Softwire’s Key Responsibilities


12 March 2014, by

I’ve spoken before about Softwire’s “key responsibilities”. These are the five main things that Softwire asks of  its employees, and they haven’t changed since they were first put to paper many years ago. Except that recently a Softwire employee took it upon himself to change the order!

I thought it was about time I recapped what these responsibilities are, and went into each one in more depth. So over the next couple of months I’ll put up five posts looking at each responsibility in depth. Here, to begin with, is the list in full:

Be happy

  • Think of ways to increase your motivation or make your job more enjoyable – and discuss them with your manager.
  • If you are unsatisfied with any aspect of your job, talk to your manager or anyone in your management line that you feel comfortable with.
  • If after doing so you’re still not happy, you are encouraged to chat (informally!) to a director.

Widen your involvement

  • Don’t restrict your vision to the scope of your immediate remit.
  • Seek ways of taking on more responsibility and becoming more valuable to the company – it’s encouraged!
  • We’d like you to engage enthusiastically and proactively with our goal of making Softwire better, and welcome your ideas and extra-curricular efforts.

Be fully responsible for all your tasks and actions

  • That includes all tasks, big or small, and ones which you’ve part-delegated to others.
  • You should aim to do *everything* reasonably within your power to deliver them on time.
  • Tell someone well in advance if you can’t do so.

Take active responsibility for your own personal development

  • Read around your subject and learn about e.g. good code, software design, etc.
  • Don’t leave it to others to devise your career goals and development plan – consider your aspirations and express them clearly.
  • Tell your manager or a director if you’re not happy with your rate of personal development

Treat your time like gold dust

  • Manage your time carefully, maximise productivity, minimise overheads and aim to achieve five productive days per week.
  • Work to specific and quantified goals / deadlines / estimates, or agree some with your manager if you don’t have them.
  • Develop a foolproof system for tracking your tasks and actions and review and reprioritise once every day or so.

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