Today has, so far, been busier than all of last week combined.
OK, so that’s a bit of an exaggeration. There were points last week where I got pretty busy, to be sure. But for the most part, it was very slow. I didn’t have much to do but create the requests and fire them off, and on two occasions – Tuesday and again Friday (before being sent home at 3PM because it was so slow) – that took about ten minutes total.
So, that’s good. But today…oh, today we had some fun already.
I had to wrestle with the backup tapes already – the job decided to run from yesterday when it should have cancelled itself after eleven hours of trying – and then found an email which indicated I might have made an error of omission from a previous time when I had to cover the ATR desk.
Don’t get me wrong, I make mistakes. I know I do, and I’ll own up to them when I do. I try to fix them too. But the fact is, we have a full-time ATR Coordinator who is supposed to do that stuff, so when I cover for her because she’s out sick, which happens way more often than it should, I expect that if there are issues with what was done, that person will clean it up.
If I thought hearing about those things later would be done in the spirit of helping me not to repeat those mistakes, that would be one thing. But it seems to almost be a gloat thing, or maybe a throw-JDT-under-the-bus thing. So I respond negatively to the criticism, especially when I’ve had to fix more of that person’s mistakes than I care to count. Still, in the interest of being a good soldier for the company I generally say nothing in response to those things.
So now, the ATR Coordinator is back and is very sick. Some sort of bacterial infection. She’s on antibiotics and an inhaler, probably corticosteroids. I anticipated her complaining about my coverage. And when I found an email indicating she wasn’t responsible for something that wasn’t done back in April, I got a bit…tense.
The email was addressed to someone in the accounting department, and date-stamped last night around 730PM. So I knew she (the ATR Coordinator) worked over the weekend, because she wasn’t here on Friday and wasn’t online Friday and wasn’t supposed to be both of those things. She worked through the ATR inbox and did a lot, so bully for her. But what she didn’t do is search for the email in question. I did.
And I found it, too. It came in the day after the ATR Coordinator was out sick. It came in bright and early that morning, just after 6AM. So I took a quick snip screen capture of the date and time stamp and sent that back to the ATR Coordinator only, saying, in nicer terms, this is your mistake, not mine.
I didn’t throw her under the bus with accounting, but boy, it was tempting. I also didn’t write anything scathing in the email, but that was tempting too. And this comes on the heels of my boss calling a short-notice meeting with me last week to show me a bunch of errors in the ATR database data, which indicate to me the ATR Coordinator is…well, messing up.
But I didn’t do that. I just said, yeah, this isn’t something I would have seen. It was from the next day, not the day I covered. But I verified that first.
Then I talked to her about the data issue. Then I had all of today’s reports to run, and all of yesterday’s reports to run, because of the holiday. So after wrestling with the backup tape, and then seeing this email, then having to address the sick ATR Coordinator who may or may not be contagious…well.
Long story short though, the issues with the data have been resolved. I found out what happened, and was able to fix it, and the AC helped with that a bit. The reports were all done before 9AM. And the backup tape is ready for tomorrow, so we’re set there too.
There really isn’t any problem to deal with now.
Except my annual performance evaluation is at 130PM today. So if you’re the praying type…