I am writing this blog posting out of real and palpable frustration. Employers expect us to behave professionally at all times from the interview process through potential employment and beyond. However, rarely is the same professional courtesy returned. This morning I was supposed to have a technical telephone interview and it never materialized. I waited for it for 4 hours. No email or anything apologizing or cancelling. I sent an email to the recruiter who is my intermediary between me and the potential employer.
At least my recruiter was very responsive and told me that she would find out what happened. She was professional and apologetic. So this frustration got me thinking about other ways in which corporations are unprofessional. You’re expected to give 2 weeks notice when you want to leave, but your employer can tell you to take a hike with no notice at all. You are expected to behave professionally in the office, yet your boss can belittle and criticize you in front of other.
A corporation expects your absolute loyalty but does not show even a fraction of that same loyalty in return. The moment you can no longer perform the job function that you’ve been doing so well at, your shelf life is expired and you’re shown the door. I can understand why some people consider themselves mercenaries. One of my acquaintances used those words exactly. He describes himself as an “IT mercenary.” And rightfully so as he knows there is no loyalty on either end.
I found it really telling when I asked, let’s call him Brother Tim, how happy he was at his present employment. He was happy when he talked about it a scant 2 months ago. Now he realizes that he’s worth more than a shitty managed service provider is paying him and he’s put the feelers out. I say good for him!