In the December 2006 issue of Harvard Business Review, Sylvia Ann Hewlett and Carolyn Buck Luce outlined what they called “Extreme Jobs – the Dangerous Allure of the 70 hour Workweek“. They search for answers as to why people spend this level of time at work, what drives them and what, if any, are the rewards. They outline how some people gladly spend extreme levels of time at work and actually love doing it.
They list 10 characteristics that they think define extreme jobs. I want to review a few of their definitions of what makes an Extreme Job and see if they apply to CAD Management. Not all of them apply, nor must they for it to be thought of as an extreme job. They state that only 5 of the 10 need apply. Any 5 mixed with the requisite 60 hours per week can move you into the extreme zone.
Here are the ones I think apply to CAD Managers:
1. Unpredictable flow of work. CAD Managers must always adjust to the feast and famine, stop and start, get it done yesterday kind of environment.
2. Fast paced work under tight deadlines. CM’s must work to other peoples deadlines. Working under the pressure of multiple deadlines and projects funneling through their systems.
3. Inordinate scope of responsibilities that amount to more than one job. Ever feel like that? You know that you have – especially if you have project duties and CM duties.
4. Work related events outside of regular work hours. Do you belong to a user group? This qualifies you.
5. Responsibility for mentoring and recruiting. You may not be recruiting much, but you are constantly mentoring, training, and moving people forward.
6. Physical presence at workplace at least 10 hours a day. Well some of us may not actually do this but we easily could.
These are 6 from the list. Does they describe you? Do you have an Extreme Job?