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Manage It! by Johanna Rothman

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Keep Reasonable Work Hours

Dinner Every Night on the Company Was Not Reasonable---For Anyone
by Justin, director of development
Justin

We had about 150 people working on this next release—of course, it was critically important to the future of the company. We’d just about stopped making forward progress. My boss, the VP, said it was time to have dinner every night at the company.

The plan was this: Every night at 7 p.m., one of the directors would arrange catering for all the people working on the release. We’d get together and have dinner, and people would stay at work and get more done.

It worked for about a week. Then, some people started coming in at 10 or 11 a.m. One guy started coming in at noon. And, people ate dinner and left. I would ...

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