Reorganize #atozchallenge

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Another "re" + verb word, but one near and dear to my heart.

I worked for a software company for almost 20 years, and in that time we reorganized about that many times. Maybe more, I lost count after a while.

Reorganizing is a sort of game of musical chairs. The music starts and everyone starts walking around the organization chart until the music stops, after which there’s a mad scramble for everyone to find a place to sit. Someone always ends up without a chair, after which the announcement letter telling of the change says that Joe Blow is "pursuing other opportunities." Meaning he’s been walked out of the building by Security carrying his personal property in a box.

There were a couple of times when, I swear, I reported to someone I had never met. In fact, neither I nor the manager in question had any idea that we were in a working relationship. I usually found out when I went to turn in my timesheet and the person to whom I had always given it would say, "you need to bring these to (insert name of unknown manager’s administrative person here) from now on." When I would ask where the new person was located, the response was invariably a shrug that said "sorry, not my job." So, I’d call the person whose name I was given, ask them where they were located so that I could bring them my timesheet. Their answer was "wait, who is this?" and "who told you to bring it to me?" I’d see someone I worked with and, before I could ask them, they would ask "who gets our timesheets now?"

I finally learned the trick to dealing with that situation: hold on to my timesheets until someone called to demand to know why I hadn’t turned them in, or until the next reorganization, whichever came first.

17 thoughts on “Reorganize #atozchallenge

    1. I know how that feels. No matter how much they try to explain that it’s not that they don’t want you, but they can’t afford to keep you, you can’t help taking it personal.


  1. Been in the same situation way too many times. Unfortunately, some employers don’t realize the employees are their best asset.


  2. Well, been there done that & I got tired of it really quick too! I was first a receptionist & going to school at night & then through the mail & computer. I went on to learning to be a legal secretary & I did it, but it wasn’t enough I kept going to school, but on-line & became a legal assistant/paralegal. Paralegal was a lot of work too especially back and forth to court & looking up law case at the Law Library. I was always tired when I got home & I mostly slept on the train going home. Organization? Well, I guess in any line of work if you don’t have that Mr. you are SOL! hehehe Have a good night/weekend my friend. Now off to do “P”! Have a great night. hugs


    1. That I am. Dilbert explains my working life better than I ever could. Have you ever read Scott Adams’s first book, “The Dilbert Principle”? It’s one of my favorites.

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