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Grumpy Old Ganz

The Invitation

In a past life long ago I held an “office” job, which at the time was a completely new concept for me.

After learning the new job, getting used to working with others, working on my communication skills, and having my desk consistently moved on a weekly basis, I finally settled in.

I looked forward to Mondays to play “hide and seek” and try to find my desk. I couldn’t find it one Monday. A little dazed, I asked the boss where it was? He pointed to a three-sided sectioned off cubicle.

I headed over to my new “hole” to find a small table, no phone, the worst chair in the office, and the slowest computer ever. I wondered if they were trying to discourage me?

As time passed, a few of the seasoned staff left, all in a very short period of time.

The boss hired several new employees along the way.

Being the social butterfly that I am, I made a point to welcome the new staff. Oddly, none of them stayed very long.

The boss came to me asking me to work from home and to email my paperwork to the office. I would go in a couple of days a week to take care of the necessary job work.

Ironically, I found myself welcoming someone new weekly when the boss approached me. He handed me a device and said, “Put all your work on this and I will invite you down to collect it”.

Waiting eagerly for “the invitation” it always came with the added phrase “and use the side door”. I went down to the office and turned in my work, but noticed there was never any staff present.

This went on a while when I asked where everyone was? To put it kindly the boss simply said, “You’re bad luck and I want to keep the staff I have.”

I moved on to bigger and better things and for the record, I was never fired nor lost the hours I worked. I believe I was doing the job the boss expected me to do or I would have been “out the door” like all those other staff members. I’m just not sure why there was such a turnover in staff and I was the scapegoat.

Here is something to ponder...“Incapable of becoming a blacksmith, you blame the metal” unknown.


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