It’s time to revive this shithole.
A few more thoughts about this life transition before I descend back into political ranting and poop jokes:
One week into being on a normal shift and my energy level is a LOT higher. I think that’s a combo of the regular sleeping schedule (and that I’m sleeping insanely better and without interruption) and the fact that I’ve started eating a lot healthier (that’s a whole other series of blog posts).
I’ve been passing the fuck out by 10pm at night. My body is liking the normal sleep patterns and is punishing me when I try to break them. Rave is up later than me. It’s…. weird. Being able to just chill with my honey? Pure Awesome
At work I’m getting maybe a third as much done as I did on nights. I should rephrase that: I’m getting far less done on the machines, and doing a lot more un-fucking of stuff for people who should be able to handle things themselves. People who have been there longer than I have and don’t actually need help like newbies I dealt with on nights. I knew this was going to happen going in, so I’m not surprised. In all fairness, some of the things I’ve been pulled away for are things I have wanted for a long time (like having the engineers pick my brain on what machines new parts would run on better or whether we need special tooling for prototypes… it’s nice to be in the loop instead of having it wrapped around your neck for once).
The personality conflicts on dayshift are going to be an order of magnitude harder to deal with than on nights. I have a sneaking suspicion I may end up being a supervisor before too much longer, and it’s not going to be easy to deal with that shit without going into “Graumagus Mode” and saying/doing things that are not recommended for continued employment. If they do offer me that position, I will have to divert power to mental filters and play the office politics game that I hate. I’m cool with it though: it’s more than worth it to have a life. I won’t take the job without a raise though, I’ve taken far too many bumps in work load without any financial compensation as it is. It doesn’t have to be great, but I would want something.
If they don’t promote me, all I want is specifically laid out job responsibilities for where I’m at. I’m not going to use the pimp hand on someone being a lazy asshole if the company is going to pat that asshole on the back and say “there there…. did the mean fat man hurt your widdle feelings?”. I have been in that situation a couple times before where I have been given responsibility but no authority to execute it and it doesn’t work. Ever.
I’d be happy either way. The biggest shift so far (that I hope continues)? I don’t stay pissed off about work. Since it’s not fucking up my life a tenth as bad as being on second shift did, I can get irritated at work, punch out at the end of the day, and leave that shit at work. I have always had a serious problem doing that, no matter how much I tried. I’m going to make every effort I can make to keep the side effects of clusterfuckery exposure to the time frame where I’m getting paid to deal with it.
So recapping: Dayshift switch is an 85% improvement, with the 15% downside being confined to a time frame where I am getting paid to wallow in the suck. Sleep, relationship, physical and mental health have all significantly improved.
Well worth the 5% paycut.