1st September 2004, 05:11 PM
Why we should go home at 5.30pm
For the folks like me who have to suffer because of idiotic bosses and inconsiderate team members that like to stay late to get things done.
By trade minister Rafidah Aziz (Malaysia) - KOBE
- KOBE, March 18 (Bernama) -- With a reputation for her strong stamina
despite arduous and hectic schedules, it was not surprising that someone had
to ask the Minister of International Trade and Industry, Datuk Seri Rafidah
Aziz, where her source of almost boundless energy came from.
"In my job, you have to be cheerful because it's about wanting people to
invest. Can you imagine if I come to Kobe with a sour face and no smile?
You will not want to come to Malaysia," she said when asked by a Japanese
businessman to reveal the secret of her staying power at a seminar on
Business Opportunities in Malaysia here today.
"You're great. You're so dynamic and cheerful. We don't see such a character
in our Japanese ministers," said the businessman who was obviously an
admirer of Rafidah's dynamic personality.
In reply, Rafidah said she was a naturally cheerful person. "I am not making
it up (in being cheerful). I laugh a lot and so it's easy for me to be
cheerful. It's not like I'm pretending to be cheerful. My nature is like
that," she said in a matter-of-fact and yet lighthearted manner.
The minister said her energy also came from the fact that she liked her job.
"I've been in this job (her present position) for 16 years and I have been
in the government for 27 years," she said, acknowledging that she was no
longer young as she would be 60 years old this year and already has three
"It makes me happy. You must always do what that makes you happy. If you're
not happy, you don't do it. That's very simple... If you don't like the
thing but you have to do it (anyway), you'll get the sour face," she said.
Rafidah said she usually did not bring her work home with her. But if she
really has some work to finish up, she would wake up at 5.00 am to complete
it. "If I go home late, my driver will have to wait for me, my security
guard will have to wait for me and my other staff also has to wait for me.
And they will curse me because they want to go home (early)," she said.
Rafidah said if she did not leave for home by 5.30 pm, there was a
likelihood that there would be five or six people who could be angry with
her. "Angry people are not productive," she said, admitting that she was
also not productive in her work after 5.30pm.
"After 5.30 pm, I'm not productive. So five unhappy staff and one unhappy
minister is not good (at all)," she said.
Rafidah felt that working very late in office was a waste of time. "You
would be better off at home, (or) go out for dinner or play golf. So (at
least) you're happy and the next morning you're fresh," she said.
"If you go home late at 11.00 pm or midnight and you don't look at your
family and tomorrow you go into the train to go to office, in the end you're
not happy and your family is not happy," she said.
"The world will go on even if you go home at 5.30. The world will not stop
if you go home at 5.30 pm. "Why must you go home at 11.00 pm? What's the
point and how much work can you do between 5.30pm and 11.00pm?"
"Enjoy yourselves and be happy. I find that I work more when I'm happy," she
1st September 2004, 05:17 PM
hahaha...i have been practicing Rafidah's concept for the last 3 years.
and yes..i am packing now and last visit to CS...10more minutes I will leave the office...
Last edited by MichaelLee; 2nd September 2004 at 09:02 AM.
1st September 2004, 05:22 PM
Yap leaving my office soon. Done my service to the company for the day.
1st September 2004, 05:23 PM
1st September 2004, 05:24 PM
1st September 2004, 05:41 PM
I can give you a morning call if you want, I do wake up at 5 am three times a week.
1st September 2004, 05:43 PM
5:45 now.... waiting for my client....... in the office of course.....
1st September 2004, 05:51 PM
1st September 2004, 09:33 PM
1st September 2004, 09:42 PM
yeah.. we should all only work till 530pm.. so still in time to make a round at peninsula, cp, tcw before they close at 7pm...
1st September 2004, 09:45 PM
what if those shops also work till 530pm?
Originally Posted by wilis128
1st September 2004, 09:47 PM
1st September 2004, 10:25 PM
Just say: "F**k It", and pack ur bags...
thou I still leave around 7... while others stays to rush... why should I care? got my part done~~
1st September 2004, 10:30 PM
Y dun Canon Service Center extend their operating Hr until 9pm? haha
1st September 2004, 10:33 PM
its a different working life here, everyone expects everyone to stay and be more productive to finish the work. Even the bosses mentions it and preaches the seniors to use this mentality to everyone else. Those who careless will be stagment in their work and promotion, whose who work OT have no life (almost).
1st September 2004, 10:44 PM
Ok lar, I won't mind that lar... but dun think this thread is discussing about tis right?
Originally Posted by rainman
1st September 2004, 10:45 PM
Just a teaser....
Originally Posted by RossChang
2nd September 2004, 09:44 AM
Quit complaining, Nikon service centre closes at 5
2nd September 2004, 10:24 AM
My working hours is supposed to be 9am - 6pm
I usually walk in at 9.30am or after that.
As for leaving office.. depends on my mood (not really workload or bosses)
knock off time ranges from 5.30pm - 10pm... hehehe..