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Cursed September 14, 2007

Posted by Mike N. Cheese in Work.

At the risk of turning away a portion of my large readership by not posting something awesome, I think I will do a venting session.

I think I am cursed in the hiring department.  Two weeks ago I had two technicians quit.  Both did so by not showing up for work, which is very frustrating in my industry.  In fact, its seems like if someone doesn’t come in to work, then two people don’t.  I can deal with one.

Compounding the problem, and in fact, my main problem, is that I do not have a receptionist/office manager/customer service person.  Rosie, bless her heart, quit for a government job with good benefits.

At the time, I felt relief.  Rosie, bless her heart, I thought was doing about three-fourths of the work that I thought could be done by one person.  But Rosie, bless her heart,  is crippled and has a hard life, and I just couldn’t fire her–even when I thought that she might have even stolen from me.

So, yeah, I felt relief.  And I felt confident that I could easily find a super organized, well-spoken,  powerhouse of a secretary.

Indeed, when I posted the job on Craigslist, the applications came pouring in.  I threw away the obviously bad applications, conducted interviews, and otherwise whittled the stack down to the most serious contenders.

Finally, I called the winner to give her the job.  She accepted.  She didn’t show up.

Franticly, I called the backup choice.  She showed up, a little bit late.  But hey, what was I expecting for the pay I was giving?  I gave her more time, but did not like the way things were going.  She was immature and I didn’t trust her to take care of the office.

So for the first time in my life, I fired someone.  It was bad.  Tears were shed.  Pleading took place.  But I felt good about the decision.

Since then, TWO MORE have now come and gone.  Do I have bad luck or what?

I’ll take a moment right now to do a preemptive strike on the anonymous commenter who will ask if I’ve considered the idea that I might be a bad boss.  I haven’t ruled it out.

End vent.



1. Dannyboy - September 14, 2007

how about dad? he doesn’t do ANYTHING and he’s got tons of experience doing chem-dry related business stuff. sounds like it’s right up his alley…
my other idea was you, but then you might be afraid of firing yourself which puts you in a much worse situation than you are currently.
Anywho, I’ll keep you posted if anyone pops into my head.

2. Abbie - September 14, 2007

Wait, Danny knows how to use the internet?

No, seriously. Where did he come from?

That picture is freaky.

3. leslie - September 15, 2007

sorry about your bad luck streak, mike. maybe you should advertise somewhere else or try a temp. or maybe you already did that.

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