Re: The Sub Shop Guy

Subject: Re: The Sub Shop Guy
From: "Jeanne A. E. DeVoto" <jaed -at- jaedworks -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Sat, 3 Feb 2001 18:31:02 -0800

At 5:00 PM -0800 2/3/2001, Bruce Byfield wrote:
>Hard work and dedication aren't just something you find in a cereal
>box. Often, they aren't even something that one person has and
>another person hasn't. They exist in environments that make them
>thrive.

I'd go further than that. I think they exist in environments that don't
actively stamp them out. In my experience, most people like to work hard
and be dedicated to the success and quality of their work; when I've seen
general disaffection and slacking, it's been because management has let the
need for control take priority over the need for good work.

A case in point is the story - we've heard variations of this over and over
- of a writer who needs to get a manual out on schedule, and works until
three in the morning one night to make sure it's done. The writer comes in
at ten the next morning and is promptly bawled out by a corporate higher-up
for "not coming in on time", followed by a company-wide memo bemoaning the
"laziness" of certain staffers and reiterating the policy that everyone
must be in by eight. You ask that writer whether she'll be willing to pull
an all-nighter next time someone else's mistake puts her schedule in
jeopardy. I can tell you what she'll say.

There's no faster way to de-motivate people than by letting them know that
you don't want their best; you don't care about their best; what counts is
not whether their work is plentiful and of good quality, but how well they
follow rules that have little or nothing to do with quality and everything
to do with maintenance of control.

(The application to telecommuting is left as an exercise for the reader. ;-)

--
jeanne a. e. devoto ~ jaed -at- jaedworks -dot- com
http://www.jaedworks.com



^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
Develop HTML-Based Help with Macromedia Dreamweaver 4 ($100 STC Discount)
**WEST COAST LOCATIONS** San Jose (Mar 1-2), San Francisco (Apr 16-17)
http://www.weisner.com/training/dreamweaver_help.htm or 800-646-9989.

Sponsored by DigiPub Solutions Corp, producers of PDF 2001
Conference East, June 4-5, Baltimore/Washington D.C. area.
http://www.pdfconference.com or toll-free 877/278-2131.

---
You are currently subscribed to techwr-l as: archive -at- raycomm -dot- com
To unsubscribe send a blank email to leave-techwr-l-obscured -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com
Send administrative questions to ejray -at- raycomm -dot- com -dot- Visit
http://www.raycomm.com/techwhirl/ for more resources and info.


Previous by Author: Re: Restrictions
Next by Author: Re: Document layout: Whose decision?
Previous by Thread: Re: The Sub Shop Guy
Next by Thread: Re: The Sub Shop Guy


What this post helpful? Share it with friends and colleagues:

Sponsored Ads


Sponsored Ads