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Managers loaf on the job, too

Published:Friday | January 11, 2013 | 12:00 AM


When perusing the papers in keeping with my job function (media coverage and content analysis), I hardly read anything unless it has to do with the Early Childhood Commission or the Ministry of Education. However, George Davis' headline ('In the office but not on the job', Gleaner, January 9, 2013) grabbed me and I had to stop and read it.

While I agree with most of the content, I think you should also include in the mix those managers, directors and senior officials who, while they might sit at their desks for most of the day, really do nothing constructive, except to delegate responsibilities, including their own! (I am a manager myself and I am pleased to be among other managers in my new work environment who actually do work and dedicate themselves to their tasks).

At a former job, I realised that when my superior was absent from work or was on vacation, she was not missed! Truth is, everybody else around her did her job, and so, when she wasn't present, there wasn't a void.

Supervisors just as guilty

So, while the article focuses on the subordinate, it should be broadened to include other employees such as supervisors, managers and directors as well.

I hold the view that being at work an hour or two before anyone else does not make you an 'effective' worker. I can be at work at 8:30 and do more in the day than one who was there from 7 a.m.!

Workers must also be reasonable in using the company's assets for 'personal' reasons. While at my former employer, there was a colleague who wanted to print one sheet of paper (personal) and the superior made a big fuss over it and actually lectured her on the matter.

However, that same week, the same manager printed pages of Bible-based information and seemingly forgot to take it up from the printer (BTW, she arrives at 7 a.m. and leaves at 7 p.m.). The sheer hypocrisy!

For the first in a very long time, I will be following up on a column. I look forward to the sequel. I took 10 minutes to write this email. I am gone back to editing my news release, etc.