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Thursday, October 11, 2007

What's wrong with people?

Somedays I swear! My boss is the best boss I've had so far in my 17 years of sales, so I'm not trying to vent too much...honestly.

Yesterday I had to leave the office to pick up my son early, who was vomiting at school. I flew by his office, when leaving the building, and gave him the 4-1-1 before leaving. I just knew that something would be said when we talked next.

Most days I work in the field, some mornings I make calls from home, and 3 afternoons I work from my boss' office. Last month was the worst month I've had in my 1 1/2 years with this company, but it was due to some personal reasons...not founded on job performance. I've been a consistent player on my team hitting just over my goals. I think that is something to get a pat on the back for considering my child has been in the hospital twice in a 5 month period...and we've been struggling financially just to pay our bills.

There is another male co-worker, who has been recently injured and can't drive to see clients. So they (the superiors at my office) have been turning in deals for him, to make sure he gets paid. We're all on straight commission. I think this is a wonderful way to support your team, when someone is injured or unable to drive to see clients. However, they're not just giving him what's needed to get by. They're giving him twice the amount needed to survive, and now he's the sales leader for the team. I see email after email commending this person's performance with our company.

Not once while I was unable to work, when my son was in the hospital, did I receive any aid. Last month when I had some personal issues, leaving me a slighty incapacitated for the month...did I get a hand out? No, and I would never whine and ask for one!!

Today when my boss called, he asked me what my plan was for the day. I told him it was to make sure my son was taken care of. His response? Well, get him better and take him to daycare.
My response:
WHAT? Um, when my son is puking out both ends I will be here to take care of him. Besides no day care would take a child who is sick like that.

I am completely frustrated today! This man has a new son, who's been sick before. BUT instead of watching him at home...he toted this adorable newborn, in his carrier, to the office. So I guess I could never expect him to understand how different men and women are when it comes to the care taking of their children. I had to work really hard at not being offended.

I get that he's worried that I'm not where he thinks I should be. But after one shaky month in sales, I'm treated like a sales pariah. I have no hard feelings toward the co-worker who is getting help from the company. Even after hearing that they've asked other sales persons to write things in his name...I'm not bitter. Okay maybe a little bitter... but bottom line I'm glad he's getting some aid while he's unable to drive. But it's got me thinking maybe I should fake an injury, grow some balls, and they'd sell for me too.
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