Coding is boring, unless…
Bruno Marnette
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Well that’s just brilliant. I expect you would see a lot of resistance to trying to spread these sorts of ideas, unfortunately. On the one hand are many business-school-grads who have been taught that the goal is total interchangeability of every member of the workforce (except executives, natch) and that high turnover is good because it gives them the opportunity to cease wage increases or else make them very small, helping keep the industry average as low as possible while also making extra profit off of employees who do not embrace the chaos and expense of hopping to different employers every handful of years. You can end up getting the services of a developer with 5 years of experience (and domain-specific experience too!) for less than you would need to pay a new hire with 3 years experience. These ideas come from the labor world, and our knowledge-work industry is just a big copy/paste from the labor world. Almost none of the practices make any sense at all for knowledge work, but they are well established and it dovetails with the second big resistance I would expect:

Resistance from the workers themselves. It may seem strange that workers would actively oppose policies that would make their work more interesting and rewarding, but desiring a job you enjoy is anathema to the Protestant Work Ethic which is still a large part of western culture. Work is meant to be unpleasant, and a workers value, both to others and to themselves, is measured by the suffering they endure. Desiring pleasure, or better conditions, or higher pay, are all seen as vices of the slothful and greedy. Even when research shows open floor plan offices are objective terrible for everyone involved, including the employer because they destroy productivity, they persist beyond all reason. When it shows those working from home are more productive, that shorter work weeks are more productive for knowledge workers (because humans simply cannot pound out 8 hours of mental work the way they can 8 hours of physical labor) and that the massive inefficiency of an office building does not pay for itself, it all gets ignored. I fear observations that some of the negative consequences of our labor-derived business structure can be compensated for or eliminated will find the same sad fate.

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