Pop goes the project?

Yesterday, we told you provincial government was looking for computer programmers in the bureaucracy who would work on "an original app for the citizens of BC" in return for "pop, chips, candy and Red Bull." But the government is now "re-evaluating" that pay plan, according to a posting on the civil service's internal Spark blog. The reason: "over the past few days we've seen and heard of a rising concern expressed by the Union and individuals that this approach is causing some anxiety." The following is an edited copy of that posting.

Feb 22 2010 12:42PM

PROJECT UPDATE

The reason we started this project was to engage folks, and not just those that are in IT jobs, who enjoy building apps. The idea was that we'd get this community together after hours and on weekends to see what we could collectively come up with in a short amount of time. The thinking was that It's fun to be challenged, a little creative competition can do wonders, and we know that the addition of pizza, pop and snacks are really helpful.

Over the past few days we've seen and heard of a rising amount of concern expressed by the Union and individuals that this approach is causing some anxiety. The intention has been to create an opportunity to develop something new and different in a fun way - so there's a disconnect somewhere that needs to be addressed before we can proceed. Thus, we'll be cancelling the meeting scheduled for tomorrow and will re-evaluate our approach.

We have incredible depth, creativity and skill within the Public Service and we'll continue to look for ways in which we can all contribute, and do so in a way that doesn't create some of the issues that have been identified.

2 Comments

Since when does Disgust = 'anxiety'?

The fact that there are ANY government employees being paid to come up with such idiotic ideas is embarrassing to me as a citizen of this province.

I guess the economic recession gripping BC is the reason they forgot to offer a FoozBall table as well. As everyone knows all programmers want are chips, pop, candy, redbull and foozball. Oh and the ability to pay bills and afford rent...

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