Why can’t we be more like the lion?
Instead, we are more like the Jackal, ruthless to the point of being untrustworthy – even when you’re being honest.
I’m always bitching and moaning about my current client – they are Jackals. They have learned how to play “the game” so that they can avoid work at all costs. However, someone like a lion – me for example – walk in and am instantly taken advantage of.
That’s what Jackals do.
I’m often the first person to come to the office and the last to leave. Why?
I try to the best job I can – I thought that’s what professionals do. Not the “professionals” at the office.
They come late and leave early – even if there is a big deadline that day. Last Friday, the training assistant left at 2:30pm for no reason, other than to avoid the workload that was suddenly thrust upon us.
It all comes back to that – sudden thrusts of work. There is no planning at the place I work at – none whatsoever. So when something does happen, it is always at the last minute and is always due right away.
So, I guess it is understandable that people come late and leave early – they know if they try to be honest and work a normal day, they’ll get caught up in the rush. And if you are caught up in the rush, you’ll be stuck working on something in a rush, putting in unpaid and unvalued overtime.
That’s the game at the office.
I choose not to partake in this game. I refuse to lower my standards just to avoid poor planning. I’m a lion not a Jackal.
Well, most of the time.