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August 23, 2005

Weekends off at bookofjoe?


I'm hearing rumbles of discontent from belowdecks these past several months and they're growing louder.

The central topic seems to be whether or not I'm too demanding, what with the standard bookofjoe work schedule: 7 days a week/16–hour workdays are the rule here.

Hey, I like it but those who do the heavy lifting — my crack research team, on whom the the pressure to produce is (nearly) unbearable and among whom turnover is very high — are starting to annoy me with their complaints.

They point out to me the irrefutable numbers (above and below) indicating that about one–third of bookofjoe's fans take the weekends off.

So they're asking, why can't we do the same?

After all, this isn't Dickensian England — is it?

Well, it is in a way.

Just because others like to chill doesn't mean we should.

Once you start that kind of stuff it's a slippery slope.

The number of daily posts starts to drop from 8 to 6 and finally maybe one.

Then it's game over.

And what about bookofjoeTV?

When you turn on your TV — no matter what day or time —you expect to be entertained, right?

What kind of entertainment would it be on Sunday afternoon when you visit bookofjoe and see Friday's 4:01 p.m. post — no matter how amusing — for the tenth time, then look at your watch and realize it's still another 18 hours until 9:01 a.m. Monday morning and some new refreshment?

Someone with an addiction simply can't handle a two–and–a–half day long (65 hours!) withdrawal on a weekly basis.

Instantly life would be transformed for such sad individuals into a weeklong countdown until Friday afternoon and the onset of pain.

I'm a doctor: my cardinal rule is "Primum non nocere."

After all, I took the Hypocritic Oath.

Wait a minute — that's not right.... But I digress.


So we're keeping things just as they are because — and I know this perhaps isn't the most politic thing to say in public — up here on the top deck the air is mighty fine and the wind in my hair makes me sing with delight.

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As another 'former' bookofjoe crack research team member, I can relate to the current rumblings going on with his current research team regarding working weekends.
I too complained.
That sort of thing doesn't last long around bookofjoe headquarters.

"Once you start that kind of stuff it's a slippery slope. Then it's game over."

And he wonders why turnover is high?

I am here to tell you, working at bookofjoe was no picnic.

There weren't even any benefits.

Posted by: lt | Aug 24, 2005 1:40:48 PM

In the past few months, I've taken to staggering my posts by scheduling some to appear in the future. Perhaps you could set aside some of your Thursday and Friday posts and schedule them to appear on Saturday and Sunday.

Posted by: Waldo Jaquith | Aug 23, 2005 5:22:03 PM

Wait a minute, I can be as fair to Joe as the next below-decks drone. I may have walked off the job without giving formal notice, but I can attest to the fact that this hardworking guy is quite willing to lower himself to his staff's level when it's needed. I have it on the lowest authority that he's been on his knees plenty, and liked it. Way to go, Joe. By the way, I assume that glowing recommendation letter is still in the mail.

Posted by: not-so-fasting | Aug 23, 2005 4:00:37 PM

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