Careers expert Matthew Turner advises an architect upset about having to work late when management go home early
My bosses leave early, and leave us in the office to complete incredibly time consuming design tasks. I think this is so unfair, how can I change it?
Sure, some bosses can be unreasonable, but are you sure this is the case here? I say this, as your email has the tone of a victim. Part of the solution might be to avoid that position. If you are confident you are being given unreasonable timeframes for tasks, you may need to be more assertive.
Consider talking to your bosses about your workload, in a calm and professional way.
However, your workload may not be the issue. Presenteeism is rife in architecture – are you sure you are tackling tasks as efficiently as you can?
Finally, be aware of reducing work to clockwatching – your bosses take the responsibility for the practice, and perhaps have to handle considerable financial and professional relationship pressures you are not aware of. Sitting at a desk next to you might not be the time that work is done.
AJ coach Matthew Turner is an architect and careers consultant who runs the Building on Architecture consultancy. To contact him with your questions, tweet @TheAJcoach or email him in confidence at firstname.lastname@example.org