These are some unreasonable demands at work which a friend H shared with me:
1. Getting a work email on Friday night and expecting the completed work by Monday. (you’re indirectly expected to work on the weekends)
2. Getting a request for statistics at 5pm on Friday and expecting an immediate response. (the importance of low priority tasks are often magnified)
3. Expected to know details about your job when you’ve only been on board for 2 months and treated like an imbecile when you don’t have all the nitty-gritty details at your fingertips.
Basically you’re being set up for failure, which to me is a form of abuse. Whatever happened to being reasonable. We may have a lot of tech gadgets these days but it doesn’t mean that we’ve turned into robots capable of working 24/7. It’s becoming trendy to say, “I want that done – yesterday!” Most of the time it’s not real work or something of value that we’re doing, but paper pushing because you’re just a cog in the bureaucratic wheel. When I ask H, “Are you learning anything at work?” he always says “Nope, I only learn how the system works and how everyone sucks up!”
To me, an environment of trust and respect is the most important factor for employee retention. However, I think most people wouldn’t mind working crazy hours if they are paid as much as the people making all these rules. Like that Jerry Maguire movie – “Show me the money!”