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Thursday, August 10, 2006

Surfing, Training & Blasphemy

This week has been bittersweet for me at work. I've been wanting to do more communications-related work and have asked to be included as such. However, I think I have taken on a bit too much.

Currently, I'm the acting Web Content Specialist for HR while they decide what they are going to do about replacing the one who just quit 3 weeks ago (I'm seriously vying for that job). This is great fun for me, because, well...I like to put "special" content on the web. ;-)

Then, with so many people jumping ship last month, we lost 2 of our trainers for the new electronic time and attendance system that my department is launching. BBB has also removed herself from training in the corporate office (convenient, huh?). So now, my one coworker and I are responsible for training approximately 500 people over the course of about a week and a half. We've divided the training sessions between us and have been trading off between sessions every day this week.

I got a chance to look at some of the employee evaluations of my training session, and must say it is quite amusing. I thought that maybe I would look at the input as being constructive criticism. Then, I thought again. Most of the comments have been" "I don't like that I *have* to go to this class...I could figure it out on my own."

Yeah, right, you are the same people who call me up saying, "I don't see this second worksheet on the spreadsheet you sent me...when are you going to send it?"

To which I respond, "Is your Excel window maximized?"

"Um, yeah, I dragged the corners out...it's as big as it's going to get"

"But is it maximized?"


::walking over..clicking maximize button::


Yeah, sure they can figure it out. They are lucky they can figure out the sex of their 18-month toddler.

Then there was the comment that said that I seemed bored. WHAT? Ok, you'd have to know me in this capacity to know how ridiculous that is. I am VERY energetic when it comes to training. I'm all over the f'ing room, cracking jokes, and trying to get people to lighten up.

What is boring is half of the class! When I ask if there are any questions (which is throughout the entire presentation/class) I am greeted with the sound of flourescent lights buzzing in the spirit of the clichéd chirping crickets. I could have gotten more of a response from a three-toed sloth on siesta.

I can't let it get to me...it's just that I'm dissappointed that I didn't get any constructive criticism. I didn't get anything with which to work.

The highlight of my day was a trip to Hot Dogma for a quick lunch. I’d never been to Hot Dogma, but snickered every time I passed the trendy signage at its entrance (which just happens to be in an Episcopal Church) ::snicker::.

Actually, these guys have a great sense of humor…check out their dog called “The Hypocrit: a veggie dog slathered in chili.” I decided on “The Mexican,” which is a weiner covered in salsa, cheese, and guacamole wrapped in a tortilla.


At 8/10/2006 9:07 PM, Blogger honeykbee's whiny, bitch-ass comment is...

I was going to have just frosted flakes for dinner, but now I want frosted flakes and a nathan's dog and grandma's orange drop cookies!!

At 8/11/2006 11:25 AM, Anonymous jiggabeandc's whiny, bitch-ass comment is...

I bet that hot dog had you trumpetting all night


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