Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Random work-related good things

This is really neither here nor there, but I got a call at work today from the asst head of my department letting me know that a client had offered us (as in the firm) four seats to tonight's Celtics playoff game, and he was offering one of them to me. A lot of firms have boxes at all the arenas/stadiums around here, so getting to attend events isn't a big deal, but we don't, so this is pretty cool. Of course, I feel guilty taking up a seat that a huge fan could be using (I'm a huge football and baseball fan -- I only catch a few basketball games (on TV) per year), and even said that to the partner, but he said I shouldn't feel bad and should go anyway. So I am. Whoo-hoo!

I also had my semi-annual review today and was a bit nervous going in. My hours were really off for the review period (September - end of February), first from post-miscarriage depression, then from lack of work. One of my friends commented that they were unlikely to fire a pregnant woman, but that didn't really help -- if I deserve to be fired, I should be fired. (I firmly believe that people shouldn't be fired because they're pregnant, but I also believe it shouldn't serve as some kind of protective force, protecting an otherwise fire-worthy employee.) What scared me was the fear that perhaps I deserved to be fired.

Needless to say, they didn't fire me. My reviews were good. My hours were commented on, but I think they were glad I brought it up so that they didn't have to (we have to submit a list of what we worked on in the preceding six months when the review period closes and are encouraged to provide additional notes/thoughts, and I noted that my hours sucked and why). My reviewer (the guy who collects and summarizes mine -- I don't work with him otherwise) didn't know I was pregnant until I walked through the door, so that couldn't have influenced the decision, which made me feel better too.

All in all, a good day.

11 comments:

Jen said...

Those are good work-related things! Good job on your review. Have fun at the game!

sushilover said...

So glad things worked out for your review! They can be super stressful! Good for you.

Melissa said...

Congratulations on the great review! It must be a relief to know that you're not anywhere near the chop list. ;-)

Enjoy the Celtics game. My husband would be so jealous.

mo*reezy said...

I'm glad your review went better than expected - the opposite of the one I had about a month ago. ugh. Hope you're feeling well - and that Lou is treating you right.

Dr. Grumbles said...

Not getting fired is a good thing. And, yes I too believe pregnancy shouldn't be a protective factor for a subpar employee - which you clearly aren't.

niobe said...

Glad the review went well. They can be nerve-wracking. I know I'm always harder on myself than any reviewer could possibly be.

DC said...

Congratulations on your great review and your pregnancy!

You are an excellent writer and I really enjoy your blog.

I just started blogging yesterday (just in time for NaComLeavMo!), so please stop by and say hello if you get a chance. :)

http://lupuspie.blogspot.com

Tanya said...

TWO reviews a year?

Reviews suck! I'm glad to hear yours went well though.

E_Sharp said...

You're right, pregnancy shouldn't protect a weak employee, but I think that special circumstances are just that, and if someone has a short bout of reduced efficiency, it should be considered. We are always our own worst critics, right? Guess you were harder on your lower hours than they were. Glad it went well!

The Dunn Family said...

Hi! I'm here via NaComLeavMon. And your blog name totally jumped out as me as it is one of my favorite Dead songs ... Have a great day!

DC said...

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog to say hello!

I'm in the process of writing a post about why we want to adopt from Ethiopia, so stay tuned! :)