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where do you work now? how long have you been working there? is your boss an ass? abd what's the easiest way to get fired from your job?

kevin enas, Saturday, 2 March 2002 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

1) a pet supply shop..2) 2 years..3)not really..4)assaulting a customer would get me fired.

kevin enas, Saturday, 2 March 2002 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

1)secuirty 2)9 months 3)Don't Know 4) don't know

anthony, Saturday, 2 March 2002 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

1 bicycle shop 2/ 12 yrs 3/ i am my boss 4/ i do the firing (or would if i employed anyone)

Norman Phay, Saturday, 2 March 2002 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

1) Various commercial production companies, various positions.
2) Off and on (it's freelance work) for 3 years.
3. Well, the head of the company is, the main director. Megalomaniacal Jabba the Hut type. He actually told someone he thinks he's "an American icon" because he did a few successful commercials. My immediate "bosses" are great, they're my friends.
4. Don't show up.

Arthur, Saturday, 2 March 2002 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

I work in a horrible college of further education in London. It's deathly, full of tedious hooligan students and equally tedious burned- out, jaded staff. Because of a serious back injury I have been off sick (paid) for the last six months and would happily accept permanent disability for this state of affairs to continue indefinitely (such is my detestation of the place).

David, Saturday, 2 March 2002 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Sorry I didn't actually answer your questions.

1.see my previous answer

2.approx 7 yrs

3.not particularly. (quite like him actually)

4.assault a student

David, Saturday, 2 March 2002 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

UCI Libraries. Five years. Nope. Getting fired is damn near impossible.

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 2 March 2002 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Where? I work at the Momus Corporation, slaving over a hot hard disk recorder.
How long? Since 1985.
Is your boss an ass? In a sense, and not just because my boss is me. My latest project, finished Friday, is an album called 'Travels With A Donkey', written and produced for my ex-wife Shazna.
Easiest ways to get fired? Deafness, derision, diversification, death.

Momus, Saturday, 2 March 2002 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

I do graphic design for the marketing department of a big law firm.
I've worked there for two years.
My boss is just fine.
I hope I never find out.

Sean, Sunday, 3 March 2002 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

YAY! Chance to talk about my new job. 1) IMAX Projectionist 2) Start next week 3) He's kind of weird 4) Probably breaking the like gazillion dollar projector or screwing up a $10,000 reel of film. Or showing GIANT IMAX PORNO.

adam, Sunday, 3 March 2002 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

1) Marketing Communications 2. 13 years 3. Boss - despicable wanker who drives a BMW with tacky spoiler and personalised number plates. Thankfully he's usually too busy chomping on senior managements' knobs to give me any hassle. 4. To get fired you'd need to punch somebody or not turn up for a couple of weeks.

Dr. C, Sunday, 3 March 2002 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

University Admin. 3 weeks in my new position as KING OF ALL I SURVEY.My Boss works miles away and I am KING OF ALL I SURVEY so I like my boss's ass just fine thanks.

It's practically impossible to get fired around here. I suppose if I showed the Students July's exam papers soemone might suggest it at a meeting next year sometime.

misterjones, Monday, 4 March 2002 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Ah, University Admin. The safest, cumfyest job in the world.

Pete, Monday, 4 March 2002 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

(No one will take your innuendo bait Baran)

Graham, Monday, 4 March 2002 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

1. Internet Analyst. 2. 15 months. 3. Not really. 4. I can't even say "punching somebody" since there has actually been a brawl in the office and nobody lost their job. Defaming the company on message boards heh heh oops.

Tom, Monday, 4 March 2002 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

1.Student Union General Manager. 2. 4 years. 3. Boss, I'm the manager ferchrissake (nominally SU President is my boss). 4. Be caught stealing or (as is currently being insinuated) running an unfair election.

Pete, Monday, 4 March 2002 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

In a pleasantly roomy office, whose only occupant is me, a block and a half from my apartment. I've been at this particular lack-of-a-job for 4 1/2 years now; I am my own boss, and something of an ass about it. The surest way to get fired is burnout, by which I am occasionally threatened. Then I put on a James Brown record, and everything's okay.

Douglas, Monday, 4 March 2002 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

six years pass...

i work in the theatah. it's fun! i get to meet a lot of good people. i like that. and there are a lot of performers around, which is nice.

Surmounter, Tuesday, 3 June 2008 14:40 (twelve years ago) link

That sounds lots of fun! Where do you do that and what does each day involve?

Hello Everyone!, Tuesday, 3 June 2008 14:48 (twelve years ago) link

well, i do it in brooklyn NY. and every day involves a lot of stuff on the phone, and on the computer -- you know, helping our donors become involved in the arts :)

haha yeah i'm not walking around all fulfilled all the time but it's a great place to be!

Surmounter, Tuesday, 3 June 2008 15:18 (twelve years ago) link

three months pass...

except when you're on vacation for a week and then come back to your desk...

Surmounter, Tuesday, 23 September 2008 03:11 (twelve years ago) link

it dept of a telco, 3 years, nope, be anti pc

Bright Future (sunny successor), Tuesday, 23 September 2008 03:21 (twelve years ago) link

Work is super-depressing this week. I'm checking in lots of attractive people my own age who are coming back to the University to recruit for the companies for which they now work.

argle bargle HOOSa slobber (BIG HOOS aka the steendriver), Tuesday, 23 September 2008 03:46 (twelve years ago) link

I never want to run another meeting again. It was so bad I had to post to the new ILX, which is great, btw.

youn, Tuesday, 23 September 2008 23:39 (twelve years ago) link

got written up today for screwing shit up at work. ARGHHHHH HULK SMASH

I want to be your Dairy Queen (latebloomer), Wednesday, 24 September 2008 03:54 (twelve years ago) link

what'd u do??

Surmounter, Wednesday, 24 September 2008 03:55 (twelve years ago) link

:( :(

highly theoretical, of course. (tehresa), Wednesday, 24 September 2008 04:58 (twelve years ago) link

as of last week i work for an opera company. i think some day surm and i have to work together on something.

highly theoretical, of course. (tehresa), Wednesday, 24 September 2008 04:59 (twelve years ago) link

I'm checking in lots of attractive people my own age who are coming back to the University to recruit for the companies for which they now work.

ehh, it's generally depressing working in/at universities. i used to do data entry next to an art school, and coming out of an office to see kids covered in paint schlepping portfolios around makes you wish you'd made different choices.

my work is o k. i went to washington square last night and felt like the tie-wearing square out of a sixties movie, but it's o k.

schlump, Wednesday, 24 September 2008 13:06 (twelve years ago) link

I work at a university and I can kind of understand what you're saying schlump. Seeing kids doing their thing doesn't make me necessarily wish I had made different choices as much as marvel at how life doesn't work out as we planned. It won't for those portfolio-schlepping kids either.

I lead a team of students in producing web work for our independent student media. I direct them and teach them how to grow up and be real web professionals. Career-wise I'm moving further and further away from hands-on webmonkey-ing and to more meeting leading, which is what I like.

I'm right right and you're wrong left (Susan), Wednesday, 24 September 2008 13:15 (twelve years ago) link

It won't for those portfolio-schlepping kids either.

not portfolio-schlepping but i am in grad school and i promise, it never works out as you plan, even when you're still in school.

that job sounds pretty neat, susan! by web professionals you mean from a design/programming standpoint, right? not becoming experts in web business tools like social media, etc., or is that rolled in, too?

highly theoretical, of course. (tehresa), Wednesday, 24 September 2008 13:22 (twelve years ago) link

Actually more of the latter. The kids I have now are all heavy with programming skills. The goal is to make them more well-rounded, beef up the areas they aren't as strong in, teach them how to manage clients & projects, choose wisely between solutions rather than deciding to use an application just b/c they want to play around with Python or something.

It's kind of like how the other units in our department (newspaper, tv, radio) work-along with helping the kids produce their own media we want to help them be ready to go out into the field.

It's pretty good but I'm ultimately planning to move on to something else in the future. I've been doing Web stuff for about 13 years now and am just kind of bored of it.

I'm right right and you're wrong left (Susan), Wednesday, 24 September 2008 13:37 (twelve years ago) link

one month passes...

why the fuck am i still here when my night man was due here 1.5 hrs ago

BIG HOOS enjoys a cold mindbeer (BIG HOOS aka the steendriver), Wednesday, 19 November 2008 06:36 (twelve years ago) link

I'M NOT EVEN SUPPOSED TO BE HERE!!!
http://www.scene-stealers.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/07/clerks_xl_01.jpg

Lasers of the New School (PappaWheelie V), Wednesday, 19 November 2008 07:33 (twelve years ago) link

nine months pass...

As part of my new "fighting boredom with self-education" initiative, i have decided to read every wikipedia entry for every u.s. president, in order.

Boooooooo-riiiiing!!!

"get a job doing something you love, and you'll never have to work a day in your life."

FUCK

OLIGARHY (Z S), Wednesday, 2 September 2009 20:48 (eleven years ago) link

to answer the original q

a video store, just over a year, certainly not, stealing.

Simon H., Wednesday, 2 September 2009 21:00 (eleven years ago) link

A language school, two days, seems alright, dunno - flinging shit at the students would probably do the trick.

chap, Wednesday, 2 September 2009 22:57 (eleven years ago) link

kids tv news programme, working there just over 3 months, I have several bosses and I like almost all of them apart from one who is crap at her job and not a v interesting person. don't majorly dislike her tho, just the days she works are more stressful for all.

easiest way to get fired? do anything which would harm/negatively influence a child.

I for one welcome this new Nazi ILX (Local Garda), Wednesday, 2 September 2009 23:02 (eleven years ago) link

UK Civil Servant for just over 10 years. I never expected to be at it this long. Few of us do.

My boss is whoever is in government and by extension the Great British public; so yeah, they're dicks. And probably liable to get even more dickish when Cameron and his bunch of fuckwit cronies get voted in next year. I think we in the UK can kiss goodbye to anything that even resembles a welfare state once that bunch of lunatics gets going. The NHS will be next for the chop after that.

It's actually fairly difficult to get fired if you're a permanently contracted Civil Servant; a significant amount of sick leave will do it nowadays but you'll end up with a fair bit of compensation if you've been in the job for a while. That said, I had 6 months off with depression a few years back and I've still got a job... The most effective way to do it would be to do something illegal whilst on the job - anything to do with data protection will get you marched off the premises and into the nearest police station in a hurry. Departmental legend has it that the serial killer Dennis Nielson, who worked for us before his incarceration, is allegedly still counted as being on long term suspension without pay.

Stone Monkey, Wednesday, 2 September 2009 23:32 (eleven years ago) link

five months pass...

Not so much a career as a complete fucking waste of my life.

National Sockpuppet Helpline (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 24 February 2010 09:51 (eleven years ago) link

describe, if it helps.

quiz show flat-track bully (darraghmac), Wednesday, 24 February 2010 10:05 (eleven years ago) link

btw 'careers' - overrated imo. (but then i'm young and will no doubt learn)

quiz show flat-track bully (darraghmac), Wednesday, 24 February 2010 10:05 (eleven years ago) link

Irish public sector, housing schemes. 3 years, 1 more until I'm permanent, damned glad to get it when I did, as long as things stay as bad as they are I'll stick with it and get experience. Can't see myself doing it for the next 40 years but pension, conditions, training & opportunities all pretty good so there's a good chance I'll slowly smother my 16 yr old self and settle for it in the long run.

The easiest way to get fired? Irish public service doesn't do 'fired' short of fraud or very inappropriate material being found on yr drive. If I make it through the next 12 months I'll be ok (lots of cuts going on at the moment)

quiz show flat-track bully (darraghmac), Wednesday, 24 February 2010 10:15 (eleven years ago) link

Top 10 (just) UK university. Started 7 & 1/2 years ago as library skivvy in the Audiovisual (read 'film & music') department, and over 4 years worked my way up to running said department.

2 & 1/2 years ago we restructured, combining library & IT, and then student services and the projects office, and then admissions, and then marketing, and then careers, into an enormous Academic Services division. I suffered management hell for 11 months (the manager, who was new, then left by 'mutual agreement'), and ended up as an AV technician, despite never wanting to be and having no aptitude for it.

My new manager for the last 18 months has been really good, and I've had loads of development opportunities, managing web pages, running working groups, doing project management, helping out our Comms & Marketing manager on various projects, all aimed at getting me a new, better, more suitable job.

I've applied for various other jobs at the university over the last 2 years, always narrowly missing out. The last thing I missed out on was a library customer service management job; I apparently made a seriously good impression, but missed out narrowly to someone else with 15 years more experience than me. Having worked with her on some stuff recently, I'm very glad I didn't get that job; it's hellish.

On Monday I start in the university's Communications Services division, where I'll be earning more money, in a better office, with people I've done various project work with over the last 2 years and who I really get along with (my direct line manager is former music editor at Big Issue Manchester, and a European Ultimate Frisbee champion, wtf), as a Web Officer managing and editing web pages for researchers.

To say I'm pleased is an understatement.

No, YOU'RE a disgusting savage (Scik Mouthy), Wednesday, 24 February 2010 11:29 (eleven years ago) link

've applied for various other jobs at the university over the last 2 years, always narrowly missing out. .............................I'm very glad I didn't get that job; it's hellish.

I tend to think this in advance of just about every job I see advertised tbh, which is why I don't apply for jobs.

quiz show flat-track bully (darraghmac), Wednesday, 24 February 2010 11:37 (eleven years ago) link

It's not even a career, really. I'm just at the end of my tolerance for helping peeps that don't want to be helped.

National Sockpuppet Helpline (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 24 February 2010 13:45 (eleven years ago) link

Just need to find a way to earn a living for the next 30 years that doesn't make me wanna kill self, clients, random bystanders.

National Sockpuppet Helpline (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 24 February 2010 13:48 (eleven years ago) link

i can sympathise with the helping people that don't want it angle, but tbh the only advice i got there is the 'become callous, desensitized and cynical' and i kinda feel that that's basically my advice to you any time we get into politics/society etc threads so y'know, absorb the bad days sand don't become a darraghmac over it or anything is maybe what i'd say to you.

quiz show flat-track bully (darraghmac), Wednesday, 24 February 2010 13:50 (eleven years ago) link

I'm just tired and burning out, plus teenagers are all the most disgusting of savages, plus I don't have any transferable skills and I just wanna work with Not People for the rest of my sentence.

Plus Wednesday. Wd rather be at home playing FM tbh

National Sockpuppet Helpline (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 24 February 2010 13:53 (eleven years ago) link

Question this morning. If an officer was suspended without pay for going through handbags at work, but after admitting the offence but claiming he was looking for knickers, the CMO then diagnosing a psychosexual malady: does the suspension period become reckonable after the fact?

We're back with the answer after the break.

never had it so ogod (darraghmac), Tuesday, 12 April 2016 08:35 (five years ago) link

A: reckonable.

never had it so ogod (darraghmac), Tuesday, 12 April 2016 11:57 (five years ago) link

one year passes...

One of my colleagues told me tonight that "If you think I give a shit about work, I've really pulled a hood over your head."

calstars, Friday, 6 October 2017 04:52 (three years ago) link

knickers in a handbag?
I know I know, it's serious

kinder, Friday, 6 October 2017 08:41 (three years ago) link

I think you have glanced briefly and underestimated this guy's genius.

Else I need to explain better.

Prob the latter.

passé aggresif (darraghmac), Friday, 6 October 2017 10:12 (three years ago) link

Some guy caught in the work cloakroom putting the 'hand' in 'handbag'.

Off you go sonny, special leave unpaid. Prosecute. Goes to court. The service will obv await results pending etc before making any decision.

On the day of testimony it comes all a sudden out that he wasn't, as you might have thought, seeking out the few fivers, which being a very understandable and typical urge has been long dealt with with the old heave-ho and good luck for the road.

He was looking for knickers. Any knickers (well, lady's knickers). Fella was mad for knickers. Obsessed. Compelled, by christ (important comma), for knickers. So much so that it seemed as reasonable as not to him on the day he was caught that there'd be a worthwhile chance of knickers in the bag in question, even if the chances of success were low it was a risk he was willing to take on the off chance of knickers.

Pure soft in the head, the poor bastard, for knickers.

He had a specialist in with him to shake his head sadly but professionally over the case and confirm that this wasn't theft, not a bit of it, it was the tragic manifestation of an untreated and poorly understood psychosexual - how impressed am I that my phone can autocorrect for psychosexual by the way- affliction and the man was no more guilty of the charge than you could be guilty of sneezing while nosetickled.

End result if theft: sacked, time served until offence reckoned as pensionable, time off since unpaid and unreckonable. Reputation ruined. No prospects but the boat.

End result if knickers: reinstated, time off since offence now held to be medical leave, backpaid and reckonable. Reputation ruined but in a more interesting fashion. No prospects of advancement but there's worse fates than a quiet, low-level career and your colleagues s-knickering about you every now and again.

Outcome: Court ruled knickers. Thirty years later dmac lets out a low whistle of appreciation when going through the file, shares with internet.

Wait, is this on 77?

passé aggresif (darraghmac), Friday, 6 October 2017 10:32 (three years ago) link

three months pass...

https://www.glassdoor.com/Award/Best-Places-to-Work-LST_KQ0,19.htm

facebook will stop at nothing

also cool that in n out is in the top 5

interesting list though because i worked with one of the companies on this list and liked it, and was offered a job at another one that is actually ranked higher, but didn't take it because they seemed so poorly managed and lots of miscommunication (could be team based though)

infinity (∞), Tuesday, 23 January 2018 17:20 (three years ago) link

btw 'careers' - overrated imo. (but then i'm young and will no doubt learn)

― quiz show flat-track bully (darraghmac), Wednesday, 24 February 2010 10:05 (seven years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Irish public sector, housing schemes. 3 years, 1 more until I'm permanent, damned glad to get it when I did, as long as things stay as bad as they are I'll stick with it and get experience. Can't see myself doing it for the next 40 years but pension, conditions, training & opportunities all pretty good so there's a good chance I'll slowly smother my 16 yr old self and settle for it in the long run.

The easiest way to get fired? Irish public service doesn't do 'fired' short of fraud or very inappropriate material being found on yr drive. If I make it through the next 12 months I'll be ok (lots of cuts going on at the moment)

― quiz show flat-track bully (darraghmac), Wednesday, 24 February 2010 10:15 (seven years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

This fucking guy

remember the lmao (darraghmac), Tuesday, 23 January 2018 17:31 (three years ago) link

My job is going to change beginning Monday in ways i am certain will make me miserable. Looking for a job elsewhere however seems hopeless and even more draining.

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Friday, 2 February 2018 02:32 (three years ago) link

i'm pretty sure they let me 'transition' to this new post purely bcz they don't wanna fire the cancer guy. So there's that!

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Friday, 2 February 2018 02:34 (three years ago) link

sweeet

j., Friday, 2 February 2018 02:53 (three years ago) link

one year passes...

there's this thing people do where they're sick but they work from home. i don't get it. if you're sick just be sick and rest up. 9 times out of 10 these people mysteriously linger on in half-sickness all week. i wonder why! occasionally it'll not even be full-on ill but "not feeling great, going to work from home today". nice for some!

Lil' Brexit (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 10 April 2019 23:02 (two years ago) link

sad!

Lil' Brexit (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 10 April 2019 23:02 (two years ago) link

I mean, I get 6 sick days a year, so I wouldn't want to use one unless I'm genuinely incapacitated

Dan I., Thursday, 11 April 2019 01:00 (two years ago) link

right i get that. i mean it's medieval but i get it. not the situation where i work though.

Lil' Brexit (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 11 April 2019 06:57 (two years ago) link

idk it's made sense to me. maybe you've got snot streaming down your face and sneezing every 0.5 seconds, or you've got bad cramps, but otherwise feel ok. The extra hour or so in bed not having to commute/ put on uncomfortable clothes will actually help you get better in the long run/ not spread it around and you know if you just left a day of work completely un-done it'd be even worse when you get back.

so it's quite nice to monitor email, get the important things done but know you can go and lie down or stuff tissues up your nose if it gets worse without having to make a big deal of leaving the office again

kinder, Thursday, 11 April 2019 07:17 (two years ago) link

yeah i have this feeling that there's something irrational or even controlling about my attitude towards this, idk

Lil' Brexit (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 11 April 2019 07:26 (two years ago) link

Makes sense to me as well. As well as not spreading germs, it means you can avoid letting people down through leaving work undone, and also make sure sure you don't come back to a stressful to do list.

Luna Schlosser, Thursday, 11 April 2019 07:27 (two years ago) link

but yeah if you're doing it all the time instead of using a sick day, and not really doing any work, you should be asked to decide if you're taking a sick day or working.

kinder, Thursday, 11 April 2019 07:37 (two years ago) link

Well 2 weeks ago my grad student made a big show of dragging herself into work while still sick. Promptly infected myself and maybe 6 other people with her heavy cold, some of whom took sick leave. I had the cold but wasn’t ill enough to not be working, so I stayed home to avoid spreading it.
By the way I also hold the current record for not taking my annual leave like I should, am owed three years’ worth, so I’m not exactly milking it.

an incoherent crustacean (MatthewK), Thursday, 11 April 2019 09:04 (two years ago) link

I think this happens in places where people can work effectively from home but are not given the freedom to do so, despite there being no reason for this, and so they need an excuse. Not to say they're all lying but my last job that didn't actively allow working from home and wasn't contract work had this a lot, like a way of staying at home without the sin of calling in sick.

Personally I'm a contractor so I don't get paid if I don't work - this means I wouldn't take a sick day unless I actually was sick to the point of needing to sleep all day. Like having a hangover, a bad cold or even a flu, or an upset stomach or whatever, is easy enough to work through if you're in sweatpants at home, or sitting in bed, or lying on the couch, rather than under fluorescent lights having to sit in some kind of acceptable posture.

All of these dynamics are fairly weird. As a catholic, I'm glad if I do take a day off at short notice I feel no guilt because I'm not being paid for it. It doesn't happen often but it's good to be able to feel okay about it when it does.

FernandoHierro, Thursday, 11 April 2019 10:16 (two years ago) link

I mean, I dunno, as soon as you allow things like working from home the illusion of our 40-hour weeks in office starts to erode, really.

FernandoHierro, Thursday, 11 April 2019 10:18 (two years ago) link

I usually do this but I work from home 3 days a week anyway. It is basically what kinder said - you're sick and snotty, but you are awake and can type on a keyboard, so you can get stuff done without having to get through the commute and then spread germs around the office.

our manager is clamping down on it though because one of the product managers has been taking the piss and claiming to be sick and working from home almost every week since she started a couple of months ago. now if you're sick you have to take a sick day. which is fine by me tbh, if that's how they want it, I'm happy to oblige by not doing any work when I otherwise could do. this new product manager is probably going to fail probation (in fact until last week she had never come in on a Tuesday) so I dunno if they'll keep it up after she gets sacked

Colonel Poo, Thursday, 11 April 2019 10:21 (two years ago) link

There are some people around me that use “working at home” as a weapon. If there’s a difficult project that requires delicate conversations/negotiations, I can predict with almost absolute certainty who will immediately update their calendar with ‘working at home’.

(And they’ll harass me on what are the “dialling in details”, even though they know getting people, room and phone lines lined up is a real pain).

Luna Schlosser, Thursday, 11 April 2019 11:11 (two years ago) link

I've only ever been sick/injured enough one day in my adult life where I was unable to do work from home. I dunno. I guess it depends on what your responsibilities are, if anyone take up the work for you. I am opposite and get a little weirded out when people don't at least check email from home when sick. But I also want to know as little personal details about most people's lives that I work with.

Yerac, Thursday, 11 April 2019 12:48 (two years ago) link

checking email while you're sick really crosses the work/life balance line for me. i think having a clear division is really important. if your department is set up so that things just don't get done or fall apart if you're not there then there are bigger issues.

Lil' Brexit (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 11 April 2019 13:12 (two years ago) link

sometimes people really need to be told - stop checking your email on the weekend. we're not doing surgery here.

Lil' Brexit (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 11 April 2019 13:13 (two years ago) link

I mean, I get 6 sick days a year, so I wouldn't want to use one unless I'm genuinely incapacitated

this is really the thing. Ontario has a v low number of allocated paid sick days.

Simon H., Thursday, 11 April 2019 13:15 (two years ago) link

its gonna vary hugely from country to country here, let alone corporate culture and individual habit

ppl would be horrified here to be told they were expected to check their email while at work tbh

fremme nette his simplicitte (darraghmac), Thursday, 11 April 2019 13:39 (two years ago) link

nice

Lil' Brexit (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 11 April 2019 14:16 (two years ago) link

people should oppose that kind of culture.

FernandoHierro, Thursday, 11 April 2019 14:42 (two years ago) link

Partially thank globalization. The world doesn't stop because your weekend starts.

Yerac, Thursday, 11 April 2019 14:50 (two years ago) link

yeah, most people are so lazy as to be almost worthless.

FernandoHierro, Thursday, 11 April 2019 14:53 (two years ago) link

i like to think of it as a tacit understanding that almost all work practiced in offices is unnecessary and its not rly worth getting het up over

fremme nette his simplicitte (darraghmac), Thursday, 11 April 2019 14:56 (two years ago) link

This is also true. Most jobs are completely unnecessary. Places like to hire and lay-off so they have one more metric to change as progress.

Yerac, Thursday, 11 April 2019 15:02 (two years ago) link

After suffering through some of the most stressful years of my life (to the point where I was throwing up in the morning in preparation for the day and having some very, very dark thoughts), due to the convergence of a terrible six-year project, lackluster management, and a toxic environment - I started a new job six months ago and am continually amazed at how pleasant a non-dysfunctional, supporting work environment can be. Best decision I've ever made.

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Thursday, 11 April 2019 15:06 (two years ago) link

Email itself is old hat. Where I work, senior managers use WhatsApp at all hours, and share a lot of indiscreet comments (very unwise in my view).

Luna Schlosser, Thursday, 11 April 2019 15:11 (two years ago) link

lol that is a terrible idea

call all destroyer, Thursday, 11 April 2019 15:13 (two years ago) link

hat tip to jvc, i switched out of a nightmare gig two years ago and still have daydreams about what i should've done to some of the animals i was stuck with in the old place

fremme nette his simplicitte (darraghmac), Thursday, 11 April 2019 15:36 (two years ago) link

that was mighty tempting, but I was just glad to have the light at the end of the tunnel not actually be an oncoming train for once, so I took the high road.

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Thursday, 11 April 2019 15:49 (two years ago) link

one year passes...

love it when you think you have a lot to do on a cold and snowy monday and it turns out to be really chill and quiet instead.

cosmic vision | bleak epiphany | erotic email (map), Monday, 14 December 2020 19:54 (four months ago) link

Okay, so I passed the work test, and it seems I'll be starting a new, long-term freelance gig later this week or early next. It pays more per hour than anything I've ever worked, and it is guaranteed to be a bit of a nightmare, but I'll be making as much in a month as I do in four now.

I'm absolutely terrified.

"Bi" Dong A Ban He Try (the table is the table), Monday, 14 December 2020 21:34 (four months ago) link

Thats great, grats

spruce springclean (darraghmac), Monday, 14 December 2020 22:09 (four months ago) link

hope you can make it work for you!

cosmic vision | bleak epiphany | erotic email (map), Monday, 14 December 2020 22:12 (four months ago) link

i hope so too! thx!

"Bi" Dong A Ban He Try (the table is the table), Monday, 14 December 2020 22:17 (four months ago) link

Hate me, but I retired 15 months ago. I feel even better than I imagined I would.

Pre-Isis (FlappyPants), Tuesday, 15 December 2020 05:21 (four months ago) link

four months pass...

"Everybody's flush with stimulus money and nobody wants to work" is something I've heard from four different people in completely unrelated conversations this week. The restaurant where I tend bar is going to close on Tuesdays and Wednesdays for the time being because the owner can't find a prep cook who doesn't throw money in the trash can. The roofing contractor who did some patch-up work for me Wednesday said he can't fill out work crews. An entire shift quit at the local McDonald's a couple of weeks ago because their manager was an asshole to them once too often.

Recalibrating the future of work and the value of work is playing out in some interesting ways. One of the servers at the restaurant, an extremely conservative white woman in her 50s, shocked the hell out of me yesterday by saying how this says more about the state of wages in Mississippi than about anybody's willingness to work.

In my house are many Manchins (WmC), Friday, 16 April 2021 14:18 (three weeks ago) link

(If there's a better thread for this, point me to it.)

In my house are many Manchins (WmC), Friday, 16 April 2021 14:19 (three weeks ago) link

that lady otm!

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Friday, 16 April 2021 20:19 (three weeks ago) link

if you’re a business reporter or similar there’s always a column waiting to be written about the “skills shortage” in industries x, y, and z where goldurn it they just can’t find the right people - itisamystery.gif

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Friday, 16 April 2021 20:21 (three weeks ago) link


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