1.You work hard and present great ideas to your manager, who rejects them and later on presents them as his or her own
2. You’re constantly asked to deliver things last moment with the excuse that “someone important needs them”
3. You’re told that you should be grateful that you have this job because people “out there” are DYING to work for the company
4. You’re suddenly reassigned to the area that no one wants to work in and told you should treat this as an opportunity
5. You’re told that the company is always looking for great talent but somehow you never hear of interesting job opportunities
6. You often notice that several other colleagues are working on the same task and whoever delivers first gets the praise
7. You’re told that first you need to spend several years proving yourself and only then will you be able to get challenging assignments
8. You’re recently promoted and your peers offer you “helpful” advice that ends up getting you in trouble
9. You’re asked to work on the weekend on a regular basis and expected to answer e-mails / calls at odd hours of the night
10. You’re asked to cancel your holiday vacation so that you can babysit the junior staff while senior management spends time with family
Please feel free to add your own examples to this discussion. #BetterJobBetterLife
Lately, I have been involved in some initiatives related to organizational cultural change and I have been reflecting a lot about this topic. I am really wondering if it’s possible to change a culture of bureaucrats with social skills, aka what I call corporate corruption/useless job creation, or is it perhaps an infinite loop/a self-generating matter/a black hole?
The below video reflect about 50% of my daily interactions in the corporate world. I must admit though that my previous experience in banking in NYC was not THAT much different, except for maybe the social skills element: In Rio they all seem to have great ones whereas in USA I faced something I would describe as grumpy bureaucrats.
This week I watched Mad Men, a show depicting an advertising agency in the 1950’s (or 60’s), for the first time. I don’t consider myself especially feminist or a person who is worried about woman’s rights and still I was pretty horrified with the way secretaries on this show were depicted and treated. Voluptuous, single girls, waiting on the men in power suits around them, hoping that a grope will turn into a marriage proposal.”Oh, well, this was long time ago, things are quite different now,” I thought to myself.
Then, I encountered Brazilian corporate culture. Having to ask one of the big bosses to use his conference room, I arrived at the secretary bin, where cute Brazilian voluptuous girls, dressed in super tight mini skirts and low neck shirts, showing their assets, were running around the men in suites and trying to please them. Even I myself couldn’t stop staring at the moving curves around me. I can only imagine the impression this was making on the men. This is just one example. In my office (and I am sure that pretty much in every office) one cannot enter the elevator without being looked up and down by all present. And I was tipped that men normally give the right of way to women so that they can browse the goods walking in front of them. A friend at work suggested to politely refuse and demonstrated a sideways walk that helps you avoid the spotlight.
At first, I was surprised that most of my women colleagues (aside from secretaries) wear pants, finding them more “practical”. I am starting to better understand the meaning of this word.
– Written in the metro women-only cart, on my way to work