After two weeks of telecommuting because of weather (and some regularly scheduled days in there too), I am back at the office today.
I can honestly say that I missed my coworkers. While we kept in touch and worked together with the various technology aids we regularly use, it was just not the same as being in the office. There is something to be said for human interaction.
However, the drive to the office this morning reminded me why I like telecommuting so much. People are dumb. Just plain dumb.
So, which do I want to sacrifice? Face to face time with colleagues or stress from the commute? I think you know the answer there.
At least it is Friday and a long weekend.
You know when you have stuff to do at work and there just isn’t any time? Yeah, that’s me today and all of next week.
People are sick, so you have to cover them. People need to get hired, so you cover jobs they would normally be responsible for. People are gone giving training or getting training, so you have to cover them. It’s a wonder I have time for my own job!
I have to give training next week and so far I have had less than an hour to prepare. The prospect of time today, is next to nil. The prospect of time next week is just above nil.
Guess I’ll wing it, like usual.
Tasked this morning with babysitting co-workers who have difficulty getting along…and they are the ones presenting a workshop today.
Last minute assignment from the boss. Up way too early for this.
This should be interesting.
The supply cabinet at the office should do the trick. No, I am not stealing from the office for my stapler at home. These are for my actual work stapler.
Here’s the thing. The office supplies are ordered from an office supply store named “Staples.” Guess what? They have store branded items! Great if you are buying office supplies and want something cheaper than the name brand stuff. Perfect solution.
But wait! What happens when you go to the supply closet/cabinet and open it up looking for staples? Yep. Sure. OK. There are fifty small boxes in the cabinet all with the work “Staples” on them…now I am supposed to look for a box labeled Staples Staples?
Good luck to me. Maybe I didn’t really need staples that badly.
Morning meetings, especially long ones, throw the rest of the day under the bus. Playing catch-up isn’t easy for the employees, and it is frustrating to your clients.
I realize there isn’t probably a perfect time to have a meeting, but there are definitely times that aren’t good to have them. Thus, the eternal question of “when?”
So, we play catch-up and everyone’s stress level or anxiety goes up.
You know what really sucks? Those all company meeting!
“Hey, even though we’ve worked together for years, let’s do an ice breaker.”
“Thanks for being here today. I am going to show you a PowerPoint about company/organization policies. This is our annual reminder and the same PowerPoint you have seen the last six years, but we’re gonna do it again anyway.”
“So, wasn’t that great? Thanks for being patient with that as we covered exactly the same things we covered last year, and the year before that, and the year before that.”
“Moving on, we really need you people to buy into what we’re doing here at our organization, so let’s sit around and brainstorm ideas for goals. Let’s write those goals on these giant post-it notes on the walls. Then let’s go around and place these colored dots next to the ones we thing are most relevant. Then we’re gonna rank the ones that are most relevant.”
“Now we’re gonna take those goals we came up with and in your teams please write some S.M.A.R.T. goals that your team can work on over the next year.”
“Finally, we are gonna post these goals in some really obvious spot where we can all see them and remind ourselves about why we do what we do and what we’re working towards.”
Then we all leave the room, looking at each other like we all just went through a painful root canal. We find the posted goals on the wall the next week and promptly forget they are there and ignore them for the rest of the year.
The life cycle of the dreaded ALL company meeting.
From the department of “Total Disregarded Rules”, we have a clear violation of posted rules. Why is it so hard for employees to follow the directions of their employers? Total disregard of the rules or just disrespect?
I ran into this blatant violation while on vacation in the wilds of BC, Canada.
Do you work in a place where directions or rules seem to be a matter of choice? Got a complaint about co-workers or family members who just don’t get it? Tell me about it.