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The Value of Your Time


The Value of Your Time

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Bob Abernethy
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It's a balancing act. It's good to be flexible and willing to pitch in even when it's not part of your 'job title'. But we need to also be conscious of why the company hired us - what they are counting on us to do - which is usually at least somewhat related to job title!

When I worked at Oracle there were times when every new computer purchase had to be approved at a very high level. I won't say how high, but it was HIGH. Whistling And Oracle is a lot bigger than Steve's friend's company. When things like this happen, part of the reason is that management is trying to send a BIG MESSAGE - i.e. that cost controls are very important to the company right now, and everyone should be thinking of how to reduce or limit expenses. And yes it does make people think twice before requesting a new computer or a business trip. It doesn't mean you can't request them - and get them - as Steve's friend did - but it does have the intended effect of reducing the number of things requested - and therefore reducing costs.
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I once found out such reviews were not for the "approval" per se, but the CEO wanted to know where everyone's going. It was his way of keeping track of where/what part of the country is the demand for services, and what kind. If I recall correctly, they never denied anyone travel, but this was their way. I'm sure there must be better ways to use a CEO's time, but some always follow the money.
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sjsubscribe (2/20/2009)
I once found out such reviews were not for the "approval" per se, but the CEO wanted to know where everyone's going. It was his way of keeping track of where/what part of the country is the demand for services, and what kind. If I recall correctly, they never denied anyone travel, but this was their way. I'm sure there must be better ways to use a CEO's time, but some always follow the money.


Hmmm. Old skool BI. So much for those fancy dashboards! Smile


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I believe that these types of rules are intended to discourage frivolous expenditure but inevitably indicate weak management lower down (perhaps the CEO is a micromanager). Unfortunately, they discourage all expenditure, even that which is obviously desirable, as in this case.

IMO, any policy which involves approval of senior management needs to be seriously thought through, as it gives an impression of how the company is run to competitors, customers, suppliers as well as employees.

Many years ago I worked at a company which instituted similar rules from time to time, possibly because it had grown faster than snr management could cope with. This company is no longer around.
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"Trust your people to do their jobs, and deal with things later if they don't, but trust them up front. "

Sounds simple, and it should be - but I've seen too many that do not. Instead of starting from a position of TRUST (hello, you hired them) - they take the X-Files approach and 'Trust No-ONE!'

Time is too short, and I'm too old - if there are questions of honesty or integrity, then it's a retention issue.



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Leslieo (2/19/2009)
Regarding grammatical/spelling errors: Steve's likability quotient is high, he writes with enthusiasm about things he believes in or cares about and he's believable. That might be a reason I find myself reading--and enjoying--his editorial every day.


Amen to that!
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