Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Unscheduled Overtime? Again?

     Yes.  I worked a fill-in shift early Saturday (on twelve hours notice) and got tapped for a task no one in my department knew needed done as I was leaving at the end of that workday.

     I was on the early shift Sunday and Monday, too, which meant I didn't sleep much; it disrupts my OTC pain meds and I keep waking up with severe headaches.  Woken up by them, in fact, which is not nice.

     Then the long swing back to days -- got home Monday utterly exhausted, fell into bed, woke up about five hours later and was so shaky and spacey I just ordered pizza and sat in front of the TV until I was sleepy enough to go back to bed.  Of course, I kept waking up.

     Tuesday, I was gradually made aware that my department -- me, personally -- had been "volunteered" to do some electrical work for another department (IT), apparently by yet a third one (Building Maintenance, who usually do all small electrical work other than power to the Engineering racks).  And that it needed to be done that day.  And I learned even that much by casual remarks from people who assumed someone else had told me, and much too late to sit down, plan the job, check what parts we had and buy whatever was needed.  I had to hunt down the people placing the equipment and even they were kind of hazy on the details of their power requirements -- but oh, they needed it right now.  Or maybe just some of it...

     I worked nearly four hours over, getting the "some of it" done using salvaged and leftover parts and it's a funny thing, but those fellows who just had to have that work done that very day (including the manager of the IT department) all left, presumably for dinner, and never came back.

     My trip home was a miracle of (fuzzy) mind over (sleepy) body and I was in bed by midnight.  Only six hours of sleep but I only woke up once, so that's something.

9 comments:

chuck w said...

Wow, you must be making a LOT of money to put up with this kind of nonsense. Do they treat everyone this cavalierly?

Akatsukami said...

Not to be entirely unsympathetic, but you've just been treated by IT the way that IT is treated by everyone else.

Raz Raxxaffian said...

And this is why, after 40 years in IT/electrical maintenance, I hung up my toolbag when my last contract expired. At 64, it wasn't worth it anymore, even at a high daily rate.

Yes, the bucks are big (if you are a contractor), but you earn every effing penny!

Raz

Roberta X, remotely said...

Akatsukami: You know so damn much about the way IT rides high, wide and mighty over the other departments here? Get lost. Go away. Do not come back.

chuck w said...

Sorry Akatsukami, I have been in IT over 35 years and I have NEVER been treated like this nor have I treated anyone else like this.

Richard Tengdin said...

I hate it when the "crash priority STAT Mission Critical YESTERDAYYYY!!!!!" project suddenly becomes "we'll get to installation tomorrow, its too close to quitting time" at 4:45 PM. Yes, it has happened to me working at a VAR.

Or even better, when we get hammered by the customer when a server we quoted to them 4 months ago with a 6 week lead time now has to be installed by tomorrow or the high-priced consultant who is flying in for the installation will be wasted.... (no, they haven't ordered it yet, the quote is tied up in their approval system but they are still demanding delivery)

Project slack time is the most precious gold but they all think they can fiddle-faddle around until after the last second then get what they need by screaming. You can't get this gear at Radio Shack, Cupcake.

Sorry to hear you got the brunt of the problem this time. Document, document, document, but also try for a postmortem on how the need for power got forgotten, not to select a victim for the blame-storm but to fix the communications problem....

I wonder if Miss B on the Hidden Frontier had to put up with such goings-on?

Roberta X said...

The Hidden Frontier is shut down, at least for now. I no longer have the energy to write.

Richard Tengdin said...

Then hugs and my best wishes for a speedy recovery. You have a unique voice and I enjoy your work..

Unknown said...

So their failure to plan became an emergency for you.

What we have here is failure to communicate.