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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #4635 on: September 30, 2013, 11:16:24 PM »
...  "Do animals ever talk to you?"  ...


Obviously a question asked by someone who's never owned a pet!  Of course animals talk to us.  They may not speak English, but they are quite capable of vocalizing their feelings and we humans become pretty darned good at interpreting the language of Petspeak.

Reminds me of a part of the recent Lone Ranger movie, where Tonto is speaking to a white horse he believes is a spirit horse, saying that his father told him that there was a time animals could speak, and when you get them alone, some still do.

Then followed by his line "I can't tell if this horse is stupid, or pretending to be stupid."
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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #4636 on: September 30, 2013, 11:16:46 PM »
And, if I may add:

1) Dearly Beloved Supply Clerk:  When the toner in the copy machine runs out and you give us THE ONLY ONE LEFT FOR ALL FIVE LIBRARIES, don't you think you should order a couple dozen more right away instead of waiting until the last one runs out and then we are left telling patrons that it will be six weeks before new toner arrives?  We are thinking of arming them with pitchforks, torches and broken bottles and sending them to your office.

2) Dear Library Board:

When the staff suggests you are devaluing our jobs and our Master's degrees by saying things like "A monkey could do this job" or "you are an over educated grocery clerk" or by putting teenagers in positions where they are telling the professional staff what to do...your response should not be "We do not show you appreciation do we.  We need to do that.  I think we should have a party to show the staff appreciation for their hard work."

We do not want a party.  We are not kindergarteners who have finally nailed that potty training thing.  We are adults whom you have known for twenty and thirty years.  Some of us had you in our story hours.  Some of us have spent many thankless hours doing research for your PHd (that you do not seem to be using to its best advantage, BTW).  Some of us have turned ourselves inside out finding jobs for your teenager to do for his/her community give back projects that do not violate union regulations. 

And you think a PARTY is the way to go?  How about treating us as equals and listening to us instead of whispering and giggling to each other like a bunch of mean girls at a pajama party? 

P.S.  Not that there has ever BEEN a party as you have been talking about it for four years and it never happens. 

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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #4637 on: September 30, 2013, 11:35:49 PM »
Has anyone seen this video?
http://www.pitch.com/FastPitch/archives/2013/09/30/marina-v-shifrin-mizzou-grad-quits-job-with-dancing-video

Journalism graduate has a job working for a company that makes news videos.  She's been there about 2 years, She's 'put her whole life into this job' but her boss only cares about the number of videos and the number of views.  She's outraged at this devaluation of the journalism profession.

To express her views, she made a short video of herself dancing in the office and posted it on the internet, with the message 'I quit'.  Way to handle yourself in a mature, professional manner.  I wonder how many top news agencies will be pounding down her door?

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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #4638 on: September 30, 2013, 11:56:55 PM »
Yep, saw it here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/29/quit-your-job-kayne-dance_n_4013902.html?ir=Business

Considering that she got no lunch break, constant changes to schedule and job duties, and managers failing to help... I'm kind of on her side.  I feel she's going to find a new job.  Might not be in journalism, but I think she's going to be okay.

Also, did anybody go to the blog post?  I'm kind of wondering about her co-workers when she reports "Iíve heard actual sighs of disappointment when we learned nobody died in a building collapse".  Okay then.




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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #4639 on: October 01, 2013, 12:01:12 AM »
Yep, saw it here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/29/quit-your-job-kayne-dance_n_4013902.html?ir=Business

Considering that she got no lunch break, constant changes to schedule and job duties, and managers failing to help... I'm kind of on her side.  I feel she's going to find a new job.  Might not be in journalism, but I think she's going to be okay.

Also, did anybody go to the blog post?  I'm kind of wondering about her co-workers when she reports "Iíve heard actual sighs of disappointment when we learned nobody died in a building collapse".  Okay then.

The job may have been horrible and quitting the right thing to do.  However, you don't (professionally) quit a job by posting a video on the internet - you type up a letter giving your two weeks notice and leave.  Or if you're that pushed to the wall, you walk in to your boss's office and say, sorry, I can't handle this, I'm leaving. 

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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #4640 on: October 01, 2013, 01:44:50 AM »
Yep, saw it here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/29/quit-your-job-kayne-dance_n_4013902.html?ir=Business

Considering that she got no lunch break, constant changes to schedule and job duties, and managers failing to help... I'm kind of on her side.  I feel she's going to find a new job.  Might not be in journalism, but I think she's going to be okay.

Also, did anybody go to the blog post?  I'm kind of wondering about her co-workers when she reports "Iíve heard actual sighs of disappointment when we learned nobody died in a building collapse".  Okay then.

The job may have been horrible and quitting the right thing to do.  However, you don't (professionally) quit a job by posting a video on the internet - you type up a letter giving your two weeks notice and leave.  Or if you're that pushed to the wall, you walk in to your boss's office and say, sorry, I can't handle this, I'm leaving.

On the other hand, if your field primarily involves making videos which are intended to go viral and get tons of hits, posting an "I quit" video which gets on the front page of Yahoo and ends up with hundreds of thousands of views (at the time I saw it) might be exactly the thing that gets you hired somewhere else  :P

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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #4641 on: October 01, 2013, 03:38:09 AM »
When PD snowflakes collide:

Mr 16 Years (from this post: http://www.etiquettehell.com/smf/index.php?topic=74341.msg2948446#msg2948446) has run face first into Little Miss Needy (from this post: http://www.etiquettehell.com/smf/index.php?topic=74341.msg3006519#msg3006519).

Yesterday I got to sit in one of the most uncomfortable team meetings ever. The last 15 minutes were tied up in a very tense conversation between Miss Needy (legitimately) asking why it was taking Mr 16Y so long to get his act together and get this darn project moving. Mr 16Y spent it accussing Miss Needy of not understanding how Mr 16Y works, what the necessary tasks are, and very nearly flat out stating that Miss Needy doesn't know how to do her job. It was all icy politeness and gritted teeth, but I suspect Miss Needy will be on Mr 16Y's  silent treatment naughty list, which is going to make this project all kinds of awesome.

The rest of the team spent the last 15 minutes of the meeting staring at their notepads or laptop screens and studiously ignoring the venomously polite argument going on.

Then my coworker with the female-dog-dar mentioned that Mr 16Y had grabbed Boss later that day to complain loud and long about having his proffessionalism insulted.
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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #4642 on: October 01, 2013, 06:34:14 AM »
I know the feeling.  Mr. Thipu was a government employee.  Although the service for which he worked generated a substantial profit for the state, it was always under great pressure to cut back.  The annual picnic had to go.   

It didn't help that the directors of the service were appointed by the Governor so top management changed every four years.

I think it's also unfortunate that many of the fifth estate sometimes jump the gun and accuse government workers of not doing things properly, when the real problem is that the reporter doesn't understand what it is that is being done. (I mentioned earlier about the TV station that gave a scathing denunciation of a government department that had come to a neighborhood, opened the fire hydrant and left, leaving the water gushing. Turns out there had been a pressure buildup in the water system, and this was the only option for relieving it until repairs could be made.)
A few years back a man walked into an elementary school in my district. He wanted to volunteer - an specifically mentioned he wanted to work with student John Smith. Secretary hears alarm bells. She gave him the paper work, excused herself and called John Smith's parents.


The "volunteer" had just gotten out of jail for abusing John Smith. Secretary called the cops tried to delay "volunteer". He got spooked and left.


Admin was told. They sent out a warning with a description. Volunteer heads to another school with another former victim. Secretary there tries to delay him while the cops were called - but this is a different department in a different city. He gets spooked and leaves. The cops give Admin mug shots and are out looking for him. HE shows up at a third school - this one in the county. Sheriff's department has been notified. Secretary does the delay thing. He gets spooked. The three departments + state cops start covering the next set of schools going out from the three schools he showed up at. THey catch him, his parole is revoked, new charges filed and he goes back to school.


Headline - Local School allows Known (Type offence) to Volunteer


The cops said the 1st school did the right thing, and had ordered the other schools to have him fill out paper work to 1 delay him, 2 get fingerprints to prove he had been in the school - which is illegal due to his status as an offender. Also we were all on a modified lock down. (kids escorted from place to place interior doors locked, but class continued instead of being flat on floor.) Cops were basically compared to Keystone cops, when 4 different agencies and cooperated and worked together. There was no scandal so they had to make one up.
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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #4643 on: October 01, 2013, 08:12:19 AM »
Yep, saw it here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/29/quit-your-job-kayne-dance_n_4013902.html?ir=Business

Considering that she got no lunch break, constant changes to schedule and job duties, and managers failing to help... I'm kind of on her side.  I feel she's going to find a new job.  Might not be in journalism, but I think she's going to be okay.

Also, did anybody go to the blog post?  I'm kind of wondering about her co-workers when she reports "Iíve heard actual sighs of disappointment when we learned nobody died in a building collapse".  Okay then.

The job may have been horrible and quitting the right thing to do.  However, you don't (professionally) quit a job by posting a video on the internet - you type up a letter giving your two weeks notice and leave.  Or if you're that pushed to the wall, you walk in to your boss's office and say, sorry, I can't handle this, I'm leaving.


On the other hand, if your field primarily involves making videos which are intended to go viral and get tons of hits, posting an "I quit" video which gets on the front page of Yahoo and ends up with hundreds of thousands of views (at the time I saw it) might be exactly the thing that gets you hired somewhere else  :P

I heard today that she isn't looking for another job in journalism.  She wants to break into comedy.

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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #4644 on: October 01, 2013, 08:37:14 AM »
When PD snowflakes collide:

Mr 16 Years (from this post: http://www.etiquettehell.com/smf/index.php?topic=74341.msg2948446#msg2948446) has run face first into Little Miss Needy (from this post: http://www.etiquettehell.com/smf/index.php?topic=74341.msg3006519#msg3006519).

Yesterday I got to sit in one of the most uncomfortable team meetings ever. The last 15 minutes were tied up in a very tense conversation between Miss Needy (legitimately) asking why it was taking Mr 16Y so long to get his act together and get this darn project moving. Mr 16Y spent it accussing Miss Needy of not understanding how Mr 16Y works, what the necessary tasks are, and very nearly flat out stating that Miss Needy doesn't know how to do her job. It was all icy politeness and gritted teeth, but I suspect Miss Needy will be on Mr 16Y's  silent treatment naughty list, which is going to make this project all kinds of awesome.

The rest of the team spent the last 15 minutes of the meeting staring at their notepads or laptop screens and studiously ignoring the venomously polite argument going on.

Then my coworker with the female-dog-dar mentioned that Mr 16Y had grabbed Boss later that day to complain loud and long about having his proffessionalism insulted.
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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #4645 on: October 01, 2013, 01:24:12 PM »
Oh...putting things out to bid...we spent the summer at our library without air conditioning.  Last year (as in last October) the nice people fixing our roof knocked some of the AC hookups (or something...no one is clear on what was broken) and then a well placed lightning bolt took care of some others.

Keep in mind our library board knew about this in October of 2012...but decided they had all winter to decide what to do. 

They put the AC repairs out to bid sometime in May.  Supposedly the winning bid came in in June or July.  No repairs were done and it cost five figures to not get the work done.

We have sweltered for months in clothing soaked with sweat.  Of the several water coolers in the building, only one was doing us much good.  Around the end of August, they rented portable AC machines which took the entire month to FINALLY cool down the staff offices. 

Staff has been sick from the heat, we fall asleep because of the heat (honestly, some days it feels as if we are all in a library version of "The Langoliers" as we cannot keep our eyes open thanks to the lack of oxygen) and tomorrow marks almost an entire year without AC.

We're taking bets on when this very expensive AC is going to be installed.  I am guessing the end of January.  Then they will run it for a month to make sure it works properly.  Of course, it won't make a difference as I just heard from maintenance that we will need to replace the boiler soon as well.

They wonder why we are cranky.
The library near me got a fancy new heat/AC system. It was supposed to be state of the art. It has one switch: On or Off. Those are your only choices. So you freeze or swelter, nothing in between.

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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #4647 on: October 01, 2013, 02:05:54 PM »
^^^  That link just took me back to her original video.  :(

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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #4648 on: October 01, 2013, 02:08:14 PM »
^^^  That link just took me back to her original video.  :(

Scroll down - the response video is at the end of the article.

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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #4649 on: October 01, 2013, 02:11:39 PM »
I went and googled for the video instead of scrolling.  *facepalm*

Here's the link though: http://youtu.be/1ukGrwL4ky4

I'm still on Marina's side and less on the company, even with the response video.  :)




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