My poor boss, who’s been employing me since I was sacked from my last job for having MS, is a very patient man.
He runs his own construction company, so finding a suitable post for me was never going to be easy.
I’m very good at my job though – I’m brilliant at helping him out (‘you missed a bit, no not there, there’), I don’t mind eating bacon rolls for breakfast and although he casts longing glances at his radio, I’m sure he much prefers listening to me chattering away about something and nothing in between checking Twitter on my phone and sitting in the van to keep warm.
Thankfully for him, I’m not on site much. More often than not I get to sit at home and make phonecalls and undertake important research, like a project manager kind of role.
‘Hello, is that Bricking It Ltd?’
‘Great, um, I just wondered how much your red bricks are?’
‘How many? Oh, that’s a good question.’
‘Shall we say, enough for an extension? Nope, don’t know the size, but it’s kind of big.’
Anyway, the Boss decided to have a Quiet Word last week and started with, ‘look, this isn’t working out, is it?’ Oh. As I was about to hand over my Stanley knife, woolly hat and McDonalds coffee loyalty card (only one coffee bean sticker left to collect), he put an interesting proposition to me. He asked me not only continue to work on his quotes and paperwork, but also keep his website up to date and run a Twitter account in his company name – become his Social Media Manager (posh).
Getting all excited, I grabbed his arm and said, ‘Yes! Right, we need to find your voice, sweetie, your voice. What kind of Twitter voice do you want to have? Funny? Factual? Serious?’ To cut a long story short (let’s just say the Boss’s eyes glazed over), he’s going to leave that all to me. Well, my mind’s been working overtime.
I will tweet the latest Gregg’s sausage roll deals, interesting facts about architraves and skirting boards and throw in a few philosophical musings, such as ‘the journey of a thousand miles begins with one brick.’ I reckon the Boss will be most impressed.
Does he know what he’s let himself in for, can you supply lintel soup, nice one again keep it up,x
He has no idea, lol. Nice one about the lintel soup (scribbles on a bit of paper to impress the boss).
Am off to work at 8.30, picking up a bacon buttie on the way….
I’m really pleased for you. If you work at things opportunities do appear quite unexpectedly. The clever bit is realizing it is an opportunity and you have to grab it with both hands.
It happened to me with my website, best thing that ever happened to me
Your website is brilliant – a great source of information for people. I’ve directed quite a few people to it.
Your boss sounds Ab Fab ! Enjoy your new media position. I have an update on my quest for a Travelscoot. Sitting on a train on my way back from a day trip to Dusseldorf. Went to REHACARE ( largest disability trade fair in Europe) to visit Mr Travelscoot and his marvellous little machine. Spent a part of this morning scooting around the exhibition halls on it. I was on the new version, better brakes, reverse and no more drive belt. It is FANTASTIC! Am away home to place my order. I could lift the whole thing quite easily and the acceleration down some of the aisles was brilliant. The owner’s really friendly and helpful. Feeling a bit excited now. There really is nothing quite like it on the market.
He’s very good, very understanding – half the battle with MS really. And he’s very patient, lol.
Such good news about the Travelscoot!! Sounds amazing and so glad you got the chance to try it out. A happy ending!
thats great news 😀 sounds like a great boss, wish there were more people like him employing people with disabilities. we need more employers who are willing to find other ways and things for disabled employees to do instead of just sacking them (yes, I know legally they can’t, but your case is an example that it happens).
3 weeks off of college, and if that was a job, pretty sure i would be written up or made miserable at work when i went back. my college is good tho, they realize i might not be in or not able to do things..rambling sorry :p
He really is fab. And I get to choose which days to work each week which makes appointments and stuff so much easier!
He’s also a supporter of MS Society and goes to a lot of the events with me, bless him.
Good Luck, follow the red brick road lol x x
I’m stumbling along it…
I love your boss (don’t tell my husband). All employers shoould be so fantastic.
p.s. That picture made me look at my desiccated peanut butter & jelly sandwich with great irritation.
He’s a real sweetie – every MSer should have one!
Your sandwich sounds, um, lovely. Swank Diet has a lot to answer for, lol.