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MM - Novel Halfway point - Traci York, Writer
You don’t know why you started your novel, you no longer remember why you imagined that anyone would want to read it, and you’re pretty sure that even if you finish it it won’t have been worth the time or energy and every time you stop long enough to compare it to the thing that you had in your head when you began—a glittering, brilliant, wonderful novel, in which every word spits fire and burns, a book as good or better than the best book you ever read—it falls so painfully short that you’re pretty sure that it would be a mercy simply to delete the whole thing.
writing  doubt  motivation 
december 2015 by kme
Stealing From The Company
"Stealing from the company" is a phrase some employers (Wal-Mart is often alleged to use this phrase) use to describe any of the following behaviors:

Work on anything other than the assigned task(s) on company time (excluding the 15-minute breaks hourly employees in the US are required to be given)
Giving less than 100% effort while on the clock
Disagreeing with them about WhoOwnsYourMind

Sometimes, this phrase is used for FullTimeExempt employees--a bit curious, as part of the definition of FullTimeExempt is (should be?) that the employee manages his/her own time.

I manage a small US technology company. I have an system to avoid the StealingFromTheCompany anti-pattern. It starts with recognizing that employees have other things to do in addition to work and those things don't all fit neatly into non-work hours. So I tell my employees to figure out what work hours make them productive. (Productivity is a little subjective. When they do things I like, I tell them what I like about it and to do more things like it. When they do things I dislike, I tell them why and ask them to do less of it.) I tell them to shop on-line during using the company provided Internet, to call their families on our long distance bill, to show up late if they had a flash of brilliance and worked late the night before, to take a three-hour lunch when their daughter has a school event, to leave work early if they think their work would benefit from an afternoon of biking. I also tell them to buy themselves comfortable chairs and expense them and I tell them the company will pay for books they are willing to read. We have a nap room for sleeping on the job. The result is fierce loyalty, pride, hard work, and good productivity. The odd thing is, this is a very easy approach to manage because no one wants to lose this kind of job. --CharlieMitchell
business  ethics  programming  motivation 
october 2015 by kme

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