So here are a few of the complications.
First, I was Tupeed (transferred under existing conditions – that would make tuec not tupe but I can’t be bothered looking up the real abbreviation) to a foreign company. I’m not saying where this company is based but it is relevant to know that it is several hours ahead of us in terms of hours of the day.
This has two implications, under the terms of my contract, I am contracted to work 7 hours but the company standard is 8 hours. So guess how many hours I have to fill in my timesheet for? Yes eight.
Also you have to complete your time sheet by noon. Noon in a country several hours ahead of your time (that’s why it’s relevant where the country is). So unless you get into work at about 6, then your name appears quite regularly on the late timesheet report. People have tried at 7 and failed.
So why not fill it in the day before? Ah if only it were that simple. There are two problems with that.
1) You haven’t done the work yet so unless you are a time-traveller you can’t fill it in accurately. Yes, I know, by filling it in by noon, half the day would have to be complete guesswork anyway.
2) More importantly, they don’t allow you to. You can’t fill it in. It’s blocked, apart from the end of the month, when you can just put whatever nonsense you like for the last week and a half of the month and nobody seems to care.
Then you get incomprehensible emails saying what to do.
Well there was one that was reasonably coherent and it said if anyone didn’t fill it in for I think 6 weeks on the trot, then their pay would be stopped. I asked the union about that and they said, it was pretty dodgy legally, there would have to be an industrial tribunal etc etc.
It doesn’t take long to do, except when their website is playing silly buggers, but it’s still a pointless exercise that you have to go through every working day.
The scary thing is someone thinks this nonsense is really important.
And then there’s the ‘task tracker’ which is similar but even more pointless and even more stupid but that’s a story for another day.
So what’s this got to do with my book.
Absolutely bugger all, but if enough of you buy a copy, then I will no longer have put up with this sort of pish.
So please buy a copy.
Every so pretty please.
Actually I feel a short story coming on.