Boss puts development team on Craigslist
Web programmers meet web jobs market
Call it compassionate capitalism or a desire to do good in these darkening times, but one US manager has placed a "for hire" ad online touting his developers' skills just one day after being forced to axe them.
The ex-boss of three PHP, MySQL and Perl programmers has turned to Craigslist touting the "amazing" trio's skills after reluctantly laying them off.
The team certainly combines an inspiring set of skills and personality types. There's the shy-yet-dependable geek capable of cranking out code you never thought possible, the enigma obsessed with performance, code reuse and contributing to the open-source community who writes code like poetry, and the Fortune 500 guy who you'll want to lead your development team.
"I'm posting here today in hopes that someone out in the world is looking for some seasoned talent, people who can get things done for you," the Washington DC-based, anonymous former manager said. "I will personally recommend all three of these guys".
As talk of recession grows louder, employers should take note: there are ways to hand out pink slips, and ways to hand out pink slips.
Those interested in hiring this trio should go here.®
This sounds like fun... (while I wait for my lentil soup to warm up in the microwave...)
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or something like that... Mine's the blue parka with the orange lining and furry hood....
I think the manager deserves a bit of appreciation for his/her efforts to help them find new positions anyway possible. Many times, budget cuts (wise or not) are handed down and there's simply no choice.
It's somewhat comforting to know that their tallents were recognized and the fact that their former boss would take the time/effort/energy (probably in violation of corporate policy regarding personal recommendations) is laudable in my books.
Kudos to him/her.
Not an unusual course of events in my experience...
For a proper handover to take place the organisation has to move on from the denial stage and accept that you are leaving (whether voluntarily or redundantly). Then someone to take on your responsibilities must be identified (or hired). No one inside the company is generally jumping at the chance to take on more work for no extra pay, and the new hire process usually takes too long...
I was left in a position one on occasion when my nominated successor was not going to accept my handover notes and briefing because they were 'not in the right format'. I had to have a little heart to heart with him explaining everything he needed to know was there, and that at the end of the week I was going to be gone, his call...
In my experience I have always put together a handover document of some description - and if I can find someone to run through it with I will. I have almost always had a thank you from my successor down the line...
>> I find it extraordinary that a company would choose to refuse good advice or useful information, whenever it is offered so readily. This was a talented and professionally qualified engineer with years of experience. <<
I know the feelling well... I retired (aging myself, I know) from the Post Office, from a position last year where much of the work I did, I was the only one in the office who knew what needed to be done, weekly, monthly, quarterly, annual reports, IT support, etc. I gave the boss three months notice, and waited and waited to be told who to pass 35+ years of knowledge to... Three weeks before I left, the boss, who had been there on a one year detail, returned to his permanent office two hours away, and a temporary boss came in... Another week went by... I was finally told to train one person on one small portion of my job... And I had to fit that training around her work schedule, so I ended up being able to give her about eight hours training...
Sure enough, the week after I retired, my former supervisor called me a half dozen times... the first time while I was standing in front of the ToonTown Post Office at Disneyland... One of the calls was because there was no one left in the office knew where the control box for the alarm system was located and a Postal Inspector needed access to the system.
Knowledge retention problem / apathy acting as a diuretic?
A colleague recently left the company he had been working at. The company were very pleased with his work and he parted on amicable terms, as any professional should strive to.
He told me that a few weeks before he left, he asked his boss if there was any company procedure to pass on knowledge before people leave. His boss said no.
Surprised, he continued to go about his job as usual.
As the last few days approached, he said he got an uncomfortable feeling; he wasn't happy about *not* passing on the knowledge. He wrote about ten sides of information, including useful names, phone numbers of contacts in other departments, outlining his test methologies and the type of equipment he had been using for the testwork.
On his leaving day, he waved the sheets of paper around and asked who he should give the information to. To his surprise, nobody wanted them. He put them on his desk and left.
I find it extraordinary that a company would choose to refuse good advice or useful information, whenever it is offered so readily. This was a talented and professionally qualified engineer with years of experience.
Do you know a 'colander' company / organisation?