Since 22 years I’m corpoholic … I hold managerial position …. I’m woman … and I’m Blond …
Do You feel like being stuck in a matrix organisation with endless procedures, bush of hierarchies, relations and structures? Or maybe You have 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.
That’s precisely a moment where we should take out our shoes and objectively list all pros’ and con’s of being part of horrible corporate machine
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 J