Constant Contact with Your Boss Makes You Productive (Seriously) [Work]

10 Apr/09

A detailed study of 2,600 IBM workers’ communications found those with “strong connections” to their bosses over IM, email, and social networks generate noticeably more billable hours. Seems unlikely, right? Well, yes and no. Photo by jurvetson . The big caveats to this study involve the profession they’re in—IT consulting. That means that their financial imperative is to draw more billable hours out of the time and communication they put into IBM’s infrastructure. So being a social presence with the higher-ups isn’t just a team exercise for them, because for a consultant: … It is crucial to avoid bench time as much as possible and increase utilizations by lining up projects ahead of time. At the same time, searching for high-value projects that command higher wages is also important, as these projects can generate higher revenue for each hour worked. Accessing a wider array of information about new project opportunities gives consultants the first mover advantage

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