Monday, May 19, 2008

Workaholics, or Drama Queens?

One job back, I worked for a small company that instituted an "Employee of the Month" award to help boost morale. The only 2-time winner during the existence of this award was a nice guy, and a good programmer, but he won the award for being at the office long hours and fixing problems. But those problems were ones that should have been found before they got that far. This company was rewarding heroics instead of quality. It's a common problem for software companies - the people who get rewarded are those being heroes, while those that do things right the first time get no recognition. And that's just wrong, and this explains, in one of the links.

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