I was so tired all day.
And get this, my phone, the time didn't reset automatically until this morning. I was thinking I'd have to change in manually (I'm speaking of my cell phone) but it finally switched over this morning.
I just wanted to go to sleep all day. We have a new person so I spent most of my day training to stay awake. That was fine. My boss wants her to be trained and I actually am very good at training.
How come? Because I have had bad trainers who treat you like you're stupid. I was trained in one job after another that way. You end up feeling like an idiot because they want you to think that you are -- it's all a little power trip.
I'm not that way. I am happy to go slow and to repeat. And if someone's taking notes, I'll go over the notes with them. Most important, I will praise when it's been earned.
The new woman has caught on to our software so quick. I praised her on that repeatedly. We have about four different programs we're running, with three being for older accounts if you need to check history. So there's a lot of juggling and cross-referencing and she has just really caught on to all of that. I took days and days to do that (and I told her that). So she should be really proud of herself.
She's going to have to be over reconciling petty cash and other duties no one wants so we spent a long time on those as well. She took really great notes there but lamented that it was text so we designed a flow chart for that.
She had worked for Bank of American until 2007 when she was laid off. She was a vice president there. All she'd been able to find were part-time jobs. And she talks about how the boss asked her if she didn't feel overqualified for this job and she replied that she took a McDonald's job last Christmas to help pay the bills. She said if they'd needed her beyond seasonal (it was a McDonalds in the mall), she would have stayed while she looked.
I really admire both her surviving five years of part time jobs and her positive spirit. She's one of those people who seems to have been born smiling.
Unemployment? She had it for nearly two years and then her benefits were over. That's why she took any and every job that she could talk her way into. That must have been very scary to go through but she's so positive and just laughs about it now.
So that was my day.
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