- Homer J. Simpson
Homer know more about the American work force than most of us would care to believe.
I know I said I wouldn't blog about work - and technically I am not. Not about my work; my job. Not exactly.
So I just finished my fourth day. Well.....I guess my 2.5 day. The first 1.5 was "orientation". Lord most of that was painful.
Yes, the presentations were boring. Yes, the ice breakers were tedious, considering I will never ever ever seen any of these people again, and two of the women sitting next to me were vile human beings, considering they are considered "caregivers". You'd hate to have them taking care of you or a family member, that's for sure.
But it was really on day two where I just wanted to stand up and scream: "SHUT UP". ...to the presenter and the participants.
The presenter really needed to refine his shit. But some of the folks who were hired........man! I mean, I'm not sure why they wanted jobs in the first place.
There is zero exaggeration, when I'd say a dozen of them only wanted to know about FMLA and when could they get it (!), or EAP and could folks there prescribe things, and what is the organization's attendance policy - - - and my favourite, "if I get fired for tardiness or attendance, how soon can I reapply to get hired?". That was a direct quote. Hand to g-d!
O.M.G. These people hadn't even clocked in once yet and they're already
Of course, they are the same ones bitching about the parking garage they were assigned (the same one I'm in) and that is is a THREE minute walk to the building. Three. Fucking. Minutes. Well, assuming you're not a lazy lardass with attendance issues.
"I ain't walkin' that far in the snow!".
Well good luck with that honey (yes, every single complainer about parking or attendance was female), considering the only attached parking garages are for patients only.
They'll be gone by February. It just fucking amazes me that people are like this. I'm sure some of my former employees, and current ones too, have this attitude. I just have layers of people between me that I rarely deal with ones like these on a day to day basis.
Honestly, it was depressing to listen to.
Almost as depressing was the "educational" video on workplace violence.
Sure I have worked for a big organizations before, but have not been in an office for a long time. If these last years has taught us anything is that they times they are a-changin'. Something's blowin' in the wind.
Mostly madmen with guns. Seeing a video about a shooter entering a building and taking out people was quite..........odd........and graphic. And it's on Youtube.
I would say, I was more surprised by the actions they say a worker should take. Not so much the 'Run' or 'Hide' - as I'd run like Bruce Jenner and hide like Caitlyn's penis - but the 'Fight'. I guess a fight or flight instinct kicks in during these situations. But what is the corporation's liability to having the employees fight back against an armed shooter? Chances are, it is only ending badly for the worker.
I don't play video games and I normally stay away from violent movies, so I gotta say, I was a little surprised at this. Unfortunately, it's the new reality.
Honest to g-d, I thought of it all too during the organization's holiday party the next day. Allowing thousands of folks to get food in an atrium, all surrounded by armed guards who blocked access to non-employees.
It's the new normal.
Song by: Nickel Creek