I love my job. I love being busy, I love having some responsibility (and a title). I love being a leader in the office.
But there are aspects of my job that are really just too much, sometimes. I have quite a background in educational leadership and administration which actually isn’t a far cry from business management. Simply put, a good leader is a good leader, and good management practices are good management practices. And it is still easy for me to identify examples of bad leadership and management practices, too.
I work in a culture of blame, and I hate that. Good leaders use mistakes to help guide people to better work, and to help create better procedures. Poor leaders point fingers and end up making good workers wonder why they work so hard, or even quit. Two people walked off the job this Sunday. Two, of an office staff of six.
Today, I busted my behind, trained two new employees, handled a million phone calls, and even booked some private charters. I went home feeling pretty good about the productive day I had. And about an hour after I got off work, I got a phone call from my boss, asking me about something at work which he clearly felt was a mistake I had made. I had not made a mistake, but in his mind, he had to blame someone, so it was me. And instead of feeling good about being productive and working hard today, I end up with a sick feeling in my stomach this evening about his perception of my fault, even though none existed.
More and more, every single day is stressful, and that means I have less to give when I get home at night, which is absolutely no good.
Jobs are hard to find. In five months of searching last year, I got very few calls for interviews, and only one real offer. Do I consider leaving? Yes I do. Definitely on evenings like tonight.
How do I deal with it? My boys. I spend time with my family and they make me laugh. It may sound clichè, but they remind me why I am really on this planet. It’s not for other people’s kids, and it’s most certainly not to take reservations for boat trips. It is to love and spend time with my guys. Yes I need a job to pay the bills, but my job is the small stuff as compared to The Boy and The Man. Remembering that is how I deal with the rest.