Month: January 2019

The joy of caretaking

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The jar of life There have been umpteen articles written on the “jar of life”. The story is attributed to a mythical philosophy professor, giving a life lesson to his students. Now, this isn’t going to be another one of those articles, so don’t worry. But for those unfamiliar with the concept, here’s a quick summary. Your life is a jar (of course!). You fill it with golf balls, which represent the big important things, […]

Towards remote working

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Stages of remoteness In the last article I wrote about how flexibility in the time and location of work is the greatest perk that you can give your staff. It costs pretty much nothing to the company, yet the life benefits are numerous. Naturally, flexibility should be given within bounds that work for both yourself and your staff. Senior, self-directed staff can probably work entirely to their own schedule and location, whereas less experienced staff […]

Flexibility is the greatest perk

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Where we are Given that technology talent is in significant demand, and given that salaries can only go so high before they fail to become a meaningful differentiator, companies need to find new ways to attract and retain staff. As a manager of engineers, aside from making sure that I am paying market rate, I’ve found that the most impactful workplace perk that I can give staff is flexibility over the time and location of […]