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Old 10-20-2017, 07:09 PM
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Uhh, you're the expert, you should know this already. Look it up yourself.
Yep, pretty much. "But you work on this all the time!" Yes, that and dozens of other parts. I need numbers!
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Chump came in from customer service the other day looking for a folder he had left with me back in February. I told him I didn't have it anymore; I had included all the information he had given me as backup for a report. I tell him this report and its backup are safely filed away; if he needs anything from it, he can go make a copy. "No!" he says, "I need that folder! I didn't keep copies of any of the quotes or anything!" I reminded the Chump that he had visited my office months ago and removed said folder so he could scan the contents and save it to the network drive...wouldn't that work? "No!" he says again, "I didn't keep hard copies and I need that folder! What's that folder there?" he asks, pointing to a manila folder buried on my desk. No, that's a folder someone else left, I tell him. Besides, I wouldn't have the folder anyway since its contents went into a report.

"Well," he says, "it wasn't a folder! I gave you a pack of stuff! It had a staple, and the quote was in there, and I don't have it anymore!" So the Chump doesn't even know what he's looking for...WTF. I remind him again that anything he gave me ended up in the report...has he checked the report's folder in the file cabinet? "Well...no." He wandered off; I guess he found what he needed. Out of curiosity, I checked the network drive, and found where he had scanned every piece of information -- right down to the sticky notes I had placed on some pages -- and saved it to the appropriate place on the server. >.<
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Old 10-21-2017, 01:50 AM
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Out of curiosity, I checked the network drive, and found where he had scanned every piece of information -- right down to the sticky notes I had placed on some pages -- and saved it to the appropriate place on the server.
Hardly fair to call him a chump. He did scan it, and did store the scan in the appropriate place. (Just didn't know enough to look there.) Most 'chumps' never even get around to doing the scanning, or just save it on their local drive only. At least he got some steps done correctly.
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Old 10-23-2017, 05:59 PM
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Yeah, he did manage to save it to the network drive...but then he forgot where he put it. :/ The files were saved under the job number, just like they should be. I'm wondering if he also managed to misplace the list of numbers for the jobs he's working on now?

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Old 10-24-2017, 12:46 AM
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Does he know the scanned files are a) retrievable and b) as valid as their paper originals (in many legal jurisdictions, varies by location)?

I've encountered quite a few people who did things such as:
* have a folders tree where the final folder in each branch contained a (1) Excel file including the certificate form for a product
* when they needed to produce a certificate, they would climb the tree, open the Excel, enter the data, print it out and exit without saving
* then they would scan the printed page, send the scan to the customer and save the paper printout
* if the customer needed a new copy, find the paper printout, reenter the data (so it could be printed with the new date) etc., but this time stamp the printout with "repeat" before scanning
* if the printout didn't come out all right (something too wide, typo, whatever), repeat, fiddling with the widths in the Excel until things looked ok. Note that, as the Excels always were closed without saving, "the certificates for some of the products never print ok the first time".

That's a relatively extreme example, but between those and all the people whose first action to read emails is to print them out, I get a feeling there's a lot of people out there to whom computers aren't so much black boxes as black holes.
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Old 10-24-2017, 09:06 AM
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So, as I was in the middle of a conference call with a toller, discussing recent problems, the maintenance contractors decided just then was when they had to start randomly drilling something in the roof above my office. Turned out to be a rather short call. It's been about an hour going on now, and they've just started loud hammering and random banging to add to the mix. Joy.

The explanation we got was "they're doing something on the roof." Yeah, thanks for that astounding insight, Capt. Obvious.
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Old 10-24-2017, 06:38 PM
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Does he know the scanned files are a) retrievable and b) as valid as their paper originals (in many legal jurisdictions, varies by location)?
The real kicker is that the documents in question aren't even originals...they were either originally sent to us in PDF form (in the case of the quote), or they were copied from old manuals or other documentation. If this guy is so desperate to have his own hard copies, he can either print from the server or make his own copies from the filed report. No big deal, really.

There's the very real possibility that he doesn't know where the reports are filed though...
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Old 10-24-2017, 06:50 PM
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Found out two weeks ago that boss is leaving. He told us all in our individual meetings, so I find out on a Friday morning that I have a week left with him. I like most of my direct co-workers, but upper management has been such a PITA that nothing really effective gets done. Hell, we were over a year into 5S, and less than a half of the plant was finished. Half of that was almost guerilla-style implementation, because the hourly employees saw the advantages and all but begged for it, while Industrial Engineering wouldn't be given the time to even train the peons what was expected and give them the support they needed.

Add on to that the joke of a document control system, lack of control over a prototype process, unworkable expectations (see prior rant about a paint system), and more headaches, and it was basically a wash, WITH my boss (whom I love dearly, and would follow to the ends of the earth if he asked). The final straw was being told there was no way I would be considered for the new Industrial Engineer position, as my degree isn't in IE. Ignore the fact that I've been doing IE work for the last two years, revamped a number of systems, and saved the company something in the 6-figure-per-year range, and it was too much. I walked out of the conference room after the meeting, straight into grandboss's office, and gave him my two weeks.

It felt good to laugh in his face when he asked me to stay on for another month to get the new line up and running. That's an engineer's job, not mine.

For now, I'm back to waiting tables while I figure out my next move. Not looking forward to trying to sell a half-gutted remodel if I decide to move, though.
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Old 10-24-2017, 07:19 PM
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I swear this happened exactly as reported below:

Brand New Person I'm Training: Do you know the number for IT support?
Me: You just dial 54321.
BNPIT: What?
Me: You dial 54321, that's all.
BNPIT: 654321?
Me: No, 54321. Just those 5 numbers.
BNPIT: Do I dial 9 first?
Me: No, just 54321
BNPIT: Do I need to dial an area code?
Me: No, just 54321
BNPIT dials 54321.


mmm
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Old 10-25-2017, 06:05 PM
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My life would be so much better if people would just read emails. I work hard to make my emails short, concise, and not confusing. It's all there if you would just READ THE EMAIL. Don't email me back and ask me a question that's very clearly answered in my not-very-long email. JUST READ THE EMAIL. Don't send me incorrect information because you didn't read the email. JUST READ THE EMAIL OR I WILL COME OVER TO YOUR OFFICE AND BEAT YOU OVER THE HEAD WITH YOUR LAPTOP. READ THE EMAIL!!!
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Old 10-26-2017, 04:02 PM
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My life would be so much better if people would just read emails. I work hard to make my emails short, concise, and not confusing. It's all there if you would just READ THE EMAIL. Don't email me back and ask me a question that's very clearly answered in my not-very-long email. JUST READ THE EMAIL. Don't send me incorrect information because you didn't read the email. JUST READ THE EMAIL OR I WILL COME OVER TO YOUR OFFICE AND BEAT YOU OVER THE HEAD WITH YOUR LAPTOP. READ THE EMAIL!!!
You should do what my manager a few managers ago would do. He would send an email; then he would call you to tell you he just sent you an email; then he would fucking read you the email. Hey, at least that way they can't say they never saw it or didn't know what was in it!
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Old 10-27-2017, 01:23 AM
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Hey, that sounds like my supervisor!

Computer: [random sound]
Me: "Oh, an ema-"
**knock knock**
Supervisor: "Did you read my email?"
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Old 10-27-2017, 02:09 AM
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Lady, you're nice, you're friendly, you always have a positive attitude, but for the love of god you've been working here for years, you should know how a computer works.

I swear, this person is fucking ancient. She moves at a snail's pace (my grandmother is faster on her goddamn walker). And her understanding of computers ranks up there with my understanding of the inner workings of Goldman Sachs. So she regularly needs IT support. And her calls always take forever. It's actually kind of impressive how much support she needs to do her job, how many times we have to explain simple concepts to her, and how many truly bizarre errors she gets.

And despite the company purging god knows how many employees over the past year just to stay alive, she's still here. I hope she's as incredibly good at her job as one might assume from that. Because she's a huge pain in my tuchus.
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Old 10-27-2017, 02:40 AM
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Hey, that sounds like my supervisor!

Computer: [random sound]
Me: "Oh, an ema-"
**knock knock**
Supervisor: "Did you read my email?"
Better than what my current one sometimes does. One of the Truths of Life I've had to explain to him is that sometimes the electrons carrying his email do not move instantaneously, specially when he hasn't sent it.
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Old 10-28-2017, 02:31 AM
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Better than what my current one sometimes does. One of the Truths of Life I've had to explain to him is that sometimes the electrons carrying his email do not move instantaneously, specially when he hasn't sent it.
Ah, but that's Truer than you may know. I regularly send an email to one of the guys down the hall, walk down to his office, and have time to review the contents of what I've just sent to him before it shows up in his inbox. I can sometimes do this with emails I've sent to people in the next building over.

Faster than electrons: that's me. I need some sort of superhero outfit, probably.

So, yes, I do go tell people what's in the content of the email I just sent them.
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Old 10-28-2017, 11:09 AM
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Ah, but that's Truer than you may know. I regularly send an email to one of the guys down the hall, walk down to his office, and have time to review the contents of what I've just sent to him before it shows up in his inbox. I can sometimes do this with emails I've sent to people in the next building over.

Faster than electrons: that's me. I need some sort of superhero outfit, probably.

So, yes, I do go tell people what's in the content of the email I just sent them.
I suspect if everyone's computers were constantly contacting the mail server to get their new mail every second the server would go down pretty quickly. I don't know what the interval is, but I know delivery doesn't happen right away unless the mail app happens to ask for it.
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Old 10-30-2017, 12:47 AM
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The same kind of asshole who schedules one for 8am Monday morning.
That's every week with us, we start the week with an team meeting to discuss our plans for the week.


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Hey boss, I want you to imagine something. Imagine that there's this constant technobabble happening across the office from you. Something that's above your pay grade, something you're not instructed to know how to do, something that your boss doesn't really want you to learn at the moment, and all-around just something that doesn't really make too much sense to you. It's literally above your pay grade.

Now imagine that this is going on basically all day every day, and you have your own work to deal with.

How long before you start tuning those other people out? How long before you need them to directly speak to you before you get what they're saying? And yeah, if they have a direct instruction for you and you miss that, that's not okay, no question about it, but just missing the background office buzz?

Now imagine that your boss gets really angry at you because you missed out on some piece of information that was going on in this noisy background and that was never explicitly directed towards you. Would that seem reasonable at all?

Yeah, I tunnel vision sometimes. But this is a situation where I need nearly all my focus to follow the conversations in the background pretty much at all. It's not reasonable to give me crap over that.

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Old 11-01-2017, 08:51 AM
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Yeah, I once asked my boss "There's a lot of chit-chat and gossip, some of it about me. Do you mind if I ignore it, and just hunker down and get my work done?" He dropped his pen and bellowed "Finally! Someone's going to actually focus on stuff that needs to get done!"
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Old 11-03-2017, 10:52 PM
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I hate status reporting, the endless time-sink that it is. And my project is going well - if we were in trouble it would be worse.
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Old 11-04-2017, 01:31 AM
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I would like to send a "thank you" to those managers I've had who were capable of only needing a small status check occasionally. We had to prepare whatever documents and put them in shared locations, documents in progress also kept there. All work involved a document sooner or later. So, instead of asking "have you prepared the manual?" like my current boss does, they...

went to the place helpfully labeled "Manuals" and checked what was there!

AMAZING!
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Old 11-04-2017, 09:45 AM
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Dear stupidass customer: When you stuff a bunch of stuff (or one coffee maker) into a duffel bag and then bring it to the register, I am going to pick it up and notice it's heavier than usual. And do not tell me you don't know how the stuff got in it.

Happened three times yesterday.
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Old 11-04-2017, 10:12 AM
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Just.. Wow.

Isn't it policy that you open anything that could reasonably have something else stuffed inside it anyways?
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Old 11-04-2017, 10:17 AM
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Just.. Wow.

Isn't it policy that you open anything that could reasonably have something else stuffed inside it anyways?
I would guess not - there is a balance to made between basically accusing all of your customers of being thieves (when most are not) vs. the cost of things stolen.
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Old 11-04-2017, 11:21 AM
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Yes, that is the policy. But I know what things weigh, and I can tell when they are not empty.

Who expects to walk out with a bunch of plastic plates weight down a carry on bag?
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Old 11-04-2017, 12:24 PM
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I've seen a lot of "Leave large bags at register, please" signs.
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Old 11-04-2017, 01:41 PM
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Seems to me that every single time I've bought a purse/tote/carryon bag my entire life, the cashier has opened it and taken out all the wadded up paper/other stuffing.

For my 'convenience' they no doubt will say, but I'm sure it's an antitheft procedure.
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Old 11-04-2017, 02:28 PM
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Ah, but that's Truer than you may know. I regularly send an email to one of the guys down the hall, walk down to his office, and have time to review the contents of what I've just sent to him before it shows up in his inbox. I can sometimes do this with emails I've sent to people in the next building over.

Faster than electrons: that's me. I need some sort of superhero outfit, probably.

So, yes, I do go tell people what's in the content of the email I just sent them.
Good move if you really care. Happened to me all the time - someone would show up before the email. But often I was doing something useful which is hard to do if you check your email every 30 seconds. So, if someone wanted something right now, I didn't mind them stopping by.

However I did mind when I dropped everything, knocked it out in a half hour, and then found they never tried it until two days later.
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Old 11-04-2017, 02:36 PM
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The rule is do not update programs on the primary workstations. Some of the programs we work with require the legacy version of Javascript and will not work with the most recent version. Sucks, but that is the rule. Period. Not hard.

But for some reason I cannot fathom our IT folks have permissions set so anyone can update programs. But it takes administrative access to roll back to the old version.

Trainer: Do not update Javascript or other programs.
New employee: OK
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<day later>
New employee: Why doesn't that program work?
Trainer: Did you update Javascript
New employee: Yes. The computer said it needed to update.

sigh...
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Old 11-07-2017, 03:27 PM
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A note to managers: if you delegate work to your subordinates and leave them alone to work on it until the day before the deadline, whereupon you "review" it only to completely change how they did it (so they have to do it over), you still SUCK at delegation.
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Old 11-07-2017, 03:41 PM
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A note to managers: if you delegate work to your subordinates and leave them alone to work on it until the day before the deadline, whereupon you "review" it only to completely change how they did it (so they have to do it over), you still SUCK at delegation.
Actually, they're good at delegation - they suck at follow up. The corporate mantra from my first management position (really) "Delegation without follow up is counter productive!" It was printed on every management training book we got.

ETA - it must have been an effective way to communicate, because I still remember it verbatim some 35 years later.

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Old 11-07-2017, 03:46 PM
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A note to managers: if you delegate work to your subordinates and leave them alone to work on it until the day before the deadline, whereupon you "review" it only to completely change how they did it (so they have to do it over), you still SUCK at delegation.
I had a manager who would 'delegate' and then follow up. If you weren't doing it how she wanted it done, she would just tell you 'wrong answer'. Then you could try plan B, C, D, etc. until you finally stumbled on the 'right answer'. It would have been much better if she had just said how she wanted it done in the first place.
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Old 11-08-2017, 02:05 AM
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Actually, they're good at delegation - they suck at follow up. The corporate mantra from my first management position (really) "Delegation without follow up is counter productive!" It was printed on every management training book we got.
Yes, it's not follow-up if instead of following the path, you head off in a different direction.

And it isn't good Delegation if you just say to March! -- you need to give a direction: Forward, march!
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Old 11-08-2017, 03:56 AM
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Or, as one of my favorite managers put it before marching into my direct manager's office and closing the door "when I delegate, I DELEGATE!"

Translates to "now listen, you imbecile: if you don't want to do something and give it to a subordinate, and then you refuse to provide any directions, you don't have the right to complain about anything she does as long as it isn't set your lazy ass on fire. You definitely do not threaten her with firing her for doing more work in one week than you've done in the five years I've known you!"





In another order of things, one problem when the urgent always takes precedence over the important
and the calendars are foreshortened (we're doing in 5 months what should be done in 9)

is that people never quite get the training they bloody well should have gotten. Because it's never as urgent as putting out fires.





Oh: and if you've implemented the system in factory A. And then factory B chooses some products already present in factory A for their own testing (which will be done using factory A's production information). And they choose products that ring a bell.

Don't be surprised when 5 out of the 5 products selected are not made in factory A and therefore do not have any production information. You see: they ring bells in factory B because factory B is the one that makes them. Factory A only distributes
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Old 11-20-2017, 03:31 AM
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Not really a rant, more a WTF and a "can I get free lunch at the restaurant of my choice when End of Year arrives and they bloody well want to see this?"

There is some Stuff where we're slamming Plan with the Actuals. I pointed out that this is Not Good, people generally want to be able to see both. In fact the people who like being able to see that tend to be pretty high level; the higher up, the more they like those reports. Was told "well, they haven't asked for it so we're not doing it!" It's just one additional column, Kemo Sabe Misko Jones...
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Old 11-20-2017, 08:53 AM
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It must be Monday...I found out this morning that my new coworker screwed something up. I don’t know if we can fix it, and I just hope it’s not quite as bad as it looks. So now I have to figure out how to fix it, on top of everything else I already have to do. I am not pleased.
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Old 11-20-2017, 11:29 PM
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So, I have 11 days of vacation I have to use before the end of the year. I took off all this week for Thanksgiving... during which I've been answering work emails regularly, of course.

But, damnit, who thought they had to schedule a conference call with Singapore tomorrow at 7 am?!? I've flipped to my proper, Night Owl, schedule; that's just about when I want to be going to sleep. *sigh*
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Old 11-21-2017, 09:59 AM
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Coworker decides on Friday afternoon, before a week's vacation, that my department will be her backup while she's on vacation. Brings a pile of work down and plops it on one of my direct report's desk with a "haha, this sucks for you!" attitude.

I ask, in our open concept office, why weren't we notified beforehand that this was coming?

Coworker gets defensive and freaks out publicly, telling me that she's going to her boss about this and how dare you, etc. In front of my department. Literally does the Disney Princess nose in the air "harrumph" at one point. Brain damage, I suspect.

Water under the bridge, I figure, I don't pursue the matter beyond my comment. Also my direct reports were very understanding about the additional workload.

Coworker loves drama more than air to breathe, so goes to her boss as promised. Tells her side of the story. Boss also has a penchant for drama, takes the matter to the company president. Just got out of that meeting with el presidente. I am told I'm unappreciative and disrespectful.

Today I learned: The first person to complain to Mom about an interaction is in the right.
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Old 11-21-2017, 10:08 AM
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So, I have 11 days of vacation I have to use before the end of the year. I took off all this week for Thanksgiving... during which I've been answering work emails regularly, of course.

But, damnit, who thought they had to schedule a conference call with Singapore tomorrow at 7 am?!? I've flipped to my proper, Night Owl, schedule; that's just about when I want to be going to sleep. *sigh*
You can copy & paste this email to your office: "Oh, sorry, you may not have noticed that I'm on vacation. Sad to say, I'm out of cell phone range. In fact, I rappelled down to the nearest Trading Post just to send this. Here are three points to mention to Singapore ... thanks! Take notes for me!"
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Old 11-21-2017, 11:25 AM
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My state has a 3 hour minimum shift. Per occurrence.
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Old 11-21-2017, 12:48 PM
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My state has a 3 hour minimum shift. Per occurrence.
I'm guessing Lightray is exempt management, since those are the type of people who get pulled into meetings at odd hours.
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Old 11-21-2017, 11:52 PM
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I'm guessing Lightray is exempt management, since those are the type of people who get pulled into meetings at odd hours.
But not when they're on vacation.

Which might just be The Definition of "Vacation"!

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Old 11-22-2017, 01:57 PM
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But not when they're on vacation.
I'm not management, but I'm exempt. And I've had meetings not only while I'm on vacation, but while I've been home sick with flu + pneumonia. Price of being the company expert on stuff.

I don't do it for fear of punishment, though. I do it because if I don't, somebody in management is going to decide something incredibly stupid that will turn into a shitbomb that I'll be dealing with for weeks if not months to come. Because they're the same managers who can't think forward to the consequences of scheduling a conference call the week everyone takes vacation.
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Old 11-22-2017, 02:29 PM
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My manger sent an email mid-morning yesterday inviting the whole team to a status meeting at 1. I emailed him right back asking if I needed to bring or prepare anything. Got no reply.

I find out at the meeting, in front of everyone, that he's moving 2 of my 3 direct reports to another team for the rest of the year. He didn't ask me if it was OK. He didn't give me an opportunity to negotiate something different. He didn't notify me in advance, even a minute. Chances are he wasn't given any of those options either.

Now I need to figure out how to get my work done with half the people. Because my workload doesn't adjust down either. Happy fucking worksgiving.
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Old 11-22-2017, 02:58 PM
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My manger sent an email mid-morning yesterday inviting the whole team to a status meeting at 1. I emailed him right back asking if I needed to bring or prepare anything. Got no reply.

I find out at the meeting, in front of everyone, that he's moving 2 of my 3 direct reports to another team for the rest of the year. He didn't ask me if it was OK. He didn't give me an opportunity to negotiate something different. He didn't notify me in advance, even a minute. Chances are he wasn't given any of those options either.

Now I need to figure out how to get my work done with half the people. Because my workload doesn't adjust down either. Happy fucking worksgiving.
Keep him updated on the workload and the due dates and explain to him what each of your reports is doing, and ask him how to make fewer people do the work.
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Old 11-28-2017, 06:16 AM
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Oh boy, 60-hour work weeks (of which 25 hours are overtime). And no Christmas break. This is gonna be a fucking glorious December.
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Old 11-28-2017, 12:23 PM
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Oh boy, 60-hour work weeks (of which 25 hours are overtime). And no Christmas break. This is gonna be a fucking glorious December.
The bright side: Whatever holiday bills you manage to rack up in whatever limited time you have to shop will be paid off in January.
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Old 11-28-2017, 02:12 PM
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Oh boy, 60-hour work weeks (of which 25 hours are overtime). And no Christmas break. This is gonna be a fucking glorious December.
Is it just you or your entire workplace? I imagine that there are people with flights booked to visit their families for the holidays. Are you being forced to work overtime to cover the projected staffing shortages that always occur in December?
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Old 12-02-2017, 12:16 AM
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A VM crash cost me 3 hours' work. I swear I was saving my files as I went, but they were gone. Recovery didn't work. I'm starting from scratch. Because deadlines don't shift. And at this hour nobody is available to help me. Once again my desire to thorough, good quality work is costing me.
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Old 12-04-2017, 08:47 AM
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For some reason management has decided to paint the office. That's very nice of them, but could someone explain to me why it's so hard to put the furniture back where you found it after the paint has dried? The overflow tray from my floor plant was in the trash can, one of my chairs is gone, and my lovely steel bookcase was rotated 90 degrees from its original position, placing it behind my desk rather than alongside it. I understand their reasoning - the bookcase now prevents my chair from bumping the wall - but everything on that bookcase was arranged so I could easily reach frequently used books and items from my chair. Also, the bookcase was left several inches away from the walls. It took me an hour and a half to remove everything from the bookcase, carefully push the bookcase so that it's flush with the walls (which has resulted in at least three scrapes and a very impressive bruise), and put everything back in usable order.
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Old 12-04-2017, 08:52 AM
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My bossman has just declared that "for testing processes it doesn't matter if we've got corrupted or missing data".

His job title until yesterday?

Master Data Manager

(Now it's Integration Manager)
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Old 12-04-2017, 12:35 PM
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This was brought to my attention last week via an email from a customer:

We sell data to a global industry. A lot of the data contains dates. All of which are in YYMMDD format. Yes, a two-digit year. The customer was inquiring about our method for identifying which century the date is in, using their scheme as an example. (YY values less than 80 have 19 pre-pended to them, otherwise they have 20 prepended to them.) It's OUR fault that they're stuck doing this because it's our systems sending out the two digit years. The reason this blew my mind so badly was because I was one of the famous Cobol programmers who spent 1999 through 2001 fixing stupid shit like this.

I didn't work here at the time, obviously.

Um.... how long ago was that? Seventeen years, you say?

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