by - Friday, May 13, 2011

That’s how my work life is feeling these days.  Everything and most people are making me snarky.

I’m tired of not being heard.  Not from my immediate co-workers, but from anyone that seems to be able to make a decision.

I have ideas.  Lots of them.  And lots of good ones.  We need to clean up policy, we need to communicate better with our client base, and we just generally need to realize we’re a big fish playing with other big fish in the pond now.

But I’m constantly going to meetings and being shot down because other people are feeling attacked.  Well yes – it may come across as that, because I’m tired of not being told pertinent information, or not given any information at all, so forgive me if I come across a little snarky lately.

I’m tired of people talking, but not giving me answers.  I’m tired of hearing the words “well we just can’t do it that way”.  And I’m tired of my issues never becoming important until they become someone else’s issues – even when I propose solutions sometimes a year in advance that would eliminate so much work.

I’m tired of feeling dumb.  I am good at my job.  Excellent in fact.  But just imagine just how more freaking spectacular I could be if I was given all the information I needed and/or wanted.  And if I wasn’t belittled when I gave ideas.

I’m one of the few people employed at my organization with any experience at another similar organization, which means I sometimes have a different and broader base to draw experiences from.  I’ve seen things work at different places, so I know it can be done. But yet I never seem to get credit for this knowledge. 

Yes, I only have one degree.  I don’t have (or ever plan on getting) a Masters degree because I don’t necessarily think that more education will make me any better at what I do, or what I want to do.  But that doesn’t mean that I’m not a valuable addition to my organization.

I’ll admit I am confrontational at times.  But it’s because I care.  And I have passion.  And I know what the hell I’m doing. 

And people really should listen every once in awhile.  Because in the end (and trust me on this one), I’m not going to put up a fight if I’m not going to be right, cause it’s not worth my time.

In the time since I originally wrote this (Blogger was down so I had to write it in Word! And then cut and paste my post!!  Oh the horror!!!)... I have named my new work battle the Battle of Snark.  And the tagline is... "Two enter, only one escapes unharmed"... may as well have fun which continually rolling my eyes.

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  1. We are the music makers,
    And we are the dreamers of dreams,
    Wandering by lone sea-breakers,
    And sitting by desolate streams;—
    World-losers and world-forsakers,
    On whom the pale moon gleams:
    Yet we are the movers and shakers
    Of the world for ever, it seems.

    Sir Edward Elgar

    I totally know how you feel - my situation keeps stemming from men who think my opinion must be incorrect until they hear the very words I've said being spoken by a male counterpart.... rrrooooaaarrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. As you can well imagine, I'm dumb because I *only* have my Masters. And, like you, I'm not planning on more degrees right now.

    It seems a rather universal issue of anyone who happens to have a brain AND go to work. I wonder what would happen if process suddenly somehow allowed for us to actually shine? World peace? Effective institutions? Happier employees at the very least?

  3. hope it gets better, we are at work so many hours, it sucks if its not pleasanT!!!

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