I just checked my work e-mail. They're already asking for someone to 'volunteer' to work Sunday morning, 8:00 AM to noon. Below that is an e-mail from one of the day shift guys: “Out sick today, and probably tomorrow...” Another day shift guy didn't make it in, either. I don't know why. That left one person to cover day shift.
Another guy hasn't been in since LAST Wednesday night. He lives in the country, and they don't plow the roads.
As noted below, I went in Friday night – my normal night off. I bulldozed my way through 12 – 14 inches of snow to get to the main roads (which were plowed – sort of..) in order to do so. And I wasn't feeling all that great, either.
Starting Sunday 02/17/13:
Start Sunday night @ 9:30PM get off Monday morning @ 6:30AM
Back Monday night @ 10:30PM – off Tuesday @ 6:30AM
Back Tuesday night @ 10:30PM – off Wednesday @ 6:30AM
Back Wednesday night @ 10:30PM – off Thursday @ 6:30AM
Night shift canceled Thursday due to snowstorm – decided to work Friday night to make up.. So…
Back Friday night @ 10:30 – off Saturday @ 6:30AM (my normal night off)
Back Sunday night @ 9:30PM – and the cycle repeats
As you can see, it will be the weekend before I get ONE complete day away from this hellhole. And that’s assuming they don’t get shut down again by the next big winter storm now approaching.
Sunday night, they pounded me relentlessly since I walked in the door at 9:20PM. My call requirement is 3.4 calls-per-day (just call it 4 calls). In the first two hours of my shift, I had 5 calls.
This place is an absolute hellhole, and this shift is the absolute worst shift – not only in terms of the f***ed up hours, but the operators on this shift – save 2 or 3 good ones – are…. shall we say VERY needy. There’s one individual that habitually finds a way to come up with a scratched image loop between 5:30 – 6:00AM. Almost every morning – right before shift change. Wednesday morning, at 6:10AM, he walked up to me with: “Aahhhhhhhhhhhhhh........ I have a problem on number two...” (he always prefaces his description with a protracted “Ahhhhhhhhhhhh................”).
We have a few operators who are very good – you hardly ever have a problem from one of them. And it doesn’t matter which printer they’re operating (they move operators around every few days so they don’t always stay on the same machines). Conversely, there are four individuals in particular (including the one mentioned above) that can absolutely be counted upon to have issues all night, every night – and again, no matter what machines they are assigned to.
I’m not sure why I didn’t have a clearer picture of what I was getting into when I was recruited for this position (maybe because someone didn’t want me to have a clear picture?), but accepting this position will surely go down as one of the biggest cock-ups in my working life. Because that’s pretty much all I have now – a working life. I have damned little other life.
I know the employment picture is pretty grim right now, and it would be even harder for someone my age. Even so.... I'm getting damned close to telling them to take this sorry excuse for a job and shove it where the sun doesn't shine.
I've had enough.