Grasp: A Daily Post Prompt

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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About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! Due to a nightmare of a house sale in 2014, 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat until April 2017. We made strong friendships both on and off the water, and enjoyed swan and duck families for neighbours. Sadly times change and we now reside in a small bungalow a short distance from the beach on the Lincolnshire coast.
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2 Responses to Grasp: A Daily Post Prompt

  1. That’s a good approach to learning a new job. On my present new job, I found it extremely helpful that at least one of the prior staff members had made up a little booklet of all those itty bitty items you learn as you go along. Saved me quite a bit of time in the learning curve, and it’s a good reference when I’ve forgotten once of those small steps.

    • I remember throwing my trainee in at the deep end with the month end reports. I knew if I’d warned her beforehand she’d worry, so I announced it on the day. I told her to follow my notes and I was there if she needed me, but I let her do it, asking questions if she had to. She coped just fine, bless her.

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