What is a control freak? According to the Free Dictionary:
One who has an obsessive need to exert control over people and situations.
I do refer to myself as a Control Freak. But I realise based on the definition I am not really one. It’s mainly situations I want to control not necessarily people. I am flexible to a certain extent when it comes to people and whilst I would prefer they did things my way, I understand that not everyone is perfect 😉
Anyway, I am not writing this post solely about whether or not I am a control freak.
As most of you know, I started a new job earlier this year. Parts of the job are great, parts not so much. The part that is not so great, involves a great deal of scrutiny from peers. Yep. Not managers but colleagues. And I am not liking that too much. And while it may have been fine, there are some people that are total and complete control freaks. They fit the definition to a t. And that just makes my role harder. The role I have undertaken involves something they did for years which has now been handed over to me. Thus, while the workload for these individuals has reduced, it also means a loss of control over the kind of clients they get to see, the time they are referred and the information they receive initially.
And the control freaks are so not coping well. They are complaining about every single thing. And you can tell it’s them not me because most of the others are fine with giving up that control and haven’t complained one bit! The change in the system is hard for them to take. They call for the silliest of things. And then don’t call for the important ones. They seem to be a confused bunch wanting that control and yet not wanting the extra work. Whilst I have no problem being told (in a nice way) what needs to be done, I am not particularly fond of being ordered around by colleagues. Managers would be different. I have had to do things with control freaks before. Like group work. And now I remember again how much I hated that!
I guess on the bright side, the control freaks are the minority at work. But they don’t make life easy for others.
So how about the rest of you?
Any of you control freaks?
Anyone had any interesting stories or encounters with control freaks?
Being a bit of one myself, I am not sure how long I will last in this position if I want to keep my sanity.
Until next time,