Re: Don't stand in front of the fan
- From: F. George McDuffee <gmcduffee@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Wed, 30 Nov 2005 08:26:21 -0600
One of our home grown [USA] philosophers stated it this way "what
you do speaks so loud I can't hear what you say."
Having been there and done that, I suggest you ask yourself if
the things you are accomplishing for the owner are so vital, why
isn't he willing to provide adequate help, tools, etc. to
accomplish these so you don't have to work 80-100 hours a week?
Are you getting overtime pay? If not, what incentive does the
owner have to change anything?
As long as you continue to clean up the messes made by others,
they will continue to make messes. This is called being an
enabler, which is not a happy position.
On Wed, 30 Nov 2005 03:47:31 GMT, "Gary H. Lucas"
>Last Wednesday before Thanksgiving I had pretty much had it. In the
>previous 2 weeks I had worked more than 200 hours, 40 hours at one stretch
>to start. I get home from the job from hell and I find out that parts I
>need for my current job haven't even been ordered yet. And the boat anchor
>across the hall sits there in his office turning out crap, that those of us
>who actually know what we are doing have to make work. What's wrong with
>this picture? I mentioned to a co-worker who was the company's first
>employee about how unhappy I was about this situation, and how I was
>seriously beginning to look for a new job.
>On my drive home I get a message on my voicemail from the owner, my
>co-worker told him about the conversation. He expressed concern that I
>might quit. I didn't call him back, I was really burned out and just wanted
>to enjoy the holiday. Saturday a FedEx envelope shows up at home. The
>owner was on his way to Mexico and wrote me a letter before leaving. In the
>letter he told me what his plans are for the new year, and how I'm a big
>part of those plans. I've had to keep my mouth shut about all this.
>In the meantime the boat anchor across the hall takes me to task on Monday
>because I got so pissed about how bad his drawing was for parts I needed
>that I redid them myself. Today he sends me and our immediate boss an email
>complaining that my drawing wasn't checked by anyone and didn't receive
>engineering review. What do you call having the boat anchor across the hall
>wasting half my day going over every little detail in my drawing? He's
>supposed to be an engineer, isn't that engineering review? What he is most
>upset about is the changes I made after discussing the part with the vendor
>who is making it for us. It just ain't right that I should design a part
>the vendor can actually make, with commonly available tools, without needing
>to phone me with 20 questions, and without needing a session with the
>calculator, is it? This is the same guy who doesn't show or ask anyone
>anything about his drawings until the steel frames show up, WRONG!
>I have a real bad feeling though about the owners optimism for the future.
>Consider that the boat anchor across the hall is still here, after 8-1/2
>years. If you can't cast off a boat anchor like that, how are you going to
>ever get a handle on all the other issues around here? I am absolutely
>certain I can turn this boat around and get her up on a plane. Been there,
>done that. I'm also absolutely certain that if the owner doesn't back me
>100% that I'll be gone shortly too. Been there, done that, damn near got
>the stroke to prove it.
>So what to do? Hell, I can't even just do my job and mind my own business.
>Fricking people keep saying "we're all on the same team, you know" The boat
>anchor has a memo in his desk drawer from five years ago. On my first day
>he took it out, waited for me to read it, then put it back. It said
>something about him being in charge of Cad standards and reviewing drawings.
>So he thinks he has the authority to rake me over the coals on every
>drawing. You'd think by now he'd get it. I haven't made a single change to
>a drawing at his suggestion since I've been here. Every time he's been
>overruled by the boss.
>I've pretty much come to the conclusion that when the owner returns and
>starts telling me how I fit into his plans I'm going to have to lay it all
>on the line. The boat anchor has to go, or I am going. I see it as a test,
>if he can't make a decision like this, that will please nearly everyone in
>the company, then there is no hope of any change happening here. My belief
>though is that I will be looking for a new job come the weekend. Bummer, I
>hate changing jobs.
>Gary H. Lucas
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