Published: Monday, May 14 2012 1:00 p.m. MDT
I once had a boss who complained in a staff meeting that we weren't working
hard enough. We weren't putting in enough hours. He cited an example of
someone in another group that he felt was a hard worker because he was always
working on Saturday when the boss came in. He was quite embarrassed
when someone in our group pointed out that that individual was there on
Saturdays working on his dissertation.
I have been a software engineer for 18 years. Working overtime in the software
industry is grossly overrated. Just recently, a team member that I work with was
told by a supervisor to get his assigned tasks done 2 weeks early to show
dedication to the management. So the worker put in a lot of late nights and
overtime. He finished on schedule all right, but a month later, his work did not
hold up to high standards, and much of what he did during his marathon of
overtime had to be redone. It took several weeks to redo his work (I ended being
the one who had to redo his work.) In the end, it would have been far more
productive to not have done all the extra overtime and instead produce a quality
solution, even if it would have taken a few days longer.This is just
one example of dozens I could give about how overtime can backfire. This
nonsense needs to stop.
so what does george do that allows him to set his own hours? That's pretty
rare I think...
Working late can sometimes be a negative experience for the employees, therefor
they waste time and become unproductive.
The best option to avoid working overtime is to become your own boss, start your
own enterprise, and get rich! Just like Glenn Beck believes all good Americans
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