Adult Daycare: Dealing with Employees

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As Stalin once remarked ''No people, no problems.'' Or in other words never under estimate people's ability to chose the most arduous, complex and ridiculous path as if it was preordained.

The numbering in the database should follow the client's protocol 01, 02, 03 for each unique vendor and subvendor. Simple. So instead, they decide to just renumber everything in the database under the client and one commodity thus ensuring no traceability to reports, complex renumbering legends on someone's laptop somewhere (supposedly), loss of KPI data, invoicing now all gone wrong and now they've run out of numbers for the main vendor having used them elsewhere.

You have to be a special kind of dummy on €100,000+ staff salary to implement such a scheme. All two of them. Phenomenal. And sadly, I have to cover and paper over the cracks for shareholder vanity, and when it comes to overheads like that, those inefficiences eventually bring about a downfall. Let's hope it's not mine.

Meanwhile, one of our country managers has resigned with extreme prejudice. I happened to be speaking to them this morning and that didn't seem on the cards then. But I do know by 4pm this afternoon, they were busy cancelling his 365 account, company credit card, access to the building, etc, etc.
 

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Someone got hacked and loads of phishing emails went out with pretend Docusign links. Now I've got all these cyber security and incident response people from the clients wanting to know what's gone on. The person's gone off with stress now which I expected, as there's definitely a whiff of guilt there. How do you get your business email hacked? Takes some effort I suppose clicking on dodgy links and such.
 

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For anyone that needs to look busy at work


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Never in a million years would I have predicted the market for epidemiologists to get this tight. I’m trying to hire a high-level disaster epi and a biostatistician and I am getting no where. They are all bouncing around the county to every hotspot, getting big bucks as consultants and contract workers.

Two years ago if you told someone you were an epidemiologist they would start talking about their genital skin rashes.
 
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Never in a million years would I have predicted the market for epidemiologists to get this tight. I’m trying to hire a high-level disaster epi and a biostatistician and I am getting no where. They are all bouncing around the county to every hotspot, getting big bucks as consultants and contract workers.

Yep years ago if you told someone you were an epidemiologist they would start talking about their genital skin rashes.
I would expect that discipline is going to be in demand for quite some time.
 

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Never in a million years would I have predicted the market for epidemiologists to get this tight. I’m trying to hire a high-level disaster epi and a biostatistician and I am getting no where. They are all bouncing around the county to every hotspot, getting big bucks as consultants and contract workers.

Two years ago if you told someone you were an epidemiologist they would start talking about their genital skin rashes.
you contacted that one on substack yet?
 

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Never in a million years would I have predicted the market for epidemiologists to get this tight. I’m trying to hire a high-level disaster epi and a biostatistician and I am getting no where. They are all bouncing around the county to every hotspot, getting big bucks as consultants and contract workers.

Two years ago if you told someone you were an epidemiologist they would start talking about their genital skin rashes.
Epidemiologists/Public Health experts have been woefully underused in the past.

I suspect it will still be hard, outside of a pandemic, to make people understand Population (Public) Health as opposed to an individual illness model.
 

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I hired an epi manager! I’d given up hope of finding someone with the qualifications for this position in the current market, but I was able to poach someone from another department (Zoonosis) who want happy over there.

Not holding my breath on my vacant clinical positions though - specialist nurses are still making a killing doing contract work in Covid hotspots.
 

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I’m in a fancy/expensive management training class today - for keeping up one of my certifications.

People teaching leadership. I’ve probably done dozens of different classes over the years and I can only think of one that taught anything useful. Usually it’s just about making the students feel more confident and that ‘you aren’t alone facing these sort of problems’.
 

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I’m in a fancy/expensive management training class today - for keeping up one of my certifications.

People teaching leadership. I’ve probably done dozens of different classes over the years and I can only think of one that taught anything useful. Usually it’s just about making the students feel more confident and that ‘you aren’t alone facing these sort of problems’.

Is there anyone attractive?
 

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Is there anyone attractive?

There is a cute Hispanic girl. There is also a lawyer who I think is taking the class in her PJs, laying in bed. It might be a big antique chair or something in the background, but it sure looks like a headboard.

I signed-up to do it in person, but then they moved it to a zoom class a few weeks ago.
 

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There is a cute Hispanic girl. There is also a lawyer who I think is taking the class in her PJs, laying in bed. It might be a big antique chair or something in the background, but it sure looks like a headboard.

I signed-up to do it in person, but then they moved it to a zoom class a few weeks ago.

Ohh it's virtual. Are there breakouts? Do you get some time to impress the Hispanic one?
 

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I’m a sensitive, brooding INFJ

That sounds like loads of fun. You should say in a breakout or after coming back from lunch break "Hey let's everyone stay connected on LinkedIn and make a community..."

And then just ignore all the ugly people and only accept her.
 

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Yesterday, after my cancelling the Russian work, the Italians decided to muddy the waters and create a song and dance for political reasons. I'd given the finger to the Brits, now I was really pissed-off with a second wave of wankers. So I sent an email to everyone, all the plebs along with their managers explaining that I was disappointed it's proved controversial, but to reiterate all Russian work, assignments, projects, or whatever is suspended with immediate effect for reasons that don't elaborated on. So do all grow up and suck it up.

Anyway, events dear boy events, my position is vindicated as every oil & gas major been exiting the Russian market with extreme prejudice and bringing everyone home as the fast as they can. Then our chairman sent out a similar message on the official position across the Group: all Russian work ceases immediately.

It's a horrible, horrible thing to stop work that's ongoing. I felt sick in the stomach, guilty, but I knew it was necessary, even if I was point man and a bit exposed for an hour, or day or two. One of the clients has taken it personally and I don't think they'll be coming to me again. But if they're over exposed to the Russian market, they might find themselves in financial trouble.
 

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I heard we're disconnecting our company network to the Russian offices. But why are we paying a disconnect fee when you have to connect again? Besides those people work for us and will probably go home and jump back on over the Internet via VPN. But hey, we stand with Ukraine.

That said we also have Ukrainian offices.
 

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I heard we're disconnecting our company network to the Russian offices.
I'm making a conscience decision, on the q.t. to disengage with our China office. It will likely go the way of Russia shortly.

But also the organisational culture is just obnoxious and insidious to deal with. Across our office to the clients. Give you a bit of work and they think they own you and they try to seep in everywhere. Everything is a problem, a worry, a concern and constant being berated before the work has started and when it does...not for me.

When it comes to the Far East, the South Koreans are just about bearable with their blue rinses on men in their sixties, but give me the Japanese any day. Work with them, no problem. Sometimes there's a language problem face-to-face, but when it comes down to work and communication at the technical level and by email, it's 100% sound. We all get each other. And that's not just because I am into Seiko watches.
 
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What is executive presence? I didn't volunteer to coach people to develop executive presence...
 

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One day, I'll get back to where I was and my entrance to the office will be like this.

 

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What is executive presence? I didn't volunteer to coach people to develop executive presence...
Gravitas and charisma, I suppose. Can you teach that? You can certainly earn and get gravitas over years of working and professional development. The status of position might help there too.

Charisma, is that a quality you can develop, train, or is it innate? You can certainly dress to project an image. The selective use of eye contact is useful too.
 

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What is the strange aerosol can? Compressed air?

At least you have a choice between world's most artificial and cheap mass produced white bread and whole wheat. Just need a gluten free option.
 

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What is the strange aerosol can? Compressed air?

At least you have a choice between world's most artificial and cheap mass produced white bread and whole wheat. Just need a gluten free option.
Yes a duster. Someone probably left it there to get rid of crumbs.
 

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I've a few gone rogue this week: one in France (a Brit mind you) and two in Italy.

Never understand it, you got a real good thing going, €100,000+ a year, in some cases nearly €200,000 and you turn bandit over having to work a full day or that you're working near home and can't claim lavish expenses. Weird.

In the old days, when I had a bit more time, I would go out of my way to cajole them back into the fold and the good times, now I just terminate with extreme prejudice.
 

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I received a form to claim credits on my taxes for working remotely. I couldn't come around to using it given I never worked at home.
 

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My mob's back next week, I've extended working from home as much as possible. They've a decent Bordeaux waiting for them when they arrive, doubt that will placate them. Anyway, we're back but hybrid working is on the cards, the old way is gone. Our USA office is already Monday/Friday everyone working from home.

Had digitilized most of the processes by Sept. 2019, now everything is digitalized. There's no hard copy processes. Only time I need to print is when I get one of those well protected contracts I can't sign digitally. You can all work in the Cloud remotely as good as the office. And face-to-face you can do by Teams or Zoom, or whatever.

A little bit in the office, the rest from home is the way to go.
 

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Getting remarks every online town hall during question and answer about my choice of suit, tie or attire in general.

Since I serve no purpose on the executive team it's my only contribution.
 

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Read it, I find it rather cynical, the normal KPI's based end-results is all you need. If you need software to tell you who's productive, or not, you've probably not got a grip on things.
has nothing to do with any of the points of the article which revolves around surveillance.
 
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