Wednesday, September 10, 2008

B*A*G Book Notes - Why Work Sucks Chapter 1

Chapter One - Why Work Sucks


You meet Gina. She is in her mid-thirties. Here's her view of most work environments. I'm putting a snarky spin on her view. These are my words not her's. Snarky is a word I've been hearing a lot lately.

  • Company = Parent

  • Parent = Rule setting control freaks (stock holders like it that way)

  • Employee = Child

  • Children = Not to be trusted with their own time

Time + Physical presence = results* ROWE sets out to prove that this is a false perception.

Time can become your enemy. Not enough of it or too much to fit in it. 40 hours a week at work with so many other obligations. How can you be "present" at work when all you think of is everything you need to cram into the hours outside of it? This is were presenteeism enters the workplace. Physically at your workplace, but mentally wishing you could be at your child's daytime program.

Here are some beliefs about work. (paradigms, perceptions)

  • Results are proportional to effort**

  • If you give people control over their schedules, they will take advantage of the system**

  • If people can get their work done is less time, they should get more work**

People judge other people and particularly on how they spend their time and especially at work. When these judgements are expressed directly or indirectly they call this Sludge (sm). Parents work less, therefor getting less results. So and so should get that promotion, since they put in the most hours.

They say the first step to ROWE is to change our outdated beliefs and judgements. It's not enough just knowing what makes work suck.

This post is a summary and brief intrepretation and all references are from Why Work Sucks and How to Fix It.

* page 13

**page 24

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