Monday, April 28, 2008

Please Forgive Me

But Collin said I should document this in case I need dates and yeah, yet another story about the infamous new supervisor!!

We have a program that collects our data and shoots it to our computers but tonight it's down so 2 engrs and the IS guy said the info is out there, it's just stuck somewhere but it was okay to continue doing what we were doing. Okay. So during the passdown the supe asked me about it and I explained everything and he said, "How do you know if everything is going okay?" I said we could see everything on the this point I'm thinking that's a legit question...but then after my answer he said, "Very good, that's right!" like he was a preschool teacher!! Pissed me off!! I asked if that was a test and he said yes. So I told him I'd like to talk to him after the meeting since he didn't want me saying nasty stuff in front of everyone.

When we were done with the meeting, he came up all hot-eyed and asked what my problem was and I said, "I'm 37 years old, I do not need to be talked to like I'm 12!" He told me to "settle down" and that I obviously didn't realize who I was talking to. I told him I DID know who I was talking to but that didn't give him the right to speak down to me like I was a child in front of everyone. He kept saying that was my perception and that I was way too defensive, blah blah blah. I just told him out of all the supervisors this shift has gone through, he's the only one I've ever clashed with. He kept trying to tell me that was because I'd never had an actual supervisor before. He just doesn't listen when I tell him we HAVE had supervisors here all night before!!!! THEN, oh, this one really got me....he starts talking about how he has 2 sisters and 4 daughters and he gives them all the same opportunities as everyone else and he understands why I would think he was talking down to me because I was a woman. Well, I had NEVER thought that until he said it - - you should have seen his face when I told him that had never crossed my mind. I told him I got upset because he was speaking down to us as a whole.

He finally said, "I didn't mean for it to come out that way," speaking about the talking down thing. But neither of us ever apologized. I think my days here are numbered. He thinks I'm too defensive and I think he treats us like children.

There was more - much more - but I'm drained and I can't type this anymore. At least the argument is documented somewhat. I hope you all had a fine weekend!!



Monday, April 14, 2008

Tired yet?

I 've got the movie list for March almost done - it's not like it's long or anything but I've just been lazy. Today I am here to regale you with one more work-related story.

I'm sorry but that's all that seems to be going on lately.

We had a meeting tonight to discuss this new policy called 5S - I threw away the packet so I can't remember what the 5 S's stand for...Sort, Straighten, Shine, Something, Somthing....Shine is the one that gets me - - all I hear in my head is a soccer mom telling her little soccer star to "SHINE!" Ugh. So anyway, the sup is yammering on about this policy and I'm zoning for the most part but then he says, with the sneer in his voice that all of us in my area have become accustomed to, "You've never had a supervisor, so..." and my face crinkled up into a WTF look.

He saw it.

"I mean a supervisor that's been here all night with you."

"We've had them," I said. "At least three of them."

He kind of ignored me and went on with his spiel. After the meeting he told me he wanted me to train one of his people on my machines and the attitude came spilling out, mostly out of fear that I would be training my replacement. "We need to talk," he finally said. "Come to the office."

So to the office I went. He said I was "resistant." Well, hell yeah, I'm resistant! He's changing everything that's been the norm for 10 years and he thinks I'm gonna welcome it with open arms?? I told him how I felt and why I said what I did in the meeting. We have a reputation here at work (the 8 people in my area) for being non-protocoled slackers. Everyone else always thought that because we didn't wear the bunny suit or because we were allowed to read on the floor that we never did any work. This couldn't be farther from the truth and of all people now, the new sup should know that! So that's why I jumped in when I did. He actually apologized and said he didn't realize how he had come across. Shocker!

We talked for 45 minutes and I had a chance to tell him my thoughts and feelings on all these changes. He was as receptive as he could be. By the time I left I had agreed, with his promise that I wasn't training my replacement, to train a very sweet girl from downstairs. The only bad thing is that he said when I'm done training her, I have to go downstairs to train. Crap.

I really really hate change. Bet you couldn't tell that, huh?

Hope you all had a great weekend!!!



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