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Corpoholic’ life. Challenges. Opportunities. # 2 share # with U

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Since 22 years I’m corpoholic … I hold managerial position …. I’m woman … and I’m Blond … 

Are You ,same as me, feeling that You are stuck in a matrix organisation with endless procedures, bush of hierarchies, relations and structures? Have You already considered to leave the corporate for freedom of free choice, to run Your own business, open Your own restaurant or a little hotel in a mountain village …?

I did. Many times. But I’m blond and corpoholic…  So I’m always dreamming about my own little restaurant and what would that mean to my day-to-day life and work-life balance to WAKE UP and go one another day to an office.

I would like to use this site to share with all of You which parallel ‘world’ fits better our expectation: the ‘restricted’ life in corporate world or the ‘real daily fight’ in the ‘outside’ to survive for leaving.

I’m already working 22 years in corporate structures and was seeing lots of friends being lost on the way: fired, burned-out, escaped. The corporate world seems to be tough as content many written restrictions like standard processes, procedures, 4-eye principles, segregation of duties, formal appraisals, 360⁰ assesments and many mane others. In the beginning when we join corporate organisation we simple learn it and accept it. Nevertheless with time passing by we tend to see it as tightening us down and restricting opportunities to further develop. We start jealously looking into our friends outside corporate that do not need to leave office at 6 p.m. and do not need to listen to new ideas of our bosses. And we start to hate it. More and more.

Corpoholic’: pro’s of keeping a job in a ‘corporate’ environment

That’s precisely a moment where I took out my shoes … and objectively list main  pros’ of being part of not-so-horrible corporate machine

  1. Regular and quite not bad salary.

Regularity of income seems nothing special as long as You will listen to Your friends that have their own small business, are freelancers or simple are employed in mid-size family business that does not keep paying to it’s employees on time as the highest priority. My ex-husband was self-employed in service sector and once he was completing an assignment he was able to bring home twice more than my monthly salary. But there was a clear little limitation. He was bringing nice amount of money once he got an assignment and once he was being finally paid … At the end, we were able to survive for living thanks to my, maybe boring and too low (a payroll is always too low, even if it’s above market mediana) but always very regular payroll on the account

 

2. Bonuses based on company performance

This point personally I do not like much, as often it seems Your local company, You work for is being squeezed and during so called budget process it commits to targets being much too high above it’s market potential. What I hate is that the big corpo-mammy always reaches it’s targets so all big bosses obviously cash out their large bonuses with no problem. But being honest with myself, I must admit that after each such a weaker year, during the next budget process, targets are being reduced for the coming year and then You can expect bonuses even exceeding an annual bonus targets, up to 200% if we are lucky. We need to accept certain repetition of cycles: bonus – no bonus Therefore at the end bonuses are definitely a plus of being in corporate.

What about bonuses in small family businesses? Well, as with other staff there, You may get Your bonus or not, but the rules are very vague. It’s very much subjective on Your boss/company owner decision. No direct correlation between Your performance or company results and potential bonus payments.

3. Working time

I disagree with perception that working time in a corporate is statistically longer than in a private sector. It is not, as corporate time is at the end much more regulated by corporate responsibility (very fashion word recently, explaining many bullshit activities) or internal procedures. Although I know cases where people are sitting in the office, as long as their boss does, that is completely senseless. Unless You are working in a company with far-east ownership (e.g. Korean), it only means that the boss is a dictator-type or You miss Your assertiveness in the organisation.

Since 22 years in a corporate world I was never sitting structurally longer in the office than 8-8,5 hours a day. And maybe thanks to it I was many times promoted. Today I have a director title and manager another directors of individual local organisations. It sounds a bit ‘loco’ but I truly believe I would never be where I am now by working overtime.

Unless Your boss is asshole, ask Yourself: what is Your boss, and the boss of Your boss expecting from You? Keeping lights long on in the office or just results??

Results !!! Always faster, better, more creative. Nobody can be successful without ‘fun’ and work-life balance. I like my job. I like my family. I love to learn and develop new skills and I’m not afraid to listen and speak out. I could not do it if I were tired…

I’m just a Blondi so I’m very easy to be steered by Maslov pyramid: I need good food, good rest, appreciation of my family and friends and then I’m very creative and motivated. And then I can sit also during weekend to create a new concept or strategy by a glass of a good wine and a chimney.

Corporate is the only environment, where You can find Your work-life balance, unless the working time starts to be a ‘con’ (please look into my con’s list)

Some more pro’s that I would add to my list … tomorrow when You still would like to come back to me

4. Paid holidays and sick leaves

That seems very obvious but please note that for those that work on their own, they do not just have it – they need to earn it first

5. Security

By working to corporate we do not need to worry about next future, as even in case of restructuring one loses his/her job, there are always respective severance packages that amount from 3 up to 24 months payment, depending on number of service and seniority in the organisation

6. Training and personal development possibilities

Training and development is part of corporate procedures. Corporate invest in people development in a very formal and structural way, starting from regular performance assessment, competence reviews, through development and successions plans, participation in new projects, finished on concrete training and development programs including international assignment and internal promotions.

  1. Non-salary benefits

Just to list benefits like health care, pension scheme, sport packages, business tools that can be used to private usage (car, phone, laptop), business travelling to other countries, integration events, town hall meetings et

 

‘What next’ 2017 brings to You?

Are You more scared or excited … by thinking of 2017 very soon to come?

Shall 2017 be a good year for me? Corporate life is similar to keeping on board of little boat in the middle of ocean. There are corporate sharks around. Tajfun coming with frequency of each half a year taking some jobs away and creating many of other ones .

Politics that may finish great career from one day to another makes me really scary  if I can manage to survive it all with a smile? From the other side there is so much new doors and rooms of challenges to enter that I feel like being excited

How about You? Are You more scared or excited … by thinking of 2017 very soon to come?

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Let’s face it. Technology would take our jobs away

Technology would take our current jobs away, starting from corporate, finishing on mid-size and small companies operating on their little local markets, today still believing corporate reality would not affect the way they work?

We can wake up and start dressing up for that reality or stay at bed and dream that all the technology changes around would not affect us at all. We can still dream that technology was giving us new smartphones, smart tv’s, smart or ‘e-‘ shopping and would never create smart-jobs ….

How the smart-jobs may look like?

Let’s take an analogy to smart-phones that moved many activities from physical presence (like note-books, paper calendars, post cards etc) to one gadget placed in our pocket where all activities are done in a ‘real time’. Similar influence of technology change would affect our white collar jobs. Looking around into our today office, we would not need sales people driving to point of sales to sale our products, we would not need a procurer or planner who keep track and ensures we have all needed supplies on stock, we would also not need lady who makes posting of paper invoices, or controller who would prepare data to the management.

So whom would the corporate need? Which jobs would stay in 10-20 years for us poor white collar mid-class?

The answer is very simple: any jobs requiring thinking, creativity, interpretation, drawing conclusion, taking decision, recognising risks or new opportunities …

Maybe the future jobs for white collars would not be so bad, maybe I could risk it will be more fun and interesting than today?

‘Corpoholic’: cons’s of keeping a job in a ‘corporate’ environment

Should list of con’s of working in corporate environments be shorter than pro’s?
Check it in pro’s and con’s post

1. Working in corporate does not sound very ‘sexi’

People are omitting to admit they are part of corporate. When I ask my collegaues usually they use brands their work for, like Coca Cola, General Electric or Mars. Ok, sounds shorter but just listen, they are never using ‘I’m working for General Electric corporate’. Why? Because they have impression that just brand name does not have a negative connotation that they are working in a large matrix organization structures and 95% of activities in their job are driven directly or indirectly by specific procedures.

2. Flexible equals unlimited working hours

Corporate requires high flexibility and commitment in target realisation. ‘Deadline is dead line’ meaning one need to do something ‘on time’ or can ‘realise his/her career opportunities outside an organisation’.

Obviously working with targets and deadlines means that during certain periods of year the workload is immense and there is no way not to follow it. The stress behind is just part of a job description.

3. Procedures killing ‘spontaneity’

Corporate ‘Follow the procedure’ is killing our human being if we take it personally. But whether ‘follow the procedure’ in our personal life does not mean that we shall take a shower at the start of the day or that we shall grab something for breakfast…? If we were taking our personal ‘follow the procedure’ activities also seriously, we would die from hunger.

What I mean is that part of human being are rules and procedures (spoken or written) and there is nothing wrong with written procedures unless we start taking it personally and stop enjoying our job.

4. Limiting friends cycle to those that work in ‘corporate’

Working in a corporate environment changes are behaviours and opinions. Therefore with time we have less and less points in common with our friends from outside corporate. It is part of a price we would pay by working in corporate.

5. Restructuring, merges, acquisitions and other business transformations

Corporates are working to meet expectation of return to their shareholders and therefore they continuously working on decreasing cost base, improving profitability, reducing number of sites, moving physical structures to virtual/electronic ones. All that projects drive to people reduction. Sonner or later, by working in corporate, there is a risk of losing the job. That are facts. But in all cases I know, corporates prepare severance packages payments as well as outplacement programs that allow to land working for another corporate that is in a position of increasing its activities.

Maybe I’m too much corpoholic but the list of disadvantages of working in a corporate finishes after the point 5. I can see much more benefits than minuses.

Any more cons You can place on the list?