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Should I really like my job?

Now, before I start, note that this is written whilst I like my job, so is likely to be rose-tinted.

I sometimes think my job is a bit unique. Lots of people like what they do, so it’s not special. Sometimes, it frustrates the life out of me, that’s part of the challenge.

The bit that I really like, however, is the part that I think is quite rare and unique. The project completion moments, the times where weeks/months of work come to fruition. They can be found in many jobs, so its not the plain sense of achievement.

What I like the most is the buzz I get from setting various components up, wiring them together, having an idea of how something should work, constructing everything as I think it needs to be and then switching it on, running it. And it working. First time.

Whether it be a simple ‘hello world’ on a console, or a complex cog in an already complicated engine. The time an idea becomes a reality, a piece of functionality, a portable asset of some, often considerable, business worth.

The creativity of development is often overlooked. Yes, I do follow rules, patterns and standards, but all endeavours have these. The art is in making new, innovative ideas within these parameters.

Controlled creativity. Its clearly not an expressive art, “the coder here shows his love for this woman by encapsulating the shared functionality in a super class”, although some of the mood swings of devs might be similar to those of fiery tempered artists.

One more characteristic I posses is rapid change of opinion, so my next blog might be about the mind-numbing, monotonous job of coding.

Life as a dev…


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Being Kept in the Loop

It is an exciting time to be working at The Hut. In it’s relatively short life, I suspect there have been very few occasions where there hasn’t been some exciting event on the horizon.

Having recently been briefed on the company’s Q1 performance, ‘things we learnt this quarter’ and plans for the future, I suddenly feel a real part of this organisation. We are all in this together, we’re going to aim for the stars, achieve our goals, and do it well.


An often underestimated importance of employee happiness is inclusion. To feel included is to be part of something, when included, you become a stakeholder. If you feel you have a vested interest in the success of your employer, if you feel ‘at home’ in your work, then, it can be said with certainty that, you will work harder and better.

The flip side is that if an employee feels excluded, the exact opposite effect is achieved. Morale falls, as does work rate, the care the person takes in their work and invariably the quality drops.

You’d imagine, given the clear delineation between these two outcomes, that it is a simple choice for an employer or manager to decide which path to take. This is not the case.

Often, the decision isn’t actively made and the organisation falls into a negative culture.

Communication is a word mentioned in every management handbook, HR mission statement and presentation about ‘How to Manage Effectively’, so much so that it is taken for granted and often ignored or incorrectly presumed.

Communication does not have the power to solve all of an organisation’s problems, yet, if ignored or poorly done, it does have the power to pulverize morale and undermine work done.

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