This is the remainder of the story I started in the previous post, as promised.
When I left off, I had accepted the job offer that I didn’t like because the Lordt told me to.
I had intended to start on the suggested start date in the offer letter from Sunrise Wood Designs which was about 2 weeks away from the date of the letter. I was going to do that hoping that a better offer would be turn up from somewhere else but I finally decided to start a week from the date of the offer letter. I DREADED my first day the entire week (if that’s not a clear sign taking the job was a bad idea, nothing is). I felt like I was heading to the gallows rather than my first day of work! It turns out I had reason to…
My first day I showed up and finally got a good look at the Sunrise Wood Designs corporate office I’d be working in. I went in the “break room” and almost passed out it was so horrible, nasty, dirty and disgusting. Seems that they employ at lot of (possibly undocumented) workers for manual labor who use the break room many times throughout the day after working outside in the hot sun. Unfortunately, the break room was only a modicum cooler than their outdoor working conditions. Also unfortunately, the ladies’ room was right next to the break room and the only means by which to get to the ladies’ room was to walk through said break room usually full of hot, dirty, non-English-speaking men. Worse, all conversing would cease the second a woman walked into the break room to get to the facilities. Cree-pee. This picture sums up the entirety of what I was dealing with at the Sunrise Wood Designs corporate office without my supplying ANY other:
I was taken to my
crappy, dingy cubicle work area and discovered that not only was it dingy but it was situated so that anyone that came to it was to behind me and to my left so that I had to turn completely around to see or talk to them (not to mention anyone that walked up could see what I was working on on the monitor; i.e. Sunrise Wood Designs confidential company financial information sigh). But the coup de gras, the wall-slide moment of the entire day was that my. chair. was. broken. double sigh I couldn’t sit back in the chair without it leaning me back into a 45° angle EVEN with the chair back in the locked position. That was the point at which my cup runneth over from all that I had seen (but not described to you; sorry) and I was undone. I almost lost my chill! I maintained my composure on the outside but on the inside I was like:
I swear to you that I sat in my broken chair in my dingy cubicle generously supplied by Sunrise Wood Designs and cried tears of despair at my own idiocy. This could not be my portion; God couldn’t have wanted this for me. This is where I go when Jesus takes the wheel? I’d rather walk! (see prior article for religious disclaimer). I made it through the day and whined despondently to my husband when I got home because I realized I had to go back until I found something better. But what was I SUH-POSED to do with a “brokeback” chair?! What, I ask you? End up like ‘dis?
Long story short, my resolve weakened and I barely lasted 2 weeks. The
chair straw that (almost) broke my back (get it?) was when they told me they wouldn’t replace the chair and “they would see what they could do” about it. Which everyone alive with a job that is bullsh*t knows is universal code for “Bye Felicia!” and you are supposed to go away and never come back. I also had my requests for other very small and sundry office supplies summarily denied. I found out later that Sunrise Wood Designs pretty much requires their employees to buy their own supplies except for file folders and copy paper. I know, I know: there’s no end in sight for the depth of my stupidity; don’t rub it in! I even explained to them that I have ongoing, chronic back pain due to a back injury sustained in a car accident in 2010 but they gave no damns. I was going home every night for over a week, getting in bed and lying on my heating pad, unable to move . I decided I’d buy my own chair, dammit! I would NOT spend 9 hours or more a day in agony in a broken chair! The chair arrived at almost the end of week 2. Then…I found out…wait for it…I had to get special permission to buy my own chair. When the Sunrise Wood Designs Office Manager (she gave herself a much fancier title than that though; Director of Office Administration or some such nonsense I don’t remember) told me that foolishment, all I could do was look at her like:
Do you want to know the logic behind this utterly nonsensical rule (that wasn’t in the Sunrise Wood Designs handbook, by the way)? Of course you do. Because the CEO doesn’t want people to get jealous because they are in the broke-down company-provided chairs while other folks decide to spend their own money on the “mac daddy of all chairs”. Mmmm-hmmm, yeah ok. (-_-).
Never mind that I had a medical reason for needing the chair, or that I had brought the broken chair to their attention on day 1, or even that the company-provided
junk chair was broken; I need special permission to spend my own money because, you know…reasons.
Ah, but you know how the saying goes: too soon old, too late smart…just like other painful moments in life that serve no other discernible purpose, it was a LEARNING experience. Why am I sharing this embarrassing tragedy with you? Well, because according to Roy Williams, “A smart man makes a mistake, learns from it, and never makes that mistake again. But a wise man finds a smart man and learns from him how to avoid the mistake altogether”. The moral of this story is listen to the screaming voice in your head telling you to not do something stupid like take a job you don’t want (unless that voice normally gives you bad job advice like it’s ok to wear to an interview the outfit you had on last night at the club that makes you look like you’re interviewing to be a stripper and not a receptionist at a law firm; don’t listen to that voice). I engaged in foolishment so you don’t have too! Way to take one for the team!
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