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Tuesday, June 9, 2009

I Am An Irresponsible Twit!

Note to self: Don't work! At least not for someone else or for corporate America. You. Don't. Like. It! And please don't forget that. Okay?

And just why is this? Because I went and got a job and it lasted approximately 2 weeks. There is some character flaw that I possess that no longer allows me to have the patience to work outside the home. I want to do things my way. Inefficiency drives me to distraction. And the insistence that I perform in an inefficient manner makes me crazy!

Case in point. The job I obtained was with a company I had been employed with in the past, as management. I was in a management capacity for over 10 years. At the end of that 10 year period I wanted a life, the job was no longer fun, and the expectations of the corporation didn't mesh with my own. Hence, I gave up the position. Fast forward to 2 weeks ago. I was bored, or so I thought. Applied for a position with same company in shipping and receiving. After all, I had done this before. It was easy and I was fast. On day one, I set about doing the job I had been hired for. Scan box, open box, sort books by section, place sorted books on carts to be shelved. Not a problem. As I went about doing this in my fashion, the one that had worked for 10 years, I observed my fellow receivers perform the job that they had been doing since they were hired. It went something like this - Scan box, open box, take a book, put it on the cart to be shelved, do another book. Magazines went something like this for them: Scan box, open box, take a stack of mags, 1 title only, run it to the front, place it on the rack, go back, get another. For me: Scan box, open box, place magazines on a v-cart, wheel cart to front, place mags on rack. Done. Huh? They were running around like little bees, flitting from one cart to the next, running from the back of the store to the front of the store and back again. I was standing in one place, working until the stacks were too high to stack any more, then moving said stacks to the awaiting carts. Something was wrong here. After a couple of days of me getting exhausted just watching my co-workers, I was called into the managers office. There I was told that my method, though efficient and fast, was not going to work. Again, Huh? Why? Because my stacks were distracting to my fellow co-workers and my use of the v-carts was just not done (although it was a good idea and they might give it some consideration). My response? Inefficiency drove me nuts. That is all it took. I said thank you very much for the opportunity to observe your back room and stocking techniques, but I don't believe this is a good fit for me.

Oh well, I suppose I am just an irresponsible twit. Or maybe I just have the luxury of having worked for a retirement check and work is now a choice.


Becca said...

I am sorry that it didn't work out for you! The conversation you had with the management office cracked me up!! ha ha ha! Well, I do believe you have about 75 unanswered emails from me.... that might be somewhat entertaining! ha!

Sigrun said...

Sounds to me like you're the responsible twit, and the others are the irresponsible ones, particularly the management :-)

Clare said...

I can relate to that one! I worked in retail for five years, a record for me in conventional employment, and it nearly drove me nuts! I regret every moment I ever spent working for someone else at a job I didn't care about and I did less of that than most. I wish I had learned sooner how little money one can get along on and be perfectly happy doing what one loves.

Carrie K said...

It sounds as if you're the one doing it right and it's fabulous that you have the luxury of choice.

LenaL said...

How lucky you are to have the possibility to choose to work or not!

But wasn't it a bit fun and facinating to see the the others inefficient?


Boondock Ma (Kim's Mom) said...

LOL Bev! Wish I could've been a fly on that wall!
My last job my boss once told me I wasn't being paid to think. Uh huh! Never mind my thinkin' saved the company thousands of dollars on several occasions.. I didn't stick around much longer after that. Somehow I don't miss it. I still don't money to think. I get paid in much more rewarding ways now! :)

CatR said...

Even if they say in the job ad "uses initiative" they don't really mean it. But then, I've never seen an advert that said "unthinking automatons" either... when really that's what they'd prefer over someone who wonders why they do something in a particular way. Ah well. Enjoy not working for other people!

Strange said...

Lol, yeah, you're far too qualified for that job all over again. But damn, those were good years. I kinda miss them a little every so once in a while. I miss Carol and Mel.