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Library Dragon

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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #3690 on: May 18, 2013, 01:35:03 PM »
Never burn bridges or the continual lesson not to be rude to front line employees....

Librarian A went to grad school with me and makes me look shy.  She has had a librarian position in another system, but frequently uses our library for her family.  Her children frequently has over due books and each incident involes A yelling at the staff and demanding that the fines be forgiven.

A has called about a position at our library. We had an open spot but she never bothered to fill out the application, just called and emailed about the job.  The current staff have proclaimed that they will quit if A is hired.  A is not as valuable as the current staff in knowledge and customer service skills. 

To add a big HUH? To the equation is that A works in a system making 4x what we could pay.

I suspect that A's shenanigans aren't limited to your library system, and she may rightfully feel that her job in the other system is on the line.

I agree.  It screams BIGGER STORY HERE.

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Jocelyn

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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #3691 on: May 18, 2013, 04:00:23 PM »
  Her children frequently has over due books and each incident involes A yelling at the staff and demanding that the fines be forgiven.

A has called about a position at our library. 

To add a big HUH? To the equation is that A works in a system making 4x what we could pay.
Perhaps she figures that the savings in being about to fix her kids' library fines will make up the difference.  >:D

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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #3692 on: May 20, 2013, 10:43:27 AM »
I briefly worked for a call center doing customer service. Before any of us could get on the phones, we had a month of training in a designated classroom. Each new hire sat in front of a computer. We were told that we could explore what was basically a company encyclopedia if we wanted to follow along with what was being taught, but we were not to log into our personal emails.

Im sitting at the front of the class, paying attention, and the new hire next to me is in her email. Im not about to say anything b/c it would be disruptive and its not my place, but the instructor could tell this new hire was not paying attention.

So the instructor grabbed the screen and tilted it back toward herself so she could see it. And she saw the personal email. Instructor corrects the new hire, not in the nicest way (b/c seriously, we're not in kindergarten), but not loudly enough that the whole class can hear. New hire logs out of email.

New hire then proceeded to complain about the instructor at lunch, about how she had no right to do that and blah blah blah. Ignoring the fact that we had *all* been told to not log into our personal emails during class.

That particular new hire made it out of the probationary period, but was suspended a month or so later for something unrelated.

z_squared82

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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #3693 on: May 20, 2013, 12:00:48 PM »
When your business is facing the potential for budget cuts and massive layoffs, it's probably not a good idea to bug your bosses about a conference that you really want to go to in a tropical location, and you really need to know now if they will send you because you also want to take your family for a vacation at the same time.

This person was fired yesterday during a large-scale layoff at his company.

Brilliant.

I heard of someone doing something similar while I was an intern. Said reporter had always covered Overseas Sporting Event, so she went ahead and booked her (and her children and husband) to go with her to Overseas Sporting Event. Without checking first. During layoffs. And budget cuts.

I never heard what happened, but then again, I was a lowly intern.

kymom3

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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #3694 on: May 20, 2013, 02:54:47 PM »
Heard about this last week.  Principal at local high school resigned, had been suspended with pay since late April.  Co-worker's daughter attends that school so I asked co-worker if she knew what had happened.  She contacted her daughter and we found out that the principal got in the dugout during a school baseball game and proceeded to scream at the coach because the principal did not think his son was getting the playing time he deserved.  He also told the coach that he would have him fired. 

According the the story, this was not the first time principal messed up, so we don't know if he was fired or encouraged to resign.

cwm

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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #3695 on: May 20, 2013, 03:43:04 PM »
Haven't read nearly enough of these, but I've got one. My Best Friend (BF) comes from a whole family of special snowflakes in their jobs, but she takes the cake.

She had a really good seasonal job working at one of the professional sports arenas in town. She worked an elevator for the very expensive suites. At one point she had the authority to turn away a few Secret Service agents because of the load limits of the elevator, and they had some Big Government Official coming to the game. She always says that was the highest point of her job. Literally all she had to do was hit the buttons on the elevator during games, and make sure there weren't too many people in it at once. Tickets were already checked before they got to her, so she didn't even need to do that. And she was always in uniform and there, which wasn't a problem. The problem was that her boss told her several times that she wasn't allowed to have anything with her in the elevator. She had her stool to sit on and that was it. Boring? Sure, but it was a NICE job. But she'd have two or three books at once with her because her attention tended to stray and she couldn't focus on just one. And she'd have to have her phone, too, with all the data and games. She still did her job, but when the boss showed her the camera footage and she argued with him that she was still getting everything done AFTER she'd already been written up for it, she got forcibly transferred.

Now she works in the parking lot as a parking attendant. Much lower pay, much fewer hours (they're generally told to go home within an hour or so of the game starting, except for a select few who are there to direct traffic after the game). And now that she's getting less money, she can't afford the upkeep on her car, so she can't get reliable transportation to or from work. And she refuses to look for another job because it might interfere with this one, which lasts only a few months a year.

Don't get me wrong, I love her and all, but really?

ladyknight1

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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #3696 on: May 20, 2013, 04:07:00 PM »
Our newer admin person was a transfer from another location, and either has a high cost of living or lots of debt, because she has been working part time jobs ever since she started here. How do I know about them? She talks about her part time jobs all the time, takes time off from her main job when something happens, etc.

She is on her 7th part time job since starting and on the 4th for this year alone. However, this job is a sales rep for a direct sales company. She is trying to get customers from her co-workers.  :o

I have worked multiple jobs when necessary, but it is best to keep them separated, and to keep your focus where the main job is!
All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost; The old that is strong does not wither, Deep roots are not reached by the frost."
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White Dragon

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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #3697 on: May 20, 2013, 11:12:37 PM »
DragonSon is only 16 (17 next month) and has had the same part time job for nearly two years.
In that time he has seen a lot of people come and go.

The most recent case of PD was a mother who came in to scream at one of the managers because her son had been fired.

Why had son been fired?
He had missed 5 shifts.  :o

How long had he had the job?
2 and a half weeks.  ::)

And no, there were no extenuating circumstances.
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z_squared82

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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #3698 on: May 21, 2013, 09:28:38 AM »
Im just plugging these in as I remember them.

I worked for a video store. Part of the end-of-day routine was count the money, fill out the paper work, put the money in the envelope, seal the envelope, put in in the safe, close the safe, change the security tape to the one dated for the next day. There were four security cameras, including one that covered the office/safe. (The opener the next day would drive the bag down to the bank.)

We had an assistant manager who just switched up the order a bit. He filled out all the paper work and made sure the totals were correct. He would then take the tape out of the recorder, take money out of the bag, hide it wherever he hid it, but the new tape in, and then sealed up the bag and put it in the safe.

I think it only took two or three times to figure out why the paper work total was not equal to the amount of cash in the bag. He was fired.

Shalamar

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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #3699 on: May 21, 2013, 10:09:27 AM »
White Dragon's post reminded me of my nephew.  A while ago he got a job as a bus boy at Olive Garden.  His shifts were in the evening from 5:00 to midnight.  He was fired after a month.  Why?  He kept sleeping in and coming in late.    ::)

z_squared82

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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #3700 on: May 21, 2013, 03:19:50 PM »
I used to work for a small Media Outlet. There were two sides to the business: the business side (advertising) and the editorial side (content). Although I have only worked in one type of media, I expect this is typical of radio, magazine, TV, newspapers, certain blogs or web-only news sites.

I worked on the editorial side. And I refused (and still refuse) to believe she scrabbled her way to the top. I honestly believe she had to have been good at her job at some point in time.

But not when I was working there. Shed come in an hour late, take a two-hour lunch at Expensive Restaurant on Company Dime, leave an hour early, be unreachable at home, and generally have nothing to do with producing the media product. Which she was supposed to be in charge of.

But she was a double minority (female and black in a white man dominated industry), so there was no way they company was going to let her go (they loved to tout diversity). I just kept hoping shed get promoted away.

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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #3701 on: May 22, 2013, 12:30:51 PM »
I used to work for a small Media Outlet. There were two sides to the business: the business side (advertising) and the editorial side (content). Although I have only worked in one type of media, I expect this is typical of radio, magazine, TV, newspapers, certain blogs or web-only news sites.

I worked on the editorial side. And I refused (and still refuse) to believe she scrabbled her way to the top. I honestly believe she had to have been good at her job at some point in time.

But not when I was working there. Shed come in an hour late, take a two-hour lunch at Expensive Restaurant on Company Dime, leave an hour early, be unreachable at home, and generally have nothing to do with producing the media product. Which she was supposed to be in charge of.

But she was a double minority (female and black in a white man dominated industry), so there was no way they company was going to let her go (they loved to tout diversity). I just kept hoping shed get promoted away.

Sadly, I can almost understand the attitude.  No matter how hard you work, the above bolded will have some play in pay, perks, promotions.  You bust your butt proving yourself by working 3 times harder than others, and either you will either never get anywhere or you will be trotted out as an example of diversity.  Why should you continue to kill yourself? ( I know, I know - work ethic, we has it)

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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #3702 on: May 22, 2013, 01:21:47 PM »
I used to work for a small Media Outlet. There were two sides to the business: the business side (advertising) and the editorial side (content). Although I have only worked in one type of media, I expect this is typical of radio, magazine, TV, newspapers, certain blogs or web-only news sites.

I worked on the editorial side. And I refused (and still refuse) to believe she scrabbled her way to the top. I honestly believe she had to have been good at her job at some point in time.

But not when I was working there. Shed come in an hour late, take a two-hour lunch at Expensive Restaurant on Company Dime, leave an hour early, be unreachable at home, and generally have nothing to do with producing the media product. Which she was supposed to be in charge of.

But she was a double minority (female and black in a white man dominated industry), so there was no way they company was going to let her go (they loved to tout diversity). I just kept hoping shed get promoted away.

Many years ago I worked for a jobs development county department as a temp. The job lasted several months. The assistant manager in the office was also female and black; she was the only black person. Turned out that after I left she was discovered to have been embezzling money to the tune of thousands from the department by using her county credit card for personal purchases. She was eventually found by the auditors who finally got around to this department. This and not any of her other snowflakish behavior finally got someone's attention. I don't remember if she was fired but I suspect she was simply demoted. She lost a dingdangity good position and undoubtedly never held another one of responsibility.

This was the same department where the manager who lived in a town 30-35 minutes south decided he wanted to ride his bike into work. He left home at 8:00, got in about 10:00/10:30 (maybe later), took time to change and clean up, worked a bit, went on a two-hour lunch, and left around 3:00 so he could get home at quitting time. I don't think he lasted once the assistant was found out and there was some reorganization.

Then there were other old-timers who hadn't quite reached that level of PD, but when everything changed I know there was some tight oversight put in.

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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #3703 on: May 22, 2013, 06:23:33 PM »
Depending if the anonymous survey is really anonymous or not I and several friends may have committed Professional Darwinism. The list I submitted up thread of things my principal has done - we submitted them on the district survey. We also all gave him the lowest rating on every single thing that asked about your supervisor.


We requested that HR visit every campus at least once a semester to inform people of how to file complaints and that no member of core team (principal, AP, and several others) be allowed on campus that day. We repeatedly referred to him as a bully and of him mocking staff. 


We made it clear we would be filing complaints with the FFRF if they continued to hold required events at a church. (I left out the part that the church is associated with at least 2 groups that SPLC has on their hate group list)


I'm more worried about my friends than me. I have a substantial inheritance from my parents that I can use if I need to for emergency funds. I found out a district person that visits our campus 1x a week was pulled in and questioned about what the ehell is going on at our campus. Hoping his head will be on a platter soon.
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Jocelyn

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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #3704 on: May 22, 2013, 09:56:07 PM »
Depending if the anonymous survey is really anonymous or not 

My department was supposed to fill out an anonymous survey. The catch was, only 2 people actually did. After the barnyard excretory product hit the oscillating air-distribution device, it was quickly determined which 2 did because those who didn't admitted to it. There goes the confidentiality of the survey.

I think that in the future, I will never again believe in the confidentiality of small-sample workplace surveys.  ::)