Tips for Managers, #2

February 11, 2007 psipsina

1.  Do not call a three-day long meeting beginning at 9:00 am each day, show up the first day at 9:50, and apologize for being late by saying that you thought the meeting started at 9:30.

2.  When the catered lunch of an assortment of dried-out and soggy sandwiches arrives, do not keep the rest of the meeting attendees waiting for an hour and half while you pontificate.  Let them pick up their sorry food before you begin pontificating.

3.  At the end of the day, when one of your employees, who has prearranged with you to leave 15 minutes early, begins packing her things, do not stop her by saying, “I want to be respectful of your time, but could you just give me 5 minutes to tell me what you thought of today’s meeting?”  A) You have already demostrated that you have no respect of your employees’ time – see 1 and 2, above, B) postmodern literary theory notwithstanding, language is not reality, and parroting some business book that says you should be respectful of your employees’ time does not actually constitute respecting their time, and C) when you say “5 minutes,” you usually mean “an hour,” except when you mean “an hour and a half,” and D) your employee arranged to leave 15 minutes early, not 10 minutes early or 5 minutes early, because she needed to be somewhere at a specific time and she knew how long it would take her to get there.

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