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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #11280 on: August 05, 2017, 09:06:12 PM »
If you really need it, though, in the US there are various pack-n-ship shops that also have mail boxes, and can receive UPS and FedEx in addition to USPS.
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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #11281 on: August 06, 2017, 07:56:06 AM »
If you really need it, though, in the US there are various pack-n-ship shops that also have mail boxes, and can receive UPS and FedEx in addition to USPS.

Including The UPS Store. :D If I'm not mistaken they purchased the Mailboxes, Inc brand of stores

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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #11282 on: August 07, 2017, 10:46:39 AM »
That happened to me two weeks ago.  I was expecting delivery of some packages, one of which was a smartphone.  I had received several emails that UPS would be delivering between 1 pm and 5 pm, and the emails sternly warned: A responsible adult must be present to sign for the package!

So I was home all day.  Absolutely nothing.  Then about 6:15 om, I heard noise at the front door.  My sister (who had arrived home by then) rushed to the door in time to see the UPS truck driving away, and my packages sitting unsecured on the porch.

So I did get my new phone.  But what if we hadn't heard anything, and a neighbor had stolen the phone.  Any "signature" would have been forged, and I am not certain what recourse I would have had.

I used to have a PO Box when I was working because an Amazon shipment of books delivered by USPS was stolen from my porch, and my books were torn up and thrown around the street (the thief was probably frustrated by what was inside the box).  The only reason I found out what happened was because a neighbor found part of the box which had my name and address on it, and returned it to me.

So now I am home, and I have found that for the time being, my USPS carrier is very responsible (she knocks at the door and attempts to secrete the package if no one answers), and the UPS driver who has my route is just the opposite.

Even if I still had my PO Box, if a seller ships UPS and requires a signature, UPS will not deliver to the post office where the PO Box is.

We do have a PO Box (very few people in our town are given the choice for home delivery) and both UPS and FedEx just make me crazy. Both say they won't deliver to our address, so we have to give our home address. FedEx contests our address every single time. UPS just drops our packages off at the PO anyway (even though they say they won't), so the postmaster has to match our address to our box, which I know frustrates him.

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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #11283 on: August 19, 2017, 11:57:22 AM »
Already, at an office of a friend, there is grumbling about the updated processes and types/amounts of calls they have to take plus we are taking on some people from that group.  The thing is that the processes have not really changed, they have to answer calls from a group of customers that pay A LOT more money compared to the regular base of customers they support.

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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #11284 on: August 22, 2017, 10:07:32 PM »
At a restaurant tonight, one of the waitresses was loudly & aggressively pushing a carpet sweeper next to any occupied tables. She then loudly complained to another waitress about how dare "all those" customers come in at 8:30 PM (they close at 9).

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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #11285 on: August 22, 2017, 11:30:19 PM »
When you are summoned to a meeting with your manager to discuss some issues regarding your attendance and job performance, you probably shouldn't show up unshaven wearing beach attire (shorts, t-shirt, thongs) with a baseball cap on and then have a raised voice argument with your manager in the reception area. If you then write a letter (in pencil on a piece of scrap paper) of complaint about the way your manager has treated you in which you refer to her using the B-word, you should not be surprised when your employment is terminated.

It's not because your manager has it in for you sweetie, it's because you're an idiot. 

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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #11286 on: August 23, 2017, 08:08:06 AM »
Sigh....I don't know what is bugging him, but Byte (one of the two main data analysis people) is getting problematic.  This could become a bigger issue, as there's been another data analysis person hired in recent months, and two more last week. (Suggestions for names related to computers and data analysis welcome!)

I had a call with Data (head data person) week before last regarding some information we're providing to a counterpart in another location. During our call, it appeared the available spreadsheets of information were limited in what they provided, and there may have been an error on my part in the creation of the information request (which we use to track data pulls and sets the parameters of what we need). Cue a mental heart attack on me, I inform Data that I will speak to Byte about correcting the data.

Call Byte- turns out I did put in the information request correctly. Byte had simply chosen not to follow standard protocol in placing the results in the data subfolder for the case at issue, due to it being in "draft" status. Byte further started to dig in his heels when I asked why it wasn't saved there (per protocol) and in the future could he please save draft requests in their respective case data subfolders, and mark them as "draft" or "draft for counterpart" as appropriate, to prevent this sort of misunderstanding.  Byte got rather condescending, clearly did not want to do it, but we ended the call politely.*

*(I am not Byte's boss, his chain of command goes Byte- Data- Boss Lady - Uber Boss. However, we're supposed to work together, and this is a matter of office protocol- if I ask him to follow protocol, he is supposed to do it).

To date, Byte has not put any drafts or final copies of the data in the data subfolder (on a shared drive where all of us can see it).

Last week, SuperStar and I had a phone call, and she was in near tears. She's had some rough patches due to miscommunications at Main Office recently, plus she's in the midst of a high risk pregnancy with her second child. 

The Main Office has been conducting interviews for certain support personnel. SuperStar was to escort one into the building, accompany her to the interview room, and notify Boss Lady, Data, and Awesome Paralegal when she had done so.  An interviewee was running late due to having trouble finding the place, so SuperStar was already  downstairs waiting for her just beyond the security office when she arrived.  Security was supposed to issue the interviewee a badge, but did not do so, after seeing SuperStar waiting there. (Security has admitted to this. SuperStar has no say in what security does or does not do). 

After the interview, Byte was the one to escort the interviewee down to the lobby. Apparently Byte said something to the interviewee about turning in her badge, and interviewee responded to the effect of "oh, they didn't give me one; they waved me through when they saw SuperStar standing there".  Byte took this bit of information, went to Boss Lady, and spun it as SuperStar took it upon herself to bring interviewee through security without following protocols of getting her signed in and badged, essentially lying to make SuperStar look bad. Why Byte did this, I don't know at this point.

Boss Lady was furious, SuperStar was in trouble till Security came forward and admitted it was their error.  SuperStar is still shaken over this. Byte's role has not been dealt with at this point.

SuperStar notified me last Friday while I was out of office that a piece of the confirmation data that we'd been waiting on for weeks to complete the spreadsheets for counterpart agency (discussed above with Data and Byte) had arrived. I asked her to notify Byte of this development, cc myself and Data on it, and tell Byte that I was requesting he send it out ASAP to counterpart, as we were behind the deadline to get it to them. SuperStar followed my request to a T, with a very polite, professional message that clearly indicates the request is coming from me, not her.

As of this morning, I've no confirmation that Byte has done as asked. I've sent him a follow up asking about it, and copying Data.

Here's to hoping Byte is just having a rough couple of days/week that's resulting in the poor attitude and creation of work drama, and that he's not starting on a path of Darwinism.

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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #11287 on: August 23, 2017, 08:19:39 AM »
@Chipmunky, he lied to get someone else in trouble. Even if it is just a couple of bad weeks, he has shown himself to be extremely untrustworthy.
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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #11288 on: August 23, 2017, 08:54:43 AM »
When you are summoned to a meeting with your manager to discuss some issues regarding your attendance and job performance, you probably shouldn't show up unshaven wearing beach attire (shorts, t-shirt, thongs) with a baseball cap on and then have a raised voice argument with your manager in the reception area. If you then write a letter (in pencil on a piece of scrap paper) of complaint about the way your manager has treated you in which you refer to her using the B-word, you should not be surprised when your employment is terminated.

It's not because your manager has it in for you sweetie, it's because you're an idiot.

I ... oh, dear. That was never destined to end well.

And this sort of person will all their live wonder why "the powers that be have it out for me! Why can't I get a break?"
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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #11289 on: August 23, 2017, 09:47:40 AM »
Heh.   My then-boyfriend, now-husband was once called into work during his vacation to help solve a production problem.  He arrived unshaven, wearing bike shorts and a tank top.  Someone said "Uh, a little casual, aren't you?"   Boyfriend said sweetly "If you're going to call me in on my vacation, you have to take me as you find me."

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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #11290 on: August 23, 2017, 11:00:54 AM »

(Suggestions for names related to computers and data analysis welcome!)


Sounds like Byte is failing to make the leap from learning how to do the job to actually doing the job and working with people.

Ideas for names:  Turing (from the test for whether or not you're dealing with a low level Artificial Intelligence); possibly names from the various Linux distros (Ubuntu, Cinnamon, Puppy, and that's all that is coming up off the top of my head); for some reason KayBee is coming to mind (KB); and I'm trying to figure out if there is a way to shoehorn a Star Trek character who worked closely with Data into the list...and which ones did he work that closely with?  Geordi, the engineer who repaired him once in a while, might work...

But I'm drawing a blank on more "technically based" names as my brain got sidetracked into science fiction and wants to stay there & play for a while.



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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #11291 on: August 23, 2017, 11:17:26 AM »

(Suggestions for names related to computers and data analysis welcome!)


Sounds like Byte is failing to make the leap from learning how to do the job to actually doing the job and working with people.

Ideas for names:  Turing (from the test for whether or not you're dealing with a low level Artificial Intelligence); possibly names from the various Linux distros (Ubuntu, Cinnamon, Puppy, and that's all that is coming up off the top of my head); for some reason KayBee is coming to mind (KB); and I'm trying to figure out if there is a way to shoehorn a Star Trek character who worked closely with Data into the list...and which ones did he work that closely with?  Geordi, the engineer who repaired him once in a while, might work...

But I'm drawing a blank on more "technically based" names as my brain got sidetracked into science fiction and wants to stay there & play for a while.

If you have a Byte and a Data you ought to have a Bit as well. You could also go with DB (for Database) or Seeqill (SQL) or Oracle (database software). Do you have a Lal (Data's daughter)? You could also go with Hugh and Locutis. If there are nine of these, of course, you could just go with One of Nine, Two of Nine etc and treat them like a Borg collevtive ;)

As for Byte himself, I'm with Morticia. He doesn't sound like someone having a bad couple of weeks, he sounds like an bacon-fed knave trying to cover for his own inadequacies by throwing other people under buses. That is someone you want to commit PD - and hope they do it before there are any other casualties. (I hope Superstar is okay.)

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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #11292 on: August 23, 2017, 11:19:03 AM »
@Chipmunky, he lied to get someone else in trouble. Even if it is just a couple of bad weeks, he has shown himself to be extremely untrustworthy.

Do we know for certain that Byte lied? It sounds like it could have easily been a series of miscommunications (interviewee didn't understand all the details of getting waved in, Byte could have misunderstood what interviewee said, etc - huge game of telephone). It also sounds like this was a somewhat serious security infraction given Big Boss' anger level, so probably something to report. It certainly would have been better for Byte to get more information or to frame it as not knowing what happened (Hey Big Boss, I know we're cracking down on security. I'm not sure exactly what happened, but somehow interviewee got in without a badge and I wanted to let you know so you can look into it).

It certainly sounds like Byte is having some issues, but I'm not ready to fully condemn him for lying. If OP has more explicit knowledge that he deliberately lied, then that's a fair assessment. Otherwise it sounds like he used some poor judgment in how he reported it.

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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #11293 on: August 23, 2017, 11:21:54 AM »
From the OP.
Byte took this bit of information, went to Boss Lady, and spun it as SuperStar took it upon herself to bring interviewee through security without following protocols of getting her signed in and badged, essentially lying to make SuperStar look bad.
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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #11294 on: August 23, 2017, 12:16:52 PM »
From the OP.
Byte took this bit of information, went to Boss Lady, and spun it as SuperStar took it upon herself to bring interviewee through security without following protocols of getting her signed in and badged, essentially lying to make SuperStar look bad.

That's an assumption on Chipmunky's part, though - she doesn't know why he lied, only that he did. It's entirely possible he saw what he thought was a breach and alerted the higher-ups like he'd be expected to do. Now, I suspect he could have been more tactful and/or checked out the story himself before passing it on as 100% true, but I think your company would rather people notice things like this and report non-issues than to ignore things that do turn out to be a big deal.