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The end of summer - Ed's journal
The end of summer
Summer's like, June/July/August, isn't it?
By my count, aside from holiday booked (for last maesltrom), I've been in work almost every weekend this summer.
This makes me sad. Over the 'summer months' I will have worked an additional 130 hours or so, which is getting dangerously close to having 'squeezed' an additional working month in.
And basically have done sod all with the weekends. I don't know if I otherwise would have, but even spending time socialising, in a pub garden, with friends, makes life ya'know, worth living.

I've just started getting earbashings from users about how I've not been 'proactive' about responding to their requests. It's a fair criticism, I've got open calls that I've been sitting on for ... well about the same amount of time.

However it does make me think. "Why the hell am I doing this?"

Oh, I enjoy playing with technology, and computers, 'n stuff, but even so, in light of the previous 3 months, getting a bashing over being 'incompetent and lazy' is somewhat hard to take.

Makes me thing that maybe I should take it somewhere else.

Maybe I'm just pissed off and grumpy, and it'll go away. Or maybe 'pissed off and grumpy' isn't a good way to be, and trying to change what's _making_ me pissed off and grumpy is in order.
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jorune From: jorune Date: August 25th, 2005 11:04 am (UTC) (Link)
I agree with Robin, lack of appreciation for the amount of effort you've put in is galling. The business users should be asked to understand the priority of your work, still your situation would improve if you could get extra staff.
crashbarrier From: crashbarrier Date: August 25th, 2005 11:21 am (UTC) (Link)
Have you pointed out that you have spent at least the last two months weekends in work.. burning all hours under the sun to get their systems rnnignproperly becuase the guys in charge of the money made a slight error in not signing off the money when they were storngly advised to (by the people who are fully qualified to know these things)

Have you pointed out that you are having to mop up their mistake with your extremely precious personal time..

I think its time to have a serious 1to1 with your line manager about unreasonable working hours and how you have been neceasingly underpreasure for at least two months for 24/7 a week and its not on..

Its going above and beyond working time practice, its making you tired and unable to function properly in work.. and its ruining your health.
From: sebbo Date: August 25th, 2005 11:35 am (UTC) (Link)
maybe it would be helped further if you could get the company director or some such person to sign of a waver allowing you to insult and maim people without repercussions :)

to be honest, it sounds like a big waste of time to tell everyone what you are doing. Some sort of mass bulletin or linkage to explanationw would be better. Or simply a "your requests have been prioritised downwards, because there are some big clunky projects which will result in a greater benefit to the company than what you are doing, even after i'm being paid ridiculous amounts in overtime, go away"

Alternatively you can go to your boss and say, sort it out or give me a payrise because i have to endure not only physically and time wise, but also suffered mentally (i.e. reputation, attitudes, working environment).

And this word, pro active. Is it a term to try and make you react to your request before you even know it exists? Or simply to add the adjective "quick" and be more fashionable or pc about it.
From: feanelwa Date: August 25th, 2005 11:50 am (UTC) (Link)
"I'm being proactive now. Because of your insulting manner, you have just been dropped to the bottom of the 'urgent' part of my to-do list: you now have 50 items in the queue in front of you. Further rudeness will take you off the 'urgent' part and then you will have 500 items in front of you."
crashbarrier From: crashbarrier Date: August 25th, 2005 12:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
or you could just "loose" their user privalidges for 24 hours....
xarrion From: xarrion Date: August 25th, 2005 12:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
I refer to my previous comment about acid and faces.
the_wood_gnome From: the_wood_gnome Date: August 25th, 2005 02:49 pm (UTC) (Link)

"mr stabby, lala-lalalala..."

The users are obviously not proactive enough themselves to get off their arses and sort their own problem out :)

Maybe it's time to see a doctor and get yourself signed off with stress. Then explain to your manager why it is you are leaving him in the poo?
From: lostdreamer666 Date: August 25th, 2005 03:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
Or just drop a few hints that you are thinking of going part time because you would like a bit more time to yourself. See them bend over backwards to kiss your ass. Which is incidentaly, why you got the extra mile award. Or just walk into the office with in one hand a resignation letter, in the other an agreement for another 5 days anual leave from here on in. See which one gets agreed to!
absintheskiss From: absintheskiss Date: August 25th, 2005 04:13 pm (UTC) (Link)

Serious point.

Check out the DTI website and look up 'Working Time Regulations' or the Working Time Directive. It is likely that if this keeps up your employer will be breaking the law by allowing this to continue.

New laws have also come in stating that under new Health and Safety regulations, your employer has a responsibility to ensure you are not put under too much stress. Again the H&S site will have more details.

Ask very loudly in the office if anyone has the local paper - on job day...
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