I offer help to people sometimes. And in all seriousness I wish they would use it. sometimes it is an attractive girl (don’t worry I promise I won’t try to sleep with you) On Friday someone from my workplace called me up with a question about a client I used to deal with. I don’t mind helping out a fellow coworker because I wouldn’t want him to spend hours on something that I could get him up to speed in minutes. So I impart as much knowledge as I could to him but pointed him to another coworker who could provide more insight. He told me that he had emailed this employee first and apparently this employee is out of the office.
Also I recently spoke with a coworker who is still at the company and he alleges that staff morale is down and people have been leaving early. This is easily understood especially after a huge layoff. However I feel sometimes I need to go and give some of my in-our-face therapy. This therapy includes if the company was nice enough to keep you they probably felt your contribution was necessary for the success of the company. And if this company pays you a six figure salary they don’t expect you to work 10am-5pm. I expect you to work till you fall asleep at your desk and then wake up and work some more.
This is why I volunteered to work some weekends when I worked there. If you’re going to pay me….you might as well get the most out of me. And I felt the company was not getting the most out of me. Trust me I would tell you if I thought I was overworked I would send out subliminal messages that you were overworking me. (i.e. me submitting a timesheet at my last job with overtime)
On Saturday during the northeastern storm on Halloween weekend, one of my friends called me during his Halloween party to alert me that my former coworker was at this Halloween party. After a huge layoff…. one of the things you don’t do is take a vacation. Rather you should be busting your ass to get stuff working, putting out fires. The company’s hard-earned dollars do not pay you to vacation when the company is in tumultuous times.