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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #7635 on: April 21, 2015, 04:02:54 PM »
Upon my DH's arrival home from work yesterday, he noticed a large notice on our door that the complex would be coming into the units this week to get the serial numbers for all of the appliances: dishwasher, stove, refrigerator, washer and dryer.

-I called the office right away to make sure they knew that the washer and dryer were ours. In fact, when we moved there (prior management company), they did not offer washers and dryers as rentals or included.
-They came in the unit today.
-They left their set of master keys in our kitchen.
-They left our unit unlocked.

Fortunately, we are honest and have no intention of robbing the other units or holding on to the keys. DS took the keys to the office. Nothing was missing from our unit.

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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #7636 on: April 22, 2015, 02:33:21 PM »
Oh Sweet Diety.

In my last post (from yesterday), at the very end, I mentioned some potential PD brewing involving a newer colleague. I will nickname him "Bonehead" here, and you'll soon see why.

When he first arrived, Bonehead was put under The Queen's "guidance." This has been recognized as an error, but does not excuse everything that has happened since then. Bonehead decided to move forward on a case that we've nothing in terms of solid evidence for. Somehow, his request was approved (grapevine indicates support staff wonders if he drugged the higher ups to get it approved). Bonehead has since run a data analyst and Awesome Paralegal ragged trying to help find evidence in medical claims data. He has also drafted a very poor pleading, and has made asinine and weak arguments/comments in defense of his ideas and points.  He was not happy about a suggestion from the Queen- for all her issues, sometimes she is spot on in how to approach a case, and this was one of those times.

During Bonehead's case review session, Bonehead copped an attitude, did not know his cases, and did not have answers for the standard questions to be asked of him (all of the standard questions were circulated the week prior for preparation purposes), and tried to throw it all back on The Queen (some of his cases were originally hers). Boss Lady, Awesome Colleague, and Awesome Paralegal were. not. impressed.

Boss Lady has instructed Awesome Colleague, in her supervisory capacity, to help Bonehead see the light/get it together, or his butt will be en route out the door.  This follows a conference call session on his "big case" where he failed to take the lead, failed to ask any pertinent questions of the cohorts on the case in various govt agencies, and DOODLED in plain view of Boss Lady when Boss Lady started asking the important questions. No notes, no recordation of the queries and answers that would help his case.  :o

In the interim, Boss Lady is preparing to go out of town for the next few weeks on vacation. This morning, Bonehead got into a SHOUTING MATCH with Boss Lady over how this case is working out, how he's working it, and whether he's really doing anything. In this office, it is ok to have a differing opinion from Boss Lady, as long as you are respectful and polite about it, admit when you're wrong/need help, and consider the merits of how she thinks things should be worked up. Additionally, if your opinion is based on the way another group of people, outside our section, do things, or how you've done things working elsewhere, etc, that is not an opinion you voice. Additionally, you never, ever, ever raise your voice at someone in Boss Lady's position, especially when you are subordinate to them.

Bonehead is behaving as though he has much more knowhow on what to do and how to do it when he's been a) practicing for 6 years and b) practicing in this particular subject matter for 10 months.  Boss Lady has been in practice for nearly 30 years (longer than I've been alive), has been a Boss Lady in 4 different divisions amongst 3 agencies including this one, (and that's just in state practice), has been in this division for about 4.5-5 years, and has been helming a lot of the major cases going forward, up to and including court appearances and going to bat for her people.  Boss Lady will defend us to the death, as long as we aren't acting like Bonehead.

The race is on to who will leave first: Bonehead because he's thrown out, or the Queen because she's retiring

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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #7637 on: April 22, 2015, 06:04:18 PM »
This won't be PD in our office, because we aren't that stringent. But someone else could easily have told our student intern she needn't bother coming back.

It was made clear the student interns are expected to work over the summer and they all assured us they could. Then today, one of them told me a long involved story about how she just found out her apartment lease ends on May 31, instead of July 31 as she originally thought. Getting a sublease for the summer is just too much trouble (even though students do it all. the. time.) so she is going back home to her parents' house until her return to campus in late August.

Fortunately our remaining intern in this category is very talented and reliable, so it should not be difficult for her to take care of things on her own over the summer. And, as they are hourly workers, the one leaving will not make any money this summer. It's odd how that isn't much of a motivator for some people.

Another intern in a different category, who was brand-new this semester (I think he started last month), has indicated he wants to find a second job over the summer, and has even asked my boss to give him a reference. In theory there's nothing wrong with this; but, we were extremely firm during the hiring process about how important working here over the summer is, and this makes my boss really nervous that he will 1) like the other job better and quit here; or 2) bite off more than he can chew and start performing poorly (or again, quit here). Plus, it seems a bit cheeky to me to ask for a letter of reference when you've been in a job less than two months.
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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #7638 on: April 22, 2015, 06:11:48 PM »
This won't be PD in our office, because we aren't that stringent. But someone else could easily have told our student intern she needn't bother coming back.

It was made clear the student interns are expected to work over the summer and they all assured us they could. Then today, one of them told me a long involved story about how she just found out her apartment lease ends on May 31, instead of July 31 as she originally thought. Getting a sublease for the summer is just too much trouble (even though students do it all. the. time.) so she is going back home to her parents' house until her return to campus in late August.

Fortunately our remaining intern in this category is very talented and reliable, so it should not be difficult for her to take care of things on her own over the summer. And, as they are hourly workers, the one leaving will not make any money this summer. It's odd how that isn't much of a motivator for some people.

Another intern in a different category, who was brand-new this semester (I think he started last month), has indicated he wants to find a second job over the summer, and has even asked my boss to give him a reference. In theory there's nothing wrong with this; but, we were extremely firm during the hiring process about how important working here over the summer is, and this makes my boss really nervous that he will 1) like the other job better and quit here; or 2) bite off more than he can chew and start performing poorly (or again, quit here). Plus, it seems a bit cheeky to me to ask for a letter of reference when you've been in a job less than two months.

I would expect, if he's currently interning and attending classes, that he would have time for a second part-time job over the summer when he's not attending classes.   Is he actually asking for a letter of reference, or a reassurance that if someone calls the current job to ask about him, he will get a positive review?

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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #7639 on: April 23, 2015, 01:16:17 AM »
2) UberGeek coworker is giving me the impression that he might be good at his job (he hasn't got up and running properly yet so that's not a clear conclusion but he came with good recommendations), but he's got a mildly abrasive personality (like fine-grade sandpaper on my skin, he might not be annoying now but it might get very annoying in the long term).

He's coming across as a milder version of the obnoxious male ultrageek that plagues the science/tech careers, one that treats everyone who isn't like him( or knows as much as him in some obscure field of specialised knowledge) as a lesser being (be it female or nongeek). He also has said some mildly racist things that I can't entirely call him on because they weren't outright obviously racist but his condescending "of course you agree with me about this" tone was  setting my teeth on edge (no, actually I really really don't).

In short, he's coming off like a milder version of the walking epitomy of arrogant elitist ubergeek straight white male priviledge and it's getting up my nose.
Sigh. Ubergeek pretty much sunk his chance of making a good impression with me by using the word "r@pe" jokingly three times in one morning.

Once when I asked how his weekend had gone, he replied "Oh you now, r@ping pillaging looting, the usual".

But then he used it twice in place of the word "edit" when referring to a system file he had to change to make something work (as in "So I just r@ped the file and found out how to alias them properly and then it worked").

I pointed out to him that using the word "r@pe" in place of "edit" was a very bad idea since HR did not have a sense of humour about that sort of thing and frankly neither did I. He immediately apologised and said he intended no offense.

Sigh.
I relayed the entire exchange above to my good male boss who nearly fell out his chair in horrified shock that anyone would actually say that at all, nevermind in an working environment and to a female colleague. I think he was actually more offended than I was about the situation. I told him that I'd had the "don't use that word" conversation with coworker via email, so we have a written trail of the problem and boss said that if he ever does anything like that again I'm to document and tell him immediately because he has no tolerance for that kind of thing and will make sure it's "dealt with" (there was a very ominous tone to that phrasing). I love my good boss.  ;D
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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #7640 on: April 23, 2015, 10:45:31 AM »
Another intern in a different category, who was brand-new this semester (I think he started last month), has indicated he wants to find a second job over the summer, and has even asked my boss to give him a reference. In theory there's nothing wrong with this; but, we were extremely firm during the hiring process about how important working here over the summer is, and this makes my boss really nervous that he will 1) like the other job better and quit here; or 2) bite off more than he can chew and start performing poorly (or again, quit here). Plus, it seems a bit cheeky to me to ask for a letter of reference when you've been in a job less than two months.

I would expect, if he's currently interning and attending classes, that he would have time for a second part-time job over the summer when he's not attending classes.   Is he actually asking for a letter of reference, or a reassurance that if someone calls the current job to ask about him, he will get a positive review?

Yes, I do sometimes feel bad for the students, because they may be acting in reasonable ways (know they're able to handle two jobs) but they're actually sabotaging themselves due to my boss's fears. ::) He's actually managed several part-time jobs before, with school, and he seems like a very together sort of guy, so he will probably be fine. It's just a splash of normal in Crazytown, which is disturbing, and it will cause problems for me as I have to listen to the boss's worries. As for the reference--the impression I got from the boss was it was an actual written thing. But he might also have just asked if he could put her down on his application, to be contacted later (or not).
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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #7641 on: Yesterday at 08:45:11 AM »
A professor and director of a college department resigned in lieu of being fired. He double submitted his travel expenses to the university and an outside company, resulting in over 40 separate counts of double-dipping, and in excess of $30K. He also hired family members, which is verboten.

His annual salary was in the $160K range.  >:(

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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #7642 on: Yesterday at 10:04:08 AM »
A professor and director of a college department resigned in lieu of being fired. He double submitted his travel expenses to the university and an outside company, resulting in over 40 separate counts of double-dipping, and in excess of $30K. He also hired family members, which is verboten.

His annual salary was in the $160K range.  >:(

According to the article I read, he was a former ethics professor!

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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #7643 on: Yesterday at 10:28:59 AM »
A professor and director of a college department resigned in lieu of being fired. He double submitted his travel expenses to the university and an outside company, resulting in over 40 separate counts of double-dipping, and in excess of $30K. He also hired family members, which is verboten.

His annual salary was in the $160K range.  >:(

That reminds me on one from a former employer of mine.  My first ever business trip, they wanted a boarding pass with the receipts.  My response was "huhn?  Why would I keep that?"   Story:  A VP (and this was a fortune500 company) had a business trip in Europe.  He bought a 1st class ticket (or maybe business class I forget, but it was international so even business class was $$$$$).  Then he traded the ticket in on two tickets and took his wife.  He was fired. 

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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #7644 on: Yesterday at 10:35:38 AM »
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Company Y supplied us with the widget printing set up. Company Y forgot to pay the licence fees on our widget printing setup, or else forgot to update with the right license key. Now all our widgets are being printed with a huge "Trial installation" banner diagonally across them. We are not impressed.
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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #7645 on: Yesterday at 11:01:40 PM »
To get this one, we have to go back to last fall. There was a rebellion in our complex. A bunch of people were very unhappy with the property manager and the HOA board. In truth, they just hated the property manager because she enforces the rules and doesn't let them get away with stuff. The subject of their rebellion was two-fold. First, they were extremely unhappy that the lawns were turning brown. The fact that California is in the 3rd year of a possible 30-year drought and the snow pack is 5% of what it should be, doesn't matter. They went to board meetings demanding that the association water the lawns and just pay any fines. The property manager and the board declined.

Another complaint was that our resident handyman isn't a licensed contractor and he was doing work that not only requires a contractor's license but a building permit. The leader of the group on this topic absolutely knew that we were in the wrong because his brother is a contractor. In Florida. The truth is that we never have the handyman do work that requires a licensed contractor and the work that supposedly required a building permit, didn't. In California, at least, you don't need a permit to replace wood siding because it's not structural. But this resident kept insisting that it was structural and that we were breaking the law. Whatever.

The rebels decided to run a couple of candidates for the Board elections last December. The less obnoxious of the two candidates actually won -- the guy who kept complaining about the supposedly unpermitted work. Things were bumpy on the board as he discovered that: 1) They sometimes have to make decisions quickly, and he doesn't think quickly on his feet (actually, because he doesn't have time to consult with the people telling him what to do); 2) The board wasn't going to put up with a lot of nonsense from him. They had to make a small modification to the associations insurance and he demanded that they get three bids. It was pointed out to him that they weren't renegotiating the whole contract and getting outside bids was inappropriate until it was time to renew.

So, recently, we saw the property manager running all over the place in the company of the head of Building and Safety. Apparently, someone had reported us for all of our "illegal" construction. Naturally, there were no violations because the property manager is scrupulous about that kind of thing. At the last board meeting, our boy confessed that he was the one who did that. The property manager chewed him a new orifice, because that kind of thing can damage her reputation and relationship with the city. Then one of the other board members told him off for it.

Yesterday, he announced that he was resigning from the board.
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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #7646 on: Yesterday at 11:38:09 PM »
 ;D  Maybe if he hadn't been such a goober he wouldn't have gotten his feelers hurt by being yelled at...
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