Upsetting
Tuesday, October 28, 2003
 
With half a mind thinking that the air quality would be better at the modern, efficient office where I occasionally work than at my ancient home, I made the 30-minute drive north to Carlsbad today. On the way up the I-5, I quickly realized how much car air conditioning is not part of my life – it was impossible to open the windows because of the smoke and ash, and I didn’t want the forced air to stir up all the soot that got in the car when I did this morning.

Traffic was lighter than a usual Tuesday at 8:30 a.m., but people still drive like they have sex – haphazardly and without regard for anyone else. When I got to work, there were several of my people outside smoking grits, and they did look kinda humorous. I quit 10 months ago.

The air at work is better than at home, but not by a whole lot. It just feels like you’re in a mesquite restaurant, like Stubb’s Bar-B-Q in Austin.

My Outlook was filled with messages from Human Resources like these:

Dear All Employees in the Office Today:

Thank you for coming in to the office! Please keep all doors closed, stay inside as much as possible and use only those lights and that electricity absolutely required to enable you to do your job and be safe.

Just an FYI, the deli is open today but Judy said she may close early this afternoon if traffic is especially light.


Dear All Employees:

Please submit all timesheets and related payroll information no later than 10:00 a.m. tomorrow morning. Given the situation today with corporate offices on mission critical operations only, we will be on a very tight timeline to get payroll information submitted in a timely manner to Ceridian.

Please make this a priority.

Thank you.

The office will be open today; however, we will be understanding of those situations where children are out of school and daycare is unavailable. Also, those employees impacted by closed roads/freeways will be allowed flexibility.

Please speak with your supervisor regarding your specific situation and departmental needs.

Thank you.


Good morning,

As planned, the flu vaccine will be available today at 10:00 in the upstairs Board Room.

The company has generously offered to pay the cost of the flu shot for employees. If you want to get a pneumonia or Tetanus shot, you will need to pay the $35.00 fee.

Reminder: Please complete and approve timesheets by 10 am this morning.
I appreciate your help in getting payroll completed on such a tight schedule.


During the current crises, we are being reminded to drink plenty of water. Today only, water is “on the house” - please help yourself but be considerate and conservative as our supply is limited and many employees won’t be joining us until later in the day due to individual circumstances.

Thank you.
 
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