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Old 25.08.2011, 21:56
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Re: Increased Work Hours due to the Economy

Frankly, increasing the working hours is not a viable solution in a large corporation with gullible nerds (unless one works on a production line or measures efficiency in time of shoveling the soil). Probably demonstration of actions taken by managment just to display that something has been done to increase productivity and make costs cut. Everyone knows those bullshit stats which just reflect mentality of the dreamer on the top of the ladder. What it means from average employee point of view is that he will take longer lunch breaks or several more coffe breaks or simply find the way to pretend he works. Bottom line, the outcome of the day will still be exactly the same. If you cannot finish your job in 8 hours a day you won't be able to do any better if you warm the seat few more hours. As we know there are people who are more productive by nature and deliver results and those who goof off. Every organization has fair share of these and it's self balancing. Of course everyone will be clocking these hours and waiting to knock off but I doubt it will make the whole corporate body more efficient and productive. Having said that, jobs are scarce so we all will do our service as good as we can, right?
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Old 25.08.2011, 22:06
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Re: Increased Work Hours due to the Economy

I agree that this measure does not make sense for office workers, but in this particular case it mostly concerns actual production people, who have strict lunch hours and coffee breaks and obviously just can't stand there doing nothing without it being noticed.
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Old 26.08.2011, 01:35
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Re: Increased Work Hours due to the Economy

I actually do live in France and my experience is that it's actually been more efficient and friendlier than my 2 years in Germany - even though I speak better German than French.

Everything's been working fine here for me - fast, efficient, friendly service....and lots of people have gone out of their way to get answers for me even when it wasn't their job. If you want to talk about clock-watching, that was my experience with Germans. Get out of a store 10 min before they close because they hate their job; don't ask them questions they can't answer because it's not their job, etc. I loved the people I worked with but that was about it.

And yes, I am working and not everything's perfect but it's been better than the US and Germany.

For me anyways. Everyone has different experiences, so there.
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Old 26.08.2011, 09:36
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Re: Increased Work Hours due to the Economy

I went back to France for an inspection visist and speak to the manager of my business. We sat on the terrace under the vines and drank rose, whilst he rattled off the operational situation... we chinked glasses and I said 'that's why I pay you for' returned to the deck sunbathed and jumped in the pool when it got to hot, while he bravely continue to fight not just the trading conditions, but a system so outdated and unwieldy.

So 'living' anywhere can be easy, and not a basis for running a businss model, neither is some report or survey, try actually doing it and your opinion would soon change. The point that you miss is that running a business is not as easy as just living in that system... still I'd hate to seem pedantic or narrow minded, or fond of the smell of burning rubber as that would make me... something beginning with .... F
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