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Friday, November 17, 2006


Today, I felt something unlike anything in a long time. Work was really busy, I had a late lunch. And I felt pretty good about it all.

I have been at this job for about five months now. There have been times when I have been bored, and there have been times when I felt like I was wasting some time. But for the past two weeks, work has picked up for me. It seems that more people are starting to realize how much of a help I can be to them, and I have been getting more involved in helping out with the budgets for some major healthcare accounts. And I have even been drafted to be a part of the renovation team (our office is going through some renovations, and i am helping out). The people at this place have been great - my boss is really nice, and I have not had any problems with anyone. In fact, i got invited to go for drinks after work last night, and we had a really good time. I actually do not mind being around these people all day.

What a change from the last place. There weren't many people over there that I cared to see on a regular basis. And most of those people I was forced to see, or at least pass by their office every day. I think the problem there was that most of the people in my department were really weird. And of course, after all of the crap that they put me through, I had no use for them anymore.

For the last few months at that place, I dreaded walking through the door every day. I got my tiny raise after being told I was "topping out at my position." I was told that I was not getting the managers position after my old boss left because they didn't think that my "heart would be into it." They give the job to this girl I knew, and I knew I was so much better than her. And for awhile, I felt like a ghost there, barely talking to anyone. I didn't get any respect, and I was definitely taken for granted.

But look at how times have changed. I have gotten reports that since I have left, things have gotten really bad there. When I was there, we would get all our invoices done by the end of the month, and that doesn't happen anymore. They hired this new guy, and he has actually told office managers that it would take two weeks for their request to get done. Two weeks? Used to take me less than two days. And LW, the girl - I have heard that some people do not even know what she even does. Does she do anything? One office manager even told the VP, "maybe it is because I was spoiled by Joe, but I am not used to waiting this long." Someone else even said that they thought the department was in "disarray." I would love to be a fly on the wall during that review!

But for me, after years of feeling depressed there, I left that place, got more money at this place, and I am in a position where I have the freedom to do my work as I feel it should be done. I actually feel appreciated for a change. Someone even told me that they were surprised to learn that I was only at this place since June - it seemed to them that I was there for a lot longer than that.

Thank you.


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