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Old 08-29-2014, 07:03 AM   #41
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Woke up to a 4:30am alarm clock this morning. Won't miss that.

Could easily rattle off 20 things I won't miss about working.
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Old 08-29-2014, 07:53 AM   #42
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1. Scheduled conference calls that get pushed out or rescheduled at the last minute because other participants can't manage their time properly. Very annoying.
2. Meetings that never seemed to start on time.
3. Late night conference calls with Asian colleagues and clients
4. Annual plans and "career" goals when my career was just a couple more years.
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Old 08-29-2014, 12:55 PM   #44
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#1) Being "On-Call" way too many weekends.
#2) Emails about some trivial bureaucratic nonsense with "Action Required" pasted in the subject line as if it were more important than whatever I could possibly have been working on already.
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Old 08-29-2014, 04:04 PM   #45
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Managers who are insecure, power-mad, desperate psychopaths /sociopaths who have determined that YOU are the person they will make an example of........
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Old 08-29-2014, 04:38 PM   #46
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+1 for me too..it's nice not to have to impress, please or answer to anyone but the wife
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Managers who are insecure, power-mad, desperate psychopaths /sociopaths who have determined that YOU are the person they will make an example of........
I am working for that guy now . I won't miss the boss and its cronies when I RE.

The problem with this kind of boss is that he sets a bad example which his weaker minded sub-managers follow. Over time, the whole org becomes a toxic place to work, everyone looking to blame each other, taking credit for others' work, stepping over others to advance, etc..
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Old 08-29-2014, 08:17 PM   #48
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wearing a wrist watch...

and corporate babble...



what are 2 things you don't miss?
Wow what a fantastic video. Two of my favorite things are corporate buzzword and Weird Al. That is the ultimate synergistic relationship transforming messaging into the next generation of social media. It is a new paradigm for buzzword.

I can't believe I missed that video and nobody posted it on Facebook. What would I do without this forum.
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Old 08-29-2014, 10:05 PM   #49
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Parents. I do not miss the parents.

"My kid says...."

Guess what.....your kid is not being truthful.

Parents seldom, seldom believe their child might, ahem, lie.

Surprise: kids don't always tell the truth. Unbelievable what an affect/effect that can have on a teacher's day.

and, the weekly meetings/inservices. I never knew i disliked those so much until retirement. As somebody else said....same stuff, repackaged...over and over again.
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Old 08-30-2014, 07:35 AM   #50
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Brilliant! Leave to Weird Al to juxtapose corporate double-speak with the anti-corporate, anti-establishment, challenge-the-status-quo strains of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.
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George Orwell's "Politics and the English Language"?

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Wow what a fantastic video. Two of my favorite things are corporate buzzword and Weird Al. That is the ultimate synergistic relationship transforming messaging into the next generation of social media. It is a new paradigm for buzzword.

I can't believe I missed that video and nobody posted it on Facebook. What would I do without this forum.
It's time for me to enjoy morning coffee over Orwell's landmark essay once again. His instruction on the many methods of obfuscation often sustained me during mind-numbing meetings of the past three decades. It was entertaining to sit in in-services, "consultant" presentations, and state curriculum meetings, thinking back to good old George O. (Those meetings gave lots of opportunities to watch presenters say very little with WAY too many words. Orwell would have been chuckling, and it kept me from watching the clock.)

If more folks had been required to read his essay, they might be embarrassed to see how they obfuscate a la Orwell each day.

So, for example, in this video, the corporation spends over four minutes of empty blathering, simply to say, " We'll make ourselves and our employees do whatever it takes to make a lot of money."

But, in our modern, sophisticated world, of course no one would ever want to sound like a robber baron of the 19th century. After all, companies need to keep my investments healthy so I'm free to enjoy ER with Orwell.

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Old 08-30-2014, 10:26 AM   #52
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Paradigm shifts. Just one more paradigm shift for the road. Right?
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Old 08-30-2014, 08:57 PM   #53
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Things I don't miss-
1. Complete lack of appreciation for years (decades) of ongoing hard work and uncompensated 'beyond-the job-description' support given to the organization.
2. Performance reviews based largely upon things you have no control of.
3. Long process improvement meetings where any honest suggestions are met with "if you aren't happy here, why don't you leave?".

Only semi-ERed as I'm still doing some consulting. Lower pay, but low stress, interesting, flexible, and my efforts honestly seem appreciated. Why couldn't my 'career' have been like this?
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Old 08-30-2014, 09:26 PM   #54
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even though I'm retired I still have alarm clocks.... I have to get the kids out to school and I'm taking an Italian class at the JC that starts at 8am.

But... I don't miss:
- weekly conference calls with the Bangalore teams. I had one at 10:30pm Monday nights, and another at 5am Wed. mornings. Sometimes there was another at 5am Thur. mornings. Ironically, the east coast teams never could manage to make the 5am call (8am their time) but I wasn't allowed to skip these calls despite them being when normal people are sleeping. I was SO glad when I got switched to a different project and was able to pass off those calls to a different group that was going to take over management/support of the legacy products.

- The commute. My home is only 6.5 miles from my former work campus. But due to a long term freeway construction project that involved the interchange that I needed to get home from work, my 10-15 minute commute started taking upwards of an hour. It's a super high volume interchange because Qualcomm campuses are in the area (along with a LOT of other high tech - but they're the biggest for that part of town.) I know people who shifted their work hours to leave after 9pm because traffic was bad from 3:30pm to about 7:30-8pm. My husband joked that the construction would finish the day I retired. I looked it up - it's not due to end stage 1 till late 2016.
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Meetings after lunch. Gawd, how I hated them. I would always find myself sleepy, listening to someone babble. These days, I take a nap, and attend no meetings, before or after lunch.

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Old 09-03-2014, 04:33 PM   #56
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Another vote for being on call.

And those horrible, soul sucking computer upgrades that started Friday evening and went into Sunday. The following week was always hell week.
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1) The total disrespect that morning people got. "Sure, we are happy to have you work from 7:30 - 4:00. That's how our non-profit helps you maintain work/life balance. Oh, we just scheduled another meeting that starts at 4:00 and will run until 6:00- you can make that, right?"

But if I EVER tried to schedule a meeting even as early as, god forbid, 9:00 AM I would never hear the end of it!

2) Meetings that were scheduled for 30 minutes that ran to 2 hours because: A) there was no agenda, B) the organizer had no idea what the purpose of the meeting was, C) the boss needed to ramble for 30 minutes before the meeting could even address whatever it was we were supposed to be addressing, and D) the action items were always, "let's meet again next week to talk this over one more time."
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Old 09-03-2014, 05:01 PM   #58
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1. Power point presentations, where the presenter reads what's on the slide.
2. Workplace bullies. They're socializes psychopaths. They're the incompetent people who spend their time and energies sabatoging and trying to make competent people look bad and make their lives miserable in the process. Hospitals and schools and I'll bet corporations are full of them.
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Old 09-03-2014, 07:49 PM   #59
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I'm far from retired, but my gripes seem to be different from everyone here.

1. Co-workers that can't speak English. "You've been here 15 yrs. in a high paying job, yet you can't pronounce words or speak properly?" I worked overseas for 3 years and they could speak better than this group.
2. Getting put on important projects requiring new technology but get no training. "Oh, we know you can pick it up fast. Just look it up online." Spare me...
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Old 09-03-2014, 08:14 PM   #60
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The beautiful girls in the office...
Lunch in the executive dining room...

Umm... come to think of it, didn't have either of these... so nothing to miss.

Nothing...
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