Will Sr. Managers Change? LO7629

GSCHERL (GSCHERL@fed.ism.ca)
Mon, 27 May 96 12:16:21 EST

Replying to LO7576 --

Michael McMaster wrote:

> I'm one of those poeple who "take" the initiative, and do what I
> feel needs to be done timewise regardless of what the "rules" say.
> Being that I can't dis-engage my brain just because the hands on the
> clock point a certain way-or engage it fully either for that matter,
> I feel the need to make appropriate "adjustments".

The way you've phrased your work ethic resonates well with my belief
and work ethics. It's not a matter of how you work, or when you work,
it becomes a matter of your job output. If you look up and especially
down the social and economic scale, you find people who 'live' 24
hours a day, and how they make their money to live on is just a
portion of their life! They will 'work' and do what needs to be done
at any time of the day or night, regardless of hours, location or day
of the week. Others can only work at the office or the factory where
they have all the equipment and tools they can do their job.

Michael, more of the future worker will be the type you describe, as
we move more towards the 'knowledge' worker. People who use their
creativity and their minds to provide value to society are increasing
and, as you said, they won't dis-enage their brains based upon the
clock. If an idea or solution occurs in the middle of a game of golf,
they're likely to pull out a pad, go running to their car or pick up
their cellular phone to make note of or explore the idea before
returning to their game of golf.

The challenge as we move towards this 'timeless' society is to balance
the needs of the 'work' against the needs of the self and the family.
If these needs aren't in balance, the stress and pressures may kill
us, or at least make us ill!

> I do know that the current method of tracking and paying for work
> doesn't account for a lot of things (including me), but to have it
> being discussed at all is a wonder to me.

I heard an interesting saying about working for someone else, it goes:

If you're working for someone else, they're buying you at
wholesale, selling you at retail, and pocketing the difference.

Gary Scherling
Helping people help themselves


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