Saturday, June 30, 2007

Managing your expectations..

A year ago, i was a small baby in the working force. I was bearly a few months old and eager like a small child asking for sweets, learning what was a one of the most interesting tax and interpreting it with the managers and the directors and showing off my potential.. then the big drop came, GST was postponed and life turned downhill.. yet i stayed on and learned what was then the most grey area tax and life began to be boring.. the team then dwindled in size but yet i stayed of course..

so what about expectations? The minimum requirements to get promoted is a reasonable review from your managers and to work for a period of 1.5 years.. So what about my expectations? I expected more support from the managers, despite my rally to get good grades, i was facing people that stuck to the book of scores, and gave you a crap score if you did something so bad once, but finally agree with you that you deserve a decent score, if i didnt give them trouble.. I was only a month or two away from the 1.5 years..

So if one was to manage their expectations properly, last Thursday should not have been a problem for me, the promotion list was released. But yet the greedy part of my heart and brain said, hey you never know, miracles and surprises happen all the time.. Maybe you might be on the list perhaps? So after a long day at a client office, sneezing away in a room full of dusty files, i switched on the computer and scrolled down the list..and i didnt see my name.. But so what? if i manage my expectations, i would have been happy for the names on there and treat life as normal.. But i wasnt.. I guess i didnt manage my expectations at all.. I was greedy into taking the next step of the ladder.. I didnt want to be at the bottom of the ladder..

Then i came to know my assistant manager also didnt make it, despite her many years and with a strong technical background, because why? her scores didnt make it.. which was ridiculous.. many know that the scoring system is a way for promotion, with the support of the seniors, its really up to them whether they want to promote you.. Its no point arguing over the directors table, if your score didnt make the band.. Sigh, then i heard some more thunder, for another staff that was meant to be promoted, the order was released internally for the managers to give him the "reasonable score" and no otherwise..

At the end of the day, i guess i have to manage my expectations properly, instead of looking at your peers getting promoted and wished you were on the same page as them, some times i guess its good to just step out of the circle and wish them all the best and fingers crossed till the next promotion period in December, if i am there that is..

On the bright side, bonus and increment is bearly a month away, infact July 28th is the day.. I still remember last year, we were given a paltry sum of RM900, because we just joined but we were happy as we didnt have any expectations.. i guess this time around, i better manage it properly, if not my dreams for the DSLR and my golf set can go swimming down the Klang River for all i care..

Ok, i think i feel better, its been eons since i procrastinated on my blog.. It feels kind of good actually.. Well.. for those readers who have managed to read until the last sentence.. Have you ever failed to manage your expectations? How did you feel after that? Did you fare better the next time around?..

Happy weekend people.. i have been abit slow with the reviews and i guess it should all be coming back very soon..


mama bok said...

Yer right..! sometimes it's good to step outta the circle. Of course i've failed to manage my expectations.. all the time. But it gets easier.. as time flies.. and when you are more experienced. Instead of lamenting.. i looked at it positively. Only way to do it... otherwise.. it would drive you up the wall..!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

mamabok:haha oh well thats life aint?

The Cooking Ninja said...

That's why you will see a lot of apple polishers getting promoted. Those hardworking and deserving people never get promoted because they never apple polish their bosses. It's the sad world of office politic that I hated so much.

leo said...

ooooo u're doing tax too! with the big 4?

Too i mean not me of course =)

Well at least you guys get guaranteed bonus and increments.. =)

teckiee said...

Hmm sometimes it pays to work out of the box. There are points that management is seeking, working hard doesn't guaranty anything as that is only one point. You got to learn what your managers/company goals are and work towards it. As for apple polishing .. sometimes I find myself doing that... not that I want to, but it come naturally already because that's part of finding out what management wants, and what they can do for you.

...well of cos unless you are your own boss ;p

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

the cooking ninja: well yeah but sometimes office politics is fun to play too..

leo: yeah i am..but now its not guarenteed..if the mgr gives u crap marks you can kiss bye bye to ur bonus and increment away..

teckiee: well i guess what u say is not wrong lar..but some ppl just want to make life difficult..

Lee Ping said...


First of all, thanks for coming by my blog. :)

In regards to expectations, I don't expect much from anyone these days. I work my best, to the best of my abilities, as a wife, as a mom, and as a daughter. And any extra time I have, I share my passion with others through blogging.

Expectations and goals are a little different. I do have goals I set for myself and I try to achieve a certain goal each day. If I can make a meal that is out of this world to cheer up my family, or if I can make a difference in someone's life, I have achieved my goal.

p/s I have been a worker as well as a boss. I have been blessed to have a good boss when I was a worker and I was blessed again when I became a boss because I had good workers.

Screening young people for job positions is important. Not all smart and capable person can do a job well. The key is to find the right match for the job. Once there is a match, the worker will work till his heart contents.

AngryYoungChild said...

Not in the working world..but hmm..feel better..=)

zewt said...

hmmm.... i think i know which firm you're from :)

hey... i have been through that... both the euphoria of getting promoted... seeing my name of the list... receivng the letter and also the other side... when i dont see my name on the list. what's worse is that i know i have done well and not seeing my name there.

such things will come again and again as long as we are in the working world my friend... we should not let it hamper us. besides... we know our values... we can always move on to other firms if the current one fails to appreciate us.

wmw said...

That's why I left my 9 to 5 job! :P

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

lee ping: thanks for the words of encouragement..and its not a problem at all dropping by ur blog..infact its my pleasure

angryyoungchild: well enjoy studying life when you can..appreciate every moment yeah!

zewt: im not surprised if u knew haha.. i get your point..and i guess life has to go on no matter what..

wmw: hahaha i want a 5-9 job can ar? hahaha

KampungboyCitygal said...

i can feel the stress of my seniors coz next mth will be the evaluation big has ntg to do with me yet but i wish them all the best..n so do u

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

kbcg: my evaluation over liao..promotion list also over liao..theres nothing to look forward to except my bonus..and also the upcoming promotion list in december..but that i shall leave for later during september during my evaluation

UnkaLeong said...

Ah...expectations....What's life without expectations..Hang in there bro...I'm coming back to Malaysia jobless. It's kinda scary as I have never left a job without having first secured one? :P

zewt said...

once u tell me when is the promotion period... easy to narrow down la... haha!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

unkaleong: theres no life really haha..well thats definitely very daunting indeed..welcome back..

zewt: hahahaha..sometimes dont have to spell it out rite..

xiu long bao said...

actually wat is ur position now? AA1 or AA2? Heard from csb that to promote from AA1 to S3 takes alot of effort, hard work n technical skills cus its a big leap from junior to the senior level. No worries. The time will come. U will be fine.

Anonymous said...

Hey... don't be too dissapointed, to get promoted in 1.5 years is not that easy, technically only the top 30% stands a chance, hence, it's not exactly a dissapointment, especially this year, since the firm over hire in the past 2 years, where you have too many SACs above you. (I'm guessing that tax is the same as audit)
Leaving before getting promoted? think twice, at least get a decent last drawn pay before you leave
Anyway, think it's only polite for me to intro myself... I'm a distant colleague in audit, currently seconded to overseas. Lucky in the sense that I did not quite share your experience, but many do, within the firm, it's like failing exam, that you thought you would. Just try again, it's not the end of the world, it's part of growing up