Some have asked about my new job. I think I am going to really enjoy it. ALL the people there ( human resource, office people, the 3 owners and all the production line people) are soooo nice and caring, something that was missing at the hotels.
What I was told was that I would be keeping the show room (it is a kichen and bath place for custom cabinets & counter tops which they make there when people give them their specs), 8 offices, 6 restrooms and 3 breakrooms clean. It wasn't quite that way though, lol, it is the show room, about 20 offices, 12 restrooms, 4 breakrooms and 2 conference rooms. Thats okay though because it insures that I get all the hours I want. It will be a couple of weeks before I can get it all up to par because the last person was fired for not keeping it up and then they had no one there for 2 weeks until I started.
Thursday, my first day I worked 11 hours (because I wanted to not because I had to) and it damn near killed me. I filled one whole dumpster of trash and 2 large bins of recycables plus those disgusting bathrooms. Today I worked 8.5 hours mainly doing vacuuming, sweeping and mopping. Have blisters on my hands from that.
The main thing I like is I am completely on my own with no one telling me what to do, when to do it or how to do it and I have got nothing but praise on what I have done so far, another thing I never got the last year I was at the hotels.
The pay is only half of what I was making ($10 an hour with a potential raise after 30 days, 60 days and one year) but it is worth it, no stress from uncaring bosses and 30 employees to babysit and when I punch out no thoughts of the job to stress me while I am home, my free time is now MINE. Speaking of punching in and out, that is something that is hard for me to remember to do. I haven't punched a time clock in over 20 years.
Well I think I have gone on long enough, but can you tell I am actually happy with the job compared to to what I was doing! Thanks to you all for the encouragement!....Kathy
I'm happy to hear you like the job Kathy. That's what really counts. I can't say that yet as I haven't actually done any work for the new company. Not a lot of stores in this area so I kinda expected that. I did all the online training last Sat & then had to file 2 reports for the 2 different sessions. I will say their reporting system was confusing but just one of those things you learn by doing & becomes 2nd nature after you do it a while.
That's sounds like a pretty good raise schedule.
Kathy, how wonderful for you. Yes you can actually tell by what you said that you are happy. You will no doubt be tired everyday when you are finished but at least you know you accomplished something without all the stress attached to it. I am sure the staff are going to or have already noticed how clean everything is. You will get caught up, it takes time to clean up someone elses mess.
You go girl :-)
Kathy guess some how I missed that you were changing jobs but its good to hear you enjoy what your doing and it would be so nice to have management that actually appreciates your efforts.
Kathy, so glad you found a job that you can enjoy....probably you'll do a pretty good workout everyday...and will go to bed tired but satisfied....Hope things keep working out for you...
Kathy...so glad to hear that you are enjoying your new job! I was hoping you would....now you can start a new stress free life.....lol....well a life with less stress anyway. You will be an asset to them and they may be just what you've been looking for. Life is too short to work at a job you cannot like.
The last and only time I punched a time clock was when I worked for Mayo Clinic in 1974....wow...I must have still been in diapers....
Kathy....and now you have the weekend off....how great is that? Charlene
Gayle when will you be starting? Hopefully this one will appreciate you more than your last one.
Even though the pay is low there are some things that are better than the management company I worked for. All insurance benifits are better and at a lower cost than what I had before. Also there is a merit pay every year based on how well their business was for the year which from what I am told so far this year they have been so busy that they had to enforce mandatory overtime for the prodution crew to keep up with all their orders. The downside is vacation. One week after 1 year, 2 weeks after 2 years and so on. I started right out with 3 weeks at the other place.
Donna yes I am very tired after work but only tired not stressed and tired, lol.
Steve yes good management starts off with treating your employees with respect and appreciation, something my last job was lacking but I can proudly say I treated my employees with both.
Ili, thank you.
Charlene that is one thing I do not like...I enjoyed having at least one week day off. Saturday and Sundays off, I think, are boring and so hard to get any personal business done......Kathy
Kathy_in_SD_z4:Gayle when will you be starting?
I make the same as you & I'll be getting paid for the training I took last week.
Gayle after I get used to this job I will look for something a couple of nights a week or on Saturdays to help with the budget too.
I looked into what you do here and they only payed minimum wages which here it is 7.25, no thank you, lol.....Kathy
Kathy_in_SD_z4: looked into what you do here and they only payed minimum wages which here it is 7.25, no thank you, lol.....Kathy
Kathy, I am so glad you like your new job. Having less stress is so much better. At least you get raises every so often, and decent insurance. Good for you!
Kathy, I'm glad it is going well for you. Enjoying what you do is important. I can't say that my job is necessarily stressful, but can be challenging and with all the changes we are going through it may become stressful for a while. Right now I have a lot of computer software programs to learn while keeping up with my job responsibilities, which is making it a little tougher. I would love to take a few vacation days soon, but just don't feel like I can since no one does my job for me while I'm out. Hopefully in the next few months I can take some time. One of the things that has always hindered me from job hunting is starting over with vacation time, but I don't use all of mine anyway. I always carry over about 10 days. Our max is 15 days a year, so I carry over some just in case I want to take a long trip, like that is ever going to happen.
Being a manufacturing type of facility, do they have a plant shutdown when you have to take your vacation? That has always been an issue for some people at our plant. They give us 3 weeks and for years told us when we had to take 2 of them. But recently we haven't had to use as much for those shutdown weeks.
You will get use to having the weekends off and in time you will like it, even though I do understand about the taking care of business thing. But won't you get off early enough in the afternoon to do some things?
Kathy I am so happy for you. Stress is a killer and we want you with us for a looonnnngggg time. I know life will be much more pleasant now.
I'm glad to read such a nice report. You are basically your own boss with no one to babysit under you. Once you get past the last employee's leftover messes and get everything the way you want, knowing your are the one that will be keeping it up should me a lot more pleasant for you. Maybe you won't have to work as hard once you get everything the way you like.
Sounds like after what they've been through, you are an answer to their prayers and they know it. I know cleaning restrooms can be a thankless job and when I run into the woman cleaning ours, I try to say thank you. It can't be easy cleaning up after some of the slobs that work in our building. I can only imagine what their homes look like.
Since they entertain clients in the showroom, and it is their customer's first impression of the company, having that room in the best condition possible is very important and they are going to be very happy having you around to see that it's immaculate because that's how you are. Keep up the good work!
Kathy so glad to hear you like the new job and it sounds like the future can only get better there. I think the vacation time would be difficult to adapt to but I am sure it will work out.
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