I don’t often talk about my work, or my job, just where I am and what I do outside of work.
A while ago I quit my job, I couldn’t stand it any more, there were many reasons why, some I might go into here some I might not.
One of the main reasons was a project in Saudia Arabia, Riyadh to be exact..for the duration of 3 months. Now I’m not awfully fond of the location and the timespan..is way way way too long for me to take. Especially for what I’m getting paid..
I don’t get some super-fantastic salary, I am accorded no ‘expat’ benefits, I am treated (and paid) exactly like a local. Actually in someways underpaid…according to market rate.
Anyway the consistent mis-management, complete lack of client expectation handling and lies through-out the upper tier of management have become too much to bear.
Why keep taking projects we have no manpower to handle?
Why keep placing me in projects I have no experience and often no interest in and forcing me to do them?
Why spread your wings so wide when we already a niche company with a world leading skillset in some areas.
The sad thing to say is, I have more experience in IT than the COO, CEO or CTO.
They are greenhorns in comparison to me..yet it’s them who makes the decisions, yes…the wrong decisions, over and over again.
Late salary is another turn off..one thing you should never so is pay your people late, even a day or two, they do notice.
Late claims? Why…just pay!
Anything monetary that is late, especially if not explained in advance shows instability in the company and brings a lack of faith in staff attitude.
Which is bad..bad for everyone especially company productivity.
It’s often the problem though when small companies grow bigger, but they still retain the small company style and ethics. The upper management all being friends for example, how can they make objective decisions or shoot each other down?
The upper management not having adequate experience or any formal training in the subject they are managing in…managing might be an apt word in the other sense, just scraping by.
Dilbert principle I guess, put the biggest idiots in the highest positions so they can do the least damage, or the Peter Principle as it’s known.
“In a hierarchy every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence.”
Another thing is over promising clients, and saying ‘yes yes yes yes‘. WITHOUT checking the proposal with people that actually understand the subject, 9/10 times you are promising something that’s not feasible, or if it is, it’s not feasible within the timescale you’ve specified.
This makes the client facing staff look and feel very bad, and does not give any sense of loyalty to the company nor the people that created the whole mess.
It’s a simple thing..managing client expectations, just be realistic, promise what you can provide in a timescale you can comfortably provide it, that’s all.
Prioritisation is another thing, if you say every single task is super duper mega fantastically important, and they all must be done by tomorrow people will work their asses off and do them..
But then when they HAVE done them, and nothing happens, no action is taking after that they get disillusioned, leading them to be de-motivated and not feel like doing ANY of the tasks given to them.
After a while through experience the staff will learn by themselves which tasks are actually important and which are not and will prioritise themselves, but isn’t that taking away the role of the manager? It leads the staff to manage themselves, which again is not the best way for things to be.
Plus it really destroys the company work ethics, as if you ask anyone to do anything they will say yes, but they will never do it, you can chase and chase but you’ll never receive anything. Which makes the whole company a pool of inefficiency.
The attrition rate has been terrible, I’ve lasted pretty much the longest, hardly anyone lasted more than 2 years, I made 2.5! Quite an achievement. I’ve learnt a lot, mostly about how not to run a company, but that in itself is an invaluable lesson and I thank their incompetent asses for that.
But my personal growth has stopped and because of the old boy network in the upper tier of the company there is no room for vertical growth for any of us and the same old bullshit projects are coming in, mis-managed and over promised.
So I was on a plateau, bored and unmotivated, not learning, not growing (except my waist-line) and not developing personally or professionally.
Most of the people I like personally had left so my tolerance level for the idiots has gone down.
They have a habit of hiring incompetent people and keeping them on, not firing them or disciplining them, then they let the good people get pissed off and leave, they don’t fight to keep them.
Which is meaning the idiot level in the company is reaching saturation point and the competent staff level is going through the floor.
Anyway the my my contention is I’m losing control of my life, work is dictating where I go and when I go, which is destroying many other carefully laid plans I have.
Work should be an enabler, it should enable me to have money and time to do what I want..not restrict me.
So now, I am Taking Back Control, congratulations to me 🙂