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Friday, May 7, 2010

Census

I'm slowing getting you updated on my life... I won't be joining in the Fill in The Blank Friday today, because the theme is books and I've read maybe a dozen in my entire lifetime.  I just don't think it would be fun for anyone to read on my little ol' blog.

So... In my last post I introduced you to my new niece, Cayden Taylor.  She was born one week ago today, so I posted about her before I told you about my week of training... because, well... I like to do things out of order as they are important to me.

I'm an official Census worker; government employee.  Last week I had to attend training Tuesday through Friday.  It wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be... it was just a lot of anal paperwork rules and things of the sort.  It is the government, after all.  So my job is like this: I am free to work up to 40 hours a week if I so choose, but expected to work at least 20 hours.  I am assigned x number of 'cases', which are housing units that did not send in their Census questionnaire.  I have to go to the assigned address and fill out a questionnaire with them.  If no one is home, I leave a note telling them to call me, if they don't call, I go back.  It's a very easy seeming job until you come across the house where people are uncooperative.  People say they sent their in, and maybe they did.. but I've been assigned to the address for a reason... so, maybe they didn't.  Maybe it got lost in the mail, maybe your husband didn't mail it like he meant to, maybe you sent it after the deadline.  Who knows, all I know is that I'm at your house for a reason, so don't give me a hard time.

Several people have expressed their concern for me, a lady in her late 20's (OMG, that is not an easy thing to say late 20's, ugh)... going to door to door.  The Census Bureau has been very supportive to all of us stating that if, for any reason at all, we do not feel comfortable (dog, scary man, screams coming from inside the house, etc.) that I am to leave and make a note of why I left so they can determine if they should send someone back.  So I feel okay about it.

I've gone out a few times now and, in all honesty, it's the getting out of my house that is the hardest.  I get nervous.  People are NOT patient, or at least that is why I've come to believe about people.  The form I have to fill out with them is long and extremely cumbersome.  It takes 10 minutes, on average, to fill it out.  It's a tri-fold 8.5x11 sheet of paper, front and back.  So I feel like I'm a pain in their ass, and I am.  I just need to remember that I am there to do a job, and it's not my fault their form wasn't sent in or counted.  Once I knock on the first door it is a huge weight lifted and all the rest is cake.

So now, the only downfall of this is that, if I'm expected to work 20 or so hours, I need to get out some during the week and some on the weekend.  How do I incorporate my gym schedule into my newly busy work schedule?  I didn't make it to the gym at all this week, and that upsets me.  I really need to make it there at least 3 times a week.  I don't know how to do that yet.

That is all for now.

5 comments:

gringationcancun said...

I say just work 20-30 and enjoy the rest of the week!!

(As a gal working a 47-hour work week, do it for me.)

Magpie said...

1. Your niece is adorable adorable ADORABLE. And that's coming from somebody who doesn't feel all that comfortable around babies (it's the squidgy head factor. It scares me)

2. I can understand your reservations, but hopefully all the houses you'll call on will be full of nice people (if a bit harried) who will give you tea and biscuits and be glad to see a smile, even if it's from a total stranger (you). In my experience, a smile goes a long long way (as does brutal honesty - are you allowed to say "I'm so sorry, I know this is a total pain in the ass but if I don't do this I'll get fired and you know, IN THIS ECONOMY.." - cue instant sympathy. Hopefully)!

Dawn said...

Have fun with it.....but most of all be safe. As for the 10 minutes to fill out the form......

If they had completed the one they received in the mail, it was very likely the short one that took me all of 30 seconds to complete....so it's their own fault! :-)

In the words of Forest Gump..."And that's all I have to say about that."

Kristi said...

I wish I would've applied for this with you a year ago because I totally need the income. Sounds interesting, I hope you are able to get everything done without any problems from people!

Kellie said...

I don't think I'd have the courage to do that job. Honestly.. I'd be too scared! Maybe if I lived in a different place I'd do it! Haha.

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