Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Where's Waldo?

Sorry about that post there Horse Crazed!! I put up a post that I was going to be "road trippin" again and then accidentally deleted it. Not having time to repost before I had to head out to jump on the plane, I suppose it created a header and then there was nothing there.

So anyway, Yes, I am back in Colorado. OMG-the fall colors are so beautiful here. I will have pictures to post tomorrow. On a bit of a short notice, Chris asked if I could come out and help in his business office for a week.

Let me just tell you guys-this is not a pretty thing going on. We have some women who are pitted in some sort of a childish power struggle about who is supposed to be doing what, who is responsible for reporting to who and being very, very stingy with the information they are supposed to be sharing.

I got a very warm welcome at the office on Monday, when I got off the plane and went straight there. I was regaled with tales of hard work, the stuggles of running an office when there just doesn't seem to be good lines of communication and "enlightened" on how difficult My Honey can be to communicate with. I listened, nodding wisely and agreed. My Honey has high expectations, he does not care for, nor have time for 30 minutes of idle chitchat before he may or may not get the information he has requested and he is at the end of his rope with these heifers. Enter...Me!

After spending the afternoon telling me just how difficult it is to run such a large and complex office, I was very sweetly told, that I should just enjoy my week with My Honey and I wouldn't have to come into the office...they could handle it. That would be the "office manager" who was so concerned about me getting to enjoy my time here. Uhhhhh-huh!!

So that evening Chris and I had a very long and what started out to be a stressful conversation. Finally we got past the stress of it and really started to discuss what we thought were the problems. And the next morning, I headed back to the office to work on getting information to help resolve this purported lack of communication. I was most certainly not received with the same warm welcome that I had enjoyed the day before. As a matter of fact, they were so surprised to see me, they could not wipe the looks off their faces nearly fast enough. I set about trying to clearly define procedures that seemed to be causing problems and quickly found out that the office apparently does not have a procedures and policies manual.

Today, I actually had to call Chris and have him communicate to the office staff that any information that I wanted...they are supposed to provide. Bet you can imagine how well that went over...LMAO...That's me, causing Hate and Discontent wherever I go!!

So now I am working on producing an Employee Handbook, Job Descriptions and Procedures and Policies booklet for the office. Not as difficult as it sounds, because the office did have a wonderful computer program that automatically generates the documents after you answer a couple of questions. Huh...do you suppose the Safety and HR Manager should have made this a priority? Today, she allows that she is supposed to be the one working on it, so I asked her to print off what she had done so far...and she didn't! Since the registration process hadn't even been done on the computer program yet, I kinda think she hasn't even started.

I'm surprised that I am not bleeding to death from the daggers that were stabbing me as I gathered up my computer and documents and left the office this afternoon. LOL!! "Have a nice day ladies...See you in the morning.", was all that I said when I left. I could barely contain the giggling fit I was about to have.

Stay tuned...I have a feeling that this is just starting to get good.;-)

15 comments:

Adventures Of A Horse Crazed Mind said...

Cant WAIT to here more! This topic is a personal favorite of mine! Women and their catty ways! It is so funny how different men and women are sometimes. I bet by the end of it all they will be happy and thanking you (maybe:) but for now, glad that you are taking it all in stride and finding the humor too. Watch your back sista! lol

Mrs Mom said...

OMG!!! THIS is EXACTLY why I can NOT work in an office with other women. They drive me BATSHIT! (Short trip most days.) You git em girl. Want some Kevlar to ward off the baggers? LMAO

Have an awesome week there with Chris, and have fun kicking some ass. Just don't leave them too bloody!

Laura said...

Right on! Sounds like a wild week! Those hens won't know what hit them... Hopefully you can get things sorted out without tromping on them too much.

Hope you get a bit of fun time with Chris too!

Callie said...

OMG! Good for you, girl, Staighten out those heifers! LMAO!

Mikey said...

You shit-stirrer, you! Lmao, this is gonna be good.... I feel sorry for them heifers :) *evil grin* Get em girl!

ezra_pandora said...

Thank goodness there was no post, I thought my computer was messed up!!

And it's funny you are doing all that because I WANT to do that at my work, but my boss is totally into not following any sort of rule and one girl gets away with everything "not being her job" because she's young and has boobs. Know what I'm told? "Stop it, you're micro-managing." ??? What, because I want things to be run in some sort of ORDER?? I want to know exactly what the rules are supposed to be? sheesh. He tells me that situations are unique and need to be determined on a case by case basis. And that is why I don't get health insurance, but my co-worker (there is only TWO of us) does. I would only wish to be able to work with you being like that. Do it good!!

KD said...

The people may change but office politics always remain. I've been dealing with it for over 34 years ! Good for you for taking control.

MichelleSG said...

Appalling. I don't work with women. I only work with men, one of the kick ass bonuses of being a chemist, it's a man's world and I like it like that. When I was in college I worked as vet tech. Waaay too many women and I could not take it. Never again! You go woman, tell them to get their act together. I can't believe that you had to go all the way out there to do their jobs. Heads would be rolling if I were in your shoes...they should be counting their blessings.

cdncowgirl said...

You go girl!

I bet the reason you were not met with warmth the second day is they are scared of you. Scared of being put in their place and told how to do their jobs properly.

Eagerly awaiting updates :)

Vaquerogirl said...

MMMwaaahaaaa! (Sound of soap opera organ music here )Will the Brown -Eyed Cowgirl defeat the two-faced gorgon? Will Chris be able to retrieve the dropped jaws of his employees? Will the Office Manager manage to find her spine somewhere in the depths of the Imaginary I Can Do It Forest?
Stay tuned for another chapter of How the Office Turned ( into a real working place of buisness)...

SunnySD said...

Wanna come here next and kick some butt?

I work with almost all women. 99% of us/them do are jobs and don't cause internal problems. The other one is gives us all headaches. The boss is male. He's a hands-off manager, which works fine when things are clicking, but his hands-off method becomes avoidance when there's a problem - which there is. Lucky Chris that he has YOU to deal with the ladies for him.

Needless to say, I'm going to get lots of vicarious pleasure out of your setting things straight, so please do keep us all posted!

ezra_pandora said...

Hey there! I tagged you on a book tag that cdncowgirl tagged me with! Hope you don't mind and that you get a chance to do it :)

Andrea said...

I was wondering where that post went. I went to comment and then it was gone, GONE!!

Glad you made it okay. And DRAMA, is one reason I now stay at home. I can't stand office drama. Too many woman stuffed into a small space. Good luck. I bet they still have that look on their faces.

Rising Rainbow said...

I'm glad it's you and not me, I have enough stress in my life.

Melanie said...

Ahhhh...I just popped in for a minute, and realized that you have some really good stuff here!! I will have to come back in a bit, as I am off to school!

See you soon!!