Econ 479

The Art of Writing, the Science of Economics

The terror of following the law…

Words for those students who question why specifications should matter, from this New York Times business article:

Q. You tell business owners to forget about being likable. Is there something wrong with employees liking you?
A. You have to treat your people with respect. If they have a personal problem, you have to help them through it. You have to follow the law. But we also need to get things done as asked. The abandonment of that principle is a large factor in the failure of small businesses to achieve real profitability.

Emphasis added. Any questions?

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Written by gregorymcnamee

February 11, 2010 at 3:04 am

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  1. I agree, specifications do matter. However, there are more constructive ways to enforce these specifications than punishment. Dissatisfied employees are less likely to be productive and more likely to steal.

    Julian

    February 11, 2010 at 4:57 am


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