Tuesday 16 June 2009

Interesting ...

It's interesting how people who take off sick days from work always seem to have a boss.

I get sick, now and again, but I never have taken a day off from work because I am not feeling well.

I am not saying I am better or worse than anyone else, I am just saying that it is interesting that the only people who ever seem to stay in bed for 3 days when they are sick are people who have a boss.

I don’t like this word "boss" but I think you get my point.

Yes, there are many things like this that are quite interesting.

My one entrepreneur mate said to me the other day, about a venture he was exploring, that the guy he was trying to do business with was acting like someone he was going to hire. And then my mate told me that he told this guy "I want to be your partner, not your employer".

And here is the challenge - how do we get the people we want to invest in to act like partners or shareholders, and not like employees. Even if the person you invest with has equity in the venture, it still does not mean that behave like a shareholder.

People who are real shareholders never take sick days.

Posted by Ronnie Apteker


Jaco said...

Ronnie, I think you have hit the nail on the head - in my experience sicks days are "typically" correlated to exactly how engaged people feel. When they strive for some higher goal they are less likely to play hooky, contrast this to the people who only do this for the paycheck at the end of the month and couldn't care less.

However, there are some hygiene factors to consider: in most new-age working environments office space are compromised of wide open areas with loads of people working very closely together. A bug in the office can create havoc and spread like wildfire. Today somebody coughs, tomorrow everybody is sniffing. In these cases it makes sense to send the instigator home - not for a sick day, but rather to work off-site. (This obviously works better with knowledge workers.)

As a last point, you have to know your limits as well. My better half ended up in hospital with pneumonia since she didn't heed the warning signs and just slowed down a bit. The funny thing (as funny as a hospital stay could be) was that she ended up with another workaholic in her hospital room - this lady worked in the hospital and snuck down to her office at 3am to read e-mail.