Employee compensation boils down to benefits in exchange for value delivered. Most employers think they know what they want from employees, and employees have certain benefits (namely, salary) they expect in return. So how is it, that the identification of value, agreement on measuring value, and process of rewarding value is so challenging? Why is there strife over employee compensation, to some degree, at nearly every organization?Read More
Do not overlook the fact that showing loyalty to certain employees, specifically long-time employees that are not strong contributors, might actually be showing your high-performers that you do not value their contributions.Read More
Hiring is among the most challenging aspects to running a company. If done correctly, it can propel growth and success that you never imagined, but if done poorly it can lead to festering infections in culture and process that will be nearly impossible to get rid of. Unfortunately, there is no single technique, or even selection of techniques, that will be a silver bullet. Furthermore, each technique will have aspects what will eliminate candidates who might have been great, while letting others through that are not. Engineers present a unique challenge due to to the above-average density of introverted candidates when compared to other types of positions, like sales or human resources.
It is important to understand and focus on your hiring process for what it is – the future of your company.Read More
It doesn't matter if you are a tech lead for a small group of developers or a manager of a large team of engineers, there are a number of practices that will drastically improve the results you end up with. Naturally, this can't capture every aspect of good management, there are hundreds of books that do that in a more exhaustive way than I ever could, but I have personally seen each of these be the difference-maker with regard to how a team is able to execute.Read More
It is long overdue, but given the nature of the website (not asking for any of your personal information) I hadn't found the time to set it up. That said, OpTech now defaults to HTTPS ensuring you have a secure connection.