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Tough to find an analogy but I will try. Imagine you run a decorating company and you hire a new painter and decorator as you are so overworked. The guy starts and says that he cannot do any painting as he only wants to wallpaper. Not only that but he will only wallpaper using paper and paste he has used in the past, not the stuff your company uses. 

Holy crap, has Philpy applied for a job with Shandz ???

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I think that could pretty much be anyone who works in admin.

Anybody with a scintilla of self-respect, at least. The most awkward/unpleasant jobs should always be meted out to the most awkward/unpleasant members of staff.

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3 minutes ago, BFTD said:

I think that could pretty much be anyone who works in admin.

Anybody with a scintilla of self-respect, at least. The most awkward/unpleasant jobs should always be meted out to the most awkward/unpleasant members of staff.

Is that why Scottsdad was left to deal with the Prof?

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It's all kickin off in my work. The set up, before I started earlier this year, was a team of between 6 and 9 under one manager. But the team kept losing folk because the manager has been there for years and has no intention of moving up. Very happy and settled. So the rest of the team can't really go above them and end up leaving for other organisations. So the upper management decided to make two of the roles "supervisor" roles. It's, honestly, the exact same job but includes "mentoring". So it will be one manager, two supervisors, and five jobbers but the supervisors get an extra few bob. Anyway there are four folk who have been here for ages who all applied for these supervisor roles and, obviously, only two got it. The two that never got it have been very vocally unhappy about this for a while. Last night the two folk who are starting the supervisor roles were asked what they thought about a potential bit of extra work for the team. Management have told us today "here's some extra work we want you to do from next week. We discussed it with the supervisors last night" and now it is kicking off. The two who got the KB are raging that the new supervisors have gave us extra work and saying they can no longer trust them and asking how they are getting paid more while we are the ones getting more work and all sorts of stuff. It's a great laugh. A very happy and unified team has been totally split apart because two of them get an extra £50 a month.

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47 minutes ago, AsimButtHitsASix said:

It's all kickin off in my work. The set up, before I started earlier this year, was a team of between 6 and 9 under one manager. But the team kept losing folk because the manager has been there for years and has no intention of moving up. Very happy and settled. So the rest of the team can't really go above them and end up leaving for other organisations. So the upper management decided to make two of the roles "supervisor" roles. It's, honestly, the exact same job but includes "mentoring". So it will be one manager, two supervisors, and five jobbers but the supervisors get an extra few bob. Anyway there are four folk who have been here for ages who all applied for these supervisor roles and, obviously, only two got it. The two that never got it have been very vocally unhappy about this for a while. Last night the two folk who are starting the supervisor roles were asked what they thought about a potential bit of extra work for the team. Management have told us today "here's some extra work we want you to do from next week. We discussed it with the supervisors last night" and now it is kicking off. The two who got the KB are raging that the new supervisors have gave us extra work and saying they can no longer trust them and asking how they are getting paid more while we are the ones getting more work and all sorts of stuff. It's a great laugh. A very happy and unified team has been totally split apart because two of them get an extra £50 a month.

 Management meeting minutes.

 "There's a big block of work coming up. I don't fancy carrying the can. Who can we get to blame at minimal cost?"

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13 hours ago, dave258 said:

@scottsdad is this you?

 

 

I learned many years ago that university admin staff should be treated as well as possible. Aside from being overworked and underappreciated, without what they do the whole system would fall down. I am lucky that I get to choose the days and times of my classes. Unsurprisingly arseholes get the Friday afternoon classes

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11 minutes ago, Florentine_Pogen said:

FAO @scottsdad,

C'mon, man, you're bordering on dereliction of duty here...........no updates since last Thursday ? WTF is going down with the Prof at St.Custards ????

Chiz.......................

Not sure why I'm not getting notifications. 

Not much to update. I have a meeting with him next week but other than accepting my meeting invite he has ignored all my other emails (about teaching and other stuff). I'll be charitable and say he is busy, and not in a cream puff.

When and if something comes up I'll report back. But in the meantime I have been like this

natalie-dormer-eating.gif

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13 minutes ago, scottsdad said:

Not sure why I'm not getting notifications. 

Not much to update. I have a meeting with him next week but other than accepting my meeting invite he has ignored all my other emails (about teaching and other stuff). I'll be charitable and say he is busy, and not in a cream puff.

When and if something comes up I'll report back. But in the meantime I have been like this

natalie-dormer-eating.gif

Busier than him then.

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8 hours ago, Melanius Mullarkey said:

Surprised Scottdad has time to be posting on here, what with all that extra teaching he's having to prepare for and deliver. 

Surprised he's not on strike tbh, they usually are

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Heard some gossip today about the job I left six months back.

The only remaining members of staff (out of about twenty) are the two general managers and one guy who was sacked (for throwing things at other staff) then rehired. This is the second time he's been sacked and rehired.

A reality programme was looking to film there and came up to do some preliminary location scouting. One of the general managers went around the area begging other business to lend him staff for the day of shooting. Having been knocked back by everyone he turned down the free publicity as he knew it would be impossible to show the place in a good light with the current staff.

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