Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Annual reviews with the boss

Everyone has had theirs today except me. I'm next. Last year I was pretty excited for this, looking forward to a substantial raise. Not this year, as our business is in the crapper and there's no relief in sight. Now I also feel like I'm going to face a firing squad. A vague miasma of blame over the state of things has somehow settled upon those of us who work the help desk and do nothing all day, even though there's no work for us to do.

Everyone has come out of their meetings looking pretty grim. One guy hinted there are to be no raises, or possibly raises will be contingent on virtually unattainable objectives. There is some grumbling about how there will be "more structure around here" from now on. Which could mean anything, since incoming calls are next to nonexistent and I spend a full 95% of my time here surfing the web. A few minutes of each day I try to sell the same defective software product to the same tiny group of customers, most of whom have already tried our product and hate it with a passion.

Looks like it's time to polish up that resume again.

Listening to: Koko Taylor - Money Is The Name Of The Game