You've heard of code smells - those whiffy hints that something in the codebase just ain't right? Apropos, I present the below "job smells" - indications that it just may be time polish up that resume and do some job searching.
- When stakeholders ask for acronyms rather than solutions.
- When your boss asks "can't you just" as if "just" somehow abstracts away all the problems.
- When "who gets the meeting room" isn't determined by who has it booked in Outlook and is already set up there, but by the rank of the person wanting the room.
- When your agency's main contact is poorly connected with your supervisor on-site.
- When you never hear any feedback on your work, good or bad.
- When you discover Outlook's limit to the number of active rules because you've got soooooooo many automated emails which need filtering.
- When your company lays people off in a lousy way. That's exactly how you'll be laid off, when it's your time. What's that you say: you'll never be laid off? Oh ho ho ho - that's funny, pookie.
- When people watch how much "ass in chair" time you spend at your desk.
- When you voted "no" on a new hire, but your boss makes the hire anyway, and this person will be the new team leader / manager of you!
- When you'd really rather have a head cold than trudge into the office, regularly.
- When you feel like you have to be someone other than who you are.
- When your CEO thinks you have magic powers which will bless you with that raise.
None of the above is about my current job - my present position is super-great. Some of it is from hearsay; and some of it is from actual past positions. Just remember, you deserve to have a great job!
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