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Back to work

Back to work tomorrow, oh how I wish I could walk in and announce my retirement, I am so sick of what I do. People keep telling me to look for something else, if only it was that easy. I will be 60 this year and I have a very limited skill set, no-one is going to employ me for the same money I am on now if they have to retrain me from scratch. I have little to offer an employer other than life experience. There are plenty of much younger people out there with more to offer.

At the moment the worst case scenario is that I will retire at 65, the thought of doing what I do for another five plus years makes me want to throw up. It is not so much the actual job itself, but the way I am treated by some of my clients. I am so very tired of being sworn at and spoken to like a piece of trash, and all because people don’t understand, nor do they wish to know, the limitations on what I am allowed to do. The general opinion is that if they want it I should drop everything and do it, regardless of the consequences and the other 1200 or so clients I have, and whether what they are asking is compliant with the relevant governing Act. I am told I am gutless and unhelpful, and that is when things get personal, and I am expected to take it.

Don’t get me wrong, I have a number of clients that think I am wonderful and understand the limitations I must work to, but it is the arrogant and rude clients that unfortunately stick with you and can ruin the rest of your day or week.

What is it that I do I hear you ask, I am a Body Corporate Manager. If you own a Strata or Community Title property think about what I have written before you next spew forth your venom on your hard working strata manager. I know I am not alone in this, strata managers all over are being subjected to the same vilification that I am. Please remember we are people to, we have feelings and like everyone one else we are not infallible. Please give us the respect that you expect, and know that the we have your best interest, and the best interest of all owners in your corporation, at heart.

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Thoughts of a middle aged man…..16 May 2013

Thursday 16 May 2013, this day was just sent to try me, and it has. I can’t wait to put this day behind me, tomorrow has to be a better day.

Today started out innocently enough, I did not get a very good night’s sleep, gastric reflux in the middle of the night…..lovely. Up and atom and off to work where I spent the morning doing my head in. I have a Secondary Corporation managed by another strata management company, I manage the Primary Corporation, and they just do not want to cooperate. At one stage I was so angry I was red-faced and had steam coming out of my ears, I had chest pains and I was just so damned stressed that my boss was starting to worry about me. Anyway after a stressful morning I finally managed to put that behind me and then came the phone call.

It never ceases to amaze me how some people seem to get their rocks off by hurting other people, why do we do it. Today one of my sons had his heart ripped out, stomped on , and thrown away, he was a mess. I went to him as quickly as I could and I hope I gave him some comfort, I certainly tried, and he seemed calmer when I left him.

I am no fool, I know he is no angel but he is my son and it hurts me to see him like this, no-one deserves to go through what he did today. Take strength from what you went through today son, think only of your beautiful daughter and yourself, you will never forget the hurt you felt today but you will learn to live with it. A wonderful life awaits you, grab it with both hands and do not let go. I love you.

Goodnight and thank you for reading.

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