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Comment Re:Sad loss of a co-worker (Score 1) 1149

It used to be that companies would train workers in times of shortage...

To me, it seems highly possible that this persistent "skills shortage" is the flip side of a persistent "compensation shortage, including training". Much of the narrative I hear on the news is trying to justify exploitative behavior or offload training costs to the government.

Companies are cut-throat for cheap labor, and the software industry is in a race to the bottom. Some people blame FOSS devs for setting the price at 0. I think it is a larger problem.

On the other hand, it is also possible that workers no longer reward investment. If a worker will leave for a better job shortly after receiving training, than a company may see negative ROI for training. Keeping that worker would require better treatment than the competition offers. Training and compensation makes the labor more expensive, presenting a possible competitive disadvantage. In this scenario, businesses crying for government help does make sense.

That said, watching corporate raiders destroy morale in my father's generation makes me believe the unfaithful employee is simply behaving rationally after a hard-won lesson about poor compensation enabled by globalization.

Comment Several conflict resolution strategies (Score 2) 433

Most organizations have difficult people. Some pairs of people just get on each other's nerves. Often it comes down to circumstances -- did you meet at the beginning of a stressful period? Others who remember the "good old days" may have fond memories that help them through the present. etc.

In order to build a healthy career, you have to learn how to manage these situations productively. People who master the skill get promoted.

Some advice: Don't take it personally. Don't let the problem fester. Don't be overly aggressive. Do your homework. Proceed with caution. Scout out how your peers feel about this individual. Do others have strategies for working with him? Calmly approach the other individual, talk about the issues, and make sure they understand what you perceive as inappropriate actions. Sometimes people lose track and appreciate the wake-up call (especially introverted engineers). If it is intentional, try to find out why -- maybe you can call a truce or forge an alliance. Walking away over one person sounds extreme. Can you find a new project or role that reduces your interaction with this one individual? If you have issues with numerous people than walking might be more appropriate.

I would also recommend the book "Win-Win Negotiating" by Jandt and Gillette.

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