Hugh Pickens writes:
Quentin Hardy reports at the NYT that a leading maker of cloud-based software for running corporate human resources and financial operations has announced new products that provide the kind of data analysis that Netflix uses to recommend movies, LinkedIn has to suggest people you might know, or Facebook needs to put a likely ad in front of you. One version of the software, called Insight Applications, predicts which high-performing employees are likely to leave a company in the next year; it then offers possible actions (more money, new job) that might make them stay. "We’re surprised how accurately we can predict someone will leave a job," says Mohammad Sabah, director of data science at Workday. The goal is to predict future business outcomes to take advantage of opportunities and cut risk levels. One future product may be the ability to predict who will and won’t make their sales quotas, and suggest who should be hired to improve the outcome. "Making an employee happy, improving the efficiency of a company these are hard problems that affect corporations."
i prefer to work for small companies
less pay than what big corps could afford (but not necessarily offer)a little more job security (higher value as part of a smaller team)more flexibility (hours, work type, work environment, leave, etc)friendlier atmospheredirectors are often part of the production workforce toomore open to new ideas and more likely to encourage initiativecan be stressful when work dries up for a while, but i don't think any more than the continual stress of a big corp
problems arise when a company grows to the point where they need to hire 'managers' as a specific job title
i think one of the biggest mistakes is when a prospective employee pursues a high wage/salary at the expense of all elseyou can have a decent salary and a miserable life, but on a reduced salary in a different company you might have a happier life. if you're lucky enough to have a high salary and a happy life you are very fortunatewith a reduced salary job you might have less "stuff" that you can afford, but most working people spend a significant part of their week at work, so if you're not happy at work you probably need to ask yourself if you're working in the right placelower salary != lower standard of living; it's unfortunate that corporate media has painted this picture, neither are those ignorant fools pushing for higher minimum wage law that only serve to make it illegal for unskilled people to get a job