Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Working Hours

a Biblical thought...
Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy. He who goes out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy. (Psalm 126:5-6)

a Book thought...
So when young people ask me, what should I study at university, or what kind of jobs will be available when I am in mid-career, I give them this answer: it doesn’t matter what you study at university. For most of you it will bear little relationship to what you will be doing when you are thirty-five. Study what you are good at and passionate about and for the time being forget about the job market. (p.99).

a Dave thought...
Yesterday all the employees at THQ were offered the option of working a 9 day fortnight. This created some interesting discussions and reminded me of some incredibly flexible models for the workplace I have read about in previous years. Ricardo Semler has written two books, both of which have had a big impact on my thinking on this matter – ‘Maverick’ & ‘The 7 Day Weekend’. Many think unless we have a uniformity and disciplined approach in the look and operation of our work places there will be minimal outcomes achieved. Ricardo on the other hand believes that the more flexibility in both the workspace and working hours and by empowering the employee the healthier the work environment and the more that will be achieved. By treating employees as children you will only attract and keep only children, but if they are treated like adults & consulted like adults you will have a low maintenance but high functioning team.

Just a thought.

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