Dangerous Mission Aborted

Hooray! Some of you might remember my previous post about this hardheaded challenging client that has been plaguing me over the past months. The last output she required me tested my patience to the fullest. I found the output unnecessary but since she was the boss. I gave in to her demands.  Stupid as I was, I said yes despite the fact that it was impossible for me finish the output within the span of the deadline.

I should have been pressured but for some reason, I never felt any compelling force to finish the job. I guess the main reason why I wasn’t pressured is because client’s demands were impossible to finish. I approximated the time I needed to complete the task and I always end up with IMPOSSIBLE…

Come Friday night, I decided to face my battle. I faced the tons of worksheets and data again. I know that it was impossible for me to finish, but I decided to try. I sought help from the cyberspace to accomplish the task easier and faster. Much to my disappointment, fail! While I was finding means to make things happen, I intentionally hid my phone because client is surely bugging me with the deadline. True enough, this was one of the best decisions I made. I spared myself from the another unnecessary pressure.

Barely minutes before 12 am, someone out there must have heard my predicament. Eureka! I found an easier way to accomplish clients’ demands. In one hour, I FINALLY MADE IT! I was able to create the 1000+ tables that client is demanding, all done in less than an hour. Whew! I wasn’t able to beat her Friday deadline. To redeem myself, I finished everything at 1am.

I have been a lousy freelancer here. If client will rate me, I will surely receive a negative rating. I don’t anymore care. My saving grace is that I have delivered her almost impossible demand. I did my job with all honesty and integrity. I messed up but I didn’t perform any form of cheating, dishonesty and data manipulation.

Finally, that huge thorn in my throat has been taken out.  Work is done! Added to this the fact that teaching will be over soon. All my lectures have been prepared and soon enough it will be exam week already. This weekend has so far been the best. Thank you!

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Weekly Photo Challenge : Saturated

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This photo was taken from a hidden and quaint restaurant in my hometown. The restaurant used to be the private home of the owner. After some time, the owner shared her home as a privy restaurant that operates by reservation. The restaurant used to accommodate one client every night. The full meal was exclusively prepared by the owner herself. After some time, the restaurant finally opened its doors to the public. Aside from the best tasting dishes, the owner also showcases her paintings and unique collections from empty bottles, colorful floor tiles, sea shells and old wooden furniture.

Messing up

I have this hadheaded challenging client to deal with. She gave me a deadline until Friday. To be honest, I cannot make it even though I said, yes I will comply. I just placed myself in trouble again. Sh#^!

Work was suspended today and I should have used the spare time to accommodate client’s unreasonable and (sorry to say) useless request. But what I did today, I slept the entire day. To my defense, I’m feeling a slight fever, back pains and possible cough on their way.

I messing up. I’m bothered but I’m not alarmed.

Prove yourself and pass the blame on them

I’m not easily swayed by negative perceptions and criticisms drawn over people I personally know.  I don’t immediately believe in gossips, rumors to shared stories that seemed to taint the reputation of the few people who have earned my trust and respect.

Setting aside my friends and family members, I maintain the same conviction among people within the realm of my professional world. This includes a few colleagues, freelance clients and even to a number of students, who have shown me exemplary and even average performance accompanied by hardwork, respect and perseverance.

A few days ago I discovered a complicated situation that involves a past student. Student is a scholar by virtue of the athletic program. In our school and I believe even in our neighboring schools, athlete scholars have been giving the management its own share of headaches as a result of poor academic performance.

My past student has broken the stereotype image of athletes. Student has become to me the surprise of all surprises. Despite being absent for a month to perform athletic duties, student was able to cope with the demands and requirements of the subject. What further blew me away is the results of student’s major examination. Student received the second highest score, rendering only 5 mistakes. Student was able to generate a midterm grade that provides an assurance of passing the subject. Despite the excellent performance, student continued to regularly attend classes.

Student impressed me well and as I was relating student’s story with a colleague, I discovered that student was consistently rendering the same hardwork even with other subjects.

When I tried to investigate the details of the student’s situation, my belief and conviction about student remained untainted. As much as I would like to console student, I have to distance myself. I was never involved with the issue. Though part of me is dying to tell student that much of the blame should be contained to the teacher. If the teacher has followed the policy and did her share of monitoring, the succeeding events could have been prevented.

The person in authority has decided on the case. In my mind though, it was never fair for students to suffer the consequences of another person’s misgiving.  While I don’t agree with the the authority’s decision, student was given a very slim chance of making things happen.

At the end of the day, the least I can do is hope that student will never lose patience, perseverance and hardwork. I hope that student will be able to prove to the person in authority that it wasn’t student’s fault to be placed in this predicament. I hope student can make things happen even at this most difficult and impossible stage.

Good luck kid.

You may have forgotten me already but win or lose, I believe in you!

Dear Unlikely Protagonist

This post will finally declare that I’ve been disconnected and alienated from the workplace for the longest time. I literally report to work everyday but my senses are reporting somewhere else. (Blame everything to the blessing of my freelance work.) The only places I reach are my cube, designated classrooms, toilet, the nearby 7-11 store and the canteen. Had it not because of my Facebook account, I wouldn’t have known another source of controversy. For some reason, Facebook endows that barrels of bravery to most of my colleagues and other stakeholders. Everyone suddenly becomes brutally frank through that 63,206 character allocation. This makes me realize that even I took a month long leave, I can silently become updated.

Apparently, there’s another issue that created the story of an oppressed Protagonist vs.a group of powerful villain. This time however, Protagonist is not your typical weak, quiet and financially struggling employee. Protagonist is rich, fierce, confident and most of all, endowed with much VOCAL chords of self-upliftment. The way I understood it, there are envious antagonists who are trying to taint Protagonist’s excellent performance. Protagonist was confronted by a set of position powered Antagonists. Protagonist was maligned by accusations to which no one can verify. But since Protagonist is equally aggressive, the confrontation backfired to the Antagonists.

To be honest, I’m not directly affected by the rub between Protagonist and the group of Antagonists. Hence, who do I care?

But since I already knew the story, I have my silent thoughts about everything. Protagonist is new in the workplace but the nature of the job automatically gains easy tickets to popularity. Anyone occupying such job position instantly becomes a workplace celebrity. Protagonist became more famous because of that face, which launched a number of TV commercials and captured the admiring eyes of both men and women.

It’s not that I’m taking the side of the Protagonist. I want to become fair and objective in as much as I can. Unfortunately, we don’t need to employ best HR experts to determine who have made the wrong move. It was obvious from the start that the position powered antagonists are responsible for everything.

If given the chance to speak to Protagonist, I wouldn’t tell Protagonist about my support. I was never vocal and for sure, I will never have a chance to communicate with Protagonist. I also don’t want to appear as one of those people, who loves to massage someone’s ego … just because Protagonist came from a wealthy family and owns that face everyone is dying to have.

Some of my colleagues may not realize it but Protagonist provided a win-win situation for the institution. The institution does not have the money to achieve that much coveted dream. To make this dream happen, the institution badly needed a person like Protagonist.

Protagonist is not after the minimal monetary income offered by the management. Protagonist accepted the job even with the lowest salary rate. As I see it, Protagonist only wanted a great record to strengthen that priceless professional portfolio.

Protagonist is the perfect match for our institution. Protagonist and the Institution both wanted an excellent job performance. Institution unfortunately does not have the financial resources. The great news however is that Protagonist is rich and not after the amount of salary.

With the way things were handled by the powerful Antagonists, Protagonist has all the right to feel disappointed and devastated. Worst comes to worst, Protagonist might quit in the middle of the job. Protagonist will simply pay the monetary worth of the two-year contract. Unfortunately for the institution, this is not good news. This is another nightmare that can place the name of the institution in the bad light.

I may not be directly affected but I’m more concerned with the negative reputation that will be gained by the institution. If Protagonist will leave the institution, the workplace’s image will be painted with its own share negativity.

If Protagonist and the troop of smart support staff will be able to encounter this post, may I request for longer patience on your end? Please don’t get tired of proving your worth and showcasing your troop’s excellent strategies. Please turn your frustrations to inspirations.

PS There’s another workplace controversy to blog. Now I regret the fact that I didn’t convert this writing marathon to a blog series.

Weekly Photo Challenge : An Unusual POV

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If I didn’t own this photo, I would think that this was taken from the streets of Italy, France, or Spain. The place looks like a part of a historic European site.

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The photo was taken in one of the silent streets of Macau. Amidst the grandest hotels and casinos, there’s this unusual, quaint and elegant street comprised of hidden restaurants and apartments that also aim to capture tourists.

 

I was never interested

Because freelance work is eating much of my time, I became a bit disconnected from the workplace. Yes, I juggle jobs. Office-teaching-freelance define me. I was too focused beating deadlines. In effect, I was too late to discover and learn things that should not have happened, especially within the grounds of a Catholic and trying to be Christ-inspired institution.

My bestfriend and forever lunch buddy related to me a very controversial issue that involves two of our colleagues. The two are both married, one is pregnant and the other is a father to three kids. I bet, you can guess the story that made everything so controversial. Whatever they share used to be an open secret to their close group of friends. Everything however exploded when the wife of my male colleague made a scene during office hours. The wife confronted pregnant colleague and those classic wife vs. mistress drama scene happened. It was unfortunately witnessed by a number of colleagues from other departments. In a span of a week, everyone at the workplace knew the story except for me. The silent gossipers were treated to an exclusive feast.

If given the choice, I wished that I never heard the story. I wish I never knew everything.

Ignorance is bliss….

I was never close to both colleagues. We weren’t friends but I have developed good working relationships with them. The controversy and the accompanying stories changed everything. Whenever I see them, I see the story that rattled the entire workplace.

I may sound like one of those hungry and judgmental gossipers but I swear, I don’t blame and persecute them. In fact, I’m not anymore interested to hear the real story. If given the chance, I wanted to remove the story to everyone’s memory. Not that I’m trying to play the role of a saint here. I’m actually more concerned with the fate of the workplace.

Dear Colleagues,

For heaven’s sake, return to your workstations. Don’t wait for our main source of livelihood to suffer bankruptcy. Knock on wood, if this happens …. be sure you can still gossip about them again.

Perhaps if colleagues have freelance jobs and deadlines to beat, the story wouldn’t appeal to them too..

ktnxbye