....or actually, bad week.
It's been one hell of a week at work. In fact I am still at work (10:21PM...I am waiting for someone to finish something so I can send it to someone else...yes, yes, I can just see it now, Sky posting a comment saying "maybe if you didn't waste your time blogging, you'd be home by now). I am just exhausted physically and emotionally. It feels like I am in constant battle with my clients (with one in particular).
I am a big believer in treating people the way I want to be treated. So I don't understand how someone you don't know very well decides it's OK to scream at you, or speak to you in a condescending manner, or threatens to pull a project from you if you do not deliver on time. That's really the wrong way to go about doing things in my opinion.
I have noticed that in general, things work out much better when everyone treats each other with respect, or when there is a genuine effort to reach a solution that will satisfy all parties involved. I, for one, do not mind going the extra mile (or the extra 10 miles for that matter) for clients who actually respect me, treat me nicely, and appreciate the effort I put in to help them out. And I do not feel any desire to help out a client who thinks he can boss me around or talk down at me.
I just refuse to have someone raise their voice at me, or talk to me in an unacceptable manner. Even my very own father does not do that, so who the hell do these people think they are to actually talk to me like that?
Things go so much better when there is real teamwork and partnership. Why can't clients understand that?