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A couple of weeks ago, TPTB at my workplace posted our new work schedule.

Today, they updated it:

Monday: 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Tuesday: 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Thursday: 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Now, I'm as willing as the next person to make a big push to meet a deadline. And okay, this schedule is only in place for the rest of this week and next. So my house gets a little chaotic and I lose my temper a couple of times an hour. Not that big a deal.

Except that ME BEING AT MY DESK THIRTEEN HOURS A DAY WILL NOT HELP. My work queue is empty. It's been empty most of the week. The bottleneck is elsewhere. DarkEm is not Part Of The Problem.

So, dear management: Instead of calling the whole team into a room and dropping this schedule bomb on us; instead of hostaging the entire team to nightly hour-long status meetings to review the issues of the few; instead of browbeating us and treating us like we're a) idiots and b) slackers; why don't you focus some attention on THE FREAKIN' PROBLEM??

Yours in stress and annoyance,
Dark Em

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serenity_valley
Sep. 3rd, 2008 08:29 pm (UTC)
That shit's not right, dude. Why why why does bureaucratic management so repeatedly demonstrate such fundamental levels of dumbfuckery???

I foresee a lot of internet usage in your future. ;(
emeraldsedai
Sep. 3rd, 2008 09:17 pm (UTC)
Well, there's an awful lot of it in my present, and yeah, if I'm required to kill thirteen-sixteenths of my waking life in the World's Tallest Basement, then, yessirree Bob, the T3 connection is gonna get a workout.

While I agree with your assessment generally, this instance would seem to be the fault not of bureaucratic management, but of the super-efficient, highly-effective, extremely well-paid and dare I say German private-sector implementation firm we're working with.
roxymissrose
Sep. 3rd, 2008 10:22 pm (UTC)
The world is run by Bozos, I'm telling you.
emeraldsedai
Sep. 3rd, 2008 10:40 pm (UTC)
Because my eyes are bleary and my mind is inelastic at this hour of the day, I read your comment as "The world is run by Boxers."

That actually took me to kind of a happy place...almost as happy as "low-slung towels."
owzers
Sep. 3rd, 2008 10:26 pm (UTC)
Arrrgggggghhhh! Idiots! Do you have the option of pointing out this obvious and reasonable fact to TPTB?
emeraldsedai
Sep. 3rd, 2008 10:38 pm (UTC)
*sigh*

I tried. My boss hears me, but her hands are pretty well tied. To add insult to more insult, they held a pep rally today with senior representatives of the private-sector firm we're dealing with: loud, bluff men who touch down in a city like this, trot out Speech Number Three about the Rewards of All Your Hard Work, then fly off again the same afternoon.

I'm traumatized. Traumatized.
roseambr
Sep. 3rd, 2008 10:40 pm (UTC)
Well, the contractors can't discipline the individuals that are causing the problem so they have to treat everyone as one unit. A terrible, unfair practice. Also, it's like keeping the entire class in from recess when one %$#* in the class acts up. Teams, that's where the problem lies. Having individual responsibilities yet called a team. You can't actually work as a team, covering, helping and bailing out the members that are the problem. But you are penalized as a team, making everyone "be" at the office even though not everyone has stuff to do at the office. Enough to make a person pull out all of thier hair and run screaming into the street.

I'm so sorry this project has reached such a frustrating point. My fingers are crossed for you that it is indeed over in two more weeks.

And you have a secret weapon... daydreaming about a nice scenic train ride along the coast line...
emeraldsedai
Sep. 3rd, 2008 10:47 pm (UTC)
And you can only imagine how enticing that daydream is becoming.

You've nailed the "teamwork" problem perfectly. I wish you could have been with me in this afternoon's pep-rally meeting conducted by the consulting firm's big honchos. Geez. It reminded me so much of working for MCI in the old days that I'm afraid I freaked out a little.

Either that, or a Big Tent revival meeting. Amen, brother.
str8ontilmornin
Sep. 4th, 2008 05:39 am (UTC)
Hey, you've gained another hour into the night!
Woohoo!
I thought 8pm was late enough, but you couldn't get enough could you?
SRSLY! The firm is so efficient that it can't see where the bottlenecks are.
Sorry that the madness is spreading even further into your corner.
emeraldsedai
Sep. 4th, 2008 05:42 am (UTC)
I feel certain that I'll survive, but lemme tell ya: bitching about it to my friends online really helps!
lamentables
Sep. 4th, 2008 06:15 am (UTC)
But that's just...nuts?...unreasonable?...not actually effective for all the reasons already mentioned and because working long hours actually makes people less productive?
emeraldsedai
Sep. 4th, 2008 06:29 am (UTC)
Yeah, we're at the last resort stage where TPTB hae to be able to say they're doing everything humanly possible--which means working us insanely.

Ah well...this too will pass.
tehomet
Sep. 4th, 2008 07:54 pm (UTC)
I'm working 8 to 6 at the moment, to make up time after taking sick leave without getting a doctor's note, and I'm quite knackered. You're going to be in bits. Your bosses are fruitcakes! How can they do this to you? Do you even get paid overtime?

Jeez.
emeraldsedai
Sep. 4th, 2008 08:02 pm (UTC)
They ARE fruitcakes. And nutbars.

I'm "management" which means no overtime pay. One of my coworkers yesterday was saying, "Okay, I'm officially below minimum wage now." (They do give us some token compensatory time off, but the big question is when we'll have time to use it!)

On the whole, they pay me a hell of a lot per hour for using my brain, so an occasional big push like this isn't out of the question. If it keeps up as a matter of routine, I'm seriously going to have to look for a new job. 'Cause you're right--going to bits already.
tehomet
Sep. 4th, 2008 08:21 pm (UTC)
I used to work long hours to meet project deadlines, when I worked in IT, and at the end of the project(s), nearly everyone would be sick or under the weather. Fecking bosses.
emeraldsedai
Sep. 4th, 2008 08:54 pm (UTC)
Use 'em up and throw 'em away. There are always people waiting in line for these "good" jobs. That's the corporate way.

What's sad is that this isn't a corporation, but it's been infected. Fecking infected...
emeraldsedai
Sep. 4th, 2008 08:05 pm (UTC)
P.S.: you need a note from a doctor to take sick leave?

Are they strict about what kind of doctor? 'Cause me personally? I never go near M.D.s and consider them poisoners. They'd have to accept a note from my acupuncturist or shaman or something...
tehomet
Sep. 4th, 2008 08:19 pm (UTC)
The government office I work for says we humble workers can take a maximum of 7 days sick leave in a year without a doctor's note, but only 1 or 2 days at a time. Anything over that, we need a doctor's note. From a MD. Except I hate going to the doctor: I've had some bad/borderline abusive experiences in the past and although I have a female doctor now, I'd still rather clean toilets or lick spiders or vote Republican. So when I took 7 days off in May due to a torn back muscle, I just didn't go to the quack. The flexitime system at work means that with no doctor's note, my 'clock' was nearly 70 hours negative. By working 8 til 6 since May, more or less, I have managed to work it back up to equanimity. I just hope no one notices my little subterfuge. Otherwise I will have to take those days out of my annual leave, which I really don't want to do, as I hope to take a month off to backpack in Asia in the spring...

Yeah. Sorry for the long winded answer! But I agree with you on the poisoner thing. Give me a shaman or a herbalist any day. :)
emeraldsedai
Sep. 4th, 2008 08:55 pm (UTC)
Yikes!

Well, my recommendation is close your eyes and think of Asia! ;)
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