Its been a long time since I’ve been at a meeting where people are actually yelling at each other let alone to go to two meetings in two days where there is that level of angst. I wasn’t doing the yelling but was mostly doing some questioning that made someone mad at me. Ok, I did raise my voice once. This obnoxious control freak on the phone would never let anyone finish a sentence and was talking over top of everyone. Oddly enough, I kind of enjoyed all the upheaval. (Man oh man, I’m getting weirder by the minute!) I used to love working in the plant where people would get mad, yell and holler, get over it and move on. For too long I’ve been working in a stifling political atmosphere where rumours, digs, and passive agressive violence is the way to deal with discord. Yuck. Give me a good honest fight any day!
I think quite a few people are feeling a lot of stress and strain at work these days. Of course, there are the two plants that are shutting down. One of them also has to be converted to a terminal so we can bring product in from elsewhere in the company then fulfill our contractual obligations here. I remember years ago when I first moved from an R&D lab job into one of the businesses labs. I used to be amazed at how many ineffective interactions happened and how much time and money was wasted just because people didn’t talk to each other. Yup, it IS a big company and we ARE all over the world but we have all the tools. We have phones, computers that are all on the same network, and the freedom to act. But an amazing number of people sit inside their box and do what works for them, without ever looking outside the door. That was almost 15 years ago and these last two days have really demonstrated that we haven’t come very far in the area of communication.
In the case of this work issue, its apparent that someone as far away from here as Texas figured they could do this project without ever talking to the people that manage the railcars, the tanktrucks, the sampling and analyzing. The yelling was mostly caused by that person coming into the meeting (via netmeeting and phone) with the attitude that ‘I know what I want so just shut up and do what I say’. That didn’t go over too well.
Anyway, we got it all hashed out eventually and got it back on the rails. Success is at hand.
Where am I going with this? Hmmm. I had fun today at work *shakes head*. I really am hard up for excitement eh?