Company’s Using ‘Matrix” to Fail Their Employees

It is very natural, when you’re ready for a change in your career, to have a posting catch your eye and think, “That’s it!”

A sound company, decent job description, implying fair pay – let’s go.

But wait, if you step back from that initial excitement and re-read that posting, you might find:

  • A lot of travel is required (you said you did not want to be a road warrior any more)
  • Responsible for managing a team (you want to be an individual contributor)
  • Vague job description (the last job got you that way: 5 requirements listed, 20 expected)

And so on.

Clever wording need examination.

As a communications specialist, it’s my job to dissect the messages, meanings, and implications of words.

I am starting to see a word crop up regarding positions, and I’m not a fan.

Matrix.

As in a matrix role.

You know, Player-Coach. Individual Contributor-Leader, etc.

Call it what you want, yet what I find more often than not, what this word really means is:

We’ve now combined four positions into one job, four times the responsibility, one-quarter the pay!

Please, please, please – take a step back and really analyze those jobs. What is expected? Is it more than one job in one? It’s a great power cost saving move for the company, and a debilitating move for you.

It’s not just misleading, it is dangerous.

The higher up you are, the more damaging this role, especially for leaders who care.

At a lower level, it is easier to realize that this one job is not worth our mental health. We can find another job; we can advance our career in a more healthy way. Even if it seems a step back, we’re just not willing to risk family time or our sanity for this matrix role.

At a leader level, we taking on the failure ourselves. They trust us to do these multiple functions, our not being able to sustain is a failure on our part. We need to keep trying, harder, while being there for our team members. We need to support them to tell them we know it is unfair to ask them to do four jobs…

The intent is noble, the initial thought is wrong.

It is not your failure as a leader, professional, or human being not being able to sustain multiple demanding positions.

The company is failing you. If they had any sense at all, they would recognize your people are leaving due to the undue amount of stress (hopefully they have systems and processes in place to capture this information – if not, I got a girl) and can connect the dots before the whole house of cards collapses.

Let’s bottom line this.

  • Take time to review openings – be wary of ‘the spin’
  • Don’t take on your company’s failure as your own.
  • Give yourself permission and freedom to choose you.

Your sanity, time, and health are more important than any job. You’re awesome, you’re important, you’re needed – don’t let a job take that away from you!

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I help amazing people get career happy and companies stay true to brand.

Coaching: Career, Emotional Intelligence, Confidence, Business, Brand, Yoga

Click here – CareerPolish.com – to find out more.

All opinions and views expressed in this article are my own, unless attributed. They’re normally pretty spot-on (because I’m obsessive about career topics and communications). The humor sprinkled in is Mr. B approved, my dog who thinks I’m hilarious (and not because I’m his meal ticket).

The Super-Secret Answer You’re Looking For To Do That Thing You’ve Been Unable To Do

Do you know that you can talk yourself into anything? You are the biggest influencer of any of your decisions. Groundbreaking, I know.

From the mundane, like for me: why did I think a horizontal stripe top and cropped pants were a good look on me? I have a freakish combo of short torso and super long legs – it is definitely not a good look.

To the deep of thinking: why don’t I write that blog, why won’t I change jobs, or why can’t I be happy?

Good or bad, inconsequential or life-changing, you’re going to have that conversation. Self-talk is important. And it is influential. But it isn’t the secret to doing.

In all that self-talk or thinking it over (seeing other people look cute in stripes and cropped pants) you’re not looking for reasons to support your decision. You can make those up all day long.

Nope, what you’re looking for – and here’s the super-secret – is permission. If we could get permission before beating ourselves up, yeah, that would be great.

Like seeing a pair of to-die-for shoes and trying to justify the price by number of wears….

Here’s a career / job search example. I spoke to a woman who has an amazing career. Stellar in her field. Very unhappy with where she is now. Nearly 45 minutes on her cool stuff, her not so great employer, an employer she wants to target and work for.

Then she mentions that someone in her network works for ideal employer and has been trying to recruit her for a long time.

She has had the answer the whole time, but she got stuck in justification mode. That was the self-talk.

Once I heard that, it was guilt-game over. I told her “you got this”. Her contact has offered to help, so call them up, tell them you’re ready and ask what’s next.

She needed permission. She wasn’t giving it to herself, so she was needing it from someone else – not connected personally to her or the situation.

I don’t know about you, but I spent way,  way too many years of my life seeking validation and trapping myself in the self-talk guilt-game. I still have to remind myself that I give myself permission without having to justify it.   Let’s stop it now. This is for you:

I give you permission!

Now go do it, go try it, go have that conversation, test it out, look stupid, feel awesome, fall down, get up, do it again. Who cares! Do you! If you fail – who cares! Try again. You learned, you tried, you’re well beyond where you were yesterday. Go!

Here’s the thing, I know I’m not an influence on your life. I don’t matter. That’s ok – you’re looking for permission (unwilling to give it to yourself first) and I’m filling that need!

You have permission!

Think that super-secret of giving permission without justification doesn’t work? Yeah, say that to my sexy pointed toe, teal croc pumps or black leather three-inch dress booties now residing with me (as the striped top and cropped pants have found a new home).  

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I help amazing people get career happy and client-centric companies stay true to brand.

Coaching: Career, Business, Brand, Yoga

Click here – CareerPolish.com – to find out more.

All opinions and views expressed in this article are my own, unless attributed. They’re normally pretty spot-on (because I’m obsessive about career topics and communications). The humor sprinkled in is Mr. B approved, my dog who thinks I’m hilarious (and not because I’m his meal ticket).