Dog Days Of The COVID-19 Coronavirus
Finding Things To Do...
I work for a company which is deemed "necessary" and therefore has not shut locations down. However, they have halted inventory audits for the duration, and they've been excellent about finding us other work to do so that we don't lose hours. That said, I find myself to be one very, very bored guy, and so I've taken to doing things which are "kind of" preparatory for me to go back to my regular job, but also I need something with which to occupy my off-day downtime.
For a while, I was rocking a beard. I really liked it at first, but over time no matter what I did, it just was a hassle to maintain. Plus, it kept getting dry and itchy, even if I put conditioner on it, so I shaved it off. This meant I "needed" a new name badge.
Now, may it come as no surprise that my company is literally too cheap to have an official system for producing name badges for its employees (well, for non-store employees, anyhow; stores get a pre-printed plastic card that the store manager then has to use a Dymo hand-held label printer to print associates' names with and stick it on) and that means it's left up to us to fend for ourselves. Heaven knows what I would have done if I didn't have a professional background in desktop publishing. But, since I do, I decided it was time to shoot a new photo of myself and build a new name badge. Being the really slick feller that I am in real life, I got it color printed at my local Office Depot, then glued the fronts and backs together and then brought the trimmed-down guts back to them to laminate using 10 mil laminating material. It does a very nice job, and is a lot better than putting it into the badge holders some of us (but not all) have, which are open and allow the paper to deteriorate. Now, I have a main and a backup name badge which once again looks like me.
As a side note, one of the things I could never figure out while wearing a beard was how to take a photo where I didn't look like I had a nasty scowl on my face. Perhaps I should have gone somewhere for a professional trim and styling along the way; nevertheless, there's none of that now thanks to the present situation.
My next project is this...
As some of you may know, inventory auditors use tags which they post in every section they count. This way, anyone who needs to confirm a section was counted can easily visually do so.
I have always made my own tags. Again, this is down to the cheapness of my company and general laziness of the higher-ups to ever set up some kind of official system. They will provide you tags if you ask for them, but all that is is one of our supervisors spending a weekend hand cutting out strips of cardstock paper. Needless to say, it's unprofessional as hell, and I do try and take pride in my work. So, I have a layout I built in Scribus (yay libre software!) that I change periodically as the mood strikes me. Everyone who's seen them has complimented me. My supervisor even wanted to use the design in a more official capacity, but management above her wouldn't pop for the trivial copying and paper cutting cost, instead preferring to pay her to do it (she's salaried) which means, technically, the company is probably spending something like four or five times the amount they would have if they'd just done what I'd suggested.
Penny wise, pound foolish, my grand ol' company is.
It is also of note that the systems we use to do inventory work (auditing, ordering, supplies, etc.) is a bought-in system which we have tried to implement as cheaply as possible. It's forever causing problems, both on the network and the various manager back office computers, but also on our handhelds. Things keep crashing, there's lots of crazy lagging, etc. And, among other things, we constantly encounter the spinning hourglass on our handhelds.
My latest design of inventory auditor tags replaces what was on the bottom end of the tag with a progressively spinning hourglass. I know, I know, cool, right? Anyway, it's Straight Outta Compton Windows Mobile, and 8 bit ghetto af, which is, of course, the entire point.
Remind me never to work for another Canadian-based company. If you think Canadians are frugal (or, at least highly confused as to what to do about tipping while in the U.S.) try imagining a whole new next level of cheapness, and you've got their corporations to a T.
So... What will I work on next?
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