Dogs 2014

MANAGEMENT MENTALITY
(3/12/14)


you're
not exactly
sure
when
it happened

it didn't come
immediately
with a promotion

but over weeks
months
and years
your mindset
about the company
shifted
drastically

you went
from a clock
watching

holiday
hoping

minutes
shaving

hourly captive
trying to steal
as many moments
of perceived freedom
as possible

to a salaried

turning the lights
on
in the morning

off
in the evening

covering
the phones
at lunch

profit
and loss reading
cog
in the middling
levels
of the corporate
structure

instead
of greetings
and handshakes
your former coworkers
now merely nod
in silence
or ignore you
completely
when they see
you
approach

you are
no longer
one of
them

and
to you
they seem
like ignorant slackers
to the worst
degree

they seem
not to understand
the purpose
and goals
of the firm
at all

they stand
to benefit
as much
as anyone
but still
they delay

underperform

half ass
their way
to the end
of day

pathetic

when you
finally
arrive home
twelve hours
after leaving
your wife
looks at you
differently
as well

she takes
your extra
time away
personally

a slight
to her loving
arms

you wonder
what her problem
might be

will any
of them
ever
understand?

you are much
too tired
to explain