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ask the 'hard worker'

by mkmcconn (Chaplain)
on Mar 10, 2001 at 01:08 UTC ( #63362=perlmeditation: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

Ask him how much he accomplishes,
so that your last words to him may be,
  'Thank you for your time',
instead of
  'What did you do with your time?'


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It's easy if an interviewer asks, "what sort of worker are you?", to answer "Oh, I work very hard! I never miss a day. I stay as long as it takes to get the job done. At my last job, they called me 'ironman' and set up a cot for me in the coffee lounge."

If you are the interviewer, you'd better rephrase your question: "How much do you accomplish?" "Tell me about the jobs you completed, and how long they took you." 'Hard work' is only time and money spent on "who knows what?" if it isn't productive effort. With the right question, you'll be able to "Thank" the 'hard worker' for his time, instead of curse him for it later, when you show him the door.

If you are an employer, don't get snowed by the "new work ethic". Timesinks and burnout have the same value in the new economy, as they ever did in the 'old'. Don't measure performance by how much time is being put into the job, unless you have a reasonable metric for production: a particularly dificult thing to do, with an essentially intellectual task, like programming. But, "how much do you accomplish" is still the right question to ask.

If you are productive, your employer can even thank you for the time you spend on Perl Monks!

Sorry to have been compact at the cost of clarity, bladx! Not good economics!


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Re: ask the 'hard worker'
by bladx (Chaplain) on Mar 10, 2001 at 21:37 UTC
    mkmcconn, I may be misinterpreting what your meaning for this is, or the context, but I think I understand ^_^. Are you saying that it is better to say to a 'hard worker' at your work or so on, to just say 'thank you for your time' rather than 'what did you do with your time?' because by saying the former, you are saying that either way if you worked hard or not, you still wasted your time here, instead of being off somewhere else? Because time is very valuable... at least I think that's what this all means ^_^ it's my own interpretation at least of what it all means :) later!

    bladx ~ ímuchas veces tengo preguntas!

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