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Last day at work

Yesterday morning, when I woke up at my usual time, I suddenly thought why should I leave things the way they had the day before? Surely my colleagues deserved a chance to say goodbye to me? So I stopped at a bakery, got a couple of cakes, and went back to the office. Luckily, Jobsworth had been so taken aback by my refusal to help him out that he'd forgotten to ask for my badge, and he wasn't there when I walked in bold as brass. I sent an e-mail into the organisation, and for the next couple of hours, hosted a farewell party at my desk. When Jobsworth showed up, there was very little he could do to spoil it. We had a little tête-à-tête at his insistence, in which he had nothing more interesting to say than the usual platitude that if ever I needed a recommendation, he'd be happy to provide one; then when the party wound down, the cakes were gone, and everyone that had wanted to come and wish me all the best had done so, he declared his intention to walk me off the premises, and revoke my clearance with security on the way. I gave him the slip, though...or rather, I told him I wasn't ready to hand my badge in just yet as I need it to get me into the Kung Fu Panda-preview on Saturday, and this confused him so much that I managed to get away and out the door without him holding onto my elbow.

Unfortunately, this means I will have to go back and hand it in next week, but I'll do so to the head of security directly. The fact that he never asked for my badge while he was scoffing cake speaks volumes, doesn't it? ;-)

Meanwhile, the outplacement services agency has contacted me, and we'll start getting me ready for life outside hp from Monday.

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bogwitch
Jun. 25th, 2008 07:50 am (UTC)
Awesome! Panda Fu trumps Jobsworth! Kapow!

>>he said that if ever I needed a recommendation, he'd be happy to provide one

Really? After all that?

gamiila
Jun. 25th, 2008 10:39 am (UTC)
Really? After all that?

Really. But what else could he say? We may have had our problems, but I've always been a major contributor to the success of the business, and he knows it as well as I. But here in Holland, recommendations are so strictly regulated that most employers won't even ask for or check them, because they know they won't get anything but the most glowing of references and won't know for certain whether they're sincere or not.
suze2000
Jun. 25th, 2008 09:35 am (UTC)
That man makes me want to puke.

Haha about the badge thing, and I've heard good things about the movie, so enjoy! :)
gamiila
Jun. 25th, 2008 10:43 am (UTC)
I'm quite looking forward to watching it, even if it means getting up at a ridiculously early hour to go up to Amsterdam on a Saturday morning...but as a lifelong fan of kung fu movies, I couldn't let this opportunity pass me by!
enigmaticblues
Jun. 25th, 2008 08:48 pm (UTC)
Wow. Jobsworth is just...wow. Unbelievable. I'm so glad he didn't ruin the party, though!
gamiila
Jun. 25th, 2008 08:56 pm (UTC)
In a way, I'm worried I might even start to miss him in a wee while. Without him, who can I hold up to ridicule in this journal now?
__kali__
Jun. 25th, 2008 09:19 pm (UTC)
Jobsworth is such a dickhead. You are so much better off without him on your back.
gamiila
Jun. 25th, 2008 10:08 pm (UTC)
Poor Jobsworth. No one likes him really, least of all the people he has to work with.
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