If you have ever worked in some type of corporate environment, chances are you have noticed the spots that scream, “You are not important!” These spots are reserved for the “VIPs” or top managers.
On one trip to a building I frequent, I searched for fifteen minutes for a vacant spot. I was so tempted just to park in one of the many vacant spots reserved for managers, directors, or whoever else sucked up enough to get such a spot.
As tempted as I was, however, I’ve received too many e-mails of “If XYZ vehicle is not moved in X minutes, you will be towed.” So, I didn’t chance it, and I parked on the grass and made the ten minute walk to the building. It turned out that I spent less time in the building than it took me to find a place to park (and make the long walk).
I know some of you are thinking, “Get over it Ron, that’s the way it is.” But damnit, this is my blog and I can rant if I want to. If I had it my way, I would abolish all managerial spots.
Disclaimer: Please keep in mind I don’t have a problem with handicapped spots, or those spots reserved for expecting mothers.
My problem with managerial or reserved parking spots
In my opinion, everybody should be working as a team. Granted, there is a “lead” to a team, but to elevate that lead to the point that he/she seems out of touch is a contradiction to basic team-building strategy, which is (in my humble opinion) that everyone is on a level playing field.
Managers are managers. They make the important decisions. They are given offices, BlackBerrys, and secretaries. However, the best managers I have worked with never pull rank. They are part of the team, and simply act as the facilitator and/or final decision maker.
To give a manager an uber-important parking spot makes the rest of us lower-echelon scumbugs, well, feel like scumbags.
We go to the same office. We perform to the best of our ability (sometimes even beyond). Yet, we are constantly searching for our place to park when a lot of the managerial spots are constantly vacant. It’s rather irritating.
Yes, I see the need for managerial spots
Managers are highly paid, and their time is of great importance. This time shouldn’t be spent looking for a parking spot, right?
Yes, and no.
Managers should lead by example, and the greatest example a manager can practice is humility. Yes, the manager has earned that spot through hard work and service, but some of the same employees he/she managers have worked just as hard and perhaps just as long.
Why not demonstrate a form of humility and park with the rest of the peons for a change?
And, the ultimate reason why I think managerial spots are absurd
A manager can slave his whole life for his spot. He can brag to his wife that parking is a breeze. He can wax his ride and show it off to everyone else (because they have no choice but to walk by it on their ten minute trek to the building).
Yet, an employee five minutes on the job can break his/her leg, get a handicapped sticker, and park closer to the building than any manager could ever wish for.
If I want a closer spot, I can get it. But I’d rather not lose bodily functionality in order to get it.
I suppose I’ll have to earn my spot the hard way.