Thursday, November 24, 2005

In The News: Don Sausa in MSNBC

Productivity in the workplace. A reporter from NBC asked me the other day if doing non-related work at work hurts productivity. I said yes. It's like someone asking me -- "By not doing your job, does that hurt your work?" Duh. I'm all for fun and games, but everything has its time and place. If you have work to do, don't play until your work is done.

Bad work ethic is a personal choice. Many people will blame other things why they are unproductive. I personally hold the work ethic problems with that individual person. There are other factors in place that hurt productivity, but in the end, what pushes us to either be lazy or productive is a personal choice. The responsibility is on that individual to wake up and do his responsibilities properly.

"It's only 10 minutes a day..." Don't waste time when you're on the clock. If we're trying to deliver a product or drive a specific goal -- please avoid killing time. It is fine to have jokes, have greetings when you come into work -- but those are mere "chats" and not full length conversations. They are the customary greetings not full time engagements. Some will ask, what about team building? A good manager creates good team building through setting goals, coaching, praising, and performing.

Where I got my values regarding work ethic. I've had two primary influences in my life regarding work ethic: my father and the Bible. Since I was a child, I've always had chores except on Saturdays. Aside from homework, and extracurricular activities, I was still required to do chores at home. It annoyed me sometimes, but he kept me in line when I complained. He taught me a valuable lesson: you need to love work because that's the real life.

The Bible also taught me something about work -- it's part of the Ten Commandments. Not many people understand this. The Bible teaches us that Saturday (Sabbath) is the rest day to celebrate His Creation and that it is a sign/mark between His people. But the Bible also commands us to work the rest of the six days! Read this carefully:

"Ex.20:8-11. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy; Six days shalt thou labor, and do all thy work; but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God; in it thou shalt not do any work". Do you see it? God says "Six days shalt thou labor, and do all thy work." It doesn't say, maybe you can work. It says you shall work. It is a command.

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