Late Risers Lobbying for Workplace Recognition

The Globe and Mail ran a story yesterday about recognition for late risers. The article, Late Risers Lobbying for Workplace Recognition, makes the point that not everyone operates under the same sleep/wake rhythm. It points to companies like Netflix that focus on results instead of when people work.

The article quotes Canadian author and HR consultant Jeanne Martinson who argues that circadian rhythms should join race and gender as diversity issues. From my perspective, everyone is completely unique and we are all diverse in hundreds of ways including sleep rhythm. We need to recognize all the ways in which people are different.

Expecting everyone to work the same hours, even when the work doesn’t require it, is just one more way managers fail to recognize individuals. It is true that companies do focus on when people work far too much, rewarding people for long hours instead of results. Managers of telecommuters have long known that managing for results is more productive than managing for behaviors, and it provides people with the flexibility to get the work done in the manner that most suits their workstyle.

Copyright 2007 Cindy Ventrice


My name is Cindy Ventrice. I am the author of the best-selling book Make Their Day! Employee Recognition That Works and the companion guide Recognition Strategies That Work.

My work has been quoted in The New York Times, Alaska Airlines Magazine, Workforce Magazine, and Tim Sanders' book The Likeability Factor.

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