So, one day, you hand in your resignation letter. You decided you have had it. And you're ready to move on.
And if you're like 99.999% of us who have to serve our notice period, you officially start your lame duck period. I mean, when people know you're about to leave, do you really think that what you do matters?
Your office mates start casting their eyes on your desk to see if there's something they can take once you leave. And they will start drawing up lists of all your belongings that will be recycled so that they can chiop (RSVP) it.
If you create a new process - what makes you think someone will follow? If you create a brand new product - do you think your boss won't suspect it's sabotage? If you start taking interest in a customer problem, do you think you are going to do your company a favor? Who knows, but probably not.
So - you're a lame duck. And it's only going to get worst.
And here are the top signs in case you're too busy working to notice ....
- The cleaning lady has been told to stop cleaning you cubicle.
- All those unwanted brochures, unwanted print outs and unused laptops they are putting on your desk ...
- From now until the end of your stay, you have been given the coffee making duty.
- Your boss already forgot your name.
- Your phone has been removed, and replaced with an old condensed milk can with a string attached.
- They replaced your office LAN connection with a Streamyx broadband connection. Actually, it's Moz's Streamyx connection you're getting.
- The tea lady / cleaning lady has started to put the dish washing liquid under your table. And they have already started using your chair to dry their cleaning cloth.
- In the monthly executive meeting, your seat was outside the meeting room.
- Your office mates have stopped asking you out for teh tarik.
- You have to start brining your own toilet paper because the office admin won't dispense it to you anymore.