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Iris

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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #3075 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 #3076 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 #3077 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 #3078 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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« Reply #3079 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 #3080 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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« Reply #3081 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 #3082 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
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Yea, curb and woo for leave to do him good.
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« Reply #3083 on: December 05, 2012, 06:27:46 AM »
I've called in tired before.  I was working nights and had spent the morning in court getting my non-rent-paying tenant evicted.  That story belongs in the Special Snowflake folder.  By the time I was done, I was so worked up I simply could. not. sleep.  At the point where if I could've fallen asleep I would be able to catch 2 hours, I called the supervisor and told her that was having trouble sleeping and didn't feel it would be safe for me to work that night.  It was the one and only time I had to do that so maybe that's why the supervisor was okay with it.

I heard a story the other day about somebody who was known to fall asleep on the job (she worked overnights).  A client she was supposed to be observing took a bad fall and when her explanation of how it happened did not add up, she was fired.  Why she wasn't fired before, I don't know. 

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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #3084 on: December 05, 2012, 08:02:43 AM »
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...

I've called in scared before.  When I woke up, the entire world was covered in a sheet of ice.  I decided that my meager paycheck wasn't worth the cost of my life.
Fortunately, I had the time to take, so I was all right.

I've gone home scared before. When I worked in a big box store, someone called in a bomb threat. We were all evacuated, bomb squad came and less than ten minutes later had cleared the store. I told the manager I didn't feel comfortable going back in because there was no way a thorough job had been done in that amount of time. He was fine with me leaving.

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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #3085 on: December 05, 2012, 08:07:44 AM »
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...

I've called in scared before.  When I woke up, the entire world was covered in a sheet of ice.  I decided that my meager paycheck wasn't worth the cost of my life.
Fortunately, I had the time to take, so I was all right.

I've gone home scared before. When I worked in a big box store, someone called in a bomb threat. We were all evacuated, bomb squad came and less than ten minutes later had cleared the store. I told the manager I didn't feel comfortable going back in because there was no way a thorough job had been done in that amount of time. He was fine with me leaving.

I remember a group of people in my first full time job got to go home early after we learned about the death of a co-worker that was very sudden.  We were allowed some time to grieve the loss, and a few of us did take a day or so to recompose ourselves, plus a few people did go pay their respects to her family.

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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #3086 on: December 05, 2012, 08:35:29 AM »
I totally get why a person might call in sleepy.  But why a person would call in sleepy on a Friday with the excuse they needed to be rested up for Monday - thus giving them 3 full days to rest up - is the outrageous part to me.

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« Reply #3087 on: December 05, 2012, 09:00:42 AM »
A friend worked at a business that was failing. One day he called into work blind. "Blind?" asked his boss. "Blind. I don't see the point of coming in."

Business closed up soon after.

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« Reply #3088 on: December 05, 2012, 10:57:30 AM »
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.

I will admit to calling in sick because I was tired, but I fibbed and just said I wasn't feeling well, which isn't totally untrue. Lack of sleep makes me crabby, cranky, and sometimes feeling ill. But I don't do it very often at all; maybe once every couple of years since I get pretty generous vacation.

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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #3089 on: December 05, 2012, 11:01:03 AM »
Docking this as possible PD: Nurse at King Edward VII's hospital gives out information to a radio show about Duchess of Cambridge's medical details, thinking she was talking to the Queen.  It was a prank call but I'm not sure why nobody could figure that out - that must be one really good impression.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/05/kate-middleton-pregnant-hospital-nurse-radio_n_2243362.html