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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I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour 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! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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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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