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Automate Your Way To One-Day Work Week
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jfeldman
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5/15/2012 | 8:35:11 PM
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Fascinating. It's another example of how dangerous disengaged employees are. I mean, ethics aside, an enthusiastic and committed employee would IMMEDIATELY run to his or her manager with something like this to share it, followed by a public recognition, bonus (no matter how large or small), and a call to arms to automate MORE. And, the corporation would respond, not by laying folks off, but by re-allocating personnel to solve actual business problems or apply innovation that would give it even more of a competitive edge. I will guarantee sight-unseen that this guy works in a relatively toxic corporate culture. What a wake up call for those of us that manage technologists.
TreeInMyCube
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5/15/2012 | 5:36:14 PM
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I agree with RobertMcI ... walking away from an unethical situation preserves my own personal integrity, but it doesn't give the company an incentive to do the right thing. With high unemployment, my company views me as disposable, and quickly replaceable.

I also agree with the other commenters ... K's supervisor should have noticed something by now. The disparity in productivity is just too great, and the amount of bonuses too large for someone not to connect the dots.
mwalker871
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5/14/2012 | 10:44:26 PM
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It seems from the comments that the company is presumed to be honest. I don't think that's a given.

First, let's ask, "why would the company care what's going on?" They can point at K and say to the rest of the workers, "You guys aren't working hard enough."

In the meantime, they could be studying the situation. It might be they want to "steal" K's process and kick K to the curb.

Or if they are truely clueless and don't notice one guy is blowing everyone else out of the water..., their time will come. Someone in the market will eat their lunch.

It is clear K is violating the use policy with his VPN action. Might he also be leaking sensitive data to these external websites?

I also agree that K's approach shouldn't be assumed to be infalable.
ssamuelson061
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5/14/2012 | 7:51:37 PM
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IMO - The whole point of a bonus program is to provide employees incentive to perform - which is working in this case. Now it's on the company to look at the highest performers to see if they can use the techniques to make the other workers more productive. It's the company's responsibility to do this. If the productive worker refuses to share his technique, that's a whole different problem.

nigebj
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5/14/2012 | 7:30:32 PM
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Normally if you invent processes as part of your paid employment, those processes are owned by your employer - not you - at least that is my understanding in the EU. K is either a liar or simply ethically challenged as anybody smart enough to do what he claims would be rapidly promoted by his company, or would simply go to work for a company which appreciated their work.

The other possibility is sad - that K is simply lazy, and despite some obvious talent (in assembling the solution, even if he engineered little himself) is simply afraid that if he admits what he has done then he will be expected to work the remaining days of the week.

Industries throughout the world have gone through changes which made their workforce obsolete or at least forever changed - K needs to realize that simply 'taking' from a system which clearly can be largely automated is simply delaying the inevitable day when he is not needed!
RobertMcI
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5/12/2012 | 7:08:36 PM
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I'm having a hard time seeing how walking away from an unjust situations is considered ethical. In such cases the company just finds another worker more than willing to put up with the injustice.

I think "K" is brilliant. Don't we all do that to a certain extent in all of our jobs - find a better more time efficient way of doing things. Besides if he shows the company they may promote him and give him more responsibility and then what would happen to his gaming scores? :-)
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5/12/2012 | 12:55:16 PM
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Completely automating everything can lead to job loss however increase the need for people to become educated in the field of robotics and or anything else that is involved with the automation. If this guy worked for me he would get a pat on the back. Keep up the excellent work.
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5/11/2012 | 11:52:22 PM
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It seems to me automating repetitive work, coming up with IT solutions, and the reduction of staff is what CIOs and technology have been seeking to do for years. His coming forward may disappoint some of these CIO/CTO/Business Analysts that are pulling down big money, but he may also find a method to market his discovery and make more than the bonuses if it turns out to be a sound, validated process (it may be making errors noone has yet identified or bad calculations). The fact he is taking the lion's share of bonuses with production far superior to his workmates should have raised flags to management to find out exactly how (desiring to transfer the knowledge to the others if it is process related). One employee once increased his salary by playing online poker but senior management held him up a brave, chance taker personality they needed more of.

With regard to the ethics question, toward his colleagues noone apparently has limited how they do their work so I see no violation toward them. Toward his employer, he was hired to do a job which he is doing and they seem less than interested in how he is achieving such performance (there are more than one may think out there that are afraid to ask the question for fear of the answer). I would like to say this would seem uncommon, but I have seen it in Europe and in large US corporations and the conduct does not seem that odd. If this has been going on for years, he may have good reason to fear a vendictive company response if they feel they've been taken all this time or lost productivity across the board.


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