Saturday, 25 November 2017

Grateful

Thank you all so much for the words of advice and encouragement on my clinic post. I'm hopeful we'll be able to make a go of it and make regular riding lessons here a reality.

I distributed flyers to local businesses today!

In other news, other people around me have been acting in a very disappointing way. I know I've been honest here about needing a time out and currently being on a modified work schedule (after I asked for an LOA) until christmas. Thats why I moved Midge home, thats why I'm organizing clinics in order to have lessons, thats why showing is on hold. I currently work three days in the office on the lower coast, and two days remotely up coast at home. This means I can sleep in my own bed 4 nights a week, rather than the 36 hours on weekends I would normally manage.

I may have mentioned that some of my coworkers thought that my temporary schedule was unfair. Well, thats now gotten next level soap opera crazy, and fast.


One very close coworker I would have previously called a good friend has involved the union and (apparently? No one but my manager has told me anything) there is some part of a union agreement somewhere that they can use to argue that I should not be allowed to work anything but full time 8:30-4:30 M-F at my desk, in that office. No remoting in, no satellite office, no flex time, I should be in my office all week, effective immediately. I'm really disappointed that the people supposed to be on my side ("Friend" and union) would kick me when I'm down, particularly by blindsiding me like this. I'm confused as to what the motivation would even be. This time of year, when it's slow, my not being there every day in person affects no one as far as workload. I work a tech job, just as easily done from home as in the office. Most of my work is data maintenance and analysis, ie I'm not one of the people you need on hand in an emergency.  Rules are rules, and I guess if there is one we all need to follow it. Still, the way this is being handled has me feeling really upset. It feels like a grudge or agenda at play, but I'm honestly baffled as to why I'm being targeted, especially by the people involved. Much to think about there, and much to keep me awake at night.

I do realize this is a horsey blog, not a personal one. I felt like I needed to get what'  going on out there because whatever comes of my work is very much going to affect my riding life, and I have a feeling there are some big changes coming in both.

Whew, time for a visit to my happy place.

This seems an apt time to write about all the wonderful things I'm grateful for right now:

-G. He's wonderful. I'm very lucky.

-G's health. Knocking hard on wood, he's been feeling pretty good for about a month now, and there's no reason that can't continue for a long while yet.

-EC. For letting me ride Audrey, and for finding time in her schedule to come to me to teach. Most importantly for not just believing in me as a rider but as a person.

-HR and management at work, for showing they really do support their employees.

-Midge. I rode today, and had a super ride. My worries disappeared and somehow, my 45min ride stretched to 2 hours and we were both still having fun.

-The blogging community. 5 years and nothing but positive, helpful, encouraging comments every time I send my random thoughts out to the internet.

-All the past crappy people in my life. I'm serious here. They helped me become stronger, more independent, more determined, and thanks to them I appreciate all the good even more.

-The owner of the barn I'm temporarily staying at. She's been looking after Midge the days I can't and still charging me the cheapest board I've ever paid in my life.
Best pony. Even on a strict diet, still so round and cuddly. 
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  1. Wow that's so intense about the job. Why on earth would ppl be so hostile about your own work situation? Are they jealous? Do they wish to work modified hours too? Wouldn't it be in their best interest to argue about setting up similar situations for themselves instead of trying to get you back to the office 40hrs a week? It just doesn't make any sense. What a mess, sorry you have to deal with that! :(

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    1. Yeah, I thought about that. I keep coming back to it having to be some kind of personal issue they have with me, but I truly have no idea what or why.

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  2. People suck and office dynamics can be so awful. I'm sorry that's it's come to that

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    1. Thanks. You really do get to see the worst side of people when working in an office with bad morale.

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  3. I'm with Emma. It sounds like crazy jealousy, which is so ridiculous. They'd be better off trying to get the same deal as you if it works with their position rather than sabotaging you. It's hard to go into an environment like that day after day, especially when you know someone is jacking with your plans. I'm sorry! And I wish you luck in dealing with this d-bag.

    Thank goodness for ponies.

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  4. I'm so sorry you are going through the work drama. Office dynamics can be crazy (and I don't miss it one bit!) For some people, high school never ends. :P Best of luck with work and winter lessons!

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    1. I hated high school the first time, lol

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  5. Why are people such assholes?
    Don't feel bad about writing about non-horsey stuff - I do it occasionally and sometimes it helps "make sense" of things. People are fucking crazy and I'm sorry they are picking on you - esp someone you thought you could trust/confide in. <3 If you ever need someone to vent to, I am always available!

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  6. ugh i hate people so much. I hope they figure it all out for you. People suck (LOL). I am glad other things are going well and glad you had a nice ride. Vent away!! It keeps you from murdering anyone :)

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    1. Thank goodness I have so many good things in my life to enjoy!

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  7. Nothing brings out the knives faster than when people someone is getting 'special' treatment. I'm surprised that the Union would go against you without checking with you first.

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    1. Exactly why I'm upset. Whether it's "allowed" or not, you'd think someone from the union would have taken the time to talk to me first and come up with a solution, rather than my coworkers and managers. I feel like I'm being scapegoated for some agenda the union must have. I did not knowingly go against any rules (our old contract has nothing forbidding working outside the office, the new one has been ratified, but not signed or printed/provided to us...so I'm surprised anyone was supposed to know there was a new "rule" )

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  8. That's insane about your "friend," and sounds like a whole lot of jealousy on that person's part. I hope you find a solution soon, sucky people suck.

    Glad you're having good rides and everything else on the non-work front is going well!

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  9. That makes me so mad/sad for you regarding the workplace drama. I hope things improve soon on the work front. What a lovely list of things to be grateful for! Sending hugs! <3

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  10. That's so brutal, I'm sorry you have to deal with that, especially when things seemed to be looking up. I hope things can be resolved in a good way.

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    1. It sounds now like union is not pursuing it any further...they were I guess told something other than the truth about the situation and reacted based on what they believed to be true, but yeah it's really hard for me to remain professional with coworker who started the drama, and union who never thought to talk to me.

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  11. Yay for good HR and HR experiences. Too bad the Union is limiting their flexibility :(

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    1. HR is awesome, as is my manager. Boo to the union for being silly.

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  12. Work drama is the WORST. I've been there and I felt the same as you - blindsided and confused as to why anyone would react in such a way and lash out at me. It's been years now and is firmly in my rearview mirror and I still don't have answers for why those people acted the way they do. I sincerely hope things get easier for you soon! The best advice I always received through my tough times was to keep my head down and my chin up through the crazy. Those people will get what they're owed for being turds.

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    1. Thank you. It's been nice to hear I'm not the only one who has experienced a less than positive workplace. It's so easy to dwell what I could have possibly done to 'deserve' this, but I know you're right, it's probably a question without a real answer.

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