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When the shit hits the fan

June 2nd, 2010

overcast 21 °C

Since Beverly announced her departure (her last day is Sunday), three more of my colleagues have also given their resignation. First, my colleague Frank (I forget which alias I might have given him earlier???) who arrived a month after me, then Christina, my Chinese colleague who really couldn't care less about her job and finally my neighbor, the guy I share my computer with, who's going to start working in the US with my former employer in a couple of weeks.

It's been a rough couple of weeks, since my departing colleagues are dear to me and have been in effect my family away from home. Mike tries to reassure me by telling me that the newcomers might be just as fun (and our new teacher Nattie seems nice enough). Still, I’m starting to wonder whether I shouldn’t be leaving too.

For one thing, the people who are still here don’t all share my point of view towards work. I love my job and I love my students (whom I always refer to as “my kids”) but I work to live and find that my volunteering and Chinese lessons are equally as important and satisfying as my job. Now, I don’t expect everyone to share all my beliefs but I don’t want to be working with a bunch of brownnosing, humorless robots either.

Gary in particular doesn’t share my point of view. In his own words, he’s a “workaholic” who refers to his days off as “free days”, lest anybody should think he’s anything but hardworking even in his down time. In one instance when I tried to challenge his point of view, he got defensive and left the room but not before he threw a “lazy European” remark in my face. And now it seems each time I see him, that’s what he calls me. Now, I don’t mind teasing. When my foot got infected and Colin started referring to me as “puss toe”, I found it funny. But this is bordering on racist.

And then there’s the issue of Colin himself, who’s been busy juggling two jobs (teacher and education director). I have no idea whether the pressure of the job is fraying his nerves or whether his cold fish of a girlfriend is rubbing off on him but he’s been acting like a real prick lately, grilling us on our work hours and what have you. Frankly, with 4 teachers leaving and only one who’s been replaced, the last thing Colin ought to do is antagonize those of us who are still here!

So honestly, at this point, unless things start looking up, I’ll be looking around for better things and won’t hesitate to jump ship when the shit really hits the fan.

Posted by Evil1 01:30 Archived in China

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