Thanks again for all the tips. I do understand what you all are saying about finding a new job, but 1) I’ve been with the company since 1990 and have way too much time invested in retirement 2) management gets moved around all the time and I just recently heard that this particular jerk is being moved to a different center in less than 2 weeks 3) I have excellent benefits along with good pay 4) are you kidding? I live in Michigan… we don’t have any jobs here!
I’ll definitely check out the breathing techniques as suggested. I also talked to a councilor this morning and that might help.
An excerpt from my work blog:[INDENT][B][COLOR=#555544][/COLOR][/B]
[SIZE=3][B][COLOR=#555544][FONT=Times New Roman]Monday, January 21, 2008
[/FONT][/COLOR][/B][B][COLOR=#555544][FONT=Times New Roman][COLOR=#669922]I’ve Had It![/COLOR][/FONT][/COLOR][/B][/SIZE]
[FONT=Times New Roman][SIZE=3]I suppose it’s not very surprising that Monday I was in the office with Randy, Mike Z and Tom the union steward. Randy says to Tom in that matter-of-fact voice of his. “Marlene felt the need to have us call EMS on Friday night.” Then of course stated his [I][COLOR=#555544][COLOR=black]concern[/COLOR][/COLOR][/I] [COLOR=black]for[/COLOR] my mental well-being. He stated that the EMS report states that this anxiety or panic attack isn’t really a “medical emergency.” He wanted to verify [I]when[/I] it was that I told Lynette that I wasn’t feeling well too… so was it after you punched out or before? he asked. What a jerk! Never once did he even ask if I was ok. Mike didn’t either, but I’m sure that Randy schooled him not to ask.[/SIZE][/FONT]
[FONT=Times New Roman][SIZE=3]Oh boy, he’s done it now. I couldn’t help myself I pretty much let loose and told him that he was treating me in an intimidating, demeaning, belittling and bullying manner. I told him that I would think that a manager at his level would know the risks involved with rattling someone’s cage before sending them out on the road to drive a 2-ton truck. “At least that’s my perception”, I told him. Apparently you can say anything you want to these guys so long as it’s you state it as your perception or feeling.[/SIZE][/FONT]
[FONT=Times New Roman][SIZE=3]I was pretty much in a “zone” and wasn’t really registering what he said, which was probably for the better. I looked at Tom at one point and he mouthed out “you’re doing fine” so I guess I hadn’t said anything that would get me fired. I continued on and rather than letting him continue to stay in control of the situation and think he had gotten the best of me; since he doesn’t think it was a medical emergency which was bull crap, I offered up that this incident might have been more than it appears and could very well been caused by a lack of calorie intake since I’ve been eating the same stuff I was eating when I wasn’t doing my regular job and that the green tea I had just prior to the incident occurring could have had something to do with it. I had to further explain that green tea has caffeine in it. While I don’t want him to think it was something that I did to cause it; I also don’t want him to think he has gotten the best of me.[/SIZE][/FONT]
[SIZE=3][FONT=Times New Roman]After that it was a pretty uneventful day other than having a “missed” package because it was loaded near the end of my day and of course closed when I got there.[/FONT][/SIZE]