I have been working for eight years and I experienced working in both private and public sectors. What really pushed me to write this one is the toxicity I feel at work. I don’t know if it is the system, the environment, nor the people I work with that caused the tiredness my mind feels. Allow me to share with you the things I have keenly observed so far…
1. Delaying Tactics
➡ I really don’t understand why old habits die hard. The “Mañana Habit” always gets in the way with work. They will put off tomorrow every little thing that can be done today. The worst part is that, for as long as the work is not urgent and for as long as there is tomorrow, the work to be done will always be put off. 🤨
2. Pass the Blame Game
➡ When something caught the attention of the upper management, particularly with the quality of work or customer satisfaction, the next thing you will hear will be the involvement of so many people, departments, sections, during the investigation. Everybody’s pointing their fingers to someone else. Passing the blame. Yeah! You read it right. Instead of looking for solutions, all they do is to find the rootcause and get stocked there. A sprinkle of a little reprimand but no progress. In short, there is always room for repetition of the same mistakes. 😒
3. Chill Now, Cram Later
➡ Aside from the “Mañana Habit”, I have noticed that majority of the offices I have visited have internet connection. It’s actually great as sending important emails needed will be a lot easier but the network is not being used solely for the purpose of work but for relaxation too. The next tabs you will see in someone’s desktop are all social media platforms and gaming sites. All the works will be set aside too. They know their priorities. Yeah! They play during office hours, they chat, they stream. And when they missed the deadline that’s the only time they will do overtime for work as they need to cram. Those overtime will be used for ‘time back’ – smart ass move right? Tell me where you want to sit in and I will bring you to the right office. 😂
4. “I Don’t Know/Have” Default
➡ And they also have a default answer like a robot. Whenever you ask something, without checking their files, their tables, drawers, etc., there will be workmates who have this default anwer, “I don’t know” or “I don’t have it yet/ I don’t have it with me” and they don’t bother knowing the answer to your query. You need to find it out yourself. So, in order for you to avoid stress, you will then avoid talking to or asking them too. Peaceful right? 😶
5. Last IN, First OUT
➡ I don’t know how most people live with no etiquette. Maybe they were born that way. For sometime now, some people I have worked with really don’t care whether they come to work very late and they always have their reasons. But, as days go by, I have noticed that same people habitually go to work late! Research says that being late is a sign that you are a more successful and creative employee – yeah! Successful in decreasing work hours and getting rightfully paid and creative in coming up with lots of excuses. However, these people who perpetually go to work late are often the same people you will see first in line in the bundy clock to sign out. The best part is that, even before the clock strikes to end the office hours, they are already in line – at least in signing out, they can be the early birds. 🙄
6. Gone with The Wind
➡ I am very much a supporter of the paperless system – to help preserve Mother Earth. However, in a system where everything magically disappears, I support the hardcopy system. Some of the offices I deal with usually lose letters, requests, memos, orders, etc., and they will always answer you with #4. Some will even accuse you of not really submitting to their offices when in fact they lost or misplaced the documents you have given them. Thanks to the receiving copy that you can whack to their faces when they are in state of denial, and allows them to realize that they made a mistake. In that case, you lessen the probability of you being investigated like in #2 and getting all the blame.
7. Backer System
➡ I am a product of this system. I got hired maybe because of someone I know in the company. I know I did great in submitting all necessary requirements and I am confident about my transcript, credentials, and experiences. However, I received no call for interview until such time that someone I know requested to the management to include me in their short list. I did great in the interview as what my co-interviewees told me and I know I got hired because I deserve it too. On the other hand, it is indeed true that most of the time, companies no longer look for what you know, instead, they go for who you know – probably you’re the daughter/son, or the niece/nephew, or someone related to someone who’s already IN the company without even looking at the background. This usually results to misalignment particularly with the positions in the company. Some who are known to the upper management will of course get a higher rank while those who are known to ordinary employees will be included in the rank and file. So better be acquainted to as many employed people as you can for it will be easier for you to get a job then. 😉
➡ Here comes another form of “who you know”. Different offices have different protocols to follow when it comes to processes but you know when it comes to catering to clients and all, the first come first served rule is not really being strictly followed. As always, when you need something to be done, to be signed, to be processed, and your queue number is way to far from reality, you need to look for someone you know in that particular office so that whatever it is you’re asking for will be granted right away. Because of too much hospitality or the so called “utang na loob” of some, they tend to forget their manners. They think they are really ‘helping’ a friend or an acquaintance but in reality they are bumping off a lot of people in line waiting to be assisted too. 😏
➡ Remember the times when your teacher informs your parents that you’re a little stubborn in school and you’re being reprimanded by your parents right away – well, that’s the opposite way here. Maybe because an office is being graded as a whole, the tendencies for the supervisors/ managers to cover up all skeletons in the office even if those secrets kept are already jeopardizing the quality of work produced. Most of them protect their subordinates in order to portray a very good image but seriously it doesn’t help the subordinates grow and develop because their superiors think that tolerating is tantamount to correcting – little do they know that the only similarity those words have is the ING in the end. 🙄
10. The Fossilized 1, 2, and 3
➡ You know how technology evolve and improve since its discovery? How I wish that The Fossilized #1 be like that. I don’t pertain to all but most of the people I work with, particularly the tenured ones, got stocked in the era they were born on. I don’t really have an issue with them still working even if they’re old and gray because they still can but working without even trying to learn something new and sticking with the traditional way can sometimes be a bit frustrating. Don’t get me wrong, I have workmates with ages ranging from 50-65 but are way more tech savvy than I do but there are really some who are the opposite. The funny thing is that, they are being invited to workshops and trainings so they can acquire new learnings and apply it to their work but most of them get mad and are even allergic to changes. It results then to slow progress of work, and it ripples to awful outputs.
In addition, the other kind is The Fossilized #2. These are the tenured employees who demand quality outputs from their subordinates without even giving quality inputs. What kind of output can someone expect if there has been no input given in the first place? Yep! NOTHING! These people must bear in mind that they cannot give what they don’t have. Likewise, they must not expect to receive what they have not given.
Lastly, The Fossilized #3 are those I call “the know-it-all” employees. These people think that the newbies in the company don’t have anything great to share. They think that they are the only ones with good ideas and that they know better than anyone else. Honestly, they don’t. Most of failed plans, unsuccessful implementations, unnecessary changes, and unsolicited opinions come from them – and their hobbies, guess what?? Yeah! It’s to belittle those who are younger than them in the company, those who are new in the system, and those who are in the rank and file with lower positions than them. The moment you show them that you can be a prey, they will unleash the predators inside them. 🙃
Some of you might say, “If you’re no longer happy with your work then leave.” FYI, I am very much happy with where [department] I work. Think of the solar system. I am happy on Earth, it is the other planets and the sun that make me feel sober. But being very much happy on Earth gives me the reason to hold on and stay.
Are any of the things I mentioned above familiar to you? Share your thoughts. Rant. Vent it all out. Ease the burder inside. You deserve it. 👊
I’ll rest my case for now. #