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Loving your company? Think twice

Monday, May 30, 2005


Extract of Mr. Narayana Murthy, Chairman, Infosys Technolog:

I know people who work 12 hours a day, six days a week, or more. Some people do so because of a work emergency where the long hours are only temporary. Other people I know have put these hours for years. I don't know if they are working all these hours, but I do know they are in the office this long. Others put in long office hours because they are addicted to the workplace. Whatever the reason for putting in overtime, working long hours over the long term is harmful to the person and to the organization. There are things managers can do to change this for everyone's benefit. Being in the office long hours, over long periods of time, makes way for potential errors. My colleagues who are in the office long hours frequently make mistakes caused by fatigue.

Correcting these mistakes requires their time as well as the time and energy of others. I have seen people work Tuesday through Friday to correct mistakes made after 5 PM on Monday. Another problem is that people who are in the office long hours are not pleasant company. They often complain about other people (who aren't working as hard); they are irritable, or cranky, or even angry. Other people avoid them. Such behavior poses problems, where work goes much better when people work together instead of avoiding one another. As Managers, there are things we can do to help people leave the office. First and foremost is to set the example and go home ourselves on time. I work with a manager who chides people for working long hours. His words quickly lose their meaning when he sends these chiding groups e-mails with a time-stamp of 2 AM, Sunday. Second is to encourage people to put some balance in their lives.

For instance, here is a guideline I find helpful:

1) Wake up, eat a good breakfast, and go to work.
2) Work hard and smart for eight or nine hours.
3) Go home.
4) Read the comics, watch a funny movie, dig in the dirt, play with your kids, etc
5) Eat well and sleep well. This is called recreating. Doing steps 1, 3, 4, and 5 enable step 2. Working regular hours and recreating daily are simple concepts.

They are hard for some of us because that requires personal change. They are possible since we all have the power to choose to do them. In considering the issue of overtime, I am reminded of my eldest son. When he was a toddler, if people were visiting the apartment, he would not fall asleep, no matter how long the visit, and no matter what time of day it was. He would fight off sleep until the visitors left. It was as if he was afraid that he would miss something. Once our visitors' left, he would go to sleep. By this time, however, he was over tired and would scream through half the night with nightmares. He, my wife, and I, all paid the price for his fear of missing out. Perhaps some people put in such long hours because they don't want to miss anything when they leave the office. The trouble with this is that events will never stop happening. That is life!! Things happen 24 hours a day. Allowing for little rest is not ultimately practical. So, take a nap. Things will happen while you're asleep, but you will have the energy to catch up when you wake.


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Trick of the mind

Sunday, May 29, 2005

Hmm...I am wondering if I have just found something which was lost or buried hidden away... or was it just my illusions that I think I found something? Sometimes the trick of the minds can be just too much, and torturing.

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Expectations, more than often is like wishes that you want but in realistic forms. How do you expresses your expectations and work towards it? A friend sent me the article below on expectation, I took out the first 3 paragraphs for readings.

Expressing Your Expectations

Let's be honest - we all have our own expectations of our relationships, of our partners. Some of us demand less, but we all require certain events to happen and conditions to be met before we consider the relationship viable or worth maintaining.

Now this is not an unreasonable thing. We all have needs and it's our relationships that fulfill some of these needs - like the need for a supportive voice in tough times, the need for a hand to hold on a drafty early morning walk, the need for someone to kiss us even when we look like the back of a truck at the end of a grueling day.

The problem is some of us often don't make these needs known to our partner, and when he or she fails to meet these expectations, we begin to doubt the value of the relationship. It sounds silly but some of us expect our partners to already know. Now that's an unreasonable demand - to expect our partners to know our expectations. No matter how close two people get, no two human beings behave or think in the same way. Very often, your perceptions of what is good or bad in a relationship will differ radically from your partner's views.

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Dark Varder's BLOG ???

Saturday, May 21, 2005

Check this out, cool blog from Dark Varder :P

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OLD bicycle STOLEN...

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

My dad's bicycle got stolen at the MRT! Imagine that you and your bicycle togehter for more than 25 years and it got stolen juz over a day, mine mine, it 's such a sad feeling. Can't really understand the thief's mind, an old bicycle also wanna steal...

I can only cherish the nice memories of sitting on the bicycle when i'm young to go to school...hopefully with the month ends' pay I can get another bicycle for him...still wat a pity...we thought that such an old bike nobody would want to steal but nobody knows...

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Cross path

Monday, May 16, 2005

Yes I did it again, I press the ctrl+alt+del on my job status!

Feeling worn out and tired at the current job, I went sending out resume in the previous month for opening. And I went for 2 interviews which I got the latter job offer. Comparing the current job role, I can say it has more repetitive work that any experience web developer would be handle.
However, I need to get on with my career, beefing up more of my stuffs before settling down to a more routine stuffs. The only sad thing that the rest of the dept should not just view it as a backend solution that makes mechanice works and called upon it when needed. It should be an integrated group of the three trios, creative+technology+client services!

Like this morning straits times article that 365candles sends out, the author and I shared the same feelings that in 20's it's about passion, and then reaching 30's it's more of meeting daily livings and expectations. I am trying out to see if it works out well in my new job post as a software developer. Otherwise hopefully I can still got the courage to press the 3 buttons again.

Wish me luck as I chartered into the unknown IT tertitory, and that may I have the strength, viligance and foresight to move onto my expected goal line which then I will hopefully be able to transitting into the next stage.

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