Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Work/life balance

How difficult is it to balance work and life?? Is it really difficult for a company to formulate a family friendly system?

If a company was to say: hey, today is family life's day, you can leave early provided you finish your work, provided your supervisor allow it to happen.... wow.. doesn't sound family friendly to me.

Yet, to have unfinished work can mean :
1. Slow and unreliable employee
2. Bad management to overburden the employee.

I love Toyota's principle in sharing the work among employee to make sure all have equal burden. Equal burden doesn't mean all has same work burden. It means that everyone is allocated work as one's value demand. Therefore all job finish at the appointed time. Overtime doesn't necessary mean bad employee, it could mean bad employer as well. Go figure...

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