Less than a week into the job I was offered a promotion of sorts. They needed inspectors to verify that things were done correctly at several installation locations each week and they wanted someone who hadn’t been around long enough to make too many friends. Friends tend to pass work that isn’t up to snuff. This was right up my alley. The company provided a laptop with GPS mapping software. I was e-mailed a list of around 150 customers each week that had installations performed for them and was required to do inspections of at least 80 of them during the course of the week. These customers were located in Southeast Missouri, Southern Illinois and Western Kentucky.
I was faster and more efficient at this job than any installer I knew of. I used my computer background to import all 150 customers each week into the GPS software they provided and map them out. Since I was not required to visit all of the customers I could eliminate outliers that were not located near any other installs. I spent one day each week on the computer mapping out a route for Missouri, one for Illinois, and one for Kentucky. I then spent 3 days actually driving around performing inspections. Where others were working 6-7 days a week and struggling to meet the...
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...f my work it was merely an excuse for him to justify firing his most productive inspector.
I was fit to be tied! I had ended up in one of those classic damned if you do and damned if you don’t situations. Had I refused the installs he would have fired me. As it was I stepped up and did some of my best work (far better than was required for a passing score) only to get fired anyway.
What happened to me at that job seven years ago sticks with me to this day. As much as I want to check the box that says I have never been fired on job applications; it seems this scar will stay with me forever. It was a hard lesson to learn, but know I know. Hard work, excellence and high standards are not always rewarded, especially when it is up against ego and another man’s Waterloo. GrammarPunctuationSentence StructureWord ChoicePlagiarismContextual Spelling CheckTake a tour
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