I’ve been in this job for about 6 months. It’s fine, as long as there’s work to do, but the amount of idle time I’ve had since last September borders on obscene - especially when you consider that I’m working for a government contractor.
For whatever reason, when I was hired, it took FOUR WEEKS to get computer access - found out later that the paperwork sat on someone’s desk for 2 of those weeks. But after a week of preliminary training on the software, I was ready to get to work. While in limbo, I verified with my boss that I was supposed to get my assignments from him, not go directly to the govvies for whom I’d be doing the work.
What I wasn’t told was that my “boss” would disappear for hours at a time for whatever reason, leaving me with nothing to do. I lost count of the times I’d go to him asking for work and I might not see him till the next day. Then he’d give me something that might take an hour, and the cycle would start again.
Meanwhile, my husband was telling me how busy things were at his company and how great it was to work there. I finally got fed up, sent my resume, and had a 4-hour afternoon of interviews. When I was offered and accepted a position one evening, I gave my notice the next morning.
I wanted to leave at the end of the pay period - a week and a half later. The “boss” insisted he needed the full 2 weeks, then asked if I’d stay till the end of that week, effectively giving him 2 and a half weeks of my time. Fine, whatever - the new employer was amenable.
I gave notice on a Weds. The next Monday, I had nothing to do. Eventually, a few things came up, but nothing that my idle coworkers couldn’t have covered easily. Seriously - the guy who was hired the same day as I was given even less work than I was… I went to the boss, and he gave me something that literally took 10 minutes, then I didn’t see him again for 3 hours. Oh, did I fail to mention that we work 9-hour days here, with Fridays alternating between day off or 8-hour day?
I am now in my last week here. In the last 23 work hours, I’ve had maybe 4 hours of work. No clue what I’ll be doing this afternoon or tomorrow. A minimum of 3 of my coworkers are equally idle. Thank goodness for internet access. But what a waste of taxpayers’ money! And because of company policy, I couldn’t use these last days to burn up my few remaining leave hours. I will get paid for them, but I’d have preferred to sleep in a few days.
Yes, I told him why I was quitting. I stopped short of telling him he sucked as a boss. I am so looking forward to having a real job on Monday!!
Good bye, boss. Bite my shiny metal ass!!!