Great article. I'm forwarding it to my boss... Hahahahaha... :) Btw, a boss that does the "Where were you, I worked all weekend?" is
only demonstrating his inability to effectively manage a project. No project
should require extra hours without some form of compensation and it should
always be optional.
In a perfect world that is totally true, unfortunately it doesn't always
work that way. I work for a very small company, we are trying to change from
custom work to selling a product. We don't have the capital that the larger
companies have, so we sacrifice, work some nights and weekends, and work as hard
as we can hoping it pays off in the next few years.
My experience is that the "We've always done it that way" mentality
is an excuse from employees that don't want to look at how to improve their
performance. These are the same ones that complain when they get the smallest
piece of the "pay-for-performance" pie.I would add to the
list for managers, "Don't say 'When you're at work we own
you, body, mind and soul, so don't even think about sending a private email
or making a personal phone call.' " Employees owe you work in exchange
for a wage but you don't "own them" while they're at work.
Get over yourelf and your inflated sense of control of those who work under your
If you work weekends or nights and don't provide some sort of SUBSTANTIAL
return, you simply robbing viable workers who could've had a better job
somewhere else. Many employees WANT to work extra if they can get something like
"Time and a Half" overtime pay, but good managers should be able to
estimate schedules, account for risks, manage staffing levels without resorting
to mandatory overtime. I worked a startup for a good chunk of my
professional life. It paid better wages, and we had stock options. We put in
long hours hoping that the whole thing would pay out. It didn't. Sadly even
extra pay barely made ends meet when I was out of a job repeatedly due to the
company foundering to stay lucrative and needing to lay off/rehire workers for
an extended period of time. Ultimately, all the promises made meant nothing.
I'd spent a lot of time and had never been fully compensated. I'm now enjoying a job that is less dynamic in terms of mobility, but a
lot more stable. Maybe not as exciting, but it's better for me, because I
don't feel ripped off...
Duh. Too bad many bosses don't get it.