Re: Like long hours?

Subject: Re: Like long hours?
From: Sandy Harris <sandy -at- storm -dot- ca>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 07 Aug 2002 11:07:20 -0400


jgarison -at- ide -dot- com wrote:
>
> I've been reading this thread off an on, and it just won't die. Perhaps I
> can put a stake through its nasty little heart ...
>

> It has nothing to do with people's attitudes or abilities. It has to do with
> expectations, and a contractual agreement entered into by both parties.
>
> As an employee, I expect to work 40 or so hours a week. ...
>
> There's not really much else to say about it. ...

No, but that reminds me of a story which gives another perspective.

There was a book called "Soul of a New Machine" that followed a team
as they designed a new mini-computer. The Data General (remember them?)
Eclipse, their answer to the Digital (r..?) VAX. DG desparately needed
that machine to remain competitive.

Most of the design team were bright new engineering grads. Everyone
involved was working their butts off, both the engineers and the
technicians. The project was important, urgent, high-status, ...
70-hour weeks, overnight marathons, ...

At one point, though, one of the techincians left a pay stub where
one of the engineers could find it. The engineers were more than a
bit miffed to find that the technicians -- unionized workers, at
time-and-a-half for overtime -- were making considerably more than
an engineering salary.

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
Want to support TECHWR-L? Get shirts, bags, hats, clocks,
and more from the TECHWR-L Store. All proceeds support TECHWR-L.
http://www.cafepress.com/cp/store/store.aspx?storeid=techwhirl

Save up to 50% with RoboHelp Deluxe. Get 2 great products for 1 low price!
You'll get RoboHelp Office PLUS RoboDemo, the software demonstration tool
that everyone's been talking about. Check it out and save!
http://www.ehelp.com/techwr-l

---
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.



References:
RE: Like long hours?: From: jgarison

Previous by Author: Re: Toward a more civil techwr-l community
Next by Author: Acrobat pdfs and Windows 2000
Previous by Thread: RE: Like long hours?
Next by Thread: RE: Like long hours?


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

Sponsored Ads


Sponsored Ads