Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Jordanian work enviroment... the gorillas and elephants in the room

File this under rants, not exactly a list but observations on why productivity in the Jordanian work environment might be just around 5 hours a week(observational but i think it is a pretty close average) !
  • HR departments should be better labeled as personal administration: Human resources should lay down the ground work for how work flows in the company, they are responsible for objective hiring, and they are the architects to make the employees productivity achieve maximum efficiency. They are not the ladies that sit down all day on the phone discussing cooking recipes, waste half the day hassling the IT guys for problems they created. Adding to that making your life a living hell for getting the days off that you are entitled to.
  • Manager that they misunderstand leadership for how high you can scream in an argument: Putting aside the fact that managers are the ones that wasted 18 years of their life slaving for the company so they feel they are entitled to the thrown, or the alternative that came about the position by pure nepotism. those types aside you are left with the less than confident manager that tries to take as little risk in decision making and accountability so that he will fly under the radar of upper management. those types are frustrating since they never take the steps required to get the job done since it will put them under the heat of upper management.
  • Team leaders that have no management skills: these are the introverts that have serious social deficiency that the management thinks they are able to do project management because they are good at getting the job done, and usually when giving projects that require actual management they withdraw in the corner and let nature take its course.
  • Co-workers that are just furniture laying around the office making annoying squeaking sounds: these are the ones that are just frustrated by how things are run but they never take a stand to change things, and usually are pretty comfortable with doing the satisfactory minimum.
  • The Ass-licker: These are usually the future managers (the 18 year variety) they seem to pull days off out of their ass, manage to get the highest salaries and best bonuses. Similar to effect of having a high heal applied to your nether region is when you realize they are absolute knob heads that really don't know what they are doing but they excel at getting others doing their tasks for them.
  • The fresh grad with the optimistic outlook and faith in the system: usually lasts about 2 weeks before he realizes the reality of the inferno that he is going to be in for the rest of his life. He starts looking for a mentor a good element that he can rely on a learn from, but gives up after being back stabbed (not given credit for his work) and turned in a slave grunt.
  • The pawn from hell: This is the honest person that was a believer in the system and tried to rectify it with all his might, but naturally he failed. He used to over perform and looked forward to being recognized for his efforts, that did more than what he was assigned to and helped in departments that he had no business in doing their work for them.
    Alas no one noticed, he screamed in agony. Alas no one heard ! So he started a crusade on the system, he will perform on the level of his peers. He will make the life of his peers a living hell when dealing with him. You know the manager that was cryptic in his delegation of task, he does what was asked of him verbatim.
    For either he is not getting compensated for his extra effort, hell not even for his half-assed effort right now. He just had it !
So essentially these are the core units that I see at work every day, and in every organization i had intimate relationship with. From the multinational, to the region leader, to the biggest local business. They are dysfunctional with no accountability, never able to manage project so their schedules spiral out of control.
Essentially there is a general gap in management that is trickling down to the bottom that is causing everyone to be frustrated.
So ya I bet one of the replies i'll get since you seem to know better why didn't you start your own business ? don't let me start on that one is my reply.




  • When you walk through a storm
    hold your head up high
    And don't be afraid of the dark.
    At the end of a storm is a golden sky

    And the sweet silver song of a lark.
    Walk on through the wind,
    Walk on through the rain,
    Tho' your dreams be tossed and blown.

    Walk on, walk on with hope in your heart
    And you'll never walk alone,
    You'll never, ever walk alone.
    Walk on, walk on with hope in your heart

    And you'll never walk alone,
    You'll never, ever walk alone.


    By Blogger Tala, At 11/7/07 16:53  

  • So let me guess, you the pawn?

    Poor Bambam... time to swich jobs.

    By Blogger 7aki Fadi, At 11/7/07 19:12  

  • Hey tala, thanks ! especially that it is the theme for liverpool, and a big thanks for that heads up you sent me earlier it put a smile on my face;)
    7aki me the pawn, maybe. honestly i like the ceo of the company and he is still new so i don't want to deal him a heavy blow, maybe just 2nd degree burns ?!

    By Blogger No_Angel, At 11/7/07 20:13  

  • LOL... It's funny because its true...

    Great post... now let me guess, do you work in telecom or logistics ;)

    By Blogger M Kilany, At 12/7/07 08:28  

  • hey welchome M, used to work in telecom now in IT

    By Blogger No_Angel, At 14/7/07 21:25  

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