Wednesday, March 07, 2007

R-E-S-P-E-C-T

Is there a more ignoble form of communication than the email rejection notice? I’ve become immune to the sting and can now marvel at the sheer audacity of it. Electronic communication can be wondrous as in letting me meet all you fabulous people and it can be as harsh as hitting the enter button to let someone know they didn’t get a job.

I look for the teachable moments from these types of events and I’ve learned a helluva lot. The amount of time that the applicant has invested in the position should be returned in kind. If I’ve taken an hour and a half out of my schedule the least you can do is call and leave a voice mail telling me I didn’t get the job. I don’t even mind if you call after hours, knowing I wouldn’t be at my desk, to give me the news.

Bottom line I think comes down to respect. I go forward thinking about how I’d like to be treated when the positions are reversed. As a manager I’ll value the time of my co-worker. It comes back to how can I make my workplace a better place as an employee and as a person? It’s easy to get into a transactional type of relationship at work but are we better off? I’ll remember this and I’ll do better. Thank you!

5 comments:

Kevin Charnas said...

I'm sorry...

I couldn't agree with you more. I think that it boils down to respect as well.

I remember a couple of years ago applying for a writing position at a company here in Santa Barbara. The whole purpose of the company was to try to improve OTHER companies policies towards their employees and customers. To try to encourage OTHER companies how beneficial it is to communicate with EVERYONE in a respecful manner.

I never heard from them. I wrote several times and never heard a peep. All I heard was a big silent load of bullshit. How appropriate.

Anyway, I'm sorry...at least you're not going to be that way. And neither am I.

David said...

I'm glad you feel that way. Say, if you ever need a political scientist, let me know. I'd gladly work for you. :-)

BriteYellowGun said...

oooh, yes, I know that sting too, makes the blood boil. The worst ones are the obvious "Form Letter" emails that they send out now. Hospitals are big on using those. Oh well, it'll happen with the right job eventually.

Terri said...

I think that is totally chicken
*&%# ....

I remember hearing on the news not tooooo long ago about a big company... (was it UPS??) that fired or laid off 10,000 (or something like that) employees via the e~mail...

a bunch of crap if you ask me!!!

Don't let it get you down buddy!!!

The Brian said...

Thanks all!