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On the other hand, even though I surfed the Web (a little) outside of normal break-times, I almost always met the performance/productivity goals given to me by management. And those times I did not meet the goals were not attributable to time spent on the Web or doing any other non-approved activity, but rather to unforeseen technical issues. The short bits of 'down-time' kept my morale high and allowed me to relax and re-focus on the work I had to do.
The purpose of this post is not to argue with you or to attempt to change your mind, but rather just to give you the "employee's viewpoint" to consider. And more specifically, the "valuable employee's viewpoint" -- Stuff I worked on made several dozens of people into millionaires, resulted in several technical patents, etc. :)
jdmorgan, the office manager idea sounds like a great idea, but i already told my employees that this happened. What can i do now, tell them that it was a joke and there really is no tracking program?
Any employers opinions?
I did not tell them I was the owner because through my past experience when working for a family business, employees almost always tend to hold a grudge against the boss. Being a boss people tend to like you only because you are a boss. Usually if you are another employee you can relate to each other, just my opinion through my experience.
I think I do many things to make my employees feel comfortable. They have a wall full of snacks and soft drinks. Offer bonus incentives for projects. Most are part time and I make everybody take a group break for 10 minutes every few hours. Also I am pretty laid back when people come late and never say anything.
It is working great and everybody really likes working here.
I'm just shocked that you can lie to your employees like that, and they don't realize it.
[edited by: Gibble at 7:26 pm (utc) on Oct. 18, 2007]
I mean, lets say, I, an employee go for an interview elsewhere, my resume states I work for company X...they ask about it, I tell them I worked at a branch, bla bla, they do some research and learn, there is no other branches, just where I work...I now look like a liar...misrepresenting the size of the firm I worked for.
Your lie, has just cost me a potential job. Ooh, monetary damages.
Granted, you don't want to help someone get a job, but...lets say instead of an interview, I was out trying to drum up some business for you, now I'm lieing to a potential client about the size and standing of this company...
Now that's just real, real bad for business, as that potential client talks to other potential clients...etc, etc...
...if you plan to hire employees AND retain them, it'll never happen the way you are implementing things.
Employees do NOT like being treated like children. We expect some level of trust and confidence in our ability.
If you can't trust an employee to do their work when you're away, fire them. If you can't trust them to not directly compete with you, FIRE THEM!
You shouldn't have employees working for you that you can't trust.
That is all.
As for on topic, and tracking software, can't say I've used or been watched by any, so I have no useful input on what you should use.
[edited by: Gibble at 8:50 pm (utc) on Oct. 18, 2007]
But they monitor where I still work. And if need be, as we were just warned for certain sites. That's why there's proxies. LOL