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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25365 on: February 05, 2014, 02:43:30 PM »
Count me in with those who don't really get the "you can wear jeans to work" thing as a perk.

I'm a writer.  It's pretty well established that ANY pants are an optional part of the uniform for my job  :P  (I was happy to discover yoga pants, though, because I'm bad at watching the clock so I can go from "in the zone" to "eep gotta pick up the kids at school!" without having to change . . .)

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« Reply #25366 on: February 05, 2014, 02:53:53 PM »
Count me in with those who don't really get the "you can wear jeans to work" thing as a perk.

I'm a writer.  It's pretty well established that ANY pants are an optional part of the uniform for my job  :P  (I was happy to discover yoga pants, though, because I'm bad at watching the clock so I can go from "in the zone" to "eep gotta pick up the kids at school!" without having to change . . .)

Here here!! I take the occasional temp job so I can, um, uh...well see what I'm missing out, realize I've got it good and leave after a few weeks. So I get to see the office culture but think "Boy I do love yoga pants". I put them on in the mornings when I walk the dogs and have often times left them on all day. Hey a pair of sneakers and maybe I've been at the gym all day!

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25367 on: February 05, 2014, 02:58:35 PM »
The ability to wear jeans at work isn't a perk... it's merely the lack of (one) annoying restriction. :P
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« Reply #25368 on: February 05, 2014, 03:00:52 PM »
And you notice the jeans were going to be "if he got a late-night call."

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« Reply #25369 on: February 05, 2014, 03:46:20 PM »
I'm sorry to say there is more than one parent who stops their vehicle directly in front of the no stopping here sign to send their kids across the road to school in the morning. The reason the signs are there? So that kids don't cross the road there in the morning and get hit by vehicles. Distance to the crosswalk? Twenty metres.

We had that at our local school.  A few of us who were affected by this called the police - they started coming out and issuing tickets.  Still happens, but for a time afterwards, it isn't as bad.


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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25370 on: February 05, 2014, 04:01:18 PM »
But he could wear JEANS! What a perk!

I always love when I hear "you can wear jeans" as a perk of a job. Ok, sure, I like wearing jeans way better then office clothes but I don't really think of it as a huge perk. Kind of a small perk.
I can buy work pants that are even more comfy than jeans, and are cheaper. Why would I want to wear thick, hot pants that bunch up at my joints, and pay extra for the privilege?
I had a boss who would come up with 'rewards', and be shocked that none of his employees thought they were desirable. But of course, it never occurred to him to ASK what we'd consider rewarding. He finally stumbled onto Dairy Queen ice cream cakes. 

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25371 on: February 05, 2014, 04:17:08 PM »
The ability to wear jeans at work isn't a perk... it's merely the lack of (one) annoying restriction. :P

Perfectly put!

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25372 on: February 05, 2014, 04:37:54 PM »
One place that I worked would let you wear jeans on Casual Friday if you'd made a charitable donation through the United Way (didn't matter which charity and it could be the minimum - I think $24 a year - $2 a month or $1 a pay period, as we got paid the first & 15th of the month). 

I would have had to BUY jeans to wear to Casual Friday - I think that I did have a denim skirt (you couldn't wear denim to work except on Casual Friday and *if* you'd donated through the United Way, period).  But I rather liked "dressing well" for work instead of wearing jeans & a t-shirt - I wore those at home to clean house or do yard work (when I couldn't get someone else to do the yard work - I'm so allergic to air born pollen that I really hate being outside around plants and have ever since I was about eight).

But there were people who WANTED to wear jeans and a t-shirt (company logo or plain with a pocket - the dress code was spelled out but so many of the co-workers apparently couldn't tell what the words longer than four letters meant).
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« Reply #25373 on: February 05, 2014, 04:57:58 PM »
One place that I worked would let you wear jeans on Casual Friday if you'd made a charitable donation through the United Way (didn't matter which charity and it could be the minimum - I think $24 a year - $2 a month or $1 a pay period, as we got paid the first & 15th of the month). 

I would have had to BUY jeans to wear to Casual Friday - I think that I did have a denim skirt (you couldn't wear denim to work except on Casual Friday and *if* you'd donated through the United Way, period).  But I rather liked "dressing well" for work instead of wearing jeans & a t-shirt - I wore those at home to clean house or do yard work (when I couldn't get someone else to do the yard work - I'm so allergic to air born pollen that I really hate being outside around plants and have ever since I was about eight).

But there were people who WANTED to wear jeans and a t-shirt (company logo or plain with a pocket - the dress code was spelled out but so many of the co-workers apparently couldn't tell what the words longer than four letters meant).

I probably would if I worked in an office and could afford it (there have been times my budget was tight enough that nope, that extra $2 a month just was out of my range). But then I also own..well lets just go with a lot of jeans. I could not do laundry for 2 weeks, wear jeans everyday, and I think I'd still have a few clean pairs, so over 14...but not quiet 20. But I only own a few dress slacks and skirts/dresses, because I don't work in an office and don't wear them until I have too.

Partner's boss just got HR to ok her department to wear jeans at all times. They'd been asking for years so he told them if they got a project done early he'd make the push to HR, they did so he made the push. But he didn't seem to consider it a reward, they don't work with the public and he could never understand why they couldn't just wear jeans if they wanted too. Partner seems to think he wasn't so sure they could pull it off, and has praised and rewarded them in other ways since they did. Partner is happy because like me she also owns a good amount of jeans but exactly 5 pairs of dress slacks.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25374 on: February 05, 2014, 06:29:57 PM »
Stay at home moms have no dress code...although I have been known to joke that "in Texas, denim or jeans are never the worst choice".

Then I saw somebody wearing some worn, ripped jeans that made me change my mind....

At least they had a leotard & dance tights (or something similar) under them....the only thing that was holding those jeans up were the zipper, the waistband, and the pockets - because the keys were in one pocket and their cell phone in the other....

I was amazed that there wasn't a hole in the pockets that the phone could fall through....
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25375 on: February 05, 2014, 07:38:54 PM »
Today I watched a woman who had to be 8 months pregnant step out from between parked cars and stroll to the turn lane, walk down that for a while then oh so slowly walk to the other side of the street, stopping traffic in both directions for a few minutes.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25376 on: February 05, 2014, 07:39:59 PM »
Today I watched a woman who had to be 8 months pregnant step out from between parked cars and stroll to the turn lane, walk down that for a while then oh so slowly walk to the other side of the street, stopping traffic in both directions for a few minutes.

Why?

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« Reply #25377 on: February 05, 2014, 07:43:42 PM »
In my very first "real"job, in the early 1970s, I was informed by my boss, in no uncertain terms, that I could not wear jeans, because it "did not look professional."

My duties? Inspecting farms.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25378 on: February 05, 2014, 07:46:10 PM »
In my very first "real"job, in the early 1970s, I was informed by my boss, in no uncertain terms, that I could not wear jeans, because it "did not look professional."

My duties? Inspecting farms.

Jeans too fancy?  Maybe he was thinking more along the line of bib overalls and muck boots.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25379 on: February 05, 2014, 07:53:54 PM »
I have a friend who was laid off from his I.T. job.  A couple of days later, he got a call from the computer operator, because one of the systems my friend used to manage had died.  (To be fair, I'm not sure if the operator was told that Friend had been laid off.)  Friend said "The good news is, I'm going to help you - THIS time.  The bad news is, if you call me again, my consultant rate starts at $100/hour."  He didn't get any more calls.  :)



Kinda related. I worked in IT for about 14 years. One of my employers decided to outsource part of its IT function. Some people were kept in the company while the rest of us became employees of a consultant company. Each IT work group had an in-house team and a consultant team.

I was part of a consultant team that supported IT systems that ran major manufacturing production lines for the company I used to work for. We had a team of four people who had to go on a 24/7 beeper rotation, each taking one week on a rotating basis. That was on top of doing the work we had to do during the day supporting/adding new functionality, etc. I was the senior member of the team with the most experience and knowledge of the systems at that point.

The consultant company wanted to cut its expenses and decided I was no longer needed. So, I got a month's notice but quit a week later after getting another job.

I got a message left on my home answering machine less than two weeks after quitting asking me to come back with a significant raise. Apparently, when I walked out, they started having problems with some of their systems and the rest of the team was struggling to keep up. They found that a team of three could not handle the work of four plus doing all the 24/7 support work needed.

I never returned the call.