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Archive for March 2008

Layoffs at Work

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The company I work for, Intermedia Marketing Solutions, laid off around 300 people today.  About 40 of those people where from my office, leaving us with around 25 people in my office.  Fortunately for me, I was not one of those people.

Seniority seemed to have not been a consideration in who was chosen for the layoff, as I have only been there for about three weeks, and others who have been with the company for much longer have been laid off.  The vast majority of my training class was laid off as well.  I suspect the company has had its hours cut by our key client, Verizon, after attendance problems have caused us to fall short of our committed number of phone hours.  This is why, it seems, that employees with histories of attendance problems seem most likely to have been chosen to be laid off.

I am thankful that I have had perfect attendance thus far.  I also have hit all my sales quotas, and have been quick to learn the job.  I feel that customer service is a career specialty of mine, and that I can continue to excel in this field.

I look at today’s events as both a challenge and an opportunity.  On one hand, lay offs like this raise serious concerns about my job security, and I will be keeping a close eye on the job market.  It also means that my work load will now increase, as the remaining reps will be expected to carry the load for the reps that have been laid off.  Unfortunately, I can’t realistically expect to receive any extra compensation for this increased work load, although I have considered drafting a letter, to be submitted after my 90 day probationary period has been completed, asking for a reasonable cost of living increase.

On the bright side, having fewer reps in the office does open up a few potential opportunities for the enterprising individual.  For one thing, I can expect to get more sales per week, do to the extra call volume I will be handling, statistically speaking of course.  Also, I feel that having fewer reps in the office reduces my competition for any opportunities for advancement that may become available, and you can be sure that I will be waiting to pounce on any such opportunities.

In conclusion, I feel that this day marks a time of uncertainty, excitement, and opportunity for me.  My condolences are certainly with those who lost there jobs today, but I simply can not afford to dwell on such thoughts.  I hope you all had a happy St. Patrick’s day.  Erin go bragh!

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March 18, 2008 at 8:19 am

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My work week is finally over.  It is time for me to relax and enjoy my weekend.  This week also marks the end of a two week pay period, when our commissions and bonuses are calculated.  I feel like I did fairly well.  Hopefully my paycheck will reflect that feeling.

I am also sad to note the passing of Gary Gygax last week.  Gary Gygax was best known as the creator of the Dungeons & Dragons game, and an inspiration to players and dungeon masters everywhere.  He will be sorely missed by us all.

I am currently awaiting the release of the 4th edition of the Dungeons & Dragons Player’s Handbook, scheduled for this May.  I have been playing 3rd edition since it’s release, and am anxious to see the new game.  I am curious as to how well it will fare in the market.  I hope that wizards has done a good job with this new edition, and achieves there goal of attracting a new generation of players without alienating there core fan base, and ruining the game.  I will post a review of each 4th edition core rule book shortly after they are released.

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March 16, 2008 at 3:35 am

Fantasy Picks for the Food City 500

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Unfortunately, due to my lack of internet access for the last two races, I was unable to update my picks.  Still, my team raced on without me. I now have 1,063 fantasy points, placing me in the 66th percentile overall on Yahoo!  The current leader has 1,405 points.  This week I am back in full force, and ready for some short track racing at Bristol.  Here are my drivers for this week.

Kevin Harvick
Greg Biffle
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Dale Jarrett

Check back to see how I do!

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March 13, 2008 at 6:07 am

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Update

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It is good to be blogging again.  I had to give the lap top I had been using back to my uncle, so I have been unable to blog for the past few weeks.  I suppose I could have gone to the library or something, but I work nights, so I am never awake when the library is open, and I have to pay my fines before they will let me use the Internet.

I have just about completed training at my new job at Intermedia Marketing Solutions.  My training class is finally out of the training room on the phones.   This past week was my first full week on the phones.

My current sales conversion rate for this pay period is at 9% which is exactly where the night-shift group average is right now.  I have to meet or beet this average for 2 week pay period in order to receive my performance bonus for that pay period.

 I have also been taking advantage of some new incentive plans that have just begun at work, in order to earn some extra commissions for myself.  I will need every dime of it, as I still have an overdue traffic fine to pay off.  If I don’t pay it off soon they will suspend my drivers license.

In other news, Rachel and I moved out of her mothers apartment today after her mothers deteriorating mental condition finally reached a point to where we can no longer tolerate her company.  I can only hope, at this point, that she gets the help that she needs.  She has been to much of a financial and emotional burden on Rachel and I, and we no longer have the energy or resources to deal with it.  We are now staying at my parents house until other arrangements can be made.

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March 10, 2008 at 8:12 am

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