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teaming with chaos

Ah, the pleasures and pains of constantly working with a team. They sit across from you all day, and it's a hit or miss. If it's a hit, then you're in good shape for the rest of the audit. If it's a miss, then you're just eff-ed. I've had my share of hits, and it's been good, but I recently had a miss, and that person made up for the lack of team hits I've been having over the past year. Heck, I was forced to go quite a few times to the gym just to blow off the steam I accumulate every day. I'm curious, how do these people right out of college manage to gather attitudes and arrogance, and think they know exactly what they're doing. This is audit, not physics. You can't learn this in college and then purport to be the all-knowing one. If you want to be an audit superstar, take the time to listen on your first two-three clients, and then you have the chance to argue every single point since you have experience to back that up. But that's okay, if the attitude can be toned down, that one's item of change and can be improved upon. But that's okay, this can be tolerated if she at least does a decent auditing job, i.e. document her work well, then she's off the hook. But to top it off, if you can't even document stuff well, and documentation is really 60-70% of what you do, then you might as well just quit. Don't get me wrong, I'm sure I didnt know how to document work well initially, but I didn't act like I knew exactly what to do.
Bad teams are the worst. Even if you have trouble sometimes liking what you're doing, good teams get you by. You dread going to work primarily because you know you have to spend all day with people you don't want to work with, and is a painful experience.
I was at a bookstore the other day...and noticed a book titled "The No Asshole Rule: Building a Civilized Workplace and Surviving One That Isn't". I was almost tempted to buy the darn book. At least the good thing is, this is a universal problem, and a lot of research is being done to correct it. To those who will work/are working on bad teams, I feel your pain, I really do.


Anonymous said…
OMG, this is sooo funny and sooo true. I had this unfortunate experience throughout busy season last year. The girl that worked with (ahem ... FOR me) was borderline insubordinate on a daily basis because she thought she knew everything. Apparently she was determined to prove that her 24 years on the planet - coupled with her frequent texting and late night partying - trumped the 8+ years of auditing experience and 10+ years of life experience I had over her. And thanks to the principals who scheduled her on virtually ALL of my jobs, I was absolutely miserable. Guess what, though? She ended up quitting the firm DURING busy season and went back to her old firm. That's a top-notch move. Anyway, she's gone and I'm happy now. Well, as happy as one could be working as a Senior in public I suppose. Love the blog!
Anonymous said…
Oh - I forgot to mention that I actually bought this book when I saw it at Borders following my experience. Another reason I could relate to the post! It's a good read.

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