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My lightly psychotic former boss--the obsessive, micromanaging one--was making sticky labels for 1650 books, each with that book's reading level on them, ten copies of each label, to use on a variety of product. She was apparently doing this by hand.

I took the spreadsheet, shoved it into MS Access, and got the labels printed out in about 15 minutes. Granted, it's a 550-page document, but...much with the efficiency.

She's sending a letter to the president of the company, she's so happy with this--it's a part of a major promo that we're putting together.


Better yet, the annual company award is going to be given out this Wednesday :) There's a cash bonus associated with it...

**From the letter:**
Jacob took it upon himself to see if he could put the labels for the extreme bookroom in a different program so that the 2000 titles could be alphabetized and sorted by levels themselves. He has accomplished this task in about two hours and has saved me and others working on this initiative about 12 hours. This effort is welcomed and much appreciated. Jacob is a true asset to [company]. I hope that his talents and his ambition to move up in this company come to fruition for him.

*perky hyena*


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Apr. 11th, 2005 03:39 pm (UTC)

550-page print jobs cause the copy machine to lock up.
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Apr. 11th, 2005 04:08 pm (UTC)
Okay, well, it took about 45 minutes, then printing out 500 pages, so more like an hour, but she--and I--do both exaggerate a bit. I really don't know, it was pretty much 10 minutes database set-up, ten minutes spreadsheet setup, and I probably spent as much time checking formatting and giggling about the results. It was the easiest possible Access trick--about as hard as making a mailing address label--but *nobody* in my department knows anything at all about MS Access.
Apr. 12th, 2005 10:33 am (UTC)
You're such a hard worker. :) Good job!
Apr. 12th, 2005 03:20 pm (UTC)
Wow! Good luck with that!
Apr. 12th, 2005 06:14 pm (UTC)
I'm kind of scared--the awards are tomorrow, but the company's SO far behind budget--theyr'e doing weird things like making all the employees wear badges to the quarterly meeting...I don't know what it means, but lord knows, there's enough financial angst right now, I don't need more...
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