Heigh Ho, Heigh Ho… (not yet!)

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I’ve not started back to work on the contract job yet. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised. I’ll probably be out there sometime next week — perhaps.

The real surprise is that it’s occurring at all.

Three years ago, I was in a situation where I really needed help to get everything done that needed to be done. One of the options that was attempted was to bring back another instructor who had retired a couple of years earlier. He would be a contract instructor, much like what I will be doing.

It never happened.

A couple of years later, I happened to run into the man they had wanted to come back as a contractor. He said he had been willing to do it, but after they had initially talked to him, he hadn’t heard anything from them. I subsequently found out that they had not been able to get approval for hiring a contractor.

My contract manager — the guy used to be my boss — called me today about documentation on some of my qualifications, so things are apparently still moving ahead. It appears part of the problem is that recent restructuring has reduced the number of people in the corporate office that looks at contracts from eight people down to one part-time employee who only works three afternoons a week. I’ve heard that other departments are having similar problems.

Maybe Monday. However, I’m planning on going to the bi-weekly retiree breakfast. (They’ll get a kick out of this run-around.)

I’ll have my cell phone with me.

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  • Opal Tribble - Vegan Jan 25, 2008

    Oh that has to be frustrating. I'm hoping they get the paperwork completed soon. I'm definitely familiar with that scenario in my case, in the end, it all worked out. It sounds promising that they are still following up with you about the job.

  • teeni Jan 25, 2008

    Oh, there is always so much paperwork involved in this kind of thing. I wish they would straighten that stuff out before they talk to prospective contractors. We dealt with that where I used to work too. But I think you'll be there soon enough.

  • Catherine Lawson Jan 26, 2008

    I'm crossing my fingers for you Mike. But all this red tape must be annoying. Have they forgotten that you already worked for them before?

  • Mike Goad Jan 26, 2008

    Catherine – No, they haven't forgotten. In fact, that's why they want me back. I don't have a learning curve to overcome like others with similar qualifications. The thing is that US nuclear power is so regulated that, in this company, at least, it has taken on many aspects of a bureaucracy, even those things that aren't subject to regulation by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. It's a good thing I don't NEED the employment. If I did this WOULD bother me.

  • Catherine Lawson Jan 26, 2008

    Oh well, I suppose they have to be careful where nuclear stuff is concerned.

  • Barbara Jan 26, 2008

    Hello Mike,

    It was through Catherine's blog, that I have landed here.

    Your "hurry and wait" situation, reminds me of most businesses. Until all of the t's are crossed and i's are dotted, we are forced to wait.

    Not needing the job is a plus, but it sounds like you're anxious to get back into the "workforce". After reading your resume (about page), it would be great to know our nuclear power is being "overseen" by someone of your caliper.

    BTW: Thank you also for your service in the Navy. Too often our veterans are forgotten.

  • Mike Goad Jan 26, 2008

    @ Barbara – Thanks.

    I don't feel like I'm anxious to go back into the workforce. This is an opportunity to do some things that I enjoyed when I was working and get paid for it, too.

    I'm not much different from the other men and women now operating and maintaining the nuclear power plants and training the nuclear workforce. One of the newest operators, a man who had worked in management of manufacturing facilities before becoming an operator said it best. He told me, "People in this industry really don't appreciate the quality of the people they have working here because that is what they see all of the time. It's not like this out in the real world."

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