We were discussing something, my boss and I, and we disagreed about an idea my boss had. I thought it was an unnecessary burden we really didn’t have time for then. He really wanted it. Still, I managed to convince him, hurray! Only … A week later, I found out he had started on it anyway.
I applied for a job at one of the organizations related to this whole unholy pandemic situation. It was an office job, not anything frontline, but actually, it was related to the pandemic. Naturally, being in this field and in the midst of the pandemic, they invited me for a good old fashioned in-person interview.
I had a conversation with my boss. I don’t remember what it was about, exactly, but in the midst of it, he indirectly suggested that it would be better if I started staying at work longer. I wasn’t setting a good example because I usually left between 16.30h and 17h, which was an abomination, apparently (not his words, exactly, of course).
During the standup, my boss spoke up. He told everyone about the Great Initiative we were starting, as was proper. It was great and it was important. What wasn’t great and what wasn’t proper (but it turned to be very important) was that he presented it as his initiative and his alone, which, as far as telling the truth goes, was very much not it.
When a new employee started (let’s call them Cam), I transferred several of my responsibilities to them. Alas, some of them kept coming back and coming back again (through being asked to deal with some more difficult problems). Of course, I was ready to help out and all that. But it was also getting a tiny bit super annoying.
When it was my time to lead a hiring process, I had this great plan: I WILL DO IT DIFFERENTLY. I wasn’t too happy with a lot of recruitment practices, and one that bothered me was the communication with candidates. Or lack thereof. I knew very well what an anxiousness-filled eternity waiting for a response can be, when all sorts of unlikely scenarios cross the realm of possibility.
It started with something quite common: most of the focus was on the money. And with it, the people bringing in the money. They were the obvious ones. They were the sung heroes of the everyday. If you were not one of them, your work getting some attention was mainly limited to working on something super unusual or so mega stupendous that it simply demanded attention.