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December, 2013

  1. Happy New Year (Oh, And Your Unemployment Benefits are Ending)

    December 28, 2013 by Lady Unemployed

    If you haven’t heard, the turn of the New Year means that a lot of people out of work who are on unemployment get screwed over.

    On the positive side, this means that the unemployment rate goes down significantly. It sure does look good on news reports when you aren’t having as many people appear on that list of unemployed Americans anymore doesn’t it?

    I’m being sarcastic, of course.

    The problem seems to be is our solution to the debt crisis is take from the poor when shouldn’t it be the other way around? I think we should develop a Robin Hood approach to how we run our government. Take from the rich, give to the poor.

    Well, happy new year folks.

    Supposedly there is a current push to extend the benefits for at least three more months. Let’s hope that happens.

    In the words of one of the higher ups in my company that I had to work for who made my work experience at my company a living hell for the last 8 months –

    Shit rolls downhill.

    Yes, yes it does.


  2. The Real Reason You Are Getting Sick at Work around the Holidays

    December 20, 2013 by Lady Unemployed

     

    Lately, everyone is sick at work. Sick-sick, too. Like, gross sick.

    And I realized why late yesterday evening as I wandered into the break room.

    You know why?

    The candy dish.

    Just imagine for a second. So, a coworker or boss or supervisor reveals a box of chocolates (cue Forrest Gump joke) or a bag of candy or treats from some vendor or client that wants to thank you for your services.

    Pretty cool, right?

    Well, cue the vultures. About 5 to 15 coworkers will touch a box of candy or treat, depending on the size and amount.

    Everyone dips their bare hands into the bowl, plate or box of sugary crap none of us should be eating.

    Remember, all of these hands have been coughed on, sneezed on, wiping their noses, wiping their ears, touching their body parts as they went to the bathroom (and you know a lot of people don’t wash their hands after the bathroom). And now, all of these hands are touching food that you are about to indulge in. Sure, there’s a chance that people end up eating whatever they touch. But not everyone follows that policy.

    So why does the germ in the office regurgitate itself over and over again? Especially around the holiday season?

    The candy. The cookies. The treats.

    Take caution. And if you must indulge, be the first vulture before the others touch it first!

    And for God’s sake people, wash your hands.

    With that said, Merry Christmas and have a wonderful holiday season everyone!

     


  3. Standing Up For Myself at Work (& My True Passion)

    December 7, 2013 by Lady Unemployed

    On Tuesday, I spoke with the lady I assist at work and she accused me of being a doormat. This is right after I had apologized to a company for emailing them too much (after she had just told me they had complained to her about me emailing them too much). There’s a lot of things I am, but being a doormat, is not one of them.

    This was the final straw. This was on top of crying at least twice a week and my whole Thanksgiving being ruined because she had reamed me out over a mistake I made. She has no understanding or patience and the expectation for perfection has made me want to tear my hair out.

    On December 4th (my birthday), I decided to stand up for myself. I spoke to my boss and told her I wasn’t interested in being an assistant anymore. She asked whether I felt this way in general about the job duties or whether or not I wanted to assist this one lady. I explained it was a mix of both. She asked what career path I would be interested in.

    That’s when I said it…

    I said my true passion is writing and if I could somehow find a position in the creative department, that would be more in line with what I want to do.

    So, long story short, I will no longer be working in a department I don’t have any feelings for and I won’t be assisting a woman that has made my work experience a living hell. (And I’m not the only one, she went through four assistants before me).

    I don’t know what will happen on Monday (I have worked from home Thursday and Friday because I was “sick.” Although mostly, because I wanted to avoid going in when they told her). But no matter what, I am proud of myself.