October 13, 2006

9 to 5, my a$$!

I used to have such a cushy schedule. Arrive at 9:30 am or so, take lunch from about 11:30 to 1:30 or so, walk over to the bubble tea place around 3 p.m. for some afternoon refreshment, and go home around 4:59 p.m. Sometimes I wouldn’t get out until 5:05 p.m., if we were really busy. Rough, huh?

Those days are long gone. My current job keeps me much busier, requiring me to put in additional hours (additional to the 4 I used to work every day). Seriously though, I have no power over my strong work ethic and guilty conscience and so must adapt to the grueling schedule.

Take this week for example:
Tuesday night, as I was about to leave the office, one of the big cheeses invited me to join him at a group dinner at Gordon Biersch. I had to sit and drink beer and eat great food and laugh and joke for hours after close of business. That night, I got home around 9 p.m.

Tonight as I was shutting down my laptop, my phone rang. It was an invitation to come down the hall for wine with some folks from HR, legal, marketing, and finance. I’m definitely a team player (although I work for none of those teams), so I had to participate. You see? Even on Fridays I put in the extra hours.

I should be Employee of the Month.

6 people have roominated about “9 to 5, my a$$!”

  • rashbre says:

    Yes its all about the networks. and it can be a lot more fun to know more people and get more ‘hi how are yous?’ as you wander around the workplace.

    And ‘hi how are you? from me, and Michele sent me!


  • meredith says:

    Can I have your job? I love me some Gordon Biersch.

  • Carmi says:

    Is your company hiring? Sounds like a lovely place to work!

    Seriously, my company is very much like that. Often, after a particularly boisterous all-hands monthly meeting, the president invites everyone to a nearby restaurant for drinks and snacks. We have BBQs on the lawn. We toss paper airplanes from the balcony over the atrium.

    Some days, it’s hard to see it as work. Every workplace should be so joyous.

  • Alison says:

    Gosh, maybe I should try to get hired by your company.

  • Jenni says:

    Gosh Cath, that’s rough… Have you thought about contacting HR? Oh, that’s right, you had WINE with them last night!

  • wi says:

    gee–gordon biersch. when bill’s boss takes the troops out to celebrate or “bond” they go to buffalo wild wings.

roominate on this yourself