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Friday, August 25, 2006

Friday...at Work

... Today will be a short and sharp....Friday in a Venture Capital backed start up…

No foobar tables please

I always believe that you should make a Friday an early finishing day; there are a couple off good reasons:

  • It makes the Friday go faster and the teams are better motivated
  • You can always use the Friday as the day for “pub” meetings with the teams
  • If you have a project on that needs the team to work through weekend , you can always break the period with a pizza and coke session when they would normal stop…

I believe that you need to look after the teams working for you, it does not take much a lot of resource or time to reinforce the message that they are important members of the team they work for and the company as a whole and the ROI is a 10x.

The company runs well when you have a motivated work force, they are more likely to put in the extra effort required if they know they are not taken for granted. This has been one off the areas that the Japanese multi nationals have been struggling with in the last few years as there workforce wakes up to how they are managed compared to the more liberal western management techniques they are starting to rebel. I saw evidence off this even 15 years ago when I was working for NEC Semiconductors, and the older managers were starting to get concerned about the future of there business model.

"Take care off the workers and they will take care of you"

I hope you all have a good weekend



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