October 23, 2007

Victims of our own success?

I found out that:
- one officemate's been looking for a new job;
- another's going to a career fair later this week;
- a third one wants to quit; and
- a fourth one had a job offer elsewhere, but declined.


And here I was thinking that maybe, just maybe, I'm not the sort who is cut out for long-term employment.

Working in a fast-growing company was something I wanted to do. I wanted to be a major player, instead of being a cog in the machinery. However, our unbelievable growth is backfiring. I believe we're victims of our own success. Everyone's swamped, overworked, stressed and to no one's surprise, burned-out. Someone is always sighing, whining and whimpering in the office.

I noticed though, that most of the people who complained a lot, haven't even attempted to bring it to upper management's attention. I have. And happily, they're trying to address my concerns. Can't complain about that, can I? But still, I feel like it's time for everyone to stop, sit down and take stock of where we were before, where we are now and where we want to be. Take a breather. Otherwise, it might be too late before we all spiral out of control. That's the last thing we all want to happen.