It's the woman everyone asked (in some cases, begged) not be put in the position. She is the reason I am in this unit. She is, in fact, the reason almost HALF of us are in this unit, we were leaving the one she used to be in charge of. She is the reason I had so much stress I had that TMJ problem for over a year (that kept being misdiagnosed as an ear infection, since that's where the pain was). She is generally good at organizing and such, but MISERABLE at people skills; she is petty and nitpicky, and has been known to stick to Corporate Rules Uber Alles, which means NO non-corporate approved desktop photos, NO tape on the overhead bins, NO radios (headphones or not -- as some may remember, the reason I left Word Processing), etc., etc. This can get particularly galling when we travel to the other departments, where they flaunt these rules as much as we do now.
The maintenance guys, who were her last unit, are reportedly celebrating this change. I already checked the available openings; alas, they timed this announcement perfectly -- we just completed the Employee Satisfaction Survey AND the position of the Department Secretary posting was on its final day, leaving me no time at all to prepare a submission for the post. The only other position open right now is over in Legal, and would be no change at all for me money-wise (and as I've said, the main reason for me to leave this position would be for more money, because, damn it, I LIKE my job!).
My unit is very much down in the dumps, aware that Upper Management apparently did this to us on purpose, since we DID let them know our preferences. Or maybe they'd already made up their minds. Who knows? In any case, we said we'd "give it a chance," but a couple of the women are already talking about early retirement, something I can't even consider -- one was planning on retiring next year, now she says she can go in six months; another dropped her plans from another ten years at work to four years.
On the other hand, I have survived Bungee Bosses before... I wish they'd given us Dan back. I miss having a supervisor I actually was comfortable talking with...
As a relief from that, humor.
For any of the people actually reading, I'll post another chapter as soon as I can get to a decent copy, since all I have here is Word and it played havoc with my formatting when I tried to transfer it over.