Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Work Diaries (15) : a new start, 2005 style

Since I’ve been so unhappy with the work pressure I had last year, specially the last couple of months of 2004, I thought I’ll begin this year with a mean work personality. I wont accept more work. I wont allow myself to stay for extra hours, and I will NOT accept my boss doing nothing all day long and then rushing me in the last few minutes to do something “urgent” keeping me late at work!

Yesterday we had a deadline for a very important client. We’ve been working since December. But we’ve been waiting for some documents and research results. We got the results and documents yesterday morning. We could’ve ended everything by 12 p.m., but NO, he kept wasting time, and every time I remind him of the deadline, he says: everything’s done. Just a matter of ordering the files. This wont take much time, so we’ll do it after lunch.

At 2:00 p.m.
I: so should we finish this nightmare?
Boss: (looks at his watch) Oh, why rush things, I’ll let you know when exactly.

At 3:00 p.m.
I: Sir, time is passing by, why don’t we get this done and relax?
Boss: Why do you worry so much?! Anyway, I have to go to a client meeting will be back soon.

At 4:00 p.m.
My boss is not back yet.

At 4:30 p.m.
He’s still out. I call him, his mobile is off.

At 4:55
The phone rings.
I: Eman speaking.
Boss: Don’t leave, I’m on my way. I forgot all about the deadline. Why didn’t you remind me?
I: I called you but your mobile was off, you always do that in meetings.

At 5:10
He finally arrives.
Boss: don’t worry, 5 minutes maximum and the nightmare will end.

At 5:15
Boss: (while revising the requirements of the client) SHIT! I totally forgot about this section.

Knowing that the whole section will need at least an hour to be done,I was SO DETERMINED to tell him it was his fault that he wasted time and that I had to leave for an urgent appointment. I didn’t want him to go on keeping me extra hours when we could’ve done everything on time without the need to rush.

Boss: Ok Eman, let’s do this.
I: Sure Sir…