The way some business’ run…

I’m hacked off at work. Severely. I mean I’m sitting here having to work on this huge Standards document, and I really don’t have the drive to get it done just now. Why? Well it’s one of those days and it’s being one of those months.

Generally it’s the inaction of people at work, the inability to look at the bigger picture and stand up and say “Wait a minute, that’s wrong” or “Aren’t we working for the same company?”.


People just carry on doing what they are, and sometimes badly, incorrectly or even not at all, and what happens? “Oh that’s just her\him” and they are left to carry on as they were, or maybe they are sat down for a chat, and then they continue to behave as they have.

I’m forever being told that I shouldn’t say that or that I should consider “Cause and effect”, or maybe that my “influencing skills” need raised. No, that’s not it at all.

I have a job to do, and it’s in my contract, I am being paid to do it and do it well, and I was hired because of who I am and the results I achieve. I am not paid to agree with things that I feel are wrong for my department and my company, I am not paid to “influence” others to my way of thinking – if I have to do that, then it’s not a good idea in the first place!

If someone isn’t doing their job, is doing it badly or just plain not at all, why don’t people start highlighting it, report it, do something about it? It’s not good for the Business as a whole.

It’s not just general staff either, it’s Managers and their Managers. We’re going through an internal feedback process just now and people are even scared to speak their mind in that, yet the organisation is asking them for their truthful thoughts in order to improve. How is that helping anyone? I must admit, even I was influenced to tone down some of my responses, despite believing they were right.

I don’t get it. That kind of inaction and disempowerment leads to frustration (mind you I am frustrated now!), anxiety and stress. I know, I’ve been there before.

Reorganisation. That’s another one. Add that to the list along with inaction and disempowerment…and politics…and red tape.

It is, undoubtedly, time to look for a new job. However, I just know this will be the same in the next organisation.

Here endeth the rant. Back to work!

3 comments on “The way some business’ run…”

  1. Rick Horowitz Reply

    Your blog is reporting that I can sign in with a TypeKey identity, but it doesn’t work. The failure is something known, I think, and probably related to the config of your mt.cfg — but I could be wrong.

    Anyway, one word you mentioned sent me on a few-minutes’ search for this:

    We trained hard…but it seemed that every time we were beginning to form up into teams, we would be reorganized. I was to learn later in life that we tend to meet any new situation by reorganizing and a wonderful method it can be for creating the illusion of progress while producing confusion, inefficiency and demoralization. — Petronius Arbiter, 210 B.C.

    I also find myself wondering if “Petronius” gave his name to the “Patronus” spell that Harry Potter uses to ward off Dementors. But I know it’s more likely related to the Roman civil law concept of a protector (actually, a senator, but they’re supposed to protect the republic/empire, right?).

    Anyway, it does sound like maybe you need an arbiter on that job of yours!

  2. Richard Reply

    I’ve heard that quote before Rick from http://www.qotd.org. Really good site that emails you daily with cool quotes.

    I just have to ride out the storm, it’ll either get better or I’ll move onto another one. Life has a strange way of sorting these things out.

    Oh, and I’ll check out the TypeKey problem. Many thanks for letting me know.

  3. Richard Reply

    Aha! I have solved the problem. Typekey really need to be a bit more specific with their text. The address they need for verification is the movabletype system directory, not your weblog. The help error isn’t much better either!

    All done now.

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