Thursday, November 6, 2008

It's Thursday!!

I'm on the downhil side of my 4-day work week.

Yeah, yeah, I know, I've got it rough.

Four days, on, three days off.

Granted, it's been slow work here lately, thanks to the economic recession.

Sales have been down over 55% this quarter alone, compared to last year.

This time last year I was working in other departments instead of mine, and I had no say in the matter.

This year? They've ASKED me to stay in my department, and have even asked if I needed someone to help with minor clean-up issues!

I'd say things are quite slow.

So, I'm going to ramble on a bit about some things that have bothered me this last year.

I've been working for this company for over 3 years now. Granted, that's not a lot of time, but in this short amount of time I've noticed a couple of things that really bother me about this place.

One, there is an "Us and Them" kind of relationship that goes on between the management and laborers.

I'm not saying this has to be a close-knit workplace, but there should at least be some kind of barrier breakage going on of some kind.

Right now, if someone were to complain (validly) about a manager, that person making the complaint would be on a timer. When the timer ran out, the employee would be ran out.

No, it's not right, but that's how it is here. Managers can do no wrong, and if there happens to be something that DOES go wrong, it must be because of the failure of an associate.

This type of narrow thinking added fuel to my fire on yesterday's post, as I had to deal with some stupid stuff like that yet again yesterday morning.

Another thing that bothers me? The attendance policy here.

If you show up for work, and do your job, should there really be any problems?

Does it really matter if you clock in not exactly at 4am, but maybe at 4:01 or 4:02 am instead?

Apparently it does.

Yet, by this same instance, I know of management folks who show up HOURS late, and get comlimented on actually showing up at all!

Apples and oranges, I guess.

Then there's other stuff.

Why is it that when you ask for something online, it usually comes with about 17 pages of ADs to fill out for junk you've never wanted, seen, or desired?

Why do they feel the need for you to take a "quick quiz", and then spend over 3/4 of your time skipping and denying "Great savings offers!"??

Why should the companies pay someone for making up a site like that? To be honest, I think that those companies should be paying me for the time I just wasted dealing with their crap, really.

What's the attraction of Reality TV shows?

Who really wants to see that stuff?

Does it make you feel better about yourself that you can see just how much more screwed up some people are, and that they're willing to show it on "Live TV"??

Can you really call it "Live" TV when it still is produced and cut before airing?

I think I'll stop there. My head hurts, and it looks to be a nasty workday today.

Everyone take care, and I'll talk with you all tomorrow!


Dana said...

Survivor, Dancing With The Stars, American Idol ... they are ALL evil!! I'll stick with the History Channel.

gottaluvme3 said...

That is too bad Dana! Those are some of my favorites! As well as Amazing Race, So You Think You Can Dance, Biggest Loser...just to name a few!

AirmanMom said...

jormengrund & dana... ever notice that 'evil' is 'live' spelled backwards? Things that make you go hmmmmm?

~AirmanMom returning to her blog...

Bee's Musings said...

I start at 8 and I get here at 8:30! No way in hell would I be able to get to work at 4. No way.

Jormengrund said...

Yeah. I get up at 4am. I'm usually at work by 4:45, but I don't have to technically start work until 5:30.

However, with my job, I'm usually asked to clock in as soon as my hand touches the door, or my tires make contact with the parking lot asphalt.

Thus, I don't have to burn as much Paid Time Off (PTO) as other folks, because I tend to get started before others!

This does put a crimp in my sleep schedule, though, as I like to try to stay up and go to bed with my wife, who doesn't like going to bed before 9pm..

There are days where I'm too dead beat, and I'll go to bed just after the kids are down (around 8:30), but for the most part, I'm usually in bed around 10-10:30 pm, and up and moving by 4am the next morning.

I know.. I'm sick, and need to see a specialist.

HLB said...

Tuesdays my favorite day of the week. I love to go to work. Seeing everyone in the morning is the best. I don't know about you but there are some people I work with that just make me happy and glad to be there.

Sarah♥ said...

Oh Dude J...

This is so true.

I HATE the clockin' in policy where I work too.

Generally, I dont follow it.

By the time I get to work and walk from the HUGE parking lot...then to my unit...its really already too late.

I promise... I was IN the parking lot on hospital grounds ten minutes early!