So, it turns out in the early days of Microsoft Bill Gates memorized the license plate numbers of employees so he could know who was in the office. He considered this part of his fanatical dedication to work, but it actually shows a serious lack of understanding about work.
Now, I’m not saying that his methods failed-obviously, they didn’t. But just because someone is successful in their business doesn’t mean that everything they do makes sense. What could he have done instead of spending time memorizing license plate numbers? Just about anything. Here’s why this is not a great business practice.
Hours in the office don’t mean a great deal.
Sure, Microsoft is full of programmers who are going to be able to do more work when they are at work then they would being elsewhere. (After all, working from home wasn’t terribly practical in the beginning days of Microsoft.) But, what can you really tell by the number of hours someone is in the office? Not much. Is their work the best? Are they producing quality work, or goofing off? What’s the productivity? Butt-in-seat time isn’t the best way to judge people.
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