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(Time)   Five reasons your superstar employee really isn't as happy as you think   (business.time.com) divider line 112
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2012-12-01 08:10:43 AM
There really aren't any superstars or visionaries in my experience.

There are many castes in the working world. You've got the newborns who are doe-eyed and blinking just taking in all the info required to accomplish basic tasks. You've got the old guard who are all but retired on the job. You've got the folks where you think umm what do you actually do? You've got senior management who usually have their heads hoisted so high in the clouds that they don't understand how perilous is the ground on which they stand. Then you've got the worker bees who go into overdrive and really tie it all together despite having typically a tiny share in the outcome.

Our work structure isn't just bizarre, it's alien. How the fark does this work?
 
2012-12-01 08:15:39 AM
6. In today's world especially, corporations treat their employees like completely expendable trash. Being the best piece of trash makes one rethink the effort being expended.
 
2012-12-01 08:22:44 AM
the two executives have been painted as "out of control" and having lost the confidence of their peers

Assholes can survive pretty easily in the corporate world. Morons also share this trait.
 
2012-12-01 08:48:19 AM
Slowly changing a company's culture by meticulously taking small pieces of benefits and stuff which made the person feel part of the company's "family" and blessed to work there, until all they feel like is an expendable "trained monkey"; all for the sake of padding an already profitable bottom line.
 
2012-12-01 08:50:18 AM
"Reorientate". Riiiiiiight.

/close window
//douchebag author
 
2012-12-01 08:51:52 AM
In a rat race, even if you win you're still a rat. People resent this at a deep deep level.

6) Hint: Your superstar is an indebted resentful bitter prick with a sense of entitlement the size of the moon?
 
2012-12-01 08:53:04 AM

Swingbaby: "Reorientate". Riiiiiiight.

/close window
//douchebag author


/damn. Idiots everywhere calling themselves writers and getting paid for this dreck?
 
2012-12-01 09:02:45 AM
Love this list and identify with the "Ferrari" label (I'm up working before 8am on a Saturday, aren't I?).

Most of my problems are caused by lack of sincerity in the workplace. Playing pretend at work is a whole different set of skills than those required for actually doing a good job, and I'm just not going to learn how to do it. It's a waste of everyone's life.

Some day, when I'm exhausted from beating my head against the wall, I'll retire on the job, but for now I have work to do!

/workahol is a hell of a drug
 
2012-12-01 09:06:29 AM
1. Inconsistent / Frequently Changing Priorities - nothing worse than a boss that comes up with ideas and tells you to implement them on top of your normal responsibilities and then comes up with another idea and tells you to implement them and then, you get the picture
2. Condoning Mediocrity - you need those drones. I promise you, you need those drones.
3. Round Peg / Square Hole Syndrome - good manager recognizes this, sometimes you have to let the Round Peg go though. Other times you find a round hole. There's a reason it's called managing.
 
2012-12-01 09:08:41 AM
As someone who just changed jobs after 13 years for ALL of these reasons. I got a kick out of that one.

1. The hottest thing to do any given day? Whatever the CEO asked the COO about last. Seagull management.
2. The same acknowledgement of performance as the laziest bum in the building. Except for "Oh, you finished that? Go find some work."
3. "Yeah, we have three other people who can do that work, and in fact, it's their job, but we want you to do do it because um, uh... You still standing here?."
4. "We know you are a design engineer with 20+ years of experience and a very particular set of skills, but Purchasing needs some data entry today."
5. Don't play golf? Good luck having any input on anything.

So glad I got out of that mess. It's still weird to be treated like a human adult at work again.
 
2012-12-01 09:10:31 AM
My penis is a ferrari.

1) Read Shakespeare and load boxes on a truck.
2) Profit!
 
2012-12-01 09:13:42 AM

Chevello: As someone who just changed jobs after 13 years for ALL of these reasons. I got a kick out of that one.

1. The hottest thing to do any given day? Whatever the CEO asked the COO about last. Seagull management.
2. The same acknowledgement of performance as the laziest bum in the building. Except for "Oh, you finished that? Go find some work."
3. "Yeah, we have three other people who can do that work, and in fact, it's their job, but we want you to do do it because um, uh... You still standing here?."
4. "We know you are a design engineer with 20+ years of experience and a very particular set of skills, but Purchasing needs some data entry today."
5. Don't play golf? Good luck having any input on anything.

So glad I got out of that mess. It's still weird to be treated like a human adult at work again.


Gawd so much this! " we need help stuffing w-2's in payroll" ...
 
2012-12-01 09:15:51 AM
Man, someone moved that author's cheese. He needs to 7 Step and discover his strengths, and fill his bucket.
 
2012-12-01 09:22:37 AM
1. Inconsistent / Frequently Changing Priorities

Like changing management style based on what you read in a Time article.
 
2012-12-01 09:24:32 AM

mccallcl: Love this list and identify with the "Ferrari" label (I'm up working before 8am on a Saturday, aren't I?).

Most of my problems are caused by lack of sincerity in the workplace. Playing pretend at work is a whole different set of skills than those required for actually doing a good job, and I'm just not going to learn how to do it. It's a waste of everyone's life.

Some day, when I'm exhausted from beating my head against the wall, I'll retire on the job, but for now I have work to do!

/workahol is a hell of a drug


And yet, you're posting on Fark.

That makes your second paragraph hilarious. This might be the most masterful troll I've ever seen, now that I think about it.

If you're serious, though... you're delusional.
 
2012-12-01 09:25:08 AM
Why other employees aren't happy:

1) Type A people are worshiped, Type B people are taken advantage of. The people who actually do the creating and grunt work to make you look good are rewarded with more work and less time to do it. The Type A's get the credit and the promotions.

2) Managers read a book on leadership or pay too much for a consultant, everyone else falls in line with the new gimmicky terms and titles until she/he gets bored and reads another book or pays for another consultant.

3) Perfectionism is required for everyone, except your long-time friend 2 years from retirement who sends out misspelled reports, shows up late, and needs to be worked around in order to make them look good.

4) Meetings where one person monopolizes the time with their agenda every week. Really, your job is so amazing. Please take up 25 minutes of the hour on how the new font in the brochures will raise brand awareness 43%
 
2012-12-01 09:29:40 AM

csi_yellowknife: 4) Meetings where one person monopolizes the time with their agenda every week. Really, your job is so amazing. Please take up 25 minutes of the hour on how the new font in the brochures will raise brand awareness 43%


FTFM. I work with some people who are in meetings six to eight hours a day. I am seriously befuddled as to how anyone can do any actual work when the vast majority of their time is spent in meetings.
 
2012-12-01 09:34:53 AM
They told me I was doing well, had a super bright future etc. but they couldn't wouldn't promote me until someone died or retired. So I took a 50% raise to work for one of their customers. Their loss.

I admit I was young and hotheaded but I did the best thing for me.
 
2012-12-01 09:37:26 AM

casual disregard: csi_yellowknife: 4) Meetings where one person monopolizes the time with their agenda every week. Really, your job is so amazing. Please take up 25 minutes of the hour on how the new font in the brochures will raise brand awareness 43%

FTFM. I work with some people who are in meetings six to eight hours a day. I am seriously befuddled as to how anyone can do any actual work when the vast majority of their time is spent in meetings.


I'll give you that one. I can stomach some meetings, but stacking them on top of each other is just another form of busy work. Still, letting a few people's amazing jobs and oh-so-fascinating work overshadow every one else is just a poor use of time.
 
2012-12-01 09:42:58 AM

JonZoidberg: They told me I was doing well, had a super bright future etc. but they couldn't wouldn't promote me until someone died or retired. So I took a 50% raise to work for one of their customers. Their loss.

I admit I was young and hotheaded but I did the best thing for me.


I submitted a resignation letter (boilerplate). The boss asked me "why? I told him (so no written record on my part). - Stressed-out, too many hours. He took me to lunch, said that he can't afford to lose me. Told me to take a vacation, go to NYC and see a show.relax and "decompress". One week later after I made sure everything was covered and the work, to that point, was covered, I told him I was going to Las Vegas for three days. Came back and was fired. There is no loyalty to the employee.

You may have been Hotheaded, but you did the right thing.
 
2012-12-01 09:46:22 AM

Always remember this One Thing:

The Company doesn't love you.
Never did, never will.
 
2012-12-01 09:49:17 AM
Gawd so much this! " we need help stuffing w-2's in payroll" ...

Oh, I could have so much fun with that one. Put upper managements W2 in ordinary workers pay envelope. Sit back and watch the fun as the two meet to exchange W2's.
 
2012-12-01 09:49:44 AM
This article describes half my job perfectly. If I weren't in need of the income provide by this project (my position is split between two projects, each with its own supervisor) I would be SO done with this particular boss.

Unlike the execs mentioned in the article, though, casual observers would think of this boss as simply being very energetic and enthusiastic. The Mr Hyde side is usually well hidden from public view. Said boss is of course clueless to the fact that their behavior makes people in the group unhappy.

/I love the other half of my job, only thing that keeps me sane
 
2012-12-01 09:50:45 AM

casual disregard: csi_yellowknife: 4) Meetings where one person monopolizes the time with their agenda every week. Really, your job is so amazing. Please take up 25 minutes of the hour on how the new font in the brochures will raise brand awareness 43%

FTFM. I work with some people who are in meetings six to eight hours a day. I am seriously befuddled as to how anyone can do any actual work when the vast majority of their time is spent in meetings.


2 ways:

1) The nature of their job is such that their work is mostly meetings, and thus the meetings are in fact immensely productive (managers, product managers, certain marketing types).

2) They come in late about 10:00, actually start being productive about 5:00 when the meetings end, and go home at 9:00. (Had a [large tech company] internship. Had about 3 hours of meetings a day and this was me. I need large open-ended blocks of time to truly zone out and be productive.)
 
2012-12-01 09:53:00 AM

riverwalk barfly: There is no loyalty to the employee.


riverwalk barfly: There is no loyalty to the employee.


riverwalk barfly: There is no loyalty to the employee.


So farking much this. This should be the main takeaway for all of you. The antiquated idea of loyalty to your company is laughable because your company can and will drop you as soon as it is most convenient to do so. You need to be focused on your career and your skillset because these are the things that will feed your family and these are the things that will provide you with fulfillment. The only thing you can get from loyalty is a pink slip.
 
2012-12-01 09:55:10 AM
I was a sales guy for a company. Turned a $10K/month market into a $100K/month market in less than a year. They had to hire a full night crew to keep up.

We were informed of a "team retreat" on a certain weekend which happened to coincide with my first wedding anniversary. Boss said I couldn't get out of it. Wife not happy. Retreat consisted of those embarrassing "team-building" exercises and an awards banquet.

I received a plaque and a handshake from the CEO on Saturday. On Monday, my quota was tripled and my commission rate got an extra decimal place added to it.

I was outta there in two months, leaving the plaque in a wastebasket.
 
2012-12-01 09:58:31 AM

casual disregard: csi_yellowknife: 4) Meetings where one person monopolizes the time with their agenda every week. Really, your job is so amazing. Please take up 25 minutes of the hour on how the new font in the brochures will raise brand awareness 43%

FTFM. I work with some people who are in meetings six to eight hours a day. I am seriously befuddled as to how anyone can do any actual work when the vast majority of their time is spent in meetings.


Nights and weekends in some cases.

/has four "15 minute" recurring meetings that usually last an hour, starting at 7:30 AM and ending at 9 PM
//it's usually not like this, but crunch time comes to all projects
 
2012-12-01 10:05:18 AM

stratagos: casual disregard: csi_yellowknife: 4) Meetings where one person monopolizes the time with their agenda every week. Really, your job is so amazing. Please take up 25 minutes of the hour on how the new font in the brochures will raise brand awareness 43%

FTFM. I work with some people who are in meetings six to eight hours a day. I am seriously befuddled as to how anyone can do any actual work when the vast majority of their time is spent in meetings.

Nights and weekends in some cases.

/has four "15 minute" recurring meetings that usually last an hour, starting at 7:30 AM and ending at 9 PM
//it's usually not like this, but crunch time comes to all projects


At some point, somebody has to realize this is not even remotely efficient. I recommend taking a kitchen timer into your 15 minute meeting and setting it at the start. When the timer sounds, you pick it up and walk out. Don't say anything. Just walk out.
 
2012-12-01 10:24:04 AM

Gonz: mccallcl: Love this list and identify with the "Ferrari" label (I'm up working before 8am on a Saturday, aren't I?).

Most of my problems are caused by lack of sincerity in the workplace. Playing pretend at work is a whole different set of skills than those required for actually doing a good job, and I'm just not going to learn how to do it. It's a waste of everyone's life.

Some day, when I'm exhausted from beating my head against the wall, I'll retire on the job, but for now I have work to do!

/workahol is a hell of a drug

And yet, you're posting on Fark.

That makes your second paragraph hilarious. This might be the most masterful troll I've ever seen, now that I think about it.

If you're serious, though... you're delusional.


In between posting that and this, I secured hosting with my own credit card, bought two domains, set up an automated build and kicked it off. While I'm composing this post I'm arranging a meeting, auditioning some icons for an app I'm working on, and deleting some extra files out of source control.

I said "Ferrari", not "dump truck" :)
 
2012-12-01 10:27:03 AM
This article can be summed up as "if you have to read this, you are a sh*tty manager". "Manager" isn't a job. It's a minor task. If all you do all day is "manage" you are wasting peoples' oxygen.
 
2012-12-01 10:27:04 AM

casual disregard: stratagos: casual disregard: csi_yellowknife: 4) Meetings where one person monopolizes the time with their agenda every week. Really, your job is so amazing. Please take up 25 minutes of the hour on how the new font in the brochures will raise brand awareness 43%

FTFM. I work with some people who are in meetings six to eight hours a day. I am seriously befuddled as to how anyone can do any actual work when the vast majority of their time is spent in meetings.

Nights and weekends in some cases.

/has four "15 minute" recurring meetings that usually last an hour, starting at 7:30 AM and ending at 9 PM
//it's usually not like this, but crunch time comes to all projects

At some point, somebody has to realize this is not even remotely efficient. I recommend taking a kitchen timer into your 15 minute meeting and setting it at the start. When the timer sounds, you pick it up and walk out. Don't say anything. Just walk out.


And.... when the boss has all day to meet with you and your staff, but waits until 4:00 p.m. on Friday afternoon to call the meeting. yep, he was in an unhappy marriage and didn't want to go home to his wife. What about my life? doesn't matter. For those youngin's that don't know this yet. Here's my advice - put your foot down early. Don't play their games. You will rise to the top of your organization. If you put your foot down and get nailed for it? You are better off and the next organization will benefit. and... ALWAYS take care of your staff. You will reap the rewards.

/"bitter, party of one"
 
2012-12-01 10:31:12 AM

casual disregard: csi_yellowknife: 4) Meetings where one person monopolizes the time with their agenda every week. Really, your job is so amazing. Please take up 25 minutes of the hour on how the new font in the brochures will raise brand awareness 43%

FTFM. I work with some people who are in meetings six to eight hours a day. I am seriously befuddled as to how anyone can do any actual work when the vast majority of their time is spent in meetings.


This. There's a point when you realize that although most of your managers may mean well and may be more educated and/or experienced than you, they're actually ignoramuses who have perfected the art of talking about a problem as though they are actually solving it. So when you, as their peon, face the same problem day after day, without any sign of it actually being fixed, you're gonna stop giving a shiat and just follow their example.

/And god forbid they ask people who deal with a problem firsthand for their input at these meetings
 
2012-12-01 10:32:04 AM

stratagos: casual disregard: csi_yellowknife: 4) Meetings where one person monopolizes the time with their agenda every week. Really, your job is so amazing. Please take up 25 minutes of the hour on how the new font in the brochures will raise brand awareness 43%

FTFM. I work with some people who are in meetings six to eight hours a day. I am seriously befuddled as to how anyone can do any actual work when the vast majority of their time is spent in meetings.

Nights and weekends in some cases.

/has four "15 minute" recurring meetings that usually last an hour, starting at 7:30 AM and ending at 9 PM
//it's usually not like this, but crunch time comes to all projects


I find that meeting paralysis is generally the result of higher-ups creating gratuitous projects to make their mark and pad their resumes. It's hard to combat that from below.
 
2012-12-01 10:32:47 AM

SacriliciousBeerSwiller: This article can be summed up as "if you have to read this, you are a sh*tty manager". "Manager" isn't a job. It's a minor task. If all you do all day is "manage" you are wasting peoples' oxygen.


At first I read this and thought " posted by someone who has never managed, it IS a major task" Then thought. no, he/she is right
 
2012-12-01 10:37:26 AM
No shiat. My boss keeps referring to me as the "golden boy" in the office. Guess what that means? I get more and more grunt work piled on me because "I'm smart and I can handle it".
 
2012-12-01 10:40:09 AM

JonZoidberg: They told me I was doing well, had a super bright future etc. but they couldn't wouldn't promote me until someone died or retired. So I took a 50% raise to work for one of their customers. Their loss.


As an upwardly mobile young go-getter, you should have been proactive and leveraged facetime into making that happen.

/I'm not great at turned buzzwords into empty verbiage
 
2012-12-01 10:43:59 AM
6 - because his co-worker messed up some mundane detail like putting the decimal point in the right place
 
2012-12-01 10:48:36 AM

BarkingUnicorn:

I was outta there in two months, leaving the plaque in a wastebasket.


Portable air compressor & nail gun to the Boss' door sounds more appropriate.
 
2012-12-01 10:54:55 AM

HotIgneous Intruder: Always remember this One Thing:
The Company doesn't love you.
Never did, never will.


So much this. My company cut one of our engineering departments by 75% last year (we rolled out new products and they wanted to save money). I was saved by a previous boss and transferred. Now I am one of the go to guys for our China operations, 6 trips a year. Corporations do not care about their serial numbers, that is all we are to them.
 
2012-12-01 10:57:08 AM
Question for all you corporate drones out there:

I have an awesome but lowish-paying job that I admittedly really like, but I'm thinking it's time to sell out and start making real money for a big corporation. I know everyone says you should do what you love, but I also love having a retirement fund and some extra cash.

Am I stupid for thinking this way?
 
2012-12-01 11:07:56 AM

Avonmore: Question for all you corporate drones out there:

I have an awesome but lowish-paying job that I admittedly really like, but I'm thinking it's time to sell out and start making real money for a big corporation. I know everyone says you should do what you love, but I also love having a retirement fund and some extra cash.

Am I stupid for thinking this way?


Depends on what you want... if you're OK trading contentment with cash then walk. On the other hand, if you walk, and your new job is so awful that it fills you with endless dread then what have you gained?

Before you take a new job find out everything you can about the company, and your new boss. There's an Irish proverb that goes, "The only difference between a good job and a bad job is a good boss and a bad boss."

/Luck to you, Sir and/or Madam.
 
2012-12-01 11:25:01 AM

Avonmore: Question for all you corporate drones out there:

I have an awesome but lowish-paying job that I admittedly really like, but I'm thinking it's time to sell out and start making real money for a big corporation. I know everyone says you should do what you love, but I also love having a retirement fund and some extra cash.

Am I stupid for thinking this way?


big corporation doesn't necessarily mean big money. in the NYC metro area, big corporates don't offer more pay than startups or non-profits for similar positions.

there is also the usual trap: getting higher pay leading to increasing your living expenses (nicer apartment, nicer car, etc), so the "extra cash and retirement money" goal remains elusive.

have you thought of ways to increase your pay with your current job, say with a promotion? or find ways to cut your cost of living?
 
jgi
2012-12-01 11:28:36 AM

Avonmore: Question for all you corporate drones out there:

I have an awesome but lowish-paying job that I admittedly really like, but I'm thinking it's time to sell out and start making real money for a big corporation. I know everyone says you should do what you love, but I also love having a retirement fund and some extra cash.

Am I stupid for thinking this way?


The corporate world is awful and the money is not worth it. I do IT consulting in the corporate world, so I'm more in charge of my time and have the freedom to leave somebody's office whenever I want. I still want out. I hate dressing up when I should really just be wearing jeans everyday. I hate the overinflated sense of importance these idiots have. There are definitely a lot of nice people that make the job pleasant, but the overarching corporate world as a whole is just soul-crushing. I've started my own business completely outside the corporate world and I cannot wait until I can make the leap. If you worry about money for the future, stick with your current job you enjoy, spend less and save as much as you can, and work on your own business doing something enjoyable. The way people do things (large suburban house, multiple auto loans, "fancy" possessions) is a lie. Find real happiness. It's not in the corporate world.
 
2012-12-01 11:29:46 AM
7. shiatty pay.
 
2012-12-01 11:37:10 AM

Avonmore: Question for all you corporate drones out there:

I have an awesome but lowish-paying job that I admittedly really like, but I'm thinking it's time to sell out and start making real money for a big corporation. I know everyone says you should do what you love, but I also love having a retirement fund and some extra cash.

Am I stupid for thinking this way?


No, but go in with the mindset of a gold rush miner: you're there to get what you want and then get out. The ultimate destiny of the company isn't your problem.
 
2012-12-01 11:48:04 AM

Avonmore: Question for all you corporate drones out there:

I have an awesome but lowish-paying job that I admittedly really like, but I'm thinking it's time to sell out and start making real money for a big corporation. I know everyone says you should do what you love, but I also love having a retirement fund and some extra cash.

Am I stupid for thinking this way?


Not stupid, no.

The Holy Grail is a job you love that pays great.

It seems cruel that they are so frequently mutually exclusive.

I've see-sawed between the two in my career. I'm back to "crap pay but love my work". I can't tell you which is better - it is important to be happy but I kind of miss the financial freedom.

Well, good luck.
 
2012-12-01 11:59:05 AM

Avonmore: Question for all you corporate drones out there:

I have an awesome but lowish-paying job that I admittedly really like, but I'm thinking it's time to sell out and start making real money for a big corporation. I know everyone says you should do what you love, but I also love having a retirement fund and some extra cash.

Am I stupid for thinking this way?


as a former coporate drone.

When you have the money, you don't have time. when you have the time, you don't have the money. Kind of sucks both ways. But. I'll take the time. cliche' - but " no one every said on their death bed 'I wish_____" you fill in the blank.
 
2012-12-01 12:05:02 PM

Avonmore: Question for all you corporate drones out there:

I have an awesome but lowish-paying job that I admittedly really like, but I'm thinking it's time to sell out and start making real money for a big corporation. I know everyone says you should do what you love, but I also love having a retirement fund and some extra cash.

Am I stupid for thinking this way?


It's not that simple. Leaving a job you love for better pay is a tough decision. I don't particularly like the job I do, but from an objective point of view I do consider it to be very important in the grand scheme of things. If I didn't see it that way, I would've walked long ago.

The best thing that you can realize is that you will never be irreplaceable in the big-shot world. You have to keep yourself apprised of emerging technologies and practices so you can own the process rather than being taught the process. If you ever settle into a routine, you are merely increasing your risk of being downsized or outsourced. Once you step into that world, you must constantly stay on edge and keep climbing the ladder. fark the politics, it's all about what you can deliver. And last quarter's results have nothing to do with today's demands. I've seen hotshots who were top of their game twenty years ago who failed to adapt to the march of time. They're the empty shells of the world.
 
2012-12-01 12:08:34 PM
As a boss, I see my job as making sure that the people that work for me are able to do what I tell them to do. I try really hard not to micro-manage, but sometimes I have to step in and give my opinion.

I'll admit to them when something is just grunt work that has to be done and try and balance that with projects that are a bit more interesting. It's mostly working so far, until my boss decides to go behind my back and grab people from my team for other projects.
 
2012-12-01 12:14:52 PM
I'm just waiting for that day when I can work from home..... That's all I want right now. I want to get up, make a pot of coffee, go for a walk, then work for eight hours, listening to my own music in my own chair..... work for eight hours and then crawl back into bed.
 
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