When you work in a large company like I do, you don’t have time to meet everyone who works there. I work in such a large company that people come and go without me knowing. Since I’m in the I.T. Department I should have somewhat of an idea when people are hired and when they leave.
I work for a company that employs about six hundred people in the Hamilton site. It’s an international company so their global number of employees ranges in the thousands. A couple of weeks ago, they had to close down a site in Germany because that sector wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t doing too well. The company tried to reduce the number people it laid off by transferring some of them to another site but unfortunately they canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t accommodate for everyone. But even for a site thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s all the way in Germany, I was able to hear about it. People left my site and I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t find out until a couple of weeks later.
When there are new employees, I have to prepare their workstation for them so they can do their jobs. And when people leave, I have to pick up their computer and put it back in stock. WhatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s nice about it is that you get to meet new people all the time and when thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a problem with their computer, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m the first person they go to. I usually suggest that they contact the helpdesk because thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s what procedure dictates they do but unfortunately, they donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have the patients to be placed on hold.
Recently, one of the employees from the Quality Control Department left the computer. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m not sure exactly why he left but heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s been gone since the end of February so IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m assuming that his contract was over or something. I did not find that out until yesterday when I asked about him. I wouldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have known about it but a new employee started yesterday and was sitting at his desk. At first I assumed that he was assigned to field duties but then a coworker told me that he was no longer with the company.
He has been gone for three weeks and this is the first that IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve heard of it. I wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t that close with him but the fact of the matter is that heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s gone and it took three weeks for me to find out. He wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t one of those employees that go around the plant a lot so I doubt that many people knows that heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s left. But itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a little scarier to know how easily someone can be forgotten. Within a couple of weeks, people probably wonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t even remember his name.
I used to think that once you create some sort of bond between someone, they wonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t forget who you are but IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m starting to think that the bond isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t as strong as I thought. There are people who I talk to a lot and chances are that theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll forget me within a matter of weeks.
When I used to work at the library as a security guard, I would do my patrols and talk to fellow coworkers and it felt like I gotten to know them pretty well. But the thing was they only knew me as a security guard and nothing else. When IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m in my civilian attire, they would walk right pass me. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a strange feeling knowing that there are people you know who donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t acknowledge you when you cross paths.
Since I havenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t been working at the library for that long, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s even harder for people to recognize me. There are the few who still remembers me even though I hardly talk to them. ThereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s one employee who still remembers me but only because she has seen me out of uniform a few times at the harbour front. But when I see each other, we just say Ã¢â‚¬Å“hiÃ¢â‚¬Â and continue on our way.
A workplace is a workplace and some people could care less about anyone else. Some people go to work just to work. They keep to themselves all day long and communicate with no one. I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know how people can do that. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m the type of person who likes to go around and talk to people at work even if it means a quick hello.
There are a few people who I might have forgotten over the years but I recognize them if I was to see them. If IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve forgotten them completely, thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a chance that they didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t do anything the least bit significant for me to remember them. To the people at the library, theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll probably remember me as that Asian guy that walks around.