My partner in snark is moving on. Damn it. My co-worker (the one who generously paid it forward when he gave me his nearly new Kindle Fire recently) is leaving. I have a really big SAD. Sorry, I can’t say “I haz” with a straight face.
B told me last week before he gave his notice that he was going and my initial reaction has not changed – it SUCKS so much! I know he’s been unhappy here for a long time though. He wasn’t blessed with attorneys as nice as mine on his desk. I’ve heard how one of them talks to him and I don’t know whether I would have lasted as long as he did. Add to that the deteriorating morale since the “merger”; reductions in benefits; and how unhelpful HR really is, and you get a recipe for depression, if not outright disaster.
I’ve been at BigLaw for almost 14 years; for most of those years I’ve had only the best people on my desk. My bosses are genuinely nice. And all those years I’ve watched other secretaries plug along with attorneys who are at times demanding, arrogant, accusatory, demeaning, vitriolic, etc. I should clarify that in the office I work in most of the attorneys are nice. It’s only a handful of attorneys who are difficult, to put it mildly. But when you have even a few who spew nastiness, it gets around. It’s going to get very bumpy around here in a couple of weeks.
I’m happy for B, truly happy. He deserves a boss (or two) who appreciate him. But damn it I’m going to miss snarking with him. And the laughter.
Did I mention change stinks?