Erik at NSLog(); posted a text clippling titled Company Policy which is sadly, all too true. Companies, large and small succumb to the comfort of habitual thinking and practices at the drop of a hat, stifling new team members and ignoring opportunities because they do not match their personal experiences.
This made all the worse when working in the field of Web Development as some feel they know everything from their previous experience with print design. These past experiences form organizational boundaries around the new team members, dousing them with cold water when they attempt to move beyond. Yet, the new medium requires that we think in ways contrary to past methods. Not all of the time mind you, but for a good portion of it.
We are punished for pointing out a new horizon.
We are punished for doing the job for which they were hired.
We are punished because management and their coworkers don’t understand and are too scared of the cold water.
“The way we have always done it” and “I know what works” are dangerous phrases, which shouldn’t be allowed in the workplace.