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thedudeabides

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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #3075 on: November 27, 2012, 08:49:28 PM »
The First Amendment guarantees only that Congress/state governments will make no laws abridging someone's right to speak freely.  That doesn't mean someone is guaranteed freedom from the consequences of what they say.  This woman went somewhere that people take so seriously that guards are stationed there in honor day and night, even during things like Hurricane Sandy, and she showed a total lack of respect on her company's dime.  That sort of thing has consequences, and no longer being employed is a possible one.

In terms of Professional Darwinism, I had once a coworker who was trying really hard.  He just stopped showing up for work one day.  He took months of leave with no notice.  He ran out of leave at some point.  About a year later, someone came along and cleaned out his cubicle, but none of us ever heard if he got fired or just quit.  Nobody minded, he was a nutcase, but who does that?

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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #3076 on: November 27, 2012, 11:49:26 PM »
This one was a long time in coming, but was finally decided in the last few weeks:

I'm part of a volunteer group who host a large event once a year.  There are a few paid people at the top who work year-round to prepare, but most of the "staff" are volunteers like me.  Since it's a huge event, there's somewhat of an office-type organization system among the staff - there's a security department, one for working with vendors, one for working with the press, etc.  Department sizes vary from just a few people under the department director up to a few hundred.  I volunteer in one of the bigger departments.

The woman who up until now was the head of our department was . . . I guess "troublesome" would be the right word.  While her underlings work out logistics and staffing issues and spending several months ahead of the event making sure everything will run smoothly, this woman likes to walk in on the day of the event and start changing things.  "Why are we doing this this way?  I don't like it - let's try this totally new idea I just came up with.  Oh, I know you want everyone to sign in so you can keep track of who is where, but I don't want to, and my cronies shouldn't have to either.  What do you mean, you need to keep track of equipment for liability reasons?  Just tell the equipment manager that I said it was okay for my best friend to borrow things for her own personal use for a while - she doesn't need to sign a form."  [etc. etc. etc.]  The other leaders in our department (who are responsible for all the real work getting done) sometimes spend six months hashing out a new way to do something, a way that fixes last year's problems and allows us to integrate with something another department is doing, but this department director would just dictate something get done differently without running it past anyone or bothering to find out whether her way would even work.  Or worse, she'd get people on one side of the event doing things one way and the people on the other side are doing things completely differently (i.e. the way we had planned), so the logistics end up becoming a nightmare.

Anyway, after SEVERAL years of our director actively blocking everyone else from doing their jobs, upper management (i.e. the people in charge of the whole event) finally were willing to listen to complaints that our director won't work with other people and won't take criticism.  Director replied by essentially saying "Fine, if you don't want my input, see if you can get along without me!  I'm taking my ball and going home!"

Management basically said "Gee sorry it didn't work out we'll miss you BYE" and restructured our department so the two people who had always been doing everything to begin with are now co-directors.  They, in turn, made more major structural changes which ousted the former director's cronies from their cushy positions (lots of freedom with very little responsibility) and streamlined the whole thing so volunteering at the event next year should be a lot more fun and a lot less politics  ;D  Strangely, nobody except the cronies are calling for our director to be invited back  8)

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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #3077 on: November 28, 2012, 12:15:50 AM »
There's a time and a place for pretty nearly everything.  My favorite photo of my late uncle is of him wearing a women's top, thong, 4 inch stiletto heels (okay, so he was an interesting character) smoking in front of a sign that says "No Smoking within 10 feet of this sign". That type of photo is amusing.  The photo in the article goes way beyond the pale. I can't think of a single way to justify such disrespect for our fallen.

Exactly. We once came across an outdoor market which featured a prominent sign on the wall saying 'No Clothing beyond this point' (obviously meaning no un-purchased clothing) and we took a very hilarious picture of my mother standing under the sign pretending she's unbuttoning her blouse. That was funny, this is not. 

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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #3078 on: November 28, 2012, 04:35:59 PM »
Slartibartfast, I was in a similar situation - smaller group of volunteers, though.  When the chair took her ball and went home, I know the top staff person was very worried, but after last year, he's so much happier.  It has become so much easier to get volunteers and no one is refusing to volunteer again this year because of problems last year.  It wasn't as smooth as it could have been but it ws so much nicer for me (I wasn't going to do anything last year until the chair left because just the idea of working with her was making me sick).  This is my last year doing a certain job, but that is because I don't want to turn into someone like that - let someone else come in and make certain decisions and maybe even do it completely different than how I did it.  Change can be very good.
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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #3079 on: November 28, 2012, 08:44:26 PM »
Reverse PD-(where admin makes a good one leave)-

A friend of mine told me that the day before T-Day break, a favorite teacher at a part-time preschool (only 2-3 days a week, for a half day) of many years had resigned.  So many parents called to complain and question why she was leaving without notice that a board meeting was called.  Seems that a new admin had come on this year, and had plans to get this long-time school accredited.  Favorite teacher was apparently told to not do her traditional T-Day gathering with chicken nuggets and singing for the parents, complete with festive decorations, but she did anyway, as has been tradition for many years in her room.
(One room per age group, a small school)

Also, the parents were told at the meeting that Favorite Teacher focused too much oh showing letters to the children 2nd semester, and that the reason it takes so long for kids to learn to read is that they are introduced to letters and sounds too young.  Once they are ready, most kids can learn to read "in two weeks."

(Perhaps that bit should go into brain hurty/asplodey?!?)

So, Favorite Teacher was too traditional and too educational, so she had to be let go so they could focus on streamlining for accreditation.

My friend asked, "does the newly hired replacement teacher have all the supplies needed?"
"Oh, yes, she will be given curriculum and all the supplies necessary."

Cue the first day after break, and the room is stripped bare.  The play kitchen, the curtains, the storage containers full of homemade games and manipulatives, the lesson plans and such, all gone.  This was all personal property of Favorite Teacher for years and years, that she collected and made and shared.

The admin/board tossed some leftover items from other rooms to fill it out a bit, but what they will find out in January is that the wonderful old teacher's co-teacher is also leaving, to co-teach with her in a newly rented and licensed private facility, and that over half the parents have already committed to following her there.

So, the new admin, by getting rid of Favorite Teacher, also lost a co-teacher, years of supplies, will have to spend lots of money to fill the void, and oh,yeah, locate another dozen students or so...

(I am sure there is more to the story, but it is fact that she left abruptly and is opening a new place and many parents followed her, especially after a BS board meeting.)

(In this area, accreditation is not such a big deal for part-time preschools, esp. if run by a church.  But, if this one wants to jump through hoops, it is their choice!  Just do not think they thought about checking with the parents first...many non-accredited part-time preschools have waiting lists for the fall after registration in January.)
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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #3080 on: November 29, 2012, 12:48:27 PM »
True or false: A good way to let your employer know you are unhappy is to hack into coworkers' email accounts and send abusive messages to a customer.

Didn't like your holiday? (Language warning)

The story is mostly from the customer's viewpoint, but the employee now not only doesn't have a job, but may also be, to use a  British euphemism, "assisting police with their inquiries."

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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #3081 on: November 29, 2012, 03:29:40 PM »
This one has not completely played out, but someone has already suffered the consequences.  BG: at the DMV, we do not accept gifts of any kind.  Not even a plate of cookies at Christmas time.  Once a year, we review the list of activities that can result in termination: accepting a gift is at the top of the list.  (I once had a grateful customer drop off a potted orchid for me.  I didn't even know who the customer was, but I donated the flower to an assisted living facility and made sure that my supervisors knew that I had handled it appropriately -- this is how serious this infraction is).  End BG

At our last quarterly manager's meeting, my region manager let us know how fed up she is with employees making really stupid decisions, and then trying to cover them up.

At the time, I had no idea what she was talking about.  I later found out: a car dealership was buying lunches and goodies for the staff at one of the DMV offices.  The assistant manager definitely knew what was going on, but attempted to lie about it when confronted.  She is gone for good.

It was unclear whether the regular manager also knew, so she is suspended pending investigation.

The one thing that they constantly remind us of, and it is the thing you did.  Wow.  Just wow.
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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #3082 on: December 01, 2012, 02:38:52 PM »
DH came home from work with a doozy last night. [bg] He was supervising a trainee at work last night. It was SUPPOSED to be the trainee's last night before qualifying and doing the job independently today. As such, basically the supervision should have consisted of the trainee doing all the work and DH just keeping an eye on things. [/bg]

Firstly, the trainee turned up an hour late. Apparently he has decided that he can while he is training, because after all there is another worker there to do the job (in this case DH). Except management have *already* spoken to him about his lateness on other occasions and this is his assessment shift!

Secondly, immediately after arriving late, he asked the shift manager if she could assess him early because he wanted to go home early. Shift manager explained that she had other duties to attend to so they would have to see how it went. Mind you, DH said that the late arrival/ early assessment probably would have been fine if he had approached them earlier with a genuine reason, rather than just not turning up until he felt like it and THEN announcing that he wanted to go early.

Finally, the shift manager was busy (possibly on purpose because of this guy's attitude) and so after a few hours he just marched into the office and demanded to be assessed. When the shift manager told him that would not be possible at that stage he walked back to the work station and then announced that he had a headache and was going home sick and walked out.  :o

I shall watch this guy's future career with interest. I don't imagine it will be long...
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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #3083 on: December 01, 2012, 02:55:28 PM »
This guy has a future?

Iris

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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #3084 on: December 01, 2012, 03:03:27 PM »
This guy has a future?

Not sure, there are several layers of management to get things like this through and they are short staffed almost to crisis point, so he may stick around a little longer. I imagine though that he is still on probation. If they keep him past his probation period I think they're mad, but they've done madder things in the past.
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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #3085 on: December 04, 2012, 01:55:47 PM »
Certainly.  She has a right to make a pariah of herself in the name of "free speech."  No one stopped her; she has not been arrested or imprisoned. No governmental entity has said "You can't say that."

And her prospective employers also have the right to free speech.  That speech is "No job for you!"

This. 
The problem with most people when they raise up the cry of "free speech" is that they forget that it is the fact that it covers only "The right to freedom of speech allows individuals to express themselves without interference or constraint by the government."   It doesn't mean that what you say or do doesn't have consequences with other people who have their rights as well.

Some good basics at this site.
http://www.uscourts.gov/EducationalResources/ClassroomActivities/FirstAmendment/WhatDoesFreeSpeechMean.aspx

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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #3086 on: December 04, 2012, 03:48:15 PM »
One of the assistants in my department, Rachele, called in sick on Friday.  She said she couldn't come in to work because she was still tired when she woke up and she wanted to be well-rested for Monday.

Did she really call in sleepy?  And she really needed a whole extra day to rest up for Monday?

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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #3087 on: December 04, 2012, 04:15:51 PM »
One of the assistants in my department, Rachele, called in sick on Friday.  She said she couldn't come in to work because she was still tired when she woke up and she wanted to be well-rested for Monday.

Did she really call in sleepy?  And she really needed a whole extra day to rest up for Monday?
I have some health issues which make sleep problematic (fibromyalgia and chronic pain/chronic fatigue).  I'm not proud of it, but I have called in to work saying I would be in later because I needed more sleep.  Even I don't need a whole extra day to rest up for Monday.  Usually I'll be in 2-3 hours later.

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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #3088 on: December 04, 2012, 09:03:32 PM »
One of the assistants in my department, Rachele, called in sick on Friday.  She said she couldn't come in to work because she was still tired when she woke up and she wanted to be well-rested for Monday.

Did she really call in sleepy?  And she really needed a whole extra day to rest up for Monday?

I've totally called in sleepy before (and I don't have any underlying medical issues that make sleep difficult). Sometimes I just end up with a perfect storm of events that means I got very little sleep, and I wouldn't be able to function without taking a few extra hours to sleep in.

I've never called in sleepy for a whole day, though. Usually, my trade off is work 2-3 hours less, but actually be functional for the remaining 5-6, rather than be totally spaced out and useless for the 8 I'm scheduled to work.


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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #3089 on: December 04, 2012, 09:49:10 PM »
That reminds me of an old Sally Forth comic strip: The alarm goes off. She tells her husband she's calling in sleepy. He convinces her not to. She staggers to the bathroom, looks at her reflection in the mirror, and says, "I'm calling in ugly."

Midnight Kitty, I'm with you all the way. I have fibro too, with depression. My employer forced me to take a disability retirement, due to having to take anti-depressants.  :( Oh, well, at least they have to pay me a pension.  >:D

I think I've already told the tale of professional Darwinism from that job...
For in the fatness of these pursy times
Virtue itself of vice must pardon beg,
Yea, curb and woo for leave to do him good.
     Hamlet, Act 3, scene 4, lines 144-146
       (Pursy: wheezing)