Close the Door ! You're Causing a Draft
Robert J Gehrke
Robert J Gehrke
It was a day just like any other day. You know, a midweek workday with all of the usual mixture of office politics, office intrigue and an endless supply of work. It was a tedious day of long meetings, short lunches, and only the hopeful thought of morning and afternoon breaks to be sure.
As of late, personnel cutbacks made it seem like the workload was more than any of us could bare. Our company budget like many others right now wouldn’t allow for temps, or any overtime pay at all, and to make things worse, the company CEO was personally having meetings with managers to get more work out of them, and intimidating their subordinates by threatening them with a pink slip if the work was not done by the deadline.
I knew I must find yet another way of completing my work today, and make it look like I could still handle more if asked to do so without flinching or face making. It was the only way to save face, and be kept on the A list. That’s the list of people considered to be trustworthy, and usable for the long run. I had more than enough work to do today, and more than likely I would be burning the midnight oil very late again tonight.
All right, I admit it. I take work home. I know I’m not supposed to, but nowadays, who doesn’t? Proprietary stuff you know. It all figures into the complex office politics of “Dog Eat Dog”, and who will survive from week to week.
It’s not that easy to escape and go to another company these days. Lately it seems they all have the same type of survival oriented office politics too, and continual “job hopping” is frowned upon in our society. It would seem work longevity is very definitely part of the accepted game plan, maybe even one of the strive for goal as of late. It can be a real false sense of security, but we have to hang on to whatever we can during these frightening days of employment uncertainty.
Then my day changed from bad to worse. The computers went down, and much of the information I had been working on since morning was completely lost. They came back up within the hour, but I knew I’d have to scramble to make the noon deadline.
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