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January 13th, 2006


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11:44 am - Ooh. I should probably take that down.
Casual Friday is cancelled at work today because we're having some of the upper management staff touring the building. This happens whenever we have clients or management come in. It's not a big deal -- these days it's easier for me to assemble an outfit around a pair of khakis than a pair of jeans.

They also ask us to tidy up our cubicles, which usually seems like a pointless requirement. Clients visiting the building don't want to see my department. They want to meet managers, say hi to the sales rep who sold them their account, and see our customer service center. My department is comprised of operations staff. The only clients who want to meet me are those who want to hit me because I'm screwing them out of their money (though legally, they're screwing themselves out of their money).

Upper management is the same way when they grace our humble office: they want to hobnob with the higher-ups, take a look at the call center, and go out for an expensive lunch with our site manager. The only exception is our CEO, who, when he first took up the position, announced that upper management needed to be more visible and accessible to the average employee. And they have been. It really took me by surprise one Friday afternoon last year when suddenly I heard a voice behind me say "...and this is Colin Gagnon, one of our merchant dispute specialists. He co-coordinates our United Way campaign." I turned around and found myself face to face with our CEO, whose first words to me were something like "Pleased to meet you. Is that pantyhose hanging on your wall?"

It was not a proud moment, and I curse they day I ever received those stockings as a Secret Santa gift (December 19th, 2002).

Anyway, it is in light of that memory and this article which mentions the strong Christian values of my company's upper management that I think it might be a good idea to take down the WOW Award I've been displaying for the last few months.

There used to be another level of management between my boss and her superior, but the position was eliminated two years ago when it was noticed that this women spent most of her time planning arts and crafts projects and similar "fun" activities for the department. She wasn't lazy, there just wasn't much for an extra manager to do. One of her many ideas was the WOW award, a small certificate you could fill out and present to a co-worker who had "gone above and beyond." The idea was probably to document worth that might otherwise be overlooked in a performance review, but there was always some ambiguity as to whether things like picking up lunch or telling a really funny joke were WOW-worthy.

At the time of her uh, dismissal, there were a couple of hundred blank WOW certificates. In the interim, they've become sort of a joke, and every once in awhile one of them gets filled out for no real reason. Here's the one I took down:


It's a good thing I caught it early. Sometimes we haven't been so lucky with offensive material, such as the time when somebody taped George W. Bush's face over a statue of Jesus Christ.

We don't talk about that incident.

We're not allowed to.
Current Mood: relievedrelieved
Current Music: Wendy Carlos -- Ganymede

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From:laperleprofonde
Date:January 13th, 2006 05:53 pm (UTC)
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lol.

what a weird place to work!
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From:sacredspud
Date:January 13th, 2006 07:47 pm (UTC)
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The thing is, it's not that weird outside of my department. I've been here for four years, and what's kept me here is my boss and coworkers. I don't think I could have this anywhere else in the company.
From:renny1780
Date:January 13th, 2006 05:58 pm (UTC)
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I like the award. It makes me smile and giggle like an old school marm...er...yeah.

Your place of employment is entertaining.
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From:sacredspud
Date:January 13th, 2006 07:47 pm (UTC)
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It's be less entertaining if I worked anywhere else in the company. I don't think I could handle it.
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From:seanorange
Date:January 13th, 2006 08:55 pm (UTC)
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Your place sounds so interesting. Any openings?

~Sean
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From:sacredspud
Date:January 15th, 2006 03:19 am (UTC)
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Sadly, there are probably no openings which would interest you. More than 90% of the job openings that appear are for call center positions, but if you're really interested, I'm sure you could find our job openings somewhere on our site. I'd find the job listings myself, but my internet connection is having, well, issues. I'm having trouble loading much of anything.
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From:seanorange
Date:January 15th, 2006 03:34 am (UTC)
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I'm sadly more serious than I would like to be. I'm ready to take just about any opening if it can get me to Madison. That window closes once I sign my lease for post-January (which they STILL haven't printed up for me, slowpokes. How long does a credit check take, anyway?). After that? Maybe I'll see you all in June.

~Sean
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From:xoshua
Date:January 13th, 2006 09:07 pm (UTC)
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the best part is that you aren't allowed to talk about it... it's not as funny otherwise. do you realize that is actually two awards in one?

~j!
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From:sacredspud
Date:January 15th, 2006 03:29 am (UTC)
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Well, whether it's one award or two, it's still not appropriate for our upper management. I don't think they're allowed to have a sense of humor.
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From:devianttouch
Date:January 14th, 2006 03:49 pm (UTC)
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You know, we have something equivalent to the WOW award at WPS - it's called "Kudos" and no one ever uses them, but now I have some ideas of Kudos I can send to one of my co-workers.
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From:koriandrkitten
Date:January 15th, 2006 02:39 am (UTC)
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I'd like to make mention that you're online, and I'm online, and the first time this happens, you make it so I can't post to your new entry.

This means you suck :P
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From:sacredspud
Date:January 15th, 2006 03:15 am (UTC)
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Yeah.... right now pretty much everybody sucks.
Ooh. I should probably take that down. - Garmonbozia for the soul.

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