Saturday, June 12, 2010

Please Equip Me Appropriately

I have a vent. When a company is acquired by another company, there is a bit of culture shock. There is a learning curve. There are adjustments that have to be made as the new way of doing things comes to be the norm. Some people are really good at adjusting to the new ways. Some people may find that the new way isn't that far off from their old way. Some people will have a really hard time adjusting. My department is one that tends to cling to the old ways. Even before we were acquired, my department was pretty old school and by the book. Which was fine- except that other departments weren't so old school and by the book. But it was fair to everyone- even if it meant being unfair to everyone. The new way is one that is far more focused on lifting and empowering employees. It's a huge shift. The old way was "be thankful you even have a job." The new way is "thank you for doing a great job." The new way includes opportunities for flex time, working from home, and other alternative work arrangements. Things that wouldn't have ever been heard of the old way. You can put in a requeest to work 4 10-hour days a week. You can request to work from home one day a week. I don't necessarily want any of that, to be honest. Well, deep down, sure I do. I'd love an extra day at home with my kids. I'd love a day where my hours could be more flexible to allow me some extra time with my kids. In all honesty, I can't imagine the people over my job would actually ever approve any such request, anyway. Here's what I want. A laptop. Most everyone in the company has one. From what I hear, when you go to corporate, everyone walking around is carrying a laptop. Every meeting has a table full of laptops. On conference calls, there is almost always one person who is working from home. On Wednesday, I picked Teagan up from school and found out she was sick. Fever and sore throat. So I stayed home with her on Thursday. I have a personal laptop and I can access e-mail from home. I like my job so I want to be able to perform in it on the days when I'm not in the office but normally would be. If I had a laptop, I could have run back to the office Weds evening and picked it up and then been home with Teagan on Thursday and still been getting work done. I was able to check e-mail. But without access to other systems that are only available on a company provided laptop, I was useless. If I'd had the proper equipment, I could have done my job. If you want me to do a job well, to exceed expectations... please, equip me properly. I want to work for you. I want to do my job. I want to be of service to others in the company. It is amazingly frustrating to not be able to work the way I know I can. Yes, I have asked. No good reason is given. "If I let you, I'd have to let everyone." Everyone would be a total of 3 people. I try to just accept it, I do. You don't want me to work outside of office hours, fine. I won't. But deep down, I want to do my job better and having the proper equipment is the only way I can do that while working full time as a mom with 2 small children. The end. Photobucket

8 comments:

noexcuses said...

When will they come around? I would support you 100%. Keep talking about it!

Amy said...

I can hear your frustration. One of the best parts -- probably the very best part -- of my job is the flexibility I have. And a huge reason I have the flexibility is because of my laptop. Do you all have input in budget planning? Maybe you could bring it up again then?

Garret of Jim and Garret said...

Have you asked if your personal laptop can be granted the access it needs? Then it wouldn't cost the company any money. Everyone would come out ahead?

C. Beth said...

I agree.

Flartus said...

"I try to just accept it, I do."

I know that feeling, all right! And every once in a while, accepting it just isn't an option anymore. So I bitch and complain, mutter and curse to myself...and nothing changes, and then after a few days I can go back to accepting "it" again.

Ah, corporate America. Love your benefits, hate your mindlessness.

Eternal Lizdom said...

@Garret... yes, I have asked. I might push it again and see if I can't make headway that way.

Beth Zimmerman said...

I so hear you! I have asked if I can have access so I can work at home and have been told "no." And like you there is no good reason. So over the past couple of years I have used up 100%, and then some, of my sick time and vacation time, taking care of my husband (after 4 surgeries), recovering from a car wreck, staying off a bad knee, and recovering from my own surgery. Most of that time I could have worked if I had access to certain programs from home. I think letting us have it would be a win-win. But I'm not the boss!

Mary said...

Typically, if you put in a formal request to work from home one day a week, the company then HAS to provide you the appropriate equipment to fully perform your job.

When I put in my request for work from home, I signed a contract with the company that stated they would provide 100% of the tools I needed, including laptop, printer and internet access. Check with your HR department and find out with the work-from-home contact entails. Typically any requests for information from HR are confidential.