Thought for the Week #419

Posted by frank October - 26 - 2010 - Tuesday

First of all, I am sorry to be late.  My new Droid sent my IT friends into a spin trying to get my various contact lists in the right place and backed up so…the weekly thought list was corrupted in the process and I had to rebuild it over the past few days.

I think I have it right now but ask that if you do not want to get this email weekly please just hit reply and say “No Thanks” and I will take you off.  Conversely, if you know of someone I should include please send me the email address.

As a result of your input last week I will email both the message and the link to my blog where the message will be posted.  You can go there and comment publicly and I encourage you to do so.

Here is the thought for this week:

Years ago, I remember sitting at my desk and watching as a young lady who worked for my company arrived for work each day.  She had a starting time of 8:30 and I watched, curiously, as she would burst through the door and hustle to her desk, flopping her bag down at 8:30 sharp.  Then, having “touched base” she strolled to the coffee machine, fixed her coffee, toasted her bagel, said her hellos and headed back to the desk by about 8:45.

This drove me crazy.  An 8:30 start means work begins at 8:30 which to me means that you arrive between 8:00 and 8:30 do what you need to do and sit down to work by 8:30.

This girl is just one example.  Pass by most corporate parking lots at 9:00 AM and you would think you’d stumbled upon the filming an episode of The Amazing Race.  Cars screech to a halt and doors fly open as people quick-step toward the entrance so that they get through the door at exactly 9:00 while remaining blissfully unaware that managers and business owners are keeping a mental ledger and using it as one of the means by which they will evaluate, promote and offer wage increases.

I have always thought that if you do more than you’re paid for, eventually you will get paid more for what you do.

Remember, the world is a big mirror reflecting back to you the face you bring it every day.

5 Responses to “Thought for the Week #419”

  1. Joe Herder says:

    As a manager, I do not care when an employee arrives or leaves work. Each person has a job to do and certain tasks they are expected to perform – on a daily, weekly, monthly, and sometimes, on an annual basis. Some days are going to be heavier, some lighter. As long as the work is done, a person’s schedule is their own business. Some stuff is time, and time of day, sensitive. Part of the job. I have my own work to do. Supervising unmotivated employees is something I do not have time for. Do your job and get rewarded generously, or fail to do so and leave.

  2. Joe Herder says:

    I should also add, that I work with an extremely productive group of people and we have not had a member of the staff leave, voluntarily or otherwise, in the 5+ years I’ve been here.

  3. Marco says:

    LOLOL! This was so me years ago! It is simply amazing how we grow and transform as we age and become wiser! Thank you Frank for the outstanding Blog!

  4. Liza says:

    Hmm, I’m reading this while at work, and the time is 9:39. Whoops!

  5. frank says:

    Yes Liza but you are one of the inspired souls Joe refers to above and should regulate your own hours

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