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Jessie T. Wolf
May 27th, 2005
03:27 am


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It's Never Good Enough, Right?
Ugh. So work has been getting on my ass more and more lately. I don’t know WHY my manager seems to have to make things that much harder for me. I swear, I’ve worked there for a year now, and have never had a problem with anyone until just these past few months.

The biggest thing seems to be me getting blamed for not doing things right, or getting chewed out because of something or other. Usually these things are not initially my fault. For example:

My manager has a habit of letting our boarding cats roam around the vet clinic. Now. It’s not that I’m mean, and don’t think the animals should give their legs a stretch every now and then. But we are a VET CLINIC!!! An Animal Hospital! NOT a Daycare and Boarding! It’s one thing to let out one or two cats at a time, for an hour or two during the day, and then rotate. Hell, we have a Cattery built into our front window, with a cat tree, toys, and everything. That is the purpose of the Cattery. To let the boarders have a bit of time out of their kennels.

Our manager likes to open ALL of the cages first thing in the morning, and let them all roam free. This can be a major pain in the ass, because then we run into problems such as these:

The following is behind a LJ cut, due to the length of my bitching. :-P

The more timid cats HIDE in the TINIEST places that we can’t get to, and then we end up having to move a bunch of furniture to get to them.

The litter boxes all around the clinic are constantly in need of cleaning, and when I’m not there quick enough to empty the litter pans (because I’m busy doing other work that requires my attention) I get in trouble because the Clients complain about the smell. I cannot be there every two minutes to make sure they’re spotless all the time!

Today, one cat decided to pee in the box that we keep our plastic bags in, for bagging the Clients’ food/medications and such. And of course the manager got all pissed that she had to throw that box out, and order a brand new one, even though if she had never left the cats out in the first place, she wouldn’t have bags full of piss!

The cats eat each other’s food, that’s left out for them. Not only do I have to constantly pick up a bunch of bowls scattered all around the clinic, (which I’m sure isn’t very professional looking to our Clients) but our clinic cat, Buddy, gets medicated food, which the OTHER cats eat. X.x It’s not good for them all to be sharing their food anyway. What if a cat is allergic to a certain ingredient in a food? A lot of these boarding cats are on their own specific food, from home. And sharing the same food can also transmit diseases like FIV and FIP in cats, through saliva. These cats are being put in unnecessary risk, all because our manager thinks it’s “cruel” to keep them in their kennels.

Each cat also has a boarding sheet, that’s supposed to monitor how well they’re eating, and if they’re going to the bathroom okay. And I haven’t even bothered to fill out the sheets, because I can’t freakin’ well keep track of who’s doing what, when they’re all roaming about as they are! And of course, I get in trouble for not checking off the sheets.

Then near the end of the night, when it’s time to feed, medicate, and put them all away, I end up spending twenty minutes just trying to find all of these cats so that I can put them away for the night, and it takes time away from other things I should be doing. :/ Then I end up finishing late, and the other Staff makes me feel rushed to finish, because they want to go home on time. *smirks*

I can’t win. I’m actually very surprised that the owner of the hospital hasn’t mentioned anything to our manager yet, if she even knows what goes on at all. I’ve expressed my concerns with the manager already, but all she can do is laugh, and say, “Oh, I probably shouldn’t be letting them all out like this, but it’s just not fair for them to be cooped up all day!” Fine. SHE lets them out, she can damn well help me put them back in, at the VERY least! O.o

Then I also get in trouble for shit like not filling up our litter buckets. Part of my job is to replenish anything that’s getting low. Litter is one of those things, and it’s not that I haven’t noticed them getting low. It’s more like, I notice it, make a mental note that I have to refill them at some point before the end of the night. But then I get called away to do this or that, takes time away from doing my other jobs… And then by the end of the night, we’re just about to head out the door, and I realize that the litter’s not refilled, and I think, “Oh shit, I forgot! Well, I’ll do it tomorrow.”

Refilling litter is NOT a HUGE job! And certainly nothing I should have to be reamed at about! I mean, for goodness sake… with all of the times that our manager pulls me away from my jobs to do something for her, you’d think that maybe, possibly, refilling the litter during the day when I’m not there – helping ME out for a change – is asking for so very much? And she makes it out to seem like she’s the one who has to do it all the time, which is bull. Woman, I have ENOUGH work to do! I cannot keep track of EVERYTHING, every minute! I do my BEST, and all I get is bitched at for it. :(

And what makes it even worse is when she reminds me that I only work there a few hours a day, so I have no excuses. I had to say something to her then. I was like, “Excuse me? Just because I don’t work ten hours, five days a week, doesn’t mean that my job isn’t just as important as yours. I medicate, and feed, and clean up after all of the animals. I help hold animals for taking blood/giving injections/IVs/euthanasias, etc. I take and develop X-rays. I make sure that the exam rooms are clean after each use. I make sure equipment is clean. I take out garbage and recycling. I replenish things that need to be done so, like food/the disinfectant spray bottles/paper towels/litter/laundry, etc. I vacuum, and mop. I run errands when I’m asked to. I do A LOT! Sure, I only work a few hours a day, but I’m there EVERY fucking day! Seven days a week, I’m needed. I come in early when you need me to, and I stay late when you need me to. I’m practically on-call, for stupid pay, and I’ve never complained until now! So don’t you make it sound like my purpose in this business is worth nothing, because you know DAMN well that if I were to quit tomorrow, YOU would be screwed!”

She was actually afraid there for a moment that I would quit, but I told her no, and that I was just trying to make a point. They know that they need me there. And I DO like my job, but I dislike how lately she’s seemed to look for things to pester me about. I mean cripes, (and I’m not even joking) they were complaining to me for a while that the washer was too loud! I said that’s just the noise it makes when it’s on spin cycle. They had me try to put less of a load in, to see if it made a difference, but it didn’t. I was like, dude! It just makes that noise on spin cycle! What the hell do they expect me to do about it?? O_O I swear to the gods, I don’t understand the people at my work sometimes!

Anyway, that was a rather long vent, but I just had to get that off my chest. Bloody hell, I hope that things start to get better soon, before I explode at work or something. *flicks her ears in utter annoyance*

Current Mood: frustratedfrustrated

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Date:May 27th, 2005 07:36 am (UTC)
o/` First comment! o/`

Don't even feign threatening to leave too much, or they'll start hiring people to fill in for you if that happens.

*snugs* Hang tough! Love ya!

Jay Naylor
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Date:May 27th, 2005 07:51 am (UTC)
Too much? *smirks* I did it ONCE, to make a point, and that point was received. There's no way they're going to fire me, since the head boss likes the work I do, and that's really all that matters. I work damn hard at that place, and it should do good to my manager to be reminded of that! *firm nods* Cripes, she can barely do her OWN work, half the time. >.
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Date:May 27th, 2005 07:38 am (UTC)
*purrs up against you* You sound like you do a sensational job, and that they just need to open their eyes to the value of your help. *nuzzle*
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Date:May 27th, 2005 07:53 am (UTC)
Thank you!! *snugs!* ^^ Miss ya! :-D
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Date:May 27th, 2005 09:28 am (UTC)
*snugs gently*
wish i could say more informative stuff but ive had a bit to drink and am wee tipsy ^^;

all i can say is, it sounds like you do a great job there, despite what they say.. i worked for nearly 7 years at a place that didnt respect what i did and seemed like they never noticed what a good job i did. I wish i could offer advice but i guess every situation differs, for mine i basicly had to complain to make them notice me.
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Date:May 27th, 2005 09:44 am (UTC)
I think you should go over your manager's head. Talk to the owner, let them know about the problems with the cats and other stuff that your manager keeps on doing, even with your correct and outspoken objections. Inform them of what you believe should be proper proceedure and the benifits of such. Perhpaps nothing will come of it but you will have made the effort. At best, a shakedown by your manager's manager (aka the owner) should relieve some of the stress that is on you.
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Date:May 27th, 2005 11:53 am (UTC)
It's a female thing. Fuck equality, women just don't make good managers. At anything. :)
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Date:May 27th, 2005 11:54 am (UTC)

But a gold star for you..

..for starting to use aussie slang.
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Date:May 27th, 2005 12:59 pm (UTC)
Remind me again,... why haven't you just walked out?

or at least gone over her head, there has to be someone your she answers to?
Date:May 27th, 2005 02:29 pm (UTC)
It certainly sounds like there are a lot of problems over there. Your boss lets out all the cats and they run amok in the clinic, and then bitches YOU out for the mess, and for not doing your job, and etc etc etc. What a load of crap.

I'm proud of ya. Everyone has their breaking point, but it sounded like your boss deserved that!
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Date:May 27th, 2005 03:58 pm (UTC)
I sympathize. I'm sure most people nowadays have had a shit job that they just would rather quit but can't. Mine was dishwashing :P I wish I would've had the kahonies to do what you did.

I am sure your boss appreciates what you do for the place, some people just are socially inept about how to thank someone for that. Instead they give you more work knowing that you will do it to the best of your ability never minding the fact you have enough to do right now.
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Date:May 27th, 2005 04:23 pm (UTC)

Coworkers come in all shapes and sizes, so does the annoyance factor with them. You did the right thing to talk this over, tell 'em how you feel and how it's been mounting up before it turns into something worse.
In some ways your boss and my coworker seem alike in annoyances when you are trying to do your own job at your own pace and personal space.

I have problems too at work as well, mainly with one person for the most part. She'll like shout out my name even though I'm yards away (she's got a loud voice). Feels like pin's and needles to me, so I'll shout back "WHAT" or bite my tounge and keep cool. Plus SHE'S NOSY! I hate that with a passion. Then, i dunno why , she'll be so obessive about me getting a register. My thing is that I've been doing photo lab work for 5yrs running and being treated like i don't know anything sometimes really is a pain in the @ss.

:big tiger hugs:

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Date:May 27th, 2005 05:37 pm (UTC)
Is there anyone above your manager? If she has a boss, try getting in touch with them and tell them everything she does that makes it a more difficult and unplesant work environment. Maybe if HER boss bitches her out about letting too many cats out and not helping put them back in, calling you away from your real work and then bitching that you didn't do it, she'll decide to cut it out and get her act together.
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Date:May 28th, 2005 12:38 am (UTC)
Dear Jessie/Maia,

first off; *pets* it'll all be okay, so just relax and give yourself some credit for the fine work you do.

A suggestion I think would be interesting to do, if only to proove a point, would be to walk around with a pad of post-it notes, and leave a little note each time you finish something while your there.. Like "Gave this puppy a bath at this time, on this day, signed, etc.." then they'll have a record of how much you do for them.

Another would be, if your getting hassled too much and getting no help, to report them to the local goverment. Say to them that while your doing the best you can, that the clinic isn't providing you and the animals with enough help. Hopefully they will assist you, and help the animals out.

..Failing those, get 2 to bring his assault weapons to Canada and invite him and me on a tour of your work ;)
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Date:May 31st, 2005 03:31 am (UTC)
I feal your pain. I do alot of work at the theater, take alot of slack from the manageers and still dont get apreceated. It sucks.
Date:June 1st, 2005 01:18 am (UTC)
Work definitely sucks some times. Just hang in there.

PS: New journal.
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Date:June 3rd, 2005 05:28 pm (UTC)


Hee hee, my previous job let me know what it was like to have a total ass for a boss; I found that sticking your finger up at their back is pretty humorous, in that childish yet fulfilling sort of way XP. Good that you're doing something that you're passionate about anyway, beats spending your saturday evenings washing dishes XD.
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