“Oh come on Rosa, you can’t be such an idealist about this: Managers just don’t work 40-hour work weeks. 50 or 60 hours per week comes with the territory.”
Well sorry, I don’t accept that, and it has nothing to do with being an idealist.
Managers, you are your own worst enemy. You’ll never get any semblance of a good healthy lifestyle when you’re the first one to have these unreasonable expectations.
You complain about tyrannical bosses who crack the whip, and yet when I talk to you about the managers who work for or with you, it turns out you have the very same expectations. When labor is tight or a deadline looms you turn cheap: You avoid overtime by sticking to the posted schedule with your hourly workers, and anyone on salary must remain, shoulder the load, and pick up the pieces.
How can you expect this sorry state of affairs to change when you are the very one helping it to proliferate? That’s not “just the way it is.” That’s the way you cause it to be with poor planning, bad habits, and broken business models.
I believe there’s far greater wisdom in sticking with the 40-hour work week. Even those who are in love with their jobs need to be sure they aren’t consumed by them or they will reach a point where there is very little they are truly effective in achieving.
Don’t delude yourself thinking your managers work long hours because they are dedicated, loyal, hard-working, conscientious and in love with their work. They may simply be towing the line with what they understand you to expect from them. If you gave them the choice, and they had no fear of repercussion, I betcha anything they’d go home on time.
Fix your broken processes so they can. Manage with aloha by managing smarter.
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