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Business Productivity Strategies for Success (Collection) by Daniel Silvert, Merrick Rosenberg, Mark I. Woods, Jerry Weissman, Martha I. Finney, Trapper Woods

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Truth 63. Absence makes the employee happier

It was never funny, even when it was new. But somehow this joke experiences a magical rebirth with every new generation of managers who think they’re amusing: The manager walks by an employee deeply concentrating on work and says, “You working hard? Or hardly working?”

But what if the employees are hardly ever there? What’s a manager to do then? Whatever you do, don’t bug them via Instant Message. According to the study “Why Teleworkers Are More Satisfied with Their Jobs Than Are Office-Based Workers: When Less Content is Beneficial,” the authors discovered that the ability to work in peace outweighs any advantages that onsite employees might enjoy, such as picking up the whisper of a career-boosting ...

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