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If someone schedules a meeting at 5 on a Friday, is that an ethics violation?

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I have worked over weekends for a true emergency but usually log off by 5pm on weekdays. I am reasonably successful. I am not a Partner or MD yet, but I love what I have (work plus $$ plus a LIFE and some amaze balls people in it)

You will always have work and the client always wants more. Prioritize and train people on how to work with you.

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My oldest son is very bright but declined a traditional job because “I don’t wanna have to work Friday afternoons.”
I was horrified at the time he said this (in high school.)
Now ten years later, he has a successful career and Friday afternoons are optional for him.
35 years in and I am still cranking Fridays until dinnertime.
Who’s the dummy?

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Goes to show that the new world is based on output and not input. Actually the most successful people long term will be those who just focus on output and not Input. Of course you have to manage perception in the org as well esp if it’s big, but you will get eventually get recognized

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Decline and propose midnight

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Consulting is a sham business, put a dashboard saying how busy you are doing really nothing and then decline.

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I decline any non-critical meetings past 2pm on Fridays. Don't give a shit if it's a client...if it wasn't a priority all week then it's not a priority for me when I'm already getting plastered at the bar

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Director 1 - where do I sign?

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Seriously?? If you are serious about your career, you wouldn’t ask this. If you want a set schedule, McDonalds is always hiring

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If you are serious about your career, you're serious about your work life balance. If you burn out in 2 years, you'll have a really short career. Setting boundaries for making sure you can always perform on the long run is professional. Not having a sense of weekend is simply jerk.

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Report to HR. It’s harassment

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Harassment? Being a tad extreme now aren’t we?

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I'm pretty sure this is directly prohibited in the Geneva Conventions

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Me and Cap didn't sign the Sokovia for this reason alone.

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No, but you should hit decline and stop trusting that person.

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Tell me you’re not cut out for consulting without telling me you’re not cut out for consulting

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10 years in consulting and a senior manager here.

This is an inaccurate statement. Part of consulting is being able to come up with boundaries and getting to enjoy our Fridays

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Nope, just a douchebag move

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Ethics? NO. Undesirable? Yes.

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Hotel? Trivago.

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I’ve said no to those meetings and the host would say but your calendar was free, and I’d say I just don’t want to attend 🤷🏻‍♂️

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A real consultant's work week ends at 9pm Thursday with martinis in first class.

Fridays are for trying to get your kids to remember who you are.

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Is there a way to block off time on your calendar and then have any invites that come in for that time get auto-declined?

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Yup you can auto decline meetings for Google calendar. Actually really easy to set time for being out of office and it blocks new +/- old meeting invites automatically

If HR/RL schedules it, then maybe you might have committed an ethics violation 😅

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Block OOO after 5pm Friday through Sunday

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No. We are in the client service business.

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Eh. That’s what I feel like client service is and I don’t say that with any shred of pride. Being in consulting has jaded me to believe that it’s just glorified client worship

I’ve certainly had plenty of calls running into 7pm or later on Fridays. It’s totally avoidable. Not an ethics violation but the managers who don’t see an issue with working late just for the sake of working are the ones I try to avoid working for again.

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Damn! What??? 7pm on Friday?? I’m gone latest at 3 if not earlier

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Hahhahhhahhahhahhaahahahhaaha no

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Are you within a month of the go live? If not, run

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You can and should say no if it’s not urgent. Let that person know they can get better engagement in thinking thru the timing of meetings towards EOW. Good god.

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