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A Bear of a Week


I'm sorry that I haven't had a whole lot to say here this week.  Work has been super-busy and I've come home pretty wiped out in the hundred degree heat.  Stir into that mix a bit of drama at work, with our "most productive" worker plotting to shake things up a bit.  Much to her surprise, that didn't go exactly as she planned, and she ended up taking the last couple days off to "unwind".   She's always threatening to quit, and I'm crossing my fingers that she's job hunting. 

I think having someone who isn't afraid to stand up and speak out is a new experience for her, she likes to think she runs the show there.  But she's really much too young, and I'm much to old to be intimidated.  Let's just say there was a "Come to Jesus" meeting of the staff and our two superviors, with some pretty strong fallout.

It isn't over yet, a staff meeting with our home office manager is scheduled for a week from tomorrow in which she will reassign work duties and responsibilities, but for now the dust has settled and I'm  noticing a definite effort by our supervisors to ensure the workload is adjusted fairly and that work is really being done on worktime.  What a novel idea!  Call me old-fashioned, but I don't think some folks should be working hard and steady while a slacker does what they do best.... duck and dodge. 

I don't like office drama, I don't like folks who play behind the scenes to keep things stirred up and tensions high.  My belief is that we all should just come and do our jobs and get along.  After all, we spend more waking hours with each other than we do at home with our families.  The telling fact is that with Miss Slacker gone, the rest of us interacted with pleasantness and ease today, and worked together to get the job done despite phones ringing off the wall, and the endless need to shuffle papers. It was busy and tiring, but it wasn't frustrating and tense - once again proving that theory of the effect one bad apple can have on the whole bunch. 

TGIF, I'm more than ready for it, as I always am.  We have a potentially good change coming up at Papa Bear's job that I can't share yet, but it proves to me yet once again that God hears my prayers, even the ones whispered in my heart.

I'm planning to have a good day tomorrow and an even better weekend ahead. Wishing the same for all of you.  Go out and do something fun together, never grow too old to  play!

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  1. Rough weeks are long & tiring. You deserve better.
    I hope your weekend is wonderful & full of all of the things you & Papa Bear love to do...together!

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    1. Yes, Annie, it felt like a ten day week, but the last two went well, peaceful and productive, and I'm ready to face Monday with my smile on! Starting out to be a good weekend, oh how I look forward to them! :-)

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  2. IF ONLY, when Slacker comes back (and they do) if the rest of you could continue the camaraderie AS IF she wasn't there and talk AROUND her. It wouldn't hurt to bring it out into the open with your work family before she does show up.

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    1. As tempting as that is, Lotta Joy, I try to take the higher road and treat folks the way I'd like to be treated. The other co-workers are her personal friends, and that's fine, as long as we can all get along and just do our work. Much will depend on how next Friday's mtg goes,and what is decided. I'm hoping and praying that it's a fair resolution for all.

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  3. A couple of weeks ago, we were all commenting on how sweet and peaceful it was in the office since one of our secretaries was on vacation. Gave me a lot to think about....

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    1. I think everyone did notice the marked improvement in office atmosphere these last two days with her away, Maria. It was so much lighter and QUIETER...she is quite loud and a bit over the top in her behavior. I have a hard time with that, office conduct and all. You've written about your office worker before too. And yes, one person does affect everybody else, either for the good or for the bad.

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  4. Come to Jesus meetings are the best. While they are usually the most uncomfortable, they usually accomplish the most. Best of luck to you at the office and to Papa Bear too.

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    1. That's how I like to approach things too Elsie, head on, no beating around the bush, but respectfully. That respectful part is a concept that needs to be taught! You can state your thoughts without attacking. I believe it will all work out, one way or another. It always does in my life... eventually! :-)

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  5. I love your outlook - "I'm PLANNING to have a good day tomorrow". YES! That is what it takes. Intentional living.

    I'm right there with ya, sistah! I can not stand drama. As a former school teacher (where gossip and cattiness is at a record high) I avoided the front office and most of the time, the lunch area for teachers because I could not take all the gabbing and 'stirring the pot'. Life can be hard enough without us tearing each other down in the process. Seriously.

    I hope that great things are to come for you with Papa Bear's job and that your situation irons out. God does hear our whispers and I am so grateful.

    Have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. You're right Carrie, either we decide to make it better or we can be sure it will be worse. Life and relationships need attention to detail! :-) Everyplace I've ever worked the women are embroiled in drama on some level and I find it so petty and tiring. Can't we all just get along? I keep praying on it, and I have faith it will all be fine. Kill 'em with kindness!! God does indeed here our whispers and those are the best surprises... prayers we never anticipate being answered!

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  6. Luckily I am adopting a better attitude. Even though my hours are still sucky my attitude isn't. And I agree, come to work, do your job and go home. Makes things so much easier!

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    1. Good girl, makes doing the time easier if it doesn't feel so imposing, I know it's hard sometimes, it is for me too, but if I go in determined to make the day count for something good I can usually pull it off. The good part is that you know it isn't forever!

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