Management From Hell
This post is a result of a conversation I had with my wife.
My wife is also in the Hi-Tech world and she is a senior Java developer (yes
computers runs in the family ;-)). Last week we talked about what is
going on in the project that she is assigned to and I couldn’t believe what
I’m hearing. Apparently, the managers there just lost their mind…
- “I don’t want/care about quality code I want to see that you work a
lot of hours”
- “Do you have a family? kids? if not you don’t have excuses not to work
above 11 hours a day”
- “Developers that don’t do more then 11 hours a day will be transferred
to the QA team” – until now three developers were “punished” and felt
the wrath of the managers
- “You must do at least 11 hours a day!” (in Israel the average working
hours is 9 hours a day)
- And many many more “good” sentences like that.
Since the project’s status is on schedule then it is very foolish of managers
to act like that. Instead of encouraging the workers to do their job, these
managers are ”throwing very big stones” at their workers (even though it
isn’t necessary). From what my wife tells me the workers are very embittered.
Some of them are looking for new jobs. Others just turned to be very apathetic
in regard to their job or developed antagonism for their job.
What do you think about this situation?
What will you do if you were in my wife’s place?
Would you eat that cake?