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New Job

Published May 18, 2018 by lynn k scott

In an effort to reduce stress in my life (for a variety of reasons), I have been looking for a new job and I found one!  I have been praying for a new position.  I had been at my previous position for over five years.  While it’s not the longest time, in today’s job market, it’s still considerable.

I left a company that had HUGE turnover (seasonal workers ‘n all) and went to a company where there is just me and another lady in the office.  The entire company has less than 20 employees.  Talk about a difference!

I do have to learn an entirely new industry, but so far it’s not too bad.  Seems I have the most technological information here.  My boss just learned to check his own emails within the past year.  Yea, I said “wow” too.  I’m so used to chaos, reporting to three or four managers, keeping all their stuff straight and keeping up on my own work.

The chaos of my Human Resources (HR) job is now behind me.  Now, I’m an office coordinator/dispatcher.  I still drink coffee, take notes and take all the new information in stride.

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The best part of this job is I believe it’s an answered prayer.  My first day, my co-worker and I were speaking.  She’s a believer in Christ as well.  She told me she believes that she doesn’t follow religion, but a relationship with Him!  That’ what I, and the church I attend, believe.  This position is truly a blessing.

I have put on my HR hat already and assisted with a disability claim.  I’m reviewing their job applications for compliance and ordered some necessary documentation for the office.  I will eventually be putting a benefits program in place for the owner (one of the reasons I was hired).

My commute is 15-minutes shorter; each way.  My hours have changed, but that’s ok.  I am home two hours later every morning.  The furbabies love the new relaxed schedule.  A bonus is I am spending a third less on gas every week too!  This may not been the exact job I was looking for, however, He knew what I needed and led me to my new employer.  For that I am grateful!

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New Job

Published May 2, 2018 by lynn k scott

I have been looking for another job for quite some time now.  Working in Human Resources can tell you a lot about a company.  It also allows you to know secrets that would completely irritate the rest of the employees, should they ever come to light.

That being said, my current position isn’t good for me.  There are far to many “questionable” decisions for my liking.  Add to that, when we were getting to renew benefits, the owner was going to cut them significantly.  I had posted my resume to see what else was out there.  I couldn’t afford how much I would shell out to cover the benefits my company was.

Long story short, a friend of mine asked if I was getting an assistant and sent me the job link she found.   My boss apparently saw my resume and posted one of their own….to replace me!!!  I had been upfront about how detrimental cutting the benefits would be.  I was basically dismissed from that discussion.  Then, instead of my boss coming to me to discuss why my resume was posted, he chose find someone else to do my job.  Later, after their interviews, it was determined they would “reinvest” in me.  They didn’t know I knew about their interviews for my position and that no one would accept the low pay they were offering.  Why?  I do A LOT for this company, but am severely underpaid; but not according to “the powers that be”.

That situation never sat well with me and I have kept my options open ever since.  On Monday, I had a job interview.  It’s a completely different line of work.  I will assist in running an office and we will start a benefits program; with my help.  My new employer is paying for my current benefits that I will continue on C.O.B.R.A., until we have a new plan in place.  I was hired on the spot.

I get to wear the same clothes that I currently wear to work.  There’s something to be said for not having to dress up every day.  Jeans and tank tops are awesome!!!  It’s a busy office, but I feel my stress level will reduce considerably.  My health has to be a priority.  I already feel a bit relieved having given notice.  A weight definitely has been lifted and prayers have been answered.

They have five dogs at my new job.  So I still can take a break and regroup (if need be) with some pup time.  You’d be surprised how much working with animals can help keep a person balanced.

Today, I discovered, they are going to replace me with an executive assistant.  That ticks me off a bit.  I have been saying for over two years, they don’t want an HR person, but an assistant.  An executive assistant position will probably pay more than my position.  That’s just how this company works.  They pay new people much more than existing staff.

I will complete the rest of this week.  Get through next week, as Friday is my last day.  I will not prepare “how-to” sheets for all the work I do.  After working for a company for five years, you would think management would want to discuss keeping me or at least acknowledge I am leaving.  Not one word.  A few coworkers know, because I told them.  They will be sorry I am leaving.  In part, I believe it’s because no one else knows how to do my job.

It really sucks, working so long for someone to feel this unappreciated.  Five years is a decent amount of time to be with one company.  I guess it’s just too hard to acknowledge I’ve done a good job for them and to wish me well.

Changing Perspective

Published August 16, 2016 by lynn k scott

It’s an eye-opening experience when you take a moment to evaluate what you want from life.  Over the last few years, my life has changed more than I would have ever imagined.  I know life isn’t fair, bad things happen to good people, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, it will get better….yada yada yada.

At this point in my life, my youngest daughter is everything to me.  She’s the one who’s still at home with me and my world revolves around her.  When I was transitioning my daughter from homeschooling to small, private school, I checked with my boss, who said I could bring her to the office before and after school.

She is a good kid, sits and watches tv (yes our office has that in a large break room). Doesn’t bother anyone.  She used to sit in an unoccupied office prior to that.  One of the owners said, she could watch tv; if she wanted to.

Lately, the main owner has been fixed on some issues that are not the most pressing in the company.  After 30 years of business, and eight months into the year, he wants to change things, see details that take meticulous calculations to obtain and doesn’t understand how the information is calculated.  Unfortunately, I am wrapped up in this data mess, as I administer part of what he is complaining about.

While I only lend my opinion, based on my experience, I do not make any final decisions. However, apparently, because I’m involved, I’m now “public enemy number one” in the eyes of the owner of the company.  Now, my daughter is no longer allowed to watch tv for the two hours after school, while I finish my work day.  I will add, my work has not been negatively affected with my daughter at work.  If anything, I have been working even more to quell the mighty giant who would rather slay me than listen to reason about how his business practices have brought him to the current mess we are cleaning up.  When he chooses to punish me, by taking it out on my daughter, we have a problem.

That being said, the entire situation has caused me to re-evaluate my position within the company.  While I make a decent salary, I am underpaid for all that I do.  My daughter’s education and happiness are paramount.  I realize, no matter what they claim my position is, I’m a glorified paper pusher.  I am great at my job, so I don’t let that discourage me.

Yet, through all of this, I have realized, the job I thought I would probably have for the next decade or so, isn’t the job for me.  I want to be more available for my daughter.  I want more memories of us.  I still have to make money; sadly.  My family still expects to eat, daily, with the lights on, have hot water, clothes, etc…..so I continue to work in the hostile environment of my job.

I told my friends yesterday, I want to go back to wedding planning.  I want to be my own boss.  I enjoy making people happy by working behind the scenes so their special day is full of memories that will make them smile for a lifetime to come.

I enjoy doing walk venue walk-throughs.  Making notes of what will or won’t work for a particular client, attending the wedding rehearsal, ordering dishes, making sure the banquet room tables are set just right.  That the chairs gently “kiss” the tablecloth and aren’t pushed all the way in.  I like making sure the bar is set and ready for when the guests arrive for the cocktail hour, following a timeline.  All the details that the average person doesn’t realize that have to happen to pull off a successful event; is what I enjoy doing.

Over the next year, I will work some freelance events, maybe do some day of coordination for ceremonies and work at building my business so I can work for myself, this time next year.  That’s the goal!

I am currently looking for another job that I can keep my daughter in her present school. If we have to change schools or return to homeschooling, so be it.  Her education and happiness are important and I am over pleasing a male chauvinist who views my job as a necessary evil of having to do business.

Look out Bay Area and Sacramento, a new wedding planning business is on the horizon!

I speak like a child

Published November 19, 2015 by lynn k scott

As I wrap up another year of Open Enrollment and all the chaos that has ensued, I have to seriously consider if I want to take on the challenge of a Spanish for business course.

While I have strong feelings about English in the work place (definitely another post), I can’t help but feel I’m not helping my employees enough because some of them have a definite language barrier.

I have tried to learn Spanish in the past.  I will say, when I worked in the restaurant industry when I arrived in CA, many moons ago, my Spanish was the best it ever was.  You can’t work in CA restaurants and not pick up some Spanish; it’s near impossible.

Alas, time is not my friend and has erased much of the Latin-based language that used to roll off my tongue as easily as a trilled “r”.  When I attempt to remember how to say certain Spanish phrases, I feel like I’m speaking like a child.  I know a four-year old has better grammar than I do.  I miss words, context, etc.  Heck, I’m lucky if they get the gist of what I’m trying to convey.

I know what’s holding me back, besides money, is my lack of ability to practice.  I know I’m a perfectionist and I don’t want to sound unintelligent when I’m speaking with employees.  I’m still considering a course or two.  It can’t hurt and if I can make my employees understand the importance of what is required of them, while accurately informing them of their options, so they can make an informed decisions about their health-care, then I should be willing to give it the old-college-try, right?

To learn or not to learn? That is the real question!

 

Adventures in Homeschooling: the 4th grade year

Published September 10, 2015 by lynn k scott

Yesterday, I stopped by to pick up my daughter from a friend’s house.  I had given her some words to look up in the dictionary. Her assignment was to find the word in the dictionary, write its page number she found it on and a quick definition.  That’s sounds fairly easy, right?  WRONG!  To a reluctant fourth grader, I just assigned her to climb Mt. Rushmore, free-hand!

Back to that in a moment.

I walk in the door and I see my daughter gathering her things.  It was then I noticed her hair.  My daughter’s hair goes down her back and is just about to touch her buttocks if it grows much more.  She often pulls it up.  Let me tell you…she got creative!

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Every item she had in her pencil box was in her hair!  I couldn’t stop laughing.  I’ve never seen anyone do this.  My friend hadn’t seen her do it and the expression on his face was priceless.  I told her, “don’t get in the car.  I NEED a picture of this”; knowing I just found my next blog post.

We begin home and that’s when I find out she didn’t do her dictionary terms.  Well, that became her first order of business upon arrival at the house.  I should have gotten out the climbing gear for that mole-hill that she made into a mountain.  “It’s too hard!  Who needs to learn how to use a dictionary anyway?”  SLAM!  That would be the dictionary.

*EXASPERATED MOTHERLY SIGH*

“Ok, put it down, for now.  I’ll have you work on something else”.

“Mom, we need to talk.”  That’s really code for….I’m not happy and I’m about to tell you why.

“Ok, let’s talk.  What’s on your mind?”

“Mom.  You should just accept the fact I’m going to be a failure.  I’m ok with it.  I’ll live a life of crime.  I’ll go to prison, get released, steal something and go back to prison.  That will be my life.”

Ah, my over-dramatic daughter.  Have I expressed how fun nine year-olds can be?

I assured her that wouldn’t be the case.  She wasn’t cut out for prison.  I then offered to switch her to a language program to work on reading and comprehension.  Oh, that went over like a lead balloon.  But guess what, she did it anyway.

My princess settled in and started the computer work.  She didn’t do half bad.  I sat with her while she read aloud.  She stopped during her reading, looked at me and said, “I’m sorry for my behavior.  You know, girls and puberty, right?”

Heaven help me!  I bit my lip to stifle a laugh, as she was dead serious.  I agreed she was hormonal or something and the rest of the evening went off without a hitch.

My husband wanted a little girl.  I warned him that boys were A LOT easier.  He really didn’t know what he was asking for, as this is his first child.  There’s a reason they say to be careful what you wish for.  This child is going to give both of us a run for our money.  I only hope she gets a well-paying acting job because she’s got talent for drama!

Did you know…?

Published July 10, 2015 by lynn k scott

I’m sure you’ve heard of the “Stages of Grief”, but did you know who came up with them?

I, myself, didn’t know until December of last year.  The final day of my human development class; we passed a piece of paper around the class.  On this paper, was a variety of quotes from Elisabeth Kubler-Ross.  Each student chose a quote that got their attention and read it aloud.

Elisabeth Kubler-Ross was a psychiatrist and journalist and the stages were for terminally ill patients:  Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression and Acceptance.  Those stages apply to the majority of people, whether they themselves are terminally ill or they have lost someone close to them.  She spent a good part of her career observing, talking and being with those who were dying.

We had studied a bit of her just a couple weeks prior to the end of the semester.  I found her work very interesting and comforting.  I believe part of that was due to the fact I still had to write my final paper on “death and dying”.  As it was about my sister, my emotions were reeking havoc and I was an incoherent mess; to put it mildly.  One might think it’s a morbid topic, yet to read her work and observations is very enlightening.

I have posted two Quotes of the Day for today and tomorrow.  Both are by Kubler-Ross and they just seem really appropriate.  If you’d like to learn a bit more about her, I’ve provided a link for you.

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