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This particular rant is for those of you who work in an office and have your own desk/cubicle/work area. Fortunately, I haven't had this type of experience in quite a long time, but it did happen to me more than once, in multiple variations, and I was wondering if anyone else can relate.<br><br>
This is what happens: You take off a day or two, or a week or two, and they get somebody to cover for you who sits at your desk while you're gone. You come back to work to find:<br><br>
Sticky coffee rings all over your desk<br><br>
Food crumbs and other crud all over your desk and computer keyboard, and you make a point of keeping your desk and keyboard clean<br><br>
Ballpoint pens scattered all over the place, all without the caps<br><br>
Other items on your desk have been moved around, and if you're like me, you like things arranged in your work area just so.<br><br>
The box of tissues on your desk which you brought in yourself, and which was almost full when you left, is now almost empty.<br><br>
Somebody left the remains of their most recent stinky omni lunch in YOUR wastebasket. You know this because nobody got the wastebasket emptied for you while you were gone, and it's now overflowing.<br><br>
Your stapler is missing! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/shocked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":eek:"> (And it's a nice one, too.)<br><br>
The other person changed the position of the clips on the back of the keyboard to their liking (to make the keyboard stand up or lay flat), and didn't change them back.<br><br>
And oh yeah, this same person adjusted the height on your office chair and didn't change THAT back, either.<br><br>
Not to mention, if you have a seat or back cushion on your chair, that's either missing or has something sticky on it that wasn't there when you last left it.<br><br>
And last but not least, there's a sticky coffee ring on your printer, too, which is almost out of paper because the person who used it last didn't refill the paper tray.<br>
Either that, or they jammed TOO much paper into the paper tray, and the minute you start using the printer again, you get a paper jam. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/furious.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":furious:"><br><br>
So of course you can't get back to work right away, because it takes you at least the first 30 minutes of your shift to clean off your desk and get your work area back the way you like it.<br><br>
And to look for your missing stapler. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/brood.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":brood:"><br><br><i>If anyone reading this would like to use this thread to rant about their own workplace experiences, feel free to do so.</i> <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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I work in a hotel. Our owner never pays his bills, perhaps has no money at all.<br><br>
Right now, our credit card machine is not working because the owner didn't pay the bills.<br><br>
Our hotel van cannot pick up guests from the airport because the owner hasn't paid for the proper permits and label for the van.<br><br>
Because the owner didn't pay the franchise fees, the main hotel website tells guests that they cannot make a reservation because the hotel has no rooms available (which is not true, we have plenty of rooms.) Travelocity, expedia, etc...also won't let guests make reservations.<br><br><br>
Earlier this week, the fire department almost shut the hotel down because the bills to the fire alarm company had not been paid and no one was monitoring our system.<br><br>
We have no long-distance service, and therefore cannot send faxes to people who need them.<br><br>
My first paycheck here bounced, as did every other employee's, so now we have to drive 15 minutes to our owner's bank to cash them, just to make sure we're going to get our money. This bank recently told us that they're going to start charging $5 to cash checks there if we don't have an account with them.<br><br>
In the area where our owner wants us to eat our lunches, there is an ant infestation. I think they are fire ants. And I'm allergic.
 

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Amy, I've never had people use my desk while I'm out, so I haven't really experienced that. They do occasionally come over to my desk for something and leave weird stuff, though. Like I'll occasionally find pens at my desk and realize they were left by someone I was talking to earlier. Or my boss leans on my desk while talking to me, and when she leaves, I realize that her butt moved all my papers. She does that a lot.<br><br>
Actually, my bigger complaint about my boss is that she's constantly getting our team together "just for 5 minutes". We'll have a "quick" meeting that she tells us will be 5 or 10 minutes, and I don't think any of those meetings has ever lasted less than half an hour. Sometimes, they're an hour or more. But they all inevitably start with "Can we get together for 5 minutes to discuss this?" Since she always asks it as a question, I'm tempted to just say "I doubt it" next time.<br><br>
Dormouse, I'd start looking for a new job. Seriously, if they can't pay you reliably, then they don't deserve to be in business. I'd have started job hunting as soon as the first check bounced.<br><br>
--Fromper<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/juggle.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":juggle:">
 

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Dormouse, I'd start looking for a new job. Seriously, if they can't pay you reliably, then they don't deserve to be in business. I'd have started job hunting as soon as the first check bounced.<br><br>
--Fromper<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/juggle.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":juggle:"></div>
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That's what my dad said too. I did ultimately get my money, and I'm not trying to pay rent with this money. It's not urgent, but I think I am going to start making calls soon when I have some time. Ultimately, I do like working at the front desk, so if I could find another job like this, it would be great.
 

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That was my first thought, too (that dormouse should get a new job), but I didn't think it was my place to suggest it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/blush.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":eek:">
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>dormouse</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2926778"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
That's what my dad said too. I did ultimately get my money, and I'm not trying to pay rent with this money. It's not urgent, but I think I am going to start making calls soon when I have some time. Ultimately, I do like working at the front desk, so if I could find another job like this, it would be great.</div>
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How open to advice/help is your boss? Are the problems that the hotel is having problems that you believe could be fixed with whatever resources the owner has available? Sometimes crappy situations like this can be opportunities in disguise. Anyone can see the problems in a business, but if you can set yourself apart as someone that can also provide solutions to those problems, helping turn the company around, even if it didn't necessarily get you a better position, would be a gold nugget on your resume. Then again, some bosses/owners can't or are unwilling to be helped <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I've never had an office job but I've had several jobs where I was responsible for a specific department or machine and set of tools, and I'd take a vacation or there'd be like summer furlough that rotates and half the building would take off two weeks, then come back while the other took off.<br><br>
In all these situations I've had things horribly misplaced in my department. One example is a weeklong vacation I took when I helped manage the petfood department at a supermarket. I left specific instructions on what the priorities were - that the largest, best selling bags of dog food were to absolutely never run out on the shelf no matter what, because customers WILL complain, etc.<br><br>
What do I find when I get back? There's like six pallets of the stuff in the back and none nowhere out on the sales floor anywhere. It had been coming in on trucks all week and nobody bothered to stock it. What in the name of mental retardation could compel someone to think this is an acceptable business practice?<br><br>
It's just as bad at my current manufacturing job. I have a specific work area and everything has its place. I have specific tools that I absolutely need to adequately perform my job duties from a day to day basis. I have other types of tools I have to use only occasionally whenever something goes wrong and needs adjusting, and other tools still that are rarely used but still important. Regardless, they all belong at my work station. Some of them even have my name on them because I bought them with my own money to replace others that were worn out or misplaced.<br><br>
I get back from furlough and guess what? You got it...my damn tools are gone. Like, all of them. And nobody in the entire plant seems to know where they went, or else they won't fess up to being dirty thieves. No, I simply didn't have the option of hiding them or taking them home, since other people sometimes worked that machine while I was away. I assumed they'd be courteous enough not to freaking steal my stuff if I was courteous enough to leave it there for them in its proper place, under the assumption my co workers are somewhat upstanding citizens. I'm coming to see that as an essentially flawed assumption as the years go by.<br><br>
They even took my wrenches! My WRENCHES! Wrenches are kind of a big deal to me.
 

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It seems to be common in a lot of workplaces that anything that isn't nailed down is fair game for stealing, no matter how big or small it is. One example: When I worked at a different hospital, I had my desk out in the open, tucked away in a corner of the file room, through which everyone came and went. A Big Pharma rep came in and handed out small containers of samples of their latest over the counter NSAID. Because I worked at a table rather than at a desk with drawers, I put mine in my paper clip cup.<br><br>
Took a few days off, came back, the container was still there, but it was empty. Stupid pill thieves. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/brood.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":brood:"> I never did get to try the sample.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>dormouse</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2926653"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
I work in a hotel. Our owner never pays his bills, perhaps has no money at all.<br><br>
Right now, our credit card machine is not working because the owner didn't pay the bills.<br><br>
Our hotel van cannot pick up guests from the airport because the owner hasn't paid for the proper permits and label for the van.<br><br>
Because the owner didn't pay the franchise fees, the main hotel website tells guests that they cannot make a reservation because the hotel has no rooms available (which is not true, we have plenty of rooms.) Travelocity, expedia, etc...also won't let guests make reservations.<br><br><br>
Earlier this week, the fire department almost shut the hotel down because the bills to the fire alarm company had not been paid and no one was monitoring our system.<br><br>
We have no long-distance service, and therefore cannot send faxes to people who need them.<br><br>
My first paycheck here bounced, as did every other employee's, so now we have to drive 15 minutes to our owner's bank to cash them, just to make sure we're going to get our money. This bank recently told us that they're going to start charging $5 to cash checks there if we don't have an account with them.<br><br>
In the area where our owner wants us to eat our lunches, there is an ant infestation. I think they are fire ants. And I'm allergic.</div>
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Find another job. Immediately. Even if you have to leave your city/state/country to do so, do it. That's a level of Hell Dante couldn't have dreamed up in a million years.<br><br>
@Josh James--Sounds like you should've taken a busman's holiday.
 

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Find another job. Immediately. Even if you have to leave your city/state/country to do so, do it. That's a level of Hell Dante couldn't have dreamed up in a million years.<br></div>
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It's just a part-time job to get me some extra cash and build some savings while I'm still in school. Day-to-day, I actually like some aspects of the job. My manager (not the owner who doesn't pay his bills) is cool, and I get to spend a lot of time on VB when I'm there.
 

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I've never had an office job and now I don't want one!! I'm really anal about my belongings. Everything has a certain place, goes a certain way and it would drive me insane if someone messed with my stuff.<br><br>
Josh James- I had a lot of similar experiences to yours when I was a department manager in a big chain retail store. I pretty much gave up on expecting the employees to follow my directions and I ended up working several hours of overtime doing the majority of the orders I gave them myself.<br><br>
I witnessed some crazy things working in retail and always had a new story after every shift. It was never a dull day.
 

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I become irrationally angry when the woman who only works on Mondays moves my things. She uses my office, but it's just so she has someplace to write emails and the like. She <i>never</i> puts things back in their respective places. I put sticky notes on a few things one time, instructing her to be sure to put them back. My boss thought it was hilarious, she was not too thrilled. She also refuses to take direction, but that's another story entirely.
 

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I got a promotion about two years ago. I was going to replace someone in our office who was going to retire in about a month and two other workers in our office, who already had their OWN desks, would be taking on extra work to fill the position I was leaving. My father died so I took a few days off immediately after being promoted, and when I returned I found that my desk had been cleared out and all of my belongings had been placed in a recycle bin by one of my co workers because she was irritated that she had to do extra work. I was furious, but I didn't say anything. The woman I was replacing still hadn't retired so I had to go a month without a desk. It still makes me angry just to think about it.
 

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Omg dormouse. What hotel?
 

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Omg dormouse. What hotel?</div>
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It's one of the American chain hotels, but not a swanky brand. It's a franchise system though, so the hotel can be labeled a "Holiday Inn" or a "Days Inn" and still be independently owned. It's our independent owner who sucks, so don't worry about avoiding one particular brand of hotel!<br><br>
In fact, the reason you can't make online reservations for it right now is because the owner neglected to pay his franchise fees.<br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Herbivorous B.I.G.</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2927135"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
This thread makes me glad I work from home.<br><br>
The worst thing I have to deal with in my office is pug farts.</div>
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Part of my job is keeping the company website up-to-date etc.<br><br>
Left it for a weekend, came back to find someone had messed with my source code.<br><br>
NOT HAPPY.
 

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I work in a vet clinic and applied to a specialty referral clinic, and a condition to getting an interview was to get an approval from my boss, since the referral clinic didn't want to burn bridges w/ the ppl referring clients to them. I explained to my boss that I wanted to try to advance my career by applying there, asked him if it would be ok, and he was like yea sure cool, he was pretty chill about it. Now he doesn't talk to me since and he's pissy. So not even two days later, tonight, he has already posted a job opening, for my position, on several websites.<br><br>
I've sweat and bled for the place for over 5 years, staying late, working extra shifts whenever needed, done everything asked of me and more, etc. Just a week ago I was talking w/ my boss about trying to get my very unproductive co-worker to have more responsibilities since I can't even keep up and she just sits at the computer all day, and he was telling me how horrible of an employee she was, hadn't improved at all despite his efforts and that he was thinking about replacing her in the fall "but we're just too busy now".<br><br>
And yes i'm sure it's my job he's filling, cuz he just said he wasn't firing Girl A, and Girl B goes wayyy back w/ him and they have been friends for years.<br><br>
Seems pretty bitchy. All I did was apply for one job, a new challenge for me, with his approval. Wonder when he's going to tell me...maybe i'm going to train the new person in lol. I can understand where he might want to cut me before I quit so he has more time to hire someone, but it's only one job interview, which is far from landing a job. Just seems really excessive...If I got lucky and got the job, I would give him at least two weeks notice which would give him time to interview people, I really don't think he's helping himself as much as he thinks.<br><br>
Thought I was more valued than that...whatever. finding this online is pissing me off too much to sleep, 3:30am right now.<br><br>
/end rant<br><br><br><br>
and dormouse, def find a new job, only from the fact that it doesn't sound like your current one will be around for long.
 

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Part of my job is keeping the company website up-to-date etc.<br><br>
Left it for a weekend, came back to find someone had messed with my source code.<br><br>
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Oh wow, that would piss me off.<br><br>
At one job I share my desk and computer with other people, because we don't have enough. One week I wasted 2 hours of my time removing viruses that some idiot who doesn't know how to use the internet had got it infested with. I spend the rest of the day installing as much anti-virus, anti-spyware, anti-idiots-who-can't-use-the-internet-sensibly software on it. I still got paid for the time but it was annoying.
 
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