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Old 07-14-2010, 08:23 AM   #161
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Old 07-14-2010, 01:24 PM   #162
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Old 07-14-2010, 03:33 PM   #163
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A famous quote from someone quotable:

"They pretend to pay us and we pretend to work."

True freedom is knowing you can walk out the door at anytime and not give a crap. A long time ago, far, far away, when I was a young whippersnapper, an extremely high level public servant saw me in the hall one day and commented "I see you in the hall a lot - I hope it doesn't hinder your career." Being a recent Army veteran and not missing a beat, I replied "Interesting, I also see you in the hall a lot." He never said a word to me again.

For some reason, I really like the movie Office Space - I do my best to emulate the main character - at various levels, I think I have succeeded.
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My husband works for a small business (about 100 people). Someone asked the boss, "how many people work for you?" He answered, "about half".
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I don't miss the people that confused tough & demanding with rude and offensive.
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Old 07-14-2010, 06:41 PM   #166
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I also will not miss the phrases I hear every year at budget time - "do more with less" and "the bar has been raised". I am pretty sure I must be doing everything with nothing by now. And I have simply given up looking for the bar. I think I lost sight of that about 5 years ago.
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When it comes down to it there isn't anything at all, except a few people, that I miss from work.
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I work for the Feds in IT and Sarbanes and Oxley has hit us hard.
Interesting. Do you know if it's required or just window dressing? Having retired three years ago, my recollections of S-Ox was that is was only required by companies publicly traded on US exchanges. That would let the feds off the hook but they might like to appear "compliant". It's also possible that I have managed to forget my most unpleasant experiences.
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A friend of mine who is still at a megacorp told me this story. His employer had an annual survey of employees to obtain their feedbacks. Although the individual responses were anonymous, the replies were grouped by departments (Web replies, hence traceable).

His department was deemed deficient in some areas, meaning having employee unhappiness in such areas as career advancement, job satisfaction, etc...

So, the decree from HR was that departmental meetings shall be held every week to search for remedies!

Talk about "the beating shall continue until the morale improves!".

Needless to say, next year, every category surveyed came back with near 100% satisfaction. Happy, happy!!!
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In the 70-80s, I read that the Commies economies were in such bad shape because they were too busy talking about productivity that they forgot to work.

Now, the Chinese are working their butt off producing things that the world wants, while the former free-world countries are slacking off and spend more time designing slogans and empty mission statements instead of working.

It's bleak! We are doomed!
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I also will not miss the phrases I hear every year at budget time - "do more with less" and "the bar has been raised". I am pretty sure I must be doing everything with nothing by now. And I have simply given up looking for the bar. I think I lost sight of that about 5 years ago.
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Today I recalled something I really do not miss:

Gum chewers who want to share the experience. They go out of their way to make sure everyone sees and hears the entire experience.

One time I was sitting at a computer terminal between two of the pigs. I had to leave and go outside so I wouldn't vomit.
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Another one:

Boredom. I don't consider myself easily bored, but there are limits. After a pretty stressful, pressed 2 month period that ended last friday, all of a sudden there just isn't going on. Yesterday I was alone in the office, as the two other people I work with were off at training or home sick. So after things were taken care of by 11:30 I, um, twiddled my thumbs. For hours. Can't leave, half afraid of an unexpected visitor so don't want to obviously slack. The day crawled by like an arthritic animal looking for a place to die.
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We used to have morning module meetings (and I believe the other shift had them, too) wherein anywhere from ten to twenty-five people sat around for an hour, explaining an outdated lot hold/machine down report to a module manager who didn't know the difference between a microchip and a potato chip. This meeting was replicated in every fab, by every process module, corporation-wide.
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I also will not miss the phrases I hear every year at budget time - "do more with less" and "the bar has been raised". I am pretty sure I must be doing everything with nothing by now. And I have simply given up looking for the bar. I think I lost sight of that about 5 years ago.
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Interesting. Do you know if it's required or just window dressing? Having retired three years ago, my recollections of S-Ox was that is was only required by companies publicly traded on US exchanges. That would let the feds off the hook but they might like to appear "compliant". It's also possible that I have managed to forget my most unpleasant experiences.
SoX doesn't apply to the Feds but they have a somewhat equivalent structure under law and regulation overseen (by and large) by the same groups of external auditors that plague the private sector.
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I also will not miss the phrases I hear every year at budget time - "do more with less" and "the bar has been raised". I am pretty sure I must be doing everything with nothing by now. And I have simply given up looking for the bar. I think I lost sight of that about 5 years ago.

LOL... I remember hearing this from some newly minted boss... he was young and did not know how stupid this sounds... he said we should be more efficient than last year...

I replied back that since there were NO investments in anything to make me more efficient, just adding one more year to my work history will not cut it...
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Since people are putting phrases out there... we all got T shirts with the new catch phrase for our group... 4 words... two on each arm sleave..


"Better, Faster Easier, Cheaper"...



NOW, women... what would YOU think others would think of you wearing this T shirt
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Since people are putting phrases out there... we all got T shirts with the new catch phrase for our group... 4 words... two on each arm sleave..


"Better, Faster Easier, Cheaper"...



NOW, women... what would YOU think others would think of you wearing this T shirt
Wow, cluesslessness on parade.
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