January 13, 2006

Work = Hell?

They have done a reorganization of the staff at my place of employment; they are also working on merging two offices (completely different lines of business) into one. This has made for quite a bit of excitement in the employees. By excitement, I mean rumors in the staff and meetings for me.

Today’s meeting schedule goes as follows:

8:30 -8:45: Morning assignments of work. (I lead this meeting and it was over with in 8 minutes.)

9:00 to 9:30 Daily state of the office meeting. This should only last 15 minutes, they schedule 30minutes just in case, it ran for 50 minutes in order to discuss the 10:00 meeting.

10:00 to 12:15 Standard operation meeting. I go because I’m told I have to, only to sit for 2 hours and 15 minutes doing nothing but staring at my note pad thinking to myself, “Someone please shoot me, please”. This is also, where I’m told by peers in the other office that is merging with us that I don’t know how to do my job. That I should do things they way they do it, and that my procedures are bad. The whole time when anyone asks me for data I can give them exact figures while the other offices inventory manager can only say, “I’ll have to look into that and get back with you in two weeks”. At that point, I’m told I’m going to be tracking the other offices inventory using my crappy procedures because they like the information. I actually only was needed for 30 minutes of this meeting, 25 of those minutes was being told I suck don’t know how to do my job.

12:30 to 1:15 Lunch. Sometimes I have a lunch meeting; those are rare. Today I had a lunch venting with my wife and a couple of trusted minions and a work friend. Which is good because I blew a gasket and was blurting out stuff I shouldn’t have out of anger.

1:30 to 2:00 Afternoon update: This is where we discuss what we talked about in the 10:00 meeting. I walked out of this meeting after 25 minutes of recapping how much I suck don’t know how to do my job, so I could go suck do my job.

2:30 to 3:30 Divisional Planning meeting: This is a teleconference I do to plan the next week’s inventory and coordinate assistance for other offices. This is where I do my mentoring to teach other people how to suck do their jobs as I do.

3:45 to 4:15 and 4:30 to 5:00: Unit Meetings. This is where each week they break out the minions into smaller groups to share vital information. This week I have to join these to explain why they have to take responsibility for their own actions follow new tracking guidelines for data.

5:00: Get the fark out of Dodge Leave for the day. I’ve only been at work since 6:30 AM. I guess I should have stayed longer, but then again I suck am not as good at my job as others are.

6:00: See how quickly I can drink a bottle of Jack Daniels

What gets me about this whole damn thing is that if I suck am not good at my job, why does every other office in other cities turn to me for answers to their problems? It’s just the other office in my building that wants me completely to change how everything is done, to their style. They do this by, and I’m not kidding saying things like, “Our methods are great we can get this data and information in weeks, and are making headway to actually meet our goals.” Meanwhile, I get data with in an hour, and am meeting two of my three goals and the third one I’m almost there.

Posted by Contagion in Tales from the Work Place at January 13, 2006 05:24 PM | TrackBack

Somehow I expect you're not going to like this, but it's called lip service. Do it your way and let them think you've done it their way, if at all possible. Then make them look stupid.

Posted by: caltechgirl at January 13, 2006 03:01 PM

Dude, I can run a tab if we hook up at Fritz's... seriously. I can easily change plans if shit like this is going on. Let me know.


Posted by: That 1 Guy at January 13, 2006 03:24 PM

I agree with CTG. Been there, done that. Easier to give lip service, the make sure when the shit hits the fan, you have your act together and pull out the facts. It gives you a goal, and keeps you from ripping their throats out.

Posted by: VW Bug at January 13, 2006 04:04 PM

Unfortunately paying lip service means in this case means I have to do it their way. They'll notice I'm not the first day as soon as they look at work distribution and reports.

It's not the fact that their system is slow, antiquated, out-dated and labor intensive that bothers me. It's them telling me I don't know how to do my job when obviously the farking idiots are too stupid to realize that not only do they not know what they are talking about, but that they won't listen to reason and proof.

Posted by: Contagion at January 13, 2006 05:29 PM

Grrrrrrrr. That sucks. Good advice above... but my vote is with T1G. It's Friday, kick it back. I'll toast you from my house....

Posted by: Richmond at January 13, 2006 05:38 PM

So...how long did it take you? :)

Posted by: Ogre at January 16, 2006 08:02 AM

about 1.5 hours. I was taking my time.

Posted by: Contagion at January 16, 2006 09:31 AM

Nobody likes being shown up and that what your efficiency did to them. Since they can't attack you on your results they have to attack you on your method.

Posted by: bigdocmcd at January 16, 2006 12:39 PM