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Just one little problem

So for those of you who may not have seen my post last week introducing Why Do I Work Here Wednesdays, my day job title is that of administrative assistant. This combines secretary, receptionist, floor mom, and coordinator of various things which happen in an office, including, quite recently, a move by one of the teams I support.
Now an office/cubicle move isn't quite as much fuss as moving from one place you can live to another, but it's still got a good bit of annoyance attached to it. In our case, the biggest hassle was making sure everybody's phone lines went with them, and ensuring their desks were ready for them on the floor they were going to (we've had contractors sitting there, and don't get me started on contractors).
Then, yesterday, a new item came up. The team which moved had to change their mailstop, which is how my company defines where you sit for the purpose of interoffice mail. It looks like a bunch of random letters and numbers, but it does have meaning. (No, really. It does.) Here is the new mailstop sent out by a colleague of mine who did most of the legwork on coordinating this move:
New mailstop is P2-PTPP-14-Z
Pathfinder, by the by, is our HR system. So it would seem pretty simple, right? Go into Pathfinder and find the spot to change your mailstop (directions were listed lower down in the email than I can show), pick this one off the list, and save it. Bam, done. Only problem is, Pathfinder's selection of mailstops with that beginning looks like this (please pardon the sloppy job of blacking things out):
List of mailstops which does not include P2-PTPP-14-Z.
Yeah, I'd love to choose my new mailstop off the list. If it existed.
One more funny note: I did an expense report for a colleague who had been assigned to read a particular book by the mentor she was matched with in our company's formalized mentoring program (which I don't think much of). Called the report "Book for Mentoring Program". Have a look at how it got abbreviated:
Bo...oring Program
Apparently our expense report system can read minds.
So that's all the news from Glass Bathroom Bank, and I shall get back to writing Chapter 66 of Surpassing Danger, as well as assembling notes for my NaNo project. Yes, I've finally chosen one! What is it going to be about? Well... see for yourself. Thanks as always for reading, and I hope to see you tonight with that chapter!

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NotACat on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 11:27 AM
I wish I could say I was surprised that your IT Department managed to mess this up. Sadly I cannot, at least not with a straight faceā€¦ Your NaNo blurb looks interesting: will we recognise any of the details, or indeed any of the broader picture? Is this in a familiar setting or yet another new and exciting venue??
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Scott on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 11:50 AM
Oooh. That NaNo project looks intriguing! Sorry things are being aggravating at work, but hopefully it calms down soon. Good luck on the SD blitz, too!
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Kendiara on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 1:12 PM
Hehe nice :) Computers were supposed to make things easier right?
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