October 21, 2008: She's not a morning person...
Well, neither am I. Although I've worked at every hour of the day or night at some point in my career, my energy level increases as the day goes on. Perhaps it's because I've usually attended evening Board meetings - either as an Executive Director or a Board member.
I've had to be alert and "on" late in the day, when others were already nodding off.
Many, many association professionals are not morning people (and they don't have to be). But they often hide that fact for fear of harming their careers by appearing "unconventional."
When committees set early morning meeting times, I frequently hear people around the table complain to each other. But they don't share their concern with fellow members. So I do.
Whether or not the time is changed, my colleagues usually thank me - discreetly.
CEOs, and others who supervise employees, need to understand that association offices are not assembly lines. Everybody does not have to be in the same place at the same time.
Some people do need to work early hours or set hours. Others don't. Some people who don't usually show up in the early morning sometimes have to (that's being flexible).
The uniform, on-site job shift for everyone, however, is an archaic management device. It's time to get rid of it.