Re: Average Hours Worked

Subject: Re: Average Hours Worked
From: Goober <techcommgoober -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 2 Aug 2002 10:10:04 -0700 (PDT)

> Exactamundo! And you are compensated for getting the
> job done, not just showing up and filling a chair.
> If
> a plumber comes over and says "have it done in an
> hour" and it takes him four hours - a reputable and
> reasonable plumber would only charge one hour
> (assuming there was not some massive change in the
> work expected).

I think we do agree, but the issues are being blurred.
If I (anyone, really) am putting in excessive
overtime, there's a problem there. More often than
not, it can be traced back to two main factors:

1. The person working insane hours either doesn't care
about the hours, or is ill-fitted for the job.

2. The project is horribly mismanaged.

More time than not, I see project plans where employee
tasks are calculated at 100%. This right there assumes
the employee is going to work overtime every week, as
aside from project work there are:

* workplace distractions
* bathroom breaks
* company-related interruptions
* meetings

And many other factors above and beyond the project.

I've even seen instances where employees involved with
more than one project were flagged at 100% on each
project! Talk about miscommunication! But from these
project plans, milestones are calculated and deadlines
are set. Poor planning.

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