“I keep my staff working late because my home is nearby. They think I am a dragon.”
An advertisement screams echoing desires of a section of entrepreneurs. But think over. Who would love to work for a dragon?
A lot of entrepreneurs take great pride in the fact that they are “successful” in making their employees toil for unusually long hours. In other words, they measure the success of their leadership by the extent of exploitation they are able to exert on their people.
This is a completely misplaced concept.
Imagine, who would like to work in such an organization where their efficiency, productivity and loyalty is measured by the number of hours they put in? Where they are treated more like a machine than a human being?
Only those people who don’t get employment elsewhere may agree to work at such an exploitative places. In other words, losers, who don’t have any choice would agree for such an exploitation. And losers can’t help you build strong organization.
This exploitative approach is one reason why small, unorganized firms don’t get good employees. It is a vicious cycle which needs to be broken.
Entrepreneurs must remember that quality of work is more important than quantity of hours.