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|Work Related Stress (standard:drama, 3148 words)|
|Author: Rene Amador||Added: May 12 2002||Views/Reads: 3261/1683||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|There's only one position available and two people interested.|
Work Related Stress by Rene Amador Robert and Tom had been working in the same firm for about two years now. Tom had been working there about six months longer than Robert. When the firm was looking for new employees, Tom passed Robert’s resume along to the human resources department. He was doing his friend of four years a favor. Robert was in desperate need of a job and definitely had the qualifications, but finding the job is the toughest part of gaining employment. As luck would have it, and luck had nothing to do with it, Robert was immediately called in for an interview and three days later he was offered the job. Robert, of course, took them up on their offer. He and Tom were now working in the processing department. Tom showed Robert the ropes of the job: how to process orders, where to send them when completed, who was responsible for shipping and receiving, the whole ball of wax. As two years rolled by, the two friends settled into the job and their respective roles. Of the two, Tom was the more outgoing. Tom took it upon himself to start up new projects at work and easily worked with no direct supervision. In times he wasn’t sure of what to do, which wasn’t obnoxiously often, he knew exactly who and in what department to direct his question. Robert also worked well with no supervision, but he didn’t take initiative as much as Tom. His demeanor was that he did what was asked of him. It’s not that he was lazy. It’s just that he didn’t want to do something in the chances of overstepping his boundaries. Basically, if something wasn’t his responsibility or if something wasn’t asked of him, he wouldn’t do it. He knew what his job was and he did just that. The best thing that was in his favor was he was a real people-person. His previous job experiences heavily relied on social interaction. He was able to pick up quickly on what a person was asking and what the person was interested in. One Tuesday morning, during their usual conversation of the day, Tom and Robert began to talk about their jobs. “You know,” Robert started, “I don’t know about this job anymore.” “Why is that,” Tom asked. “There comes a point in your job when you feel that all of the bases have been covered. It’s like, I’ve mastered this position and all of its duties. What more is there?” “Well,” Tom replied, “have you thought about trying to move up the ladder in the company? I’m sure that if you submit your resume into the HR department they could tell you if any openings were available.” “I just might do that.” “It’s funny you should mention that.” Tom sipped his bottle of water and continued. “I was thinking the same thing also. You know, about the job and all. Some days I find I ask myself, ‘Is this all I’m going to do for a career, pushing papers?’ Mind you, I’m not hating the job, but at the same time I’m not liking it either.” Later in the day, around lunchtime, Robert sat down at the computer and re-typed his resume and printed out ten fresh copies. He went to the HR department and handed his resume to the receptionist and inquired about any open positions. “Hi there, how are you, Karen?” Robert also had a knack with remembering names after meeting people only once. “Fine, and yourself?” “I’m hanging in there. Listen, do you know of any positions that are going to open up soon? I wanted to hand my resume off.” Click here to read the rest of this story (337 more lines)
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