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I endure the bullshit. The political infighting and backstabbing. The people who smile to your face and talk about you and everyone else behind your back. One might even argue that it's just a part of every workplace. I disagree, because I hold on to hope that it is better somewhere, anywhere but here.

Today though, was too much.

I occasionally go to conferences and events in the community. Sometimes I just attend, sometimes I speak. Most employers like this sort of thing, especially if they are not on company time. Some even embrace it, because it's good PR for the company.  Not here. Today, my boss told me I was not to go to an upcoming weekend event.

He didn't have any work he needed me to do. No project that needed wrapping up. He just doesn't want me to go. On a weekend... on MY time. This isn't about interfering with work, it's about control. Control over me and my life.

It's bad enough this place doesn't have any form of training budget. We're forced to seek out ways to learn on our own time and our own dime. Now it's escalating to the point that we are being discouraged from even doing that. My theory is that “they” are afraid that if we learn more than what is explicitly required by the job, we'll be more capable of leaving when the day comes that we finally can't take it anymore.

That day is coming.

Posted on Tuesday, May 9, 2006 4:29 PM | Back to top

Comments on this post: control and ignorance

# re: control and ignorance
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I have to ask, what reason DID they give for telling you not to go to a conference on your own time?

I have had unreasonable requests from employers before, but this takes the cake.

Hope life gets better for you sooner rather than later.

Left by Robert Porter on May 10, 2006 11:28 AM

# re: control and ignorance
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Man that sucks... been there, hated it.
Left by Chris Williams on May 10, 2006 2:41 PM

# Feel your pain, boss
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Wow, words other than to express sadness. I've worked the job where they think they own your "free" time. Feel yer pain.
Left by Theo Moore on May 10, 2006 3:48 PM

# re: control and ignorance
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his reasoning was that he would not be there and had no control over what I might say or do there and therefore did not want me to go.

total control freak. as you can probably guess, he is not a big fan of blogs either. anyone who blogs is talked to about it and threatened with being fired if anything inappropriate is written.
Left by Sweatshop Coder on May 10, 2006 4:44 PM

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