January 08, 2008

Here comes sensitivity class again.

Blew a gasket at work again. I think I kept it pent up way too long. There has been a series of incidents that really pissed me off, but instead of blowing up, I rolled with the punches and just tried to be a team player. Maybe my personality isn't one that should do stuff like that, or maybe I should try more stress relieving activities. Unfortunately I can't get to the range as often as I liked, even I am starting to worry about my drinking and I think Ktreva is annoyed by how many times a day I try to give her a ride on the ol' love rocket.

Most of the problems started two months ago when I went to Tennessee with Bloodspite. While I was away my peers volunteered my people to handle a project that not only would take forever and a day to complete but would tie up at least 2 people a day, every day until it's finished. Than one of my highest producing employees gave birth taking her out of the office for 2 months. A lot of my people had vacation time making me even more short staffed. We had to give up people to help other areas and there was no one to assist me. There were days that I actually had 3 of the 17 people that work for me working on our daily work.

Then my grandmother died. While I was out of the office then a decision was made that three of my people would assist another arena everyday until they get caught up, be damned what my workload was. Rumor has it that it was stated that the decision was made while I was out of the office because "Contagion wouldn't go for this if he was here." Then they didn't even have the common courtesy or respect to advise me of the situation when I returned. I had to learn it from my employees and when I asked about the plan I was blown off.

Yet, I kept rolling with it and doing my best to keep everyone appraised of my situation and what I'm trying to do to correct it. Right now I'm back logged so badly that I'm in violation of state law and the company is paying fines. No matter what I said, no one else seemed to listen. Until today that is. I finally got them to understand that my unit can't handle everything dumped on them, I can't get assistance for them and I need to start pulling resources back to correct the situation.

Well one of my peers whom had the assistance I was providing pulled got upset and sent me a nasty e-mail stating that I wasn't looking at the big picture and taking care of our customers. The is the peer that had the assistance pulled from my area when my grandmother died.

I came unglued.

I responded with a rather lengthy e-mail explaining how I took offense to what they implied and I felt they were out of line. I explained the entire situation so she could see the big picture. It took me an hour to type it. Not because it's that long but because I had to re-write it three times. I was so mad the first three that it was really nasty and insulting. Even the copy I sent was pretty bad, but I couldn't make it any nicer. I wouldn't make it any nicer.

I'm fully expecting to get called into an office tomorrow, but I'm sticking to my guns. Even after cooling off I still want to go throttle the bitch.

Posted by Contagion in Tales from the Work Place at January 8, 2008 06:35 PM | TrackBack

OK, remember my nickname is PITA, so take this with a grain of salt, but....stick your guns. Absolutely.

The only thing I would have done differently is send emails documenting like that after each and every incident. THAT might be what they nail you with......

Good luck. I had a similar experience today.....

Posted by: Tammi at January 8, 2008 07:38 PM

Absolutely, stick to your guns- and remember we're pulling for you.

Illigitimati non carborundum.

Posted by: og at January 8, 2008 08:55 PM

I probably would have handled it pretty similarly actually - especially after not once but twice getting screwed over while out of the office and not able to do anything about it.
I think about the only other thing I would have done is to maybe pull a superior aside and plainly explain "Look, my staff was pulled without consulting me. I need them, and I'm pulling them back. Just so you're aware someone will probably bitch, but I feel it's completely necessary and justified."
You know.. just to get the first move in when the whine-fest about how I'm not a "team player" (because, you know, screwing me over while I'm out of town is such a team play) starts likely behind my back.

Posted by: Shadoglare at January 8, 2008 10:23 PM

Oh CRAP! Stick to your guns - sensitivity class will be okay. Again... You are in the right.

Posted by: Richmond at January 8, 2008 10:47 PM

We're all with you here. I just wish we worked there so it meant something more than just moral support. *sigh*

Posted by: Teresa at January 9, 2008 11:11 AM

Stick to them hell...GET BIGGER ONES!

Posted by: BloodSpite at January 10, 2008 11:48 AM