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This episode attempts to introduce the Soft Skills podcast and the content of episode 355.
The Soft Skills podcast provides weekly advice on non-technical matters that software developers encounter in the field of technology.
There are two questions this week, here is the direct translation in Chinese:
My architect is too busy with his children! In the past few months, his children have encountered many school and medical issues, and he has put in a lot of effort to take care of them. This has resulted in meetings being rescheduled or scheduled in the distant future, causing delays in the timelines of some large projects that require more attention.
I don't want to rudely insist that he prioritizes his family over the company, but he needs to push for organizational coordination instead of his children! I don't know when he is available, and I have to do extra work or attend important meetings without him as a backup, which puts a lot of pressure on me!
Keywords: balance, priorities, fair dialogue, talk to the manager, resource allocation, asynchronous communication, skewed resources, etc.
Can you help me understand what happened here? I was put on a "Performance Improvement Plan" (PIP), and from the negative feedback I received during my first review, it was clear to me that I did not meet the required level of skills. Instead of immediately looking for a new position, I decided to spend some personal time to improve myself and my mental health, and to prepare myself emotionally and financially during the remaining time of the performance improvement plan. I didn't give up, but I also didn't invest in the performance improvement plan. A few days before my final review, I resigned instead of being fired. When I resigned, the management seemed genuinely confused and angry. If they were going to fire me anyway, why were they so upset? Especially when one person started backtracking and pretending that I wouldn't be fired.
Keywords: compensation, courtesy and legal requirements, do better, PUA, run away immediately, give it a try before running away, you deserve better.