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Things that should be in your job description - but aren't
« on: September 15, 2010, 03:05:06 PM »
Yesterday, in (yet another) strange conversation with uberboss, he said something that made me think "Yeah, that should be in my job description", cause some of the stuff that I do is just odd.

I think I will add:

-teach reporters how to calculate percentages
-spells things for pretty much anybody in the building
-fount of useless information (apparently, uberboss found it very strange that I knew the ignition temperature of diesel fuel...)

I'm just waiting to see what some people (Vorbau? Vorbau?) could list.

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Re: Things that should be in your job description - but aren't
« Reply #1 on: September 15, 2010, 03:33:03 PM »
One job -read obituaries because we needed death dates for people, because the IRS gets ticked if you pay dead people the way you pay living people and our system required a date.
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Re: Things that should be in your job description - but aren't
« Reply #2 on: September 15, 2010, 03:37:13 PM »
I am an apartment building manager.

- creating forms and mass mailers (really, this is in my boss's job description but since I type faster than her...)
- IT. We have a full time IT staff but still I get calls to come fix computer issues/locate missing files
- Schedule staff meetings (again, boss's job, I get stuck doing it)
- shoulder to cry on (fellow staff as well as residents, not on our written job description but is part of our job, they send us for lots of training on this topic)
- All Around Answer Person. I have read the HUD handbook and am able to find the info quicker than anyone else.

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Re: Things that should be in your job description - but aren't
« Reply #3 on: September 15, 2010, 04:01:12 PM »
- mind reader
- fountain of all knowledge
- mediator
- messanger of bad news
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Re: Things that should be in your job description - but aren't
« Reply #4 on: September 15, 2010, 04:16:08 PM »
-type things when we're short on time-- because I'm faster on computers than the secretary (which is win win--it means I have points w/ the secretary when I need something; people who help her w/ her job get help faster when they need it ;))

-assemble mailings.  Boss found out that I did this in college and once again, I'm much faster than the person whose job it is (and I don't mind it)

-explain formatting for documents/wording/social things to *ahem, interesting sterotyping by me here, because I don't have better words for it* 'engineering' mathematical types.  (I get to re-write things :))

-give lessons in 'assertiveness', 'how to handle problem "customers"' and 'life skills (including how to register to vote, how to get tax forms, and how to survive a workplace--lesson 1 is be kind to the secretary and custodian)' to work-study students who report to me.  (I'll also say, I don't mind this--some of the kids have really blossomed by the time they move on and I just gush w/ pride when they move on to 'real' jobs and graduate and show themselves to be worthwhile employees.)

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Re: Things that should be in your job description - but aren't
« Reply #5 on: September 15, 2010, 04:21:22 PM »
-Open doors for people who don't normally have access to said doors.

-Spell words for people who have had to turn spellcheck off on some of our computer programs (and yes, it's turn the darned thing off or it splits "Facebook" into two words every.time you type it)

-Remember everything about every case I've worked and be able to answer questions about them at a moment's notice.  Especially the file numbers.  Apparently nobody else can remember those.

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Re: Things that should be in your job description - but aren't
« Reply #6 on: September 17, 2010, 05:04:20 PM »
Possess telepathy.  Be able to tell instantly what times would work for a person, if they want to schedule with a particular reviewer, and what phone number they should be called at.  Also know immediately when an address or phone number has been changed. 

Have the power within the organization to change things.  Immediately be able to change policies of this Fortune 500 company.

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Re: Things that should be in your job description - but aren't
« Reply #7 on: September 18, 2010, 02:05:37 AM »
"Therapist," apparently.

There's a new MT who does really good work, but constantly over-interprets the specs and second-guesses herself. Every night she asks me a half-dozen questions, and the ensuing conversations are peppered with her worrying about some minor mistake or the other. I just got done telling her to go take a break with a cup of tea and calm down.

I have no idea why I do this as I'm perfectly within my rights to ignore her. It seems like it would be cruel since I'm the only QC on right now and not too busy myself, though.

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Re: Things that should be in your job description - but aren't
« Reply #8 on: September 18, 2010, 02:46:45 AM »
technically I was a branch manager at a library, but "librarian" implies someone would actually check out BOOKS or movies or something.  In reality, I was the Internet Porn Police, the juvenile parole officer ("What do you mean Little Johnny isn't at the library?  He's supposed to be there!  Tell him to get home right now or he'll get a whuppin!"), the teen counselor, IT support, and the Walking Dictionary And Encyclopedia For Kids Who Weren't Old Enough To Use Wikipedia Yet But Still Wouldn't Crack Open A Book Even If Their Lives Depended On It.  I was also a research paper editor and weirdo magnet, but I think those do pretty much fall under the "librarian" description.

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Re: Things that should be in your job description - but aren't
« Reply #9 on: September 18, 2010, 07:04:29 PM »
Possess telepathy.  Be able to tell instantly what times would work for a person, if they want to schedule with a particular reviewer, and what phone number they should be called at.  Also know immediately when an address or phone number has been changed. 

Have the power within the organization to change things.  Immediately be able to change policies of this Fortune 500 company.

My job calls for telepathy, too.  Also "detective," e.g. trying to find a document that a doctor input under the wrong document type or the wrong department, or even the wrong provider ID (and sometimes all three.)  And then fusses at us because they're late with a dictation.

And "magician", the ability to manifest a typed dictation out of the void. 

A story:  Years ago I got a panicky phone call from the person who booked patients on airevacuation flights to go to other hospitals:  "I need a summary by Dr. Surgeon!"  (I later discovered that all of her phone calls were panicky, as though that part of the hospital was about to fall in a massive hole in the ground or something.)

Me:  I'll double check, but I don't think Dr. Surgeon has dictated a narrative. 

Double-checked the system, and found that my hunch was correct; there was an operation report but no narrative summary.  Something in the air seemed to point to me needing it, so I typed the operation report.

A few minutes later, I got another call from Booker:  "Dr. Surgeon's going to be in surgery all afternoon, but I need a summary to put this patient on a plane!" 

Me:  I found the operation report, but he hasn't dictated a narrative summary.

Booker:  I need a narrative summary to put this patient on a plane!

Me:  I can't transcribe something that hasn't been dictated.  Right now I've got the op report, and that's it.  I can send you that.

Booker:  But I need a narrative summary, and the doctor's going to be in surgery all afternoon!

Finally, after reiterating that I couldn't transcribe something that had never been dictated, I got her to take a copy of the operation report.

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Re: Things that should be in your job description - but aren't
« Reply #10 on: September 18, 2010, 07:22:31 PM »
Deity, Sirius. Thanks for reminding me why I prefer to work through a larger company.

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Re: Things that should be in your job description - but aren't
« Reply #11 on: September 19, 2010, 12:45:37 AM »
Possess telepathy.  Be able to tell instantly what times would work for a person, if they want to schedule with a particular reviewer, and what phone number they should be called at.  Also know immediately when an address or phone number has been changed. 

Have the power within the organization to change things.  Immediately be able to change policies of this Fortune 500 company.

Oh good grief yes, how could I have forgotten telepathy?

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Re: Things that should be in your job description - but aren't
« Reply #12 on: September 27, 2010, 01:02:50 PM »
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Re: Things that should be in your job description - but aren't
« Reply #13 on: September 27, 2010, 01:11:52 PM »
- Read the minds of customers.
- Meet the customers' emotional needs.
- Close a bathroom properly due to a leaking sink.

Not in my current job, or in the library system, but at the first school I taught at:

- Cleaning the desks with Formula 409. My mom was so furious when I told her this, she nearly pulled me out.

Third school:

- Teaching art without purchasing art supplies. They told me to "get creative". Easier said than done.
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Re: Things that should be in your job description - but aren't
« Reply #14 on: September 27, 2010, 03:42:28 PM »
- Read the minds of customers.
- Meet the customers' emotional needs.
- Close a bathroom properly due to a leaking sink.

Not in my current job, or in the library system, but at the first school I taught at:

- Cleaning the desks with Formula 409. My mom was so furious when I told her this, she nearly pulled me out.

Third school:

- Teaching art without purchasing art supplies. They told me to "get creative". Easier said than done.

Ah, yes.  As was said in the book "Up the Down Staircase," "Let it be a challenge to you."  So, the teacher in the book came up with a solution using resources that were available, but the hierarchy didn't like her solution.