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The reward for a good [Job] is more threads

HefflingHeffling No PicEverRegistered User regular
edited October 2023 in Social Entropy++
This Monday, it finally clicked with me that our plant manager is a completely clueless idiot. We won an order for a very large project where we are supplying ~600 valves. Over the past two weeks, I've spent about 50 hours coming up with a plan that will let us consume $165K of excess inventory in support of this project. $47K of the material is fully reserved (money set aside to scrap) and the cost for new standard parts would be $107K, so the net margin hit on the project is only $10.5K on a $10,000K order, and the benefit to the business is saving $107K by using materials we've paid for.

The Plant Manager kept wanting to go over the numbers, how they were pulled, what story they were telling. I had to explain it to him in at least 4 different ways, and could CLEARLY see he didn't understand what was going on. He finally approved just because I showed enough confidence that this was the right plan. It is, but I could have just as easily been a con man and gotten his approval, because all you need to win his support is to be confident.

The new Engineering Manager will start on the 17th. He's an H1B Visa that I endorsed, because he was by far the best person that applied for the role. Which means I get to move back to my former role and finally do work that I want to do instead of being in meetings for 25-30 hours a week. I will continue to report to the engineering exec, and the rest of the site team will report to the new manager.

Life is going good. Wife got the carotid artery cleaning she needed, after the stent in her heart in Feb, and is feeling tons better. Dad had a minor fall last Friday, but it woke him up to the realization that he needs to be asking for help more, which is good because I can't keep an eye on him 24/7. His wife, unfortunately, has no short term memory left. She really needs to be in a home, but my Dad isn't ready, and I just don't have the energy to argue with him on it for a 5th time.

My mom is coming to visit Friday evening and staying through till the 4th, so I took the 3rd and 5th off. Gives us more time to spend together and a day to recharge after being around family 24/7 for several days.

Having lost Trille and Amber over the past 8 months has been difficult, but at the same time, feeding the dogs went from a 20 minute exercise to 2 minutes of work. Rose and Kasper are happy as always, although we do feel like Rose has been missing Amber. She got really snuggly with Amber when we had her, and has transferred that snugglyness to her humans.

Overall attitude - Tentatively positive. I always feel like things start to go well just to build me up before the next shoe drops.
Daimar wrote: »
If anyone is in an argument and wants some studies and stats on how companies forcing return to office is also increasing turnover to unacceptable levels there's an article for your arsenal.

https://fortune.com/2023/08/01/research-damaging-results-mandated-return-to-office-worse-than-we-thought-rto-remote-work-careers-leadership-gleb-tsipursky/

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    HacksawHacksaw J. Duggan Esq. Wrestler at LawRegistered User regular
    Yeah probably

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    JokermanJokerman Everything EverywhereRegistered User regular
    I can honestly say I thought the thread was your baby heffling. It'd be like if I made a games thread.

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    Raijin QuickfootRaijin Quickfoot I'm your Huckleberry YOU'RE NO DAISYRegistered User, ClubPA regular
    I don’t want to work anymore

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    DouglasDangerDouglasDanger PennsylvaniaRegistered User regular
    Work work work

    Grumble grumble grumble

    I work as inventory analyst at the internal supply chain of a regional health system

    We've got an "all hands" meeting today that is scheduled to last three hours, what the hell

    We also just received an email about "structural transformation" from the organization president

    Last year "we" had a $239 million operating loss

    Hiring freeze, some positions being eliminated, restructuring coming

    Cool times

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    AthenorAthenor Battle Hardened Optimist The Skies of HiigaraRegistered User regular
    Weird feeling.

    That whole organizational/tech stack categorization rabbit hole that @schuss warned me about? It gave me pause to ask my team lead if it's something I should be pursuing.

    He gave me the go-ahead, agreeing that said structure is very much something we need on some level. It's exactly the kind of thing I should work on between other efforts.

    Thinking on things more, I think GitLab should be organized to reflect the tech stack instead of the delivered services.. but there's still the question of organizing/categorizing the tech stack, and getting ownership identifiers out of there.

    He/Him | "A boat is always safest in the harbor, but that’s not why we build boats." | "If you run, you gain one. If you move forward, you gain two." - Suletta Mercury, G-Witch
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    OghulkOghulk Tinychat Janitor TinychatRegistered User regular
    Boss: "Can we push our meeting back by 30 minutes? I need to get lunch and everything here runs on island time so I don't know if I'll be back in time."

    Maybe I should start working on island time.

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    Lindsay LohanLindsay Lohan Registered User regular
    I'm from an island (not a tropical one - but one that does drink heavily) - does that count enough to give me my own timezone?

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    adejaanadejaan Registered User regular
    edited June 2023
    Another job update…we had been trying to move to New Zealand. Not much happening on that front, a lot of applications but few interviews. Then not a lot of jobs to even apply for. My job is partially moving to KY, a place we’ve visited many times, so I applied to move with them, and there were a couple of jobs he could apply for there.
    The thought is/was we could move there for a couple of years and I could take some classes that would make me easier to hire on the NZ green list. So he interviewed and they offered him a job in KY. The VERY SAME DAY he was offered this job, he got an email from an NZ job he applied for, wanting to talk about the job. So he did that last night and they talked for almost an hour. There are some major things he doesnt have the experience with to necessarily get the job, but the recruiter told him they may be willing to relax their standards a little since they haven’t been able to find someone so far. I’m not hopeful that he’ll actually be offered the job, but the possibility is still there until we hear otherwise.
    The start date for his KY job is 7/24. I’m really hoping this NZ job is resolved one way or the other before he starts there, because if not we’d feel bad about bailing on a job basically immediately for another one. I know we shouldn’t feel bad about hurting a corporation’s feelings but we do. I don’t want to have to bail on my new job (if I get it, it’s not definite yet) either. This also throws a wrench in getting housing in KY as we’re coming from 1,000 miles away and short term leases are hard to come by. Just kind of a crappy situation. At least we have a couple of weeks to think about it.

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    DouglasDangerDouglasDanger PennsylvaniaRegistered User regular
    About 50 people were fired from part of IT two weeks ago

    Last week 50+ "senior" RNs were given the option to transfer to other roles or locations, or offered 26 weeks of PTO payout and resignation. That's 1040 hours, holy hell, why do people carry that much, Jesus fuck, the typical pay rate of a RN is like $30/hr without any shift differential or overtime, that's $31200 out here in pennsyltucky! That's more than the median yearly income for this area

    What will happen this week

    Neat stuff coming I'm sure
    All available supply chain staff are on a giant teams meeting, currently some yuppie consultant clown is talking about automation "AI" nonsense

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    PellaeonPellaeon Registered User regular
    edited June 2023
    Oghulk wrote: »
    Boss: "Can we push our meeting back by 30 minutes? I need to get lunch and everything here runs on island time so I don't know if I'll be back in time."

    Maybe I should start working on island time.

    Second hand infuriated for you.

    I had a boss who would fuck off on vacation seemingly every other week, but at least when he fucked off he fucked off and I didn't have to worry about him "checking in" from the pub on the island or whatever.

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    ProlegomenaProlegomena Frictionless Spinning The VoidRegistered User regular
    Oghulk wrote: »
    Boss: "Can we push our meeting back by 30 minutes? I need to get lunch and everything here runs on island time so I don't know if I'll be back in time."

    Maybe I should start working on island time.

    Live footage:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGSJQMA5Nz0

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    HefflingHeffling No Pic EverRegistered User regular
    adejaan wrote: »
    Another job update…we had been trying to move to New Zealand. Not much happening on that front, a lot of applications but few interviews. Then not a lot of jobs to even apply for. My job is partially moving to KY, a place we’ve visited many times, so I applied to move with them, and there were a couple of jobs he could apply for there.
    The thought is/was we could move there for a couple of years and I could take some classes that would make me easier to hire on the NZ green list. So he interviewed and they offered him a job in KY. The VERY SAME DAY he was offered this job, he got an email from an NZ job he applied for, wanting to talk about the job. So he did that last night and they talked for almost an hour. There are some major things he doesnt have the experience with to necessarily get the job, but the recruiter told him they may be willing to relax their standards a little since they haven’t been able to find someone so far. I’m not hopeful that he’ll actually be offered the job, but the possibility is still there until we hear otherwise.
    The start date for his KY job is 7/24. I’m really hoping this NZ job is resolved one way or the other before he starts there, because if not we’d feel bad about bailing on a job basically immediately for another one. I know we shouldn’t feel bad about hurting a corporation’s feelings but we do. I don’t want to have to bail on my new job (if I get it, it’s not definite yet) either. This also throws a wrench in getting housing in KY as we’re coming from 1,000 miles away and short term leases are hard to come by. Just kind of a crappy situation. At least we have a couple of weeks to think about it.

    Don't feel bad. Your company didn't when they moved the job to KY.

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    Raijin QuickfootRaijin Quickfoot I'm your Huckleberry YOU'RE NO DAISYRegistered User, ClubPA regular
    I’m going to email my boss and ask that they pay me $2500 an hour and that I only have to work 5 hours a week.

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    adejaanadejaan Registered User regular
    Heffling wrote: »
    adejaan wrote: »
    Another job update…we had been trying to move to New Zealand. Not much happening on that front, a lot of applications but few interviews. Then not a lot of jobs to even apply for. My job is partially moving to KY, a place we’ve visited many times, so I applied to move with them, and there were a couple of jobs he could apply for there.
    The thought is/was we could move there for a couple of years and I could take some classes that would make me easier to hire on the NZ green list. So he interviewed and they offered him a job in KY. The VERY SAME DAY he was offered this job, he got an email from an NZ job he applied for, wanting to talk about the job. So he did that last night and they talked for almost an hour. There are some major things he doesnt have the experience with to necessarily get the job, but the recruiter told him they may be willing to relax their standards a little since they haven’t been able to find someone so far. I’m not hopeful that he’ll actually be offered the job, but the possibility is still there until we hear otherwise.
    The start date for his KY job is 7/24. I’m really hoping this NZ job is resolved one way or the other before he starts there, because if not we’d feel bad about bailing on a job basically immediately for another one. I know we shouldn’t feel bad about hurting a corporation’s feelings but we do. I don’t want to have to bail on my new job (if I get it, it’s not definite yet) either. This also throws a wrench in getting housing in KY as we’re coming from 1,000 miles away and short term leases are hard to come by. Just kind of a crappy situation. At least we have a couple of weeks to think about it.

    Don't feel bad. Your company didn't when they moved the job to KY.

    Oh, I knew the job was leaving when I took it, but I thought (or hoped) I’d be long gone to NZ by the time things started leaving. Here we are a year later and things will start moving in a couple of months. They would have found me a place in the old organization but I thought it would be fitting to move to KY with it since we go there for vacation every year. I just wish this NZ job had contacted us a week or two sooner. Failing that I hope they tell us yes or no sooner rather than later, I wouldn’t feel so bad about bailing on a job offer if it happens before the start date.

    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
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    RoyceSraphimRoyceSraphim Registered User regular
    Work deligated to subordinates. Now I sleep

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    AthenorAthenor Battle Hardened Optimist The Skies of HiigaraRegistered User regular
    Athenor wrote: »
    Weird feeling.

    That whole organizational/tech stack categorization rabbit hole that @schuss warned me about? It gave me pause to ask my team lead if it's something I should be pursuing.

    He gave me the go-ahead, agreeing that said structure is very much something we need on some level. It's exactly the kind of thing I should work on between other efforts.

    Thinking on things more, I think GitLab should be organized to reflect the tech stack instead of the delivered services.. but there's still the question of organizing/categorizing the tech stack, and getting ownership identifiers out of there.

    ... and my director replied to the team saying something like -- Hey, that is a good plan, but hold back some things you can do so that the scope is smaller.. that way, next time they come asking us to improve security, we can implement those. Exact wording being that if we're offering a buffet, they'll keep coming back for refills. and to put some stuff in our back pocket for later.

    ... I hate this mentality, because the majority are small effects that do not really impact things if we properly communicate. But hey, it puts into perspective the idea that we're just trying to do "something..."

    Maybe I feel weird because there were no specifics on what we should or should not propose.

    He/Him | "A boat is always safest in the harbor, but that’s not why we build boats." | "If you run, you gain one. If you move forward, you gain two." - Suletta Mercury, G-Witch
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    ToxTox I kill threads he/himRegistered User regular
    What what a piece of shit human being to suggest not improving stuff you can improve just that you can respond later when asked to do more.

    But then again, if that's the work ethic he wants shrug-emoji

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    MagellMagell Detroit Machine Guns Fort MyersRegistered User regular
    Had Monday and Tuesday off as I was originally going to go to a concert, but plans changed, but I was sick Fri-Sun so it was nice to still have a weekends worth of time off to do stuff. Today the return was fine, but our bi-weekly meeting was today and they're normally short, but this one lasted for over an hour and I no longer have the caring to do any work for the rest of the day.

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    CarpyCarpy Registered User regular
    One of these times I'll remember to just put Anaconda on a new vm from the get go, today was not that day though. Solid couple hours wasted futzing with paths before I just uninstalled everything, built conda, then started reinstalling crap that I actually needed

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    ToxTox I kill threads he/himRegistered User regular
    Randomly trying to decide which fictional character(s) would be the worst person to get calling into their work's IT desk for something.

    Sheldon Cooper popped into my head first, but I think Dwight Schrute is more likely to have a password reset question that's just a randomly chosen question with the answer being some random phrase in Klingon or some bs.

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    HefflingHeffling No Pic EverRegistered User regular
    Carpy wrote: »
    One of these times I'll remember to just put Anaconda on a new vm from the get go, today was not that day though. Solid couple hours wasted futzing with paths before I just uninstalled everything, built conda, then started reinstalling crap that I actually needed

    My anaconda don't
    My anaconda don't
    My anaconda don't want none unless you got that vee em, hun

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    Magic PinkMagic Pink Tur-Boner-Fed Registered User regular
    some freakin dim bulb just sent this email out to the entire organization in 4 different cities
    Paul Sheldon, one of Connecticut’s best comedians, will be appearing at the Stress Factory comedy club in Bridgeport tonight at 8 pm…………….he will also be bringing his golf club comedy event to the Shawangunk Country Club on Friday, August 18 in Ellenville, NY for the club’s members and guests…………….

    i wanna hurl

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    DouglasDangerDouglasDanger PennsylvaniaRegistered User regular
    edited June 2023
    Vague pointless blather about automation

    Updates about current state/projects for each branch/team

    Some dumbass taking about verbal judo and sucking off cops for almost an hour under the guise of conversation conflict and actual conflict mitigation, truly bizarre, completely off topic from everything

    Very high level preview of our new inventory system/ERP

    Apparently the mass email about the big losses, staffing cuts and reassignments was "pure coincidence"

    DouglasDanger on
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    chromdomchromdom Who? Where?Registered User regular
    I don’t want to work anymore

    How do you feel about just banging on these drums all day?

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    see317see317 Registered User regular
    I helped a customer set their computer up today via Zoom call.
    Half way through they had to take a break to meet the therapy horse.

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    Sadly, I could not pet the therapy horse via Zoom, but hopefully they're working on that.

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    Raijin QuickfootRaijin Quickfoot I'm your Huckleberry YOU'RE NO DAISYRegistered User, ClubPA regular
    chromdom wrote: »
    I don’t want to work anymore

    How do you feel about just banging on these drums all day?

    I could definitely get behind that

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    DelzhandDelzhand Hard to miss. Registered User regular
    I got an amazing webdev job out of college 13 years ago and I've kept it almost uninterrupted for that whole time. The reason it was amazing was not the pay, but that I had two bosses (a married couple at the time) who were both wonderful people who treated me like a person first and an employee second. I stuck with them when they split around 8 years ago and continued to co-own the business, and they never let their personal lives affect the business. I stuck with them when they sold the 6 person company to a local 100+ person company 3 years ago. I stuck with that company when the one that was my technical mentor left for other opportunities a year ago. Today my other boss left the company, leaving me the only remaining asset of the acquisition.

    I've built my personal and professional brand in these last several years, and my job is both integral to the company and irreplaceable, so I'm not in any danger of having my job radically changed anytime soon, but it still blows. The people steered my professional development for over a decade, who kept me out of the cubicle-farm corporate or hand-to-mouth freelancer hellscapes, are no longer a part of my life.

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    Commander ZoomCommander Zoom Registered User regular
    Old thread gig ended, I have to look for another one.

    don't wanna

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    lonelyahavalonelyahava Call me Ahava ~~She/Her~~ Move to New ZealandRegistered User regular
    Aotearoa New Zealand desperately needs doctors, nurses, and teachers. And midwives.

    But I'm not sure if those are on the green list or not

    Also, ADHD drugs seem to be going well?

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    AthenorAthenor Battle Hardened Optimist The Skies of HiigaraRegistered User regular
    our Information Security Office tossed us a 23-page doc put together by the NSA and CISA (Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency) about protecting development chains. They are using the term MCA all over the place, referring to "Malicious Cyber Actor."

    Everyone's apparently into cybering these days.

    (for reference: https://media.defense.gov/2023/Jun/28/2003249466/-1/-1/0/CSI_DEFENDING_CI_CD_ENVIRONMENTS.PDF )

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    AvalonGuardAvalonGuard Registered User regular
    Cyber is like, a weirdly official term in gov, go figure.

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    godmodegodmode Southeast JapanRegistered User regular
    Delzhand wrote: »
    I got an amazing webdev job out of college 13 years ago and I've kept it almost uninterrupted for that whole time. The reason it was amazing was not the pay, but that I had two bosses (a married couple at the time) who were both wonderful people who treated me like a person first and an employee second. I stuck with them when they split around 8 years ago and continued to co-own the business, and they never let their personal lives affect the business. I stuck with them when they sold the 6 person company to a local 100+ person company 3 years ago. I stuck with that company when the one that was my technical mentor left for other opportunities a year ago. Today my other boss left the company, leaving me the only remaining asset of the acquisition.

    I've built my personal and professional brand in these last several years, and my job is both integral to the company and irreplaceable, so I'm not in any danger of having my job radically changed anytime soon, but it still blows. The people steered my professional development for over a decade, who kept me out of the cubicle-farm corporate or hand-to-mouth freelancer hellscapes, are no longer a part of my life.

    This is a real :bro: moment

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    Raijin QuickfootRaijin Quickfoot I'm your Huckleberry YOU'RE NO DAISYRegistered User, ClubPA regular
    I would move to NZ and be a teacher in a heart beat

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    MadicanMadican No face Registered User regular
    Earlier today there was an emergency power shutdown for an unknown reason. Think I just found out why.

    Ticket: Need Vector Control to remove animal caught in electrical transformer outside

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    DecatusDecatus Registered User regular
    I'd do the same if we didn't have 3 cats. Moving from California to Oregon was bad/stressful enough, I wouldn't want to put them through a 20+ hour flight.

    Now if NZ still needs teachers in 15-20 years, we'll see...

    PSN: decatus90
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    Commander ZoomCommander Zoom Registered User regular
    Madican wrote: »
    Earlier today there was an emergency power shutdown for an unknown reason. Think I just found out why.

    Ticket: Need Vector Control to remove animal caught in electrical transformer outside

    Yup, every now and then a raccoon, opossum etc finds out about electricity the hard way.

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    adejaanadejaan Registered User regular
    Aotearoa New Zealand desperately needs doctors, nurses, and teachers. And midwives.

    But I'm not sure if those are on the green list or not

    Also, ADHD drugs seem to be going well?

    Those are all on the green list, but I'd have to retake a ton of college classes (and take multiple years to complete), and just don't think I could do a job that could kill people if I made a mistake. And I really have no desire at all to be a teacher. In April a job category called Sterile Processing Technician was added to the green list, and that doesn't require nearly as much education - not even an associate's degree. I found an online course I could take that takes a year to complete and figure I could take that, then get some work experience in that field and hopefully be able to get a job in NZ using that qualification.

    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
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    RoyceSraphimRoyceSraphim Registered User regular
    *goes to bikini barista bar*
    Me:Sup?
    Her: How you doing? I just drove from Arizona and got to shower, unpack, and change for work just 45 minutes ago!
    Me: *screaming in dystopian capitalism horror and leaves $5 tip*

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    Raijin QuickfootRaijin Quickfoot I'm your Huckleberry YOU'RE NO DAISYRegistered User, ClubPA regular
    It does feel good to be done with work…


    What’s that?

    Tomorrow!!!

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    lonelyahavalonelyahava Call me Ahava ~~She/Her~~ Move to New ZealandRegistered User regular
    I would move to NZ and be a teacher in a heart beat

    Anything that touches education is needed.

    The teachers unions have had multiple strike days lately, though it looks to be clearing?

    But the cost of living down here is ridiculous. Like, Seattle and San Francisco ridiculous. Same with housing.

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