It's the most wonderful time of the year...
Bonus time…it’s apparently the best time of the year for some people.
But not all.
I’ve recently moved into a new role and thinking nothing of it I was informed of how the bonus structure works. For me and a few lucky individuals its a complex and rather annoying process with divisions set at every turn. The out come is the same as it would be for other managers.
Here is where the similarities end. The decisions of how I and many others achieve our bonuses, is made falls down to our apparent ‘performance’. This is fair I hear you cry…in part yes. The problem is not everyone is graded in a fair manor. Hearing stories around the office about people coasting through their jobs but not their careers, people who have careers genuinely care about the standard of their work.
What this leads to is a very unequal situation, moral is shot out of the sky and apathy dies screaming. Those undeserved few achieving higher grades creates an atmosphere of jealously. You can tell who they are, look around and see the person with the stupid sheepish grin on their face, yes that’s them. Normally placid and cheerful souls become bitter and jaded. I could sit here and tell you that karma comes around. Eventually she will.
When it comes to me personally I have found that I need to refocus my energy, not on the small tasks, but the bigger projects. Take a lead and drive change. I’ve started saying no and throwing tasks back at individuals who feel that ‘they are delegating’. Start putting people on the back foot.
The final hurdle in this situation are the line managers that these people report too. The weak minded individuals who are either threatened, nervous about a poor review themselves or simply cowards.
Tough words…trust and achievement…simple really.