Meeting Tom – Part 1
by Janet M. Nast
When I first started working at BTD I worked on the Information Services (IS) Help Desk. My job was to answer all the computer questions and fix as many computers as I could in one day; hardware and software.
And when I first started I thought it would be a good idea to pack my lunch and eat at my desk in order to save money. After all, I had just gotten laid off from another job (the company closed soon after I left, and my last two paychecks had bounced) and I took a good size cut in pay to take this job. But, it paid better than unemployment, so it was worth it.
Either way, after about two weeks of eating at my desk I was realizing that a lunch break was not really going to happen. I had this bright idea that if I just set my phone to DND (Do Not Disturb) and closed the door to the department that I would be able to eat in peace and quiet.
Well, that sure didn’t stop anybody from walking right in. If I wasn’t answering the phone when they called, they’d walk right over to my office and knock on the door while opening it and saying,
“I know you’re on you’re lunch break, but this will only take a quick minute. I hope you don’t mind.”
ARGH! That would’ve been fine if only one person did this each day. But it got to the point to where it was two or three times every day, every lunch break. And nothing ever took, “just a minute.”
So my next bright idea was to take my lunch break down in the company kitchen. That lasted one day. Anybody who joined me just had to ask about their damn computer problems.
My next plan? Eat in my truck. That didn’t work either. People would see me as they walked by and knock on the window. That lasted a day.
Then I moved my truck to the lower parking lot. Somehow people still found me! Ok, that’s it! I will find a way to work the price of a lunch out into my household budget.
Stay tuned for part 2 of Meeting Tom, coming Monday, July 25th.