*I apologize in advance for the potentially offensive and volatile speech present in this particular rant. I advise every individual to proceed with the utmost caution. I am incredibly pissed off and shall not restrain my colourful vernacular due to the therapeutic nature of spewing foul language. Thank you.
This is how I feel about my job right now.
I believe in the following equations:
Respect = Respect
Experience ≠ Knowledge
Olds Methods ≠ OR > New Methods
In essence, respect is a two-way street; if you have knowledge – whether it is derived from experience or post-secondary education – it warrants a bit of merit. I did not receive any respect today. Instead, I experienced a blatant disregard of respect via condescending bullshit.
I currently work at a cemetery as a horticulturist. In summary, I tend to the gardens and flower beds. Upon being hired, I expected to be acknowledged for my combination of experience and botanical education. Granted, I am classified as a newcomer; I only have three years of landscaping experience and two years of education thus far. Nevertheless, I have accumulated a wealth of information and techniques in a short period of time.
My immediate foreman is a bit of a wiseacre (i.e. know-it-all) and likes to peacock his experience – hardcore. He is an older gentleman (40s – 50s) and is a bit obstinate in the “old ways”. I was planting new trees, shrubs, and herbaceous material today. My boss asked me if I was cutting the root balls (essentially, this prevents root girdling). I replied, “Yes, except for the immature roots; I was taught that cutting immature roots was bad for them.”
My boss instantaneously became defensive. “No! That’s wrong. You always cut root balls.” He barked about his thirty years of experience and how his way was basically the best/only method. Fucking hell, seriously? Just because my method is newer doesn’t mean it’s incorrect. I mumbled an apology, emphasizing that my method was taught unto me by my college. What brings my blood to a boil is how he subtly dismissed my knowledge/experience. Yes, I realize that my experience pales in comparison. However, I am currently attending a post-secondary institution which specializes in agriculture and horticulture. I am learning new and current information, which typically supersedes older and obsolete techniques. Unless you’ve been updating your scholarly database, I have a difficult time believing your methods are still relevant. I am absolutely livid by how my boss decided to barge in like he did. I was hired specifically for this task – do not micromanage my job! (Sigh) I didn’t really respond further. What else could I have done? God forbid I speak out against a superior lest he terminate my ass.
I am absolutely livid. I have never experienced such disregard from a peer within the industry. I have been experiencing a few similar instances since being hired on, yet none of this calibre. I am on the precipice of surrender; if this continues, I may need to quit.
I understand that he possesses a plethora of experience – I respect that. Nevertheless, I have some (new) knowledge/experience as well.
Respect is a two-way street.