MY CORPORATE WOES

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I can’t remember the last time I sat down to pen my thoughts. I can give all kinds of excuses as to why I haven’t but truth is, I haven’t been in that space. I believe in doing things because you want to and not because you are expected to. I have been fortunate to experience the corporate world which is an interesting place to be. I now understand why people run away from this world and venture in self employment opportunities or pursuing their creative sides. I have deep appreciation for having gotten this opportunity to see this world because it has enabled me to understand people and to decide the kind of person I want to be; a mentor or a bully. I have chosen the former in my case because I have interacted with the latter in this world and truth is, the toxicity is beyond imagination.

One of the things that has stood out in the corporate world is that young people (majorly interns) who come in with fresh ideas are always treated like trash (yes, literally). Most people here survive in their workplaces rather than thrive. The amount of unhappiness in people’s faces is just disheartening. I have always wondered why someone who is unhappy with their life would pass on their unhappiness to other people without feeling an ounce of guilt. Well, I wonder no more because I got my answer in this world. These people are treated like robots. You are always expected to be executing and expediting your tasks; in your dreams or even in your grave.

I know that these same people have made the choice to work in these toxic environments but it does not justify treating other people without respect. We all have the choice to be better people by not imposing a ‘company culture’ that is toxic to people around us. It is our responsibility to make our sisters’ and brothers’ lives better despite the hardships we go through. I once heard a fellow colleague saying that they’d rather have an intern go through the mistakes they did instead of guiding them. As sad as it sounds, this is proof that humanity is dying; not physically but soul wise.

I haven’t even started about how an intern was told that she had ‘attitude’ for being opinionated and her boss was applauded for being opinionated. Wow double standards! I could go on and on about these corporate world woes but the bottom line is that these are choices we make on a daily basis. We choose the kind of people we want to be; robots or humans, mentors or bullies, light or darkness. At the end of the day, your choice is your burden. Carry it to your destination!

Yours naturally,

Jep


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