“God rewards diligent workers,” my father said while teaching my brother and I to work hard. However, there are many fathers who give the opposite advice, “Don’t work any harder than is necessary.”
For example, a management consultant made the following observation: “Be the first in the office every morning, be the last to leave every night, never take a day off, slave through the lunch hour, and the inevitable day will come when the boss will summon you to his office and say, ‘I’ve been watching your work very carefully. Just what are you up to anyhow?” (Michael Hodgin) The management consultant in this story sounds a lot like my father. However, the boss has the typical attitude found everywhere in the workplace.
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