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Working hard and showing up are not the same thing. Both things are important. Even in a world that can look like a cube farm and where everyone is looking at computers all day and wearing headphones, engagement and relationships matter.
When a friend was fired, he was shocked. WTF! He was yelling at everyone. His employer said he was let go because of his poor attendance record. Attendance record? Really? Is this high school?! He knew he worked like a dog and never heard anything about attendance. Who takes attendance?
Maybe it was not just about attendance. Between traveling and working from home at all hours, the guy thought he was meeting all of his objectives. So what happened?
No one knew him. Being around the place still matters. Hanging around with the boss still matters. Being a colleague still matters. Being part of the team still matters, even in a virtual world. It’s easier to get rid of people no one knows.
Show up. Have coffees with colleagues. Go to the holiday party. The thing is, someone is taking attendance.
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Certain jobs make me say to myself, “However much that person is being paid, it is not enough.”
When I sit in my office on the twenty-third floor and I see the guy outside my window washing it, it’s a no‑brainer that I think he should get a raise.
Coal miners deserve a raise, as do deep-water divers and every law enforcement person in the world, no matter how much money they make. The dangerous jobs are always ones that make me wonder about the risk– reward ratio.
A new group of workers makes me scratch my head about the pay versus job satisfaction equation.
These are the people who dress like a chicken to get us into the restaurant. Or dress as Bullwinkle the moose to get us to visit the time-share office. Or dress as the Statue of Liberty to get us into the car wash.
I suspect it’s the minimum wage for these brave souls, who need to be energetic too. I think they deserve a raise.
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The end of the day happens every day. It is predictable. But the phrase “at the end of the day” is so ubiquitous that it seems to be news that each day ends. Politicians use it, children use it, but most of all, people who are work-ing use it.
I think it means, “When all is said and done.” Or, it could mean, “I know what I am talking about and you don’t.” Or, it could mean, “Shut up, the decision is made.” The end of the day is now all day long.
The irony is that, given the technology and workloads that never end, there is no end of the day. At the end of the day, there still is, “It is what it is . . .” which is even worse. The “it is what it is” phrase implies “give up.” It often sounds like, life sucks and work is even worse. Hackneyed phrases get old and meaningless very fast. You are probably using them too much.
At the end of the day, I wish it were the end of the day.