We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
My dad spent his entire career in banking, and would probably agree with the author's sentiments wholeheartedly. I think it reflects the feelings and attitudes of those in other professions/jobs as well. It certainly pertains to my current situation. I can especially identify with the part about not caring.
The problem is that although I am technically in charge of financial operations for a $125 million dollar municipal utility, I am still considered a mid-level manager. In other words, I have an extremely important position without any real authority.
I am for the most part ignored, and have virtually no contact with my superiors. I have been employed for five years now, and in that time have yet to meet with or have an in-depth discussion on any subject with the general manager. He only calls me when he needs something, which is rare.
In an average week I may actually do only two hours worth of work. To most it would appear that I am the quintessential slacker. But the truth is that I delegate well, and my department is extremely efficient and well managed.
To be honest, this has created an ethical and spiritual dilemma for me. I have asked to take on more work, but to no avail. The inherent risk is that my superiors will discover the truth of my situation, and will most likely react by firing me instead of helping alleviate the problem.
As the author mentioned, I have tried to suggest ideas, but it goes nowhere. So, I just sit at my desk hour upon hour, in endless boredom.
The bottom line is that my moral is essentially non-existent. In reality, I am just existing. I am a caring and dedicated employee, yet I have nothing to care about or be dedicated to. The irony is that whenever I discuss this with my family, they just shrug and say that I have it made. Who wouldn't want a job where they had little or nothing to do?
I will never, even if you put a gun to my head and a knife to my throat and electrodes on my nuts and show me pictures of my loved ones held hostage, read a webpage of white letters on a black background.
roger de hauteville
haha. I am with you, except for the electrodes part.
Just run the cursor over the text and it turns into black letters on a white background when highlighted.
It is indeed a government job. Unfortunately, at the present time I am not in a position to demand much of anything. It is essentially a culture of fear, one that does not allow for open discussion and debate. Dissenting opinions or suggestions from subordinates is not looked upon favorably. I literally have no voice or input whatsoever, which is amazing due to the size of our operation. I
t is extremely frustrating, because I have a great deal of knowledge and experience to offer. It may be hard for some to believe, but my achievements have far eclipsed my job description. As I mentioned previously, the situation is nearly impossible to justify in an ethical or spiritual sense. My inclination is to quit and move on to something more challenging. But I also have concern for my staff, whom I believe will face dire consequences if I were to leave.
On the other hand, my faith tells me that I not being very grateful. After sending the first commentary, I realized that others have it much worse than I do. Therefore, who am I to complain? As my dad says, he would have done anything to have had my job.
I apologize for going on a rant here, but the topic just struck a nerve.
Seems taking responsibility is never all that easy, even for those who know how to make things run smoothly. Your job does sound pretty good Dave. Hope you find a way to get more satisfaction from it. For small business people work can be the opposite. They are often swamped by details. For instance, I know someone who inherited the management of the family carpet business. Along with looking after the finances, she has the responsibility of a large old building to maintain, and all the vehicles, the inventory, all the government regs, the sales business, and the employees and contractors who depend on the store for their incomes. She deals with everybodys problems and complaints and works long hours with not much in the way of a thank you or an acknowledgement. Her dad had done all that and supported his wife and ten kids. One day she was trying to take a very late lunch break and was instructing the secretary where she would be and for how long and how to reach her in case of an emergency when the secretary got fed up and said, "Would you please just go eat. There is NO SUCH THING as a carpet emergency!" I think all the challenges and responsibility has been fulfilling but the work load and family pressure is tough on her and I know she plans to liquidate ASAP.
Thank you for your kindness and words of wisdom Patina. I felt extremely sheepish after posting my replies last evening. The good news is that it made me recognize how truly blessed I am, and that I should be thankful to God for having a job, as there are many who do not. As a CPA, I have also had the opportunity to consult with many small businesses, and therefore understand the demands and challenges it brings.
I understand how you feel. I have been there. To me and me only being thankful to have a job when you are capable of so much more is the lowest common denominator. You will have to figure a way out of your dilema. If you have so much more to give and do not do it, letting your talents die on the vine so to speak, that does not seem moral at all to me. Perhaps you could start coaching your staff to think of "where do you want to be in five years?" And start working with them to try and get them thinking in that direction. I also understand the opposite of having too much to do and not enough staff (or unmotivated staff) to do it with. Your job, to me, sounds like a vision of hell.