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! 🙂

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

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!

Another Boring Work Day

Same feeling here... (Google image)
Same feeling here… (Googled image)

It’s Monday. Obviously, I am not on my brightest and cheerfullest (!) moods. When the job becomes too routine and too boring, do you still expect yourself to look forward to getting back to the office after the weekend? Nah! Don’t be a hypocrite, you! 😀

A friend (or enemy? haha!) told me with a trace of sarcasm that his advice for people who hate their job is to quit (no question, this is Alvin :D)!  Yes, Id be glad to do that when my contract is up but until then (and without an alternative), I will not quit for the sake of quitting. If you are confused with my reasoning then check out my post about this here. I will start making resumes and application letters before the last quarter of this years arrives – till then, I’ll stay put.

Anyway, as expected, we still didn’t have files to work on. And without internet access (well, to “non-work-related” sites), we had nothing to do {sigh}. My hubby told me that I should be happy – the company’s paying me for sitting down and doing absolutely nothing! However, doing that or about 7 hours can be more boring than actually working. So, I had to search for words that are, again, work related.

With my real profession in mind, I searched for water test procedures, new titration methods, old Chemistry fundamentals, and stuff like that. How I wish I could do a job search on related careers, instead. 😀 but how selfish can that be {big smile here}? Using  the company’s resources for your own gain! Hmm…

But with the Chemistry keywords, I was actually having fun – and didn’t feel drowsy for even one minute! I realized that I am still the Chemistry crazy girl – but mind you, I had never been nerdy about that (I was often absent or absent-minded), just ask my former classmates, mentors, and my hubby. However, you have to admit that Chemistry is still exciting, I guess that it will always be exciting for me. I had fun reviewing how to calculate concentrations, gravimetry, and test results. Now, I resent my current job more and more :D.

By now, you might be thinking that I am ranting on something that was entirely my fault in the first place – for taking this job. However, when you are young and in-love and newly married, you just don’t think straight – I chose a career away from my profession (as Chemist) in Dumaguete over a stable profession-related job in a cement plant. Yes, it was my fault but again, like Snoopy said, I was just fooled by the job description – plus the promise of a high pay in this small city {sigh}. I guess, Alvin, that you are right – painfully so, I have to admit. Guess that means that I have to start writing that resume, huh?

 Maybe I will…one of these days. For now, I just have to stick with ranting about this current job {sigh}.