Dont let me out of here! Unless…?

Yes, work related blog, so if that doesnt interest…?

One year ago today, I walked into my new place of work for the first time as an employee. The rest, as they say, is history! Its ironic, all that time it took me to find work, and then I struck gold! I knew they would never know, but I said to myself at the time that I wanted to show all those firms that had passed on me, that they were wrong to do so, but now I’m glad they did.

Even more so, as they have been so supportive of the ‘old crock’ who has (temporarily, I hope) had to cut back to a 4 day week, because of her back issues, and everything else related to it.

Given that under the current rules, I am due to take retirement in just over 6 and a half years, its fair to say that unless they push me out of the door, or my physical health gives up completely, I’m planning on being there until the end. Unless…?

I know, I know, its an actress, and the dream thing. I still dream that by some strange miracle, I’m going to get plucked from anonymity by some director, producer, or whoever, and get offered a dream role. Lets face it, I havent done anything for a few years now, I’m fast approaching 60, and the body is in less than perfect condition, so yeah, who’s going to do that? in truth, no one will, but no, I dont want to, just yet, quite give up on that dream! Mind, currently I’m only good for roles that require someone to be sat down for the whole performance, or in a wheelchair! Hopefully not for long, but…

But yes, in hindsight, with all those mental bruises gone, about finding a job at my age, thanks for that. Because in the end, I’m grateful to you, even if I didnt feel so at the time.

Video time. The blog title isnt the song title, but its a well used line of lyrics.

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Trying to be practical

In truth, I was already beginning to suspect that given the state of my body at present (yes, still open to all offers of a cybernetically enhanced body, ideally in chrome), trying to do a 5 day week at work wasnt doing me any good. First sign was last Monday, when basically the body hadnt recovered from 4 working days in a row, by Monday morning, even with painkillers and stuff, and so it proved, I didnt get through the day, or more correctly my back didnt! I somehow managed to make it far enough through the day to get to halfway, so it didnt count as a sick day, but even that was hard work! Of course that gave me a day and a bit to recover, so I got through Wednesday fine, and Thursday OK, but then came Friday, and…

Yes, the body was sore, and tender, but I got into work, and managed to stay there, at least. But yes, it was a struggle. So anyway, trying to be practical as to my capabilities, I decided to do justice to work, and to myself, something had to give. So yes, I’ve asked if I can cut back to 4 days a week for now, hopefully only until the bone density scans are done, the results are known, and the medication kicks in. But given the former is still nearly 4 weeks away, and it will be about 3 weeks after that before the results are known, and I can be given something to hopefully cure the issue, its going to be a while before that happens, and the body just cant cope with that at the moment.

Yes, I can afford it for a short period of time (I’m guessing about 10-12 weeks), and could even afford it full time, if I cut back on my holiday trips to US! Yes, I know, ouch, but one 10 day trip would be cheaper than 2 single week trips, because of one less set of flights. Yes, a 14 night stay would still be cheaper, but there are very few places where I believe I could have enough to keep me amused for a fortnight!

Seattle could, San Francisco could, and I suspect Chicago, or Washington probably could. But some of the smaller cities I want to go back to, nope! 7 days would be fine, 10 maybe, but after that…? But yes, I’m hoping I can get back to a normal regime in a few months, but at the same time, I’m not getting younger, and my back isnt my only issue, so…?

My plan is to work Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, which gives me the other 3 days off. Yes, I know, 2 days in a row, but I can seemingly cope with that, but no more. But yes, its me, I’d rather do a work routine I can manage, for less money, than let my firm down, by pretending I can do a 5 day week. Just waiting for confirmation of approval now.

So there it is, unless someone wants to provide me with a nice, new strengthened body…? 😉

Video time, what my body needs in terms of support. Martin Cooper might be handy, but given he has back issues himself…So no, thinking more of that back brace that needs to be ordered lol!

Relax, go through this? Yes please!

I must admit that when I first saw this headline this morning on Twitter, I was wondering when ECT had started being used for stress, and then found out it was something slightly less dramatic, but fine, thats the Telegraph for you!

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/2017/07/01/stressed-teachers-offered-electric-shock-therapy-combat-anxiety/

Oh fine, its not actually ECT, something far less shocking (if you pardon the pun) than that, but…fine, to me at least, that appeals totally! Before you say anything, this involves less than .001 amps being passed through the brain, as opposed to the 0.9 amps used generally in ECT treatments! Fine, this is for about 20 minutes a day, as opposed to about 6-8 seconds maximum, twice a week, but…Yes, supposedly painless. I’d need to try it to confirm that! 😀 And yes, I would, most definitely!

Oh fine, there is also the slight snag that I’m not stressed at work, at present. Though whether I will feel the same way when we start doing a different type of work on an on/off basis at work, I might begin to get stressed, just saying. But yes, fine, if it means being fitted up with one of these, for 20 minutes a day, every day, then fine, I’m stressed! 😉

Please, I so need to try this. I know, ECT is a little crazy, maybe, but this, well…? Safe and painless, so…?

Right, the video. It is Frankie Goes To Hollywood, and it is the obvious song. Given I have no control over the age of viewers of this blog, I’m not going for the original ‘naughty’ version. Its not that hard to find on You Tube if you want to see it, mind. So, being a good girl, this is a Top Of The Pops version, which is about as innocent as this song can possibly get!

Cant get your eyes off of me!

For several reasons, I cant say too much about something that happened at work yesterday, but fine, after that, seeing this headline this morning, amused me totally.

http://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/world/cyborgs-at-work-employees-getting-implanted-with-microchips/ar-BBzhmBF?li=BBoPWjQ

In truth, the main thing that surprised me about this, was the location of the workplace, given that Scandinavia is supposedly one of the more laid back areas of the world, as a whole. If it had been the Far East, especially Japan, now that wouldnt have surprised me so much, but Sweden, seriously…wow! Equally, I suppose that might be a reason why so many workers there are so laid back about having it done!

I actually remember the fuss some years ago, when a Reading University professor, by the name of Kevin Warwick did the same thing to himself, though I believe (if I remember rightly, not checking Google) his was in his arm, not his hand, and at some point, he had it taken back out again, though knowing him, he might have done it again, on a more permanent basis, for all I now know.

I guess it will surprise no one if I say that yes, given the chance, I most definitely would have it done! I know, the article claims its making people into cyborgs, but lets face it, this is less than a pacemaker, or cochlear implant, by far! But fine, I guess some would see this as more sinister, as it allows ‘others’ to track you, but anyway…If it means not fumbling for my pass to get through the door at work, fine by me. I know, it could be more than that, but yes, all the same, I definitely would.

No, I wouldnt see it as the first step to full control over the workers, though I guess some trade unions would definitely see it that way, I suspect? But if the tracking range was limited enough, that it could follow you at work, but not in the outside world, as long as you’re doing no harm, does it matter? Of course, the fun yesterday would have been if someone could have been tracked outside of work, but anyway… Given that seemingly at the moment, this only works at very short distances from readers, you’d be fine!

I know, its a long way from being turned into a robot, but as a first step to cyborg life, count me in! No, I very much doubt I will be applying for a job in Sweden, at this building, sadly. Ah well…

Right, the video. I’ve sort of tweaked the blog title, to make it more apt, but this is still close enough!

The Job From Hell?

You may remember how a couple of weeks ago I said that if at the end of the 4.5 weeks, I didnt stay in the job, I’d be screaming? Fine, its only taken me 2 weeks to reach that point, I’m screaming! In more senses than one, in fact.

Thats right, I managed to find the one call centre where good customer service isnt a desired item, but in fact, just the opposite, they hate it. I’ll be honest, I’d read some horrible reports about this company, and their levels of service, but assumed that having us ‘extra bodies’ would enable us to help out with that matter. Seemingly, that wasnt in their plans!

It quickly became clear that all they really wanted us for, was cannon fodder, to act as a buffer between them, and their angry customers. When we started trying to help clients, we were quickly told that wasnt what we were employed for. We were just to take messages, so they stopped us putting information on file. Then when that failed, they took the computer system away from us. We had no way of telling if we were putting down the right details, or anything. Anyway, between Wednesday, when this ridiculous situation kicked in, and Thursday evening, 2 had had enough, and left. Thursday evening, I was thinking I’d stick it out to the weekend, and then possibly do the same. My body decided otherwise! Basically the stress issues sent my stomach into overload, and I spent a lot of Thursday night in the bathroom. Friday morning, I still got up, but exhaustion, and the inability to do much at all, had me retreating to bed, for 3 hours much needed sleep.

Friday, I inquired about doing a clinical trial starting next Monday, but irony, because of stress related issues, they dont want me, as that might factor into my results. All the same, practically, mainly to keep my sanity, I’ve tendered my notice, and just asked them to pay me for the hours I’ve worked. Yes, job hunting again, started today.

And how bad is it, I’ve been looking at betting shop jobs (assistant manager) as an option (thought not applied yet), and I really dont want to do that. But its money. Then again, I thought the same about this job, and look where it got me! Maybe I should buy a lottery ticket Wednesday, as its a £22.6 million rollover. Though why anything should go right for me at present? Still, should I win, I could afford a nice little place in Hollywood, so…

OK, the video. You could say, I guess, this was my journey to work? Though I went via a hellish train company, but…

Lonely this Christmas?

Well, in the dim, distant past (last one was 2000), I tended to spend Christmas on my own. Since then, I’ve had company each year, but this year, thats not going to happen. Slightly ironic, because if I’d made the other call last week, it wouldnt be the case. But because I did, and believe me, it was the wrong call, I will now be working until the close of business on the 23rd, and by then, the others here will have headed south, earlier that day. The cats will be happy at least, as they wont have to go to a cattery, and I’m sure I will be more than happy with my own company, I’ve been that way before, and I’m sure that will be the case again.

I did jokingly look at flights to LA on the 24th, mainly to see what the premium would be for flights out that day, and it was surprisingly less than I expected it to be. But in all honesty, even if my favourite little apartment was available for a 2 week stay over the holidays, it couldnt really happen. It isnt, strictly it shut up for the winter after I left seemingly, not open again until April and May, but anyway…By the time I get to LA, all the shops would be shut, so getting food, and drinks for the holiday would be a bit of an issue anyway. But no, unless someone wants to convince me otherwise, its not practical, for several reasons mentioned. Oh, and money might be a factor too lol!

Oh fine, that wrong call? Yes, it was the Job v Clinical Trial one. I took what seemed the percentage offer, the guaranteed job (not a great one, both work wise, and money wise), or the chance that I would get on the research trial (More money for less time, more interesting, more, just about everything in fact), and took the easy option. Wrong! Yes, this week I heard the news that I would have been on the trial, so not been a happy bunny. In theory, if I’d heard earlier on Wednesday, I could have jumped ship, and signed up for the trial anyway. Unfortunately, by the time I got news that they wanted me, I was already within the 48 hour ban on caffeine, and though only just, I had gone over that mark. I did ring after work anyway, but by then it was too late in other senses, as they’d called in a reserve anyway.

Right now, I’m planning on doing one in the New Year, as my friend there tells me that there will be some interesting ones in February, and I’m only working until the 23rd December anyway! At least I should get there then, fingers crossed!

Oh, the job. Yes, I had the impression they just wanted some telephonists to take the cannon fire from customers, and in my first week, I’ve seen nothing to change that impression. All for a very uninspiring wage, too. Oh, and a company infatuation with stats (which I was suspecting) that could drive the patience of anyone straight out the window. In truth, they dont care about Customer Service, they just want to be able to present a high call turnover, at any cost. So if your stats are good (one of mine was far the best of the new staff), its not enough unless you improve on them. So yes, I’m pretty jaded already, and just trying to survive the next 3.5 weeks.

Lastly, to add to my joy, the bus drivers in Huddersfield are on strike Monday, so I’m going to have to walk 1.5 miles into town, probably in the rain (if forecast is correct) to get there! Oh joy!

So, if someone wants to convince me that I should look at those flights to LA again, with good purpose, just shout! Though if I believe one lovely lady, I’m going to hear news, 4 days from now, that will have me heading to Hollywood on a more long term basis. That would be so wonderful, but I’ll believe it when I hear it.

Lastly, the video. A Christmas classic from the very distant past, that sums up what my Christmas might be. Though given 2 demanding cats in the house, hmm?

Robots are taking over the workplace

Question is, will they take over our jobs, or take over us!

Alright, fine, at this point that may be a slight exaggeration, but its coming, for sure. Just glad I’m at the back end of my working life, though fine, I might enjoy becoming part of the robot workplace, but thats beside the point!

Because lets face it, call centre work would be one of the prime candidates for an ‘automated’ workplace, lets face it! Mind, it was only yesterday I saw about a Japanese hotel where many of the work staff have already been replaced by robots. I know, its Japan, but in time…

Mind, to some degree, you are going to be part of the robotic system, because of all the wearable technology that many people use nowadays. Fine, at the moment, it only advises, or helps you, but how long before it tells you what to do, or just does it, using you as its mouthpiece, hmm? Because, mark my word (but sadly, probably not in my working life), you will become part of the technology machine at work, and in time, it will tell you what to do, not suggest it!

Who, me? Yes, fine, I’m just looking for one of those mad scientist types to turn me into a robot first, so I can control humanity…oh fine, I didnt really say that, honest I didnt… But yes, you’re right, I’d love it!

Now I’ve finished panicking the younger workers, who see their life under the control of technology, or being part of that technology, I’ll finish with the video. What do you think, what you might be, in the future. A new version, I think better than the original