Steve Burge

Talking open source since 2005

I’ve always thought of myself as teacher.

But, as OSTraining has grown in the last several years, I’ve found myself moving into the role of a manager rather than a teacher. 

Still, the two roles have a lot in common.

One of the biggest similarities is that you really need to be careful about the behavior you model. For example, I often used to work weekends. Some Saturdays and Sundays, I’d send emails, make site changes and be noticeably busy.

I started to see that our team picked up on that and started to do the same, even though we only ask for Monday to Friday work.

So, I’ve set a rule for myself: never be seen working on the weekend.

That means no emails, no notes in our company intranet and no contact with our staff.

I still do some quiet weekend work, such as book writing. But, if it results in me needing anything from our team, I’ll make a note and send it on Monday,

At it’s heart, our company is a tool to help us lead a good life.

And a good life doesn’t involve the pressure to work long hours, even that pressure is unspoken.