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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #5475 on: March 24, 2014, 03:22:53 AM »
Calling in sock to work all week, then posting pictures of yourself at various family functions on Facebook. Especially when your "friends" with several people you work with

I realize a person could possible feel bad enough to not come to work for a full shift, but we'll enogh for a bit of a trip out later in the day - but posting pics is just stupid IMO

I'll admit it.  I'm 12 years old.  But...

"Hey, boss?  Yeah, I can't come in.  I'm a knee-high argyle today."

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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #5476 on: March 24, 2014, 05:17:28 AM »
Calling in sock to work all week, then posting pictures of yourself at various family functions on Facebook. Especially when your "friends" with several people you work with

I realize a person could possible feel bad enough to not come to work for a full shift, but we'll enogh for a bit of a trip out later in the day - but posting pics is just stupid IMO

Calling in sock or sick? Lol!!
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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #5477 on: March 24, 2014, 07:31:46 AM »
Calling in sock to work all week, then posting pictures of yourself at various family functions on Facebook. Especially when your "friends" with several people you work with

I realize a person could possible feel bad enough to not come to work for a full shift, but we'll enogh for a bit of a trip out later in the day - but posting pics is just stupid IMO

Calling in sock or sick? Lol!!

this has me scampering down mental rabbit holes - I'm now trying to remember which (late Victorian?) writer wrote a story in which a time traveller found himself in a society in which illness was seen as a moral failing, rather than a physical one, so if you were under the weather you would excuse yourself by 'admitting' to some minor crime such as stealing a paid of socks - stealing not being seen as particularly heinous.it's going to bug me until I place it, now. . .

EDITED TO ADD - Finally remembered - it's Erewhon!
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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #5478 on: March 24, 2014, 07:42:11 AM »
Calling in sock to work all week, then posting pictures of yourself at various family functions on Facebook. Especially when your "friends" with several people you work with

I realize a person could possible feel bad enough to not come to work for a full shift, but we'll enogh for a bit of a trip out later in the day - but posting pics is just stupid IMO

Calling in sock or sick? Lol!!

this has me scampering down mental rabbit holes - I'm now trying to remember which (late Victorian?) writer wrote a story in which a time traveller found himself in a society in which illness was seen as a moral failing, rather than a physical one, so if you were under the weather you would excuse yourself by 'admitting' to some minor crime such as stealing a paid of socks - stealing not being seen as particularly heinous.it's going to bug me until I place it, now. . .

Yet another interesting typo. Stealing paid socks? ;D

Isn't that just... walking out of the store with your purchase? "Hey, I stole some socks! And I only had to pay $5.99 to the store to sneak them out!"
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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #5479 on: March 24, 2014, 07:49:06 AM »
And that is why you should not type late at night when you should be asleep

Lol. It really should be "sick". (and I almost did it again)

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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #5480 on: March 24, 2014, 08:25:00 AM »
I'm face-palming today.    My admin team are repeatedly forgetting a very important process.    It's a very simple process, basically about escalating via email to a specific person if a specific scenario occurs.  So if they get a phone call or email about XYZ, email <important person> straight away.    Instead we keep finding a week or so later that they have received a phone call or email about XYZ and done <something completely different with it> instead.   


I would suggest two additional things;
1) Ask them why this happened...tell them that you see it happening and you are trying to figure out why.  You think it is clear but clearly others don't. Tell them to be frank.  Also if it is very infrequent it is hard to remember the procedure.   

2) Make the consequences for this worse than they are now. Now they just get a stern talking to .  Is this part of their goals for the year? Make it part of it.  "100% compliance with Procedure X".  Then there will be financial consequences. 
Or have them go in front of big boss and explain why this happened AGAIN.

Instead of boss just talking to them,

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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #5481 on: March 24, 2014, 08:32:16 AM »
I was visualizing a poster with sock puppets calling in sick for him.

MrSick - Sorry, boss, I'm home with a cold.
MrSick1 - Yes, he's really sick, I've told him he's not fit to come to work.
MrSick2 - Agreed. And it's contagious.
MrSick3 - Actually, it's probably not a cold. I think it's pneumonia. He should be in bed for at least the next couple of weeks.
MrSick - Aww, you guys!
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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #5482 on: March 24, 2014, 11:02:41 AM »
DH is in a managerial position at work. A few weeks ago he had to make a decision and an employee didn't like it. The employee never said a word about it to DH but instead went to people above DH's head and tried to get him in trouble, resorting to a few outright lies about DH to make his story better. Everybody knows that the employee lied, he has a reputation for stirring up trouble, but it's not a situation where anything can really be done because the accusation is that DH said something rude so it can't be proved or disproved. Upper management has decided to basically tell everyone to get along and wait for it to blow over, which is fine by DH.

The thing is, even though the issue was weeks ago, this employee has continued talking crap about DH, continued to spread this lie and perpetuate the gossip, and ramped up the drama by including a few other managers into the mix. DH had to go talk to their equivalent of HR yesterday because if the employee doesn't knock it off he's going to get himself in trouble and they wanted DH's side of the story. DH has NO interest in pursuing it, he wants to guy to drop it and the whole thing to blow over, but at this point it's out of his hands.

That's all borderline PD as-is, but what pushes it over the edge is that a couple of days ago this employee approached a few of DH's fellow managers and asked how he can get promoted to be a manager, too. Well let's see, you cause the managers problems every chance you get, you go to their boss and try to get them in big trouble over tiny issues every chance you get, none of them trust you (a very important part of the job!), and nobody wants to work with you. So yeah, good luck with that.  ::)

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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #5483 on: March 24, 2014, 02:05:47 PM »
I was visualizing a poster with sock puppets calling in sick for him.

MrSick - Sorry, boss, I'm home with a cold.
MrSick1 - Yes, he's really sick, I've told him he's not fit to come to work.
MrSick2 - Agreed. And it's contagious.
MrSick3 - Actually, it's probably not a cold. I think it's pneumonia. He should be in bed for at least the next couple of weeks.
MrSick - Aww, you guys!

Wouldn't they all be MrSock, MrSock1...  ;)

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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #5484 on: March 24, 2014, 06:46:38 PM »
Ooh ooh, my Oblivious Coworker is at it again!  I'd mentioned before that he asked Obnoxious Attorney to sponsor his softball team.  Well, today as we were joking about OA, he said, "Yeah, I've got to go to his office today to pick up the check for the team registration.  I hope he doesn't want to hang out!"  Yeah, me too buddy.  Me too.  I'm transferring to a different position in a few months where I won't be working so closely with him, thank goodness.

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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #5485 on: March 24, 2014, 07:20:45 PM »
I'm trying to figure out who in my office is committing PD the fastest!  For candidates we have:

Annoying Coworker - has to be reminded every day to clock in and turn her phone's ringer off.  Has supposedly worked for major healthcare insurance companies in the past, but cannot figure out the shorthand for "diabetes type II" on a recent worksheet we got.  Her solution to everything is to laugh loudly and say, "Well, I'm learning!".  Until I stopped answering her, asked me the same question at least four times a day.

Know-It-All Coworker - picks fights with the boss almost every morning, then complains to all and sundry (including me) about how terrible her working conditions are.  Has taken to capturing me when I go to ask her a question and ranting on and on about the "pets" and "favorites" and "evil people" who all supposedly work at our office. 

Crazy Boss - shouts, pounds on desks and pokes people to make a point.  Bullies anyone around her.  Talks to people in an incredibly condescending tone.  Throws blame on the closest person, even if they had nothing to do with the issue (I got yelled at today for something that happened in November, when I wasn't even hired yet). 

I thought this would be a pretty good job when I took it in December.  I've started sending out applications again.  The atmosphere in that office is...I don't even know what to call it!

Updates on these three folks!

My Crazy Boss has apparently been talked to, because she's been much nicer and less bullying the past couple of weeks!  It's been a nice change, and if she continues in this vein, I could work with her quite easily!  I'm still waiting a little bit for the other shoe to drop, but hopefully the change lasts!

Know-It-All Coworker has gone on my "be very cautious of" list.  She had a meeting with the BigBoss, and told BigBoss that I was so unhappy with how I was being treated that I was looking for a new job.  KIA Coworker told me she "had to" tell BigBoss this, with some strange justification about how if I talked to BigBoss and "slipped", KIA Coworker would be fired?  Anyway, I told her off very strongly for doing that, and we're at the "How are your pets?  We might go on vacation this summer! I used to know someone who lived in that town!" level of talk. 

Annoying Coworker has been let go!  I found that out this morning, and it was hard to not say "Oh, great!" when I was told.  I have a new cubemate, and she's already much improved over Annoying Coworker.  Her phone doesn't go off repeatedly, she's pretty competent, and she's willing to answer questions if I get stumped!

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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #5486 on: March 27, 2014, 08:43:49 AM »
I was visualizing a poster with sock puppets calling in sick for him.

MrSick - Sorry, boss, I'm home with a cold.
MrSick1 - Yes, he's really sick, I've told him he's not fit to come to work.
MrSick2 - Agreed. And it's contagious.
MrSick3 - Actually, it's probably not a cold. I think it's pneumonia. He should be in bed for at least the next couple of weeks.
MrSick - Aww, you guys!

Wouldn't they all be MrSock, MrSock1...  ;)

Why am I visualising Mankind from WWE with Mr Socko??
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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #5487 on: March 28, 2014, 05:34:14 AM »
I was visualizing a poster with sock puppets calling in sick for him.

MrSick - Sorry, boss, I'm home with a cold.
MrSick1 - Yes, he's really sick, I've told him he's not fit to come to work.
MrSick2 - Agreed. And it's contagious.
MrSick3 - Actually, it's probably not a cold. I think it's pneumonia. He should be in bed for at least the next couple of weeks.
MrSick - Aww, you guys!

Wouldn't they all be MrSock, MrSock1...  ;)

Why am I visualising Mankind from WWE with Mr Socko??
I'm so relieved I'm not the only one picturing that.  ;D
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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #5488 on: March 28, 2014, 10:48:32 AM »
Had an interesting one yesterday...

BG: I'm currently working as a freelancer. One of the things I've been recently hired to do is help a local business create a website and social media presence. The woman is a friend of the family, but we agreed to treat the work as it should be, as a deal worked out between an employer and freelancer.

So yesterday, we went to talk to some specialists about them creating the build of the website, whereas I would be providing the written content. My employer/friend:

  • Talked constantly over the experts she had asked to meet. She repeatedly asked them questions and then talked over their attempts to answer. I tried several times to get her to let them talk, I think I succeeded once.
  • Introduced me as "her friend's daughter", instead of as someone she was employing that she just happened to know outside of work, which I'm sure made us both look really professional.
  • When they gave us a ballpark figure of what they reckoned the site might cost, which was happily less than we'd expected, started to talk about how she'd been prepared to pay more and was quite happy to pay up to twice that if needed, while I desperately tried to stop her
  • Started telling them about how her last attempt to get a website built turned out to be something of a con artist, and she'd paid him money up front before getting anything at all in writing, as I again tried to stop her.

I'll be interested in seeing if the guys we met are still up for a business deal. It was a father and son team, with the father taking the lead, and he didn't seem best impressed.
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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #5489 on: April 02, 2014, 06:59:11 AM »
Last week, one of our managers brought in a bag of fresh bagels.  The moment that email was received that we could help ourselves, half the floor was lined up to get their bagel.  Of course, I waited til the line went away and by then all of the bagels had been picked over.  The Snowflakey thing: all of those in my department who got up left only a few people to man the phones and we got a large queue.  Apparently some people did not read the email VERY carefully to have a few at a time in line to ensure coverage.