Kristi Speaks

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Ding dong the witch is dead!  I’m officially unemployed and I couldn’t be happier! 

Yesterday I went and told the devil that I wasn’t coming back.  She just stared and didn’t say a word.  The look on her face made it all worthwhile.

Now, how to make some money……………

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October 28, 2008 Posted by | Work | 2 Comments

It’s official.

Carrara Accounting Solutions is officially in business. I met with my first client last night!!

wooooooooohooooooooooooooo!!

July 23, 2008 Posted by | Work | 4 Comments

Head to Head with the Devil

So a day and a half after I sent that e-mail she decided it was time to sit down with me. Oh it was on. In my mind I have nothing to lose. Either she fires me, or she doesn’t. Quite frankly, I’d rather she fire me, and then I could sit home my last 2 months of pregnancy and still collect a check. But I knew that wasn’t going to happen. We both know that she needs me more than I need her.

**Here’s a little snippet of information that I haven’t previously shared. Donna had a business manager work for her for 20 years. The woman tried to retire for 3 years. Every time a replacement didn’t work out, she would come back and fill in. Well guess what? This woman is moving to Georgia. No more back up plan. I’m all she has. Mwhaaaa, hahaha, hahahah!!!**

So we sat down face to face. Have you ever looked the devil in the eye? I have.  It’s not as scary as you may think.

At first she was speechless. She couldn’t fathom how I could possibly think it was appropriate for me to send such an e-mail. “Devil, you felt the need to be frank with me, I would think you’d expect the same from me.” She went on to tell me that I was making all of the decisions about my maternity leave without consulting her and she would decide what works for her. She didn’t know if it would work for her to have me in the office only part time. That when I’m ready to come back to work, let her know and we’d discuss it. So I said, “I guess I’m not clear, do I have a job after this baby is born?” Of course she didn’t mean anything like that. Whatever, I know what she’s thinking. If the temp works out, she won’t need me, if she doesn’t, she will. Unfortunately for the devil, we all KNOW that the temp won’t work out. The poor soul will be lucky to make it a month.

My favorite part of the whole conversation:

Devil: “Kristi, maybe you should think twice before you speak what’s on your mind.”

Kristi: “Devil, maybe you should do the same.”

BURN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! God that was satisfying.

She was very hard the first 10 minutes and we butted heads hard. And then she backed down. She hadn’t meant to offend me, she was sorry if she had. She didn’t think pregnancy was a sickness. She even used the word discrimination in there. So essentially she spent the rest of the meeting covering her ass.

The strange part of it all, the part that totally blows my f’in mind, is that she actually looked a little hurt. She thought we had a great relationship and she feels “very close to me personally.” This is how she treats people she “likes”. She just doesn’t get it. I honestly feel sorry for the woman.

We left the meeting on “good” terms. We both agreed that there had been some “miscommunications”. I had already made the decision that I wasn’t going to come back to work for her, unless of course, the price is right. So overall I got to get it all off my chest and it won’t be a hostile work environment for the next 2 months. God only know what she thinks she accomplished. If I look right now I’ll probably find my job posted on the internet!

So that’s my story. I’ll keep you all posted.

July 3, 2008 Posted by | Work | 1 Comment

My review.

This is the e-mail I sent to my boss today.

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Dear Devil,

As you know, I was not happy with my review on Friday and as I’ve lost a lot of sleep over it this weekend it is necessary for me to air my concerns.  You told me how you were feeling and now I have to do the same.

I feel that my review was totally inappropriate.  We spent the majority of the time discussing your concerns over my pregnancy and maternity leave, which would have been better addressed in a separate meeting.  You even said that part of the reason you put off sitting down with me is because you were stressed over what was going to happen after this baby was born.

I felt like I was evaluated on your future concerns rather than my previous years performance.  You agreed that I’ve done a great job and had nothing negative to say except that you expect me to get back to “normal” after this baby is born.  Frankly, this is insulting.

I have consistently taken on more and more responsibilities and many projects.  I managed the change in insurance that you’ve been meaning to do for years, which will save you over $6,000 a year.  I cleaned out and organized files which hasn’t been done in 25+ years.  I updated Timeslips which saves hours of bookkeeping.  I revamped your bills.  I saved hundreds of dollars in CPA bills because Anita had to spend very little time on our taxes.  Not once have you had to pay for Tammy to come back.  I changed office supply companies and contracted prices to save you money.  I’ve become more and more active in the construction at your house to free up your billable time.  I prepared for a Department of Labor audit which ultimately ended up costing you $300, thousands less than the alternative.  I’ve seen 4 receptionists come and go and have covered for them when you needed it, while still performing my duties.  I also took full charge of your office when you went on vacation.  The list goes on.

This is what we should have focused on.  This is why I deserved a bonus as well as a raise.  I also know your rational as to why I didn’t get one.

What bothered me most were many of your comments about my pregnancy.  You may not have intended for them to be offensive, but they certainly were.  You act as if this is some kind of affliction or condition that I will be “done” with soon.

Your comments about home day care being essential to the success of my career were out of line.  While under different circumstances your suggestions may have been considered “helpful”, they had no place in my review.  I wish I could afford in home daycare, but unfortunately that’s  not possible.  You made the comment that if I had someone in my home watching my children it “wouldn’t be my problem” when they got sick.  This is shocking to me.  My sick children will always be my problem.  I will miss time when my kids are sick, there is no doubt about it.  As long as my work is done, this shouldn’t be an issue.  I have never left my office without taking care of what had to be done.  I’ve never left bills unpaid, I’ve never run out of here in a rush and I’ve never done anything to suggest I ever would.

I also want to clarify my insurance coverage when I’m gone.  Since you’re only really covering 60% of the individual rate, which is $595 out of a $2,600 quarterly bill, I would expect you can do this for my entire leave.  I will be available by phone or e-mail during my entire time off and I’m coming back after only two months to make things easier for you.  While I may only be in the office part time for the remainder of the year, I will be returning to full time duties.  I don’t think that’s too much to ask.  I will pay the insurance bill directly as long as I’m paid at my full $XX hourly rate.

We’ve always had a great working relationship because I’ve consistently catered to your needs.  I have no problem doing this or any task that may arise, but I expect to be compensated and treated with respect.

It is not my intention to cause problems or damage our relationship, but I do feel it’s best for us all that I air these issues and not let them fester.

Your pregnant bitch of an employee,

Kristi

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I’ll keep you all posted.

June 30, 2008 Posted by | Work | 3 Comments