Wednesday, January 27, 2010

The conference call from hell

I thought it was difficult working with some of our volunteers...until I was on a conference call at work today with several of my counterparts from other states. We are worse. Trust me.

The call was *supposed to* be a training for some new software. What it turned out to be = a two-hour clusterfuck.

Ten minutes spent doing "roll call" to see if everyone who had signed up was on the call. I am not kidding. Never mind that everyone who was on the call had to log in, so they should have been able to tell who was there anyhow. (And anyway, what did it matter? If you flake on the call, do you get denied access to the software, or a spanking?)

So during the hour and 55 minutes after that, maybe 10 or 15 minutes tops (and I'm being generous) were spent doing actual training.

The rest of the time was full of comments like this, from people older than dirt:

"Why do we have to have a new system?"
"Can't we use part of the old system?"
"I don't know if we have a 501c3 status."

And literally, after the trainer (whose patience was really admirable, I must say) would tell us how to do something with the software, invariably some shithead who wasn't listening would ask how to do - guess what? - exactly what she had explained to do.

If I were her, I would have wanted to say, "Hey, motherfuckers! This is your new database that you've been waiting for all last year - take it or leave it! I'm not repeating myself! Learn your nonprofit status and FUCK. OFF!"

How was your day?


LL Cool Joe said...

"some shithead who wasn't listening "

That would be me I think.

Does that mean I get a spanking? ;)

G said...

How 'bout this?

I spent and my supervisor spent about an hour yesterday (1/27), trying to explain to an employee that we needed proper documentation (i.e. a copy of a blank check or something from the bank verifying the accuracy of what you wrote) before we could change your direct deposit from one bank to another.

She still doesn't get it.

And this was the same employee who got into an accident, while entering the parking lot to her office, while talking on her cell phone to my boss, to complain about her paycheck.

Granny Annie said...

Another post from Riot Kitty that makes me soooooooooooo happy to be retired.

Ily said...

I wonder, why is it you're the only one that sees this? You should get promoted...they'd save company dollars, time and bullshit!

Lynn said...

Mine was busy, but pretty good. Thankfully no conference calls. :)

Fireblossom said...

Why do I have to read this post?

Can I read this post with my old system?

Does this post have 501c3 status?


JLee said...

That sounds like loads of fun! My day

Riot Kitty said...

Joey: Only if you want one!
G: Pardon me while I pick myself up from off the floor, because I fell off my chair laughing!
GA: I bet!
Ily: I'll pass that on to our national organization ;)
L: Thankfully I have none for awhile now.
JL: Today will be better...if you have chocolate :)

G said...

I tell ya R.K., I can out goof you on anything you experience in the private sector with my stuff in the public sector.

But, I like the way you tell yours.


Riot Kitty said...

G: I believe it! I'm sure you have enough to fill another blog...and you should!

Darth Weasel said...

first off...would said spanking be administered by a middle age school marm? Just askin'...

Second, I think these are the same braniacs who turn university syllabus explanations into hour long ordeals. All the info is there, the tests will come, deal with it. grrr...

Green tea said...

Obviously better then yours Kitty.
My oldest grandson came over and installed a new light over my sink.
I wanted to fix him something to eat..but he had to hurry home to his significant other.
She is going through morning sickness all day long and he said with a sad puppy dog look.

"She blames me"
I said "well she has a point"

Riot Kitty said...

Darth: I hadn't thought about that. Second - seriously! They must be!
GT: Your reply is hilarious!