Dispatches From The Battle Front  

Fallic40 54M
3214 posts
4/9/2006 4:11 pm
Dispatches From The Battle Front

And so week number 1 of the rest of my life is complete. It has been very successful so far. The 30 mile commute has been much easier than expected and usually runs about 35 minutes each way.

The biggest impediment has been the fact that I had told the company I would be available the week after my offer sheet arrived for me to sign. It has not arrived yet at my home: although I signed a faxed copy at the plant where I work last Monday. As a result, some things that needed to be done before I started working were not completed and left my busting arse every evening last week: as a result, there was a paucity of posts.

What is the most intriguing observation of the plant I am now running production planning in? There is no cubicle culture.

The current GM did away with all cubicles when he took over 18 months ago and everyone has their own office (and therefore their own space). The tangible result is an incredible increase in productivity by office and support staff. Nobody can get involved in another’s business without really trying. And people are just getting more work done as they are not distracted.

At the last place I worked, the cubicle culture was bad: especially in customer service. Two of the ladies resented the other lady because she was always on-line shopping or on the phone talking to family. So there was lots of friction. That is not happening at the new place.

Also, nobody has access to the internet. I do not mind this, although I will miss not being able to the world cup scores in 2 months. Again this means that everyone is actually working. What I have noticed is there is not a lot of need for people to stay late as their work is getting done in plenty of time (and it is accurate too due to a lack of distractions).

The other interesting thing is that there are not a lot of meetings going on at this company. If you need something you go and see the person and get what needs to be done completed and out of the way. You then go onto the next thing.

I have an office that overlooks the production floor. I have an assistant who really likes the fact that when I go and get myself coffee, I always bring her back coffee as well. I have to wear office clothes which is a new thing for me since I was always out on the shop floor before and so could wear jeans and a t-shirt to work. I am working 6am to about 3:30 most days and I am going against the traffic on my way home which is a good thing.

So overall, things are good. My last-job created rather suspicious mind is still somewhat put out by the offer sheet not arriving. That could be put to bed when my pay cheque arrives on Wednesday. We shall see.


rm_titsandtires 53M/42F
3656 posts
4/9/2006 8:52 pm

Glad the new job is working out. I know from experience that it can be a crap-shoot sometimes. You know, that first pay-check is supposed to be for buying fellow bloggers a beer, right?


_Safira 54F
11260 posts
4/9/2006 9:27 pm

Ooooh ... I'm with Tires. Pints all around, Luv! Congratulations on a successful week. I'm so happy for you. *gentle hugs*

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Fox4aKnight1 44F

4/10/2006 2:53 am

that is awsome hun and I hear ya about the office stuff I use to be inventory and when I was manager I had no changes. Only in how things are arranged a little. My office was on the production floor and getting on the net was impossible. It does make things much more productive.


rm_sj365 57F
2414 posts
4/10/2006 6:32 am


HBowt2 60F

4/10/2006 2:44 pm

I'll have a beer too....good luck with the job

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