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post #1 of 28
Thread Starter 
...do you like doing the least?

I have a couple but definitely FILING FILING FILING wins the prize!! I hate it!

The only things I file are my nails...lol. Lucky for me I finally talked my boss into hiring an office junior and now she does all the filing...

I also really dislike putting stuff in envelopes cos there seem to be a hundred letters a day to post, and when the phone is ringing off the hook and no-one seems to understand that you've got work to do, goddammit!!

On the other hand, I really love typing the dictation (interesting) and I really enjoy organising stuff and making templates for forms etc on the computer.

What about you guys? What do you dislike and like the most to do at work?
post #2 of 28
i teach two sessions of kindergarten daily. I HATE HATE HATE doing our 'calendar routine'. We talk about the day of the week, date, month, weather, number of days of school, and do some kind of poem, song or reading activity. But its the same thing two times a day, everday, for the entire 180 day school year.
post #3 of 28
I really don't like it when I have to "redirect" a conversation that a non-custodial parent or their child may be starting with one another and the parent gives me hell for it. It can be so hard to stand up to some of these people.
post #4 of 28
You posted this thread at the time of the year when I hate my job the most: standardized testing. I am in the midst of spending hours and hours assigning test booklets to students, writing it all down, tracking all of it, erasing stray pencil marks, erasing junk that kids bubble where they shouldn't, and packing the whole mess up to be scored. The security involved is massive, and if they don't get back every single piece of paper, or if you haven't triple checked that every form is right, it's my job. It is the most menial thing I do, and I'll probably be in school this weekend doing it.
post #5 of 28
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Originally Posted by Deb25
You posted this thread at the time of the year when I hate my job the most: standardized testing. I am in the midst of spending hours and hours assigning test booklets to students, writing it all down, tracking all of it, erasing stray pencil marks, erasing junk that kids bubble where they shouldn't, and packing the whole mess up to be scored. The security involved is massive, and if they don't get back every single piece of paper, or if you haven't triple checked that every form is right, it's my job. It is the most menial thing I do, and I'll probably be in school this weekend doing it.
Ah, I feel for you. My mom is a media specialist who administers those tests and was a classroom teacher having to preach material specifically TO those tests for years! I've heard more complaints over the years about standardized testing than can fit in my head! Sorry you have to do all that!!
post #6 of 28
Have you reached 100 days of school yet? We had ours today. It was fun, as far as each of them bringing in 100 things, they all brought something....we counted as each person added to our mix and had 2160 things....I mixed it up and we filled up their cups all day. Everything we did today was with the 100th day of school. They loved it! I couldn't imagine doing all that stuff twice a day...it seems so repetitious only ONCE a day!

I'm a student teacher and I guess I hate when parents could care less about their kids while they are in school....

When several teachers asked for a conference with the mom of one boy via letter sent home (due to an extreme amount of obsessive compulsive tendancies) she wrote "WORK! WORK! WORK!" in giant letters. We wanted to write back "YOUR SON! YOUR SON! YOUR SON!"
post #7 of 28
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Originally Posted by Deb25
You posted this thread at the time of the year when I hate my job the most: standardized testing. I am in the midst of spending hours and hours assigning test booklets to students, writing it all down, tracking all of it, erasing stray pencil marks, erasing junk that kids bubble where they shouldn't, and packing the whole mess up to be scored. The security involved is massive, and if they don't get back every single piece of paper, or if you haven't triple checked that every form is right, it's my job. It is the most menial thing I do, and I'll probably be in school this weekend doing it.
I am feeling for you too Deb! I was at our school on the weekend last year when our VP was doing that exact job. She just looked so miserable. I am shocked that you all are starting standardized tests already! This year is flying by. I don't think ours have started yet. But I don't keep as close tabs on our state-wide testing because I really don't have to adminster bubble tests to my kiddos.
post #8 of 28
It is testing season in Florida. For the past 2 days, my 4th graders have been working on their Writing assessment. In 3 weeks, 3rd - 5th take Reading, Math, and in 5th, Science. In April, my 1st and 2nd graders do the whole thing. It is truly a nightmare. Each kid in 3rd - 5th has a minimum of 3 different test books. I have to preassign books to kids and note the security number on each. Fortunately this year, I have been planning and designing an Excel program to make less actual writing for me. I think the worst part is that the task is so tedious that you actually have to devote complete attention to it or risk making a mistake. That's a tall order when you have everything else in the school to deal with simultaneously. At my assistant principals' meeting, they all recommend that you lock yourself in the room to be free of distraction. Then last week my principal was transferred, so suddenly it's me for everything. I figure the weekends will be my only uninterrupted time.
post #9 of 28
Lacey: 100th day was January 25th for us.

Ebony: We are testing already because kids have been in school since August 5th.
post #10 of 28
The only thing I ever seem to do at work, filing, UGH
post #11 of 28
Keeping track of billable hours!!! I hate it! I can never remember which client I did what for for how long from 8-9 on Monday.

They always want the rundown of what I exactly did for them in that hour too...my memory is gone by the next phone call usually.

I always have the urge to charge for 'petting cat', 'entertaining cats', and 'chasing cats from computer'. The cats help the productivity!

post #12 of 28
I hate answering the phones. I hate that these people actually think I might possibly know how long a meeting/phone call/jobsite visit might actually last, or god forbid if the engineer is off in his estimated return time. Even worse is when someone *dares* to take a vacation. And really, I'm NOT an engineer and I don't CARE why you are calling them, or what the water/discharge temperature is at the water heater/AHU.

But I do like putting together the marketing materials. That's fun. I like working on specifications, and doing research. Actually, I like most aspects of my job, and generally even the phone isn't too bad...just when idiots call.
post #13 of 28
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Here is something I hate. When I have to phone a patient who has had a procedure and tell them my boss wants to see them today. Normally it takes weeks to get in to see him so they always know something is up.

Today, I had to phone an man and his daughter answered. She said he was in bed with the flu and it is very tough to think of a way to tell him he needed to get up and come in without scaring the living daylights out of him. He has cancer of the oesophagus and he's not even 60. That in itself is horrible. My boss said it could wait until Monday so I made an appointment with him then (and I made him change his dentist's appointment for that day, too, so he could come in - even worse!) and then he rang back and said `I am going to come in today I don't want to stew over it all weekend in case it is cancer'. My heart sunk into my stomach - THAT is a part of my job I really dread.
post #14 of 28
I guess the thing I hate most is phlegm.....suctioning trachs....mouths....noses and when a patient coughs up a big wad of phlegm and I have to duck to get out of the way. I know I should be used to that by now, but it still makes me want to gag. I've actually had to walk out of the room for a minute to regain my composure so I wouldn't puke on the patient.

I'd rather clean up diarrhea all day long on every single patient than to have to see phlegm! UGH!!!!!!
post #15 of 28
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Originally Posted by KittyKook
I guess the thing I hate most is phlegm.....suctioning trachs....mouths....noses and when a patient coughs up a big wad of phlegm and I have to duck to get out of the way. I know I should be used to that by now, but it still makes me want to gag. I've actually had to walk out of the room for a minute to regain my composure so I wouldn't puke on the patient.

I'd rather clean up diarrhea all day long on every single patient than to have to see phlegm! UGH!!!!!!
Ha ha that is so true!! I can't do phlegm either. I always said I would never be a respiratory physician but I don't know that anaesthesiology is going to be that different - lots of coughing and spewing and herking in that game!!! Luckily at the moment I'm in gastro - like you said, diarrhoea any time of the day is preferable to mucous or phlegm or snot.

Pardon to everyone for that gross little outburst!!
post #16 of 28
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Originally Posted by valanhb
I hate answering the phones. I hate that these people actually think I might possibly know how long a meeting/phone call/jobsite visit might actually last, or god forbid if the engineer is off in his estimated return time. Even worse is when someone *dares* to take a vacation. And really, I'm NOT an engineer and I don't CARE why you are calling them, or what the water/discharge temperature is at the water heater/AHU.

But I do like putting together the marketing materials. That's fun. I like working on specifications, and doing research. Actually, I like most aspects of my job, and generally even the phone isn't too bad...just when idiots call.
hehehehe-- i'm a software um--engineer-- and yeah engineers of ANY stripe are a little bit shall we say uh, anal about how things are called sometimes.

The idiots don't bother me, its the people who THINK they know what they are doing, but 2 minutes into the conversation, you realize they don't... those are the longest calls.
post #17 of 28
Wow Deb! You start the school year off early! I remember as a kid we started school the last week of August and got out the end of May. Wisconsin now made it so no school can start until after labor day. When do you get out for summer? We get out June 10th.

We have district testing for our second graders next week Wednesday and Thursday I believe. I'm not sure if the other grades are doing this at the same time.... They had a different kind mandated testing the week before I came in January. I remember these tests as a student, but have yet to see them from teacher's/ school staff's viewpoint. These kids have A LOT more testing than we ever had.


Hope you get through it!
post #18 of 28
Well not exactly a task but what I hate the most about work is dealing with our bossy secretary! I work as an audiometrist (until I graduate!) in a local hospital and the secretary there has been working here for 10 years and it just sucks because she thinks she's the boss- she likes to boss around, leave her dirty plates behind for us to wash, etc. Ugh, I hate working in this kind of environment.

But the task... not much, maybe I hate doing long audiometric/vestibular tests which entail a lot of instructions, I hate talking much.
post #19 of 28
All of the documentation required in Nursing...I didn't become a Nurse to take care of lawyers and insurance companies.
post #20 of 28
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Originally Posted by valanhb
I hate answering the phones. I hate that these people actually think I might possibly know how long a meeting/phone call/jobsite visit might actually last, or god forbid if the engineer is off in his estimated return time. Even worse is when someone *dares* to take a vacation. And really, I'm NOT an engineer and I don't CARE why you are calling them, or what the water/discharge temperature is at the water heater/AHU.

But I do like putting together the marketing materials. That's fun. I like working on specifications, and doing research. Actually, I like most aspects of my job, and generally even the phone isn't too bad...just when idiots call.
My job is a receptionist so i have to answer the phones but like you Heidi i hate it when they ask how long the meeting will be etc....i always feel like shouting " HOW LONGS A PIECE OF STRING?!"

Not only that but if no one has got back to a customer quicker than they wanted, they take it out on me!.

I love it though because i really keep calm which irritates them more and i know their blood pressures up!!!
post #21 of 28
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Originally Posted by dawnofsierra
All of the documentation required in Nursing...I didn't become a Nurse to take care of lawyers and insurance companies.
Amen! Our hospital is really bad about that too. You would think that a large state of the art teaching hospital would have their act together as far as the paperwork. But Nooooooo! If I discharge a patient today and they come back in the morning.....I have to redo ALL the admission paperwork by hand! You would think in this technological age, there would be a software program to automate that process. (which I'm sure there is......we just don't have it)
post #22 of 28
I hate trying to get free stuff from our sales reps. My boss is always pushing for freebies, which makes my relationship with the reps harder. I don't think he realizes that if he backed off, they'd probably be more than happy to give us samples.
post #23 of 28
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Originally Posted by rosiemac
My job is a receptionist so i have to answer the phones but like you Heidi i hate it when they ask how long the meeting will be etc....i always feel like shouting " HOW LONGS A PIECE OF STRING?!"

Not only that but if no one has got back to a customer quicker than they wanted, they take it out on me!.

I love it though because i really keep calm which irritates them more and i know their blood pressures up!!!
Amen to that!

I usually want to ask them, "And did you inform your receptionist how long you expect this phone call to be before you called?"

But yes, the receptionists motto must be "Kill them with kindness". Well, except for pushy cold-sales calls. I don't have to be nice to them.
post #24 of 28
Well, since I work for myself, all tasks are fair game.....if I'm the only one here, whatever it is, I have to do it, and I agree with Heidi, I HATE to answer the phone. I don't know why, I just hate to have to do it!
post #25 of 28
I really hate dealing with the public when you are in a really bad mood or just don't feel like talking to anyone.
post #26 of 28
i hate returning peoples calls. I hate having to ask for help when I'm not sure what to do.
post #27 of 28
I work for a really large company and we have alot of "procedures' to follow. They can drive your nuts looking stuff up in these "procedures" to make sue you are doing everything EXACTLY THEY WAY IT SAYS!! That and lazy people who cannot complete paperwork properly and expect me to do it for them. Sorry that's not my job-that's yours!! Thank goodness I only have 164 days left!!
post #28 of 28
OMG! Let me tell ya! The constant hand-holding for people who should not be exposed to technology!
The Chairman of the Board here is into his 80's and retired. He works about 1/2 day in the corner office, but he insists on trying to keep up with everything but he doesn't really do anything, and it's just constant hand-holding. He will open his Outlook eight or nine times and wonder why his computer jams. Then he'll see an email message and hollar at me, "Eddie! What is this envelope on my screen?" I can show him this stuff every day and because he has no short term memory, we go through the motions every single day. It's like babysitting. Do you remember the character of Mr. Banks in the movie Mary Poppins??.......that's him. He even keeps 88 pennies in his desk drawer because he was furious at the petty cash clerk for leaving them to charity when she had a surplus balance.
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