Wednesday, September 7, 2011

What did I do to deserve this, part 2?

Just when I think it really can't be much worse at work, I'm proven wrong. Again.

So the kids failed to alter their class schedules after being told repeatedly but, rather than sorting out and letting go of dead weight, the boss decided it would be best to get someone in to cover the receptionist position but keep all of them employed. Needless to say, he didn't want to pay yet another person. So guess what he did?

His wife is now working as the receptionist.

She is like the kids and Diane all rolled up into one person. Of course she gets sidetracked chit-chatting with all the people she knows while the phone rings off the hook. The only improvement is that she knows her abc's... In addition, she has all these things that she wants to change because her daughter is currently working as a receptionist for a different vet in a different town while the son-in-law goes to vet school and they do things differently. (He finally got accepted this time and just started last month.)

Now I'm stuck with another inefficient receptionist who wants to change everything and is also the boss's wife. Now what am I supposed to do with that?

The first day he suggested it, I had to bite my tongue on the comment that "having relatives employed was one of the major reasons I quit my first job, you know." I was afraid that might be going a little too far and, unfortunately, right now I cannot afford to change jobs since I need to be at home with my mom's issues, etc.

At the moment, the best person to work as receptionist is the technician but that greatly hinders an asset to the business to tie her up with the front job. Plus she's about to go out on maternity leave at the end of the month. Everyone else gets way too rattled if there are more than two people in the waiting area. Maybe one day we'll stumble onto a really good receptionist but then he will likely not pay well enough to keep that person. It's a no winner, right?

1 comment:

Amanda said...

Yep, pretty much. Those who are effective usually go on to a position that pays better, hence the huge turnover of most receptionist positions.

The key would be if he would hire someone good and pay them what they're worth. Rumor has it that's a good way to retain an employee... ;)