Monday, February 21, 2011

The Diary of a Useless Manager - All those ungrateful contractors

AUTHOR'S NOTE: This is NOT my diary. This is just a fictional story of an useless little manager working in a large local organisation. If you work in a large local organisation and find this figure looking suspiciously like your manager, it is only because these useless managers breed freely in large local organisations and the only way to stop them is to remove their stable diet - their subordinates.

Damn it. Another contractor has resigned. This time round, it is an experienced project manager who has been with the organisation for five years. Five years! Can you imagine how much learning and experience we are going to lose? I heard that he has got a higher paid full time job in another company. But we could have offered him another year of contract! How can he just drop his job and leave after working as our contractor for five years, just because the other company offer him a full time position? Ungrateful bastard!

It has always been our organisation's policy to offer more contract positions, after all that was a recommendation coming directly from our ministers, and I totally agree with it. You know, I really don't see any problem with working for us as a contractor. It's not like we discriminate them and treat them with less respect. And it really helps in our bottom lines, because the organisation can save so much on operation costs! No bonus costs, training costs, no employee benefits, they can't take our free shuttle bus and we just need to pay the minimum medical benefits! It's really a win-win situation! They get a job, and we save money!

I really don't understand why is it so difficult to hold on to our contractors. Most of them don't last long in our organisation and the moment another company offer them a full time position, they'll almost always leave us. There is this team in this department where we have a contractor manager leading a team of full timer staff, and this contractor manager position never last more than a year. Sigh...

And with the job market getting better these days, it is getting more and more difficult to fill up the contract positions. There was this guy that I interviewed for a project management position, mind you, it was a very high profile position managing a organisation wide project and the minimum requirement was a Masters Degree with at least 5 years of related working experience. At the end of the interview, I was already certain that he was the right guy. But he had to ask that stupid question to spoil it all! He asked what will happen after the project ended! DUH! Of course he'll be asked to go lah! If not then what?! And the thing that really pissed me off? He then told me that he was not interested in the position anymore! What a waste of my time!

Oh, you asked what about me? Of course I'm a full time staff lah! DUH!

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