Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Happy New Year

I’m back at work today after eleven days off. My employer enforces a “use it or lose it” policy with regard to vacation time, and I had three days saved up. This past Monday was therefore a work day for me, and I dutifully showed up. The parking lot was almost empty as was the building in which I work. I spent about 3 and half hours processing the miniscule amount of work that had accumulated the week before, and then I went home.

But everybody but the chronically hung over is back at work today. The vase majority of the work I do is downstream of work submitted by others. Since these others have by and large all been off for the holidays too, I must now wait for them to all get back up to speed and begin submitting work to me again. Until that happens I am in a thumb twiddling mode. I check my email constantly to see if anything new has shown up. I have done some file maintenance this morning. I have been catching back up on personal emails as well. Right now I’m waiting for lunch time.

And I can’t leave early as I did on Monday because as I said, everybody is back in force. I am beginning to wish I had simply given things a cursory glance on Monday morning so I would have an additional 3 and a half hours of work to do today. Of course I would have finished that an hour ago and then taken another hour to do the work that has trickled in thus far today, and would still be sitting here writing blog entry now.

That isn’t to say that I won’t be interrupted and thrown into a tail-spin at a moment’s notice. In that case I may not even post this as it would no longer be apropos.

Guess it's apropos because I'm publishing it now. Happy New Year!

1 comment:

Beth said...

I hate that use it or loose it crap. They do that to keep from having to pay out huge sums of cash when someone leaves. Bastards! My last company had use it or loose it by 12/31. My current employer just stops your accrual of vacation time once you hit three weeks on the books. You stop earning it until you use what you have. Since we just got bought out by a huge coporation thats one of the things I hope changes.

Here's hoping you and yours have a wonderful 2008!!