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February 21st, 2006

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07:37 pm - First day
The first order of business this morning was to go through new employee orientation. This involved sitting through a variety of people with varied speaking skills describe the various benefits available to county employees. Is it just me, or does it seem like a job requirement for HR people that they have a desperate need for other people to like them? None of them were awful and they mostly didn't read their PowerPoint slides, which was a blessing. And some folks there appeared to have never worked for a real company before and so didn't know about wonderful things like pre-tax healthcare accounts and long-term disability. So a lot of it was review for me, but one of things you must suffer through as a county employee.

After orientation, I hopped on the train and zipped the one stop back to the Metrodome and walked over to my office. My titular boss was in a meeting so the woman who appears to be office mom for the group took me around, showed me where the conference rooms were, introduced me to a few people, gave me some important hand-outs and like that.

Next I met with the guy that I will be taking day-to-day instruction from. He seems pretty laid-back and professes to be more interested in results than process, so that sounds like a good fit for me. Turns out, what I'll be doing is a lot more describing what we're doing and/or want to do with our web sites than managing the process of making things happen. So I am, I guess, more of a business analyst than a project manager, but it all sounds fun and like something I'd be quite good at.

Busing home went easily and only took about a half hour. I need to figure out how many trips I'll be taking before I can get a subsidized pass from work and then how I'll be passing along the fares between now and then. So far, this seems like it'll work fine.
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Date:February 22nd, 2006 01:46 am (UTC)
Most excellent!
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Date:February 22nd, 2006 02:25 am (UTC)
Yes, but to get a subsidized Metropass for next month (for a 40% discount) you have to turn in the forms by the 17th of this month. Bit late for March, so the earliest I can get it is April. Meantime, I still have to get to work through all of March. I'd go for the 31-day pass, but those are delivered the 2nd payday of the month, or March 17, so that would be over-kill. The pre-paid cards are delivered every payday so I should be able to get those by March 3 and just need to confirm that and arrange bus fare for the interim.

No one said working for the county would be easy. :)

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