February 24, 2006

Bet they didn't see that coming.

The next salvo in the Contagion work saga took place yesterday. At 3:00 PM the other office asst. manager (Whom I now report to as they are “combining” offices. Yea, this sucks.) comes over and asks me if I had received the new flows for customer surveys. I told her I hadn’t heard anything about it. She tells me she’ll have it forwarded to me and if I have any questions to ask her. She told me that I would be responsible for tracking them. Great, I needed more on my plate.

I leave work at 3:30 PM, so when the e-mail came I just glanced at it and figured I could set up the tracking it today when I had more time. By the time I actually received the e-mail it was about 3:15 PM. Over night I had forgotten about this new project until about 8:30 this morning. When I pulled open my email and started reading the new guidelines, I could feel my blood start to boil.

The first thing I noticed is that this “new” flow went into effect last week, everyone knew about it but me for a week now. Next I noticed that I’m not supposed to just track them, but I’m supposed to also review them. If there is a complaint on one, I am supposed to ensure that someone works it and responds to the member. Since this effects every inventory manager in corporation, I wasn’t as upset over that. The fact that they held it for a week before telling me pisses me off.

Those damn things spent a week building up and they all had to be out today. Every single one of them had to be touched, reviewed and assigned today. There were 304 of these things to be exact. Most of my day was spent sorting through these things and assigning them to people to work. Meanwhile my counterpart from the other office has been doing it for a week now, so hers was a daily manageable 40.

Now don’t you go worrying, I did just fine. What they underestimate is my ability to deal with high-pressure situations and short deadlines. At 2:15 I finished the last one. Setting a divisional record, I cleared 304 surveys. I can’t wait until Monday. In my mind I can picture the smug looks on their faces when they ask me if or why (because you know they won’t check first) all the surveys weren’t done. Then I can smack them down with the hammer of Greatness that is me! The best part was that I took 40 minutes to donate blood and I still got them all done. Not only where they done, but they where done properly.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go build up a mass of troops and kill me some French! Slaughtering the villagers makes me happy

Posted by Contagion in Tales from the Work Place at February 24, 2006 04:14 PM | TrackBack

Sounds to me as if someone is trying to set you up to fall.

I would watch your back if I were you.

Posted by: Machelle at February 24, 2006 03:18 PM

Yeah, I'm with Machelle. Sounds like someone is trying to set you up. But, I would print out the emails, and take it to your meeting next week and tell, whoever is higher up in the food chain, that in the future, when flow charts are changed that requires dealing with hands-on, you need to know before 3:15 the day before such things are due. Then say, it wasn't that big of a problem as I got it done, however, I would like the courtesy of seeing such things sooner, especially if all my counterparts already know about it.

Posted by: oddybobo at February 24, 2006 03:28 PM

Agreed. Bigtime.

Posted by: caltechgirl at February 24, 2006 05:34 PM

Yup. I'd watch it...

(P.S. You called me French. What a prick. Thems fightin' words...)

Posted by: Sarah at February 24, 2006 06:15 PM