Drinking after work.

What is it with companies going out for drinks until the wee hours in the bloody morning? I rather be reading or sleeping at home than be out drinking beer for hours on end – especially on a week day. It just means coming into the office the next day hangover and feeling below peak.

But companies seems to think by taking their staff out for “drinks”, they be inclined to work more with less sleep. Managers think this “bonding” exercise with staff will make them work better together – yes, the only way to work harder is to drink beer senseless with people like some late night frat party, when has that ever worked?!

If you want to improve my productivity, first start off with better tools, better planning and not just keep using Henry Ford’s stupid quotes,

Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right.

If there is any one secret of success, it lies in the ability to get the other person’s point of view and see things from that person’s angle as well as from your own.

To do more for the world than the world does for you – that is success.

I swear if I hear another one from some nitwit manager who just reads off from some que card, I will strangle him or her with their own tie or bra respectively.

Whatever my view, I do know one thing – drinking excessively does not improve productivity or thinking – it’s a recipe for fucked up minds. I think it’s  a western management technique, it doesn’t translate very well here in Asia although a lot of Asian company try to emulate it. Let’s get it straight, it does not work especially with engineers who have to think to do their work!

Just look at companies like Google, facebook and Apple. They seem to have the right idea on treating employees – with respect, recognition, and reward. Just look at their vast levels of technical achievements when compared to other “old school” companies of the same size like Oracle, Microsoft and Yahoo.

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All hands on deck.

No more ominous words uttered has more dread in my experience when it is used in the context to emphasise mandatory attendance for a meeting.

The times those words had been used resulted in major retrenchment at Agilent, Runge and Tsys.

My heart literally stops when I hear those words, “All hands on deck.”

Going off to Sri Lanka!

Yeah! Something to blog about! It’s been some while since I made any blog entries but there just hasn’t been any really important or completed to blog about at this point in time. Until now, I’ll be heading off to Sri Lanka today for a 2 week on site assignment. I hardly doubt I’ll have any time to do any photography but I’ll take any chances I can get. After all, I don’t know if I’ll ever get to go anywhere for free with such an economy for a while again.

While I’m not complaining but I have a lot of my own things to do rather than go onsite for an assignment. I have a number of personal photography project actually entering the last few phases and this trip delays their completion date but I have no choice since this is my paying job that funds everything so it take priority over everything else. Hopefully things will go smoothly onsite which is one of my biggest concern since the company started to cut back cost by not sending a senior engineer on site to train and monitor the junior engineer’s work and instead have opt to just throw us into the water and hope we swim…….shitty I know.