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Project Manager Protection Program

Posted on | December 1, 2010 | 4 Comments

As a PM, do you ever feel you need to join some kind of a Project Manager Protection Program in order to feel saved from “the bad elements”?

It happens that PMs are feeling more stressed every day due to the never ending requests for producing more with less. Then, after they have produced more with less another request comes in to produce even more with even less than the last one. And it keeps going on and on and on. No wonder there were so many failed projects last time I checked; I cannot wait until the next results on failed project comes out.

Oh, and due to the bad economic situation worldwide you should be glad you are still working because there is no other place to go (can’t even do the extreme and go work in another country) since nobody is hiring, adding more to the stress. If you complain, and many righteously do so, there is a good chance you will get fired and rapidly replaced with one of a thousand others waiting in the unemployment line. So, go ahead, I have to pay my bills! Give me more work! I’ll take it! For now, that is.

One can just imagine what will happen when the economy stabilizes and employment and unemployment levels go back to normal. Mass exodus. According to a recent survey shown on CNN not long ago (and things have worsened a bit more since then), more than half of current employees in the United States will leave their current employers for a new one as soon as job levels, new hirings and the whole economic situation improves. Some say they will do it because they don’t like their current jobs and others will do it just to punish their current employers for all the pain and suffering they have caused them during this extraordinary period.

Obviously, one cannot be an absolutist and say that all employers are following this bad, foolish tactic. Employers still have time to correct this behavior while things are still bad and not being ridiculous by doing it after it’s all back to normal. But, for those who won’t, listen very well to me: Shame On You!

Yet, I might decide to increase my own level of stress a bit more and launch a Project Manager Protection Program to see if we can all get help. Don’t you think so…? Well, I do.

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4 Responses to “Project Manager Protection Program”

  1. Joaquín Esteve
    December 5th, 2010 @ 9:31 am

    Interesting post. These are difficults times, no doubt about it, and it makes more difficult our position.

    And now, more than ever, we have to stand and claim common sense to every stakeholders: Can we really do more with less?.

    In my opinion, we are in a period when there is a matter of ethic. I believe, as PM, we should not be responsible of any project if there is a lack of work ethic.

    Asking for work ethic will help to recover a normal status.

  2. Karoline
    June 4th, 2011 @ 1:34 pm

    In my opinion, we are in a period when there is a matter of ethic. I believe, as PM, we should not be responsible of any project if there is a lack of work ethic.

  3. Architects in Chennai
    September 14th, 2011 @ 8:30 am

    gr8 article interesting to read keep posting 🙂

  4. management training courses
    May 4th, 2012 @ 3:50 am

    This an interesting posts about managers. I think a program like that is very important to help managers in their job.

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