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November 7th, 2004


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11:25 pm - This is mostly pointless
It's peak again here at work. Every quarter, companies have to file reports with the SEC. Since a chunk of our work is producing those filings we get busier round the filing deadlines. In an effort to anticipate the work load and staff accordingly, we are given mandatory overtime to work. For me, this means coming in on my day off last week and this forthcoming week and also working one night of the weekend. Tonight.

I had a unique experience when I arrived. Usually, when it's slow, I'll tell you that there's nothing on our schedule. What I usually mean is that there is noting for me to work on on the schedule. Jobs are all in proofreading, or someone else is working them, or they are on hold. Tonight, when I tell you there was nothing on the schedule when I showed up, it means precisely that. I pulled up the schedule and listed off all the jobs for our site. A blank screen greeted me.

Nada. Zilch. Nothing.

The lead for the weekend came down after I'd settled in and let me know that we're supposed to be getting two in-house jobs sometime tonight. The first was supposed to be here three hours ago. The second has come in as I type this. It consists of two files totaling about a dozen pages. I'm working four of them.

Whee.

(The nature of this kind of work means there may be sporadic drops of more pages as the client goes through the document. It's not looking like there'll be a lot of this one, though.)
Current Mood: boredbored

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From:fredcritter
Date:November 7th, 2004 10:36 pm (UTC)

Wow

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There were too many days this past week that were excruciatingly slow, but nothing on the schedule at all is just … weird? … tiresome, at any rate. If I'm going to be doing nothing all night, I'd much rather be doing it at home. Except, that is, for the fact that doing nothing at work is better for the old bank account than doing nothing at home…

Older hands than I have pointed out that peak is always unpredictable, else I'd be thinking it meant something Significant about the current economy or business climate or something…

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From:jbru
Date:November 7th, 2004 10:55 pm (UTC)

Re: Wow

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The interesting thing for me, having been here three years, is that we have not had a peak like the first one I worked here. That was in the early days of C2, when very few things were vended to India and, they not being wholly trained and proficient with the process, what was often came back needing significant fixing.

There was one day in March that felt like that first November I worked here. One day in three years of this when having everyone on mandatory 10 and 12-hour days seemed reasonable.

Now, with the upcoming mandate the we do our upcoming March peak work on the new Word platform for typeset, it may be crazy-busy again. On the other hand, the India team is up to speed on that platform and has been doing the majority of the work we get using it for over a year now. We'll see, I guess.

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