You know its time to move on from where you work , when you have a really important presentation to give the next day at yet, you do everything else but work on that presentation. this is what i did, spoke to friends I hadn’t spoken to in over a month, paid mundane bills, made hotel bookings, even bought books and downloaded some and everytime I promised to get back to the presentation as soon as the last task was done. And yet, here I am at 3PM and blogging.. anything to get away from mindlessness.
I work in a typical office, in a MNC to boot and yet all the time, I am devising plans to get out of the rut. and I look around me at mediocrity and wonder if I am just suffering from I am too smart complex or Am I smarter than the guy in the next chair.As a kid I thought when I finally i will start working I will have freedom, to think and share my ideas so that I can experience what it is to have a Brain.little did I know that a) Women in most cases are presumed to have less brain power than men, esp. if they are coming back from a maternity leave(seems like their brain falls out from their body with the placenta 😦 b) Using the brain is the prerogative of only a few people at a certain level and their left/right hand men..the rest, well you can either suck up to the people above or learn to live a brainless life. go to work-do as told- have no work -life balance and come back and wait for the weekend.
I wonder why Leaders and people are not taught to listen and trust other people. Your subordinates are not primates, atleast not living- in -the- wild kind of primates. Treat them with respect, for you have hired them because of what skills they have. trust them to know what they can contribute, teach them accountability(if you feel they lack that), through your own example. Most importantly treat them like “people”-Thinking, functioning, feeling individuals. For at the end of the day that person is going to go back home and remember the feelings not the 25th row of the excel sheet. As human beings we need to feel and be in touch with who we are, good companies inculcate the sense of worthiness, its a herculean task and not always achievable but to get the sense that someone is investing in our potential makes one develop loyalty and accountability . Its not always about the money and the parties, mostly its about respect, for my thoughts, my opinions and my existence.
This may sound like a crib and in parts it is, but it also is a wishlist of an employee who can do so much more if only someone took a moment to hear them out.
Time to go back to that presentation