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Update on My Job [07 Sep 2005|06:14pm]
Well, I just got my production numbers for last week for my book-packing job; they were 67%, down from the week before last's 79%. I don't think my numbers for the month will be at 100%, which is required. I think they'll put me on an employee improvement plan, or hopefully find me a non-production job, like they did a year ago.

I've done everything I know to do, and I've received help from many people there; I've stopped reading the backs of books, tried new methods, waited as long as possible before going to the bathroom--one of the major problems, since my medications can cause incontinence--and I've tried to pack as fast as possible while still maintaining quality standards. My employers have been pushing production hard for the past several months; my supervisor even gave a speech in which he threatened to fire people, if it would get production up. I know that production standards have to be met, but I've been trying as hard as I can for the last four months, and I still can't meet them! I got my final writeup last month, and they've run out of patience with me! I've gone to the state Vocational Rehabilitation services to get help, and have applied for a word-processing job with the state, but these things take time to process.

I don't know. On the one hand, my workplace has always been crazy--constant standard and rule changes, constant low production and quality, constant equipment and supply problems, and the place is always dirty, with little time set aside to clean it. On the other hand, they put up with me for four years, have given me as much help as possible in meeting my goals, and have paid me more and provided me with the best insurance than any other job could have. Getting fired from that place could be a blessing in disguise, but meanwhile it's going to be hard to get another job, especially since the hurricane (I live in the Southern U.S.).

Two questions: from what I've told you, does my workplace sound abusive, crazy, or just plain bad?
And do you have any advice on dealing with losing a job, or finding a new one?

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[21 Aug 2005|02:25pm]

Hey everyone,

My name is Rachel Sarah, and I just created this new community exec_assistants. It was created as a place where Executive Assistants can sit back, relax, and basically have fun. Please feel more than free to join.

My appologies if this sort of thing isn't allowed.
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Pain at Work [18 Aug 2005|06:44pm]
Well, just last weed, I got written up at my book-packing job for production, for the almost "Final" time, even though I showed some improvement. I'll probably be put on probation for a month, then, if I can't bring that up, I'll be fired.

It's not that I haven't had a lot of help--my boss and the trainers at work gave me a lot of hints to improve my production, and I've stopped doing some things--like read the backs of books that I pack--that were slowing me down. The main problem seems to be that I just keep leaving my station and taking too long to do things like go to the bathroom, drink water, or put damaged books in a mobile for shaggers to deal with. My boss put me on another packing line where it's easier to make production; but his boss, who's over the entire warehouse, wants everyone to make 100 percent _now_.

I plan to talk to this guy about my situation, and try to work with him to find a solution that will let me keep my job, and contribute to the company. I also plan to talk with someone in Voc Rehab to see what can be done. Nobody there has answered me yet. At worst, I could find a part time job or two, maybe through VR, and buy my own insurance.

I may not like this job all that much, especially since the busy season is almost here, but I just can't lose something that pays so well and has such good insurance. I'll check my production numbers for last week and work as hard as I can to make production.

Just yesterday, I made _57%_ production for the day! Earlier, there were days when I made 95%, or 86%, production. I haven't been able to work the new line I'm on all day, and I've been checking to make sure that the orders I pack have the right books in them, and that packing slip addresses match the label addresses. Maybe that's it.
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For the Folks [20 Apr 2004|10:23am]

Dear MoveOn member,

Today, the Bush administration is formally introducing new rules that
will make
millions of people ineligible for overtime protection when they work
more than 40 hours per week.

This change has been in the works for months, and thousands of MoveOn
members have called on Congress to oppose the new rules. Congress has
responded -- bipartisan majorities in both houses have voted against
rolling back overtime.

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[12 Feb 2004|09:35pm]

I've been thinking a lot about work lately ... why, what, where, when ...

I'd like to canvas other opinions, here's a little poll to start the discussion.
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Please describe your job to help others choose one. [15 Dec 2003|07:55pm]


I just started a new community, aboutmyjob, where I invite all of you to post your thoughts about your current or past jobs. I'm hoping my community will help young people to answer that very difficult question "What do I want to be?".

Please check out the description via the link above. If you want to post, there's no need to join the community, you can do so right away.

Thanks in advance for sharing, and helping.
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anyone alive out there? [31 Mar 2003|01:31pm]

[ mood | bitchy ]

This community is pretty darn quiet these days...

Anyways, I was wondering... does anyone else belong to a temp staffing agency? I'm temping now and it's alright I guess, but I also hate the uncertainty of it. Like I don't know for sure that after this assignment is done that there will be another one already lined up.

I got laid off of my other job back in January. Started temping about a month later. The agency said "there will be some light customer service work involved" which loosely translates "we will not be responsible if you gouge out your eardrums with a rusty railroad spike as to not listen to whiney, bitchy customers" I HATE customer service with a deep burning passion that could only be compared to ... nothing. Nothing describes how much I hate this.

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Merry Christmas... [25 Dec 2002|02:06pm]

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas!
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Bah humbug! [05 Dec 2002|11:25am]

[ mood | annoyed ]

I need some advice about giving gifts to bosses.

My co-workers and I had decided to go in together on a gift for our boss. We were each going to contribute $20 and get her a gift certificate for about $60 for her and her hubby to go out and have a nice dinner. More than I wanted to spend on her actually, but that's beside the point. After all, this is the same boss who caused me to start smoking again, and who almost made me have an embolism when we were putting together a grant back in June (which we get to do all over again next week...good thing I work near the hospital). I have been here less than a year, and already want to transfer to another department (I was really ready after the first month). I've got two and a half more months of this sentence to serve before I can get out of here, according to company policy.

Anyhow, yesterday one of my co-workers tells me that his wife had already gotten something for our boss. That figures, but ok fine. No big deal. You can still get a nice dinner in Boringham for $40. Well, I tell my other co-worker (and friend) this and she backs out too! She said that she thought she could get the boss something for less than $20 herself, and maybe we should just do that since our other co-worker got her something individually. Grrr.....

So, does anyone have any suggestions on what to get for a very wealthy female doctor boss for about $15 or $20 (preferably less)? I really don't know her well on a personal level, so I have no clue what to get her. All I know is that she likes cats...but everyone else knows that too...so I'm sure she's got PLENTY of cat stuff. I'd love to just get her a nice bottle of wine and call it a day, but that's what the co-worker who went off on his own got for her. Spa treatments are too expensive, and frankly, too personal for our love-hate working relationship. *sigh*


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Boss/Office Manager [22 Nov 2002|07:43am]

I wonder if anyone has gotten trapped between doing what their boss says and what their office manager says (and they both give conflicting orders/suggestions)? In my last job I thought my boss would have more power (he was a partner), but the office manager was friends with another partner (who thought he was top boss, but he wasn't) and she had more power as I found out in the end. She and her friend did not like my boss and I lost my job eventually because she would say things like not to stay late (after I had done this for 7 months) even though I didn't get overtime and my boss wanted me to because that's when he needed things done. Any suggestions would be welcome.
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*laughs* [01 Dec 2002|09:53am]

[ mood | giggly ]

Here's something to brighten up the work day ;)

MidTerm Elections...School House Rock Style!

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Grrr... [14 Sep 2002|04:24pm]

[ mood | cranky ]

I am still a little ticked. I came into work yesterday morning to find it a mess. Empty soda cans, papers every where, cases and manuals. I threw all the stuff on the floor. I told my supervisor she needs to find this person a desk and soon. I know I eat and drink at my desk but damn I don't leave anything to show that I do. (We are not allowed to have food and drink at our desks.) Damn have some respect for other people things! Grrr...

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new community [15 Jul 2002|05:22pm]

All parents work, of course, but those who are employed face some unique challenges. You are invited to discuss where those challenges and their rewards in employedparents. There's more background information available in the community bio. Basically, anyone with an interest in the issues facing employed parents is welcome.
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Mutter... [12 Jul 2002|08:54am]

[ mood | drained ]

Work sucks and I am late. Oh well shit happens. ;)

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grumbles something about a hammer... [08 Jul 2002|10:02am]

[ mood | tired ]

The Monday after a long weekend is the worst Monday in the world. I try to convince myself in bed "go ahead, sleep another hour, who's gonna notice if you're late..."

Why is it that when I have the time to sleep, I wake up early as hell, for no reason on my own accord, but once the weekdays roll around, I feel like I can sleep till 3 in the afternoon. Stupid internal clock.. when is it gonna get the schedule rite?!

::looks at calendar:: Ok, next holiday is Labor Day ... I feel like I live in anticipation, I'm always looking foward to the next thing to come. Well, I'm taking vacation in August, in about a month... so at least there is that to look foward to...

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I'm going to rant... a lot. [03 Jul 2002|04:05pm]

[ mood | stressed ]

Hey everyone, I just joined this community because I need to bitch about my job to people who understand.

I work as an administrative assistant for an insurance broker agency in NJ. I'm personal assistant to the three Presidents of the company, and I am everyone else's slave, apparently.

I found out that not only do I have to coordinate all of my boss's business endeavors (meetings, trips, etc..) but I also have to manage his personal life as well. Not only that, but he gives me the *vaguest* information possible...
Last month, he had a trip to Rhode Island, and he said "I want to stay at the hotel directly next door the the hotel I stayed at last time. I don't know the name of it, and I can't remember the name of the hotel I stayed at, but I think it is near I-95" Yeah. Ok, next time, can you speak in Latin, or only communicate to me through interpretive dance, just be a *little* more cryptic. -__- SoO, I called the travel agent that books EVERYTHING for us, and the only reason she gets our business is because my boss is friends with her boss. She is the most incompetent woman on the planet. She doesn't keep files of anything, and she just can't do her job correctly. She runs her "business" out of her living room it sounds like, because anytime I call she's got Jerry Springer blaring in the background and her kid carrying on as well. I can never get through to her because she only has ONE PHONE LINE for her phone, fax AND computer... and THIS is her business? argh.

There is this one lady at work that bothers the hell out of me. She is CONSTANTLY sighing, grunting, or making some noise of fustration to make it sound as though she is absolutely busy and fed up. Ok. But it is so irritating to hear this wench sigh every 5 seconds like the problems of the world depend on her and her alone. Yeah, she's busy, but she has time to talk to her boyfriend who calls her at least 10 times a day.
I'm not a harpee about personal calls, but some people REALLY abuse it... Like really, what is so goddamn important that he needs to call this much? Doesn't he have a job? It's infuriating when I'm trying to meet a deadline, and not only do I have to answer client and vendor calls, I shouldn't have to deal with unnecessary crap from her lethargic boyfriend.

And another thing... when I answer the phone, I talk a little fast to get the info and transfer the call so I can do my work ::just a side note, that lady's boyfriend just called twice while I was typing this:: And I can't stand when people talk really slow... we deal with a lot of southerners and mid-westerners, so they are a lot more laid back than we are around here. Also is annoying when people call ME and have the nerve to put me on hold. "Hi, you have a call from (insert lame company here), please hold"

Often, I take my lunch at my desk. No one else likes to be bothered when they have lunch at their desk, and request that no calls be forwared to them, or they give me some of their workload to do while they have lunch. That would be nice if someone would return the favor. I'm sick of having to take calls while I'm on my lunch, chipmunk some food to the side of my mouth while i try to take a call without sounding like I have a mouthfull of food. These people act like they are too good to answer the telephone! Argh!

And what bugs me the most is how condescending the majority of the office is to me because I am the youngest one who works here. They talk to me like I'm some kind of child half the time, probably cause they have kids that are my age. Age discrimination is not nice.

The coolest person in my office is the woman who hands me my paycheck every other week. God bless her.

No, really I *love* my job. It's just my co-workers that can get to me. Sorry for the long rant but I'm just having one of those long days. Everyone else went on vacation all week so it's me, my computer, and the annoying lady that sighs a lot. Oh the magic, oh the wonder.

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Funny, but long... [03 Jul 2002|12:29pm]

How to Be A Good ResourceCollapse )
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The ultimate payback [02 Jul 2002|06:50pm]

[ mood | dirty ]

I work with disadvantaged teenagers, a few who have smart mouths and bad attitudes. Today I took them boxing for anger management and I got to spar with them..the only condition that the trainer put on it was that they weren't allowed to punch me, only block my punches. How good is that?! It's like the ultimate payback for all the smartass comments and inuendos! I can punch them and they had to sit there and take it! Granted they had head gear and breast plates on so they didn't really feel much at all but omg it was unreal!

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Yes! [01 Jul 2002|08:30pm]

[ mood | happy ]

Got news today that one of the people whom is helping me is being transfered to another dept. Don't get me wrong, I mean she is a OK person. It is just how she does her work. When I was out for the nine months last year the work I was starting to do was given to her. When I came back in Jan 2002 I took over where she left off. (a year behind). Just this pass month my supervisor asked her and another worker to help me catch up. (bad move, besides I was on a roll and not my fault they where a year behind when I got back. Not to mention the cases that was done in that time and not eligible will have to be redone, as some was done wrong) Anyways, in the last month the two workers have done a total of about 10 cases give or take a few. Which I have to check to make sure they are done right then either give them back or redo them myself. (not the kind of help I need). I can do on the avg. of four to five cases in the fours hours I work. I had about 250 when I started and about 125 left to go. I already told my supervisor that I don't want the other worker doing it cause she doesn't know how. If I have to redo all the ones she does it takes away from what I can get done. So now I hope they will just leave me do what I have to do alone. It will work a lot better that way. :)

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Yeah, I'm the fuckup [25 Jun 2002|03:42pm]

[ mood | embarrassed ]

So I was on call this weekend for a bunch of systems that I'm not used to being responsible for. (fear the lack of grammar in that sentence, sue me) I totally spaced it, went out on Friday, left the pager and cell phone in the car. Didn't check work email for two days. I got a call on Sunday from my boss asking if I realized I was still on call and that all Hell had broken loose on Saturday.

So yeah, that's me, I'm the fuckup. I'm the irresponsible dipshit that I would normally loathe for not answering a pager or (god forbid) doing your fucking job. So, how was your weekend? Whee!

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