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Old December 20th, 2009, 11:24 AM
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Question When employees stay back late, should the manager stay too?

This is quite often the case, at least in the tech industry especially in the Silicon Valley, when developers and QA folks stay back late at work to meet deadlines.

Given such a situation, do you think the manager should also stay back late?

This question was on my mind, but today I saw this topic here and decided to post it.
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Old December 20th, 2009, 11:33 AM
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Re: When employees stay back late, should the manager stay too?

IF the situation arises then they should otherwise why I dont see a reason
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Old December 20th, 2009, 11:40 AM
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Re: When employees stay back late, should the manager stay too?

Usually developers stay late when there is a critical hand off and some last minute issue has required that developers work their ass off and fix it.

Otherwise most companies in the Valley allow for working from home over VPN. So many times, owing to a tight schedule, developers will login from home and work to finish their modules to meet the deadline.

However, if its the first case as above, then the manager better be around. He is needed because at some critical point a developer might have a question requiring instant management decision. For example, 'We can do it as per the requirements but then we have these things which will not work. But if we do it the other way then we guarantee 90% of the requirements without breaking other things. So what should I do boss?"

So yes, the manager should be there at such times.
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Re: When employees stay back late, should the manager stay too?

Depends... on the project... if complex project then yes and if simple ongoing task then no.
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Re: When employees stay back late, should the manager stay too?

The manager shouldn't have to stay back as long as he has finished his share of work, distributed the resources and delegated all assignments properly. As long as he has confidence in the team of finishing their tasks, there is no need for him to stay back. However, he should be easily reachable in case the team needs to contact him for any questions.

If there is back and forth on the feedback with business folks, the manager should stay back to facilitate this communication.
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Re: When employees stay back late, should the manager stay too?

Manager's responsibility is that his team gets the job done. If needed for help, he should be available over the phone etc, and its fine.

Be it a software or any kind of company.
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Question Re: When employees stay back late, should the manager stay too?

Depends. In corporate culture, project where a mistek or two on part of the employees carry no serious konsekwens except time delay, I guess is okay for manager to do his task, go home to sleep. Turn off the phone.

But if your desk is final resting place for all the blame, questions. and serious konsekwenses direct result of employee's misteks..... manager has to be on hand 24 hours. I think, employees will actually feel better having someone watching over them in case something goes wrong. Someone willing to take the blame...... noh?
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