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post Jan 21 2009, 09:14 AM
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I am still doing my pilot training work annoyingly. I am looking for a new job in Stamford, Connecticut as we speak so hopefully by January 2010 I will be able to say I live in USA. smile.gif

I am college educated, B.A but working for a trade union in the states.

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post Jan 21 2009, 09:48 AM
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QUOTE (Velvet Roger @ Jan 21 2009, 09:06 AM) *
Well the questions I would first have is who is your line manager (her or somebody else?), and secondly (more importantly) why is it exactly that you can't work as motivated when she is in the same room (do you feel that she is judging you all the time, is she an annoying person?)?


I don't even know what a line manager is tongue.gif

But she is basically the one telling me what to do besides my regular tasks, then the lawyers can give me tasks to do as well, but she is the one I have to go to, if I have any question about how to do certain things. And of course I have questions (I had 1 weeks (in a quite December) of "training" with the former receptionist.), but I can slowly feel the tension rise the more I ask. That I can handle, I geuss though.

I do feel that she is judging me all the time, and besides that she is pretty annoying - the latter probably due to the fact that she is a bit stressed and works waaaay too much. At times she can be very friendly though.

That may not be very good or enough information, but I can't seem to come up with any more.

Today she is working at home, so it's a good day today I geuss. smile.gif


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post Jan 21 2009, 10:36 AM
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QUOTE (Caelumamittendum @ Jan 21 2009, 09:48 AM) *
I don't even know what a line manager is tongue.gif

But she is basically the one telling me what to do besides my regular tasks, then the lawyers can give me tasks to do as well, but she is the one I have to go to, if I have any question about how to do certain things. And of course I have questions (I had 1 weeks (in a quite December) of "training" with the former receptionist.), but I can slowly feel the tension rise the more I ask. That I can handle, I geuss though.

I do feel that she is judging me all the time, and besides that she is pretty annoying - the latter probably due to the fact that she is a bit stressed and works waaaay too much. At times she can be very friendly though.

That may not be very good or enough information, but I can't seem to come up with any more.

Today she is working at home, so it's a good day today I geuss. smile.gif


Well a line manager is basically your superior who is going to evaluate your work, and by your description it seems that she is your line manager smile.gif. That fact makes your situation a bit more tricky, as it is quite difficult to ask your boss to move offices again tongue.gif. What I would suggest is that you carefully think of well-thought arguments about the current situation, which she can't ignore as they are best for the company and carefully discuss these items with her (don't make your arguments too personal, but keep it business, as that has more chances of winning it tongue.gif).

Anyways, it won't be easy to solve this easily. Hopefully it helps!


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post Jan 21 2009, 10:37 AM
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Move into her old office biggrin.gif


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post Jan 21 2009, 10:47 AM
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QUOTE (Velvet Roger @ Jan 21 2009, 10:36 AM) *
Well a line manager is basically your superior who is going to evaluate your work, and by your description it seems that she is your line manager smile.gif . That fact makes your situation a bit more tricky, as it is quite difficult to ask your boss to move offices again tongue.gif . What I would suggest is that you carefully think of well-thought arguments about the current situation, which she can't ignore as they are best for the company and carefully discuss these items with her (don't make your arguments too personal, but keep it business, as that has more chances of winning it tongue.gif ).

Anyways, it won't be easy to solve this easily. Hopefully it helps!



Thanks.

Yeah, I'm always trying to keep my arguments well-thought, I think.

She does seem to think that I know everything the former receptionist knew about everything, as I had 1 week of training with her, but 1 week really isn't enough for this kinda thing, as there tends to come new things up occasionally which I don't know or which the former receptionist forgot to tell me about. Whenever I ask her she just replies: "Didn't Rebecca tell you that?" and it sounds as a bad excuse for having forgot it when I answer: "No, she didn't."

Just the other day she asked me to find a calendar Rebecca used to keep track of something with the mail/post. I searched for a calendar, and didn't find anything which Rebecca had wrote anything on. A day later my line manager ( cool.gif ) came with a calendar and said: "it's this one! I think you should look a bit more the next time", and not in a joking way. When I looked at the calendar it was all empty... how the heck was I supposed to know it was that one, when it was just a plain regular calendar...Hahaha. And it's such things all the time.


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post Jan 21 2009, 11:26 AM
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It's your first office job if i remember correct, right? I guess it's something you need to get used to, to have always people around you. Not easy to deal with loud phone calls, discussion, meetings around the table next to you, etc, .. and still be able to concentrate on your work.

As your job is to be a receptionist or assistant for everybody, you should see the advantages of this that your manager is in the same room with you. You can capture a lot of details of the daily workflow, little comments between other employees and stuff like this. I guess you are often in the situation that people expect from you to know things you can not know. Like this you are much more involved as if you are alone in your room. Of course it's more stressful by now, but work is getting more interesting as more you are involved.

Little comments like the "calendar story" you should not take so serious. Those are hierarchy games, especially as a trainee. There are certain limits of course, but i'm quite sure the tone will change, once you now your tasks and do well your job and like this their life easier .. smile.gif



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post Jan 21 2009, 11:29 AM
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QUOTE (wrk @ Jan 21 2009, 11:26 AM) *
It's your first office job if i remember correct, right? I guess it's something you need to get used to, to have always people around you. Not easy to deal with loud phone calls, discussion, meetings around the table next to you, etc, .. and still be able to concentrate on your work.

As your job is to be a receptionist or assistant for everybody, you should see the advantages of this that your manager is in the same room with you. You can capture a lot of details of the daily workflow, little comments between other employees and stuff like this. I guess you are often in the situation that people expect from you to know things you can not know. Like this you are much more involved as if you are alone in your room. Of course it's more stressful by now, but work is getting more interesting as more you are involved.

Little comments like the "calendar story" you should not take so serious. Those are hierarchy games, especially as a trainee. There are certain limits of course, but i'm quite sure the tone will change, once you now your tasks and do well your job and like this their life easier .. smile.gif


I could't agree more to this, and it's something quite normal indeed smile.gif

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post Jan 21 2009, 11:34 AM
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Yeah, I agree it's normal. I would just like it to be a little less like it is! tongue.gif

But thanks, guys! Quite some good advice there. Unfortunately I don't get to catch much between other employees, as they are mostly behind closed doors.

It's actually not really my first job. I used to work in a mall while studying, and have been a post man untill December, and now this job here. tongue.gif Didn't get fired from any of them, mind you. Decided to quit myself.

Oh and with the manager being in the same room... let's just say she's buried deep in her own work and not really present.

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So when the riggs have to redrill, I wait (for about 12 hours on end). Pretty boring to sit in the sleep of the semi or hotel room.



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Well I work but generally only when work presents itself being a self employed photographer I can't complain though women pay me $125/hr to take pictures of them in their lingerie hahaha. Work generally picks up when we have a Cover to get done or weddings the rest is just easy and gives me alot of time off.

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QUOTE (jdriver @ Jan 21 2009, 09:32 PM) *
I was a Programmer/Analyst and DP manager from 1984-1990, then I did a 180 and went to truck driving school. Been running the roads now almost 19 years. I stay gone from home for 3-4 weeks straight, and I'm online with a Verizon Aircard. I think the trucks I drive are called lorries in Europe.



That is pretty cool, man! You bring your guitar when driving? smile.gif


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Self employed so I can be on at work and home. wink.gif

However, if I am on it may mean I am not working. Even the self employed can get fired this way. laugh.gif laugh.gif laugh.gif laugh.gif


Although this place gets very quite late night US time 11PM. I guess most are from countries where is 3 am then

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