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Thursday, 15 February 2018

Why?

Why?  As I age I find myself asking this question every day.  Why is it when you arrange to have something done you have to remain on top of the situation to ensure people are doing the job properly?  You think you have all your 'ducks in a row' and without warning one of them, for no apparent reason, waddles off to look at a fat June bug and the whole project is derailed.  Why does this, then, mean more work and time (precious time by the way) for yourself? Why does it mean more running around getting everything reset, finding out which 'duck' derailed and putting it back on track?  Shouldn't those that got everything all wrong be doing the work to get it all right again?  Shouldn't things be simple when you get older and are retired and have less energy to waste on needless repetition of instructions?  Why isn't it working out like that?  Why?  Is anyone else finding that people today are not listening, understanding, that they have no pride in their work?  Is anyone else finding there is no 'service excellence' or 'customer service' anymore; that products are shoddy and workmanship sloppy?  Is it just that we're old now and people don't think we know what we want?  I most certainly DO know what I want and how I want it and I'm getting sick and tired of doing other people's work FOR them.   
Oops...I forgot to mention this is a rant.  Sorry.

26 comments:

  1. I get cross when things aren't done to my standard, it probably is an age thing. It's not so much a problem at work as in a call centre most of our work is on the phone and our calls are listened to and appraised regularly; but at home I see things that have not been done or maybe not as well as I can do them - but then I remind myself, I have nearly 60 years experience of wiping this down or sweeping that or peeling potatos or knowing just how to make my windows shine or the best way to make the bed - my sons are young adults now and these are skills they still have to perfect, so I remind myself of that and then I feel happier, sort of! hope I don't sound like some humble dogsboddy or make you feel you should be one! I am having to hold back and learn to let others do things I consider my territory to their standard as one day I will be old and incapable of doing them at all, ha ha!

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    1. It's more contractors, bankers and financial advisors that are getting on my nerves these days.

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  2. I know what you mean. I solved the problem by not hiring ducks.

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  3. I used to run a non-profit law office. I thought it would be obvious we all had to do work - after all, we were all professionals and we all had our bar cards on the line.

    But no. It doesn't matter who or what - someone is going to take advantage and decide to do nothing.

    Amazing and disappointing.

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    1. I think I could deal with people who want to do nothing....but those people that just don't seem to know their job really get on my nerves.

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  4. Why oh why? So understand your frustration, having said Why many times as well.

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  5. I get where you're coming from and I think that comment to stop hiring ducks is hilarious!!!!!

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  6. Rant on! I hear you and join you :) Pride in one's job or one's contribution to the world seems to be rare these days. So rare that it's remarkable when you do find it. Love the image of the duck wandering off!!

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    1. I find myself complimenting people for doing their job correctly .... used to be a compliment was for being outstanding...now it's just for showing up on time.

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  7. Every word of this is true, there's just no pride in a job done well anymore, plus a lot of companies don't have apprenticeships anymore so trade skills are being lost. Kids "learn" the job by book study and that doesn't always translate well to actual hands-on work, so 'near enough is good enough' and if things o wrong they don't realise it or don't know how to fix it.
    I was vey happy recently with my new garden edging, the work being done by a family owned company (son in law) who take great pride in their work and always leave a clean work site when they've finished.

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    1. Always lovely whn you contract a job out and it goes from start to completion smoothly.

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  8. I ask the question "why" almost every hour of the day...and I know why.

    It's because so much stupidity is continually going on around us...in our own countries...throughout the world. It's never-ending!

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    1. I think it is just that nobody cares any more about anything.....they don't realize that it is other peoples lives they are messing around with.

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  9. And I know what you are ranting about. Or something very like it.

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    1. I guess we've all had the experience of being 'let down' by someone we should be able to put our trust in.

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  10. Oh you are so correct with this one. I have this conversation at least once a week and sometimes with those in "customer care." Which by the way, they don't. They say if they get higher wages they'll do better work. Didn't it used to be the other way around?? Sadly, it's only getting worse.

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  11. No, you are not going crazy. Today there is very little pride in workmanship or service. We were taught that when you do a job do it as if you were signing your name to it and everyone who sees it will know who did it. Have some pride in what you do. A lot of people these days just want to get things done and over with so they can move on to other things that interest them more. It is a very sad state of affairs. What will happen when those of us who do take pride in our work are gone from the earth........it will be something we will be glad we are not here to see.

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  12. Oh, that was a rant? I thought you were just stating facts.

    Too many people are trying to slide by with the least possible effort these days. It's up to us old farts to keep 'em on their toes.

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    1. It's too much.......I want to have things be simple now...not more complicated than ever.

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  13. I found that to be very true when I could find people to do work. Now there is no one to hire. If I hire someone now they earn enough for a six pack and are not back the next day. Thankfully I have had the same housekeeper for 7 years and I don't have to tell her a thing. If she ever quits I don't know what I will do.

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    1. I'm in the same position with the housekeeper....probably around the same length of time...shel's amazing.

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