Thursday, March 12, 2009

This place is going to fall apart

Seriously, if I end up moving out of the city (we'll know for sure in 7 days! Yikes!) and leaving my job, I have no idea how my current coworkers are going to cope. It's nice to be needed, I suppose, even if sometimes I'm needed for reasons that are completely trivial and stupid. For example:

- The CEO just left a business card on my desk while I was at lunch with a post-it note attached. The post-it explained that he wanted the information entered into our database. In half the time he took to write the note, he could've typed the name into our easy-to-use, web-based database and discovered that this person has been in our database for over a year.

- I am the only person in our office that can use the postage meter. No, really. The only one. Never mind the fact that we all attended the exact same half-hour presentation on how to use the postage meter, never mind that there's a user's manual attached to the postage meter - I am the only person capable of operating it. Anytime anyone goes to use it, they inevitably stand in front of it in confusion for fifteen minutes and then yell, "Tova!! Can you come show me how to use the postage meter??" It is utterly mind-boggling to me. I don't even mind helping, necessarily. I just can't figure out why I'm the only one who knows how to use it.

- I am superb at unjamming the copy machine.

Ah, it's nice to be such a valuable member of this team. Of course, I could've skipped college and possessed this specialized skill set without having any student loans to pay back, but that's ok. If we move and I start looking for a new job, you'd better believe that these amazing skills will be listed on my resume.


Call Me Cate said...

Job security. These are invaluable skills. I say you ask for a raise!

Snarky A. said...

I second Cate's call for Tova to get a raise. Let us know if you need us to sign some kind of Tova-Raise petition.

.::~P~::. said...

I have the exact same problems as you. My co-worker brought his bitching to our Head office for a simple act of "print the invoice and fax to the customer"

You literally have to click on their company and go PRINT.

ou la la SO HARD - I have to do it.

Tranquility said...

Haha... I used to have a boss like that. He wasted so much of both our time on silly, pointless issues - or he would ask me to take care of things that had been done forever! In the meantime, I had a real job to do and could have done it a lot faster if he'd stop poking his head into my office every ten minuts! ;)

How exciting! I can hardly wait to see where you will end up!

Moi said...

postage meter operations - genius level
copy machine specialist - emphasis in jamming

yes these are fabulous traits. On mine I would include:

proficient at using excess time for internet research (blogging)

koala said...

That's a scary story in your "about me" section.

SkylersDad said...

If this was the future like in the movie Galaxy Quest, you would be the only one who could speak commands to the computer!

Errant said...

Don't you worry about them Tova .. they know how to deal with these things they are just being dependent .. when you leave they'll be forced to "take it seriously"

Ambles said...

The babies need to grow up. It's okay, they can do it!

Pam said...

Haha, I have the same problem! I do all the stuff that they can't, and I have 2 degrees that none of them do... but its all things that could be done in 5 seconds or less..


wendy said...

Ooh - I'm a whiz at the copier as well! I'm VERY proud of that fact!! :)

Angie said...

Unjamming the copy machine TOTALLY counts as resume appropriate. My old boss said that for about a month after I left. anytime the copier jammed after 4pm (when the other woman who knew how to fix it went home) they just wouldn't make copies until she came in the next day.

pj said...

Everytime I write a student loan check a little piece of me dies. Heck, I am not even using the drinking and gambling skills I learned in college.

Julie said...

Well, at leat your boss hasn't said this week "you really should build up your side job because you may not be here for long".


Laura said...

We all understand your pain. This is such a difficult time for everyone. They are lucky to have you darling. I know they know that :)

Always a Bridesmaid said...

Ha ha ha! Love this post. Guess there's something to be said about job security, right?

Candy's daily Dandy said...

Ohhh! I've been away too long, I need to catch up on the Tova happenings.
7 days till you know where Mr. Darling will be doing his residency I assume...?

Phat Mama said...

Wait until you have kids. You won't believe the trivial needs that only you can fill/know how to do.

Running an electric can opener. Putting a band-aid on so it won't fall off. Divvying up the last of the ice cream so there are equal shares. Finding the favored stuffed animal (usually located under a seat in the car). Unwrapping a sucker the boy beat the girls hair with.

Ah, the list goes on into eternity.
You'll be amazing of course, Tova. (I read along with your blog like an addict so I know you're Mommy material.)

At least you'll know how to run the postage meter when you want to ship the 'lil Darlings' someplace far off. :)

Megan said...

That sounds EXACTLY like what I did at my last job. EXACTLY. LOL

(Wonder how they're doing now that I'm not there. :0P)

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