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45 min coffee dates during the work week are the new thing. Any one with positive experiences?

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I think service line is important to note. I'd be interested to hear what partners think of this new version of proposed flexibility. Obviously there are individual circumstances to consider (i.e. Lunch eaten at desk). But will o go out recruiting and say oh ya we get 45 minute lunch dates too! Absolutely not. I understand the need for breaks, such as walking outside for a bit, but I completely disagree with extended coffee breaks becoming a habit. Because let's be real, as a manager I am in charge of getting shit done timely and realistically the team needs to be together to do that. I refuse to be all butterflies and rainbows and I am merely being realistic.

EY1 and Deloitte3, you guys sound like the type people who have shaped my entire approach to people management. I would never call my staff idiots so casually. I give them the flexibility to work when they want by setting deadlines, building in touchpoints, and leaving buffers. If you treat people like adults and don't micromanage them, you build a level of trust with them. Higher job satisfaction, dedication to the job, and better work product. If you do what you do, they will quit on you (rightfully so). I've worked for people like you in the past and hated every second of it. I quit, and now have a team that works very very well together. If people need to be collocated and available during the same hours, I set the expectation up front that it is needed for this project. It is not the hard rule, since it is unnecessary and makes people hate you for literally no gain whatsoever.

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EY 1 - are you for real? As an SM, I say go ahead and go on that coffee date! We are all adults and I hope can manage our schedules by now.

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EY 1 sounds unbearable.

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EY1 does not represent the values or the views of the firm.

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Obviously EY1 does not possess the necessary skills to be a leader

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If I wanna have a quickie during my lunch break that's my business lol who knows it might increase productivity

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I would hate to work for EY1. If I ever end up working for someone like EY1, pretty sure I'll quit. @EY1u think our job is an a 9-5 job? If it is I agree with you. But it is not and I certainly can go on a 45 mins break to do things that I think it's more important to me and keep me sane from the 60 hours that I worked before(in additional to my hour lunch break. Oh yeah did I forget to mention that I had lunch while in the audit room for 6 days last week too?If you don't allow me to get my 45 mins coffee break, can I say no when you ask me to work on Saturday or Sunday?

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I would flip a shit If one of my idiot staff were going on a coffee date in the middle of the work date

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I don't have a problem with it. If it's abused and it becomes a 3 hour tequila date, different story.

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Omg I'm with you. Unless you're getting coffee and coming back, stay in the office. You need to be around for anything I may need. Up next will be two hour lunches and leaving at 4.... Oh wait, staff already do that 🤗

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EY1 sounds bitter

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Have some flexibility in schedules- no matter what level/tenure- allows people to feel more in control and in turn, invested. Those who abuse it aren't going to be around in the long run anyway.

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If I work 60+ hours a week for 4-6 months out of the year then I am going to expect flexibility the rest of the year as long as I get my shit done and meet my hours. God forbid me take some time to have a life outside this profession.

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I like how a question about a new trend it meeting people turned into an argument about staff management.

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Y'all sound spiteful. But curious to hear responses to SM1

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I'm all for it. If my staff is getting their work done in the appropriate amount of time I don't care when or where it happens. You need 45 minutes for coffee? Fine, but don't abuse it and then not be efficient after.

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Or, your set office hours (non busy season) are 8:30-5:30, because they account for the hour lunch break. Dang dude.

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Deloitte- says a lot about you that you call your staff "idiot staff"! Taking a wild guess and saying you are probably a douchebag!

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What if they have a coffee date during their lunch?

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^I'm glad people like EY1 exist in fishbowl, makes for a fun late-night train reading. working for him/her, on the other hand 🔫

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I don't give a shit what my staff do as long as the work gets done as planned

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