Do Clock Watchers Ever Take Ownership of Their Jobs?
While visiting with a friend over lunch the other day, we got to talking about a lady we both know and the strange – to us – conflict between her work ethic and her clock watching.
The clock watching in this case wasn’t that she sat around counting down the minutes until she was off. It was the other type of clock watching.
Salaried Clock-Watchers Rarely Stay Past 8 Hours.
She had the mindset of an hourly worker. She wasn’t paid by the hour. She was on salary. But she kept close track of her hours. If she worked late one day, she took off early the next.
What threw us off was that she made sure her employer got their money’s worth for 40 hours a week. She worked hard and was more productive than several of her peers that put in longer hours for the same pay.
All in all, her employer was getting great bang for the buck – with her. Yet, it brought to mind the three different mindsets workers have.
The “hourly” employee figures he is being paid for 40 hours a week. That is true for employees who are LITERALLY hourly. Not so true for salaried employees. Most front line salaried employees think like hourly employees. Some front line supervisors do also.
The “salaried” employee figures he is being paid to do his job, whatever the volume of tasks and the time they take, he has been assigned with.
Employees who think like “owners” go above and beyond. The only reason they keep an eye on the clock is to meet important deadlines. They strive to make the company successful.
We all thirst for our company to be staffed full of “owner” minded employees.
That’s difficult to pull off – not impossible – but difficult. Naturally, we know how. That’s why our clients hire us.
You need to keep your eye out for salaried employees who think like hourly employees.
Very, very few of them are like the lady I described. Most are modestly productive at best. Most are true clock watchers. You’ll rarely turn a true clock watcher into a highly productive, owner-minded employee.
Food for thought as you try to grow your business.