I am now working for a very young organization. I am trying to document work processes as much as possible, but I realized this week that I will also probably be responsible for documenting a set of personnel policies for myself, and therefore, for the organization.
As I started writing this policy, I realized that even thought it is scary for me to operate in this relatively unprotected environment, it is also an opportunity to shape a set of policies that protect me, that address the needs of the organization, and that will allow the organization to grow into a humane, respectful human resource policy.
I am going to have a contract, which nobody at this place has ever done before. It is for me, and I will write it. It will lay out the plan for my future. I like that I get to write it myself, even though that seems weird, it’s actually awesome. Because, as I learned during my unemployment, nobody is thinking about me except for me. So now I get to think about myself, what I want, what I think is possible, and then make it happen.
It does make me frustrated to think that I am the only one looking out for myself, but it’s true. So I might as well be in a position to damn well do something about it.