There are many tips and tricks to nailing a job interview and landing the paid gig of your dreams, but taking messages on the weekend? Surely that should not be one of them.
But according to boss Erika Nardini, it is, and her reasoning behind it is… shall we say, outdated?
“Here’s something I do,” the Barstool Sports CEO told the New York Times last week. “If you’re in the process of interviewing with us, I’ll text you about something at 9 pm or 11 am on a Sunday just to see how fast you’ll respond.”
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She explains, “It’s not that I’m going to bug you all weekend if you work for me, but I want you to be responsive. I think about work all the time. Other people don’t have to be working all the time, but I want people who are also always thinking.”
As the CEO, it’s good to hear that Nardini always thinks about work. She’s clearly made it to that position because she made the choice to do so and put in countless hours of hard yards, and that’s great. But not everyone else is the CEO, and more importantly, not everyone wants to be the CEO. And so to dismiss someone for not jumping to command outside of hours? That’s surely got to have a negative impact not only on the existing company workforce but on its future as well.
We asked three senior figures within the Australian business industry what their contact policies were.
Mia Freedman, Creative Director and Co-Founder, Mamamia.
"When employees leave Mamamia, we do exit interviews to find out what they liked and didn't like about working here and what we can do better. It's often difficult for people to give feedback to their bosses, in fact, most people never feel comfortable enough to do it but on the way out people are always able to be more candid," Freedman says.