Here follows my effort for today’s Daily Post Prompt.
People would laugh at me when I was learning a new job.
I’d never used a personal computer until 1989, so my notes were literally one step at a time, including the number of ‘enters’ or ‘tabs’ before each entry or screen change.
I took screen prints, and annotated those as it was the only way I could fully grasp what I was doing.
However, once I did have a firm understanding of the job, I was able to experiment by running parallel files to develop short cuts that may (or may not) work before approaching management with my suggestions.
Several were adopted, especially in my financial analytic role, and my redesigned spreadsheets could be applied accordingly. The result was I never missed a single deadline, and neither did any of my colleagues.
Fast forward to my job as a Credit Controller, a doddle as I could use similar tactics from my banking days for chasing debts. I soon licked it into shape and got the aged debt down to less than 5% within 6 months.
I was promoted in 2005 to ‘the other side’, being thrown in at the deep end after a fortnight’s holiday and asked if I wanted the job as the girl had left by ‘mutual agreement’.
More money, more of a challenge, more notes, more annotations….. of course I did!
What the management couldn’t grasp was why it took me two half days (the afternoon on day 1 and the morning on day 2) on my own to do a job that took two people 10 days to complete!
Whenever I trained anyone, either in the bank or an office, I always used my ‘idiot’ notes. My trainee grasped the job first then made their own suggestions, so we’d get together and try them out. It was also a good way to explain why things were done a specific way and what the knock on effect would be if we didn’t understand the whole picture.
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