Is it time to suit up or ship out?
This article originally appeared on our sister site, ZDNet Australia Builder.com
Leave the jeans at home, get a haircut, and shave that beard, because the IT industry is tightening its grip on the dot-com culture and everything it stands for, as managers know that they don’t need to compete to hold on to their best employees.
During the dot-com boom, a lot of IT recruitment consultants said a more laid-back environment improved staff morale, retention, and productivity. However, some employers now seem to be taking advantage of the struggling industry and are readopting traditional corporate culture into the IT sector.
Why? ZDNet Australia asked Paul Rush, a global recruitment consultant, whether he was concerned that a reversal of this culture may also signal a reversal in productivity. “The increase in productivity is not worth the extra cost, and it takes away from the key focus, which has to be work. The market has tightened significantly, and whether people like it or not, you’re going to have to work a lot harder in this environment than you have ever done in your life."
“People see any additional expenditure as fun, and that means you don’t have to go for that additional comfort for your employees because you don’t need to do it anymore, because you don’t need to compete to hold on to your employees,” Rush added.
So what does the readoption of traditional corporate culture mean to you? It means you’re no longer going to be employed just because you’re a technical guru. You are going to have to learn to dress, communicate, and adapt to all the traditional corporate ideals that IT has been exempt from in the dot-com culture.
Is the dot-com culture dead? “Elements will come back,” Rush said. “If we can’t have elements like that in society, we stop challenging our traditional values and, when we stop doing that, we stop maturing as a species.”
Is the dot-com culture headed for extinction?
So has the dot-com culture disappeared forever or will it return? As a manager, are you seeing a return to traditional corporate culture? E-mail the editors and tell us what you think.
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The interviewee is a moron
Many heads of businesses, during the bubble, held their collective noses while they gave what they consider "techie riff-raff" what they wanted... because it was the trendy thing to do.
Since then, it has become fashionable in CxO circles to "put the screws" to techies in order to create attrittion - which they want to reduce the size of the workforce.
The push to "bring back the elitist policies at any cost" at some very backward companies will not last long... as they will be either driven out of business, or they will be forced to liberalise the policies once business conditions improve.
Just my opinion of course:-)
costs more to suit up
spend hundreds if not thousands of dollars
on clothes that don't keep me warm or fit well
and that I can't do any physical work in.
Spend an extra 15 to 30 minutes a day dressing,
ironing and picking up clothesfrom the cleaners,
not to mention paying for the dry cleaning,
making it more likely that I'll be late for work.
Risk my life working around machines with
a noose on my neck, which has already been
proven to decrease blood flow to the brain,
and, hence, quality of work, by 15%.
So, where is the expense to the company
in employees wearing practical clothes?
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