Would you like fries with that?

After venting on the phone to a friend about how discouraged I’ve been at work, I realized just how true what my adviser had been talking about in our meeting last week was.

Last week, my adviser, Mary, told me that no matter what industry you are in, you go into it young and excited with a fresh outlook and fresh ideas. Then, you often run into a big brick wall of discouragement. She said that the people you are working with (or for) have been with the company for years, and they are comfortable doing things just the way they are. They are resistant to change, or at least they don’t see it as necessary.

Last semester, my friend had a great part-time job at a marketing firm in Tulsa. He worked every morning and went to class in the afternoons. He was making good money, but often complained about how his boss and co-workers were complete idiots. They would take 20 minutes to describe a task that should take five, and they would leave the office for extended periods of time. He said they were always surprised when he finished his work 45 minutes before everyone else. He quit.

I was happy about his job because he was making money and it looked good on a resume. I did not understand why he was so frustrated. Now I am starting to get it.

I’ve been trying to convince my boss it’s worth it to “become a part of the conversation” and engage in social media. I was proud that he listened to me.

It’s been a week, though, and still no change. I asked when he was going to update the Web site and put my plans for blogging, tweeting, commenting, and more into action. He replied “It’ll be interesting to see if either of us has time for that…”

What other choice is there? I guess I’ll just have to wait and see. This could turn into something really great, I hope it does!

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by reinier44 on January 30, 2009 at 5:44 am

    You’ll find that in companies that are run by people like your boss they want employees who are like cattle…they are docile in nature and fill their purposes…don’t worry about this…it’s a great opportunity to see how reluctant the generations before us are to change, it lets you know how revolutionary what we’re doing is. In 50 years, there will be the new thing and Blogging will be a thing of the past…think back when television advertisements first appeared, the first one was a 12 minute car commercial, now it costs 3 million for 30 seconds on a Sunday in January. Change is happening and people like your boss will soon realize that it’s going to be sink or swim and there are no water wings in the real world.

    Love the post, keep it up.

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  2. Posted by dgroshong on February 1, 2009 at 10:07 pm

    First, you have to understand that, since you are only an intern, you will receive even less respect than a newbie who has graduated. Quitting the internship because the boss doesn’t listen may not be the way to go, though.

    The point is that you are looking for recommendation letters, be it for grad school or a career. Taco Bueno is NOT going to give you one of those- at least not one that means jack.

    Every job has its problems. I promise that it can get better. But when you are some new ‘kid’ how can you expect the boss to take you seriously? You have to earn their trust and respect through perseverance and patience. Then, when they realize that you DON’T have your head up your ass, they are more likely to try and make your ideas work.

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