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Yet another work rant. I am really not a happy camper. The only part timer working with me, who knows how to do the job, just informed me that he is leaving early tonight because he took on an extra shift at another place he works. He has to be there at 10 am (it's an hour and a half drive) and work until 4 which means he will be useless for the majority of our shift tomorrow night as well. I don't know why in the hell he would have done that, knowing that he was previously scheduled to work nights here because both my co workers took off, which is not supposed to happen unless there is an emergency. There was one, 9 days ago, that is still being milked. I in no way buy that her husband who is a paramedic can not change his own bandages, on his foot, several days later. She had put down to be off as well, tonight and tomorrow, before this even happened. The other needed 4 nights to work a 2 day fundraiser. Now I am going to be stuck with dumb and dumber for at least 7 hours. I can handle it by myself much better than having to worry about what he is doing on top of dealing with my calls.

He's already rolling his eyes and pitching little fits because I watch TWD and he lost interest (therefore everyone else should have by now) halfway through season 1. I am not surprised. He has the attention span of a gnat.
When I hear terms like "hipster" I think, who told cliques they could leave high school??

That sounds like it really sucks, Fifi I always got mad whenever coworkers would take off and do that kind of crap, leaving me to fend for the rest of the shift. What's the point of coworkers if they're not even going to show up to the shift, KWIM?

I may have missed it, but what line of business are you in?
Not that he actually watches anything for more than 10 min anyway. He stays huddled over his cell phone for 12 hours, texting. It takes him 15 minutes to get a call put in the computer and units assigned to it because he stops to text continuously. We have to keep reminding him to finish the call.

My shift supervisor will be getting chewed, by me. Just because she is on the Fire Dept with this guy doesn't mean he has any business anywhere near this office. A 16 year old who is interested in this job, can not sit at a station or touch the computers because of his age, and has done nothing but monitor us a few times could do this 200 times better than this guy, who has had 5 months experience.

Okay, sorry, now I am done.
When I hear terms like "hipster" I think, who told cliques they could leave high school??

That sounds like it really sucks, Fifi I always got mad whenever coworkers would take off and do that kind of crap, leaving me to fend for the rest of the shift. What's the point of coworkers if they're not even going to show up to the shift, KWIM?

I may have missed it, but what line of business are you in?
Originally Posted by Midwesterncurl
Thank you. I just needed to blow off some steam. I am a dispatcher.

I do not mind the fending for myself. When I started we only had 2 people on duty, and many times it couldn't be avoided. I can keep it in the road, no problem. It just gets really frustrating when having to keep it in the road for another person who is essentially dead weight. It increases the work load and stress.

Plus we can't find good help anymore. People are either unwilling to learn, try, listen, or work the hours. The last 4 part timers who applied/were hired did not even bother showing up for scheduled shifts. It's a job with a high turn over rate, anyway.
When I hear terms like "hipster" I think, who told cliques they could leave high school??


Last edited by Fifi.G; 10-27-2013 at 06:14 PM.
Ugh, that still sucks! I've been in a high turnover rate job myself, for years, and I can relate to people being unreliable and disappearing on you. I would think as a dispatcher, they'd want people who are actually going to care about performing their job and just don't see it as some thing at a department store where they can goof off!

You DO need to blow off the steam! I'd be mad, too! I've had my share of job venting moments.
Come to think of it, not the last but next to last full timer they hired didn't show up either. I'm talking no calls, no thank you but no thank you, I found something else but I appreciate your consideration, etc... He asked them to give him 3 weeks to work a notice on his other job, and didn't show up on his start date. They had to call 4 times before he finally called back. His old job offered a raise and he took it, but didn't find it necessary to let us know. We could have already been hiring and training someone else. Craziness! I don't know why so many people do that now. They just avoid it.

My shift isn't so bad. I'm a little mad at the situation right now, but for the most part we get along and work well together. We've all been here from 10-20 years.
When I hear terms like "hipster" I think, who told cliques they could leave high school??

Ugh, that still sucks! I've been in a high turnover rate job myself, for years, and I can relate to people being unreliable and disappearing on you. I would think as a dispatcher, they'd want people who are actually going to care about performing their job and just don't see it as some thing at a department store where they can goof off!

You DO need to blow off the steam! I'd be mad, too! I've had my share of job venting moments.
Originally Posted by Midwesterncurl
They do want people like that, it's just not always what you get. One of my co workers has gotten a little too comfortable with taking off when another dispatcher is off. Other than that, she is typically dependable. Both her daughter are doing several activities this year, for the first time, and she has wanted to be at all of them. As long as it's covered by someone good and dependable, I really don't care, but this Oh, btw, I am leaving early or I need to nap most of the night tomorrow, and I don't want to take this call because I have spoken to this person one time in 5 months, and had enough stuff is for the birds. People need to remember their employers are doing them a service by giving them a chance and paycheck, not the other way around.

It's a different situation now. We have had one hire stay out of the last 6 years. No one wants 12 hour shifts. They want a flexible schedule, more pay than people who have been here 20 years, a supervisor position over the person with seniority who is next in line and been waiting several years for it. Most importantly, the health care/public service field has been suffering because only small numbers have wanted a job in it, other than doctor. It's not as heavily promoted as it once was.
When I hear terms like "hipster" I think, who told cliques they could leave high school??

I was also in the public service/health field, but more so in the human services portion of it. You are right in pointing out that it's not as promoted as it was before-- where I live, they want people with their master's or phd's, who have a lot of experience, for little pay. Where I live is actually shrinking in demand, but the supply is absurd. After the economy went south years back, I found out unless you were already in the field (which I was at the time), there was a shortage of those jobs because it's where people went to first. Public service/health care/human services is considered a "crap job" where you do a lot for little pay, and no one is interested in that anymore. I would like to think the veterans in the field should be rewarded for their hard work and perseverance (because you DO have to do that!), but that won't happen, either.

Me? I got burned out insanely. Nearly became insane, too.
^ Yeah, that can happen.

I never have a problem with someone who comes in, tries, but honestly can not do my job. It's not for everyone. You put up with a load of stuff, for pretty mediocre pay. I've seen people give it their all but end up with high blood pressure, diabetes, and stomach problems with in 6 months. Their body rejected it and they could not overcome the fear. That's an adjustment for everyone, and not all can make it. We tell people that is perfectly understood from the get go, and to not feel bad if it's not for them. Just try...

I am seeing a shift in hospitals in my area. It's not the first time. They are laying people off like crazy. It's still a good job as far as doctors offices, nursing homes, ems and home health goes. Right now they are letting people go in the name of Obama care. Before that it was because a jerk came in from Texas, blew all the funding, doctors left in protest, people had to be laid off, and it almost shut down. He ran off to California to run another hospital into the ground, and our hospital had not been back on it's feet long before this happened. It is a mess.
When I hear terms like "hipster" I think, who told cliques they could leave high school??

How horrible! I couldn't stand it myself whenever I'd see people in charge abusing funds and then leaving everyone high and dry.

The field is a very hard one to work in. What I did has a typical burn out rate of about 2 years. People get sick a lot, no matter how hard they work. Their bodies do reject it, and I experienced a level of stress that I finally couldn't ignore. I hope things work out for the better for you. People who work hard should receive incentives.
It wasn't good. He was very irresponsible with spending and dropped them into the red in no time. Meanwhile, most of the equipment was outdated, old, and breaking down which is why doctors left. I think at one point during that time they gave numerous caner misdiagnosis. It turned out the equipment used to scan was showing spots on all X-rays that looked like tumors and lab equipment would not stay calibrated. That place has not really been worth a isht since a private company took it over years ago. It was a community built and based hospital, and a good one.

We have high burn out here. It's one of the most stressful jobs in the world. After a couple years of hearing people being beaten, parents finding their child dead, people taking their last breath, people taking their frustrations out on you, on and on... You get exhausted. We tell the boss, take a break, rest, and get back to it. Somebody has to do it. We'd all be screwed if they didn't. That's part of the job. You just see people have a harder time recovering after they have been at it for 20 years.
When I hear terms like "hipster" I think, who told cliques they could leave high school??

That's why people have been pushing for dispatch retirement to be 20 years, like police officers, but no one will listen so far. We work a harder schedule than them, even with the same number of shift hours, weekends and holidays, and deal with trying to keep the public and responding units safe. Seems like a fair request to me.
When I hear terms like "hipster" I think, who told cliques they could leave high school??


Last edited by Fifi.G; 10-27-2013 at 09:38 PM.
All I gotta say is, you get a lot of credit for sticking it out. I couldn't, even after being in it for years and years. It was also affecting my family life and I didn't want to lose that, so I am making a change. Whenever I hear of someone in that field for more than 5 years, I think wow...you've got some thick skin. I won't say "hang in there" as that would be pointless, but remember that there are us who appreciate your work and know that you have our respect for doing it. You certainly have mine, especially with the people you have to work with.
Thank you again. I didn't expect to be here this long. I was in my 20's and though... 5 years tops, but then I fell in love with it. There are moments that make every bit of the crap worth it, even if they are few and far between. They are priceless.

I don't know how people with small children do it though. One of my former co workers had 4 kids under 4 years old. That doesn't work well with 12 hour swing shifts. They woke up one hour after he came home. Lol
When I hear terms like "hipster" I think, who told cliques they could leave high school??

So loved how this *%€@!/ quickly grabbed his stuff after our other co worker left (much earlier than I expected) and started to move to the supervisors station. Not going to happen! Back in your chair. I quickly informed him that our other partner asked me and was given permission to sit at that station this weekend because it is the only one with internet access, and he was working on a project for school. He is not allowed to sit in it, period. He has no understanding of the messages that come to this station, and nor does he need to. He is not qualified for it. I informed the one who left that he should not have agreed to work somewhere else when he had a prior obligation, should have asked someone in advance or tried to work something else out if unavoidable, and to expect me to express my unhappiness. I also threw in you're dead to me, back talk to the hand, but I've known him long enough to throw that in I will get my revenge tomorrow.

Come on quitting time!! After 7 hours of not being able to take a break, I will be ready to run.
When I hear terms like "hipster" I think, who told cliques they could leave high school??

Rather than posting the 11 paged article of "10 Intern Horror Stories (that will make you reconsider hiring them)" that was shared in The Grindstone 2 years ago, I will post 3 of my favorites. Several were short and silly. This one didn't know how to google, that one came in straight from the club and went to sleep, she had no idea how to mail a package AND the other one used the login codes for our site, after her request to work from home (on her second day) was denied, and wrote/published an article about a specific group of men she did not like because of their small penis size. Yeah that's pretty bad. These interns did not sound like a picnic either...


The delusional lying intern:

While at a film promotions company, I had an intern who was so incompetent, we could barely have him do anything. He left one day and did not come back. I thought good riddance. However, several months later, I get a evaluation form from his school so he can get credit for the internship he didn’t finish.
I gave an honest review. I received a phone call from his professor saying we had a disconnect between his paper about the internship and my review. He faxes me the paper and I am shocked at what I read. He was so great, that I went on vacation and left him in charge. Then the president of Universal Studios called and asked him to set up a movie screening in Atlanta. I did go on vacation. I did not leave him in charge. The president of Universal did not call because they were not my client. I didn’t handle the Atlanta market.
He also said he had gotten a new job as an Account Executive at a big firm in Dallas. An AE straight out of college? Not likely. I called a friend there and she said he was an intern but they were not going to hire him after graduation. I said he possibly couldn’t be any more competent for you than he was for me. She told me, “But you wrote him a letter of recommendation”. I had done no such thing. He made up a letter and forged my name. The perfect part? He misspelled my first and last name. He was fired from the agency. The professor wasn’t sure what they would do about the internship hours. I never heard from the intern again and have no idea what happened to him.


The Narcoleptic Stalker Intern:

I have a small graphic design studio, and some years ago I took a senior design major as an intern from my alma mater for a semester. What a disaster! He was a big, strapping guy who worked out in the gym daily. His most dubious claim to fame was that he would fall asleep several times a day at his desk. And not just a cat nap, but a deep sleep. On a couple of occasions, a client came to the office and noticed him fast asleep, and we would stand next to him and watch, talking in a normal voice. After a few such episodes (I know, I gave him too many second chances), I arranged a meeting with him and his intern supervisor to make clear that one more time, and he’d have to go.

Then, the intern started calling me at home at night, asking questions, or saying he had been by the office and I hadn’t been there. Yikes!! I had not given him my home phone number, so he had to have looked it up. Another meeting with his supervisor, and I insisted that he could not complete his intern semester with me. After he was gone, he called me once more at home to say that he “didn’t know what he might do if he flunked this semester” because of me! Another call to campus security (did I mention he was big and strapping??) to let them know that if I ever saw or heard from him again that a restraining order would be next. I have not seen or heard from him since.

The cherry on top of this situation is that several years later, I got a call from a prospective employer of his – apparently he had put me down as a reference!

The intern with the scary crush:

One intern at our non-profit had a very inappropriate crush on my boss. She talked about it a lot which was wrong and then she proceeded to make one of those “This is what your baby would look like” mashups using their two pictures. She also made a PowerPoint about his level of hotness.
When I hear terms like "hipster" I think, who told cliques they could leave high school??

Lol. Those baby mash up's freak me out. Ppppppffffftttt! The things I find myself reading to stay awake.

ETA: I did have to share that article with my nephews. They will both be starting internships soon. Well, technically, one internship and one residency. Same difference! They both equal training & experience. I'm sure they will be great but I have to tease. Don't do this... Mmmkay?
When I hear terms like "hipster" I think, who told cliques they could leave high school??


Last edited by Fifi.G; 10-28-2013 at 01:01 PM.
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