I Quit the Hated Job – A Reprise, A Conclusion

For months people had grown tired of hearing me complaining about my job – I soon grew tired of hearing myself complain, too. Thus, I had changed the blog’s theme to something out of this world. Still, for one last time, let me reprise my role as the Job Hater.

Lessons Learned, Blessings Received

This time, I am not going to repeat all the pains and sufferings (as if!) brought about by the job at The Company. No, this time, let’s go over the positive side of working at the company for even when I hated the conditions of the work, I did gain a lot from The Company.

  • The experience. Everything happens for a reason – so, it is best to make the most out of something. Yes, the experience of working in a BPO company may not be priceless, really, but it helped me take stock of my life – made me appreciate the good things that I have. In short, The Company helped me take a more positive outlook in my personal life, feel happy for little things that might have previously gone unnoticed.
  • The knowledge. True, the work I had dealt with editing – something that helped me take the proverbial English rust off my brain. I learned a lot from the articles I’ve read. That is priceless.
  • The friendship. My brother, upon learning that I would quit, told me how my life would be sad sans the social aspect. Really? Friendships and social bonds need not occur at work alone or physically with the other people – one can afford to be social yet alone – alone but not lonely. On the upside, I will actually have more time for socialization now that I have no one to answer to, no almost-non-existent-leave-credits to stretch. Yes, I can afford to socialize more.
  • The money. True, The Company pays us more than the minimum wage – no questions.
  • The extra job. Here, I would say that I am actually grateful that I worked at The Company. Why? Well, I wouldn’t have known Lurchie who would introduce me to Maree who would eventually become my cool boss 😀 No regrets.

The End

Today marked the start of a new chapter in my life. As Maree said: Welcome to the world of freelance! I love it! Yes, it is the end of my life as the Job Hater – I had quit the job. Actually, the official end is on August 31 but, as luck would have it, I got sick so I didn’t have to work – then, August 31 is a holiday.

I love my life. Call me, The Freelancer 😀

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New Name, New Blog Themes

My days at The Company are numbered… Because I am not one to really hold a grudge (and I don’t hate the job and the new one, anyway), I’m turning this Job Hater’s Journal into the Broken Chord’s Memoir.

Why “Broken Chord”?

Last night, at the birthday party, an uncle joked about their church choir having broken chords – well, I loved the name and decided to keep it as my own. No, I don’t really have broken musical chords but “broken” signifies a lot of things: broken relationships at work, broken emotions at work, broken (well, soon) links with the company, broken ground for the new house (another coming-soon-feature), etc. I’m still trying to figure out how I could place the header on 😀 – not so techie here.

Why don’t I change the blog altogether?

For me, there really is no point in overhauling this whole thing and just forgetting that this blog once existed – the place where I had a virtual fight with many people LOL No, this has been a part of me, a part of my life. As I had always mentioned, this is a blog about the bits and pieces of my life, my career, etc. – no use having to scrap this. Plus, I already have a “2” Google page rank – no chance that I’m giving this up LOL

New Blog Themes

Let us all move on and forget the bitter past. Ponder on some of things that I had learned with past experiences. According to a writer (name will be posted when I remember who he is), “Judge your success by what you had to give up in order for you to get it”. Well, if I gave up a successful career at The Company, does that mean I am succesful in the new venture? Mr. Koala is sure – as always – to counter this thought but the writer is definitely more reliable than this Koala Guy 😀

New themes will be, well, new themes. I don’t know what they are going to be but time will tell, as always. Comments – good, bad, rants, anything – are always welcome, people! 🙂

Feeling Sleepy – First Day Hangovers

To people who sadly see only the negative aspects of my blog, nope, I am not complaining (again!) at all. I’m just feeling tired because it’s the first work day of the week and the month and the change of shift – plus we had to work on the files from the other project.

Getting off from work should fill me with happiness but I had no more energy to be happy. Starting today, The Company had lowered the standard for speed but we were not informed as to what the new target will be – I am crossing my fingers that it will be at 20 manuscript pages per hour 😀 Still, every work code will count to our speed for the day or month. That means that files which we normally don’t give our best foot forward in terms of speed have to be worked on as fast as we possibly could. These files include those of the other projects, those from higher stages (S200 as they call it), and just about any task that has a work code.

However, for the first time since I’ve started complaining about my job, it now makes some sense 😀 The proverbial carrot became a real carrot – or so it seems, according to our meeting with Madam C.

What are the new incentives? I guess they are too “company matters” to share in a blog {sigh} but they really make me want to work with good effort now. 😀 Let’s just say that with the new scheme of incentives there is a great possibility that a lot of us will receive those carrots but I don’t want to dwell on those yet because, as per Madam C, the final figure had not been set yet. Besides, I was still looking forward to my resignation at the end of the year tee-hee-hee 😀 no matter how delicious the carrots will get, don’t tempt me, please LOL

And I’ll pass it in a colorful envelope – not a boring, white one 😀

More on Office Gossip – a comment and the reply

From Anonymous (in response to Office Gossip):

I am neither your REAL friend nor your enemy; and I’m definitely not Ms. Oyster. But here’s my take about this “office gossip”.

Six or more people do not guarantee the validity of the “gossip”. The more people involved is directly proportional to the variety of information transmitted. So, dont’ be fucked up. For all you know, these may be products of communication lapses.

Take it as a positive thing when someone talks about your blog. I became curious, Ms. S might read about this, and definitely, there will be more.

Is the bond really keeping you from resigning? There have been more than a dozen who got away from the company and have not asked to pay for it. Think about it… Just go ahead, I support you what ever your heart desires, just hand over the white envelope.

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Wow, for the first time – a truly good comment. No, I am not trying to be sarcastic here. The truth is, your comment is good – it makes me think about Miss Oyster’s side and how it would have looked to her for me to blog about her 😀 Also, The Job Hater’s pester/stalker just commented that the manager may read the post. He’s maybe right but then that is irrelevant with this post.

Here’s my reply:

To Anonymous, yes, you are right but foul language will not get you anywhere, too 😀 Nope, I don’t think that its just communication lapses because some of those who told me were the ones that Miss Oyster talked to or asked about me.

Yup, Miss S or other people might read about it and they’ll see the same rant that they already know. Nothing new. I have even told some of those bosses about my sentiment. They already know. 😀 It won’t surprise them, if that’s what you are trying to say. You might also want to know that there are certain tones of voices that one can use to show if a statement is positive or negative – one with undertones plus a snicker is definitely on the latter. 😀

Sorry. I am trying to pick a fight with you. I even thought that this issue was already behind me as new ones have been up – or it might be that you have just learned about the issue.

Yes, I still think that no matter how I might dislike the job, I still had that signed commitment with the company. True, those people who went away were not asked to pay the bond but they were also not given their last paycheck and a clearance. The last paycheck might not be a big amount but it’s still something that I’ve worked for 😀 no sentimentality here 😀 Besides, I might need the clearance in the future. I might be stupid but I don’t think that the length of time that I stay at The Company could be shrugged away from the resume. Plus, the record would still be in the social security and other agencies 😀 Nope, I’d definitely hold on to that clearance.

So, you just have to live with me being in the same office with you and other people 😀 I know that most of you are hating me more than you did before this thing went into public. I can’t really blame you all. We didn’t really try our best to befriend each other and that might be too late now. Oh, I do have some respect for some people in your group – a lot in fact. And you’d support my heart’s desire? How cute. That’s conveniently saying that you’d also love to get rid of me 😀

Alvin will love this. I’m sure he’s going to post some really crazy pictures again. I bet. 😀

But again, I’m not picking a fight here. Once is enough:D

Office Gossip – Evil but Funny

Like most offices, mine is prone to gossip and backbiting – what with us having a lot of time on our hands, so to speak. Well, me and my friends do gossip a little about that kangaroo man in Australia and about our lives but we have NEVER created stories that are completely untrue just for the sake of creating gossip. {sigh} maybe we should have been a little creative but that is not our nature. Yes, I may be loud and gutsy but I don’t try to pick out one person and make stupid and unreal stories about him or her. Why this rant? Well, I had just found myself in the middle of an office gossip about ME! LOL – I did not honestly know that my life could be so interesting or sensational (haha for lack of a better term) to be the topic of office gossip.

No, I was not hurt by the stories – contrary to what you might be thinking. I was, of course, mad that a single person can create several far-fetched stories about me, my life, and my choices in life {sigh} but the stories were so crazy that my hubby, my siblings, my {real} friends at work, and I had several big laughs about those stories.

As copyeditor, I guess that I just have to copyedit the stupid stories. The gossip girl uses my real name to tell the story, so let’s use the closest thing I could think of without revealing her real name – Miss Oyster.

oysters and boogers

oysters and boogers

Miss Oyster,

As much as I would have liked to keep the knowledge that I know what you are saying about me behind my back a secret, I just can’t take that my blogging about the job thing would receive a nasty comment from you. You even informed Miss S about that {sigh}. Maybe you should first clarify your stories with me so that you have the correct facts but then that wouldn’t be gossip anymore, right? So, it wouldn’t be as fun.

Anyway, let me correct the stupid stories that you have been circulating about me – I know that it is YOU who circulates and creates the stories because I have about 6 or more people telling me the same thing. {sigh} You must really hate me, right? I do not know why you hate me so much to create such far-fetched stories. We don’t even talk, we are not in the same shift, and we have no common REAL friends – that is why I was confused as to who your “sources” are.

So, here are your crazy but funny stories (just like what we do, I have to use strike-through for the incorrect parts):

  • My hubby is mad about my online jobs so he FORCED me to stop. Due to that quitting thing I couldn’t afford my UNLIMITED internet connection anymore so I had to switch back to the stupid PREPAID!

(1 )This bit is the funniest of all. My hubby is the most supportive person in my life – he’s the one who encouraged me to go on with the most difficult assignments I’ve received. {sigh} Where did you get the idea then? (2) I may not look it but I can definitely afford to pay for that monthly internet connection. You are definitely very grossly misinformed. Did you know that I paid P25,000 just to set up the connection? Then another P7,000 for the antenna’s radio? Both were in cash. Also, I bought this new computer at P38,000 on the same month – again, in cash. That is on top of the laptop that I gave to my sister-in-law. So, I couldn’t afford the P750 a month? {sigh} That is just ONE-HALF day of online job.

  • I created a blog about hating my job. Why did I do that? If I hate the job then I should QUIT! What is that bond anyway – that could not hold me!

Notice that I did not cross out the first few sentences because they are true. Yes, I created this blog but you should have read my entry as to why I hate it. You judged my blog based on the URL {sigh}. You see, not all people would agree with you. According to Jermaine, “This is a humours site that I’m sure many people can relate too. This blogger let’s you know that you are not alone in your hatred for your job. When you are board and the maddening day to day routine is consuming you, bookmark this blog for a little at work relief. Keep up the good work.” It might need a little copyediting but the thought is there.

Can you honestly tell me that YOU LOVE the JOB? Come on! I had heard you rant about the job, too – heck, most of us rant about the job. Do not be such a hypocrite.

A lot of people there could relate with how I feel about the job 😀 Why do you think those many people resigned if they love the job? Huh? Besides, you should ask us what that bond means – it is a freaking P97,000 if we don’t honor the contract. That is money that I’d rather use to buy a house 😀 Don’t worry, I’d be out for good by the end of the year. Til then, hold on to your horses.

  • You asked if I already have a baby- and smirked when my friend told you that I have none.

Why I don’t have a baby is none of your business – just as you having babies out of wedlock is not my business. I have my reasons, you have yours. Let’s keep it at that. So, I’m nasty? You started it. Don’t expect that I have no retort, Miss Oyster.

There’s more but stories that affect the friendship I have with the people at work will not be posted here 😀 I can’t let you ruin my real friendship with the people there 😀

I expect that there would be hundreds more stories to come {sigh}. I know that after you learn about – and read – this entry, there’ll be hell to pay. Haha. Your group has never liked me so I don’t really care. My principle in life had always been, “I can’t please everybody, so I don’t bother try”. Maybe, yours should be “Mind my own business”.

With no respect at all,

Me

P.S. But you still have to inform me why you hate me so much because if it is just my guts then that is too simple for you to make stories about me 😀 I can’t really think of anything that I had ever done to you. Love triangle is definitely out of the list. Money would also be out because I had never borrowed anything from you. Competition at work is also out because we are NOT even on the same shift and the same project. And I had never STOLEN any of your friends. I had never talked about you in any way to any one – I don’t know you at all. So give me just one valid reason why you made those stories.

Dumaguete Flood – Destruction of SacSac (Bacong) Road

After the flood last Saturday, one can say that many parts of Dumaguete and nearby towns will never be the same again. Perhaps, it might be possible to reconstruct the roads but can the city still manage to reconstruct the lives of thousands of people affected?

Let me share the pictures that my brother and I took of the destruction at SacSac, Bacong – this is the “bridge” portion. This is perhaps the biggest damage located south of Dumaguete. Of course, the biggest damage can be found along Banica river but let allow me to start with that farthest from the city.

The road is so damaged that all 4-wheel vehicles are not allowed to pass through. Oh, they can still fit through the undamaged portion but that part may crumble further due to pressure. So, Ceres buses and large trucks are a common sight along the Bajumpandan barangay road.

I am not an engineer but I can say that the damaged road will surely need several months before it can be used by large vehicles again. That means that  south-bound people have to take the long route via Bajumpandan then Valencia. This also means that the barangay road will become damaged in a few weeks time. That is because the road is a small one in the first place – most of the road can only accommodate a large truck and a motorcycle. When two trucks meet, both of them have to share the small space and the right wheels pass over the soil portion right next to the road. I’m hoping that it won’t rain again or the trucks are going to have a lot of trouble.

Also, the barangay road already has a lot of potholes due the the recent flood. Yes, give it two weeks and the asphalt road will have very large potholes.

Anyway, back to SacSac road, you can check out the following video to see a portion of the damage.

Video: Damaged SacSac (Bacong) road

Martial Law – The Company

Massive sleep break

Massive sleep break

It seems that everyday I am finding new reasons to quit from The Company.

The annual audit is scheduled tomorrow – as always, the heads are frantically trying to make The Company and the processes look their best for the auditors. Oh, I do know that most companies would brief their employees about structures and process but rehearsing how the employees should answer questions is just going too far. But that is not what I am ranting about. I don’t really care about this audit thing.

My real rant here is the way that our heads call meetings. In fairness to our team leader, she always tells us when she knows that a meeting is looming in the schedule. The higher ups are the ones who are really really really really irritating. And this has happened on about 95% of all meetings that it is almost expected {major double sigh!}.

Anyway, it was exactly 1:53 PM (yes, exactly because I made it a point to look at the clock on my computer!) when Head C informed us that there will be a meeting at 2 PM! The reaction from the group was almost unanimous – groans of protest and frustration. Why were we informed so late into the hour? Our work place is in a town next to our city so most of the people who will come fetch us are either already on the way or are already waiting outside! That means that they will have to wait outside until the meeting is finished. I had already raised this concern to Head C many meetings ago but the suggestion/reaction must have fallen to deaf ears!

Rebel as I am, I tried to sneak out at 1:55 PM to go home – hubby is already waiting for me outside! But the guards were actually informed that there will be a meeting and no one is allowed to go out! WTF? It’s Martial Law now? This was the common grumble by many of us left dumbstruck at the stairs. They had never done that before – close the doors during meetings! They even closed the door to the login/logout room just to be sure! What are they feeling so threatened about that they would resort to doing this?

So, we really had no choice but attend the boring meeting called by a boss from Manila on audit topics that we already know about. I mean, we were taught exactly how to lock our computers when we go on breaks or whatever: CTRL+ALT+DEL. Isn’t that too trivial? Really! So, his voice was drowned by most people grumbling and chattering. I think only about 15% of the people there were actually listening. Honestly, I only listened to about 10% of what he said. Such meetings of a large body of employees (two shifts) in such a large area (the whole first floor of the production building ) by one person is totally not effective at all -especially when you are trying to tell them how to answer the auditors on a major annual external audit!

All in all, the meeting – the way it was called, how we were informed, how it went – was a flop! But I guess that it was something expected of The Company! Again, why am I not quitting yet? Drat that contract!