Finding a work pattern that works
Anita Sharpe on Passionate Work
I spent much of the past weekend sitting on my front porch, sipping a latte and alternately working and reading a novel. When I grew tired of one activity, I switched to the other, or drove to Starbucks for another latte or took my dogs for a walk. I always find that I accomplish more -- and feel better about it -- when I do something similar to this, rather than relentlessly chasing 'leisure' after putting in a grueling five days. (Needless to say, I have also tried to remove 'grueling' as a modifier for any part of my day.)
It reminded me of a book that came out earlier this year, The Seven-Day Weekend , by Ricardo Semler, the CEO of Semco. Semco instituted total work/life flexibility as a business model 20 years ago. The company, which grew from $35 million in revenue to more than $200 million over the past six years, has virtually no turnover.
Writes Semler: 'Anyone who can eliminate the stress of an overbooked schedule, arrange a workweek to sleep according to biorhythms rather than a time clock and enjoy a sunny Monday on the beach after working through a chilly Sunday, will be a much more productive worker. It will ultimately benefit organizations because employees will find equilibrium in their professional, personal and spiritual lives. This isn't just an avant-garde approach to running a company. It's a sound strategy for business success and gaining competitive advantage.'
Could this be the new millennium replacement for last century's factory model for work?