*sigh* I miss my hubby :o( Even though there isn't an exercise going on right now, my husband is still at work... his job isn't supposed to be on twelve hour shifts, so it's really frustrating that he has been working such long hours for the past few months. I know he's staying late only because of his new supervisor, who thinks that things must be done a certain way, when the old way was just fine -- in fact, it was better than this "new" way of doing things, much more efficient. Several of the guys in the shop have tried talking with Sgt., but he just doesn't seem to "get" what any of them are saying. Either that, or he doesn't care to be home with his family, so he thinks everyone should be at work all day. I'm thinking the latter is part of it, because my airman has told me how many weekends Sgt. S spends at the office. I just don't understand why a man wouldn't want to spend time at home. That makes me even sadder because I begin to wonder what his home life must be like in order for him to prefer staying extra hours at work, rather than heading home as soon as possible.
I realize Sgt. is new to the base and to this position, but an effective supervisor would take into account the original system of how things worked and make changes accordingly... he would change things to work for both the job and the workers. That's what I would think, at least. What makes things worse is that My Airman was working fourteen hour shifts for part of the past week and a half, and I am almost positive the upper management is saying, "Well, this is a 4 day weekend starting tomorrow, they don't need to get off early..."
Y'all must think I just have the most horrible attitude toward my husband's work and his supervisors, but I promise it's not without just cause. My husband is a hard worker (in fact, that's one thing I have always appreciated about him.); he is not afraid of getting dirty or breaking a sweat. My man is also a smart worker; he knows when things are necessary, and when they're just time-wasters.
I know that someday, Lord-willing if we stay in the AF, he will make a good supervisor in his career field, because he knows how to listen to others, and he knows how to make things work... in a timely manner. He also understands that certain things need to be done immediately because they are mission-essential. In those cases, he would willingly work late because he would comprehend the necessity of the task before him. He also realizes that other duties have a lower priority and can certainly wait until the next day; again showing good management skills.
Okay, so this has ended up partially a venting post and a bragging post. I'm done now.
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