All this talk about March Madness at work is starting to drive me a little nuts. I am hearing and reading about employers turning off their televisions, blocking video feeds, and denying sick days. Who are these companies hiring? Why can’t they be trusted? Don’t they have targets, goals or deadlines?
Is the suggestion that a couple (I know, it’s more than a couple) of basketball games will throw off productivity? And if that is the case, how can these companies tell that productivity dips? And if they can tell, why don’t they just hold employees accountable to the normal productivity volume? Something like this;
Dear Employee, please make the deadline for the next release. Sincerely, Company.
Dear Employee, please answer at least as many customer calls as you did last week. Sincerely, Company.
Dear Employee, please deliver as many packages as you normally do. Sincerely, Company.
Dear Employee, please make as many widgets as you did before March Madness started. Sincerely, Company.
Does it really matter if they take an hour off to watch a game if you get the same result? Shouldn’t we worry more about results than how they use the hours of the day? If their work is bad, isn’t that because of their skills?
I ask all these questions, because I think that if you have productivity problems, it’s probably not because of a basketball game. Am I missing a perspective? Share!
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