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Feel like a God at work

kieranbkieranb Posts: 1,674
edited June 2011 in The bottom bracket
Whilst musing over a cup of luke warm tea, I noticed a new staff member enter the kitchen, and couldn't immediately remember her name (in an office of about 20 - I have a bad memory). Not very godlike so far. But then the similarity hit me. It was like being an immortal watching the brief (office) lives of mortals pass by in the blinking of an eye. I have been with this company the longest (apart from the MD) now, and it has a high turn over of staff as they part this mortal coil for the next life (a job elsewhere). Often when they come across a name in a file/document I will be the only one who has worked with the person, kinda like names out of our (office) mythology. etc etc. Sadly my powers don't extend very far or consist of very much, I'd probably be a minor deity in Greeek mythology, the off-spring of one of Zeus's children (who themselves were the product of a quick fling with a mortal).

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  • YossieYossie Posts: 2,600
    God like.

    Or old?

    :shock:
  • pauldavidpauldavid Posts: 392
    Have you survived longest due to being invaluable to the company/having skill sets no one else possesses. :D

    Or does everyone else leave because they realise early on it is an underpayed s hithole of a job and you haven't cottoned on yet :shock:
  • acidstratoacidstrato Posts: 945
    maybe everyone leaves because you creep them all out with talk of greek gods and comparisons to yourself

    :D

    I usually leave jobs due to the motivation I get from fear of ending up like somebody I work with
    Crafted in Italy apparantly
  • Percy VeraPercy Vera Posts: 1,103
    They leave cos he makes a bad cup of tea!
  • lemoncurdlemoncurd Posts: 1,428
    Oddest post I've seen for a while :?
  • kieranbkieranb Posts: 1,674
    lemoncurd wrote:
    Oddest post I've seen for a while :?

    look what's talking!

    I must admit I'm not too fussy with my tea, and can't understand why some are. People generally leave as there is no real career progression here, so they join, get some experience and move on. I could also move on but the location and hours really suit the domestic situation right now.
  • Cleat EastwoodCleat Eastwood Posts: 7,508
    lemoncurd wrote:
    Oddest post I've seen for a while :?

    Thats what most people say about my todge.
    The dissenter is every human being at those moments of his life when he resigns
    momentarily from the herd and thinks for himself.
  • pedylanpedylan Posts: 768
    How does your mother feel about swans?
    Where the neon madmen climb
  • EKE_38BPMEKE_38BPM Posts: 5,821
    I heard that an employer with a high churn rate (turnover of staff) is probably a rubbish employer (rubbish money, lack of benefits, lack of opportunity for progression etc) and that makes sense to me. That would also mean to me that the person who is there the longest is either on a better package than everyone else, or is too dumb to move on.

    I'm hoping the OP is on the better package.

    This situation reminds me of when I was at college and working part time in a supermarket. You had two main groups of employees, the students (like myself) and the lifers.
    The students worked there for a few years and left to go to university or find a good full time job.
    The lifers work there ad infinitum and their only concern is having enough money at the end of the week to buy a beer. Now, 20ish years later, if I go into that supermarket, many of the lifers are still there.

    Still feeling godlike?
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  • YossieYossie Posts: 2,600
    EKE_38BPM wrote:
    I heard that an employer with a high churn rate (turnover of staff) is probably a rubbish employer (rubbish money, lack of benefits, lack of opportunity for progression etc) and that makes sense to me. That would also mean to me that the person who is there the longest is either on a better package than everyone else, or is too dumb to move on.

    I'm hoping the OP is on the better package.

    This situation reminds me of when I was at college and working part time in a supermarket. You had two main groups of employees, the students (like myself) and the lifers.
    The students worked there for a few years and left to go to university or find a good full time job.
    The lifers work there ad infinitum and their only concern is having enough money at the end of the week to buy a beer. Now, 20ish years later, if I go into that supermarket, many of the lifers are still there.

    Still feeling godlike?


    Nothing like an ego boost at the end of the day, eh .....
  • morstarmorstar Posts: 5,058
    EKE_38BPM wrote:
    I heard that an employer with a high churn rate (turnover of staff) is probably a rubbish employer (rubbish money, lack of benefits, lack of opportunity for progression etc) and that makes sense to me. That would also mean to me that the person who is there the longest is either on a better package than everyone else, or is too dumb to move on.

    I'm hoping the OP is on the better package.

    This situation reminds me of when I was at college and working part time in a supermarket. You had two main groups of employees, the students (like myself) and the lifers.
    The students worked there for a few years and left to go to university or find a good full time job.
    The lifers work there ad infinitum and their only concern is having enough money at the end of the week to buy a beer. Now, 20ish years later, if I go into that supermarket, many of the lifers are still there.

    Still feeling godlike?

    Happy with his job. Not necessarily a bad thing. Posting is a little odd, but that is a different matter altogether.
  • EKE_38BPMEKE_38BPM Posts: 5,821
    Not my nicest post, I must admit.
    I stand by the sentiment, but I could have written it in a nicer way.

    If the OP is happy with his job, he's doing better than most people.

    As my dad says: "If it was enjoyable, it wouldn't be called work."
    Or as Confucius is supposed to have said: "Find a job you enjoy doing and you'll never work a day in your life."

    Hopefully I have restored some balance.
    FCN 3: Raleigh Record Ace fixie-to be resurrected sometime in the future
    FCN 4: Planet X Schmaffenschmack 2- workhorse
    FCN 9: B Twin Vitamin - winter commuter/loan bike for trainees

    I'm hungry. I'm always hungry!
  • kieranbkieranb Posts: 1,674
    Well, the company is the European office of a large multinational, as such the work here goes in waves, but needs a core number of staff to be functional, I am part of that core staff. Extra staff are employed when work increases, usually on a temp basis, and then let go when the load decreases. Other than career progression I am happy in my job! But to move to a new employer to get a job with better career progression I would have to move location, so my wife would have to leave her good job and my children would have to move from their very good state schools or I would have to greatly increase my commuting time (and change from a cycle commute to PT). It is all about balancing needs etc.

    Don't worry you haven't offended I am well aware of the downsides of my position and have a good sense of self-confidence.

    Anyway after reading threads in veloriders you soon realise that the people in bikeradar are meek and mild lambs.
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