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HefflingHeffling No PicEverRegistered User regular
edited March 2023 in Social Entropy++
Hey friends, this year continues to compete with last year for "worst year of Heff's life", but because I went through a lot of what I did last year I was much better prepared for this year.

I think in the last big post I made, I talked about how the manager had quit and I was once again the interim manager. The job posting was held up for reasons unknown to me, as I know it had official C-level approval to backfill. However, as of a month ago, the position was posted. There haven't been any interviews yet because, tragically, my boss's mother was in a car wreck and passed away 4 days later. I was offered the role unofficially by my boss's boss before they had the approval for the backfill, which was a really good feeling, but I declined because I know I will be happier if I have more time to work on projects.

My wife's health continues to be great. Since we beat the infection, she's lost ~55 pounds and has already replaced much of her wardrobe. I also got some new clothes and we gave our old clothes to family and friends, with the few unwanted items going to Goodwill. She's been able to stop taking two of her blood pressure medications, she went from 100 units of long term insulin twice a day to 10 units once per day. She can control her sugar with just diet, but she likes her carbs and sugars so she still does need some fast acting insulin, but those doses have dropped by a similar amount. She in fact gave me a scare one day because she hadn't realized how much less she needed, and she got very low in her sugar.

Amber, the 14 year old Great Pyrenees we adopted from my dad, continues to do great. We got her in May and didn't think she's last to the end of July, but she's still going strong. Being able to keep her thyroid meds on a schedule has done wonders for her, as has getting her on arthritis medicine. We had her at the dog park last weekend with our others, and we saw her run for the first time. She was just so happy!

Speaking of dogs and my dad, that brings up the bad news. Trille, our 13 year old blind and mostly deaf Shi-Tzu, has a large black growth on the front of one of her forepaws. I'm taking her to the vet in the morning, but we've decided not to do surgery if it's any kind of tumor, because her quality of life isn't that great anymore. I'm always going to feel guilty about her, because it was our overfeeding of her that caused her to get diabetes, and along with a steroid shot from the vet, is what cost her her eyesight. But she's been with us for closing on 4 years since that happened.

My dad has had a really rough time of things lately. Wednesday before Thanksgiving, my step mom fell and hit her head. She has had early dementia for the past 3 years or so, and my dad has moved homes twice (meaning she's lived in 3 different houses) which hasn't helped. The blow to her head triggered a very advanced episode of dementia in which she regressed decades and didn't know anyone, and she ended up having to be hospitalized. My sister was visiting and staying with my dad for the holiday, so she was able to help out a lot. The hospital released her on Friday, likely at my dad's insistence, but she had to be readmitted because she was simply uncontrollable at home. She kept trying to grab some random object and leave, claiming she was going home.

Sunday they discharged her again, and she was doing much better this time. Her dementia has advanced some, and she has forgotten how to do some things like put away the dishes (because she can't remember where they go). So I've been going over to do some chores every day, and to check up on them. I won't bore you with a detailed plan of the doctors visits and such, but I ended up taking off two days last week to help them out. My dad was extremely stressed out during this time, and I really think he would have been having panic attacks if I hadn't been there to help.

One thing I did was sit and keep my step-mom entertained for a couple of hours so my dad could deal with some bank issue he was having. Well, as it turns out, some scammers managed to get a hold of my dad and stole several thousand dollars from his checking account. Then they convinced him that they were investigating the people that ripped him off, and convinced him to buy several thousand dollars worth of gift cards from CVS. Then to spend some money in a bitcoin machine and send them a picture of the receipt.

I only found out about this because I stopped by after work on Tuesday, just as my dad was about to drive off. I could see no other family cars there, so was very surprised he was leaving my step-mom alone. I asked him where he was going, and he told me "The FBI investigator I've been working with about the scammers wants me to meet him in a parking lot." At which point, I marched in side, called the police and told them what little I knew, and they sent over a policeman to take his report. I got some of the story out of him at this point, and just what I know about he lost over $13k, and likely most of it is not recoverable.

My mom has finally accepted that my step-dad needs to be in a nursing home, but she's not ready to give him up yet. It's a small step, but an important one.

Last year, I started taking adderall after discussing with my GP a lifelong pattern of ADHD symptoms. It's just as a highly introverted person, my ADHD sends me inwards rather than outwards. I take the lowest dose in the extended release form, and typically I've only been taking 3-4 pills per week. Usually one on each day I go into the office (3x) then maybe one on a Saturday if we have a ton of errands to run. Because of all of the stuff going on with my dad, I've been taking one every day since Thanksgiving. And I've noticed that while I don't feel any euphoria or high feeling, I definitely have been happier. Or at least, not my normal low grade miserable with occasionally all too brief swings towards happiness, and all to long swings into despair.

Or maybe I'm just in a manic phase.



As a reminder, we have several educators that post in their thread. Them complaining about their job isn't an invitation for you to talk about your bad school experience. They find it disheartening, and as they have asked us to stop, it's up to us to respect their wish.

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    RoyceSraphimRoyceSraphim Registered User regular
    Glory to you and your competent coworkers!

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    PacificstarPacificstar Registered User regular
    Caught up with a friend after not talking for a long time. He was complaining about work, and I reminded him that he can just simply quit the job he doesn't like. He has savings, owns his home, and has no children. He can opt-out of the rat race for a few months and be just fine.

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    thatassemblyguythatassemblyguy Janitor of Technical Debt .Registered User regular
    Caught up with a friend after not talking for a long time. He was complaining about work, and I reminded him that he can just simply quit the job he doesn't like. He has savings, owns his home, and has no children. He can opt-out of the rat race for a few months and be just fine.

    Yessss, turn off, drop out, tune in(?)

    I think the biggest anxiety for living off of savings is explaining to potential employers that, welp, I just couldn't be assed to work for a few months.

    So duder also needs a good story for what he did during the time off.

    Best scenario is if the company offers paid sabatical.

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    minor incidentminor incident expert in a dying field njRegistered User regular
    Caught up with a friend after not talking for a long time. He was complaining about work, and I reminded him that he can just simply quit the job he doesn't like. He has savings, owns his home, and has no children. He can opt-out of the rat race for a few months and be just fine.

    Yessss, turn off, drop out, tune in(?)

    I think the biggest anxiety for living off of savings is explaining to potential employers that, welp, I just couldn't be assed to work for a few months.

    So duder also needs a good story for what he did during the time off.

    Best scenario is if the company offers paid sabatical.

    “Caring for a sick family member” is always a good one. Sounds responsible and invites no follow up questions.

    Ah, it stinks, it sucks, it's anthropologically unjust
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    thatassemblyguythatassemblyguy Janitor of Technical Debt .Registered User regular
    Caught up with a friend after not talking for a long time. He was complaining about work, and I reminded him that he can just simply quit the job he doesn't like. He has savings, owns his home, and has no children. He can opt-out of the rat race for a few months and be just fine.

    Yessss, turn off, drop out, tune in(?)

    I think the biggest anxiety for living off of savings is explaining to potential employers that, welp, I just couldn't be assed to work for a few months.

    So duder also needs a good story for what he did during the time off.

    Best scenario is if the company offers paid sabatical.

    “Caring for a sick family member” is always a good one. Sounds responsible and invites no follow up questions.

    (your answer is a good answer, the following is a joke answer)

    Personally, I'm going with, "PO talked with the shareholders and we decided to prioritize my Steam backlog."

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    RoyceSraphimRoyceSraphim Registered User regular
    Started my own game development business but could not funding past intial principle

    I.e.

    Alll research

    i.e.

    Steam backlog

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    Houk the NamebringerHouk the Namebringer Nipples The EchidnaRegistered User regular
    to be honest, depending on the company/industry, a tactful/professional version of the truth - "I was burned out and needed some time to get my head on straight and find something better for me" - wouldn't necessarily go unappreciated.

    it's not universal obviously, but I think a lot of places are a lot more sensitive to that kind of thing these days. if you can show any kind of effort at professional development in that time (classes, certs, whatever), so much the better.

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    honoverehonovere Registered User regular
    I hate decembers. Just this unecessary combination of the Holiday family stuff with it always being the most hectic time at work because of clients needing/wanting their stuff done before the year's end, plus flu/seasonal sickness time at work and at home. blegh. just want to crawl into bet and get out again in January.

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    BrainleechBrainleech 機知に富んだコメントはここにあります Registered User regular
    honovere wrote: »
    I hate decembers. Just this unecessary combination of the Holiday family stuff with it always being the most hectic time at work because of clients needing/wanting their stuff done before the year's end, plus flu/seasonal sickness time at work and at home. blegh. just want to crawl into bet and get out again in January.

    It's the most wonderful time of the year!

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    RoyceSraphimRoyceSraphim Registered User regular
    You ever have that moment where you realize there is not enough
    Alcohol
    Porn
    And "normal" media

    Out there to help you with this work headache?

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    BrainleechBrainleech 機知に富んだコメントはここにあります Registered User regular
    I work often 3 steps away from a large area of alcohol and when they used to backstock it in the hall to dairy people would break into the cage to drink it
    I really should take at least a Mp3 player to work because non stop holiday music does burn the mind

    Yesterday was weird as it's was foggy
    As I walked home and rounded the corner at work
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    and on the bike path on the way home
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    SassoriSassori Registered User regular
    I’m trying really hard not to burn leave this week since I have a bunch of time off closer to Christmas and my husband and I are hoping to finally take our honeymoon in Feb/March.

    But it’s was difficult to get out of bed today. Only Tuesday…

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    ToxTox I kill threads he/himRegistered User regular
    Running low on milk and kinda wanting cereal so today I committed what the internet would have me believe is among the greatest sins against god and man

    Poured the milk first so if anything goes sideways today y'all, that one's on me

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    minor incidentminor incident expert in a dying field njRegistered User regular
    to be honest, depending on the company/industry, a tactful/professional version of the truth - "I was burned out and needed some time to get my head on straight and find something better for me" - wouldn't necessarily go unappreciated.

    it's not universal obviously, but I think a lot of places are a lot more sensitive to that kind of thing these days. if you can show any kind of effort at professional development in that time (classes, certs, whatever), so much the better.

    Yeah, when I was a hiring manager I would have totally understood and appreciated that. The problem is some companies are just so intensely spooked by the idea of someone not having continuous employment that they could never get over it, so it almost doesn’t make sense to be honest if you don’t know with 100% certainty how they’ll react.

    Ah, it stinks, it sucks, it's anthropologically unjust
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    ElvenshaeElvenshae Registered User regular
    You ever have that moment where you realize there is not enough
    Alcohol
    Porn
    And "normal" media

    Out there to help you with this work headache?

    Have you tried ibuprofen? :D

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    DouglasDangerDouglasDanger PennsylvaniaRegistered User regular
    I talked with my supervisor yesterday, about the new job/promotion that he's working on "for me."

    He has not gotten a salary range from HR yet, but he's going to call them today. The position will remain as an hourly wage, rather than salary , which is great.

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    JokermanJokerman Everything EverywhereRegistered User regular
    Elvenshae wrote: »
    You ever have that moment where you realize there is not enough
    Alcohol
    Porn
    And "normal" media

    Out there to help you with this work headache?

    Have you tried ibuprofen? :D

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QPtIECEizqw

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    DouglasDangerDouglasDanger PennsylvaniaRegistered User regular
    Also, I finally have permission to refer inpatient nursing units to the team that stocks them when they need supplies

    This has been a thing for five plus years now

    A unit will need say dressing x, which is stocked in their supply room, but the room is empty. So that unit's staff calls me. I print an order sheet for the item at the warehouse.

    I've been trying to get the units to contact their stocker directly for literal years, but I wasn't allowed due to staffing and management problems within the supply chain

    It's going to be a big process, but I can finally start saying hey you need to talk to your stocker directly

    I'm almost.jumping with joy

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    Magic PinkMagic Pink Tur-Boner-Fed Registered User regular
    jobs are bad

    cannot recommend

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    DysDys how am I even using this gun Registered User regular
    My work day today is pretty much me standing in front of my laptop, not having very much of anything to do.

    I really need to get myself a chair ordered for days like this, this sucks.

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    ToxTox I kill threads he/himRegistered User regular
    edited December 2022
    Also, I finally have permission to refer inpatient nursing units to the team that stocks them when they need supplies

    This has been a thing for five plus years now

    A unit will need say dressing x, which is stocked in their supply room, but the room is empty. So that unit's staff calls me. I print an order sheet for the item at the warehouse.

    I've been trying to get the units to contact their stocker directly for literal years, but I wasn't allowed due to staffing and management problems within the supply chain

    It's going to be a big process, but I can finally start saying hey you need to talk to your stocker directly

    I'm almost.jumping with joy

    That's awesome - I wonder if they'll be an overlap period where it's like, "hey yeah I'll send this off but just so you know in the future you'll need to contact so-and-so, and after (date), you'll have to go through them only."

    I feel like that's what my last job would've done, and the local stockers would just keep telling everyone to put orders in and our manager would be a coward and just have us put the orders in anyway man I really hated my last job

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    JedocJedoc In the scuppers with the staggers and jagsRegistered User regular
    So it turns out that the HVAC system in the library was supposed to have one control thermostat in the back room, and about a dozen dummy thermostats that could sense the temperature and regulate all the different zones based on the setting on the control thermostat.

    Instead, all of them are independent control thermostats, and adjusting the temperature on any of them except the one that was supposed to be the control thermostat cuts them all loose to do whatever they were last told to do as hard as they can for the next three hours. This explains a lot about how miserable the workroom is most of the time!

    Anyway this morning's project has been using leftover hold labels to cover up all the verboten controls.

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    DouglasDangerDouglasDanger PennsylvaniaRegistered User regular
    Yeah, there's definitely going to be an overlap period, and some fine tubing

    There was a big idea to keep the supply chain out of sight and out of the way for several years, so some departments don't have any idea where the supplies come from, who brings them when from where, etc

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    Opposing FarceOpposing Farce Registered User regular
    Posted in the old thread but putting it here because I have a desperate desire to be heard and liked
    Tox wrote: »
    Definitely the latter. I mean. It feels like they're trying to give the team more ownership. But I've played that game before, and it always ends up being bullshit. So I'm guessing that's what set off my bs meter

    This is late, but if you couch it as "hey, we know this exercise isn't the most sincere thing corporate could do" and riff from there its usually well received.

    When I was in the military I was the young officer stuckee doing our wellness briefings where we had to wax on about the core values for part of it. I was not a flag waving kool aid drinker, so it was a fun exercise.

    I just tried to go beyond the platitudes to what they actually say. Like one value was have integrity. Just don't be a lying piece of shit and be accountable to each other. If you phrase it in down to earth language people use in the real world its waaayyy better.

    Turn "Integrity First!" into "look, the minimum is being honest and accountable, its really not a big deal". I also sort of 'downplayed' the values. All they are is the baseline! Its so we have some mutual baseline to work from, so everyone understands the expectations. Turn the values away from something sacred into something functional. People usually respect and understand that. My commander actually loved that angle.

    Adjacently, the values can be treated like de facto laws. Like, theft is illegal, but people still do it. Its not like you throw your hands up and make theft legal because people do it anyways. Its so when theft happens you can point to something that says not to do it. In this case, if someone acts without integrity you can go, bro, it was the bare minimum you clown

    Now I like talking about this stuff because I like being different than all other kool aid drinkers and their stupid speeches filled with empty rhetoric.

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    Commander ZoomCommander Zoom Registered User regular
    Jedoc wrote: »
    So it turns out that the HVAC system in the library was supposed to have one control thermostat in the back room, and about a dozen dummy thermostats that could sense the temperature and regulate all the different zones based on the setting on the control thermostat.

    Instead, all of them are independent control thermostats, and adjusting the temperature on any of them except the one that was supposed to be the control thermostat cuts them all loose to do whatever they were last told to do as hard as they can for the next three hours. This explains a lot about how miserable the workroom is most of the time!

    Anyway this morning's project has been using leftover hold labels to cover up all the verboten controls.

    cxhnqq7lxul2.png

    cow-orker: *is compelled to touch it*

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    HefflingHeffling No Pic EverRegistered User regular
    Jedoc wrote: »
    So it turns out that the HVAC system in the library was supposed to have one control thermostat in the back room, and about a dozen dummy thermostats that could sense the temperature and regulate all the different zones based on the setting on the control thermostat.

    Instead, all of them are independent control thermostats, and adjusting the temperature on any of them except the one that was supposed to be the control thermostat cuts them all loose to do whatever they were last told to do as hard as they can for the next three hours. This explains a lot about how miserable the workroom is most of the time!

    Anyway this morning's project has been using leftover hold labels to cover up all the verboten controls.

    cxhnqq7lxul2.png

    I feel a sudden urge to touch something.

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    SassoriSassori Registered User regular
    Always nice when you are told you’re an “asset” to keeping the team going but that is still only going to give you a consistent instead of exemplary review because you have one of those managers that never give out the highest rating possible to anyone.

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    schussschuss Registered User regular
    Sassori wrote: »
    Always nice when you are told you’re an “asset” to keeping the team going but that is still only going to give you a consistent instead of exemplary review because you have one of those managers that never give out the highest rating possible to anyone.

    This is why cross manager/group calibration is important - We always have discussions on our folks and the objectives they achieved, didn't achieve or knocked out of the park. It becomes real obvious when one manager is downgrading people as their ratings will stick out as aberrant and their manager can tell them to cut the bullshit. It's an uncomfortable process as a manager, but is vital to having consistent performance rating across groups.

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    CelloCello Registered User regular
    edited December 2022
    Days when I don't have assigned work and am working from home: excellent, love it, pay me to play Pokemon all day or work on creative projects that I'm having fun with, Job Good

    Days when I don't have assigned work and am working from the office: bad, slow, debating walking to the cafe across the street 3 separate times, opening and closing free training course options because they're made in a very annoyingly formatted program, planning cookie baking options instead

    Restrictive hybrid work to a number of in-office days per week seems rather unproductive to me

    (Less facetiously, this is actively discouraging me from working as efficiently as I can because I'm stuck sitting here with the appearance of productivity and will be pressured to delay work submission to days where I'm forced to sit at a desk downtown)

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    Curly_BraceCurly_Brace Robot Girl Mimiga VillageRegistered User regular
    Love to help an end user who is mad computers DARE to use UTC as a default standard. 🙃

    (Really he was just humiliated at not knowing what UTC meant and why time & date data might be encoded in UTC so as to avoid problems.)

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    AthenorAthenor Battle Hardened Optimist The Skies of HiigaraRegistered User regular
    Love to help an end user who is mad computers DARE to use UTC as a default standard. 🙃

    (Really he was just humiliated at not knowing what UTC meant and why time & date data might be encoded in UTC so as to avoid problems.)

    I introduced my newest coworker to Unix time today.

    I just grinned when I explained the Year 2038 problem.

    He/Him | "We who believe in freedom cannot rest." - Dr. Johnetta Cole, 7/22/2024
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    KadithKadith Registered User regular
    well good news for the folks at my job is that the CEO seems to be moving toward approving the staff additions i requested on next years budget

    bad news is he talked around answering my direct ask for 2-3x those additions if he wants me to stay. instead directly offering more pay and some WFH days

    also if you make the mistake of accepting too low of a pay offering for a job and are trying to get a raised after the fact don't go around telling your peers how you "run this place" and "you'll be lost without me" when you've only been there for a few months. they won't have good things to say when asked if the company should negotiate your retention.

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    SassoriSassori Registered User regular
    edited December 2022
    schuss wrote: »
    Sassori wrote: »
    Always nice when you are told you’re an “asset” to keeping the team going but that is still only going to give you a consistent instead of exemplary review because you have one of those managers that never give out the highest rating possible to anyone.

    This is why cross manager/group calibration is important - We always have discussions on our folks and the objectives they achieved, didn't achieve or knocked out of the park. It becomes real obvious when one manager is downgrading people as their ratings will stick out as aberrant and their manager can tell them to cut the bullshit. It's an uncomfortable process as a manager, but is vital to having consistent performance rating across groups.

    Yeah I had one that would rate everyone a 3/5. Maybe toss a couple 4s in there. But not enough to average out and NEVER would give a 5.

    And her excuse was always “your 3 might be different than someone else’s 3” and it drove me nuts. And then my last performance review with her was spent encouraging me to babysit someone else in the office just because that person was younger than me. I wasn’t her supervisor.

    But I was told I should make up tasks and then praise her if she did a good job.

    It was dropped when I asked how that would be reflected in my salary or title.

    Sassori on
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    tynictynic PICNIC BADASS Registered User, ClubPA regular
    Sassori wrote: »
    schuss wrote: »
    Sassori wrote: »
    Always nice when you are told you’re an “asset” to keeping the team going but that is still only going to give you a consistent instead of exemplary review because you have one of those managers that never give out the highest rating possible to anyone.

    This is why cross manager/group calibration is important - We always have discussions on our folks and the objectives they achieved, didn't achieve or knocked out of the park. It becomes real obvious when one manager is downgrading people as their ratings will stick out as aberrant and their manager can tell them to cut the bullshit. It's an uncomfortable process as a manager, but is vital to having consistent performance rating across groups.

    Yeah I had one that would rate everyone a 3/5. Maybe toss a couple 4s in there. But not enough to average out and NEVER would give a 5.

    And her excuse was always “your 3 might be different than someone else’s 3” and it drove me nuts. And then my last performance review with her was spent encouraging me to babysit someone else in the office just because that person was younger than me. I wasn’t her supervisor.

    But I was told I should make up tasks and then praise her if she did a good job.

    It was dropped when I asked how that would be reflected in my salary or title.

    That kind of bullshit is a pretty dependable way to spot a manager who has had zero managerial training or oversight.

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    schussschuss Registered User regular
    edited December 2022
    Sassori wrote: »
    schuss wrote: »
    Sassori wrote: »
    Always nice when you are told you’re an “asset” to keeping the team going but that is still only going to give you a consistent instead of exemplary review because you have one of those managers that never give out the highest rating possible to anyone.

    This is why cross manager/group calibration is important - We always have discussions on our folks and the objectives they achieved, didn't achieve or knocked out of the park. It becomes real obvious when one manager is downgrading people as their ratings will stick out as aberrant and their manager can tell them to cut the bullshit. It's an uncomfortable process as a manager, but is vital to having consistent performance rating across groups.

    Yeah I had one that would rate everyone a 3/5. Maybe toss a couple 4s in there. But not enough to average out and NEVER would give a 5.

    And her excuse was always “your 3 might be different than someone else’s 3” and it drove me nuts. And then my last performance review with her was spent encouraging me to babysit someone else in the office just because that person was younger than me. I wasn’t her supervisor.

    But I was told I should make up tasks and then praise her if she did a good job.

    It was dropped when I asked how that would be reflected in my salary or title.

    While to some extent that is true (you should always take time in career and time in job into account), you have to try extra hard to ensure you rate people on an even field and ensure equal opportunities.
    Common things I've seen: Favorite high performer gets all the good/interesting/challenging projects so no one else can reasonably attain a high rating.
    They rate on the person's potential, not against peers in role (it is not your business if they're living up to their full potential, it's up to you how you rate them against the objectives and expectations of the job they're in).
    "I never give the top rating" - this is why you have a rating scale of more than 5, even if like the top 3-4 numbers equal similar salary bumps.
    Rating primarily on subjective qualities and never giving real, tangible, quantifiable objectives - if you do not lay out explicitly what good or excellent looks like, you can't get surprised when people are demotivated because why try?
    Shitting on people because their friend from another group doesn't like them.

    Drives me nuts.

    schuss on
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    crzyangocrzyango Registered User regular
    While it doesn't look like the tech school job will offer compensation anywhere near what I need, this has somehow ended up with a colleague recommending me for a much more stable job that is only 40 hours a week vs 60, actually having PTO, and only a 15 minute longer drive. Also, it's not a year to year. I, uh, I gotta figure how much money I'm willing to lose to have stability I guess.

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    MagellMagell Detroit Machine Guns Fort MyersRegistered User regular
    Sassori wrote: »
    schuss wrote: »
    Sassori wrote: »
    Always nice when you are told you’re an “asset” to keeping the team going but that is still only going to give you a consistent instead of exemplary review because you have one of those managers that never give out the highest rating possible to anyone.

    This is why cross manager/group calibration is important - We always have discussions on our folks and the objectives they achieved, didn't achieve or knocked out of the park. It becomes real obvious when one manager is downgrading people as their ratings will stick out as aberrant and their manager can tell them to cut the bullshit. It's an uncomfortable process as a manager, but is vital to having consistent performance rating across groups.

    Yeah I had one that would rate everyone a 3/5. Maybe toss a couple 4s in there. But not enough to average out and NEVER would give a 5.

    And her excuse was always “your 3 might be different than someone else’s 3” and it drove me nuts. And then my last performance review with her was spent encouraging me to babysit someone else in the office just because that person was younger than me. I wasn’t her supervisor.

    But I was told I should make up tasks and then praise her if she did a good job.

    It was dropped when I asked how that would be reflected in my salary or title.

    At my grocery store job this would drive me crazy because there are some that have metrics that I could prove that I would be a five.

    Attendance is a 4. I never missed a day and would come in on my day off there is no better of an employee I could have been on that metric. Same with performance. We posted the speed with which we scanned items and I was always 1 or 2. What are you doing?

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    PellaeonPellaeon Registered User regular
    Magell wrote: »
    Sassori wrote: »
    schuss wrote: »
    Sassori wrote: »
    Always nice when you are told you’re an “asset” to keeping the team going but that is still only going to give you a consistent instead of exemplary review because you have one of those managers that never give out the highest rating possible to anyone.

    This is why cross manager/group calibration is important - We always have discussions on our folks and the objectives they achieved, didn't achieve or knocked out of the park. It becomes real obvious when one manager is downgrading people as their ratings will stick out as aberrant and their manager can tell them to cut the bullshit. It's an uncomfortable process as a manager, but is vital to having consistent performance rating across groups.

    Yeah I had one that would rate everyone a 3/5. Maybe toss a couple 4s in there. But not enough to average out and NEVER would give a 5.

    And her excuse was always “your 3 might be different than someone else’s 3” and it drove me nuts. And then my last performance review with her was spent encouraging me to babysit someone else in the office just because that person was younger than me. I wasn’t her supervisor.

    But I was told I should make up tasks and then praise her if she did a good job.

    It was dropped when I asked how that would be reflected in my salary or title.

    At my grocery store job this would drive me crazy because there are some that have metrics that I could prove that I would be a five.

    Attendance is a 4. I never missed a day and would come in on my day off there is no better of an employee I could have been on that metric. Same with performance. We posted the speed with which we scanned items and I was always 1 or 2. What are you doing?

    Aha, but what if you pulled an unpaid double every day, including your day off? That's the 5 attitude we're looking for!

    :Barf:

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    SassoriSassori Registered User regular
    I’ve been told not to dwell on who made what mistakes and to think about how I give feedback to the people making the same mistakes over and over again.

    But what they really want to say to me is can’t you just quietly fix everything and I don’t have to acknowledge that I don’t think you should be rewarded for doing someone else’s work?

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    Brovid HasselsmofBrovid Hasselsmof [Growling historic on the fury road] Registered User regular
    Jedoc wrote: »
    So it turns out that the HVAC system in the library was supposed to have one control thermostat in the back room, and about a dozen dummy thermostats that could sense the temperature and regulate all the different zones based on the setting on the control thermostat.

    Instead, all of them are independent control thermostats, and adjusting the temperature on any of them except the one that was supposed to be the control thermostat cuts them all loose to do whatever they were last told to do as hard as they can for the next three hours. This explains a lot about how miserable the workroom is most of the time!

    Anyway this morning's project has been using leftover hold labels to cover up all the verboten controls.

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