What's it like to work at Microsoft?

Joe Barrera (joebar@MICROSOFT.com)
Wed, 2 Jul 1997 15:40:48 -0700

From: Cathy Eagan
To: Operating Systems Research Group; Rick Rashid; User Interface
Research Group
Subject: Your body serves your mind....

|<forwards burnt out>
|1. STOP DENYING. Listen to the wisdom of your body. Begin to
freely admit
|the stresses and pressures which have manifested physically,
mentally, or
| MICROSOFT VIEW: Work until the physical pain forces you
| unconsciousness.
|2. AVOID ISOLATION. Don't do everything alone! Develop or
renew intimacies
|with friends and loved ones. Closeness not only brings new
insights, but
|also is anathema to agitation and depression.
| MICROSOFT VIEW: Shut your office door and lock it from
the inside
| so no one will distract you. They're just trying to hurt
your productivity.
|3. CHANGE YOUR CIRCUMSTANCES. If your job, your relationships,
a situation,
|or a person is dragging you under, try to alter your
circumstances, or if
|necessary, leave.
| MICROSOFT VIEW: If you feel something is dragging you
down, supress
| these thoughts. This is a weakness. Drink more coffee. (
It's free.)
|4. DIMINISH INTENSITY IN YOUR LIFE. Pinpoint those areas or
aspects which
|summon up the most concentrated intensity and work toward
alleviating that
| MICROSOFT VIEW: Increase intensity. Maximum intensity =
| productivity. If you find yourself relaxed and with your
mind wandering, you
| are probably having a detrimental effect on the stock
|5. STOP OVERNURTURING. If you routinely take on other people's
problems and
|responsibilities, learn to gracefully disengage. Try to get
some nurturing
|for yourself.
| MICROSOFT VIEW: Always attempt to do everything. You ARE
| responsible for it all. Perhaps you haven't thoroughly
read your job
| description.
|6. LEARN TO SAY "NO". You'll help diminish intensity by
speaking up for
|yourself. This means refusing additional requests or demands
on your time
|or emotions.
| MICROSOFT VIEW: Never say no to anything. It shows
| and lowers the stock price. Never put off until tomorrow
what you can
| do at midnight.
|7. BEGIN TO BACK OFF AND DETACH. Learn to delegate, not only
at work, but
|also at home and with friends. In this case, detachment means
|yourself for yourself.
| MICROSOFT VIEW: Delegating is a sign of weakness. Let
| else do it (See # 5).
|8. REASSESS YOUR VALUES. Try to sort out the meaningful values
from the
|temporary and fleeting, the essential from the nonessential.
|conserve energy and time, and begin to feel more centered.
| MICROSOFT VIEW: Stop thinking about your own problems.
This is
| selfish. If your values change, we will make an
announcement at the
| company meeting. Until then, if someone calls you and
questions your
| priorities, tell them that you are unable to comment on
this and give them
| the number for Microsoft Marketing. It will be taken
care of.
|9. LEARN TO PACE YOURSELF. Try to take life in moderation.
You only have
|so much energy available. Ascertain what is wanted and needed
in your life,
|then begin to balance work with love, pleasure, and relaxation.
| MICROSOFT VIEW: A balanced life is a myth perpetuated by
the Borland
| Marketing Team. Don't be a fool: the only thing that
matters is work and
| productivity.
|10. TAKE CARE OF YOUR BODY. Don't skip meals, abuse yourself
with rigid
|diets, disregard your need for sleep, or break the doctor
|Take care of yourself nutritionally.
| MICROSOFT VIEW: Your body serves your mind, your mind
serves the
| company. Push the mind and the body will follow. Drink
Mountain Dew.
| (it's free.)
|11. DIMINISH WORRY AND ANXIETY. Try to keep superstitious
worrying to a
|minimum-it changes nothing. You'll have a better grip on your
|if you spend less time worrying and more time taking care of
your real
| MICROSOFT VIEW: If you're not worrying about work, you
must not be
| very committed to it. We'll find someone who is.
|12. KEEP YOUR SENSE OF HUMOR. Begin to bring joy and happy
moments into
|your life. Very few people suffer burnout when they're
having fun.
| MICROSOFT VIEW: So, you think your work is funny? We'll
discuss this with your
| manager on Friday. At 7:00 pm.