How to not be an IT manager

When one of your people leaves the company / institution for another job, and that person was doing programming work that a second person in your group had expressed interest in, it is generally a poor management decision to retain the first person as a consultant (at, of course, highly inflated consultant rates) instead of moving the second person into the slot (even temporarily) to fill the need.  When someone leaves a company, the separation should be complete, signing a consulting deal with the newly departed simply rewards those who leave by giving them (in effect) a doubled salary and punishes those who stay by not allowing them the career growth they have ben requesting for the past 8 months plus.

Very poor decision.

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