Fourth (or So) in a Series of Seventeen Posts about Owning Your Power in the New Year!
A dear friend recently confided that she lost her job. She didn’t deserve it, and the institution that fired her made a very poor choice, one I feel confident they will regret legally.
However, I’m not the kind of friend that hands you tissue. I’m the kind of friend who helps you move on (and up). And, in my opinion, if you are working for someone else, there’s nowhere to go but up and you need to get a move on!
Here are seven things you won’t miss about working for someone else:
- The overbearing boss who thinks she can do your job (read about my own devil who wore knock-off Prada here: http://www.kellidudley.com/2017/01/04/7-ways-to-know-its-gonna-blow-and-get-out/).
- Weird, insecure co-workers. I am not going to elaborate on this. You can go watch The Office or any number of movies and sit-coms on your own if you don’t understand this (in which case, you are very lucky and must have never had a job working for anyone else!). If you are stuck with one, treat him or her to a red Swingline stapler! http://amzn.to/2jS0Np7
- Lunch. I do not understand adults who think they need to tell other adults when to eat, but I had an attorney friend who relocated to work for a non-profit only to be told he had to eat lunch every day in the conference room at a set time. The “lunch period” was only half an hour, and he was to actually get up and leave a client waiting at his desk if he was in the middle of a meeting to eat his lunch at the set time and place. I don’t know what he was to do if he was in court at “lunch time,” but I cannot imagine the turd nuggets in his boss’s head fathomed anything that would have helped the client or promoted judicial economy.
- Watered-down coffee. One of my first jobs had the chance to “pool” our coffee resources by taking turns buying a can. The spineless office denizens couldn’t decide what to brew, so they chose some sick combination of half-decaf, half-caffeinated. This alone made me realize leaving my house was a mistake. You’re an adult . . . drink like one, fair trade and all! http://amzn.to/2jS9i3B
- Snide comments. I do not know how people got the idea that you should talk to people in the professional world in the way they do, but everything from being chided on the order in which people queue up to use the communal microwave to having secretaries comment on what time I began work haunts my dreams.
- Being required to accept or decline clients. I know lawyers who run potential clients past a “committee,” and I suspect the committee meets in their own minds. This is a great way to buy some time when making representation decisions. However, I know of other lawyers who work for firms where the client is already a firm client and the lawyer “has to” do the assigned work. Professional judgment, anyone?
- Limited money. I cannot say it enough, “You cannot afford to pay your boss.” The only way you have a job is if your boss makes more money with you there than without you there. I don’t like capitalism, but even I understand this. Work for yourself, keep all the money, and only hire those who boost you!
Being a self-employed lawyer isn’t always easy, but it beats standing in line to microwave a cup of half coffee/half something.