Hell yes. I have several good reasons. One thing I pride myself in is being honest to myself. I know what I'm doing wrong, what can be better and what I'm proud of. During my yearly review I was rated by my manager... who left the company after only 6 months... as "low target." My self evaluation: LOW TARGET. I KNOW. I don't fool myself.
With that in mind I bring up the following points:
1. I was constantly compared to my supervisor peers. That's all well and good. However, they all have years and years of experience over me. During every one of my one on one's with my (fill in the blank manager) it was... you're not doing as well as X, who has 10 years experience. I got hostile when this came up. OF COURSE I CAN'T COMPARE TO X. THEY HAVE 10 YEARS EXPERIENCE OVER ME IN THE SYSTEM. They'll always have that over me! I wasn't a Tech/SME/Trainer. Comparing myself to them with system knowledge isn't feasible. Some of the supervisors have 25+ years over me. Is that something I can compete with?
No. Evaluate me as I develop as I develop as a new hire.
ESPECIALLY When I only have access to..... (Drum roll please) Universal Viewer!
There's a dozen tech systems I wasn't allowed to access and still I'm held in the same light and expectations as my peers.. who had access.
Which brings me to my next point.
2. Management's enormous incompetence. I was hired in April 2013, in July I was brought before some managers and was told I'm "failing expectations." My reply? WHAT EXPECTATIONS? We had a 90 day plan which you ignored. No ones from management talked to me during this time about development or goals. If I'm not given any feedback, how am I supposed to know anythings wrong? I was told to "Go out and learn the system" which I did the best I could with my eyes blindfolded and hands bound (See point #1.)
Your lack of planning ensured my defeat. I think I held out longer than you expected. Why? Because I'm a good people manager.
3. I'm a good people manager. During meetings management constantly preached "Blah blah blah leverage your team." That's what I'm best at. Throw me into an environment where I can't even do the most basic work and I'll become triple the people person I am. Why? Because from cashier to salesman to tech to pharmacists I need the worker. I'm not doing the job. They are. I respected everyone in that building from janitor to Rph because I needed them. They don't need me! They know what needs done. I treated them all as peers because they are. Supervision/ management should see the workforce as allies and not the enemy.
What I lacked in system knowledge I made up for in my team. It didn't take me long to know who to go for when there was a problem, who to talk to when I was skeptical of something, and who to go for to help other team members.
Was it a coincidence we ran 115 efficient and I had NO ONE on quality write ups? NO. I looked constantly and found help as soon as it was needed. My goal was to keep all of my employees with the company. The ones's I let go were devastating to me... but I did my best to try and make sure they could succeed.
During meetings there was also talk of gaining the employees trust. ASSHATS I was already there. The majority of my employees believed I was there to help them and retain them. How? Obviously by checking and holding them to their basic numbers but also by treating them with the basic decency of saying " HELLO" when I walked passed them. You know what constant feedback I got: "Management doesn't even look at me when they walk past." What a fucking shame, a huge failure.
I said "Hi" to people I never seen before or since as soon as I was hired. Why? That's human decency. Up until I was let go I'd have employees say " Hi Dino" to me as I walked passed. I held doors, I made small talk. The union reps who gave me shit when I was hired in the end understood if I made a mistake it was a true mistake. I wasn't trying to hurt anyone and I would fix it. I already had the employees on my side at the end.... all except for one...
4. I can't and won' t play office politics This was my one and true downfall. There were minor squabbles the whole time which I think I worked through effectively except for one certain individual. I won't name names or go into too many specifics but I worked with a true devil.
This person would be extremely nice to my face but (as I found out) held weekly meetings with my managers for months about what they didn't like about my activities. By the time I found out I was defenseless. The "evidence" was so built up that anything I said seemed like a cover up. Now, keep in mind none of my managers ever worked my sift. They were tucked away in bed and dreaming at 12am when I was still sending emails and being productive. Even after I was confronted did they stay after 5pm? No. Of course not. Again with the incompetence and mismanagement. They just took the word of one poor victim and I was obviously the bad guy.
Actually, when I raised a giant bleeding, neon red flag about that person it was ignored. Again and again. I reached out to HR, my manager and resources outside of the building. I didn't get one response. I wish this person all the luck in the world. Icarus flew too close to the sun as well...
Bitter. Yes. I just wasted over a year of my life.
Did I expect to retire from there? HELL NO.
I limited my time there. I told myself I wouldn't stay past a new hiring phase. You see, they techs on my shift got paid $20 per hour. The new contract was more or less $12 per hour for new hires. Eventually we would have to hire new folks I wasn't going to deal with the attrition that was going to follow.
Yes, our staff was paid far above market average but they went above and beyond what an average tech could to in a workday. In retail a tech would do 150-200 scripts per day...... that's shit compared to out most basic POC production of 1,100 per day! Despite being a lower cost our company was producing far more and profiting more than retail with that one worker... they can afford to pay more.
I wasn't going to deal with some scrappy new hire yelling at me and quitting our company for a comparable wage anywhere else. The new company accepts that. For the work, training and support we do... no.... I don't. Retention should be key. The new company doesn't have that in mind and I was going to apply out as soon as we started hiring.
Wow. That was a hell of a rant. Hopefully it makes some coherent sense.
I'm going to reopen Avoid-Me to anonymous comments. I had to close them because too may specific where being revealed last year. Please keep comments general... don't name names and places. I'll have to edit those out.