rant about your job, tell the good stuff, jobseeking etc.
rant; (of course)
i've had some shitty customers this week. i think the best was the woman who was upset, because she'd been on the phone to a different branch about an item, and complained to us we didn't have it for here ('wrong shop, love') then when i offered to help her find if we had it, she didn't know what it was she wanted. i mean the actual product (' is it a dress? i don't know')
and of course the topper was in the news about our company ceo who has received a bonus of...£65,000.
Sooo job browsing, saw one, not for me at all. Vehicle recovery operative. You know the guys who come fetch your broken down car from the side of the road. Not, it should be noted, fix it, this is not a mechanics job, just put it on the back of a truck.
For 27 grand. 27 grand for picking up a car!!! Ok, you have gotta deal with people who are not having the best day, it is shifts and on call, but still
27 grand. This seems like a lot to me.
Then a different job, with this in the ad
Work Hard. Have Fun. Make History.
Hmmmhmm. I'll let you make up you own conclusions what this job could be. I will say omly the first part sounds likely.
words that shouldn't appear within the same job advert;
.... Do you want to change the world?
.... Warehouse Operative .... we are a group of fiercely passionate foodies, on a mission to shake up the UK cooking scene .... Warehouse Operative .... work tirelessly .... fun .... Warehouse Operative
I was reading the small print (literally) in this months USDAW union (of which I am a member) magazine. a page about the unions annual returns for last year.
the general secretary of the union was paid
PLUS £52,249 of employer national insurance contributions and pension contributions and his company car.
I've reread it a few times because elsewhere it says the total income of the union was 64 grand...
plus I can't find anything of the internet about this. like at all.
ok. I know the chief executives 'earn' this kind of wage but I think its bloody disgusting, for the boss of a union whose members are largely on minimum wage (or less because a lot of zhc are within shop and distribution companys) to 'earn' this kind of money.
fuck me its outrageous actually. wtf???
who in all of the world think that genral secretaries of unions are worth higher pay than experienced nurses? or that marketing 'executives' are worth more than bathroom salespeople? or that streetcleaners should earn more than the person cleaning up the shit of a person with dementia?
...keep UK society safe and successful in the cyber age?
... to join our two-year Higher Apprenticeship scheme offering a Foundation Degree, based in the Cheltenham / Gloucester area and starting in September 2017.
This is an Apprenticeship like no other. Working with GCHQ, MI5 and MI6, you’ll gain a unique insight into a world that you won’t find on any university course - cyber threats, terrorism, espionage and organised crime. .
Post by thesentientpasty on Dec 15, 2016 13:31:04 GMT
Maybe the stars are aligning properly for the first time in years.
Just seen a job I can do.
Do I want to do it? Well, the pay is literally TWICE the pittance I'm currently getting, and it's a one-year contract, taking me rather neatly to the birthday at which I can cash in some pension. It doesn't involve customers, heavy lifting or those 'getting up at 4am' starts which I don't think I'm built for.
Post by thesentientpasty on Dec 17, 2016 0:42:02 GMT
...but it would mean leaving a team I love. We're all at the diesel-face together and suffer the same shit. I *know* their next team leader would be ... ummm ... someone not so laid-back and irresponsible.
It's a tough call. Get out the foxhole and let the squad take it hard? Or stay with 'em and fight off the Nazis together?
I sit next to a wonderful Indian girl at work. Her name means 'night' in Sanskrit, and she has such a quiet way about her that I can hardly hear her sometimes. But, she has strong opinions. I feel very honoured. It's inevitable that she'll leave at some point: the good ones always do. I hate that.
Last Edit: Dec 17, 2016 14:01:07 GMT by SleepyJohn
It is when you are using what you have learned from books that you wish you had read more.
...but it would mean leaving a team I love..... Money or scruples?
During my 50 plus years of working life I have several times rejected the stress and responsibilities of 'supervisory' roles (and the steady income that it provided) each time with regret for those 'left behind' to suffer with a new person between them and management. I count many of those who worked with me as 'friends' and regret loosing in touch with most of them. Whilst I have had issues with management I can think of only one occasion when I had an issue with a fellow worker, of course they may view things differently, much of the easygoing atmosphere may have been influenced by the 'after work beverages'! In at least two of the jobs a beer fridge was available after work (much to the consternation of some of the spouses of the workers when they failed to come home on time) which did much for the camaraderie of said workers!! The second of these the beverages were even provided by the management ..... seeing as how it was a brewery and we made the stuff that was hardly a something they could deny us, but there were (theoretical) limits! I have known many many good folks throughout my working life and wish I could meet them all again for a massive pissup.... but that is not to be, just as the days of a beer fridge at a work place is also long gone......
I don't think I've had a good work rant for a while (Duke gets it in the ear these days, poor sod) so it's about time I did. I'll try to keep this brief-ish and I appreciate that as you don't know the inner workings/politics of my workplace this may seem like nothing but I'll give it a go anyway...
Right. Our sale started today. We had the list of sale products and prices a couple of weeks ago and agreed not to let the volunteers see it as they have a habit of stockpiling items so they can get them at the sale price + their discount (can't really blame them but we've had big targets to meet and couldn't afford to take the hit - hark at me being all managerial!). This ploy worked, and hardly anyone even mentioned the sale...until yesterday. F (a volunteer) popped in and was doing some shopping and asked me if a cake would be in the sale...I had the list right in front of me and without thinking I had a look and told her. Then D (the other volunteer) asked what was in the sale...well, as I'd told F I could hardly not tell D, could I? And in my mind, as this was the day before the start of the sale we wouldn't be losing any money now, would we? So I gave her the list to browse.
Then my boss came back in the shop. I had a sudden realisation that she may be slightly peeved so told her D had the list. Mistake number 1.
Boss asked "why?"
I said, "she saw me with it and asked..."
Boss said "Well...I wouldn't have given it to her..."
I said "but the sale starts tomorrow so I didn't think it mattered anymore..."
Boss said she felt a bit undermined.
Now...was I in the wrong? I don't think so. The aim of hiding the list was to squeeze as much money as possible sell as much as we could at the full price to the punters....which we did. Anyone saving items the day before is losing us nothing. I said I didn't mean to undermine her but stuck to my guns with my reason for flashing the list about.
Undermined. FFS. I think the real reason for her reaction was because she doesn't really like F and D. Simple as that but she won't admit it.
5 minutes later Boss said she was fine and it was forgotten but I know her. Holding grudges is her forte, and she's got the passive aggressive down to a fine art too so although she won't say it, I know this won't be forgotten.
My job isn't all that bad but sometimes, just sometimes I'd like to tell them all to stick their office politics up their arse.
Nice rant bear. good stuff. We have a 'no-one is allowed to put stuff by for later/tomorrow/when the sale starts' policy. Of course is doesnt stop us trying but if our stash of soon to be reduced stock is discovered at best it gets put away and maybe a wee bollocking too.
Your precious snowflake manager needs consistently. Can't decide some people know whats on sale and some not.
You're not working today are you, confused? I sincerely hope not, you deserve a rest.
Boxing Day shopping. I've just seen the local news and apparently there were 1500 people queuing at the Bullring at 6am...and at least 1000 were queuing from last night! WHAT THE FUCK IS WRONG WITH THESE PEOPLE?!
I just don't get it. When did the boxing day sales become a tradition, because that's what it is now - a festive tradition. Never mind the season of goodwill and peace to all - it is now the season of spend as much as you can on shit you probably don't need and nobody really wants.
The Pope said that Christmas is too materialistic and he's right. Get a grip, people, and just THINK about what you are doing.
Another thing that always gets me is the British capacity for booze. Don't get me wrong, I like a drink myself but I can't handle much. A couple of extra days off work and us Brits seemingly run our livers at full capacity turning wine into water. What's that all about ? Is life really that unbearable without drink ?
Good point, microphull. Why do the British have a collective drink problem?
I'm teetotal now, have been for about the last 6 or 7 years I think (a big night out that ended in brandy quaffing which then led to my stomach feeling like it was being wrung out like a wet cloth put me off drink for life), but I was a never a big drinker. I didn't like the feeling of my belly being full of liquid. Swishing around and all that...bleurgh. But why can't we have a few drinks and keep it civilised, instead of ending up lying in a gutter somewhere.
sunday afternoon job browse and its the same old shit as ever.
I know this is pretty much the same rant as ever.
but its all amazon warehouse, get fresh warehouse or similr.
trouble is I don't know what I want!
there was a paid job going at the barnados charity shop. sorting donations, doing window displays, keeping the racks of shite fresh and interesting. yep all sounded good in a no stress way, but there was all this stuff about kpi's and health and safty paperworks and just blah. if I'm to do management work I want magagment pays thanks. but the main thing that put me off id wrangling the old lady volunteers. having heard bears tales of woes with that, urgh, no thanks!
Don't blame it one me, confused. Old ladies can be lovely...but it's true, they can also be a right royal pain in the arse!! I would say that all that shit about KPI's etc might just be to make the job sound more important than it really is...I guess it all depends on how strict the manager is.
Little rant (again) from me. Appraisals. Oh, the joy of having to write a review of your work during the past year and giving yourself a score ('fucking marvelous' wasn't on the list, unfortunately) and then have to discuss it with your manager.
How I hate having to do appraisals. And I still have an extra bit to do but have no clue whatsoever to write. Utter bollocks.
Kanuck honest as always. lol One of the nastiest people I ever had the "pleasure" of as a customer was a little old lady. Bloody hell she was toxic. I removed her number and blocked her on my phone she was that bad. She alone gives little old ladies a bad name.
Dealing with customers can be a challenge, an older friend of mine, who shall remain nameless, tells of his trip out to the east coast.......
As we entered the Home Hardware in New Waterford conversation went like this........
“An what can we does for ya bi's ta day eh!!” “Green boat an dorey paint..yes bi right over hare !!! Did ya needs some white...” I say's no bi..I paints white and me wife paints green so if'n I gets white paint I gots ta put er on the wood!! “Ah geez bi I know that feelin'..they just can't see ya sit and do nutin' fer a day”!!
In Quebec young lady asked if I collected airmiles, "No my dear we are driving...but me wife collects em...but she's gone to da can” !! Silence and like a deer in the headlights am sure it took awhile ta sink in. Ya gotta do what ya gotta do at da moment.
The local hardware and grocery store staff are never quite sure how to respond to his requests and commentary ..... as he says ya gota do what ya gota do!