Mr. CEO’s Rules Have Unintended an Consequence
Patti was an excellent, highly qualified technical person who was looking for a new job since her company had reorganized and she was let go.
In a big metropolitan area it is important to calculate commuting time, but you don’t want to limit yourself out of a job. Patti had a job interview 25 miles from her house. Without traffic it would take her about 30-40 minutes to get there – -around the city beltway and up another main thoroughfare. However, in addition to rush hour traffic, they are always fixing the roads or there is an accident so that the commute could easily take an hour. This didn’t bother Patti since she listened to audio books and podcasts in the car. However, when Patti went to interview with the small company, they told her immediately that the CEO demands on time attendance and there was no telecommuting. Did Mr. CEO realize that his insistence for on time attendance could jeopardize his hiring of well qualified people??? Patti quickly calculated that in order to make the on-time attendance requirement of 8am she might have to leave at 6:30 am or even 6 am instead of 7am to make sure that she could make an 8am start time given the unpredictability of the roads. They were interested in Patti, but she did not pursue additional interviews. Because of the CEO’s insistence he lost one good potential hire and perhaps even more good hires.