8 to 3 Working Hours Not Welcome!

Imagine a Kurdistan where half of the public employees were Linchpins.

It’s too good to even imagine.

What is a Linchpin you may ask?

In the words of Seth Godin, a Linchpin is ‘somebody in an organization who is indispensable – who simply cannot be replaced because their role is just far too unique and valuable.’ A linchpin brings value to their job.

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Photo: Kaiwan Shaban

98 (okay, 90) percent of people who work in public organizations are a cog in a machine. There is no creativity, diversity, ambition, passion or drive. There is no thinking outside the box and a huge lack of motivation. We always knew this fact, but what has recently proved it?

A few Ministries have implemented the law for public office working hours to end at 3 pm. I admire the strict policy in place, although it has infuriated public sector employees, some are already signing petitions to work four and half hours a day instead. I couldn’t help but contribute my thoughts regarding this:

  1. If you had no work, and nothing to do when your job ended at 1 pm, you obviously are infuriated to stay till 3. There is over employment in public offices. The task of one person is completed by eight people; or there is one person who works for the other 8 who are on Snapchat. Solution? Shuffle people around, interview, keep those who deserve to be kept and find a suitable place for others- a place where they will turn up to a job that needs their capabilities.
  2. If a person has had breakfast at 7, is at work at 8, inevitably by 12 they’re starving- so between 12 and 3pm there will barely be any work, just grumbling, tumbling, turning and churning Kurdish bellies. I am not proposing we use government money to buy staff lunch- but maybe it’s about time to bring a lunch box to work? (*grin* more like manjalsof dolma and bryani to the office).
  3. Law must be implemented equally to all. I feel so often in public organizations the managers are almost always afraid to punish staff or set consequences, because someone is inevitably related to someone, who will then call someone, who will terminate the punishment, who will then forever hold a grudge against the law implementer, and his entire tribe- until death do them apart. Which is why this law must be fully implemented from the top down and no Vitamin W will ever get you out of it.
  4. If you’re going to spend 7 hours at work at work everyday then you might as well do a job that you’re suitable and passionate for. Which might mean a job interview before being employed? We need to make it clear, are we employing people for jobs or employing them as a means of social security?

Seth Godin writes “transferring your passion to your job is far easier than finding a job that happens to match your passion.” If we had more people doing the jobs they enjoy, there would be more creativity, art and progress and people will want to stay not till 3, but till 5 too. But we work for an income, and a reassuring retirement; completely opposite to the Linchpin mentality.

Lots of love from

My Nest in Kurdsitan


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