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Whether you are looking to climb the ladder or ease off the gas, a little pondering is good for the soul.
it seems like most doctors have no clue what they're doing!!! Written by sickofmedical on 10/05/2013i've been an xray tech for 17 years now. i blame and resent my mother every single day for talking me into going into this field to begin with. i was 19, wanted to do something with computers, she's a control freak and since she knew nothing about computers, it wasn't a good idea to her. she was only thinking about one thing.....money. yeah, my pay is decent compared to other careers, but my personal pay, compared to other techs in my field at my same skill level is well below what it should be. anyway, i'm so sick of these dumbass doctors who have no clue what's wrong with a patient and just start ordering all kinds of shit hoping another doctor can diagnose the patient for them! and they order duplicate studies like it's nothing! this patient just had an echo done last week!!! why are you ordering another one??? i just did an xray on this patient 9 hours ago. what the **** kind of miracle medicine are you performing that would make any kind of a difference in 9 hours???!!! its called copd!!! it ain't going anywhere!!! and while i'm at it, to the people who are reading this, if you're in the hospital because of something you did to YOURSELF, then how do you expect optimal patient care and sympathy. if you're 350 lbs and still hoovering mcdonald's and diet cokes, it's YOUR fault. if you smoke 2 packs a day and need an oxygen tank to breathe, it's YOUR fault. if you drink daily and/or shoot up heroine, IT'S YOUR FAULT!!! try taking care of yourself so you won't get put in the hospital in the first place! and even though the hospital always seems to be in chaos, the nurses will ALWAYS find time to write someone up for some stupid shit that affects NOBODY. there are more tattletales in the medical field than in kindergarten!!! if it has nothing to do with you and it's not compromising the patient in any way, mind your own business! who gives a **** that i wore pink scrub bottoms when the uniform is blue??? who gives a flying ****??? i'm way better at my job and patient care than you are. you're just pissed that you gotta wipe asses and i don't. stay out of the medical field.Read 1 Replies   |   Add a Reply
     
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Posted by lulu on 10/18/2013:
OMG!! I can relate! I am an ultrasound tech and I hate it. I've been doing it for 20 years. It consists of unnecessary testing all day!I am repeating studies done a week ago! If one more person asks me why their legs hurt!! You are 300lbs honey, look what they are holding up!! Take a few less trips to the twinkie closet. All doctors are money hungry. The health field had been a big disappointment for me too!! Hang in there. Loved your article.

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Gas Station TV Written by Todd on 05/28/2013Did anyone out there ever work for Gas Station TV? I was hired by Gene Sanderfield as a Regional Sales Director. Went to Michigan for training with a class of five. After day one, we were a class of four, as someone got gassed right off of the bat. Long story short, GSTV is too hard a product to sell, and everyone I started with is gone, the HR people are now all gone, and Gene left recently as well. He was a terrific sales manager and I enjoyed my time there, although it was less than a year, and I saw many people come and go in that time.Read 2 Replies   |   Add a Reply
     
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Posted by A cup of coffee on 06/02/2013:
I wprked there for one day and got fired for asking questions during training.

Posted by Stan on 06/06/2013:
I worked there for a month. They do not want to give advertisers ANY tip of guarantee that their spots are running or impressions they allegedly get.

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Help! Advice Needed!!!! Written by redstapler on 04/29/2013So I need advice. Do I stay or do I go? I have a great job. I love the company, I love the people, and I love what I do. However... layoffs are pending and I'm in no position to be without a job, not even for a few weeks. With the fear of layoffs over my head I did what any of us would do...I polished up my resume and posted it, just to see what was out there. Well.... I got a job offer. Now what? Do I stay in a ship that is possibly sinking, or do I jump ship to a company who was 300% over the mark last year and growing... Benefits, commute...all that jazz is comparable between the two. Help!!!! Read 4 Replies   |   Add a Reply
     
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Posted by econobiker on 04/30/2013:
Welcome back after seven years of no posting. Re-read you posting without your name on it and you will see that "DUH" the answer is easy. The time to bail out is when you get a job offer while you still have a job in a cratering company or industry.

Posted by econobiker on 04/30/2013:
I also think that your comment is slightly on the spam spectrum by saying that a company is "300% over the mark". [That statement alone should also tell you to go with that company versus layoffs in the current company...]

Posted by redstapler on 08/06/2013:
Thanks Econobiker for your feedback. UPDATE: I submitted my resignation. The counter-offered, but I declined. Then they asked if I would do consulting on the side for them, of which I accepted. I took the new job. I hate it. Yes...they may have made 300% more than last year, but the owner skewed his information a little bit to get me on board. They might be 20 years old, but its because he's been a one-man-band for 19 of those years and has just recently decided to add staff. That said...I now find myself working for Napoleon contrarian that thinks working nights and weekends in addition to the normal 40 hours a week is acceptable. But... on the flip side, I have a job, and I am thankful. It turns out that after I resigned most of my team got laid off and the project I was working on was dissolved. In summary, employed but not so energetic about going to work each day. Hmmm..sound familiar jobschomobbers?

Posted by Deadat43 on 09/04/2013:
Be happy you have a job. Yes, you hate it but you get to eat food you bought and sleep in a bed each night.

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Whats up with this! Written by Senior Peon on 03/21/2013I have worked for the same family in a professional job for 20 years. I get medical,week paid vacation and 3 paid holidays. I am currently making 1.75 more than the person who has worked for them for 4 years, who also geTs week paid vacation,and more OT. I have to wonder if I have out lived My usefulness at work or if they would prefer it if I just quit? They call me on the carpet for everything at the sAme time give the other person what ever it wants. I am not listened to the other one is. So what does It mean to loose the enjoyment of work over being unemployed???Read 3 Replies   |   Add a Reply
     
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Posted by Work sucks on 03/25/2013:
I been there and done that only thing different the boss was in love with the 21 year old boy and he took the kids word over mine all the time never stopped and the kid is not likeable by anyone in the shop at all even new people thought he was a self centered jerk not trust worthy...the kid was being taught by the owner of the co to be like him and i had to mentor him? ..and i felt like an idiot and i am 42 years old...i gave him notice but i was making good money in this bad economy but now since i quit i am not making anywhere near that and my medical sucks...but i dont put up with that bs anymore which is priceless....i should of let them fire me instead of quiting being unemployed is like a bad fishing pond you take risk of not getting anything but i always said my sanity is worth alot more than money..i found a job with a co i worked 6 years ago and i do like 80% less then when i busted my butt for that jerk and thats not blowing it out of porportion.....i ended up picking up a job for 4 months and i was let go then a month later another guy let go too i kept him as my freind...was not our fault....let him call u on the carpet but keep records every nite go home and write things down about the day keep emails cover yourself....good luck ....i never looked back

Posted by redstapler on 04/29/2013:
You've been there for 20 years and you only have 1 week vaca? Time to move on...

Posted by PeonWithATude on 07/25/2013:
I can empathize with you. I also think that my boss prefers others in our department and never listens to me, in fact I know he does not even read my emails because he comes over and asks me something I have already answered. It does not bother me too much what does bother me is that if I do the same thing, I get called out. Please note though that you making only a little more than your co-worker who has been there a shorter amount of time is not uncommon. Because of the salary increases over the years, new hires seem to come in at a higher rate than those long term employees who have received raises. I hate the fact that there is no respect in the work force, and feel like bosses accept positions who are not qualified for the supervisory skills that are required. They accept the position but do not want the work that goes along with it (the managerial tasks that is).

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Jobless Written by GusNeg49 on 02/11/2013A vent perhaps, but something that needs to be said, what does it take to get a decent job? Within the last year and a half I’ve applied to more jobs than God knows and I just don’t get it, some have had the courtesy of replying back and others, who knows. Of the one’s that do I either get your “over qualified” or “under qualified” (for the same job description) or a computer generated “dear John” message “we’ve decided to go another route”. I know that I’m qualified for over 90% of them and yet I’m still looking for that career, not just a job. A 10 percent unemployment rate for Hispanics/Latinos those numbers don't really seem to mean as much or translate into much that is tangible for those communities. I know because I am one of those Hispanic Americans who are unemployed. Every time I hear the words "are things better for you now than they were 4 years ago" I cringe. While I never have stopped looking the grind of constantly applying and not finding anything has taken its toll. I live in stark contrast to the mantra being freely passed about that espouses the idea that a certain demographic in this country is lazy, don't want to work, and want government handouts. While my situation could be improved slightly by seeking assistance, I choose not to. I want a job because working for what you want is the ethic that I was raised on. I don't want a check handed to me and I don't want to take away from someone else. While freelancing has kept some kind of income flowing, having a job right now would not only offer me the ability to be more independent, but would also allow me to pay down debts that I have incurred. Most HR departments have no methodology to determine what is going on in a prospective job applicant's life. They scan the resume and does a background check and if anything doesn't fit into their "template" of an ideal candidate - they go on to the next person. There are too many people like me who send out resumes daily, faithfully, spending hours searching for jobs but never quite finding one. Not qualified for one, but overqualified for the other. It's hard to be entrepreneurial with very limited funds and no steady source of income. While minorities are disproportionately affected, the bottom line is we are all Americans. We want to work, I want to work, and we need there to be jobs, not only for our own good, but ultimately for the good all of us. Read 1 Replies   |   Add a Reply
     
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Posted by wage slave on 02/12/2013:
Try usajobs.gov.

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machinist Written by this occupation sucks the big one on 01/16/2013Anyone out there please u comment on what i have to say...Is this true or not? but do machine shops in general have a culture of stupidity or harness the weirdness that is unlike any normal job where you just damm do your job and go home or are machine shops a haven for something that most people would want to stay away from this occupation..its unappreciated under paid compared to other nicer occupations...i am sure there are machinist out there that can comment on this...i been in this occupation for over 20 years and it seems to be getting worse..the stupidity of it all maybe the drama maybe the unrealistic expectations on a daily work day..maybe the greedy company owner and his partner..maybe the crazy shop manager.. Add a Reply
     
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How to be a good customer on the phone Written by dizzblnd on 05/14/2012After a great many of years as a CSR I am confident that I am qualified to write this. There is usually a recording after the phone is answered. It would behoove you (and us) to listen to the recording. If you have reached the wrong number, don't argue with us and expect us to know who you are trying to call, what number you SHOULD call or to transfer to something that has nothing to do with the company you have called. Think of it this way, don't call Pizza Hut and expect them to deliver a Big Mac to your house. That's NOT what Pizza Hut does. 1. PLEASE LISTEN TO THE WORDS SPEWING FROM OUR PIEHOLES! There is a reason we ask the questions we ask and I PROMISE we will get ALL of the info we need before we hang up the phone. This may be your first time calling, but we do this alllllll day everyday and really, we know what we are doing. 2. Don't 'yes or 'ok' us to death. Really, we can tell when you aren't listening. 3. When we ask "How can I help you?" Please briefly describe your issue. No need for your life story when I ask this question. Even if you know we are going to ask for something, Please say hello. There are times when you spew something like "555-555-1212" when we say "how can I help you"; That doesn't tell us how we can help you. It tells us you know what your phone number is. Way to go! When you tell us what you need, we can tell you what WE need. It's called a conversation. If you just give us numbers and we enter them, we discover we don't need the number you have just given and we have spent 10 minutes getting the same info from you that is contained within a reference number (weird that it is called a REFERENCE number) you got the first time you called, that you could have given when we asked "How can I help you" If you work with us we can get through this with minimal brain damage and aggravation. 3. If we ask for your name, PLEASE give us YOUR first AND last name. Not under whom the account is listed. We have a standard form that we have to fill out. I PROMISE we know how to do our jobs if you will just listen at what you perceive as dribble that comes out of our pie holes, we will get everything I need from you before the call is disconnected. 4. Don't start babbling your name and address after the phone is answered, we have to type in the information and you will have to repeat it again. 5. Please don't ask if we HAVE to repeat certain things. The answer is ALWAYS yes. We are REQUIRED to be repeat info back to you; most companies are. Do you really think if we didn't HAVE to repeat ourselves that we would? NO we want to get you off of our lines as soon as possible and answer the next 50 calls waiting. 6. If we ask a Yes or No question, a 15 second diatribe by you is not necessary. I don't need to know WHY the answer is yes or no, so if by chance you have sufficiently answered yes or no, I will continue with my questioning talking over you not listening to everything else as you are babbling. Same for a direct question. If we ask "What is your address?" your reply should not be "Well, I was born in Germany in 1956, then moved to Ohio and got married." It should be "123 Main St" 7. Do NOT talk over us. You will miss some "interesting" stuff that we are required to give to you. 8. PAY ATTENTION! It is really annoying when we are repeating info that you just gave us back to you and ask you if that is correct, you reply with "Huh? Oh yeah that's correct." We want to say "How do you know if what I just said is correct, you weren't listening" Instead, we continue, because on the recorded line, you said it was correct.. it's all on you now buddy! 9. Give us the courtesy of your undivided attention. Don't eat, pee, have conversations with someone else, scream at your kids or pets while you are speaking to us. In order, that's gross, disgusting and rude. 10. Hitting on us isn't going to get you anywhere. We don't like you, this isn't a dating service. 11. Have something to write with and write on near you the whole time we are conversing, I don't care if it's a crayon, pencil, marker, pen, stick and sand, blood (yours or someone else's). Haven't you learned by now that you are ALWAYS given a ticket number or or reference ID number, trouble ticket, order number or WHATEVER?. Don't make us wait for you to dig for a writing utensil. Don't make me repeat the number because you weren't ready, it's very annoying. 11. When asked for your area code and phone number, that is not the same thing as a zip code, it has more syllables and more digits. LISTEN! 12. The best HOURS to reach you are not 555-555-1212 that is a phone number. 8-5, 12-5. 8-12 etc. THAT'S what we need. If you tell us 'ANYTIME' don't be mad at me if I can't sleep and call you at 3AM. 13. If you are hard of hearing, PLEASE put your hearing ear dog or a hearing person on the phone. Nothing is worse than us having to yell and repeat ourselves because you won't put in your damn hearing aids. Then we get yelled at by our bosses for yelling and being 'rude.' If you don't speak English very well, please use the option for an alternate language. You might give misinformation because you don't understand what we are trying to ask and we have to repeat ourselves 14. If you are on a cell phone and KNOW you are in a bad area, don't get angry at us because we can't hear you. Get in a better area or on a land line and call back. 15. If you call somewhere on a regular basis PLEASE have all of the info you know we are going to ask IN THE SAME ORDER AND EVERY TIME YOU CALL . . It's wrong to put us on hold because "I knew you were going to ask that, I should have had it ready" every three seconds because you don't have your stuff together. 16. 9 times out of 10, the problem you are having is NOT the fault of the person to whom you are speaking. Try not to take out your anger on them. We will be MUCH less likely to help you if you are irritable and cussing at us. 17. Please don't spell words unless we ask you to. Give us the benefit of the doubt on intelligence. Most of us can spell Pine or White. Half the time, we have already typed the word you said and are on to the next question while you are still spelling. 18. Please realize that even if you only call one business a day, that person that you talk to has to answer 100-200 calls a day. It is very stressful, so if you follow all of the above suggestions, it will make everyone's life a lot easier. To sum it up, be nice, listen and pay attention, answer the questions we ask. These are things you preach to your kids on a daily basis. It will make the call smoother and take much less time than it would if you are guilty of any of the above offenses. Thank you, Love, Call Center Representatives Around the World.Read 3 Replies   |   Add a Reply
     
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Posted by NotGuilty on 07/09/2012:
You sound like the CSR from Hell!

Posted by Wage Slave on 07/15/2012:
This is perfect and right on every point. You are an angel for writing this, the Patron Saint of CSR's!!! I bet the CSR from Hell comment is from someone who calls the utility company to order a pizza.

Posted by wage slave on 07/28/2012:
I want to print your post and tack it up on my break room wall.

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Welcome to Stupidland Written by Mrs_Anonymous on 03/21/2012Not exactly a coworker from hell, so I put this under Career Ponderings. A woman who had been in a particular job working with the same online database that I had been working on, quit her job. I'd been in the department for a few months, so I knew my way pretty well around this database, and knew I could probably take it on. Except they never let anyone else in the department know they were accepting applications for that position. (I naively thought they would divvy up some of the stuff to me and maybe another temp in the department.) So they brought in a woman from a temp agency to take the position. Now when you're an Administrative Assistant, there are certain basic things you can do: make travel reservations, set up and ship an overnight package, that sort of thing. Did I mention these are the basics? This woman didn't know what to say to people over the phone, had no clue on using an overnight courier service, and had problems setting up labels in MS Word. She was constantly at the department head's assistant's desk, asking how to do this and that, and the assistant answered politely, but she told me privately it was ticking her off. This woman had worked for a Vice President at a major insurer? She was an event planner? Nothing she listed on her resume jived with her actual performance. There were certain things she had to do in the database that were rote. But she asked the same questions of another temp time after time; it just never sunk in. Welcome to Stupidland. Yes, you can lie on your resume, get a temp job, and have that temp job turned into a permanent one in just three short weeks! It can happen here! Seriously. This same dummy sent out a mega-$ check by regular mail; do I have to say that that particular package was never received by the other company? She finally had it pounded into her head that she had to use the overnight courier service and have such checks delivered the next day. Duh. Lesson learned: Sometimes lying on your resume pays off, despite the stupidity of the person and the stupidity of the people hiring. Also, it's who you know.Add a Reply
     
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Temp Workers Are Dirt Written by Mrs_Anonymous on 03/21/2012I had been in my temporary job for about a year and half when my boss said the department head was making it into a permanent one. My boss encouraged me to apply; after all, I had been at it for more than a couple of weeks, so I knew the routine well - and I did a very good job. Fast forward 2 weeks into the resume collecting period (yes, I did apply). Or maybe I should call it the so-called resume collecting period. My boss called me in on a Thursday afternoon, and to say I was shocked that my assignment would be ending in 30 days is an understatement. Here is Kicker-Part 1: She told me the department was trying to get rid of some of its temp workers (there were others). Ah, you say, no problem - offer me the permanent job. Not so fast, grasshopper. We, the management, have to come up with something that's plausible. It's total b.s., but it's plausible. I have over 20 years of experience, and the jobs there always stated something like, degreed people will be given first preference, but will accept experience in lieu of degree. Of course you know which I have. So she trotted out the usual, "Sorry about this," stuff, but she followed it up with "You weren't chosen because youu don't have a degree." Excuse me? Because I don't have a degree - which somehow makes you into a magical being who can do no wrong - I'm not getting the job? I've been doing it for how long already? I actually left her office with a chuckle, thinking that the next person who came along would have a lot of fun doing everything I was doing, in addition to doing a bunch of other stuff. Good luck. Kicker-Part Two: Since I hadn't found another job nor had I retired (yes, you read that right; they slipped the rug out from under me while I was still in that job), I stayed at the position...and lo and behold, the person came onboard 2 weeks later. Collecting resumes? Hah! No, there was something else at work here that made no sense and was disgusting to boot. The department head walks in, goes past the "candidate"'s desk, and gushes over her. Oh, so the department head knows her! Methinks I smell a favor, all at the expense of the temp, who's nothing but dirt anyway. So, of course, I trained the woman; what else could I do? They had me over a barrel, and they knew it. You would be right if you think I wasn't enthusiastic about the training, and also slowed down my regular work. Who cared? Not me. If they were going to treat me in such a disgusting manner, then I would do the minimum in getting my work done. Why should I give them more when it wasn't going to amount to anything anyway? As least the support staff (and only one of the directors) came to me and wished me well, that I had been mistreated, yadda yadda yadda. They even threw a going away pizza party for me. :-) Lesson learned: Buy a degree online if you don't have one. That way, management can't trot out the "no degree" b.s. and will have to become more creative to filch you out of a job.Read 1 Replies   |   Add a Reply
     
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Posted by labtech on 03/27/2012:
Unfortunately, management will do whatever it wants. And the likeliest candidates are related to someone else and/or really have those 'people' skills, otherwise known as being able to kiss the chrome off a back bumper. Just doing your job well, demonstrating loyalty to the company and going above and beyond in your work is NOT ENOUGH. You will never compete with the big bosses' relative. Any excuse will do. If you have the degree, you'll hear "we want experience." If you have the experience, you'll hear, "We want the degree". If you have both, you'll hear "We're looking for the best fit." But the management doesn't care, even if it has to hire two people to do your old job. Essentially they're going to beat the horse that runs until they decide to sell you for glue. But don't feel bad about it; just do exactly the minimum of what's required, to get your paycheck, which is the only thank you a stupid company will ever give you - that's where I am, right now. Don't let their twisted perpective of your self-worth hurt you. Let them sink. Move on.

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Why does everyone who is nice leave Written by wageslave on 12/04/2011Fourteen years ago I was hired at my company. The guy that trained everyone on the computers just retired last Friday. I am very sad about his leaving, it's like losing your favorite teacher. This guy helped everyone and anyone. Most importantly he never condescended even though he is BRILLIANT. I sit by him and he worked until the very last minute of his tour. Talk about work ethic. The usual lazy jackals did nothing that day but graze on the retirement party food. Life will go on in my little cubicle. Why don't the ba$tards ever leave????? They stay and suck the life right out of the room. Read 2 Replies   |   Add a Reply
     
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Posted by CK on 12/06/2011:
The jackals ALWAYS stay .. you can hear their laughter down the hall as they scheme up a new victim.

Posted by wageslave on 12/24/2011:
I guess my heart is not broken enough. Management moved the laziest guy in the planet into my hero's cube. He took an entire day to move. He personifies every sterotype of a useless driftwood office monkey. Can you tell I don't like this bully. Our company normally gives real workers only 1 hour to move. Management usually acts like the genuine hardworkers were stealing time. I hope I can bite my tongue.

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The Art of Playing Dumb: The Ultimate Poker Face Written by haveadamnniceday on 08/04/2011So.... I've had tons of folks tell me I'm pretty smart. Well, if I'm so smart, why hasn't it occurred to me sooner to start playing dumb??? Mr. T once said it takes a brilliant person to play dumb, so I suppose I need to at least attempt... That being said, who here can provide insight as to use this ploy to my advantage in the workplace without seeming like some idiot employers would rather not keep around? I am open to any and all suggestions, because at the moment, I'm too stupid to play dumb! ;)Read 7 Replies   |   Add a Reply
     
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Posted by Sphincter Detector on 08/05/2011:
It’s not so much playing dumb, as it is hiding your cards and pulling out your aces at the perfect time. For example, you’re in a meeting and everyone in the meeting is talking over each other, no order, each person jockeying for position trying to get their two cents in , trying to act smart and show off for the boss. You’re sitting there thinking, whatta bunch of idiots because you happen to know that they’re all full of shit and all wrong about the subject their discussing. Instead of participating in that circus, you sit there quietly observing until they’re all done talking stupid, all the while contemplating your remarks. Wait for a your moment to interject with your pearls of wisdom and bam! You’re the smart guy. The hero. Knowledge is power, the more you keep it hidden, the more power you keep for yourself. As soon as you share your knowledge , you dilute your power. So you only share your knowledge when it is to your advantage, when it is strategic to your advancement. The more you open your mouth, the more opportunities you have to put your foot in it. So let other people hang themselves first, then you jump in like Superman with your Knowledge. The other scenario to consider, is that most of the time people prefer the sound of their own voices over others , and really are not interested in your knowledge. They prefer to live in their ignorance. So you really need to assess the dynamics of the group you work in to determine whether or not it is worth it to be the smart guy, or if you will only end up being resented or viewed as a threat- this is when you need to play dumb. But playing dumb should only be a temporary measure to survive temporary situation. If it is a permanent requirement of your environment, I suggest you remove yourself because despite the altruistic intentions of the smart person, the smart person cannot by his sheer influence and example, make the stupid person smarter. Nature dictates that it’s the stupid person who will drag down the smart person and make them ‘stoopider’ by forcing the smart person to dumb it down in order to level the playing field. One can only ‘act’ for so long before it becomes his ‘reality’.

Posted by bookwoman on 08/08/2011:
Why do you want to play dumb, ms. smartie-pants?

Posted by HaveADamnNiceDay on 08/09/2011:
I want to play dumb because people let their guard down. Playing dumb gives you the upper hand. I'm just trying to figure out exactly how to do it. I mean, I already have a naturally innocent quality to my personality, and it used to aggravate me to no end that folks assumed I was stupid because of it. Now I realize what an advantage that is. It's a way for me to hear things I wouldn't normally hear, see things I wouldn't normally see, because I'd not be perceived as any kind of threat. Before, I was actually too dumb to use that to my advantage. Now it's a part I really ought to be playing. I just don't know *how* to do it properly.

Posted by bookwoman on 08/12/2011:
I understand. Having never mastered the art myself, however, I can't offer much. All I can think of to suggest is to stay quiet and keep a knowing look on your face as much as possible. Just look at people with the expression of "I know what you did" even if you have no clue at all. Not sure where to go from there, though, to make use of making people feel off-balance...good luck!

Posted by labtech on 08/14/2011:
Sometimes just staying quiet, smiling, and looking at the person as if their every word is wonderful can get them to tell you more than they want you to know. Our office tattletale has developed this skill to perfection, I'm learning to copy the behaviour.

Posted by Printing Fool on 08/14/2011:
I don't know about playing dumb unless it's a ploy to get out of some trouble of sorts, a tactic I haven't employed since I was a teenager. But, I am a poker player, I know that having a poker face and a really good hand can work wonders. If you got an ace, hang on to it as long as you can just to see if it's useful. If you don't have a ace, bet like you do, but mix it up so you're not so predictable. Don't play dumb, play poker. I once used the same tactic to get a long overdue raise from my former employer. I put all my chips on the table so to speak, went home, walked off the job. The next day I was hired back with a big fat raise. Just know when to play those cards!

Posted by wageslave on 12/17/2011:
This ploy worked out really well for ex-President Bush.

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invisible manager Written by Hurt and Pissed off on 06/21/2011Today I have worked for this company for 20 years. I made it a point to remind the bosses because no one keep track of such things. I did not expect a ticker tape parade but I did expect a little more than I got. They called me into the main office and presented me with 2 cakes and 2 balloons. Oh I almost forgot the flowers and a card that everyone signed. It was almost the same thing they gave me for my 60th b'day. I was just excited on that day too. I could not bring myself to even eat the cake. Still fighting back the tears. I work really hard and this is how they show their appreciation. BBRead 6 Replies   |   Add a Reply
     
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Posted by Sphincter Detector on 06/23/2011:
Goodness dear, don't let this go to your heart. This is not a reflection of your value to them, nor is it a reflection of how much they like you or don't like you. It's not personal, infact I've been in the corporate world my hole life and this is actually standard b-day and x-day, retirement, and pregancy protocol. Cake and a Card. It's work, it's not family. They are collegues, not friends- even tho you want to think so because you've maybe known some of them so long. If you've got family and friends outside the office, rely on them to help you celebrate this acheivement properly. Nice dinner out, maybe a little dancing. You earned it! Congratulations!

Posted by anonymous on 06/23/2011:
well, congrats to your 20 years on the job, that takes staying power. and retroactively happy b'day. you did share the cakes? now dry your tears, thank your managers, keep the card, water the flowers and count yourself very lucky. unfortunately this is the harsh reality. i am surprised you dropped anniversary hints, when you are past a certain age its advisable not to draw attention to yourself, especially during these economic times. i am eliminating anniversary and birth dates wherever i can. several years ago we noticed new supervisors' first giving rather decent birthday celebrations for the folks over 40 - and within months the same employees were gone. some where transferred, retired, or pressured to leave. several were injured and ill. all of them experienced, motivated and motivating workers, with a get it done attitude. the next "victim" was pressured to fund and host the party and everyone else was forced to contribute. we do not draw attention to ourselves; we know that our 20th anniversary will earn us a wooden clock and a swift kick out the office door.

Posted by labtech on 06/26/2011:
I'm so sorry you're heartbroken by your workplace, Invisible. I'd like to tell you things will get better, but the reality is very different. A job is a place you go to, do some work to get handed a paycheck, and then you leave, because life happens outside of work. At least you got cake and balloons. I got laid off for my last anniversary in a job I used to fight my way through snowstorms and floods to get to, come in 7 days a week while on salary, and have call-in hours as well - unpaid and unrewarded. It hurts, it cuts like a knife. What a slap in the face it is when you care about a job and you find out that no one cares about you. Thing is, the job doesn't care about you at all, never will either. And given this economy, I wouldn't remind anyone of how old I was, because they might find a reason to get rid of you before you can collect your full benefits and cost the company money. Just smile, put in your time at work, and go enjoy life the minute you leave the building.

Posted by Printing Fool on 06/30/2011:
I know how you feel after being an asset to a company for so long the least they could have done was throw you a nice bonus as a token of appreciation! I wouldn't make the mistake of thinking of them more than they think of you. Loyalty counts for almost nothing nowadays, if you can get paid more elsewhere, I would go for it, even if it means giving up seniority.

Posted by Printing Fool on 07/06/2011:
Thinking on this, I think my response was rather rash and I was dwelling on my own experience which was similar to yours. I was let go after 16 years at my last job when a larger company bought it. The previous poster said something very significant, that a job can never appreciate you, or even love you back. Your life is not your job, it may seem like that sometimes because we spend so much of our life force there, it's only a means to an end. What is your end? There is way more to life than work, don't be so disappointed, look around in your life and see where you really count! And I also want to say, congrats on your many years of excellent service! That is something to be proud of. I've known people who couldn't keep a job for an hour!

Posted by Anonymous on 07/07/2011:
I would have been SO excited if the office had given me that much attention when I hit my 20th year. I was one of the lucky ones who was presented with a certificate stating that I was a 20 year employee. No cake, no card, no flowers. They were supposed to give me a lapel pin, but they forgot. I had to go to HR to ask for it. My coworker wasn't as lucky as I was. She wasn't at her desk when the office secretary (not the boss) stopped by to give her the certificate. So, it was just left on her chair.

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Hardened? Written by HaveADamnNiceDay on 06/03/2011Hello.... It seems that most of the regular folks I'm accustomed to seeing here on Jobschmob haven't been around lately. So, hello, newbies! I used to post here a lot, but as of late I haven't had any outrageous stories to tell. Probably because my job is relatively drama-free.... However, time has revealed a lot of things to me and over the course of the years I've learned a lot about myself and other people, and how people generally work. I've learned that there are lots of people who are complete turds and there is nothing you can do to make them treat you differently (or any better, at least). There are also hyper-sensitive types who will perceive anything at all as a personal slight and vow revenge in some manner. Those people really piss me off! What makes them think they're so important that I'd take time out of my busy day just to make them miserable? I have more important things in need of my attention, thank you. Encountering more and more of these kinds of weirdos in the workplace has taught me there are lots of 'types' around, and that each one requires a unique approach to dealing with them....although I've found that simply not talking to anyone helps prevent many problems from forming in the first place. The past ten or so years have brought me to the point where I really don't care for people in general, and individually, even. I've learned you can't trust anyone, no matter how nice they are to your face. For example, I work with three other women I'll call H, M, and D. H is terribly nice and friendly and often is like a little scared puppy seemingly. She and M are really good friends, and they talk all the time and eat lunch together. D is H's sister, and does our payroll. She is often grumpy, snarky or b!tchy. M is more or less my boss, and suffers from a variety of health issues, and usually looks a mess every day. As I've gotten to know each of these people, I've realized something important that I suppose most people fall into the workforce already knowing: Nobody you work with is necessarily your friend, especially the person who already has a bestie at work. If you say anything personal to them, they will take it back to their friends and dissect it with great interest (which I find incredibly weird). For example, I had a small health episode that sort of scared me and my husband. I had apparently been suffering from some serious dryness in my sinuses and it had caused some bleeding, however it didn't come out my nose. Instead, it lodged itself in my throat and I ended up coughing it up one night. Needless to say, we both had a little bit of a scare from it until we figured out where it had come from. I made the mistake of telling this to H, who promptly told M all about it. M walked by my desk a little later and screwed her face up in seeming concern and told me I looked pale. Yeah, right. I learned right then and there that H told M everything I said. Even though she was as sweet as saccharin to me, she was running behind my back and talking about me. Yeah, I know what you're thinking: Coughing up blood is probably unusual enough to make people want to talk, but when I learned it was nothing serious I became very unconcerned about it. I have chronic sinus issues. This isn't really something that's going to scare me. This little incident taught me, however, that I can't trust anyone at work. Especially not the women. D had already given me plenty of reasons right from the get-go not to trust her, so I pretty much ignore her most of the time. M likes to act friendly to me sometimes, but somewhere beneath the surface I get the feeling she hates me a lot. Not that I care, but that's my impression. ...and that's where I get to my point. I don't care. About anyone. I don't give a crap about their dog's illness or their kid's grades. I don't care how hard they work or how tired they are. I just don't care. To hell with them all! I've gotten to the point where I only care about ME and how I'm going to avoid dealing with other people's crap on a daily basis. I have become truly self-centered. I wonder if that makes me no better than any of the people I've become indifferent to...? I have to admit, though, at times it gets lonely. It doesn't help that all my real friends live miles and miles away, have busy lives and are only reachable mostly through facebook. I've been so busy with school and just staying on track that I hardly see my husband much anymore except at dinnertime and when I wake up in the mornings, and on the weekends. I've gotten to the point where I've become a woman of very few words. I get impatient when people can't get to the point, or when I have to talk to them regarding work related stuff for more than five sentences. I don't even talk about my workday when I get home, but that's also because nothing happens at work. I go in, I get my coffee, I work, I eat lunch, I work some more, and then I go home or to class or to the gym. It's like for 8 hours of the day I don't really live. I don't start coming alive until after 5pm. And even then, I'm still dragging remnants of the grayness of my day around with me when I leave. My days are nothing noteworthy. Nothing happens. Nothing. (however, I still have my pleasant demeanor which seems to make me incredibly likable at the office--so, I don't walk around all sullen and moody and stuff ^_^) On the upside of all of this, I have acquired a confidence I didn't have before. I know who I am, and I have a better understanding of what other people really are. I also understand how I affect them and have learned to use it to my advantage. That being said, I'm still alone. Read 3 Replies   |   Add a Reply
     
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Posted by labtech on 06/11/2011:
Hey, HADND, We're in the same boat, pretty much. We have three snake-in-the-grass backstabbers, one of which I like to worry a lot with false rumors, because it's so much fun watching the idiot run around hysterically with the rumors. We have a serious nepotism problem where the only way upwards is to be related to a manager in power. We have a horrible workload, managed poorly by a boss who long ago lost interest in the job and forgot the fact that the workers are human beings, not tireless robots. I have learned never to relate a personal detail of health or life beyond the weather or the traffic, and that some workers are JUST BETTER THAN OTHERS, which is to say, their behavior flaws and mistakes are constantly overlooked - and their work is shunted off to other workers - and the unfortunates who are given the extra work are just LAZY SLACKERS who obviously need to be doing more work. And it's always about US and THEM. You really can't care about the coworkers. They're not family, there's no obligation to befriend them, though I admit it would make the workday more pleasant. Anytime I have a person be really nice to my face at work, I immediately ask myself, "What are they trying to get out of me ? What do they want me to say ?" So I just smile, and say, "I just don't know, what do YOU think ?" to try to find this out. The snakes will try ANYTHING to get dirt on someone else, usually to discredit someone else, thinking it will make them look good. Every once in a while I have to burst out laughing at the things that go on, with these miserable, ruined human beings whose only pleasure in life seems to be causing pain to others. Keep your pleasant demeanor; wear it like armor, go for that Oscar. Make up little games about 'guess how many times today that X will run to her friend and whisper excitedly about some stupid gossip'. Make silly gossippy things up and see who carries it around (and how it changes). Mentally plan your next vacation when the greyness threatens; take a day off for complete mental relaxation every so often. Get a new hobby - if you get a lunch hour, go for a walk to clear your head of the poisonous vapor those lunkheads emit. There IS no 'good job'. They all have problems, because some people just can't function without having drama in their pathetic little wasted lives. You're not one of those losers, so don't let them bother you. So YES, you are hardened; but think of it as the temper on good steel.

Posted by HaveaDamnNiceDay on 06/13/2011:
Hardened like tempered steel? I LIKE that! Thanks labtech! Unfortunately, this office is a little small for me to be making up any false rumors. And, I'm not so creative in that department. I've used most of my energy just trying to stay alive at work and keep my grades up at school. If I ever did anything like that, I'm not sure what I'd say. I mean, I can't make any personal rumors up--I'd probably say something falsely incriminating and get myself booted. Plus I have this annoying habit of always telling the truth. I tend to take some things way too literally and seriously. So, do you have any suggestions?

Posted by labtech on 06/15/2011:
Oh sure I do. I like to watch the idiots run around. It's a hobby, somewhat more interesting than ignoring them. The less one of these worthless persons has to do for work, the more drama they insist on creating on the jobsite, so let's have fun with these fools. I also practice smiling, and when they get to me, I go home and clearcut my garden, because I can beat up on that and the results are positive, while if I beat the snot out of the Queen of Mean coworker, I'll be fired. Though let me tell you, she deserves a good beat-down. Most of them do. The Concern for Others; Say this with all the sweet, caring concern you can manage without tossing your cookies: "Is So-and-So all right ? Does So-and-So look a little pale to you today ? I hope So-and-So doesn't have that Flu that's going around." Tell the Office Gossip this, and then watch the fun begin. Cap it by offering to bring the 'ailing one' a cup of tea, if you can be bothered to go that far. Pick the one you WANT to take the next day off as a 'sick day', and promise yourself a nice treat, like a Latte or something, if you succeed in forcing an imagined illness onto someone. The Economy is Killing Us: "I heard on the radio today that the president's health program is going to cost us 15% (make up some number) more in health premiums. I wonder if that's true. What do YOU think ?" Stir up a fuss. Guess who will be the loudest in the office about the news. This works with any hot topic in the news, so have fun with it. Don't be seen listening; be seen working while they rant. The Concern for Teamwork: "Is So-and-So angry today ? I hope I haven't done anything to inconvenience or offend So-and-So, he/she seems very short-tempered today. It's so important that we function efficiently as a team." Extra points if the target So-and-So tries to be nice to you within 48 hours. The Miss-Mary-Sunshine-I'm-so-Helpful: (Note; wait until 17 minutes before the end of the day. 15 minutes is too short and 20 is too long.) Go find someone goofing off and enquire, with a BIG SMILE, "I have a little extra time today, do you need anything filed for a few minutes ? Or I could go (dust, sharpen pencils, make copies, tidy the closet, some other menial task). It's important to help out." Be sure to catch them JUST as they were trying to sneak out early or avoid the boss; it makes them look like they can't finish their work and makes you look good. DO NOT ask this of someone who will shunt off four hours of work on you though. Best if the boss overhears this splendid example of work ethic, but that's hard to arrange.

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the sorriest bunch of people ever Written by kick@@@@ on 05/04/2011Sorry boss......almost lets a company go out of business because of his personal greed and stupidiy. Walks out of a store on his merry little way home while an F5 tornado approaches, leaving employees to hold down the fort and doesn't say a word to them. Sorry boss...brings new people in to clean up his mess and tells the remaining employees (some who actually did work their butts off for him) that they are lucky they still have jobs. Now they have to work 3 times as many hours with the same amount of pay and, oh, yeah, no more sick time or holiday pay. Sorry co-workers - do not pull their weight, take off whenever they need to and get paid more than you do. Oh, wait - that's everywhere isn't it? Or how about this grand idea....let's cut our cleaning crew's responsibilities, pay and hours in half and use that money, along with money we don't have to pay a real dumbace to do a job he will not do, cannot do, and does not do. And let's GUARANTEE this dumbace 2 years at this pay and let him sit in an office doing NOTHING those two years, while the ONE person who actually works there gets paid less than 1/3 of what the dumbace upstairs is getting paid. WHY does it work this way? WHY do the people who do the NOTHING get paid so much money? WHY IS AMERICA SO BACKWARDS?Add a Reply
     
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I made a mistake Written by Wage Slave on 04/10/2011I made a mistake at work. It made the whole department look bad. Upper management is trying to dispute the mistake with the reviewer. I am so overwhelmed right now I don't know if I was right or wrong. Everyday I do my best. Everyday I leave there and feel worse about myself. Now they are disecting every part of my job and every move I make. I just hope they realize I have alot of responsibility and I am accountable for alot of information. No wonder people hide from work and sleep on the job. Emotionally it's easier to be lazy.Read 2 Replies   |   Add a Reply
     
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Posted by Whatever on 04/12/2011:
I'm sorry you feel under the gun. It is impressive that you are owning up to the mistake. You recognize that you made an error and will likely not make it again. If asked, just be truthful. It sounds like the department is doing what they can. Let yourself off the hook. You are beating yourself up. Relax. Take a deep breath and remind yourself that you have learned from this and will do better in the future. This is not the end of the world. Things will go on and will eventually be okay. Other mistakes have been made. All were overcome. This will pass too.

Posted by Printing Fool on 04/14/2011:
Just as the previous poster said, quit beating yourself up over this, everyone makes mistakes. I just started a new job as a Printer in another shop, I also made some mistakes this past week. I also did the majority of my work right. The owner did not focus on my few mistakes he was evaluating my skill level, and even though they were mistakes, they did look good! Everyone makes mistakes, say you're sorry just once and move on, don't keep apologising it only makes you look weak like you can't learn or get past it. Trust me at the end of the work day, you are going to care about this more than anyone else. But you are that kind of person who deeply cares. Please be kinder to yourself, hold your head up, start over, move on.

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