

by johnnys (#49380673) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Dealing With User Resignation From an IT Perspective?

Shake their hand, tell them (truthfully!) that they will be missed, their work has been valued, you will give them a good reference and pay out their last 2 weeks no problems.

Then IMMEDIATELY close all their access and politely escort them out the door.

It's the only way to be certain and address all risks: It's easier to justify the cost of 2 weeks salary than it is to deal with any fallout from problems. This is the way it's done in large enterprises where they have done risk assessments and looked at their own history of related problems.

Comment: Re:what will be more interesting (Score 2, Interesting) 662

by johnnys (#49345697) Attached to: Jeremy Clarkson Dismissed From Top Gear

So his mother just died and he was going through a nasty divorce. His soon-to-be-ex wife is also his manager, so both his professional and personal lives are completely miserable. He was working long hours and he had just spent two hours in a pub where he had been drinking heavily.

None of that excuses a physical attack, but the BBC should have stepped in and provided him with a chance to see a therapist and get some help, then make the appropriate apologies and restitution. Sometimes "zero tolerance" absolutism needs to be relaxed a bit in exigent circumstances.

Comment: The real problem is this: (Score 1) 765

by johnnys (#49319303) Attached to: A Software Project Full of "Male Anatomy" Jokes Causes Controversy

The problem is that neither side in this impasse is worth defending: You have sophomoric perverts creating dick-themed content and wittering fragile flowers who can't help but be offended and complain about it.

The idiots who posted the rude content should pull it down and apologize for being total *ssholes. The "professional offendees" p*ssing and moaning about it should grow a thicker skin and shut up.

Since neither of those two solutions is ever going to happen, people with a brain and an adult personality should just ignore the whole thing and let it wither away. If the FOSS software is any good, then fork it, give it a sensible name and move on.

In case of injury notify your superior immediately. He'll kiss it and make it better.