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fairaqua
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posted June 28, 2015 06:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for fairaqua     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
How fast is someone expected to learn a new job?

It is extremely fast paced and if you don't pay attention you can put a monkey wrench in the whole operation and cost the business a lot of money.

There is a ton of information to the learn and a lot of steps to the job.


My trainer knows her job very well because she's been doing it for years so for her it's all second nature.

She can fly on a calculator and I'm okay at best.

I have to learn her way of organizing and it's cluttered and cramped in our work space.

It's very overwhelming.

She threw a ton of information on me at once and I felt put big responsibilities in my hands for the first day.
I just think she doesn't realize how much it is on a new person..

I just felt so dumb. There were times I began panicking because I was falling behind and she was having to fix my mistakes..


Looking back now I wish they would train in steps instead of throwing a bunch of information on me at once.

I was kind of picking up that she wanted me to have it down in the four hours on the job.

Is that realistic?


The owners wife was a little more slow in showing me how it's done. It was more reassuring and calm, but then again it was after the place was closed down and they were doing book keeping (which is another thing i have to learn)


I just don't know what's expected in today's world..

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Randall
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posted June 29, 2015 03:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
No! That is definitely not realistic. Most companies provide ample training. Training should be more as opposed to less. They are stepping over dollars to save pennies (losing in the long run with turnover).

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mirage29
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posted June 29, 2015 05:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mirage29     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'd worked as a hermit/office-temp for maybe 20 years.... You don't make a lot of money doing it, but if you just like being helpful and learn a variety of jobs, you learn and observe some very interesting things-- on many different levels (as broad as you'd like to explode that thought).

There's a difference between 'the job' to be done, and 'the personality dynamics' of people surrounding you. Thing is that not every workplace knows the difference.

Some want jobs rigidly done a certain way because it's 'their personality' to do it 'that' way.

In my case, some companies who had more latitude about 'how' the tasks got done were benefitted by my broad experience (and my ability to absorb mechanics concepts), as I got to bless them with input and showed those with an open-mind how to do their work more-efficiently. Showed ways to do that job and its impact or effect on the 'flow' outwards to other employees (if there was any).

I wound up knowing how to do many simple jobs and noticing how that position/work coordinated with work flows through departments.

When I would get that high up into more administrative-type positions, I found that I had a hard time dealing with deeply-aggressive people who like to set you up and knife you in the back because they want your job. You make your work look more fun than theirs~~ when the truth is that when you have the 'right fit' then that position you filled can be amazing, easy and fun! (If the sharks-snarks-and-gargoyles in the office could have done it, then *they* would have been hired into that position you got, instead of 'you.'

I was like ~oy, *just let me do my job, I don't want to play killerpolitics!!! I like to WORK!! ahhhh*

Sometimes you walk into a place and they are happy the new recruit showed up. Sometimes the company has been under soooo much added stress/workloads that they dump you into the work but you also 'feel' all the aggravations they've been under personally. (Add to that your own nervousness, wanting to do the best job you can.)

Remember that 'you' are not the source of their being upset. Calm yourself inside and reduce your own expectations of having all down perfectly.

It's your right to make mistakes, BTW! "They" hired you. They know what-who they deliberately gave this job to. (With the provision that you weren't dishonest with them about your skills and ability to do your job), in spite of the undue pressure you feel upon you, you'll be able to come out of this just fine.

When I used to watch new-hires come into a company, there are bumps in the road to mastering the position and the melding process with other employees.

The first week is rough. (Congratulate yourself!)

I've seen people come down with colds, etc as close of week one goes into week two and the close of that week-- (most-likely due to stress and new sleep-wake patterns lowering immune system, along with shock of new set of office-germs).

By the time the FOURTH MONTH comes along, I've observed how the person is just getting comfortable and more confident, when suddenly it seems all the 'hidden' mistakes (errors not caught in your first two weeks of work) tend to float to the surface and have whatever little (or big) impact on the business. Many messes can surface to fixed.... (Maintain self-esteem! Keep a humble positive attitude as much as possible.) You could feel like a total-flub, PLUS other employees get upset by the hitches and be all gnarly and blame you (if there's immaturity there).

By the time you reach six months, you and the company should have a good feel for your each other. That's why a lot of employers give a six months probation before they extend invitations into retirement plans, etc.

(At least that was my understanding then. Maybe working world has changed... but for some things? There's may be nothing new under the sun there.)

Fairaqua .... From what you said, I'd say to be careful of taking sides 'against' the woman?.... This might be a subconscious attempt by the male(?) to invite you into the flow of a drama-triangle that exists between that pair? .... Be super careful there. {{ }}

Seems perhaps 'she' is the one you will be proverbially 'making your bed' with and have to directly answer to. I don't know if you're male? If you were to side with the male against the female, then it may feel good temporarily, but you could make your future more ~dicey?

I'd say, keep yourself rewarded 'on the inside' by your own self-talk.

Tell yourself that you're doing okay, mistakes are expected. Highlight (inside you) all the things you're doing right, more than your wrongs and mistakes. And just 'flow' for now... Learn the best you can (and accept that), and when the general flow of work is restored, then other things may just sort themselves out.

When the company feels secure by the work flow starting to ease and catch up (because they have their position filled now), then the pressure of the female may start to chill out.

I hope I said something that can help. Best of Luck to you!! (and Congratulations).

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fairaqua
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posted June 30, 2015 07:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for fairaqua     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks yall!

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Randall
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posted July 01, 2015 02:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hope it gets better.

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mirage29
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posted July 13, 2015 04:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mirage29     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi Fairaqua! This may be an important week for you at work? (transit-wise if you are aquarius)

Important to remain objective and resist 'reacting' ... Hopefully by end of week (or so) that person in your environment at work may be able to come to more peace.

Remember, it's 'not about you' unless you step into it 'personally' and get embroiled in the situation....

Really hoping that you'll eventually find yourself in happier and happier evolving circumstances! ...

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