Please please please do not get offended by reading this post. I am just so frustrated and it is all to do with trying to adjust to the different life style here since starting work. I need to vent, so here it goes…….
Something else that I find aggravating is the lack of compassion or lack of customer service that some of our people show. It shows itself as people passing jobs onto others or as people not following through in a timely manner; or simply as people not smiling. It is really uncomfortable.
What about the constant asking of permission for everything? This drives me absolutely insane! Some people can not make a decision to save their life! Everyone is always asking permission to do everything! It is exhausting…..
THEN!!!!!!!!! Right now, I am just dumbfounded. Last year when my kids were at another school here in Al Ain, we took the kids out of class one day to go on a family outing. I told the school what we were doing, they approved it. While we were in our freaking car driving to the location of our family outing, the damn school called to ask why the boys were absent! I was furious, thinking why the hell are you calling me to ask why my kids are absent? That is really none of your darn business! In the USA, when your child misses school, the parent is expected to call the school, not the other way around (and I did tell the school they would not be in class that day). This year, I am learning that I was supposed to be the person calling parents when a child is absent. I don’t have time for this! So, I learned this yesterday and I devised a plan to help me notice absent students by making a form for the teachers to turn in. Today we started to implement the plan (even though I think it is totally asinine). THEN….we get a phone call from a parent saying that her daughter has been absent for 3 days and no one has called! (Heaven forbid! In my mind, I am thinking “Were your fingers broken?”) This parent is “very disappointed” because she likes our school and all the “good schools” call, why didn’t we???? OMG! Are you serious? What is the deal with this? One girl tells me that it is because these parents need special attention. Another girl tells me it is just our responsibility. I think it is silly. Every parent here thinks they deserve special treatment and that is just insane! While I think everyone deserves to be treated in a friendly and understanding manner, it is too much to expect special treatment because you hold a certain last name (especially when it seem everyone here has an elevated status – or at least thinks they do)…….
The level of selfishness that I have observed over the past 3 weeks has just astounded me. Today I realized that the reason I do not have time to finish my work is because I do EVERYTHING. If someone needs something done, they come to me because they know I will do it. I clean couches, I make forms, I type letters, I make copies, I talk to children and stop and play with them in the hall, I help with computer problems, I carry water bottles to offices, I do it all, because I know that if I don’t, it will take much longer to wait for someone else to do it. I am frustrated and sad because here, I really like living here, but I am starting to see one of the ugly sides of working life here. I know there are many more, but this one is hitting close to home. I come home tired, disappointed and frustrated every day, and it is all for a job that I am doing because I want to – not because I have to. I do still love my job, I just wish I didn’t feel like I am only one of two people giving 100%, and I am tired (so is the other person).
Photo from here.