From an internal office memo dated August 16, 2010:
Please note that if you are filing a leave or swapping your shifts, submit the request three weeks before the schedules are released.
I met up with the band of brothers sans Cubao Boy last week. We decided to have a few drinks at my place, even if meant I had to call in to Immediate Boss for a sudden half-day. It was definitely worth it, since I haven't seen the guys in a long time.
We ended up deciding to explore Man4Boys' childhood haunts over the next weekend. There was little hitch though: I had work on that day. That meant I'd either be absent, or find someone I could swap shifts with. Fortunately, an office mate of mine graciously agreed to the exchange. I told Immediate Boss about the arrangement, and he said he'd inform the HR about it.
A few days later, I followed up my request with Immediate Boss. Since he was just beside me, I noticed at once that his brows were gathering in a knot.
"They said yes to the swap. Next time, tell me way in advance. I had to exchange a lot of e-mails to get approval," he said curtly.
I ended up giving two mini-packs of Ferrero Rocher as a thank-you token; one to him, and another to my office mate.
In my idle moments, I take time to talk to the powers that be on the floor. I usually ask about what they job entails them to do and why they chose to be in that particular department. These conversations turn out be be very interesting. I get to learn more about the ins-and-outs of the whole business. It gives me a clearer perspective on what path to take in terms of career-direction in the company. It also makes me visible to the higher-ups, too.
It isn't because I need to be all the more visible. This early, I'm already infamous as they guy who lugs around a whole 1.5 bottle of Coke Zero on the floor. Whenever I have lunch in the pantry with some of my floor mates I still haven't interacted with, I inevitably get asked the question, "Can you finish up the whole bottle?!"
Of course I can, you silly boys and girls. Not to mention it gives me some sort of trademark within the office. Very nifty branding, isn't it?
But I digress.
Being on the radar has its own disadvantages, too. Remember Department Head I was introduced to by Big Boss? He's a very
gay animated and accommodating guy to converse with. I never fail to say hi to him whenever I see him on the floor or the smoking area.
However, soon after I hit the floor, he told me across the aisle, "I'm gonna listen to your next call!"
It's usually the coaches who just do that; Now, I'd end up being monitored by the coach AND him at the same time. On my third day!
"Make sure it's a quick call a," he said jestingly.
I almost peed in my pants when the screen flashed with an incoming call.
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