Firstly, great show guys. I only discovered you 6 weeks ago and I'm happily downloading the many months of backlog. Thanks for all the help so far.
I'm needing some advice.....
I work for a software company and was recently giving some feedback to one of my managers about his work habits. The "issue" I have is that his team works very hard and often do more hours than the standard 40 (this is a growing software company after all). It's nothing extreme and we do give people time back in return, we treat people well (office events, lunches, salary, bonus etc) and certainly don't plan this workload.
The manager of the team is strict 9 to 5. It's unusual to see him in one minute past 5 (and I know that there is no pressing demands that he HAS to get home at a certain time - e.g. bus/train/daycare etc).
My issue is that there is a disconnect between the team and the manager (PS the manager is new so that the teams work habits were set by their previous manager). My own experiences are that if people are motivated, they care, are happy and are challenged, they typically do a little more than is needed (without asking). They take on extra work, they work a little harder to get a problem fixed for a customer etc.
I'd also like to clarify that I'm not advocating constant 50 or 60 hours work weeks, I just want to occasionally see some people working late because they feel their work is important enough to stay that extra hour to get it finished.
I did discuss this 'feedback' in one of my one-on-one sessions with the manager. Basically he completely disagrees, he feels that he's done the 60hrs a week slog in his career before and regrets it (the company folded and he was let go). He also is of the opinion of "it's not the hours, it's the output" which I can partly appreciate.
So my question is am I being reasonable and if so any suggestions on how to get my point across? My worry is that the team are beginning to emulate his behaviour and the sense of urgency and going the extra mile is beginning to dissapate.