Monday, June 05, 2006


Let's say you are a manager and you have an employee that has been busting his ass. Let's say your employee has been working 50-60 hour weeks, with absolutely no extra compensation and only took 3 days off in May (none of which were on the Memorial Day holiday). Do you:

A. Figure out how to get him a sigificant raise?
B. Give him some bonus vacation days?
C. Figure out how to reduce his workload, so that it matches his coworkers'?
D. Schedule him for an out-of-state equipment installation from Saturday to Wednesday, that
also includes Sunday?


At 6:59 PM, Blogger Kira said...

maybe you need to learn how to be a slacker.

At 10:40 PM, Blogger Broadsheet said...

I think you better keep reading those want ads....

Any end in sight? I mean, a month is one thing, but if this keeps going like this. I'd be keeping track of my comp time - even if you are salaried.

At 7:11 AM, Blogger Double Dogged said...

If I was a manager, I would want you to talk to me about how you feel. Some managers need to be clued in.

At 8:48 AM, Blogger Cham said... let's look at this from the manager's point of view. A sales person sells some engineering consulting work. She likes the customer and feels that they might give her more business in the future. So she talks to the engineering manager and requests the help of a specific engineer. Does she choose:

A) The engineer that does shoddy work and the customers hate?
B) The engineer that is constantly unreliable, calls out sick or complains alot?
C) The engineer with the stellar reputation of getting the job done and working the hours to do so?

The engineering manager knows that engineering jobs are scarce in the area and he is paying his lead engineer a salary that he won't find in too many other places unless the engineer makes the effort to relocate. The sales person is being nice at the moment and he knows she will throw a huge tantrum if she doesn't get her way.

Sometimes you have to see things from the other side.

At 9:11 AM, Anonymous Lori said...

Screw that. There are actual work places that *DO* take care of their employees. It takes some significant leg work to find them and then get hired, but I'm tellin' ya---They're out there.

At 9:44 AM, Blogger AnonymousCoworker said...

e) Bend the employee over a table and forcibly insert industry manuals into his rectum.

At 11:33 AM, Blogger TheIdleReceptionist said...

"I'll buy a vowel, Alex. 'D.' And, uh, I'd also like to complete the phrase....Ok, 'Dickish things done by ballsacks?'"


At 1:19 PM, Blogger Mighty Dyckerson said...

I think you need to learn to work faster. I mean, how long does it take to hook up some stupid equipment? That out-of-state job would take me three hours, tops.

At 5:37 PM, Blogger tfg said...

kira-Then I'd be pissed off at myself, instead of others.

broadsheet-Amen. Supposedly things will slack off after a trade show is complete, but I don't believe them. Comp time is a joke here, keeping track of it only makes me madder.

dd-My managers should know. If not, my 2 weeks notice will clue them in.

cham-I see your point, but I've got co-workers, with the same title as mayself, who play games and read books all day.

lori-I agree. I'm think a Fortune 500 company is in my future next.

ACW-How'd you find out about our employee bonus plan?

idle-Yeah, I'm waiting for your buddy, Bob, to show up.

dyck-3 hours? You and I need to switch jobs.

At 9:21 PM, Blogger doggerelblogger said...

And maybe it's time for said employee to show his manager what he really thinks, and blow that fucking popsicle stand.

At 1:22 AM, Blogger Cara said...

My Boss just refused me a promotion. I feel your pain.

Just have cocktails, update your resume and perform random acts of passive aggressiveness at your job.

thank me later.


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