RE: Exploitation is a two-way street (was a bunch of other th reads)

Subject: RE: Exploitation is a two-way street (was a bunch of other th reads)
From: "Barbara Yanez" <BarbaraYanez -at- cogentsystems -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 1 May 2003 12:07:08 -0700

I have to add that I once had a job in which one of the secretaries
stayed till 8:00 PM almost every night. Know why? Because (sorry to say
this but it was well-known) she was *slow.* Not really the sharpest
pencil in the cup - to say the least - but good friends with the manager
and therefore she was retained.

That always made me think. Often it is not the number of hours you put
in, but your efficiency at doing your job. A truly valuable employee has
the ability to work *smarter* to get the job done.

So it is important to look at this issue from many different angles -
not just the number of hours.

Barbara Yanez
Integration Group
Mgr - Documentation
(626) 799-8090 x 419
byanez -at- cogentsystems -dot- com

-----Original Message-----
From: Victoria Nuttle [mailto:vnuttle -at- cauto -dot- com] wrote:

Ok... I have to say... thinking that you're a cinch to keep your job
just because you put in "above and beyond" hours is not always the case.
I had one job at a company, I worked probably about 30-35 hours a week
and no doubt could have happily stayed there for life. I wanted a
challenge, moved to another job. Aggressive release schedule and it was
normal to be putting in 50 hour weeks. When I returned to work after a
13 hour day to get a release out, I was laid off.

Nothing in the world will EVER convince me that that 40+ hours per week
really impresses your employer that much. If you can get quality work
done and deadlines met in your work week, do most managers really pay
attention to how many hours it took you to do it? (as long as you've met
your "minimum" required)

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