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I was working all weekend (including 10-hour shifts on both Saturday and Sunday), and I seem to have been stuck in gear. I have logged on to our worksite twice already this morning, once before anyone else got to work. It's not that I don't trust the people who are working today to keep the ticket queue as lovely short as I got it, but... No, wait, that is exactly what I fear. Plus people replying to work I finished this weekend with a "Thanks!" message, thus opening the ticket again and then someone else gets to close it in their name and get the credit. Mrrr.
I ended up logging in again, to try to sort out a shift problem about Wednesday evening. One guy is transferring to another team at the end of the month, and is somehow actually spending most of his time there already. Grrr. And one person is on holiday this week, and we have a new trainee who needs to shadow someone for the foreseeable future (she is not clueless or anything, but there is almost nothing you can do at that job for the fist month or so), one part-timer who is at school when that shift starts, and one guy is a stroke victim and regularly just leaves whenever he wants to for health reasons, so when he says he has a doctor's appointment that day we can't argue all that much. I was supposed to work that day shift and simultaneously train the new girl (which would be hard to get anything done, as she is very sociable and talkative). So looks like I have to do the evening shift instead, and am fine with doing that from home, but if that leaves the new girl all by herself all day then perhaps it is best if I drive to the office for the evening and we can do that together, and that is not something I had planned on on a week when I have the kids, so I will have to see if my mother can babysit. My boss should probably be arranging all this, but our current boss has never done anything like this and now he has handed in his resignation, leaving in a month, so even less (if possible) motivation to even show up than before.
Oh, it can be great, but lately, largely because of crappy team management and leadership, the team has started to fall apart and there is some friction. Also some people's sloppy work ethics has become rather grating and a strain on the rest.
Sounds like my job, but on a scale with less people. I'm not looking to get anything similar to it again as I am fed up being the one the responsibility comes down on, even when it is not my fault or I have tried to stop things happening before.
Post by raspberrybullets on Nov 20, 2012 20:14:27 GMT
Just to take this back to tea. Tea is soothing. And I drink around 4-5 mugs of it every day at work as well as 1-2 bottles of water. I'll drink it even if it gets cool but prefer it when hot. I can't do my job if I don't have something liquid on hand. When I'm at home I usually drink much less because it requires putting the kettle on. At work I just go to the machine and get boiling water instantly. One of my friends had a boiling water tap in her old house, brilliant invention!
The sight filled the northern sky; the imensity of it was scarcely conceivable. As if from Heaven itself, great curtains of delicate light hung and trembled. Pale green and rose-pink, and as transparent as the most fragile fabric, and at the bottom edge a profound fiery crimson like the fires of Hell, they swung and shimmered loosely with more grace than the most skillful dancer. ~ Northern Lights
We also have a coffee machine at work that gives instant hot water, but the problem is that it is in the kitchen, too far away for comfort. SO I tend to have either hot water or ready tea in thermos flasks by my desk, as well as some of that almost unspoilable milk. So it is a fluctuating balance between laziness and desire for something that is drinkable.
Maybe, but the problem is that a lot of my work entail concentrating on a task, and frequently before I manage to finish it (especially these days) I have three more tasks that were reported by phone, one e-mail request, two chat contacts also asking for something and (when at the office) a dreaded walk-in "customer". I can usually manage to keep maybe three of them at the front of my brain as long as I stay put, but after getting up and doing something else I have to start the mental process on each one over. This is why we as a team have opted for shorter shifts, and fewer of them, over having coffee breaks and lunches. The work just flows better and we thus get more done.
I've taken to drinking more water, as a means to weight loss, and cutting back on the diet sodas. Unfortunately, I'm better at that when I'm at work than I am at home. That's something I need to work on.
These days, I tend to drink all kinds of tea, mostly herbal, though. Water as well and occasionally a glass of diet cola or an alcohol-free lemon-beer. We have oragne juice in our fridge which I haven't touched in weeks.