A programmer's work environment should be a supremely comfortable place to
sit, look at information on a screen, and type. At ArsDigita we accomplish
this via providing Aeron chairs, the keyboard of the programmer's choice,
and at least two monitors. In the summer, the place should air-conditioned
[sic] 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. In the winter, the office should be
heated and humidified (often neglected). The air should be cleaned
year-round with high-efficiency mechanical filters and electronic cleaners
so that allergy sufferers are not discouraged from working.
. . .
If you see one of your best people walking out the door at 6:00 pm, try to
think why you haven't challenged that person with an interesting project. If
you see one of your average programmers walking out the door at 6:00 pm,
recognize that this person is not developing into a good programmer. An
average programmer's productivity will never be significant in a group of
good programmers. If you care about profits, you must either come up with a
new training program for the person or figure out the best way to terminate
his or her employment with your organization.
ArsDigita Systems Journal:
I'm not sure if the working environment described here is heaven or hell or
some unholy mixture of the two.
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