Monday, February 19, 2007
Being the first day of the New Year, it should be fitting that today's topic of discussion shall be about money. Actually, this concerns the mental health of society in general and family development as well, but that would be for you to decide at the end. Labels: awesome theories
These days, a lot of engineering firms (I say engineering because I am an engineer and shall be a little selfish today, but I am sure it applies to most industries) tend to overwork their engineers. They get them to work till late hours (anytime after 8 on a daily basis IS late) and get them to work most weekends too.
Of these, I noticed, some companies start their freshies off with a very tempting base pay, sometimes 50% more than the average pay for fresh grads. They work these guys to the bone and don't pay the engineers any overtime. Other companies compensate for a lower pay packet by paying their engineers overtime.
The thing with engineering is when you actually use your brains to do REAL engineering work, you can't work more than 6 hours a day. Very recently, we sat down to do a technical brainstorming and analysis session for a few days. It was very apparent that by 3 or 4pm each day, the ideas and the analysis were drying up or becoming inane. The brain is a delicate matter and you just cannot overwork it.
Which then leads me to question - what exactly are those engineers doing? I mean, those who work more than 10 hours a day - surely it is not possible for them to use their brains the full 10 or 12 hours? Which makes me think that they are actually doing work that is mundane and do not require the technical expertise of an engineer. You know, the random stuff like paperwork and data logging. Why do you need to pay engineers OT to do shit like that when even a sloth in the zoo is capable of doing it?
And that is talking about cost and cost alone...
What about the other 'smaller' stuff like actually having a life?? Sure, sometimes projects have deadlines that need to be met. Sometimes, some activities cannot be planned. But otherwise, with proper planning of activities and distribution of manpower, surely managers should be able to ensure that nobody works past 6pm?
If I had a choice as a boss, I would have it that nobody works past 7pm
on a daily basis. Go home. Go see your wife. Go see your kids. Have dinner with them, dammit.
Don't be a drone.
Labels: awesome theories
vincent, this will be lucky to be your employees then :P
Now now, its the new year, lets not go screwing people up.
Have a great year dude!