I’ve found that the TGIF thingy is applicable to two sets of people:
1. Those who find their jobs pointless and non-stimulating and so look forward to the weekly opportunity (the weekend) to take a break from it.
2. Those who find their jobs very demanding (and even perhaps interesting) but wish to ‘catch a breath’ before they continue again.
Whichever category you fall into, Thank goodness it’s Friday!
Just yesterday I was reading about some workplaces actively acting more autonomously these days and surprisingly getting astonishing results in terms of increased productivity, loyalty and overall satisfaction of their workers.
This development is a happy one. It rips to shreds the notion that without forceful control, the individual cannot perform his best work.
The truth is that people are mostly more capable of doing meaningful work without being hassled or autocratically supervised than “management teams” think.
But of course, there has to be a basic (threshold) level of motivation a fellow has before he can perform optimally without being watched by the “eagle eye” of some boss. In essence, if a fellow doesn’t feel much inferior to a contemporary in the same sector in another organization in terms of his worth (how he’s being treated and how much he’s being paid and how important his contributions are), he’s a lot less likely to jump ship, seeking “greener pastures.”
Generally, people become more intrinsically motivated when they have reasonable control over their TASK, their TIME, their TECHNIQUE and their TEAM.
Google, realizing the importance of giving considerable autonomy to its employees give them “20 percent time” every week to “do their thing”. As a result, features like Google News, Orkut, Google Sky, Google Talk, Gmail, Google Translate have been developed by employees during the “20 percent time” they have to themselves to do “free thinking work”. Of course, these innovations are still credited to Google as a body and not those individuals since they (Google) didn’t simply sign away the time to the employees that developed those products/services.
Anyway, before things get any more complicated, let’s just say that the job that provides its workers with a more autonomous control will most definitely trump the one that requires stringent management and shit.
It’s not surprising that one of the presiding partners of a reputable law firm in New York recently declared: “This is the time to get rid of the billable hour.”
I’m sure he said this because he realized that the law practice is not the kind of routine job that should be treated like optimal results can be obtained every other hour. The truth is that every case is different from the next and so to allow the creative juices of lawyers to flow freely, one needs to cut ‘em some slack and allow them do their best work without heaping upon them the pressure of meeting up to a certain number of billable hours.
There are still numerous routine jobs that require strict time adherence to get the same results in basically the same time frame, but then, those are not the creatively inclined jobs that can change our world radically.
The revolution is starting anyway, so I imagine that very soon, there’ll be more jobs willing to allow the employee to express himself freely and thus do his best work without being bossed about. Isn’t that what is important afterall?
Anyway, legally or otherwise, where I work, I mostly have control over my time, and this helps me to be more productive and happier.
I don’t know about you, but if the TGIF is greeted with severe relief almost every week, some people begin to decide it’s time to start seeking a new job, so that it won’t [expletive]ing matter whether it’s Tuesday or Saturday, they’ll be happy to do “stuff that matter” any and everytime, and might in the end even sacrifice their weekends voluntarily.
LOL. You should know I’m laughing hard at myself over my AUTONOMOUS muse this morning, but believe me, I set about to write on something very different, but my fingers would have none of it as they hit the keypad furiously time and again, hence, here we are.
Well, nothing more to say.
Cheers to the frigging weekend!