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Comment Re:Autonomy, mastery, purpose (Score 1) 468

Not bad stuff.

I would add:

  • - don't ship jobs overseas and ask me to train my replacement - that kills morale
  • - don't fire everyone and bring in starvation salary replacements with H1-B visas - that kills morale
  • - don't bring in "consulting" companies to analyze how you can cut costs and streamline. Listen to your own people.
  • - for a publicly traded company, don't kowtow to large investors looking for quarterly gains. If you find your company beholden in that way, then go private.


Comment Re:Training! (Score 1) 1201

Bingo. And that's why my company recently instituted a hiring freeze and yet another cost containment initiative. They're making billions but act as if they are about to go bankrupt. The shareholders (I.e. large investment houses like Goldman Sachs) are demanding that share price go up and the company will do anything in its power to comply.

Comment Re:Government actually working for the people (Score 4, Interesting) 167

I heartily agree that unions have helped with "safer working conditions, weekends, paid vacations, sick leave, and a host of other things ". However, they have also failed miserably when it comes to things like nonsensical work rules, seniority, and protecting useless workers.

The one example I can give is my first job (which was a union posiiton). There was a guy who used to hide in the toilet to read the paper or sleep. There was another guy who ran a vitamin supplements business from his desk. They were useless workers and yet every year we got the same pay raise. Management (also useless) tried to get rid of them several times, but the union reps always managed to save them.

In an ideal world, I would like to have the benefits that unions have brought without the the soul sucking lowest common denominator mentality that holds back conscientious workers.

Comment Re:I.T. curse (Score 2) 241

Problem is, the IT people who I know do not want to move things to the cloud unless it really makes sense (like spam filtering for instance). The pressure is coming from the C-level management. Some idiot from Gartner told them it's the next big trend and BINGO, we're moving as much as we can to the cloud. No amount of argument, convincing, managing up, etc will change the trajectory of the decision.

In my 15 years of working in the IT world in three different companies , upper management has NEVER listened to it's own people. They always hire outside consultants to tell them what to do, and this is what C-level people are being told what to do these days.

Comment Re:There is a huge positive bias (Score 2) 364

Another example of their drive to get their products entrenched:

My company is looking to go away from our current antivirus product to Forefront. We don't use SCCM. According to Microsoft, you need SCCM to manage Forefront. So, we are expected to dump our current inventory/software deployment system and set up an SCCM infrastructure just to use their antivirus product.


Comment Re:It only took a century (Score 1) 348

The one I got is a 60-watt equivalent. I forget how much I paid, probably around $25 or so. I'm not necessarily a fanboy, but I was curious about the new technology and bought it on a whim. As I said, the light quality is very good, but I'm not about to replace all the bulbs in my house at that price point.

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