Cross-posted from No excuse for not knowing, 7 June 2012
If anything, today left me with more questions than answers. That is a good thing. Speaking of questions, someone asked one of the speakers who pays her overtime-that is if she is getting paid for any overtime at all. I’ve heard this question before so many times directed at me. It takes a lot to respond to it without being rude. This question at times even grows – are you getting paid to do that, is that in your job description, when do you get time to do all that?
I love learning new things (read: I’m obsessed with technology). Now lets take it back to work. I only have 8 hours just like everyone else to do what I get paid to do. I also want to learn other things that may not necessarily benefit the company I work for (now). Yet, how do I approach that? My manager may not want me to waste company time doing things that they won’t benefit from in the short term. The manager also does not necessarily know how it may benefit them, or be willing to take that risk. Do I let go of something I love and do what my manager is asking me to do. Or do I stick to what is in my job description?
I hate routine so I need something else to do other than what I’m expected to do. Yes, I am fortunate enough to work for an organisation that allows me learn, test new things. I have supportive managers and colleagues so it is easy for me to talk, right? Wrong, I have my own challenges and frustrations to deal with. I use my own devices because it is my learning.
I have heard many peers talking about how they would love to try this or attend that but their managers won’t allow them. My question is what do you do? Do you roll over and play dead, or take leave and do what you want to do for your own career? Why are we forgetting that some managers are from a certain age and not necessesarily want change or agree with the so-called technology for many reasons, valid or not. Have you ever tried seeing things their way, do you know enough to convince or show them that what you want to do may improve the way you do your work.
Why are we so afraid of trying new things? Why are we waiting for so-and-so to test it before we implement it? If you cannot take care of your own personal growth who will? Isn’t that your responsibility? Why are we so comfortable with the way things are?
I need answers.
…really over time for your personal learning?