Work Place Woes II

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I should probably rename my Blog “Rant when I feel like” or “My Monthly Day-ly rant” I can’t believe that it’s been a month – sometimes life gets in the way of life.

“So meanwhile back at the lab……”  (old cartoon humour)

Last Blog I ended with the clique boss, who loved to gossip about the other staff who were not in the clique. That Boss thrived on the oohs and the ahhs of the worker bee. Since I wasn’t that easily impressed – I didn’t ooh or ahh much so I was not in the clique. Let’s talk about different…..

Bosses:

  • The Don’t know the industry Boss: They didn’t come up in the particular industry they are in – they only know management – so when you would explain something to them, you can see the back of their head through their eyes because nothing is registering.
  • The I know a little but pretend to know a lot Boss: They know some jargons/terminologies they always remember the catchphrase from the last seminar – and use it repeatedly, they sometimes become autocratic – my way or the highway –highway please!
  • The Control Freak Boss: They may be autocratic also, but wants to be over you shoulder every minute to see what you are doing even though they have checks to sign off on or some other mundane managerial stuff. (I can call it that because I know – I now do the mundane managerial stuff for myself)
  • And then there’s The taking the Credit Boss – need I say more.

Let’s move on – it’s not the Bosses alone are an issue at the work place. Coworkers: some do become great friends for years – BUT then there are those that you don’t even want to pass on the street.

Coworkers:

  • Have you ever seen crabs in a barrel? They try to climb on each other’s back to get out but they can’t, usually it’s because their claws gets snagged by another crab trying to get out. That’s what it’s like at some work place “Crab in-a barrel” we use that phrase to describe people who pull others down to get where they want to go – but alas they get nowhere. Especially in a small company where can you go really. And yet come the very next day they try the same foolishness again. Silly crabs!
  • The SPY – who is also the YES-MAN – they use people, to get what they want and to get on the good side of the boss. How do they sleep at nights? I’m not sure there are any other kind (apart from the ‘good’ ones) Because the one that will ‘stab you in the back  – is a spy and a yes-man. The one that takes the credit for departmental work – is a YES-MAN. And yet you can still call them crabs. Hmmmmmm I’m still thinking of other kinds….

Bullying:

There is a lot of talk in the media these days about bullying – this is not a new phenom. Bullying happens more often among adults than children – in my opinion. Bullying from the boss, bullying from fellow employees – and bullying doesn’t have to be the physical It’s the Psychological when it comes to the work place. It’s the subtle talk, whats insinuated, being berated for not being one of them or not even dressing like them. For example coworkers like to go out for drinks after work – or stay back and play games, or go to the latest network buzz fest. Personally I don’t drink, so why should I go out with you after seeing you for 8 hours of my life, which I can never get back, to have a drink? I don’t mind playing games – that can be fun. But if you are going to use this as apart of my evaluation about socializing then that’s just a bunch of malarkey! And the whole networking thing sometimes does not align with my personal belief and so therefore I avoid certain settings/situations. These are the things that are used against you sometimes, “Oh she doesn’t come to office functions, she’s anti-social” or “She only go to church functions” AND SO…. What I do with my personal time is my prerogative. It does not affect the quality of my work. Besides the point is I did socialize only with MY select few but ‘they’ didn’t know that. Tee hee hee.

6-Week Job

Anyway I said I would talk about the 6 -week work place. I think I left one job and ran into the other one too fast. “Out of the frying pan into the fire” Or INFERNO. That place was a work house – they would work late, late, late. Unpaid (yes unpaid) overtime is somewhat of a common place in the Advertising Industry here – especially if you have certain clients.  I was not able to live up to that – I would rather come in as early as possible to work – but alas the AE’s wouldn’t come in til late plus they sometimes didn’t understand what the client wanted – so you would sit there and wait from 8 am until about 12pm to finally get an assignment, do it send it off and the response comes back at 7pm when I should be home eating my dinner with my family. So 3 weeks in I knew it was not the job for me and was weighing doing things on my own. However, because of divine intervention – a job presented itself to me working with someone I had worked with before (a good guy) And so I gave my two-week notice and said Adios! I wont even mention the flirtatious supervisor or the porn surfing guy or the boss telling us when the client say jump we ask how high. huh? What decade are we living in.

All my experiences have helped me and taught me something, I am going through new ones now being my own boss. One particular workplace taught me 65% of what I know and use now, because of the other set of people the ‘good’ ones – and I still have friends there that I go back to and visit time and time again. No matter how you are treated in a workplace its best never to burn bridges.

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~Girl who Rants in Blog

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Work Place Woes

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I was browsing the web and I came across an article that said – “Don’t blog about the office” (strange I can’t find it now) and I figured since I don’t work in a traditional office anymore – why not?

So I’ve worked at several places in my time – should I count them out …. naah. However one particular one was for 6 weeks!!! It’s not as bad as it sounds. I’ll explain later. All of these Jobs I thought I would be doing them for awhile but certain circumstances made me move on. I left one job because it was rumored they were going to fire people because the company was ‘over-staffed and inefficient.’ They moved me from one department to the next, you know how they do stuff like this to frustrate you, because it wasn’t a promotion. I figured I would be going out because I was the last one in – so I jumped ship. I was young (ger) and didn’t want a bad ‘stain’ on my resume little did I know I would have gotten some money for their treachery. Another job was because I was over worked and underpaid – who isn’t? Seriously though I was doing things I never signed up to do – I was thrust in a role of leadership without training – I learnt on the job. It was hard telling people what to do and how to do it – Why? you ask, because I’m a girl, and I’m not very tall! Now, don’t get me wrong it’s not that I don’t believe I can lead as a woman – it’s that others think they should be leading. You get my drift. So I got the 7-year itch after about 3 years and jumped ship! And another job I was fired! Oh they call it being layed off or made REDUNDANT. Isn’t that a daunting word REDUNDANT (say “tun tun duh” after – see what I mean daunting) Do you know what that word means: redundant  |riˈdəndənt| adjective no longer needed or useful; superfluous oohh that’s harsh no longer needed. It took me awhile to get over the word – not the place I was glad to move on, reason was I didn’t want when I said REDUNDANT to people – they look at me with the ‘sad face’ awww like it’s the end of the world, which would make me feel worse. Anyway I knew then as I know now that I was being led to where I belong and would be needed.

Moving right along, in most jobs people are afraid of the boss – that shouldnt be. We all need to remember as humans we all put the food in one end and it comes out the other end. So they are no different from us. But when the boss is coming we scramble and get back to our desk, we pretend like we are doing something when they pass us and try to be the first to answer their question when asked…yeeesh tiring! I know of a particular Boss who ‘befriended’ everyone and asked about family etc you know what I mean they were ‘nice’. However I was ALWAYS uneasy around that boss. And I didn’t know why. I remember I once asked for permission to do something and I specified the amount of time I would take – well I went over the time and was a little late. Then a speech was given the next day I think, in an impromptu staff meeting to talk about tardiness and personal time etc… seriously….I don’t think I’m that paranoid, but was that speech for me? So I did a mature thing I rendered my apologies written of course, cause I’m a professional – only to be told, in a whisper of course, the speech wasnt for me but for another staff member….yeah right I can just picture the boss talking to the other staff member, in a whisper of course, “it wasnt for you it was for the new short girl.” That Boss proceeded to tell me about the other person and the ‘bad’ stuff she does. Hmmmmmm but correct me if I’m wrong but is a boss suppose to do that? Ahhhh Now I see why I was uneasy. That particular boss eventually found the kind of persons who would listen to the ‘stories’ and they would sit together and talk and talk for hours at lunch time – nothing wrong with that right? However whenever you walk in the room, it would go deadly quiet, and one of the cohorts would say something silly like, ‘hey girl I like those shoes’ or they would start talking about their food or looking out the window at some random person – because they don’t want you to figure out anything. Hahahahahahahahahahaha “silly rabbit tricks are for kids”

Awww lookee here I’m almost at the end of a , self-imposed, alloted amount of text to use in a rant, and I’ve got lots and lots and lots more to rant about. Like Food in fridge, watching the clothes people wear and the ever-present spy that’s in every traditional office. Stay tuned for part 2 and maybe even part 3! Tun tun duh!

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~Girl who Rants in Blog