Here’s the thing that most fresh grads have the hard time learning: no matter who your employer is or where you work, office gossip and politics exist. It’s just that. Every company is a kingdom on its own, regardless of existing external regulators and other neutralizers that are supposed to keep employers in check. It’s just there. Ever present.
And that includes — now, more than ever — government offices.
I have worked for this company in the last three years. I’m about to mark my fourth year in September. Before becoming a regular employee, I underwent a 13-month management training program and I survived because my friends are very patient and very good educators. My mother used to work here. My aunt used to work here too. I remember joining the institution’s summer arts program for five years in a row. I loved this place. Even before I joined the company, I have heard numerous praise not only for its performance in development finance, but also for its management.
Until recently, drastic changes were made. From operating at a developmental standpoint, it appears, at least to me, that the gears have shifted to retail banking. Don’t get me wrong; posting profit absolutely trumps breaking even. However, it is rapidly starting to feel like this is not the institution I signed up for.
It’s frustrating isn’t it? I joined the institution because of its developmental mandate. I fell in love with it because my family never stopped praising its efforts in improving countryside economies. I was often teased during our management training that I will be a “lifer,” as in someone willing to work for this institution for life. I think I would have been, but now… well, it is not the same anymore.
What’s even more depressing is the fact that the gossip mutates. I know it’s not supposed to die, but there has to be a period of silence somehow. But not here. As one executive after another is added to an already-full roster of senior rank offices, the gossip just becomes richer. From utilizing company assets for personal use, to inglorious pay demands, to poorly examined trades, the gossip never ends. Worse, the people in the circulating white papers are the same people who have the gall and energy to prejudge existing employees without even a semblance of validation.
I read somewhere that you should never judge a person based on someone’s opinion of them. Lately, this has been the norm here in the office. It is such a depressing character trait from senior officers. Or rather disappointing. I think what seniors often forget is that, as much as they are part of management that ensures the seamless operations and business generation of the company, they are also the primary advocates of their subordinates, not their nemesis.
But then, this is just my opinion.