Monday, August 18, 2008

Its not MY job but.....

Am I allowed to bitch about Richard's job and HIS bosses? Its not that I miss the days that I regularly complained about my job but HIS bosses really make me mad.

Take today for example, its a very very rare long weekend here and his bosses in Malaysia know it. This is time that I cherish because Aaron and I have very little time together with Richard during the normal work week. Yet, the boss HAS to find something urgent to bug Richard with all day long.

I've noticed that this is also the case whenever Richard goes on leave. The guy will be calling Richard while we're at the airport, checking in at the hotel, by the pool or WHEREVER we may be. So, he's the sort that never takes a day off (even Sundays) and its really coming across as if he can't stand to know that people are not working. He has to make sure that you do at least some sort of work during your holidays.

This morning when I thought Richard and I would have some time to chat or play Boggle or something, the guy called. No big deal. Then not long after that, when we wanted to play with Aaron, he called again. And it was a loooong call. I felt like I was a pot of water, slowly simmering and then finally reaching a boil. Its childish, but I made sure to talk loudly in the background, I left Aaron crying for longer than he needed, and I made all sorts of comments about time off. Yeah yeah, it will ultimately hurt Richard but I wasn't thinking. I was boiling remember!

I'm probably particularly cheesed off today because I just heard yesterday that the factory in Malaysia (where Richard was prior to Palembang) has recently converted to a 5 day work week. When Richard was there he got a huge lecture when he asked about that and was told that he was too calculating with the company and if he wanted to be that way, then he'll "GET IT" when bonus was paid. Meanwhile, Palembang is now the only factory out of six that is still working the extra two hours each day (because it would be too calculating to leave at the official time) and still working from 8-1pm on Saturdays. Y'know, they won't even consider a rotational system for allowing people a Saturday off????

Yes, we made the choice together for him to join this company knowing that it had certain stupid work practices but it doesn't mean that I can't have my little rant here. It makes me feel better and I don't have a bonus to jeopardize.

Anyway, nothing will change. I'll just have to accept this as part of the overall package. I get the good stuff but I need to have the bad stuff too. The boss will make sure of that.


Bilbo said...

I'm pretty lucky with my job...I almost never have to work any weekends, and only occasionally work overtime (but when it happens, it REALLY happens!). Agnes, on the other hand, has to work a half-day almost every Saturday, which really screws up our ability to do dance competitions (which are usually on weekends) or plan weekend getaways. She gets a day off during the week to compensate, but it's not the same as having a full two-day weekend. We feel for you. All I can say is, "good luck."

Mike said...

Over the years I've worked for hyperactive people like that. To them if you're not working you're not doing anything. They don't have the mental capacity to NOT work.

Jean-Luc Picard said...

Job satisfaction is scarce.

GJ said...

What about, turining it off, then explain

My battery was flat

I left the charger at home

the phone is broken

Indosat is so unreliable (True)