to begin again from where i am.... to recognize mistakes and start again from a blank page...
it's been a very long day, fraught with highs and lows.... mainly lows. it's been a many kleenex day, if the truth be told. when starting from a low place, any direction is uphill, and very hard, discouraging work.
... but the view from the top just might be a big improvement over the one down below, if we can just get there.
Sometimes magic is the result of really hard work. perhaps more often than not. certainly, it's difficult, if not impossible to make joy without it.
recognize this guy?
...... the governator back in his Terminator days. just before lunch today, my boss played the role of Terminator. i was the
yep, they fired me
there was this incident.... a new employee was hired. a very highly paid, and, if logic applies, therefore a very highly skilled employee. i know this stuff because i do payroll. i only suspected the high pay rate at the time because he's a senior engineer. pay rate was, in fact the issue in question. it's problematic for the person doing payroll to pay an employee if they don't know what that employee's rate of pay is. so... with cutoff past and hours tallied, everything was ready to send off for processing and payment.... everything except the precise rate of pay for this new, quite likely highly paid employee.
the company hires out human resources stuff to an HR contractor. a 'specialist', also very highly paid. i know this because i also did payables. to complicate things further, it wasn't just matter of asking someone in the office how much to pay him. the HR 'specialist' and the employee in question both work in a branch office, half the length of the province from the main office, where i work .... um, worked. after trying, unsuccessfully, for a week or so, to contact this HR person - after leaving voice messages and sending emails to her and her staff requesting the info, with not so much as a reply from her, and only 'i'll get the info to you as soon as i have it' from her staff, it was after 2 pm on friday. i had till 5 pm that day to get this done and i still hadn't heard anything. So i called the branch manager, asking if perhaps he could forward the info. he didn't have it, but he must have contacted the HR contractor, because, magically, she called me only minutes after i spoke to him.... she was more than a bit huffy because she's a very busy, very important person who can't be chasing stuff like this around. she cancelled a client meeting in order to get the info to me in time. so everybody got paid .
But we had to have a phone meeting to discuss this issue, and find out what the problem was. so she scheduled a conference call. in the course of the ensuing discussion, i explained to her and her employee, the problem was that the payroll clerk didn't have the payroll info that someone had been sitting on for 2 weeks, and the person who had the info wouldn't answer my calls or emails. there followed a long explanation about how blameless she was, and how terribly busy, and how inappropriate it was for me to have bothered the branch manager about this. so, what, i wondered aloud, would have been appropriate? perhaps not paying the employee would have been appropriate? no sooner had i finished the sentence, than there was the sound of her vehicle making its 'open door' reminder sound. "excuse me", she said, i'm just filling up the car on the way to taking my sweetie to the airport".
there followed more self-important explanations of how she didn't have time for this sort of thing and how it wasn't even really her job - she was just doing the boss (my employer, and, incidentally, hers) a favour. what then, i wondered (with my inside voice this time) WAS her job? the 'busy' thing rankled. i was impertinent enough to suggest that we were all very busy, and there wouldn't have been a problem if the info had been sent to me in the first place. it was a stalemate. though she was adamant that she wasn't trying to blame anyone, she was extremely displeased that i wouldn't concede that i was the party in the wrong.
so, early this week, when my immediate supervisor called (also the boss' wife), and wanted to discuss the issue, i knew i'd been 'reported'. i could only explain that the person i was told to get the info from, after numerous attempts to make contact, would not so much as reply. it had, at the time, seemed imperative to look elsewhere for the info if the new employee was to receive a paycheck. my supervisor clearly did not believe me. "well, i never have any trouble getting in touch with her," i was told. "that," my mouth replied before my brain had a chance to edit, "is because you're not a minion". i could tell by the long, pregnant pause the words invoked on the other end or the line, that this was not well received.
when they called me in to the boss' office this morning to fire me, i asked if this had anything to do with this HR person's displeasure with me. the boss pretended not to know anything about it, but his eyes got very shifty and nervous - he couldn't look at me - when he said that no, he didn't know what i was referring to; i reasonably certain he was lying. "it just doesn't seem to be a good fit," he said.
it was the word of a minion against the word of someone much more important. i must be a trouble maker, so i had to go.
after i got home and had a good cry, i couldn't help but notice that the sky hadn't fallen in, and the world was much the same as it had been before this calamity happened, so i had to concede that, surprisingly, it isn't the end of the world. when my daughter come home to find me there hours before i should have got off work, i swallowed my humiliation and told her i'd been fired. her look of disbelief was worth the humiliation it cost to speak the awful words. when i told her i thought it was about the payroll thing (which i'd ranted to her about the day it happened) she said, "that wasn't the right job for you anyway".
and she's right. the structure and hierarchy of big biz is not a good place for me. they were right. it wasn't a good fit, for reasons they didn't even comprehend. with 2 mortgages to pay, being unemployed scares the hell out of me; i've already applied for unemployment insurance. i'm doing my best to believe that this is the beginning of something better. when i began this job i was very close to a complete mental breakdown from the previous job. i went from one very stressful job to another very stressful job. i don't think i deserved to be fired, but, on some weird level, it feels a bit like a blessing. i CAN do a 9 - 5 desk job, but it takes a very big toll on me. perhaps this isn't a crisis at all, but an opportunity. with any luck i'll be able to get unemployment insurance long enough to have a bit of a rest (while looking for another job).... a rest that already was badly needed 6 months ago, when there was no opportunity to take it.
" I have to allow myself to make mistakes and be willing to start over from a blank page. With so many things in life we don't have that luxury but at least we could work on the theory the best course of action is to begin again from wherever we are right now - considering lessons learned of course."
there has been very little joy on the dipstick of my life for a very long time.... lately, just barely enough to get a reading..... i'm reminded of the importance of magic, and that magic is closely linked to joy. i'm pulling up to the pumps now. fill 'er up!
many thanks, Susan
would you let me know if you hear of any job openings for a smart-mouthed fiddle player?