Women and IT
Computer World is running an article on why women seem to be leaving IT.
The gist of the article is basically that women don’t want to put up with the BS, insane hours, and perpetually being on-call.
Slashdot got wind of this story, and most of the responses there were along the lines of “if they don’t want to put in the same hours that we do, forget them.”
Personally, I think that what they should be asking is why *they* are working the insane hours to begin with.
You shouldn’t live to work. You should work in order to get money to do other things like pay the rent and pursue whatever you enjoy doing.
Your job is just a job. It doesn’t love you, it won’t care if you work yourself to death doing it, and it can be done by someone else should you leave. Don’t fall for the fake macho BS of “you are your job” and don’t be guilted, intimidated or manipulated into working insane hours.
The trend to make every person do the work of several people and constantly being on call is not a positive thing. It leads to stress, very costly mistakes, burnout, and a wasted life.
Do your job and then leave the building. Go to the lake. Enjoy the scenery. While you’re there, toss that damned Blackberry as far out into the water as you can.You’re better off without it.
Work belongs at work; just like you do – for about 8 hours a day, 5 days a week barring the very occasional overtime.
Current mood: annoyed
Current music: AFI – The Missing Frame