Would employees get more done if they were unavailable every now and then?
When Josh Coates needs to reach one of his salespeople or software engineers by cell phone, he wants them right now.
"If I get voice mail, it's irritating. Working for a start-up is more than a 9-to-5 job," says the 29-year-old founder and chief technology officer of Scale Eight Inc., a San Francisco data storage company with annual sales over $5 million. "People should be available, period."
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