Jan. 25th, 2009

Interlude

Jan. 25th, 2009 09:20 pm
shoebox_dw: (mythbusters problem)
As recorded elsewhere in these pages, I'm doing pretty well at my job lately. I may be only a glorified data entry clerk, but by God I am good at it. To the point where my co-workers call me 'Speedy' a little enviously, and my supervisors say things like "oh, [Shoe], we didn't want to assign you this [urgent project], you've done so many for us already..."

So when a couple of those same supervisors asked me if they could watch me in action, to help them put together a set of time-saving guidelines for completing tasks, I naturally said sure! and bridled just a little as they settled in. This was going to be good.

Except it wasn't. I don't think. It was like...we got into the thing, and almost immediately they started frowning and giving each other odd looks and just generally behaving as if they'd like to apply some best practices right then and there. Turns out my enviable record is based on a messy patchwork of workarounds and memory cues, all of them highly idiosyncratic and none of them even remotely suitable for teaching to new trainees.

The really funny bit is that I had no idea. It was all so intuitive I just figured it was the way it was supposed to be. Now, I'm sitting here deciding whether to be mortified or not. On the one hand, I'm pretty sure I've bounced hard off the Shining Example pedestal, but on the other...well, hey, it does work, right?

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