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The only thing that surprises me about this story is
The grammar, spelling and punctuation.
I’ve been working all day at St Cuthberts’ High School in Rochdale.
I do hope they are the janitor.
Do not read medical books! You could die of a misprint. - Mark Twain
Girl: (staring) "Why do you need an icy cucumber?"
“I want to report a fraud. The government is lying to us all.”
I wouldn't let CG touch my Abacus!
When you're wrestling a gorilla, you don't stop when you're tired, you stop when the gorilla is.
I convinced some guy in the UK that life wasn't worth living. He said something about going to jump off a freeway overpass, and the chat ended.
".45 ACP - because shooting twice is just silly" - JSOP, 2010 ----- You can never have too much ammo - unless you're swimming, or on fire. - JSOP, 2010 ----- "Why don't you tie a kerosene-soaked rag around your ankles so the ants won't climb up and eat your candy ass." - Dale Earnhardt, 1997
Well other than pushing a guy onto the motorway, not too much...
"... having only that moment finished a vigorous game of Wiff-Waff and eaten a tartiflet." - Henry Minute "...who gives a tinker's cuss?" - Dalek Dave "Let's face it, after Monday and Tuesday, even the calendar says WTF!" - gavindon It's plain that they do not yet know what true fear really is. - JSOP 2011
Panic, Chaos, Destruction. My work here is done.
Drink. Get drunk. Fall over - P O'H
OK, I will win to day or my name isn't Ethel Crudacre! - DDEthel Crudacre
I cannot live by bread alone. Bacon and ketchup are needed as well. - Trollslayer
Have a bit more patience with newbies. Of course some of them act dumb - they're often *students*, for heaven's sake - Terry Pratchett
The point for the employer is that after reaching a base level, more motivation through money becomes prohibitively expensive. In other words, the money you ask for isn't there.
However, there are things the employer can do tp improve your quality of life measurably without spending much money. Leaving work healthy, happy and energetic you can make much more out of the money you do have.
The point is: If you want to motivate people to work more, harder, better or just want them top be happier with their job for mutual benefit, buying them the right perks is much cheaper than throwing the money at them. Long term motivation with money is surprisingly hard (for non-starving people). The "wow" factor fades rather quickly, the pay rise stays.
Assume you have a decent apartment, an ok car, dine out with friends two times a month, spend a reasonable amount on pension funds and still have monthly savings of ~$120 average.
How would raising your pay by $100 affect you?
Working shorter time isn't so bad, actually. A 2002 study by Kellogs showed that people are more productive in total with a six hour day - the reaosn for which isn't quite clear, though. Another study (cna't find a lead anymore, though) showed that productivity of "information workers" declines significantly after 5..6 hours, and is halfed in the eighth; basically giving a full hour pay for half an hour work.
I understand that under this premise, long hours always win, until you run into the zombie zone where the productivity gets negative.
However, you would have to weight that against employees with less sick days, employees who can much easier throw in a lot of extra hours in times of need, employees that have a perk they will never get at another place. In turn: How much more would you have to pay someone who is used to a 6h workday and all the spare time activities this enables to go back to an 8h day?
The larger team is additionally penalized because of more communication and less availability for support calls (or less overlap and thus harder-to-schedule meetings). OTOH you are more resilent for losing someone temporary or permanently, because there's likely more haring of responsibilities.
I am not saying it cancels out. I am just saying that we laugh a lot at phycisists that discuss spherical cows in a frictionless vacuum, yet this is still more realistic than the single-minded, greedy and selfish sociopaths that economists use.
My point is not about "completely content" people. The question is: Would you stay one hour longer once a week for a dinner at Red Lobster once a month? The pay rise - even though it's a permanent cost - will fade fairly quickly and acts more like a one-time perk.
How much, in comparison, would a great espresso machine and free coffee cost the employee? How could that affect how workers
Can't agree with 4. I know people who never criticise or correct their children, and it turns them into arrogant little sh*ts. If you don't have enough pride in your own work to strive not to make mistakes just because it is your work, then no amount of touchy-feely talks from your manager is going to help.
I know people who never criticise or correct their children, and it turns them into arrogant little sh*ts.
And this applies to all children... how?
Or... managing adults?
I've helped out at youth camps a few times. What I learntis that critizicing alone doesn't take you anywhere. Clear rules, clear consequences.
This has only limited application in a business environment, however. I also don't think that avoiding critique by all means is helpful. However, punishment alone pushes people to avoid
When shitfancontact happens, I make it a point to (a) figure out how to solve the immediate crisis and (b) how to make it better the next time. There is some room for a technical analysis *why* something happened but that is better done when everything calmed down again.
Dwelling on the immediate cause in a panicky situation easily leads to corporate stupidity. ("Why the f*** didn't you read my e-mail! It was important! From now on, all employees have to check their e-mail every half hour!")