I was so glad when I went into work today, that I had Monday and Tuesday off. Especially Tuesday, cause apparently the owner came in, P.O.'d to the max. He reamed almost everyone there a new you-know-what. That would have been the end of my working there, because I am just old enough and crotchity enough to tell him what I think about getting reamed. (MY arguement is that I am too grown to be talked to that way) I did that to the last boss. I do this especially if the reaming is just because the dude is in a bad mood and wants to share. This owner has a tendency to let it all out in the most inappropriate places, in front of whoever may be standing there, and says whatever he really feels like. (and can be very demeaning) I have been a manger in the past and I know how to curtail my angst with people until I can get a meeting with them and then I chose my words carefully so as not to bruise egos. (Because bruised egos know how to dial the phone and what number to dial to get to the labor board.) I don't mean be all mamby-pamby when it comes to disciplining employees, cause they will just walk all over you then, but he damned near lost his workforce yesterday...and all the good ones at that!
I would have been all stupid and challenged him to the point of his releasing me from his payroll. Well, I really don't consider it stupid, but some might.
He had the gall to give a 45 minute screeching speach to one of the managers who, not two months ago was told to step it up and start taking names of people who come in late, or are insubordinate. The manager did what he was told and not in a mean manner, but now is wrong because they are saying he lowered the morale of the employees. I would beg to differ...the owner is doing an excellent job of doing that himself. The owner is building a new store. We get yelled at and complained to by the customers because we don't have the products in the quantities we used to have because they have cut back on orders to save money to throw into the new store. He took funds that were supposed to be an incentive fund to go into the employees retirement funds. (You know the matching part of the retirement from the employer) Those funds I heard, went to his son's down payment on his new house. I didn't get yelled at by him, but I sure felt the repercussions from it today!
Then the GM came over to me this afternoon and asked if my rep was still coming in on Wednesdays. I said yes, why? Well, she is going to change my days and hours...if it was okay with me. So at some point in the near future I will be having Thurs./Fri off and working the early shift (like I asked for) Except I am still working the late Saturday. But that won't be so bad, cause it will be my new Monday and I will get that out of the way first thing in the week. She is putting me on those days, because I had asked for the early shift and the lady who usually works that shift is leaving for six months, I get her old shift!!! YAY me!!!
On the ceramics front, I totally meant to take a phone picture of my vase last night, but forgot. No, I ran out of time. I got into the vase so intently that I lost track of time and my daughter had to yell at me to get me to put my toys away. I love the role reversal. I scraped away a ton of clay to make my sun POP off the vase. I got a few compliments on it. I was so immersed in what I was doing. This is going to be my new nervana, I can tell. I just hope I don't screw it up when I glaze it, glazing is not my strong point. I promise a picture after Thursday night. That is our mid term, we are supposed to have time to continue working. And I am going to have to bring the vase home to work on it, cause there is no school for me next week. The clay won't stay wet that long.