Welcome to this week’s Ten on Tuesday. I am doing this one because I like participating in this but I do have to say that I prefer positive lists. This one, 10 Things That Annoy You About Work, is less than positive. And yet, I didn’t have much trouble coming up with ten things!
1. The most annoying thing about work? Having to show up. Seriously, can’t I just stay home and still get paid?
2. The telephone. I hate phone calls from annoying salesmen and people wanting me to buy their book and people wanting me to book their act. Can’t you all just send me an email?
3. Scheduling. Every week I sit down with calendar and the schedule and every week someone’s taking vacation time or personal time or sick time. This is especially true in June when it’s “use it or lose it” as the end of the fiscal year approaches.
4. Finances. The town has no money and things are getting tighter and tighter. Postage is up but our postage budget is down. Supply costs are up and our supply budget? Cut by 5%. I hate to be a pessimist but I don’t see it getting better anytime soon.
5. Unattended children. The library is a public building and yet there are parents who drop off their small children. I’ve been known to call the cops and have them get these kids just to teach the parents a lesson. Okay, I only did that once and it was because the 5 year old child was crying uncontrollably, didn’t know when his mother was coming back to get him – she had brought his sister to the dentist and left him here – and we were closing.
6. While we’re talking about children, how about noisy children? I know the library has changed and we aren’t the temple of silence that we used to be but when your kid is screaming and screaming and you’re just ignoring him while you check out books that really gets annoying.
7. Waiving fines. I get asked to waived someone’s fines constantly. Ya know, we make it pretty simple. You check out the book, we tell you when it’s due. You bring it back on time or renew it (which you can even do online now) and it doesn’t cost you a cent. You bring it back late and we’re going to fine you. There are very few times that I’ll make an exception to this rule. I’m a bitch that way.
8. Money. They don’t pay me enough. I didn’t go into this profession to make a boatload of money but if they are going to require advanced degrees then they really should ante up.
9. Processing bills. The whole procedure is entirely antiquated and involves way too much of my time.
10. The fax machine. Can someone please make a fax machine that can send a whole stack of papers without having someone stand over it and feed the sheets in one at a time? This machine is located right outside my office door, by the way.
And now let me say that I really do enjoy my job. I work with great people, I have a good relationship with the other department heads in town, and I enjoy helping patrons find the information they need.
Of course, if I won the lottery I’d quit in a heartbeat. Bah-bye job.