why contract is attractive to employers – employment law

Genn told a real story in her firm — An old senior officer was demoted twice but he still refuse to resign.

Q: Why the individual has upper hand over the employer? Because the employment law protects the individual.

Companies can’t easily lay off employees. That’s one reason contract is a popular among employers.

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c++ compiler to print __cplusplus

Based on http://stackoverflow.com/questions/1562074/how-do-i-show-the-value-of-a-define-at-compile-time:

#define VALUE(x) #x
#define VAR_NAME_VALUE(var) #var “=” VALUE(var)
#pragma message(VAR_NAME_VALUE(__cplusplus))
—-save above in dummy.cpp—-

g++ -std=c++14 dummy.cpp # shows:
dummy.cpp:7:44: note: #pragma message: __cplusplus=201300L

warehouse your curiosity google-search,esp.during work hours

Many people have a habit — immediately search on-line when a particular news catches their attention. Or it could be a name, a product, a jargon, a fact, a number, a question, something search-able, but something not related to their immediate task and don’t require immediate investigation.

If we warehouse the curiosity, very often we realize that topic is not worth searching. This is similar to a help desk’s internal policy:

Depending on the urgency, wait N minutes before reacting to a request. When you do reach out to the user, she will likely need it less urgently than if you ask her now.

Statistics — when I look back at my google searches, most of them are low value and no urgency. I wonder if you can ask google to show your own search history.

This rule requires self-discipline, something most adults and kids lack.

This rule applies not only during office hours. It applies whenever you need concentration. Non-trivial learning is one major area affected.

How do we warehouse? Write it on a piece of paper?

spare time utilization: %%strength

Very few peers are so conscious of burn^rot. Higher utilization of spare time is a key strength during my US peak + my dotcom peak + also my high school. We could analyze what’s common and what’s different between these peaks…

Outside those peaks, I also used this strength to complete my UChicago program, but the tangible benefit is smaller.

(This is different from efficiency on the job. Many efficient colleagues spend less time in office but get more done.  My style involves sacrificing personal spare time and family time.)

Looking forward, I guess this strength could be strategic for research-related domains, including any job involving some elements of research and accumulation.

A repeated manager praise for me is “broad-based”, related to this strength.

techies do quit finance

I have seen several cases, for various reasons I may not know so well. I would say not every likes/tolerates the higher pressure, high workload or the lack of creativity in the typical Wall St tech job. Some can get things done but don’t like it.

  • Many Wall St move “higher” to pure tech firms.
  • Y Li moved from M1 (or another telecom firm) to BofA and left after 2 or 3 years.
  • J Ji went to Murex, then some software vendor, then BofA but left after just 1 or 2 years.
  • Park (GS PWM CPDB team) went from Bloomberg to GS, but lasted just 1 year plus. I think he left for some university. He might return to finance.
  • Q Li moved from OC to UOB but didn’t feel good. I think she may join another bank soon.