Hi, Ho! Hi, Ho!

14 Nov

My agency called me a week or so back to ask if I’d be interested in a job working in an office two days a week, and from home the other three. Sounded interesting, so I told them to go ahead and submit my resume. I didn’t hear from them for a while, so I figured I hadn’t gotten the position, but there’s always something else. I got a call last week – Monday, I think, asking if I could report on Wednesday morning, so off I went.

I’m working for an international company that sells athletic clothing and shoes. With Covid-19 hanging around, they have half the office working Monday and Wednesday, and the other half on Tuesday and Thursday, with everybody working remote on Friday. I was in the office both Wednesday and Thursday, because I really wasn’t ready to ‘fly solo’ after one day’s training, although the girl who was training me seemed to think so.

The company is extremely careful of their employees during this crisis. Folks were sitting back-to-back in double cubicles, but now each person is on a different schedule, so you do not share space, and the entire place is sanitized on Fridays. All walkways are one-way, although if you don’t see anybody else in the passage between you and your desk you may dart through, rather than going a-l-l t-h-e w-a-y a-r-o-u-n-d the office. I happened to pop into another person’s cubicle, looking for a paper clip, and she reached over to place it on a desk for me to pick up, “because if covid”. You’d think we were Orthodox Jews or something. Only a few people are allowed in the lunchroom at a time, and because the building is in the middle of nowhere and there’s no place to buy anything, you are allowed to eat your sandwich at your desk.

Very nice people, very warm and funny, and I think I’m going to enjoy working here for the next couple of weeks.

I left last night with all of my own stuff – lunch containers, knitting, etc. – plus a laptop, keyboard, and mouse to work from home today. Except – they forgot the power cord, and my laptop is dead. The Squire checked all the usual places to see if he had a spare, but no luck. All of our computers are Dell, and this is an HP; you’d think the connections would be universal, just as they are on cell phones, but no. I called my site boss and she told me to take the day off and they would take care of things on Monday.

I made bread and cleaned the bedroom. Maybe I’ll manage to get my hair cut tomorrow.

4 Responses to “Hi, Ho! Hi, Ho!”

  1. Garfield Hug November 14, 2020 at 9:29 am #

    Sounds like you have a good job! Take and enjoy your new role.

  2. AJ November 14, 2020 at 3:34 pm #

    Congrats on the new job, it sounds great!

  3. tiggerlyss November 14, 2020 at 5:44 pm #

    I have a friend who works for one of those PPE manufacturing firms. Even if they are office staff, they must wear their masks while at work, even in their cubicles. They have special mask break rooms set aside for eating lunch and taking a mask break which must be sanitized after it has been used once. Additionally, all public and private schools will be closed (except virtual) for the week following Thanksgiving. Alyssa’s college had already set up that all finals would be taken online. Alyssa is betting that next semester will be all virtual.

  4. Luanne November 15, 2020 at 9:28 pm #

    It sounds like a great job, but please be careful.

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