Sunday, January 21, 2007

My first week in hell

Hello girls and boys!

Here's a recap of my first week at work:

1. These people W.O.R.K. seemingly every second of the day (I am HOPING this is just my skeweing of what really IS). **I AM happy to have a job though**

2. I have no problem with working, but am NOT.USED.TO.WORKING.AT.A.PACE. like that. Period. Nor do I WANT to get "used to" working at a pace like that. I have NEVER had a job where I have been busy damn near EVERY.SECOND.OF.THE.DAY. And fuck that "it makes the day go by faster" shit. **I AM happy to have a job though**

3. This business is growing SO FAST that there are literally 200 (give or take) people hired per month. The recruiting team ain't THAT big. So that's alot of interviewing, talking screening, and hiring. And this business is STILL growing!! That's good and bad.
- Good: Job ain't tied to automotive THANK GOD, opportunities to move up quickly
-Bad: There is ALWAYS more work to do in LESS time. There seems to be no room to "pace" yourself
**I AM happy to have a job though**

4. The people seem nice and the company for the MOST part is a "young" culture, meaning my rough guesstimate is that about 75-85% of the people are age 21-45. And that INCLUDES senior management! I have allllllways been used to working with old, stodgy, white men (or women)who (sr. mgt-wise)were between 45-65. There is a HUUUUUUGE difference! The ideas are fresher here and due to age, they (unfortunately) work like Hebrews. My ass can NOT be the one staying until 8 and 9pm on ANY night. I have a young child who I HAVE TO pick up (my husband can NOT pick him up on most nights because HE is "the one" in his job to be staying late and shit. Can't have TWO of us, when we have NO oner to pck up our child, so it has to be me.) **I AM happy to have a job though**

5. There is a difference between working hard (which is semi-o.k.) and working like a HEBREW. It "seems" like they work like the latter. **I AM happy to have a job though**

6. I have literally come home with a headache almost everyday and woken up with one too from sheer exhaustion and my nose has "spontaenously" started to bleed on two of those days. I think that is a combo of being off work for two and a half months and not doing SHIT half the time at my last job. ( I had pleeeeeeeeeeeenty of free time at my last job...hell, there were some weeks where I coulda worked reeeeeeeeeally hard for ONE day and took the rest of the week off and been O.K.). I also am having to learn the jobs that I will be recruiting for and the jobs are complicated and it's really like learning a whole new language because of what the jobs entail. Think about how stressful and straining it is to be in "learning mode" for an 8-hour period......where you have to pay "hard" attention and really learn every second because you KNOW you can't afford to be going back and saying "now what did you say...I really wasn't paying that much attetnion before". That is why (I am sure) that I have had these nosebleeds. Too much intense strain on my brain in a very short period of time.

My boss has had me sitting with people and trying to learn the jobs that I will be recruiting for (which is a GREAT thing actually)(but when I say that I have been sitting with people to "job shadow" back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back..... I mean just that! No breaks for a 3 hour period...and new info. with every 30 minute session! WTF???? One day my boss didn't even take into account when she set me up for shit that I needed a LUNCH hour! So, on that day.... I didn't get one because I had to shuttle from one location to the other and didn't have time to stop or it woulda put me behind for all SUCCESSIVE meetings she had me scheduled for!) , in additon to meeting with HER boss, going to a preliminary orientation and just learning other basic shit about the job).

I have been so BUSY this week that on a couple days I barely had time to EAT!!! Now, I personally think that my boss (who is like 30) does NOT realize how stressful of a week she just put me through. She's used to it and maybe because she be staying late as SHIT (she has no husband and no children) she can do shit AFTER most of us leave.....**shrug** But I also feel that I can't tell her "you need to slow this shit the FUCK down and let me at LEAST soak in the culture before you throw me in HEAD-FIRST to the fucking wolves!" because I feel like she might think (to herself) "aww shit..... I TOLD her we were busy as fuck and she CAN.NOT handle it". We don't want her to feel like that because it's not about that. I am a new employee and I haven't even been able to sit and READ through the 2inch thick binder of shit that I was given!!! My theory is that when people are just coming to a job, you need to let them get acclimated SLOW.LY , not snatch them onto the train and leave their legs dangling outside the caboose! And that is how I feel. **I AM happy to have a job though**

5. I hope that this feeling goes away and shit gets better or I might keep searching. **I AM happy to have a job though**

6. The benefits and little 'perks' are GREAT!!! Also the company's ideas are quite revolutionary and the environment is (minus every employee seemingly being stretched thin) a fun environment to work in. **I AM happy to have a job though**

7. And I have NO idea if I can blog or not (still trying to figure out how "secure " and strict their internet restrictions are....yes,I know..... I ain't trying to get FIRED in week one.) Personally after reading the policy I "think" they do not monitor your shit per se, but I think that there is some kinda direct alarm that identifies you to I.T. if you go on a porn site (becasue in the manual it says "while we don't monitor your internet usage....if you access sites with porn, racially offensive or other similarly offensive sites you WILL be automatically idendified" ...which would NEVER be an issue with me!). But I am just wading in the waters for right now..... ya know? Feeling shit out. Actually, I wanna ask this black girl (cool girl from the hood) if I can go to other sites other than "sites needed for work". Actually, I AM going to ask her..... tomorrow! I know she will tell me!!

So, there you have it. My first week in hell (and I mean that oh-so-lovingly). Hopefully I will move BACK to purgatory at LEAST because I do like the people and the team I am working on (at least I think I do! HA!!!) LOL I know, there's always a learning curve and I don't know how to communicate to my boss (even though she's a young black chick) that though I KNOW we are busy, I need more of a slowed pace to "get in the groove" of the organization. I guess there is no way and I will just have to take it one headache/nosebleed at a time. Take it for what it's worth...... I'm going back to bed and again.... knowing ones limitations is KEY.

I am usually TOO busy too tired to blog at night, so I'll see ya'll when I see ya'll.

**I AM happy to have a job though**


Shai said...

Robyn congrats on working. LOL. I feel ya on the training at a new job. I did not have it that fast-paced. I did have inconsistent training which is horrid. I was a new buyer, never bought a thing for a company. The sad and scary thing was some of my trainers did not know what they were doing or at least know how to communicate it to me.

I worked at the Water Wastetreatment facility in SW Detroit. Yeah, yuck. I was so stressed, I took my 15 minute breaks outside in the smell. LOL. I had on my headphones to psyche myself out. My manager was a trip and she seemed to hate women. LOL.

Gurl, we are getting older and yeah we got a lil pampered at slower paced jobs. You will acclimate. What does not kill ya makes you strong. LOL. Yeah right. LOL. I am sure with your smart self, things will eventually fall into place and it won't seem so bad. I will pray for ya. LOL.

Oh, yeah can you email a sista off-loop, since this CT sista is still looking for a job. Any chance of a hook-up. LOL. Hey I gotta try. LOL.

The Goddess said...

Congrats again on the new gig.

I am having a hard time blogging myself cause I CANT AT ALL at work, and don't have the energy when I get home. It sucks.

It's hard to get back in the mix when you've been chillin for a minute, but I'm sure things will slow down for ya, hopefully.

Luke Cage said...

LOL!!! the little "I am happy to have a job though" blurbs at the end of each paragraph was too funny miss Robyn. But that's a pace that is not unusual actually. It's just unusual because a sista just started.

Like one of the previous commenters mentioned, once you get the hang, it will probably slow down a bit. Plus the 2 month 1/2 layoff probably took you off your game a bit. I would definitely think that your blogging may take a little hit though for the first couple of months. Anyway, glad to hear a sista's back in the fold again!

chele said...

I understand that you are happy to have a job ... but headaches and nosebleeds? Your health needs to be priority one. If you can't discuss the pace with your boss perhaps you should keep looking.

Just my $0.02.

Knockout Zed said...

They gotta give you some sort of relief in the coming weeks. This shit cannot continue at this pace, I'm certain of it.

You gotta find the eye of the hurricane.


Paula Neal Mooney said...

Your stuff is funny...

Congratulations on making the 2000 bloggers page!


The Phoenix aka ThatGirlTam said...

Well I was coming by to check on you and I'm glad that you found a job...but girl I can TOTALLY relate to not having time to do shit because now you actually have to WORK to earn your paycheck...ain't that some shit??

I thought I could come to work, kick it and get paid like at my last gig!! What you mean I GOTTA WORK? Maaaaaaaan...I didn't sign up for this shit!! AHAHAHAHAHA!!

I feel you, but glad that you have a job and please don't get fired while trying to blog! I'm just glad that I finally have my own office so I can kinda goof off when nobody is around! But I TOTALLY hate this CLEAR GLASS office door...that means I can't take a nap!

Congrats on the new gig!! Don't let'em work you too hard!!