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Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Staying late in the office

It's half past 8 in the office. But the lights are still on...
PCs still running, coffee machines still buzzing... and who's at work?
Most of them??? Take a closer look...
All or most specimens are 20-something male species of the human race...
Look closer... again all or most of them are bachelors...
and why are they sitting late? Working hard? No way!!!
Any guesses???
Let's ask one of them...
Here's what he says... "What's there 2 do after going home... here we
get to surf, AC, phone, food, coffee.. That's why I am working late...
Importantly no bossssssss!!!!!!!!!!!
This is the scene in most research centers and software companies and
Other off-shore offices.
Bachelors "time-passing" during late hours in the office just bcoz
they say they've nothing else to do...
Now what r the consequences... read on...
"Working"(for the record only) late hours soon becomes part of the
Institute or company culture.
With bosses more than eager to provide support to those "working" late
in the form of taxi vouchers, food vouchers and of course good
Feedback,(oh, he's a hard worker... goes home only to change..!!).They
aren't helping things too... To hell with bosses who don't understand
the difference between "sitting" late and "working" late!!!
Very soon, the boss start expecting all employees to put in extra
working hours.
So, my dear Bachelors let me tell you, life changes when u get married
and start having a family... office is no longer a priority, family
is... and that's when the problem starts... becoz u start having
commitments at home too.
For your boss, the earlier "hardworking" guy suddenly seems to become
a "early leaver" even if u leave an hour after regular time... after
doing the same amount of work.
People leaving on time after doing their tasks for the day are labeled
as work-shirkers...
Girls who thankfully always (its changing nowadays... though) leave on
time are labeled as "not up to it". All the while, the bachelors pat
their own backs and carry on "working" not realizing that they r
spoiling the work culture at their own place and never realize that
they would have to regret at one point of time.
*So what's the moral of the story?? *
* Very clear, LEAVE ON TIME!!!
* Never put in extra time " *unless really needed *"
* Don't stay back un-necessarily and spoil your company work culture
which will in turn cause inconvenience to you and your colleagues.
There are hundred other things to do in the evening..
Learn music...
Learn a foreign language...
try a sport... TT, cricket.........
importantly Get a girl friend or gal friend, take him/her around town...
* And for heaven's sake net cafe rates have dropped to an all-time low
(plus, no fire-walls) and try cooking for a change.
Take a tip from the Smirnoff ad: *"Life's calling, where are you??"*
Please pass on this message to all those colleagues And please do it
before leaving time, don't stay back till midnight to forward this!!!

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