I don't particularly have any zest for the writing this evening, but here's an overview of the day.
I went in this morning, expecting to get screwed into working late, and was unsurprised when it happened. I had made a hair appointment because I've been getting shaggy, so I took an early lunch and when I got back from the shearing, I found a little form letter from the boss telling me that we were getting into "bust our humps time" and would be working late for the rest of the week, "no excuses", and that no one would have a day off next week between the 18th and the 23rd, which I was expecting anyway.
As the day wore on, I told her I needed to run home and check on the chickens if we were going to be working late, which she said was fine (and I was going one way or the other, sorry) and I did that and at some point in the evening, it occurred to me that The Lifer, as I think of her, wasn't at the shop, and had left at her usually scheduled 2:00 in the afternoon.
The Lifer started working at the shop in high school, and that was 34 years ago. This fact, and that her schedule was between her and the boss and none of my concern was what the boss informed me when I asked her "Um, hey, where's The Lifer, anyway? How'd she dodge our late night fun?"
This where I sense that our communication breaks down, because the boss hasn't the foggiest idea how one employee, oh, let's call him me
could possibly have a problem with having his own personal availibilty to the store completely ignored, yet another person given preferential treatment simply because she's had no more ambition than to stick it out with the same shitty job she started in high school.
In my experience in the average business, you treat all your employees the same, or someone gets the fuck sued. I also understand how one might use seniority as a tie-breaker if two employees are asking for the same day off, but not when you are talking about how many hours they want to work, period. Availability refers to how often I'm available to be at your store, not how often you can decide to let
me work, and usually more than I want to. I think the main problem with my wanting to spend less time there is that when I first took the job, I was pretty desperately strapped for cash, and was actually working 8-5:30, six days a week, and this has gradually dropped back to five days, then four
once the wife and I started getting serious and I wanted to spend more time with her, and the boss refuses to accept the idea that not only do I not need
her money as much as I once did, I am downright offended that she doesn't take the hint and hire someone new. With Myspace gone, we're officially down two designers again, and had been down one for the better part of the year, in which time we could easily hire and attempt to train a novice, but we just continue to take applications and not call anyone back.
So the boss and I have words, quite openly, in front of the rest of the assembled designers, and she finally invited me to take it up with our owners if I don't like how she manages her store, or I was told that I could leave if I didn't like it.
I told her that I did so enjoy our open door policy, wherein we could discuss any subject without fear of reprisal.
I wasn't really thinking about calling the owners, except for the fact that I called her at her home once I got in this evening, saying hey, I'd really like to talk to you a bit more, left my number in case she didn't have it on her caller ID, and said I'll talk to you soon, and she didn't even bother to return my call.
I do believe that I'll be leaving another message on her machine tomorrow, something to the effect of how much I appreciated her calling me back, and that I'm glad we could work things out like adults. Then I'll go into work on Friday and she probably won't talk to me, like a wife who gives you the silent treatment when she's angry, which has happened before, and when I questioned her about it, she actually said that she thought I should have to approach her, because of how I'd acted, which I find incredibly mature and a hallmark of good business.
If someone on your team does something you don't like, you freeze them out as you would on the playground, circa fifth grade. She even gave Myspace the same cold shoulder last week when she was pissed off at her, and when I asked if maybe she should be above that
and approach her as her boss, and ask what the fuck was up with her behavior, she informed me that when I'd been in the business as long as she had, I'd deal with people differently too.
I didn't have the heart to tell her that just because she's been doing this shit for 20 years doesn't mean she's been doing it well
When I had people answering to me, if they fucked up, I called them out on it, that's what you do, you're a fucking boss. I no longer have people answering to me, and that's quite by design, I wanted a job with as little responsibility as possible, like American Beauty
, only I'm not all wrapped up in teen pussy.
I do, however, know shitty management when I see it, and we've got it in spades at this store.
Remember kids, there's no 'I' in 'Team'.
There is, however, usually a big 'fuck you' in 'Team', and it's generally coming from my direction.
Be seeing you, possibly in the unemployment lines.Tag, you're it, Baggy Eyes! Workday
, American Beauty
Labels: Annoyance, Bitching, Co-Workers, Fuck This, Quitting, Unemployment, Workday