Adult Daycare: Dealing with Employees

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Classic one: The feedback from our clients on the calendars has been negative.......doesn't even allow sticky notes and........doesn't allow workers to use the same desk/workstation every day, they must move around to a different one.......another one has environmental concerns.....move towards more practucal objects such as tea mugs.

A simple ''None this year, thanks!'' would have been sufficient.
 

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I was giving a direct some feedback today and he said "Not everyone works like you fwiffo for 12 hours a day 7 days a week"

Really? That's what people think of me?
 

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I was giving a direct some feedback today and he said "Not everyone works like you fwiffo for 12 hours a day 7 days a week"

Really? That's what people think of me?
I was once told by a Japanese colleague who had gone native in Barcelona that I had a Japanese work ethic. He didn't say that as a compliment.

Had a Japanese client in today and on my now famous Girl With The Pearl Earring/Rembrandt/Escher et al and architecture whirlwind tour who confirmed that pretty much the old way of Japanese working is dead and it really is 9-5 or 8-5 for 5 days a week. No longer 7 days a week 18 hour days.
 

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I was once told by a Japanese colleague who had gone native in Barcelona that I had a Japanese work ethic. He didn't say that as a compliment.

Had a Japanese client in today and on my now famous Girl With The Pearl Earring/Rembrandt/Escher et al and architecture whirlwind tour who confirmed that pretty much the old way of Japanese working is dead and it really is 9-5 or 8-5 for 5 days a week. No longer 7 days a week 18 hour days.
What about the 35 hour French work week?
 

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32 hours now. Something to aspire to.
NO. The 12 hours a day 7 days a week salaryman would be lost with all that free time. His liver would be occupied beyond the level that it currently is and will be so big that it will actually live outside of his body partially like a mutant from Total Recall.
 

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NO. The 12 hours a day 7 days a week salaryman would be lost with all that free time. His liver would be occupied beyond the level that it currently is and will be so big that it will actually live outside of his body partially like a mutant from Total Recall.
i await my future quato
 

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NO. The 12 hours a day 7 days a week salaryman would be lost with all that free time. His liver would be occupied beyond the level that it currently is and will be so big that it will actually live outside of his body partially like a mutant from Total Recall.
i await my future quato
At the behest of the few people who care about my welfare on this forum I have given up drinking.
 

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Employee engagement scores

Who the bloody hell cares whether you enjoy your employee experience - that's what the money is for.
 

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I've been on a project for the last 3 months to create a dashboard for the Chief HR Officer to illustrate employee engagement and experience internally.

I think what's more absurd is that few if any people understand statistics or how to even design a basic chart.
 

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I've been on a project for the last 3 months to create a dashboard for the Chief HR Officer to illustrate employee engagement and experience internally.

I think what's more absurd is that few if any people understand statistics or how to even design a basic chart.
I was at a meeting earlier today where they were proposing a Domino pizza type dashboard in-the-oven type thing for some mega-project that you already have planning tools for and a Domino pizza dashboard isn't going to be able to capture the complexity.
 

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I asked my direct to fire one of his staff and human resources says we can't fire people so close to Christmas. Redundancies can resume in the new year. Some people were terminated a few days ago but apparently that was the last batch. Now we have to stare at this bastard for the rest of the year.
 

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Tell them to press mute.
I had to take their ability to use sound away as they kept on putting the radio on ever so quiet in an open plan office, despite being told not to do it. They'll be a bit miffed when they come in on Monday morning!
 

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I had to take their ability to use sound away as they kept on putting the radio on ever so quiet in an open plan office, despite being told not to do it. They'll be a bit miffed when they come in on Monday morning!
You're the only one to blame for putting everyone in an open plan office because you wanted cost savings.
 

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My workplace has finally blocked Dressedwell across Americas. I have to resort to using my mobile or guest Wi-Fi.
 

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You're the only one to blame for putting everyone in an open plan office because you wanted cost savings.
I had a look at some new offices today, a load of old fashioned crap. The future ain't those style of 1970-1990s offices. Which the idiots here are still pushing.
 

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Some of the stories doing the rounds on the working environment in the European Patent Office and some other bodies you would not believe the culture of bullying and endemic jockeying for dominance, control and rampant attempts at corruption from EU nations - aIl allegedly I might add. The suicides are real enough though. The court cases from the families all end in being thrown out. And so it continues. But, I might add, the Munich office is sound enough, so if you go to work for them, go there young man.

So nothing surprises me.....

And I have my own nasty madness to contend with. One office country manager accused some low level coordinator in the UK of bullying them and also someone else in a certain discipline. It was actually the opposite, they were bullying them to get special treatment to be excluded from due process. So I had to stamp down.

Cultural differences are real, the EU attempt, or shall I say, on-going attempt to create the EU-super-person, is an epic failure.

As the very definition of an intrepid internationalist global business person, I travel to places all around the globe and I find the same office environment infrastructure everywhere, it's all the same. But it is the culture that is the decisive factor. In my experience, cultural differences are extremely underplayed, they are the essential element.
 
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I initiated an inquiry on the employment status of certain employees in Central America in the corporate directory. Why are they listed as terminated when clearly they are still working and employed. After 10 hours of e-mails/escalations/iMessage I get a response. After 15 hours I figured out how these things work. I write an e-mail to India. I call Thailand. Thailand escalates to Germany. Germany e-mails India to tell them to respond to my e-mail. The first time after 10 hours of random e-mailing that I figured this out it was a 2 hour cycle. Then I got it down to 1 hour cycles and got 3 rounds in before 2am when I collapsed in bed.

I am positive NASA must have an easier time contacting spacecraft and over on Mars.
 
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