September 16, 2005

ways to freak me out at work

i may have mentioned once or twice or 879 times how i'm not the biggest fan of my current job. which is why when i got a phonecall from my boss this week, who prefaced the conversation with "um, are you alone at your desk right now? ok.. good.. um... i need to talk to you about something," i got very nervous. i haven't been the most, uh, diligent worker the past week or so - i STILL haven't gotten those nefarious test results back yet, for one thing, so the ol' attention span is not what it used to be. plus, my workload is starting to get just depressing, as opposed to alarming, and also, did i mention i work in finance? EW.

also, i had this sort of mild feud a while back with a highly heinous coworker. she's awful. i usually don't have problems with people, but if you're going to be a straight-up bitch to me and condescend publicly in emails with several important people copied in? NO MA'AM. (incidentally, i'm not the only one who has problems with this wench. i've had to take over several of her accounts, due to the fact that the managers on those accounts have gone to our boss and announced they will not work with said wench, ever, finite, period. so it's not just me. she's wenchy.)

but. anyway. i get this phonecall, and my first thought is, "oh shit, someone noticed i'm not working very hard. maybe my accounts have been complaining? FUCK I'M GETTING FIRED." second thought is, "oh shit, did he somehow hear me badmouthing The Wench? FUCK I'M GETTING FIRED."

after a few more agonizing moments of "yes... so... i need to talk to you about something. confidentially. ok?" i finally get to the meat of the conversation: i'm getting a rather startlingly large raise. out of nowhere. a 17% raise, in fact. granted, when you make very little, 17% of that is also fairly little, but DUDE! 17%!!! that's freaking awesome!!

you also have to remember i came from a failing airline before this job, where a "raise" meant "we'll skip you on the pay cuts this time, congratulations!" so an ACTUAL RAISE, wherein my paycheck actually gets larger? like, noticeably so? big deal! also awesome! and amazing!

it also makes a crappy job a seem a little better when you're getting paid more, and also when i realize that although i really dislike it, i apparently do a bang-up job at it anyway. the ol' integrity felt rewarded at that.

to celebrate, i will be DRINKING MYSELF SILLY this weekend, since i'm off antibiotics, and i'm going to state college, pa, to visit an old college bud. drunken times to ensue, i hope. have a lovely weekend, everyone :-)

16 comments:

  1. Congrats, babe- they just think you're awesome!!

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  2. yayyyyyyyyyyyyy you!!!! 17% is awesome!!!

    whenever I get one of those calls I'm always "oh noooooooo, they can see how much internet surfing I am doing.... "
    haha.

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  3. HOORAY!!! That's all. Just HOORAY!!!

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  4. Congratulations!!! That's awesome news. I hate hearing the boss preface a request for a confidential conversation that way. But I'm glad all is well. Hope you party and drink yourself silly. :)

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  5. Congratulations! Enjoy the weekend :)

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  6. Congrats... those drinks are going to taste that much sweeter this weekend.

    I think you should drink 17% more than usual. :-)

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  7. Yaay for unexpected raises... that's the kind of surprise me likey :)

    -N

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  8. congrats on the raise. if slacking off and being distracted are the keys to success, i'm well on my way!

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  9. Good job on the raise. Less work = more $$$$. Go figure!

    I always tell my boss that he/she should never start a sentence with, "Um, I need to talk to you." I tell them to ALWAYS say, "I need to talk to you about xxx, it's god/bad."

    I mean, that's just common courtesy, right?

    ~Jef

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  10. CONGRATULATIONS!!! 17% Is great, and I think you deserve it.
    Does this mean there's a possibility of them firing the Wench no one likes and giving you her workload?
    Anyway, when this weekend rolls around, pour a little sip of whatever your drinking on the ground for your blog homies. PEACE OUT!

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  11. Congrats! A job always seems better when you get a little recognition or someone shows their appreciation. Even better when that appreciation helps your bottom line!

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  12. That's fantastic!!!! Good for you.
    I work with a crazy bitch like that. The whole office hates her but she thinks she has it good with my boss so she actually went to him and tried to get me fired. Fortunately it didn't work...but I will never forget it. I'm just waiting for the right time to nail her ass.

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  13. I know a lot of good ways to get back a azz-wipe co-workers!

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  14. Hell, nothing like a 17% raise to start off the weekend! I'm so happy for you. Hopefully, you drank yourself silly and partied like a rockstar!

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  15. one year I got a 25% raise and 10,000 end of year bonus.

    that knocked my socks off....

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  16. Very nice. Very nice, indeed.

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