Quitting like a Winner

How I love and hate my job. It’s true. I love the work I do, however I dislike my management as if they were STDs and peanuts. Which is why after finally getting off of night shifts, they asked me to go back on them, to create my 7th shift change in 8 months, I decided I had to much. I am not to be piece of bubble gum used to cover a leak in Hover Dam. So I’ve been searching for a new job. In fact, I have a second interview with a company next week. So I have to think, how will I leave this current company, and then I thought, this place is a revolving door with about 15 people that have quit or been asked to leave since I started, so I’m going to take notes of how they left.

So you’re telling me that the previous management didn’t have this issue? There has not been a revolving door of employees?

That’s right! I mean, I cannot seem to even fathom what could be wrong here. Can you?

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For something fun, let’s take a look at some of these stellar hires we’ve been through.

My first day of work had foreshadowing all over it, I just didn’t notice it. The guy sitting next to me went to lunch and was never heard from again. To this day he is still at lunch. Wow, that’s a long lunch. I wish I could have a lunch like that.

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After that there was Temper Number One and Mr. Food Poisoning. They left in about 2 months after I started. Temper was funny. He would flip over almost nothing. So thus it became my goal to see how many times a week I could push over the limit. I giggled once at something random and he lost it. It wasn’t even to him. Easy target. Food poisoning seem to have can you guess it, FOOD POISONING ever other week. Those 2 didn’t have great leaving stories.

Temper Number Two. This was a fun one. First he applied with one name, said his name was something else, then went by a completely other name. Hmmm. Next his temper was hysterical. You would try to tell him how to do something, and suddenly he took it out on the mouse. Yes, the mouse apparently was evil and attacking him and making him do the wrong things at work. I think the panic attack in the middle of talking to a client was epic. He got tripped up on one thing, not even something big, but blanked and refused to talk. He had to be calmed down and left alone for about 2 hours. No more phone calls that day. He was let go a week later.

Next was the texters. You’ll love these ones. So they were the hard workers, fun to hang out, picked up on everything quickly. Then suddenly one day one doesn’t show up. No call. The next day same thing. No show no call. Ok. That lead to us to trying to text and check up on the person. Finally we get a reply, and it was him saying he quits. What!? Gets better. Number Two is telling us how that was messed up and he couldn’t believe someone would do that. A week later he is joking saying that he will do that, just not show up and text he quits. A week later we’re told his mom is in the hospital he won’t be in. Two days later the text comes in, he quits.

App To Quit

They must have used this app.

After that we had another one quit, just saying his wife was sick and so he quits. Well, ok there Skippy.

We had a string for a bit of no quitters. Then the best new hires and leavers joined us.

Hero number 1, shall be called The IT Tech Who Couldn’t Type. I kid you not. It was painful to watch this guy work, and he sat right next to me. He would finger pick every letter. And it took a year to type a sentence. You would tell him something 25 times, and he still didn’t get. Even better you know how I work with talking on the phones all day with end users? He stated he doesn’t want to do that. Despite it being in the job description. Yeah we let him go.

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Hero Number 2 is better than him. I call him Sleeper. He lasted 4 days. He started right as I was switching off night shifts. He was falling asleep every few minutes. They sent him home early because of it twice. Day 4 he was falling asleep as soon as he sat down. That was the last we saw of him before management asked him to go home and not come back. That wasn’t even the best part. This was definitely an  unhealthy guy that was about 40ish. You could literally hear him wheezing to walk behind you. Remember that South Park episode where the boys were playing World of Warcraft, I swear this guy looked like him. Also, I heard this from the team, when he was told to home, he called his mum. Nothing wrong with that, but the stereotype. It was all there!

SleeperI was afraid we were going to have to  use the EKG and defibrillators we have. (Before you start thinking we have people dropping dead all the time, we work on hardware and software for medics, we try to make sure that they’re working with their monitors before sending them back their hardware. We haven’t  had anyone drop yet on our team.) Then he asked how to create a bookmark, and how to copy paste. He was hired as a Tier 2 IT Technician.

This is how I felt.

This is how I felt.

Some pretty awesome examples huh? I like the guy that went to lunch, and the texters. Though maybe I’ll do something different, give them a 2 week notice, then again, standing up, yelling that’s it, dropping a mic and walking out seems like a pretty stellar idea as well.

What do you think?

Blood into Water

It seems my life is doing that oh so grand thing, of not telling me what is going on. About 2 months ago, I was walking down the stairs wearing these cute wedges I love. And if you know me, then you know I’m usually in tennis shoes like my slip on Vans, or boots. Wouldn’t you know, I slip on the stairs, but I caught myself before I thought anything really happened. You know, that little slip and wobble bobble, then righted myself. No biggie. None at all.

Or so I thought.

I had a little pain in my knee and some locking later that day. Made going to the Irish Festival a lot of fun, but that just meant Boyfriend and I took our time walking around and enjoying everything. The next day it continued. The pain was there, slightly worse, no bruising that I could see, or swelling. Though do note, my knees are boney. They make stick men look fat.  I brush this all aside and think nothing of it.

Fat Stick Man?

Day by day the fun continues. My knee is locking all the time. No rhyme or reason about it or pattern. Just happens. Pain is an every day occurrence. What else is new though? After all with the Fibromyalgia, pain is always there anyways. Let’s just add more to it ok? Ok!

Make it So!

After about 3 weeks of this, I’ve had enough. I cannot function without it being annoying. I call my handy dandy Orthopedic Surgeon who is almost on speed dial. Just kidding, he is not, that would be awkward, but he is the guy who fixed up my other leg when other doctors told me it was in my head and I was making it up. An appointment was made and the trip taken. He said “Lets try some therapy and see if it fixes it. If you’re still hurting with no improvement, then call us back, and we will see about an MRI.” For now, let’s give you a knee brace. This said knee brace is squeaky. You know when I am coming and going now, even if you are blind.

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Want to know something weird? You can feel things grinding in me knee. It’s very random and icky. Yes, it creeps me out.

I just had the MRI today to give you an indication of how well the therapy has been helping. The pain has increased as well. I called the doctor today to ask if there is anything else I can do for the pain. Do you know how hard it is to lie in a big metal tube that is a giant magnet and not move? I twitched quite a bit, at least it was before the testing started though.

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I will now have water like blood. 1000mg of aspirin every 4 hours. So far the only thing it’s accomplishing is making me feel ill. Though that could also be the B.C pill I take too. That’s also making me feel nauseated.

So until at least Thursday, I alert all the blind people where I am, take enough aspirin to make water out of blood, and I like Billy Bob Thorton in Big Bang Theory the other week.

Where Were You When I Needed You?

The spam monkey struck again, but so appropriately this time, just late by about 2 or 3 months.

Back story time!

Where I work there was a guy, who is very intelligent. He was over qualified for the job in a way, but was not a bad fit for the team. While he was on day shifts, he was great, working diligently, creating documentation articles on procedures, and very involved in his job. Then something happened. None of us are sure when it happened, or why, but it was definitely over time.

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*NOTE: As you know, I’m on night shifts. We have to rotate on night shifts every 3 to 6 months. It’s in the job description and mentioned in the interview process multiple times, as well as working weekends and holidays. Keep this in mind, as it plays a part, as well as the fact that for some reason, the Tier 2 Overnight shift seems to show who can and cannot hack it here. It seems to be a cursed position.

At some point, he gave up, stopped working or only worked half assed if he did. We had to try and find ways to make him work, or just take his work and redo it. On nights, he would not really work much at all. It just became a thing that he was just filling a space we needed. Most others were leaving as soon as they hit nights. Granted, because of the people leaving, he was on his second trip on nights, but we all were getting kicked in the teeth being short handed. Just in different ways.

Eventually he found another job and quit. You can tell as I’m now on night shifts. It happens. It’s in the job description. We all know it’s coming.

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Back story end!

Why did I say this? Because of SPAM! I love spam. Spam spam spam spam.

There was another completely random spam email that came in describing an employee that “is going down the wrong path” and what should you do with this individual. The Bad employee’s name? The same as this coworker that left. No joke. I sat here thinking that this came a few months too late.

“XXX” is heading down the wrong path – should you just fire him now, or …

… do what great managers do, transform Rob into a productive team player?

XXX is that employee who under performs and acts out. But you believe he has potential to be a good employee inside him.

Is it worth the attempt to rid him of the unacceptable behavior he’s been displaying, or cut him loose?

The choice is yours. The key – you must do something, fast. Left unchecked, unacceptable behavior will drain you, and even worse, breed an unproductive, resentful work environment for everyone.

Wouldn’t it be more fulfilling as a manager to motivate & coach someone like XXX to better performance instead of another disappointing termination? Here’s what to do …

Weekend Get-A-Ways and Hump Day

Yes it’s been a few days since I’ve written anything. There is a problem, my mind is a little blank. (Give me suggestions people, and I’ll make something up for you.)  I did have a nice weekend away with Boyfriend visiting a friend of his family and seeing the Statue of Liberty.

Did you ever notice that the Statue of Liberty has rather manly arms? I mean, some guys would be jealous of them. You don’t see it as much from the front, but then looking at the back and slightly from the side, there it is. Muscle city boys. You also cannot help but notice she is trying to walk somewhere. I’ve always wondered where she is trying to go as she is surrounded by water.

20141025_142730 20141025_144717These were taken going around the on the Miss  New Jersey Ferry for a tour. We saw Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. It was rather nice. Which as we were in the harbour and could see Brooklyn lead to a nice rousing sing along by the two of us of No Sleep Til Brooklyn, well ok, more like us chanting of No Sleep Til Brooklyn. Most of the other tourists were not paying attention anyways.

I did get 2 of new favorite photos though while we were there.

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Today getting into work I was so out of it, that I forgot it was Hump Day. So I played with my toys on me desk to create a fun little Happy Hump Day Pic. As well as share the lovely impression someone made in the stairwell at work. Let me tell you, that’s quite some impression too.

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Lovely spam! Wonderful spam!

I have to admit that when it comes to spam emails, I usual just hit the junk and delete buttons. However, lately, I have begun reading them. Why not? I mean you should see some of the stuff that comes into the inbox I monitor at work.

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We have Mark who emails us almost daily his resume for a Plumbing Estimator Position (We are a tech company that supports medics, firefighters, and first responders, as well as others in the healthcare professions. I’m pretty sure none of us are clogged up enough to need a plumber in our behinds.) Then there is Donna who send mass amounts of encrypted messages to us each day. Every once in a while her friend Fran joins in. I’m sorry Donna and Fran, but I don’t know you. I cannot open your encrypted invitation.

There are also countless emails in Russian and Chinese that of course I have to translate. They’re mainly just wanting to be our printing suppliers, or give us random facts, about what you ask? Nothing in particular. Just that they can be cheap, they have great office spaces, and how to get more followers on our blog. This leads me to ask what blog?

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We have a form that users can fill out for assistance with one of our programs. I love the spam that this generates from bots. Usually it’s selling something, telling us to go to craigslist, or, my favorite, Justin Beiber Dre Beats, because it’s all that is on my mind.

Then there are my favorites. These are the ones that make no sense, but are awesome reads:

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Now these are the ones that are spam. I should put together some of the requests for help we receive. Oh the giggles and head shakes that would ensue.

I’m going to give this post a +1.

Night Shifts Are Fun

So I’m working night shifts. I’m pretty sure that I told you that. It’s a bit creepy, especially with an over active imagination and anxiety. I think I gave myself a few panic attacks already. Mild, but when you are on the third floor, with no trees near the windows and things start banging on them in the middle of the night, I think the worst. I know there is someone trying to get through that window! I swear there is.

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Don’t look at me like that!

The floors above me have a college’s biological genetics lab. You know what that means don’t you? I’m at ground zero when the zombie outbreak starts. That’s right. There could be zombies trying to get in here too. Each night I start my shift, I walk around to see what would make a good weapon. You know, what would stab them in the head good, or at least enough to slow them down so I can jump out that third story window. I figure, my car is parked right outside on the street, I can pull myself to the car and climb in.

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What? You know you would do it too.

Did I mention that a few weeks ago, there was this creepy dirty old looking doll that was sitting on a step across the street from the office? Yes, there was. And it kept moving. Each time I looked out the window, it was somewhere else. I’m sorry, but that’s just not right. And no, there are no children across the street. I mean it, there isn’t. That thing is going to end up doing something.

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There is this polar vortex in here too. You will hear the doors pull themselves shut a bit like someone is pulling on the handles, then the next thing you know, all you hear is this suctioning going on. If you try to open a door, you know, to attend to nature’s calls, you have to take a running start and slam into the door, and to come in? You are putting your full weight behind your pull to open it.

Did I mention our office takes up two floors? It does, and the first floor of our offices is locked up at night. I get the fun job of hearing that alarm going off multiple times a night. People randomly coming in at night to do who knows what. I’ll go to check it out, and find no one.

This is such a fun and entertaining job at night. I enjoy it so much.

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