‘Lifestyle management’ the Microsoft way

Being part of the largest software company in the world can be a tough job, so, to help upper management relax, Microsoft has sent for the 'lifestyle' managers.

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By  Matthew Southwell Published  September 13, 2001

Being part of the largest software company in the world can be a tough job. The stress of trying to defeat the DOJ in US, launch a new operating system and enter the consumer gaming market all at the same time must drive Microsoft employees to distraction.

In an attempt to ‘keep the karma’ and ensure that its employees stay focused on dominating the world, Microsoft UK has employed lifestyle management company, tenUK, to soothe the brows of its “executive team” and a “selection of other managers.”

The idea appears to be that the chosen few will now be able to off-load personal tasks to others.

“At Microsoft we strive to continuously introduce benefits to promote employees’ financial, physical and emotional well-being. By using tenUK we offer employees an opportunity to delegate personal tasks during busy times, which can be of both practical and emotional benefit,” says Steve Harvey, director of the wonderfully titled “People, Profit and Loyalty” division.

“This service can be valuable to employees if it relieves some of their pressures, thereby enabling them to remain focused at work, and if it ultimately improves their work/life balance,” he adds.

Quite what services will be involved is unclear, but Alex Cheatle, chief executive and founder of tenUK says that completing personal chores can be done once “strong, trusting relationships are built with employees.”

So, next time someone in the office offers to clean your teeth, put it down to the fact that the boss has got the “lifestyle managers” in.

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