We all change

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A few things have been on my mind recently – all positive stuff generally, which is good, but a few issues that are neither positive or negative.

One thing that I find quite interesting in my current situation (50% reduction in team) is that there is a huge assumption that as staff we are in a default position in wanting to keep our jobs. Now I don’t disagree with that as such, however the process by which most people need to go through is likely to involve, application form, interview and higher grade includes presentation as well.

Ok fair enough it is a competitive environment, but where in that process is the bit that you normally get in interviews  – the bit that allows you as the candidate – to ask questions of the organisation, whether or not you actually want to continue working for the organisation.

In normal circumstances you would have a reasonably clear picture about the organisation you were applying for, you would have a pretty good idea as to the  focus of the business area you were hoping to work in and you may get some knowledge of the management as well as the strategy and vision.

Now most of this aspect is missing in the current climate, due to the scale and pace of the cuts, your manager and your managers, manager are also subject to change and reduction/consolidation and that has a big influence on the vision and direction of a service as well as whether someone may wish to continue their current employment or not.

So it is likely in most cases that someone would be applying for a job not knowing who will be a direct line manager,section head and in some cases the strategy and direction, as well as the wider team members.

I appreciate lots of scenarios exist like this and many people thrive in them, I am personally not worried by my situation for various reasons, but I am worried about the effectiveness of the service I currently work in and whether or not the change is actually a good one – I’m undecided on this at present.

We all change, as individuals and as organisations and we are in a climate where the organisations around us are changing very fast  – sometimes it would be good to be given time and space to just question the organisation on some of these issues and decide whether it is an organisation you’d like to work for.

Sometimes it just feels like it is all one way…

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3 thoughts on “We all change

  1. Chris Head

    You’ve put your finger on it, Carl. There is an implicit assumption that everyone wants to remain employed. When I went through a similar process, there wasn’t even the opportunitiy to volunteer for redundancy! I challenged the approach and was told simply “its not our policy”. So others endure stress and worry when others might be happy to go. Is HR a profession?

  2. There are a couple of things your blog made me think about Carl. First of all how, through size & bureaucracy, the public sector gives the impression of not really caring about its people – which seems crazy to me when I think about how expensive & tricky recruitment is.

    In a small company, it’s what takes up a lot of our senior team’s time & effort mainly because it’s so damned important to have the right people & the right mix of people on the team as that’s what drives everything else.

    The other thing was about how much organisations like your current employer really are winging it – the reason they don’t let you ask questions is because they don’t have the answers. I don’t know why that is. Perhaps having a coherent strategic plan isn’t something they believe they need…which is worrying.

    • I agree with you Mary.

      For a lot of people who don’t believe they are any good because the culture they work in sucks life away creates the situation where people believe they need to to stay more than they really need to.

      I think it has taken me a while to realise some of these issues myself but feel confident that I am able to create a future I can be very proud of.

      Look forward to catching up soon.

      Carl

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