Overtime Is An Another Problem

There is a programmer’s joke:

“Some people, when confronted with a problem, think ’I know, I’ll use regular expressions.’   Now they have two problems.”

According to it, we could make a similar joke:

“Some people, when confronted with a problem, think ‘I know, we’ll just work some overtime.’ Now they have two problems.”

The first problem is their original problem, and the second problem is their working overtime.

Why overtime is bad?

Because it leads to:

  • Fatigue
  • Undertime – low efficency in regular working time
  • A Demotivated team
  • Turnover – employees will quit, which in turn results in a loss of tacit knowledge to the organization
  • A reduction in quality
  • Lack of predictability and increased variance

(via planningforfailure.com)

The End

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