Over the last year at my new work place, I have concluded upon one thing. Working as a concept has changed, a lot.
And it sucks.
Here’s a list of pre-defined conditions that seem to govern the work ethic of way too many folks who have just started working.
A normal day at work will and must include
- An hour for lunch
- A half hour for tea
- An half hour to generally loiter around ‘networking’
- An hour on social media
I cannot come in the earlier shift (earlier meaning anytime before 12 PM) even if the business needs it because –
- I cannot wake up so early!
- I live so far away
- We get water in our apartment at this time and I need to fill bottles
I am late to work every day because –
- There is just too much traffic on the roads
- My clothes were not ironed
- I overslept and didn’t hear the alarm
I am really stressed because –
- I stretched for an extra hour for 3 days in a row.
- I did not even take a tea break, just lunch.
- My wife has a terrible headache
I thought I was doing my best and I’m unable to see why you are not happy. All that went wrong were a few numbers on the P&L. It can happen to anybody.
I logged in late into the call/meeting because
- I was having tea
- I did not see the pop up
- You mentioned it was around 3:30, so I thought it was 3:30, and did not check my calendar to see that it was actually at 3
I can’t believe you guys had to work 14 hours during month close when you started! It must be because
- You had different priorities
- Maybe you weren’t as efficient back then
Yes, I am looking at leaving early because
- There’s no work
- We all need downtime
- Oh by the way, please sign off my overtime for that extra half hour I worked this month on that day.
So these are only some of the very real statements that I have experienced in the recent past. And all of it makes me wonder what just happened? Is it just that we had it all wrong when we started working? Or did we hire wrong? Or were people different back then?
My only explanation to myself, is that when we started, we ended up spending more time with folks who were more like us (which in the words of the guys might as well be inefficient, with wrong priorities and unnecessarily high benchmarks for ourselves), so we never encountered this species. And now that we handle large teams, it is obvious that there will be a big mix of people, and hence this situation.
Oh, and to wrap up the rant, and also specify what brought it out. Now that it is Appraisal season, each and every of these individuals has rated themselves ‘Exceeded expectations’ on every damn parameter on the self-evaluation sheet.
This brings me to my questions –
- Whose expectations have they exceeded?
- Where can I find this person and gun him down?