Reason # 2987 Why Iâ€™m No Longer Enamored with My Day Job
Copyrighted by Lorna Tedder. Originally published in Third Degree of Contrast.
Grrrrr. As I said, Iâ€™m not loving my job this week.
I missed Â some Â meetings Â almost Â a Â month Â ago. Â The week Daddy died. While I was at his funeral.
Iâ€™ve worked with these people for a long, long time. Iâ€™ve rarely Â missed their meetings, Â with the exception Â of one where I was at a conference in Daytona and had preapproved my absence many months before they changed their meeting time to the week I was gone. There was another meeting that was changed to a week that coincided with another Â out-of-town Â conference Â I couldnâ€™t Â cancel. They change their schedule a Â whole lot more than I do and Iâ€™ve often planned my absences around their official, â€œpublishedâ€ Â schedule.Â Â Iâ€™ve Â been Â flexible Â and Â Iâ€™ve Â rescheduled my work many times to accommodate them.
Daddy died during the absolute busiest work week of my year. I needed to be at their meetings that week, but my personal life took priority. My boss notified them that my dad had passed away and that I wouldnâ€™t be back until the next week. Someone else stepped in to take over my job. Â That Â doesnâ€™t Â happen Â a Â lot Â in Â my Â careerâ€”usually things are still there and piled even higher when I return from a vacation or illness. But this time, because the work could not wait for me to return, they got a quick replacement who was knowledgeable, Â friendly, Â and efficientâ€” and who knew Â how I workedâ€”even Â if she did end up getting blamed when things went awry.
Since my return from Georgia, these particular people have acted a little cool toward me. My intuition has been telling me that Â there have been complaints but Iâ€™ve had no proof of that. It could have been that they were tired from all the work.
Today one of their engineers sought me out to tell me that he disagreed with their recent complaints (which my boss hadnâ€™t Â told me Â about). Â The complaint? Â The complaint was that I had not been present Â to support them the week Daddy died.
He and I agreed that itâ€™s a shame you canâ€™t plan funerals for weekends and Federal holidays, but thatâ€™s just the way it is.
Me, Iâ€™m not feeling too much like going out of my way to help these people.