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+2003 05 29 - A friend forwarded the following - Please send any authentication information !
+Extract of Mr. Narayana Murthy's Speech during Mentor Session:
+I know people who work 12 hours a day, six days a week,
+or more. Some people do so because of a work emergency where the long
+hours are only temporary. Other people I know have put these hours for
+years. I don't know if they are working all these hours, but I do know they
+are in the office this long. Others put in long office hours because they
+are addicted to the workplace. Whatever the reason for putting in overtime,
+working long hours over the long term is harmful to the person and to the
+There are things managers can do to change this for
+everyone's benefit. Being in the office long hours, over long periods of
+time, makes way for potential errors. My colleagues who are in the office
+long hours frequently make mistakes caused by fatigue. Correcting these
+mistakes requires their time as well as the time and energy of others. I have
+seen people work Tuesday through Friday to correct mistakes made after 5
+PM on Monday.
+Another problem is that people who are in the office
+long hours are not pleasant company. They often complain about other
+people (who aren't working as hard); they are irritable, or cranky, or even angry. Other people avoid them. Such behavior poses problems, where work goes
+much better when people work together instead of avoiding one another.
+As Managers, there are things we can do to help people
+leave the office. First and foremost is to set the example and go home
+ourselves. I work with a manager who chides people for working long hours. His
+words quickly lose their meaning when he sends these chiding groups
+e-mails with a time-stamp of 2 AM, Sunday. Second is to encourage people to put
+some balance in their lives. For instance, here is a guideline I find
+ #) Wake up, eat a good breakfast, and go to work.
+ #) Work hard and smart for eight or nine hours.
+ #) Go home.
+ #) Read the comics, watch a funny movie, dig in the dirt, play with your kids, etc.
+ #) Eat well and sleep well.
+This is called recreating. Doing steps 1, 3, 4, and 5
+enable step 2.
+Working regular hours and recreating daily are simple concepts. They are hard for some of us because that requires personal change. They are possible
+since we all have the power to choose to do them. In considering the issue
+of overtime, I am reminded of my oldest son. When he was a toddler, if
+people were visiting the apartment, he would not fall asleep no matter how
+long the visit, and no matter what time of day it was. He would fight off
+sleep until the visitors left. It was as if he was afraid that he would miss
+something. Once our visitors' left, he would go to sleep. By this time,
+however, he was over tired and would scream through half the night with
+nightmares. He, my wife, and I, all paid the price for his fear of missing out.
+Perhaps some people put in such long hours because they don't want to miss
+anything when they leave the office. The trouble with this is that events
+will never stop happening. That is life!! Things happen 24 hours a day.
+Allowing for little rest is not ultimately practical. So, take a nap. Things will happen while you're asleep, but you will have the energy to catch up when you wake.
+Have a great day ahead!!
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