Thursday, November 17, 2005

An Update On My Life

On Sunday night, Hub's other eardrum burst. So we had quite an exciting weekend, and not the kind of excitement I am used to. He saw a doctor on Monday and got some medication, and he goes back to see him next Friday. He still can't hear so well, but he is getting better. And the bleeding has stopped, which is always a good thing. Thanks for all of your concern; its much appreciated!
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So I have not told you too much about work, have I? I think I have told you how well Princess is doing in daycare - she is doing AMAZING. She loves it. It was most definitely the right thing for her at this time. She is learning so much, its amazing. She talks about her friends and her teachers all the time. I am SO pelased with how she is doing there. In fact, yesterday when Hub dropped her off, she didn't even want to kiss him goodbye, she just wanted to go play with the kids. No crying, no drama. Beautiful.

My job? Its going well. My boss is a very accommodating woman who keeps me in the loop about everything, shares all the info I need (this is something I so didn't have at my previous job), and is a nice person as well. People here are so positive and happy, and are much less cynical and sarcastic than at my previous job (not necessarily a plus for a gal like me being quite the cynic myself, but don't you worry: I have befriended the only other cynical girl here). But I have been here for about 2 months now, and already the shine of working has worn off. Because already my boss is annoying me. And to be honest, I am sure part of it is me (because I am a very easily-annoyable person. I know this.). But I know its not all me. And since its more fun to tell about the negatives than the positives - here we go.

A perfect example is what happened yesterday and today. Yesterday, we were terminating some employees in the HR/Payroll system who had left the company. There is no method to how all this is done and no way of knowing if someone else in the office has already done it. I suggested that a good way to track the changes we were making would be to create a form that would go into each employees' personnel folder when they start with us. We can have a checklist of items that need to be done for each employee from the time they start with us till the time they leave us (such as starting them on benefits, taking them off benefits, etc). Great idea! she says, You are brilliant! So I start working on it last night and I am finishing it up this morning. She walks into the office this morning and says, "I had a great idea I thought of last night. We could create a checklist of items that need to be done for each employee from the time they start with us till the time they leave us." Ummm, why does that sound familiar to me? Because it was my idea, beeyotch! And she has done this type of thing before, where I will make a suggestion and then soon afterwards she claims it as her own. And not even to upper management or anything, like she is trying to steal credit - she does it right to my face. It is bizarre and annoying.

And, she really has no sense of humor. She is a nice person, but she doesn't really find anything except her own self to be funny. Like I said before - no sarcasm or cynicism in this bunch. So I find myself laughing fakely at the unfunny things she says, and when I say something funny she doesn't even smile. And trust me, I am one funny broad.

The other thing that is annoying me is this. I have never run payroll before, but I am learning how to do it here. Great, no problem, I want to learn, its one reason I took this job. So she is going sooooo sllllooowwww with me going over the most basic things - like entering a newhire, hello, I have been in HR for 10 years, I know how to enter a newhire, duh, its simple data entry that a $6 an hour clerk could do - but then when it comes to things like archiving data and running tax reports and things like that - she expects me to know that and gives me no guidance on it. I think it is because she doesn't really know how to do it herself so she isn't capable of teaching me. But that doesn't make it less annoying when she says in one breath "OK, use the drop down menu to select the newhire tab...ok, now enter the person's last name, just type it in, ok, now type in the first name, ok, now use your mouse and go to the next area where you can enter their address..." and in the next breath she says "now archive the hourly punches from the last two weeks, and run a batch for employee 4411 in the grid." Bah.

I don't know if any of that made any sense, but I just needed to vent. I do like my job and I do like my boss. Its a great company and HR is well-respected here (very rare). I am learning a ton and will be able to take that to my next company and make boku bucks. So I don't mean to make it sound terrible or anything. But like I said, I am easily annoyed and who else will I tell if not you?

25 comments:

Free to Be said...

THAT is the type of woman to watch out for. She will steal the credit and would double cross you in a sec.

We hired a new HR Director where I work and she got two people fired with in a month of her starting. One of them had been here 25 yrs. I stay out of her way for sure.

I can tell you don't want to talk bad about her, just watch your back. Glad the wee one is loving daycare. It's hard to let them go.

trinamick said...

Good to hear Princess is doing so well. It's always easier when there are no tears.

It's frustrating working with people who have no sense of humor. I say things all the time and people correct me, thinking I was being serious. Have they never heard sarcasm? How long have I worked here?

Ally said...

Yes, pleased the Princess is loving it!

It does sound as if your boss is a bit frustrating; the taking credit thing would really tick me off and I think you're a really good person to be trying to let it wash over you!

And glad you no longer have a bleeding husband - so incovenient :).

Better Safe Than Sorry said...

you can only teach you kids so much, then they have to learn from others, she does sound like she's loving it.
hope your husband will be better by the weekend, those darn eardrums, ouch!
and yeah, i do trust you, cuz you are one funny broad, you always bring a smile to my face:)

thephoenixnyc said...

OMG, that's SCARY. I hope he recovers qucikly. BTW, any new princess pics?

Tuesday Girl said...

I too am easily annoyed. Surprising huh?!
I am glad princess is doing well in daycare, I know that makes you feel SO much better.

Kathleen said...

Did you say to the Boss? "Really? You mean this type of checklist?" And then print out what you had already done and put it into her hot little hand. And then smack the crap out of her. SO ANNOYING!

Kathleen said...

Sorry, so rude of me. I'm glad Hubby is doing better, although bursting both eardrums has to suck canal water!

And Yay on Princess loving daycare!

Danielle said...

hey gurl
hope hubby ear is okay!!! have a great weekend!

Bridget Unnel said...

Yikes - I've missed out a few days. Bleeding ears? Blown eardrums? Hope all is mending well!

Sorry to hear about the workplace annoyances. Welcome to the rat race...

Evey said...

I cannot believe his other eardrum burst. Poor guy! Hope he feels tons better soon.

Glad your job is going well and what a bonus that Princess is doing so well at daycare...awesome!!!

Now if only your Devils would start winning a little more you would be set;)

some girl said...

I'm glad to hear your husband is doing better and that the little Princess is thriving in daycare. :)

Did you want to reach over and strangle her(your boss)? Be careful, she sounds like trouble and will most likely do this to you again. :(

Danielle said...

I can't stand people who take credit for ideas that they did not come up with! Rrrrggh! It makes for such a frustrating environment. One of which I am all too familiar!

Holly said...

LOL... I enjoyed that story!

The company I work for is moving all Adminstrative HR work (like entering new hires...) offshore. To India and Mexico.

So, I don't work in HR, my job is in process/system project management but I somehow ended up on the project to do this offshoring.

It totally sucks, but then it is what all of corporate America is doing these days. Thanks to "W" and his cronies, of course.

So, needless to say, everything you said about HR stuff actually made sense to me, which was more than a little strange for me.

Jean-Luc Picard said...

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princessdominique said...

Sometimes all we need is a good vent. Fabulous blog :)

deputyswife said...

I get everything what you said. LOL. I worked as an AP manager in a company for 9 years. I had to fill in on payroll if I was needed. Sounds like your boss does not know the payroll side of it. And it also sounds to me, that if one thing is f***ed up, you will bare the brunt of it. My advice, get the system manual and your company's procedure manual. You are a smart lady and you will probably figure it out on your own better. Better than what she could tell you.

She actually sounds like my boss that I have right now. I tell her one thing and two days later she tells me the same thing as if it is her idea. Freak! What annoys me the most is, she is so fake nicey nicey. She asks me about my kids, but does not listen when I reply. What pisses me off even more is that I have to sit and listen to it. Cripes, now I am pissed all over again.

LOL! Great to see the update on you!

HighMaintenanceHussy said...

Glad to hear things are back to normal with the hubby, and that work is going well.

Mike said...

That really sucks. Hope all is OK.

Patsy Darling said...

It could be worse. My boss is so stupid he wouldn't even try to take credit for any of my ideas because he is so clueless and no one would believe him even if he tried. God the man is a tard.

trine said...

what an irritating person to work with.

reading this makes me remember why I dind't want to go back and work for a company but stay in academia and be my own boss. But I also see the money and times and security are much better. I make nothing, have no time off and if i drop i drop and no one catches me.

thanks for your mail btw, I want to reply, but been in the house all weekend and need to get me and Helene OUT FOR SOME FRESH AIR!!

x

Indigo said...

Your poor husband. That sounds so painful.

About your job .... welcome to the world of 9-5. LOL! At least you were honest and admit that the shine has worn off. :-)

Michael Manning said...

Glad I came by to get an update! Happy to hear that Princess is cruising along just fine!! But sorry to hear about your hubby's eardrum. I can't even imagine that kind of pain. Sending you very positive thoughts and caring on the job and all!

Tanisha said...

TJG- You are one funny girl. I don't why it took me so long to get to your site after seeing you on Kim Plaintive and LisaB. I thought I had but don't recognize the site. I will be back this is fun... Hope all is well with HUB and good thing the kid is enjoying daycare.. Keep being cynical, I know a I will. We need more cynics in the world. We are the voice of Reason... haha

InterstellarLass said...

Ha ha! Kathleen's got it right! Take those ideas and give 'em right back to her before she has time to steal credit. Maybe she has short-term memory loss or something!