Monday, April 20, 2015

In which I get to apply some of my knowledge about the children of acoholics

1. I read in some blog comment section that it is considered rude to refer to alcoholics as "drunks," to which I replied that offending my husband's parents was the last thing I was concerned with, as they have never been concerned about offending him.

2. I was talking to the manager of the IT help desk where I work. We sell systems that, when they are down, cause places like Amazon to grind to a halt. It is very, very expensive for our software not to be working, so it is a super high-pressure job. The manager said people usually burn out after a few years - that he sells it as an entry-level job to the company with potential for advancement. He is moving several of his people into new jobs within the company now, so has to backfill.

I asked how he recruits. He said he is de-emphasizing the tech skills and looking more for the soft skills. "I can teach them the technical stuff," he said, "but I cannot teach them how to deal with people. They have to be able to stay calm and solve problems while they are under a lot of stress and people are angry at them."

I paused, then asked, "Have you considered looking for adult children of alcoholics? They would be perfect for the job."

7 comments:

  1. LOL! And they would stay at it a long time because they don't know that there is a real world out there without that kind of pressure! PS - "drunks" is not an inappropriate word. You should hear what other alcoholics "in the rooms" call each other.

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    1. Yeah, I am cool with calling a drunk a drunk. And with Sly, I am cool with harsher words.

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  2. Does he hire remote employees!?

    Raised by an alcoholic and a narcissist, then the military= PTSD :(

    People can "...tear off my head and sh*t down my neck hole..." and I will say "How can I enhance your experience at xyz today?"

    :D

    Love the blog!

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    1. Alyse, I should suggest it! Send me your resume. :) And thanks for the kind words!

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  3. LOL - As one who knows, yes, they would be. Hyper responsible and empathetic people are are ACOAs.

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    1. Sad, isn't it? It's like ACOAs get all the kindness and caring that their parents lack. They make great spouses, but man - what a price they pay.

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  4. How did I miss these comments? Man - I am not doing it right! Sorry, you guys - this posted right when Sly fell on Doris and it was all "Woooooo!" around here.

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