Over the past few months, I am noticing a trend that personnel of all functions (esply here in India) are expressing their frustration, anger, inability (Impotent!!) to get things done at work in the social media platforms,viz personal a/c on Facebook, Twitter etc. Also, I also see some kind of resentment and anger towards their manager, company policies etc. While, this is natural reaction to shout about the perceived injustice or any other felt emotion go viral, my personal suggestion is “DONT”!!!
It is perfectly fair and expected to have a divergent opinion on other areas which are non work related and stick to it. I personally differ with quite a few EHS professionals on my political ideologies, view and opinion on other religion/culture. While I have not allowed that judge them professionally, I have let them have their opinion about me as they are entitled to their opinion, but not entitled to their facts.
But when it comes to work related issues/client privileges, I have never allowed my emotions to come better of me, even when situations at work, client sites were totally unpalatable. (Such emotions were rare, the last one being good 20 years back!)
You are judged these days, especially in the last decade of emerging organisational work trends, not only on what you delivered at work for results, but how you delivered it by exhibiting the behaviours the organisation prescribes. (See Matrix above) The plotting of Results vs Behaviours displayed at work goes a long way to make you a person who is complete as a professional as well as a good human being. So please do every effort to grit it out and hang in out there. I also agree, that if you are forced engage in certain activities /things which are contrary to ethics, compliance, law of land, then it is altogether different situation. You can become a whistle-blower (Without compromising your personal and family safety and well-being). These days it is all about being emotionally Intelligent and having a good EQ!! The EQ Calls for traits such as Self Awareness, Social Awareness, Situational Awareness and excel.
Behaviours that deliver results at work:- You are judged on each component along with Results:-
Also in your frustration, never Quit the job in spur of moment or anger. That will take you nowhere. Please note in these tough times and sagging economy, it may take up to good 6-9 months to complete the next hiring process. (I know of companies that havent back filled positions for 15 months or so) so unless you are in a financially sound situation of Nine (9) months of take home Compensation in the bank, never even attempt to throw the towel /quit. Always, be frugal and try to keep the savings!
As APJ Abdul Kalam said, Be emotionally attached to your job, not to the organisation or entity.
People join the company, but leave the manager, but influencing the manager is not an easy job. But if you deliver results and exhibit sound behaviours then there is hope. Of course, always remember this saying of great Jack Welch.
“What’s better, to work for a bad boss at a good company or a good boss at a weak company?
We’ve gotten this question several times while traveling around the world, and we have been amazed at how split audiences seem on the answer. Amazed, because to us this is an absolute no-brainer. If you have to pick between these options, by all means, work for the good company!
Here’s our reasoning. If you are at a truly good company, its leaders will eventually find and dispatch the bad boss. That can take time—months, or even a year or more. In that case, you might even be rewarded with a promotion for having delivered results during your ordeal. After all, everyone has been there at some point in his or her career, toiling for some turkey who’s moody, mean, or just plain incompetent.
Take care stay safe, God bless
8th March 2017, 1645 hrs.