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All those constant computer failures really had a lot of repercussions for the accounting department (bwah! I AM the accounting department). At one point the IT (and I feel bad for him because he is so not IT..we don't have an IT heee but every time something breaks down we're calling him) guy put in a backup because he felt the information was corrupted. The backup was from three days before. UGH. All of that info had to be entered back into the system. And the close of the previous month came undone as well. I was fortunate in that I had really only done one major thing in the system on the days that were lost. But it was a 3 hour thing. But after getting all that back in and closing July all over..we had to stat working on August close two days later. And the contant failures again had me behind. There were days when we had no network or phones..and emal was down for over a week. Oh and lost everything from the last 7 or 8 months btw. Those sent mails were my proof of life hee. And now POOF they are gone.

My last day was supposed to be last Friday but now it's the end of the year..right in time for me to take off for my trip to NYC.

bitch bitch bitch moan moan moan

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That's my disclaimer for this post!

I am so sick of not being included in meetings, yet being asked to do things that were discussed in said meetings with the afterthought, "Oh. We should have invited you to that meeting." Ya think??! Then there are the meetings where they think to invite me, but only as they're walking past my desk on the way to the meeting. Why of course I can drop everything I'm working on and head off to a last minute 2 hour meeting with you! I'll just have to work through my lunch hour to get things ready for the afternoon meeting that was on my calendar ahead of time. <- Novel concept, no?


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annabear, I guess you're in the wrong job. Look at what I received in an email today...

Dear Boss,

I have enjoyed working here these past several years. You have paid me very well, given me benefits beyond belief. I have 3-4 months off per year and a pension plan that will pay my salary till the day I die and a health plan that most people can only dream about.

Despite all the above, I plan to take the next 12-18 months to find a new position. During this time I will show up for work when it is convenient. In addition I fully expect to draw my full salary and all the other perks associated with my current job.

Oh yeah: If my search for this new job proves fruitless, I will be back with no loss in pay or status. Before you say anything, remember that you have no choice in the matter. I can and will do this.


<signed>Every Senator or Congressman running for President.

Disclaimer: If you are running for Pres, please don't come after me. I got the above in an email and was told to pass it on. I am just being obedient.

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BWAH claytonic! I don't know whether to laugh or cry at the likely absurd amount of truth to that...

I guess this emoti will do: :cryingwlaughter:

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OK, back in July they wouldn't send 3 of us to SF for a week of training because it was too expensive, but they're paying some guy to fly over from India for the week, sit in the front of the room, not answer our questions, and IM back & forth with his co-horts in India who are doing all of the system configuration 'examples' in real time while we sit there twiddling our thumbs. Gee, maybe they should have been done ahead of time so that we could do the exercises in our 300 page/pound book?! :clown_4:

Then, he doesn't even work in the system! Whenever we're watching a demo, they're doing it by remote from India! I have nothing against India, it's just the idea that they're paying this guy to be here, in the US, but the people back in India - you know, 1/2 way around the world - are doing all the work! And I'm sure we're paying extra for them to be doing this stuff at midnight their time. It's no wonder corporate America is in the :toilet15:

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I need to vent! First, I got some great work done on Wednesday and forgot to save (I know, duh), and my computer rebooted overnight (which it isn't supposed to do) and I lost it all. I worked on a different section on Thursday for hours before I realized it was the old file, which I guess is why the autorecovery file was a later version when I finally realized and sought it out. And there's no back-up. I spent hours trying to find it, but it's gone! And I didn't get any notice of a shut-down or opportunity to recover when I opened Word yesterday either. GRRRR.

So my own stupidity there, bottom line. I should've saved. But why are bosses always such idiots? The guy who is overseeing my work is way overextended. So I had a question last Wednesday, and didn't get to talk to him til Monday. On Monday he said let's talk about it Wednesday. (He's talking while driving in his car.) I had to turn in the writing in question before then, so I left a note in that section referring to the conversation. I wrote a follow-up e-mail. And Wednesday they cancel the meeting because there's nothing important to talk about. So I get my work back today, and he says that section "seems incomplete" and where is this this and this that I sent him in a file attached to the e-mail. GRRRRRR.

And there was another thing last night about assignments which we'd talked about, but he didn't do what he said he would. And we get slammed for it.

This guy has made so many mistakes it isn't funny. And the person who is supposed to be helping him keep things straight has no clue. But the big boss thinks he hangs the moon and we get screwed. Is all this like a law of nature or something?

OK, back to work....

P.S., I just got an e-mail from the guy, who says my previous e-mails "slipped under the radar." BWAH!

He always apologizes, I'll give him that. I'd rather he actually just listened to me and remembered what he said to me and what I said to him.


Awwww - I wanted a hug or something. :sniff: Anyway, I kept on working (after the bank robbery--haha). I haven't totally recreated what I did day before yesterday, but I did get a lot done, and I think I'm back on track. As for the crazy stuff with other people, I just have to learn not to let it get to me. Keep working on communicating, I guess, how to do it more effectively given the circumstances. Expect less, I guess. :cryingwlaughter:

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Hey jmh I can totally sympathise about having to rely on other people for work questions etc :thbighug-1:

One thing I have learn't through experience is to ask questions in email and save them and the answers for future reference and evidence when the you know what hits the fan!!

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JMH sending you a hug. Sorry I missed this the first time around.

And oooh I hate losing work due to my own issues. I've done it many times in my lifetime.

6 more weeks at my job..and I'm really ready to move on. It wasn't scary 6 months ago when I came up with this great idea to quit my job...and damn sure is now. I'm not going back though. I'll survive.

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Good Lord, I forgot to give jmh a hug! My bad...


This is kind of how my job feels sometimes. I guess I haven't mastered this skill yet, but I think others may feel the same way around here. From The Onion, one of my most favorite sites ever:

Manager Achieves Full Mastery of Pointless Managerial Jargon

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So when I left on Wednesday last week, I was ahead of my time line for the project we have to finish by the end of December. This morning I only had enough time to get through all the emails about the project that had accumulated since I've been gone. We had a 10 o'clock project meeting, at which point I was asked why I needed 5 more days to complete the next step. Um, because that's what is allotted to me on the project plan? Yeah, apparently they want it done NOW. She says to me "it's not that complicated, it's not rocket science". Ok, maybe not, but I can't just pull it out of my butt. Heck, it's pretty bad to be berated for keeping to your timeline....WTF happens if you fall behind?????

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Good Lord, I forgot to give jmh a hug! My bad...


This is kind of how my job feels sometimes. I guess I haven't mastered this skill yet, but I think others may feel the same way around here. From The Onion, one of my most favorite sites ever:

Manager Achieves Full Mastery of Pointless Managerial Jargon

BWAH!! I have half a mind to send that link to my bosses' boss, who has the lingo down, too, but I'm afraid she wouldn't take it the right way!


Hugs to jmh, lucky and Couchie. :thbighug-1:

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My last day of my job is Dec 30th. The next day I'm on a plane to New York. Am I stressed about the fact that I don't have a job yet? Nope, looking forward to it. I may need a bailout ..wonder where I go with my hand out heee.

Stage door? :hide: :wetkissf:

Glad you received an apology, luckiest.

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I'm adding these here rather than in the 'laughter' thread because they're job-oriented. And because we can all obviously use a laugh in this area... Some of these sound *awfully* familiar!!

Real-Life Dilbert Manager Quotes

A magazine recently ran a 'Dilbert Quotes' contest. They were looking for people to submit quotes from their real-life Dilbert-type managers. These were voted the top quotes in corporate America:


'As of tomorrow, employees will only be able to access the building using individual security cards. Pictures will be taken next Wednesday, and employees will receive their cards in two weeks.'

(This was the winning quote from Fred Dales, Microsoft Corp. in Redmond WA )


'What I need is an exact list of specific unknown problems we might encounter.'

(Lykes Lines Shipping)


'E-mail is not to be used to pass on information or data. It should be used only for company business.'

(Accounting manager, Electric Boat Company)


'This project is so important we can't let things that are more important interfere with it.'

(Advertising/ Marketing manager, United Parcel Service)


'Doing it right is no excuse for not meeting the schedule.'

(Plant Manager, Delco Corporation)


'No one will believe you solved this problem in one day! We've been working on it for months. Now go act busy for a few weeks and I'll let you know when it's time to tell them.'

(R&D supervisor, Minnesota Mining and Manufactur ing/ 3M Corp.)


Quote from the Boss: 'Teamwork is a lot of people doing what I say.'

(Marketing executive, Citrix Corporation)


My sister passed away and her funeral was scheduled for Monday. When I told my Boss, he said she died on purpose so that I would have to miss work on the busiest day of the year. He then asked if we could change her burial to Friday. He said, 'That would be better for me.'

(Shipping executive, FTD Florists)


'We know that communication is a problem, but the company is not going to discuss it with the employees.'

(Switching supervisor, AT&T Long Lines Division)

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how on earth do I discipline myself to work from home? I have less hours this week than when I was working another 32 hour a week job.


Maybe I should start by turning off the TV.

I don't miss going to my old job. I was tired and worn out from it.

I had an interview yesterday and go back Monday. I'm not even sure I want to go back into a school setting BUT I want to do something different. Tired of accounting..this would require more use of my communication skills.

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If you figure it out, let me know, OK? :hahaha:

Seriously, I've tried all kind of things, and the work gets done, but I still end up wasting too much of the day, starting late, and working late, so waking up foggy the next day, getting a late start, and ..... I'd love to break the cycle, but haven't been able to yet.

Still, I really like working from home in a lot of ways. I like this particular job, all things considered, a big thing being, it's a job. :hahaha:

Really though, I do like it. It's challenging, it's a job that I really have to use my brain at, which I like. The pay is decent. The rate used to be honestly too high, but it was just reduced to maybe a little too low, hard to tell yet. I'll be paid by a specific task now instead of by the hour, and it's going to amount to about a 1/3 decrease in pay, I think. Not sure how long exactly if will take me. Still a decent rate though--not slave labor by any means.

I've never had a job where I was paid to write before. It's really hard to just write for six hours or more a day, but I like it.

I have no idea how long it will last. At least one more task, which should take about 5 weeks. Then maybe a few more. Hard to say. No insurance, no job security, but compared to being unemployed, verrrr nice.

My complaints are the usual. I should read that book I bought awhile back called How to Work for an Idiot. :hahaha: It was written by the idiot you have to work for, and it looked pretty good.

Good luck Monday, couchie :lilredani: .

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Looking for a job?

Tourism officials in Australia are describing it as "the best job in the world".

They want someone to work on a tropical island off the Queensland coast.

No formal qualifications are needed but candidates must be willing to swim, snorkel, dive and sail.

In return, the successful applicant will receive a salary of A$150,000 ($103,000, £70,000) for six months and get to live rent-free in a three-bedroom villa, complete with pool.

Anthony Hayes, Chief Executive, Tourism Queensland, said: "It doesn't sound too bad does it? We are looking for someone to tell the stories of the Great Barrier Reef and we have come up with what we think is the dream job." :glasses:

The post is being advertised as 'caretaker' on Hamilton Island in Australia's Whitsunday Islands.

The new recruit will work for just 12 hours a month. Duties include feeding some of the hundreds of species of fish and collecting the island's mail.

Full Story: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7823812.stm

And you can apply for the job http://www.islandreefjob.com/,

but for some reason the site is VERY busy at the moment

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Job high: The big boss that I've bitched so much about was just fired and escorted from the building. Wheeeee!

If anyone ever doubted how Karma works, I'd use this as a great example. :clap: I know this made your day!

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