I’m going to condescend everyone for a minute, so please endulge me for a moment. This is for the slow people out there…
When you have a job, your job is … well … your job. And more importantly, other people’s jobs are (obviously) theirs. And when people have managers, thier manager’s job is to make sure that those people are being productive and meeting their objectives. And finally, (pay very close attention to this) as it is their manager’s job, it is not yours!
It has become far too common place in today’s work environment that people are assessing the productivity and contributions of others outside of their direct work group. Which is absolutely ludicrous. First of all, in many cases the people doing this evaluation have no concept of the objectives of the evaluees. Secondly, the evaluators are not aware of the work habits of the group under their watchful eyes so if they’re productive during the unmonitored times it’s going unnoticed. This again is just silly.
So this begs the question, what are these folks doing that leaves them so much time to worry about the work habits of others? Maybe they should be more focused on achieving their own goals than whether or not someone else is meeting thier goals. You cannot control everyone in the company. That’s not your job. If it were, you’d be the owner and would most likely be far more motivated in life than you currently are.
Motivated, hard-working people do not have the time to worry about what other people do with their time unless there is a direct affect on their own ability to be productive. Usually the motivated person will simply move on without the deadweight. So if you find yourself keeping tabs on someone you think is a slacker at work, ask yourself whether or not thier behavior is hindering you or not. If so, innovate a solution that works around your obstacles and leave the clipboard at home. If not, then why waste your time?