Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Culture of Quitting? g

I caught a serious article from The Daily WTF over on today; "Up or Out: Solving the IT Turnover Crisis". I hadn't thought about employment in these terms before;
... if a company embraced a culture of quitting. If they were upfront with their employees and said something to the effect of, “we know that you’re not going to retire here; in fact, after two to three years, we know you’ll be ready to move on to a different job. But before that happens, we want to make sure that you feel that you’ve done an excellent job here and are leaving with some solid experience under your belt. Of course, there are a handful of architect and management positions available, but you’ll really need to demonstrate commitment before even being considered for those. Obviously, that path isn’t for everyone.”
It's an interesting observation on why people stay or leave a given company. I've been running into this one a lot lately:
What was once “fresh new ideas that we can’t implement today” become “the same old boring suggestions that we’re never going to do”. Prior solutions to similar problems are greeted with “yeah, we worked on that project, too” or simply dismissed as “that was five years ago, and we’ve all heard the story.” This leads towards a loss of self actualization which ends up chipping away at motivation.
Emphasis added. I'm still processing this article out on many levels. Check it out.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Heh. Told ya.

What a shock - new study shows that playing violent video games isn't the cause of violent behavior. I'm shocked. Really. Seriously.


Tuesday, April 01, 2008

It's not fixed, it's broken.

Today our kitten goes in to get broken. Yes, I know the proper term is "She's going in to be fixed" but when she comes out of the operation exactly how is she "fixed"? She's not broken right now, and the surgery is to stop her procreational activities (and the hours of meowing) -- and that biological imperative was working fine when she went in. Thus, when she comes out, she's broken... not fixed.

In any case, I was greeting with a similar LoLCat this morning. Since her surgery requires 11 hours of no food/water all of the animals get to suffer with her. Even the dog's food, what was left of it, is hidden as a few of the cats will eat that even if they have their own. All of them had a similar look to the cat in the pic above.