Who is responsible for your career?
This guy makes an anti-point, so I'm using it to make a point.
I'm doing a little "drudge-work" programming today, as my boss would think of it. Why? Because I actually know the monetary value of the entire project (I'm doing only a small portion). That's why bosses get excited - value. Duh! to the blogger.
What would I be doing instead? Trying to improve my Swing programming, the basics. Not quite as valuable.
Monetary value of the entire project stopped mattering to me after the nth time we had a friday afternoon "high priority, quick turn around HUGE client, BIG monday deadline" situation.
If its not your own share of the company, its not your client... it's not your profits, it probably is not your long term security, and it's only very remotely tied to your bottom line.
You may get some immediately forgotten kudos at the next staff meeting, a $250 spot bonus and a bullet on your next performance review. Which may add 0-1% more annual pay and 0-10% chance of a promotion 6 months from now. (number guestimated)
Isn't today Saturday?
And yeah, I worked today too :P
July 14th, 2007 6:16pm
At my last job we had a particularly grueling month of late nights and working weekends to shove a huge product out the door on time.
In the end we were all given $20 gift certificates. While my co-workers were happy, I felt insulted and cheap.
That really motivated me to start my own business.
July 15th, 2007 12:04am
lmao. If I had a drink, I'd be spitting it up right now. That's as good a motivation as any for starting a business. ;-)