I know I’ve been whining a lot lately. Here comes more.
A coworker overheard a half-joking, half-serious comment that I made to the boss earlier this week about being considered for a wage progression. It didn’t take long for the news that I was bucking for a promotion to spread through the department.
A few moments ago, when I went to relieve one of my peers so she could take her break, before I could even say hello, she felt the need to say the following to me:
FYI, you don’t know this line but about 50%. You don’t know how to run it when things aren’t going right. If your name isn’t regularly on here (points at the daily and weekly maintenance log sheets) you don’t know jack.
I never claimed expertise on that line, just enough proficiency to be able to start and run it, do the chemical adds and tank maintenance, and the ability to recover from the most common faults and errors.
Although she seems to have forgotten, my name was on those log sheets almost daily for over a month – until I was reassigned elsewhere. Those functions are performed at specific times, and I am otherwise occupied at those times now. That doesn’t mean that I can no longer perform those duties.
The line is large and quite complex. To fully understand the most efficient way to recover from any particular error is to actually do it. However, the line is reliable and one could spend months running it without seeing it lose its mind and do weird shit. As a result, operators learn the basics, and then do our best to get it back in line when it fucks up. I know these basics. Despite what she might think, I don’t need to see and know everything before I can claim enough proficiency for it to count as one of the three lines that I must know how to run in order to qualify for the progression.
She is a cantankerous old cunt, unhappy because she was deemed unqualified for a technician position, despite supposedly holding it during a previous stint with FaucetCompany. She claims that it is because she has tits, and maybe she is right. Even if it is, that is no reason to denigrate my abilities, just because I happen to possess a penis.
Source considered, and the appropriate value assigned to her evaluation. It still pisses me of, though.
EDIT: At the end of my shift, the guy who is training/monitoring me on the line that I’ve been learning for the past month also came up with an unsolicited comment. Unlike BB, he asked if I had hit up the boss for the progression yet. He is familiar with my skill levels on all three lines, and said that I am currently more qualified than the last guy was when he got the same bump that I am up for.