My more committed readers may recall a post I did some time ago about what it is like to work in New Zealand (do click here for more).
A number of months ago, I decided that working for the large financial business I was in just wasn’t right for me any more.
Question: What is the collective noun for a group of bankers?
Answer : A “wunch”!
I suppose I have been a member of the wunch (a wunchee? a wuncher?) for many years.
This was a decision which had been brewing for some time…I don’t want to bore you too much – you are incredibly lucky if you love your job and of course we all have gripes – but I do want to say that I have found that a number of “leaders” in that particular business gave minimal or no direction and you ended up with a scenario wherein middle or lower level managers (often in multiple and independently) were in essence telling senior people what they could have rather than being asked for what was required or having a decent strategy laid out. Empowerment is one thing but this was quite another. Completely bizarre!
When eventually thinking about a next step, I am concerned that this first experience may be repeated but I can’t comment too much just based on one workplace. That said, other Brits and a Spaniard have made similar observations to me over time about other employers…something to be aware of perhaps. When all is said and done though, there are good people working there (who I am pleased to call friends) under trying circumstances – and the people are the most important part of any job.
I ask myself if I need to change my expectations and my outlook and I think the answer is “probably”.
Anyway, after a call to immigration to check it was OK to leave my job (which was incredibly good humoured for a government department), and doing some maths, I am now getting involved in some voluntary work linked to conservation…more on this in future no doubt! It is a privilege to be able to do this and one I will not squander.
Time is an amazing luxury which we often do not notice or take advantage of…just imagine how much time is “wasted” on an international scale every day as people switch off their brains to watch soap operas or some other such vegetative task. Imagine how much time is spent zoned out on Social Media (guilty as charged!) where people spend their time liking stuff. Imagine what the world of work would look like if everyone stopped sending emails all day (you have to admit it is really ridiculous when you think about it). We all do it when maybe we could do more with our time.