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Re: the "things you wish you could say" thread
« Reply #30 on: June 16, 2019, 07:32:48 AM »
The current system works and nobody is complaining. Find something else to improve!

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Similar to the adage, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it!"

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Re: the "things you wish you could say" thread
« Reply #31 on: June 17, 2019, 03:43:42 AM »
Sending me something on Saturday night and telling me it MUST be done on Sunday (a holiday Sunday! when I am no longer on contract) is neither a way to get work done nor to endear yourself to any of us.
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Re: the "things you wish you could say" thread
« Reply #32 on: June 18, 2019, 01:08:13 PM »
Your grade isn't acceptable to me, either. But here we are.

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Re: the "things you wish you could say" thread
« Reply #33 on: June 19, 2019, 11:08:54 AM »
Hey, guess what?  If your system doesn't work, that is actually YOURS to fix.

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Re: the "things you wish you could say" thread
« Reply #34 on: June 19, 2019, 11:23:22 AM »
I have asked you three times, in various ways I think will be clear and to the point, what you want me to do exactly. Telling me "the Armadillo sails at midnight" the first time, "the pen of my aunt is in the forehead of my uncle" the second time, and "very social science!" the third time is not getting us closer to a resolution.
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Re: the "things you wish you could say" thread
« Reply #35 on: June 19, 2019, 12:59:58 PM »
That meanspiritedness and petty behavior doesn't look good on you.

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Re: the "things you wish you could say" thread
« Reply #36 on: June 20, 2019, 05:57:25 AM »
The instructions indicated this was a three-hour tour (a three-hour tour).  Having an unexpected six-hour tour means I have a big list of suggestions for things to cut from the next iteration since the stated goal is to bring us new folks up to speed.  I'm not sure I am up to speed because

(a) we only got to the stuff on which I actually work in hour 5, long after my back was explaining at great volume the problem with 5 hours standing on concrete.

(b) you had two posters on the thing I work on whereas we had beautiful, colored, full-scale models of everything else including things from decades ago that were a  dead-end after three months and things proposed before the mid-20th century that never made it out of the prototype phase.

(c) you spent a total of 5 minutes on the thing I work on, less time than you spent explaining where the ladies room was for the mid-tour potty break and even then we couldn't find the ladies room and had to come back for more instructions.
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Re: the "things you wish you could say" thread
« Reply #37 on: June 20, 2019, 06:43:38 AM »
Echoes of the theme from "Gilligan's Island," perhaps?

My tours always run pretty much as scheduled, unless interest is shown or I'm asked to go longer.

I also release anyone who needs to leave at the time they request, and try to address their interests first.

Just to let you know it can he done......

Sorry your back had to put up with all that.

A tour guide's inability/unwillingness to adhere to the discipline of timing the tour is a sign of egoisme.

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Re: the "things you wish you could say" thread
« Reply #38 on: June 20, 2019, 07:09:01 AM »
A tour guide's inability/unwillingness to adhere to the discipline of timing the tour is a sign of egoisme.

My bet is a key problem is our tour leader was not a professional tour guide.  Instead, we took a field trip to a museum where you provide your own tour guide so we had a working scientist in the knowledge area leading us along with two retired scientists who had spent their whole careers in the very specialized area contributing stories along the way.  As I told my husband, he would have loved this combination of The History Channel, Nova, Popular Science, and Old Guys Telling Stories.  We had an incredible and unique experience that was definitely worth the day spent.

My frustration really is the 6 hours* when I was planning for 3 and yet we skimped on the one area that has direct relevance for my work and that's true for about half the other people on the tour.  We have a running joke among my cohort of colleagues (all hired about the same time with different backgrounds and yet no one is an expert in this field) that we always start at the same date in history, go until someone runs out of breath, and yet we seldom even get up to things that happened in our lifetimes and we're over 40.  Some bringing-up-to-speed discussions don't even get us up to the transistor being in wide use, which is problematic since we're doing high-tech machinery along with high performance computing and a lot has changed since before the time of the transistor.

* and no lunch! On top of my no breakfast because we left here at 0-dawn-30 to make the lengthy drive and then a late supper because of the lengthy drive back.
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Re: the "things you wish you could say" thread
« Reply #39 on: June 21, 2019, 08:19:34 AM »
Will you just TELL ME ALREADY if my class is cancelled?

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Re: the "things you wish you could say" thread
« Reply #40 on: June 21, 2019, 10:17:55 AM »
Please don't threaten to quit unless you get your way....unless you mean it.

Don't get my hopes up.
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Re: the "things you wish you could say" thread
« Reply #41 on: June 21, 2019, 11:26:54 AM »
OK, I've given you all the info you asked for, in spreadsheet form--and now you say you knew it all along.

This is starting to make it sound like I'm going to become the fall person.

I'm starting to look elsewhere--starting now.

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Re: the "things you wish you could say" thread
« Reply #42 on: June 23, 2019, 04:22:47 PM »
In the past couple of months, I have seen multiple job postings at our place change from external to "Internal Only" positions.  I doubt there's anything nefarious going on, but someone in HR clearly needs to up their game. 


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Re: the "things you wish you could say" thread
« Reply #43 on: June 24, 2019, 06:05:27 AM »
Receiving criticism is hard.  However, staying in the bubble where no one ever criticizes means you're missing vital information that you could use to head off disaster.  Not knowing what people think means you are fixing the wrong problem.
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Re: the "things you wish you could say" thread
« Reply #44 on: June 24, 2019, 07:46:52 AM »
Keep your dog on a leash.