Creating Passionate Users: When clients (and bosses) go bad… – Excellent article on overtime and how companies should put employees first. Primary point in this one, “If we want to make happy users, we have to be happy. Our employers/managers/clients need to accept that, and act accordingly.” – Must read for Managers.
If You Want To Lead, Blog – Suns COO writes an article for the Harvard Business Review on blogging. This article sums it up.
Ford Motor Company reports a third quarter loss and decides that employees are spending too much time in the bathroom. If this were my company, I’d check the lunchroom.
BusinessWeek has an article called Troubling Exits at Microsoft that talks about how Microsoft employees are leaving to move to other companies such as Google. There are quotes from employees such as “There’s a distinct lack of passion, we’re missing some spunk”. Quite interesting considering the place Microsoft used to be, where highly qualified people clamoured to work there.
ZDNet has an article called American workers: Lazy or creative?, which talks about a recent survey on wasted time at work. Verdict? As the line between work and home life blur, people spend more time at work taking care of personal things.
Google aims for Web developers’ hearts and minds – Google targeting software developers with their products is essentially what I was talking about in this article back in July. The additional distinction I was trying to make was that internal IT shops (and even companies who are not mainly internet based) need to begin thinking this way too.
An article on CNN talks about a survey showing the hit that employee morale has taken lately.