I have talked about this Mr Miser in my department. He rear his ugly head again today. See, as part of the company's drive to improve process simplification, the company has a monthly event. Anyone from any department who could write what he has done to simplify the complex processes can win a cool RM50 cash.
Our Mr Miser, who is dying for the cash, has been submitting entries. Each month, he would have 2 or 3 entries and he would win RM150 cash. This is all nice and fine except that a lot of his entries are activities initiated by other people, which he claimed to be his!
For example, he submitted an entry where he said having weekly informal meeting among the team helped to get messages across. Now, according to people in his team, their informal meetings are just a simple thing of Miser asking each of them if they have any updates. If they don't have updates, Miser would just return to his workstation and sent an email to people that there's no updates. They don't even gather around to meet at all! It could hardly be called a meeting!
Informal meeting was something I started in my team and we usually have really good discussion especially on bringing out issues faced by the team members. I have had feedback from my team that they appreciated this quick 15 minutes meet once a week. It foster teamwork and a feeling of belonging and understanding what the team and department, as a whole, is doing. This is real stuff.. not the "do you have updates?" fake stuff!
Some people said that it's my fault that I didn't submit an entry to win the rm50 price. That's a fair argument.. but why would Miser win the prize for something which are hardly effective in execution?! This is really ridiculous. Bonnie is complaining to the organizer that they are giving out prizes without verifying the effectiveness of the action. Is that simplification then?
Bonnie submitted an entry before on one process which I simplified for the department. She won the rm50 prize. And she donated the money out to buy junk food for the team. Now, that's teamwork. Miser, on the other hand, kept all the money for himself - and he's winning it because it's other people's work.. or other people's ideas!
The funny thing is, the bosses felt that he doesn't deserve it too :P
Update 10/1: Somehow, he must have felt our jealousy and felt real bad so he decided to buy some snack for the team. To his credits, he's generous. He bought the whole team a packet of 10 Mamees..
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