Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Watching People Work

We have someone new in our house. One of the yard dogs has come to play with us. I'll call him "Big H", or just BH for short. Seems like a decent enough cat. When he was out on the yard he was always coming down to do our escorts and stuff and he appears to not mind working, which is a good thing. Yesterday I had the desk job and today he took it. I asked him if he really wanted it, tuesday being one of our busiest days. He said he'd give it a try. "But" he said "If we get slammed, you'll have to help me out, probably." I said I would help if he needed it and toddled off to start AdSeg committee and such. The things we get hammered with on tuesdays. I looked in now and then and BH seemed to be doing fine.

It turns out that I really don't like watching other people work. It drives me crackers. Not that was doing a bad job or anything. He was doing fine. But he wasn't doing things in the order that I would have done them and in the time I would have done them. I kept seeing things not done and running in and doing them for him. And I had forgotten that he'd only done the desk two or three times and didn't know everything. I'd run in and say "Where's the (insert thing here)?" And he'd say "I didn't know we did that!" That happened several times during the day.

I'm not a very good teacher, either. I don't have the patience. I'd rather just do it myself than teach someone how and I shouldn't be like that. Alot of that stems from having so many staff there who don't give a rats a** and are more than happy for you to do it if you know how. BH is trying to learn the job and I should have more patience. Unfortunately, patience is not something I have an overabundance of at this time.

I really should do something about that. I think I need to relax.

Yeah. I'll write that on my "to do" list.

We got through the day okay and nothing got screwed up. Well, not more than usual, anyway. I think BH will work out fine. But I purely do hate watching someone else work.

Man! I'm glad it's my friday......


  1. it's all about people skills.

    manage the people.

    aspire to your full potential.

  2. Training other people is an art. I just knew you would fall into the category of "just let me do it."

    Patience, grasshopper.

    Write more to de-stress. Or if that doesn't work, use one of g's old recipe's for relaxation.

    (triecali)<-- a Italian pasta dish that comes from the Piedmont region that features pasta, capers, garlic, anchovies (minced finely), fresh lemon and olive oil.

  3. If I had any people skills, I wouldn't have taken this job. Not a very social critter, me. I can put down on paper how to do the job to where almost anyone can understand it. But to do it face to face.... no. I lose my cool. I can direct. I can badger and cajole and prompt and remind. But I cannot instruct. I gots no patience.

  4. "I cannot teach him. The boy has no patience."