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June 11, 2007

What's the view like from your cubicle?

TechRepublic just revamped its career blog and named it “View from the Cubicle." As they appropriately ask, “Do clueless end-users and cutthroat co-workers make your work life a walking festival of hell?” If you can relate, definitely check out this blog for humorous but oh-so true workplace conundrums, war stories, job hunting advice, and good conversation – Toni Blowers gets a ton of people writing in with their comments from the field. The latest post is on how to get the most out of your professional references, which is something you should take seriously when on the job hunt.

Posted by Christy H.

Making your .NET development job easier

What tools assist with your .NET development? TechRepublic posted a great article recently about .NET development tools that are available to make your jobs easier. Here's there sample list of development tools, but check out the comments to the article for additional suggestions from the field. Anything you would add?

Snippet Compiler: Developers often need to run a bit of code to see the results, and building and compiling a project is overkill in this situation. The Snippet Compiler allows you to compile small code snippets quickly and easily with support for .NET Framework 1.1 and 2.0.

The Regulator: Regular expressions are a powerful tool that may be used with JavaScript and Web development or in your .NET code. One problem with them is the actual building of an expression as the syntax is a bit arcane. The Regulator tool allows you to build and verify regular expressions via an easy-to-use interface.

NUnit: Testing is a critical aspect of every development project. The NUnit tool facilitates the creation of unit tests to test projects as they are developed.

NAnt: The popular NAnt tool allows you to easily create build processes for your projects. It is a great tool when working with multiple developers, but the latest version of the .NET Framework includes the powerful MSBuild tool, which provides much of the same functionality without the need of an additional install and setup.

CruiseControl.NET: This provides an automated integration server so that code changes are automatically incorporated into project builds. It smoothly integrates with NAnt and Visual Studio and provides monitoring tools to keep tabs on projects and builds.

Altova XML Suite: Simple text editors are fine for working with the occasional XML file, but larger XML-based work is simplified with XML-specific tools like the XML Suite from Altova.

NDepend: Examine the efficiency of an application's code with code metrics generated by the NDepend tool.

CodeSmith: Reclaim development time by generating common code with the CodeSmith tool.

-Posted by Christy H.

June 04, 2007

Working hard, or hardly working?

There was a great article in today’s New York Times that caught my eye: “Time Wasted? Perhaps It’s Well Spent.”  The writer talks about several studies that have come out recently on efficiency in the workplace.  There are some different theories, but the theme running throughout is that Americans are not really hard at work for 8 hours a day.  Whether it is useless meetings or surfing the web, chances are you’re being pulled away from your work countless times during the day.

The other side of the story is that we are working far less traditional schedules than used to be common.  Whether you are in a program like ROWE, or just someone with a Blackberry, most of us do not walk out of the office at 5:00 and leave work behind.  In fact, the article states that almost of half of small-business managers in the U.S. are checking eMails and making phone calls while driving, while 18 percent are even checking in with their eMail in the bathroom.

The question that comes to mind is which came first, the chicken or the egg?  Are we shopping online and reading blogs during the day because we work too many hours, or do we have to work extra hours because we’re not finishing our work between 8 and 5? 

The article is definitely worth checking out and I’d love to hear your thoughts on this topic.  Does this sound familiar, or do you think that you’re able to stay focused on work?

Posted by Christy H.

May 17, 2007

BlackBerry Addiction

Always checking your eMail after work hours have ended? You’re not alone. The New York Post did a piece on the downside of always being connected. Sara Stewart’s “Being Plugged in Lets You Work Anywhere—and that’s the Problem” definitely resonated with me, as I’m sure it will with a lot of you.

Let’s face it, there are a lot of benefits to being able to work from home. As the article points out, it allows you to spend time out of the office. And if there is an emergency situation at the office, you can be reached to diffuse it. However, always being available has its downfalls, the major one being that it blurs the line between work and play.

It’s important to keep some time for yourself after the work day ends. Yes, many bosses expect their employees to make themselves available, but that doesn’t mean you need to keep your BlackBerry glued to your side all night. Why not set aside time once a night to check your BlackBerry or eMail? This way, you won’t have to worry about missing an important call or eMail, but you also won’t have to sacrifice valuable free time.

If you have any other suggestions for being disconnected after office hours, I’d love to hear them.

Posted by Jim L.

November 10, 2006

Office Headaches

There have been way too many times when I’ve been at work in front of the computer with a deadline fast approaching and begin to feel the pangs of a tension headache. For many technology professionals, eyestrain, headaches and other stress related symptoms are all too often part of daily work life. In an attempt to eliminate the pain, we go to the medicine cabinet at work to reach in for a pack of aspirin to find that the cupboard is bare. What’s a person to do? Well we found some quirky “office remedies” that are believed to relieve your headache in The Office Cure for the Common Headache by Monster.

          Hydrate with Electrolytes: Electrolytes that are in sports drinks and other beverages combat stress headaches brought about by tension and dehydration. If you can’t get a sports drink, try to drink lots of water.

           Try a Caffeine Boost: This is a tricky one. If you are a regular coffee or tea drinker, you might be suffering from caffeine withdrawal. If so, a little caffeine might do the trick; don’t overdo it though or you might worsen your condition – especially if you are not used to drinking coffee.

           Bathroom-Sink Remedy: This one definitely sounds crazy to me, but many claim that it works. Fill a bathroom sink with the hottest water you can stand. Place your hands in the water. As the water cools, replace it with more hot water. Keep your hands in the hot water for a few minutes. The idea behind this is that blood rushes to the hands and away from your head, thereby relieving the headache.

To find these and other remedies go to Associated Content.

Posted by Stacey A.

June 06, 2006

Workaholic

The technology field is often considered a culture full of workaholics.  When your workload is overwhelming, the hours you work can get out of control quickly. 

Baxter Strategies Inc. found that 13 percent of full-time US employees work more than five days a week.   On top of this, the Society for Human Resource Management considers the 37.5-hour week a minimum expectation.

More than 31% of college-educated men are regularly working 50+ hours per week, up from 22% in 1980.

We’re working non-stop.  ABC News explained in a report this April that Americans are ranked fourth in the world for highest annual hours worked per capita,   With just South Korea, Japan and Australia ahead of us the land of the free is definitely not the land of the free-time. 

With all of the technology available to the US workforce, workloads should be easier to manage.  In reality, people are expected to be available by cell phone or Blackberry 24/7.  Returning an email here and there adds up to a lot of extra time focused on work.   

The truth is that technology, paired with corporate cut-backs, is adding time spent in the office, virtually and physically.  Since 1969, Americans have added an average of one extra month of time spent working each calendar year. 

On top working crazy hours, many Americans are commuting further than ever before.  Newsweek ran an article this month on commuting and found the fastest growing group on the roads fall into the category of Extreme Commuters.   Extreme Commuters are people who travel 90+ minutes to work, each way.  That’s right, over three hours in the car or on the train every day.

Demanding careers and limited staffs are already overloading workers.  With the commute factored into the scenario, people are spending less and less time on hobbies and at social events.  As you trek home from the office tonight, remember every 10 minutes added to your commute decreases time you spend with family and friends by 10 percent.  Uplifting right? 

Working like a horse isn’t all bad.  In fact, workaholics do have one thing average working stiff don’t have, money.  Even if you're salaried, you'll earn more than twice as much money by working 44 versus 34 hours a week.  Although this extra pay isn’t showing up as overtime on your next paycheck, workaholics  disproportionately earn promotions more quickly and land killer job opportunities that equal more money in the long run. 

If you’re wondering if you are part of the growing population of workaholics, take this survey from Forbes.   

Posted by Christy H.