It’s a manager’s nightmare, when a team member leaves just when clients are coming in and bringing more work our way. I for one do not blame people for looking for greener pastures (LGP, as opposed to Looking for Better Management- LBM). But for one to abandon ship just when things are definitely picking up, well … there’s really not much I can do about that except look for a replacement.
I’m not looking for some top-notch developer with code coming out of his ears. I want someone teachable, a fast learner and not averse to a night or two nights of overtime (with free dinner) in a month. But the pattern we seem to have reached at our workplace is everyone wants to join the tech group, and no one wants web development.
I’m not sure if it’s because of the non-challenge. My brand of web development is to create something attractive with a backend that the client cannot destroy. That means Joomla / WordPress and a good designer and a php coder. My brand of web development is to make it as easy for the client to maintain his site, with the minimum of help from us, so we can pick up and do other things.
I did get to interview a couple of guys, with two more perhaps next week (if they show up, because some of them email back and then do not show up). But until then the workload of the guy who left rests squarely on my shoulders, and I am doing double time again.
All work and no blogging makes for a stressed out Bambit. I look like someone an insurance agent would hesitate to give a life insurance quote to.