Hello my fellow miscreants,
the Contract job is going pretty good, considering that I have had 2 weeks of training and still have only limited clues what I am doing. The job is the first new hires in 18 months, so they had a confused training regime. mostly it was “ah what should we show” or (my personal favorite) the spend 2 days being told about a system that was put in when the Bangles were in the music charts, only to be told “but we don’t support it, so if you get any calls, refer them to <this place>”
This week, I have the swing shift, because the operation is 24/5 (closed on weekends) there are some interesting shifts, the midnight to 8 shift, the 8 am to 4 shift, the 4 to noon shift, and my current assignment, the noon to 8 shift. the early shifts get hammered since the company is world-wide. During normal business hours for China, Russia, Europe and such, the early or over night shifts take a lot of calls. enough to prevent people from sleeping at their desks at the very least.
right now, its normal business hours, if your on an unnamed pacific island and happen to need support. I checked, they get an average of 4 calls a week.
To make matters worse, I am with a trainer, so there are 2 of us to answer any of the 4 calls we can expect this week.
I am torn, between “at least I am getting paid” and “try not to sleep” and to make matters worse, my badge does not work, so if I leave my cubicle for any reason I have to go to the trainer, and take him with me, or I will be locked out of my cubical.
the good news ? I have more than enough time to edit and write new books, to tease my new Muse (until she falls asleep) and be able to pay my mortgage this month (banks get really cranky when you don’t to that) the bad news, I have to do all of it sober.
The sacrifices we have to make. I personally am going to try to get as many swing shifts as I can!