This is a bit of a stream of consciousness post, because it’s something that monumentally frustrates me. This has been eating at me for a while. For those who follow me on Twitter, you may have seen some posts regarding this. May have seen me get a bit angry about a few things in relation to this topic. It’s something that truly gets under my skin, irritates the hell out of me and I just can’t let go of it. Hopefully this post will go someway towards relieving that.
First off, let me say that I understand that performance management and all that jazz takes time and effort – time and effort most managers don’t have. I also understand that it’s a HR and logistical nightmare, because there has to be a buttload of paperwork that goes along with it. But when people are getting away, consistently, with doing the wrong thing – what exactly is the incentive to do the right thing?
I’m the kind of person who tries to do the right thing, despite popular belief. I’m the kind of person who follows the rules (for the most part), who tends to stick to the processes and policies that are laid out for me. I come in when I’m told to, ask permission or approval for things that I feel I should, stick to what I’m supposed to be doing and try not to step outside of those lines unless it’s something I deem necessary…which really doesn’t happen all that often. And if I do step outside of those lines, I better be damn sure I have a good excuse. And if that excuse won’t fly – I’m willing to accept the consequences.
However, I’m noticing that more and more often, those people who don’t follow the rules, who don’t follow procedure, who don’t ask for approval or permission, who just do their own thing oblivious (selfishly) to everyone else around them – they get away with it. They get to do what they want, when they want. They get away with lying, blatantly, brazenly. They get away with doing sweet fuck-all…and no one bats and eyelid.
If they get away with all of this, what is the point of doing the right thing?
Those of us who do the right thing get the satisfaction of knowing we’ve done what we’re supposed to do. Yay… *waves tiny flag*
But those who do the wrong thing reap their own benefits – they get to say they were at work, when they weren’t; they get to do what they want, when they want…without asking for approval, they just do it, be damned the rest of their colleagues; they get away with doing next to nothing and, in fact, get angry or upset when either asked to do work or questioned about what they’re working on.
And they get away with it.
Because no one wants to rock the boat. No one wants to open that can of worms. No one wants the HR shitstorm. No one wants the extra work of having to baby-sit a colleague. No one wants to have to deal with a drama queen having a tantrum. No one wants to deal with the anger of someone who believes it’s “their right”. No one wants to be on the opposing side of someone who honestly thinks that what they’re getting away with is acceptable.
So again, I ask the question. And this isn’t an idle question, I truly want to know what you all think, so please – respond in the comments or hit me up on Twitter.
What is the point of doing the right thing, when those who do the wrong thing consistently get away with it?