Sunday, February 10, 2008

Mining for Diamonds in all the Wrong Places

For about the last 1 ½ months, I have been attending special training meetings, with one or two meetings per week... which brings me to a total of ten meetings. Out of the ten, only one actually pertained to what my particular job function is. In our most recent training meeting, I was given an overview of COBOL and how our company uses it with an IBM server. This was one of those “bored to tears” moments where I was ready to give a primal scream or a yawp.

With each one of these meetings, I have tried to go into them with the hopes of finding at least one valuable nugget of information, something I can take away from the meeting and actually use or apply to my own daily grind. However, I really don’t need to know anything about hexadecimal or how many characters can be assigned to a specific line of code. Surely this is a Dilbert in action situation. Another despairing factor to all this is that these meetings are all passive. We sit and listen, while someone lectures. Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!

btw- feel free to share your favorite Dilbert moment.


Pappy Yokum said...

Having worked for a company with multiple divisions and yet with products that crossover, it was always such a hassle to share artwork etc for those products. "No, our department created that, you'll have to create your own. Or, we can create it for you but we'll have to charge your department. Ridiculous if you ask me.

Pappy Yokum said...

Oh, and another Dilbertness - at the same company, the President was just a puppet - always having to bow to the owner. The owner was an old guy who lived in Chicago who had no knowledge or understanding of day to day operations yet the President couldn't make a move without the approval of the owner. Very inefficient and you get some of the stupidest decisions that way.