Thursday, October 08, 2009


It has certainly been an interesting week. I spoke to the person from my team who had made the mistake. She told me she had hardly slept because it had been on her mind so much. I said to her that she’d already spoken to the big boss and as far as he was concerned, the matter was now closed and not to beat herself up about it. We chatted for a while and I think she felt better by the end of the conversation.

My team also reached, and exceeded, its target yesterday. We have now achieved what we had until the end of November to do. However, we still have absolutely loads of work to do, so I have told them they can’t put their pens down. It’s good timing though, as we are going out for lunch next week and also the new bosses start, so to be able to tell them that we have completed our really stretching target already. So that’s good.

Other things are not so good though. Yesterday we heard that a colleague died at the weekend. We hadn’t worked with her for a while, but we were all rather shocked by this, and there were several people from the office who were still in regular contact with her. She was a really nice person and we used to be in the same team when I worked in the office previously. So that was bad enough news in itself, but actually someone else from the office (who had also left a while ago) died on Monday. So four people from the office have died in about three years. We don’t do anything dangerous or that risks our lives. It isn’t even a big office. None of the people were even old. But we seem to have the most phenomenally high death rate.


Kahless said...

I am sorry about your colleagues dying. It has been a weird one at work this year. The big bosses nephew got hit by a train on a level crossing; a colleagues husband tried to kill her (and failed)then hung himself in prison; a co-workers brother had his life support system turned off last week - he was out celebrating the birth of his first child and a random stranger thumped him and he fell, hit his head, and that was that. Someone else was on holiday in the summer - recovering from cancer treatment - and her mum was looking after her kid. The mother and kid were out on a sunday, a vicar in another car had a heart attack and his car swerved into theirs and killed them out-right.

A weird year indeed. Sorry to write such a cheery comment!

Random Reflections said...

Kahless - what a catalogue of awful things to happen. One of the things one of my colleagues said to me was that the older you get the more you realise that life can be taken away very easily. Perhaps it should encourage us to make the most of the here and now.

I hope you have nothing more to add to that list any time soon.

Anonymous said...

Sympathy for the loss of your colleagues.

Random Reflections said...

LKSN- Thank you.