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Re: The "How Was Your Day" Thread II
« Reply #2375 on: March 30, 2011, 04:59:42 pm »
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The whole day had been allocated for a deanary panel, assessing the progression of skills for the post grads.
They occur anually for each post-grad so cluster around July/August, but with maternity leave and re-sits there is a small number scattered around the rest of the year.
We had a whole day allocated, anticipating three interviews with failing candidates pleading for an extension to training and another chance at the final qualifying exam, as well as the sign offs for those still in training BUT THEY ALL HAD PASSED; much celebration all round, the review turned into a very brief rubber stamping exercise and I had the afternoon off :)

Used the opportunity to clear up a load of admin. but working from home - WIN

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« Reply #2376 on: March 30, 2011, 05:05:54 pm »
It was very good.  I got a few details sorted out for my day of Victorian lodge-house surveying tomorrow, spent a good three hours with my coursemates shooting the breeze and eating cake, and then spent an hour or so doing research in the Bodleian library for my project.  And as is always the case, one hour of research turns up more questions than answers, although in this instance it also put a few things straight- 'Museum' lodge historically had little, if anything, to do with the Museum it's now part of.  'Clarendon Lodge' would be a more apt name for it...
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« Reply #2377 on: March 30, 2011, 06:30:29 pm »
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At work 3 weeks ago we FINALLY got the temps we asked for to help us with the workload, as our busiest time is coming up. 5 temps were sent and we were told to pick 2 for our section. The 2 we chose ( one lad and a woman ) have been great, they're nice people and they can both meet the target amount of product to be made per hour very well indeed.

They got called into the office last week, to be told that they have to apply for the jobs they are already doing. I presume this means applying for permanent positions instead of being agency staff.

It makes absolutely NO fucking sense. I was an agency worker when I started there, and I didn't have to do this, I just got taken on permanently by the company. Stef was taken on in the same way I was only a month ago, after working as a temp for over 8 months. Same for Karen.

These poor sods have been called by the agency, and told that they would be emailed an application form to fill out and return. They've told me it was a very in depth form, of the sort you'd have if you were applying for some top office job, with questions like " Please give an example of a situation, in which you presented an idea that was of benefit to the company "


WHAT..THE..FUCK?


Questions like that have ZERO relevance to running a machine in a fucking warehouse. You DO NOT require qualifications to do this job. I sure as hell don't have any that are relevant to my work, no one on the section does ( forklift licence aside and you don't even need that to work in my section )

To top it all off, they now have to have an interview. Some woman from a separate company ( that does interviews on behalf of other companies I presume ) is coming in to interview not only our temps, but other people who have applied for the jobs, as apparantly they have put out an ad that there is work going at our place.

This woman has never been to the warehouse, has never seen our section or the machines, has no clue how my job is done, and yet these Temps have to prove themselves to her in this interview, and show via the usual interview question & answer session , that they can do a job THEY HAVE BEEN DOING PERFECTLY WELL FOR THREE FUCKING WEEKS.

Why the hell do they have to impress this woman? She has no idea of what the work entails so she cannot possibly choose the correct candidate for the job. Qualifications and previous experience are absolutely meaningless here . I could teach a Ten year old how to do it, you don't need to be a fucking graduate.


They've been told they have to get changed into smart interview clothes and "dress to impress". THE INTERVIEWS ARE BEING HELD AT MY WORKPLACE. It's a fucking warehouse, it's dusty and slightly grimy. Dressing to impress this woman serves no purpose. Smart clothes won't make someone crank out 120 rolls an hour or imrove their chances of doing so. They will have to come into work at 8 AM, in their normal clothes, then go and get changed justbefore the interview into these smart clothes, have the interview, then get re-changed back into their workwear again.

WHY? What shitting purpose does it serve?

I have also been told that apparantly there is only one position available for the manufacturing section.

WHAT?

This also makes no sense. We are short of staff and still getting rising demand for product to be made. You NEED 2 people on the bulletin border machine, and you NEED two people on the bordette ( my machine ) to make the volume of work they are asking for. WE NEED BOTH OF THESE TEMPS.


We're also getting a new machine next month. That will require at least one person to run it, if not two, so again, why is there only one position available? If it's purely for that new machine, then why are both our temps being interviewed, when they wouldn't be running it anyway? They would be doing the jobs they're doing right now.


I feel so sorry for them. The woman I'm working with really needs this job, and she likes working at our place. She's good at what she does, and there is no logical reason for the company to refuse her ( or the lad) a position or give her job to someone who has never run this machine. She's a nervous person and has told me she's not very confidant, and doesn't tend to do well in interviews, as she feels very pressurised and highly uncomfortable. She's worried sick she won't get the job.



Why the fuck should I have to train a completely new person when she is just fine at doing the job? Why did they even bother sending us temps in the first place?

I feel like everyone's time has been utterly wasted, and I really can't get the back of what they're trying to achieve.
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Re: The "How Was Your Day" Thread II
« Reply #2378 on: March 30, 2011, 08:34:22 pm »
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Re: The "How Was Your Day" Thread II
« Reply #2379 on: March 30, 2011, 10:00:28 pm »
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Re: The "How Was Your Day" Thread II
« Reply #2380 on: March 30, 2011, 10:16:50 pm »
Got up at 11. Went shopping for food. Cooked my Mum some tomato soup and some chicken and dumpling casserole. Drank wine with a friend and speculated on the reasons for Life.
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« Reply #2381 on: March 31, 2011, 12:02:39 am »
A great day in that we got our official registration of business name for our store.

and it is...

  the manufactory  


Still can't believe that no-one else in Australia had previously registered it.

So now we get to open a store that sells reclaimed industria, antique kitchenalia, science apparatus and other paraphanalia to those who wish to decorate their abodes with it.

Next step - finalise the lease this week and begin shop renovations.
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Re: The "How Was Your Day" Thread II
« Reply #2382 on: March 31, 2011, 08:01:06 am »
@miss Honeythorn.
What a strange story. First of all, the agency is okay with their temps to apply for a permanent job at your company? Most of the time, agency's have a contract that says the temps have to work for the agency for a certain period, for instance half a year. If not, the company has to pay for the expences made by the agency (read, the profit the agency should have got, if the temp would have worked for the period).

It is sometimes cheaper for a company to turn to an agency than doing their own advertising and selection. Doing things double doesn't make sence at all. It would if the temps send were not good at their jobs and the company didn't have faith in the agency. (it could be that the agency is going bankrupt and tries to sell their temps to the companies they are working for)

The application form don't make any sence eather. Shure, there are standard forms, but still, a few standard forms for different degrees of job positions would be more apropriate. Perhaps they use the form in reverse, meaning someone who can fill in the form correctly is "to good" for the job. A blank answer is a plus. I don't know, again, strange.

The sharp dressing I can get into, a bit. You dress smart to, not only impress, but to show respect to the other person. Totally impractical, but it does show something about yourself. The way someone dresses can be a reflection of his/her personality. Once again, strange, for the application and the line of work.  In the end, it all comes down to money. If it's cheaper to do the job with one or two persons less, the company will do that. If it's easier to use temps in stead of own employees, the company will do that.

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Re: The "How Was Your Day" Thread II
« Reply #2383 on: March 31, 2011, 09:26:28 am »
We get a lot of this where I work. A big company contracting  smaller companies to come in and do staff surveys and briefings and 'performance reports' etc. I get a form I have to fill in every year , my 'Personel Developement Report' which is drafted by an outside company. About 1% of the questions have any relevance to my job . Things like "what targets did you achieve last year?".."What were you particularly pleased about in your performance last year" (er..making it  through the entire year without punching a rude member of the public?). Most of the questions are aimed at the office workers and finance dept..not the people who deal with the public.

Thing is everyone knows that if you get a good PDR you're more likely to get a pay increase come April so it's easy to just tell the management what they want to hear and tick all the 'yes' boxes..which clearly doesn't give a  truthful picture.
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Re: The "How Was Your Day" Thread II
« Reply #2384 on: March 31, 2011, 01:37:02 pm »
I have spent four hours surveying a small house with a view to drawing it.  The heights and elevations... are going to prove problematic.  Here's to hoping the archive search will turn up the architect's original drawings! 

Now on to dissertation proposal and initial scale drawings of the survey sketches....

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« Reply #2385 on: March 31, 2011, 01:44:56 pm »
Blegh..... got up and promptly felt dizzy and ill...inner ear infection from somewhere, which seems to be clearing up a bit.....just the hacking cough and sore throat to sort out now.....

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« Reply #2386 on: March 31, 2011, 03:29:22 pm »
Went to the doctor's due to a persistant chest infection expecting anti-biotic tablets only to recieve a needle in the backside.

Unexpected and rather sore. :)
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« Reply #2387 on: March 31, 2011, 03:38:38 pm »
Now working on the initial scale drawings of the house I surveyed this morning.  So far (having done room and started a second) I seem to have all of the major measurements... missing a few that would've been helpful but nothing major.  Except that it's not square!  And my idea of having a baseline in one room and using that for the entire plan doesn't work.  It looks like I'll have to start by drawing each room individually to scale, then cutting them out and sticking them together to get an accurate idea of the proper shape of the floorplan. 

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« Reply #2388 on: March 31, 2011, 03:42:23 pm »
A great day in that we got our official registration of business name for our store.
Congratulations, maduncle!


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« Reply #2389 on: March 31, 2011, 05:13:00 pm »
I'm still in a state of minor shock at myself. I have all my mothers day stuff purchased, made, wrapped up in  hand stamped  paper and neatly stacked under the wardrobe in prep for sunday  :o Usually I'm faffing around late sat night but today I went shopping in the morning, wrapped early afternoon, made late afternoon and now have opened wine.

BTW if anyone is  cooking for mum and is interested Marks and Sparks have a lovely mothers day offer of a meat/ fish/main dish, side veg, dessert and bottle of wine for 4 people  at £15 a go.
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« Reply #2390 on: April 01, 2011, 07:09:04 pm »
Spent most of the day feeling rather hungover... Thank the gods for Chai tea!
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« Reply #2391 on: April 02, 2011, 03:58:00 am »
Talked to S for a little while today. There really is nothing else to say: Roxette - It Must Have Been Love

Spent the day talking impending doom with the guys. I've officially been invited to a party on Dec 21, 2012. Already RSVPed yes.  ;D We all agreed to have it in Florida, because if the world was ending, at least we'd be at the beach in the middle of winter. :D

And tomorrow is my first day back at D&D in a whole month. Woot!
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« Reply #2392 on: April 02, 2011, 05:03:28 am »
Talked to S for a little while today. There really is nothing else to say: Roxette - It Must Have Been Love

Spent the day talking impending doom with the guys. I've officially been invited to a party on Dec 21, 2012. Already RSVPed yes.  ;D We all agreed to have it in Florida, because if the world was ending, at least we'd be at the beach in the middle of winter. :D

And tomorrow is my first day back at D&D in a whole month. Woot!

Roxette... One of my wife's favorite bands.  It's sorry I am to hear, Indefinitive...  I hope all works out in the end...

As far as the "TEOTWAWKI (The End of the World As We Know It)" parties, hell, if you do na wanna drive all the way down to Floor-Idia, you can always come hang out with some metalheads, NC is a hell of alot closer to Canada...  Just a suggestion.  We'll be holed up in our band's rehersal space, Playing Guitar as Rome Burns, as it were...

Plenty of booze, plenty of food, plenty of games.  Open invite (to ANYONE on here, really...).

As for my day:

First off, I'm glad to see that the textbox here is no longer jumping around every letter I type, after the scrollbar pops up.  That in and of itself is a winner.  I'm also right at 2k GaiaGold away from having my bronze arm for my avatar (see my avatar HERE).  So that's good.

Sadly, I've been running a feaver that has NOT dipped below 100 for the entire week.  I've also lost around 20 pounds in the past two weeks (no, I am NOT trying to lose weight).  I assume it is all from stress (stress at work, stress at home, stress in the band, stress everyfrickingwhereIlook)...

I'm also still dealing with a fractured pinkey, that just straight WILL NOT HEAL.  C'est la vie.

On the bright side:  Off work the next TWO DAYS!  Sleep, sleep, sleep and MORE SLEEP! 

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« Reply #2393 on: April 02, 2011, 01:50:15 pm »
You know it's going to be good when it involves waffles ;D
I learned to crochet, found a tartan frock coat (far too expensive, but I can hope the price will drop and no-one else wants it...), the sketchbooks I always buy are suddenly cheaper, and I finished an assignment. My cold is retreating and I reckon I can get my perspective sketches and concept documents out of the way tomorrow. On top of things Phania is on top of things.

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« Reply #2394 on: April 02, 2011, 05:51:22 pm »
I deleted my facebook account as my work threatened to sack me on the spot if they found any posts about it on facebook. It's easier all round this way. You can still catch me through Mr C's account.
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« Reply #2395 on: April 02, 2011, 08:27:07 pm »
My youngests birthday party (not her birthday you understand, but the party)
It went well, despite an EDL (English Defence League) demonstration and counter demonstration in the town and a major police operation to contain it all, and I must point out we had booked the party before the demonstration was announced.

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« Reply #2396 on: April 02, 2011, 09:30:54 pm »
Completed a third version of my ground floor plan.  And then thought of a better method to set out the vestibule and the external wall thicknesses.  Looks like I'll be commencing a fourth draft tomorrow  ::)

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« Reply #2397 on: April 02, 2011, 09:35:29 pm »
5th or 6th day of feaver over 100...

I just woke up.

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« Reply #2398 on: April 03, 2011, 07:42:20 am »
Spent a lot of the day talking to a friend of mine. We just met a few weeks ago, and we're already pretty close. He's been particularly good to me through my breakup with S. Very supportive, always willing to listen. He's a bit younger than me, but we get along great. He hasn't really hidden the fact that he likes me. I've just played dumb and pretended not to notice.

Tonight, he decided to let me know with a text: "Hey, listen... I really like you... I'm not trying to push you into anything because I know you're still getting over that guy, so you don't have to say or do anything, but I just thought I'd let you know that you're amazing and I really like you."

That was something that completely caught me off guard. But it made me smile. I might not be ready to move on completely yet, but I'm feeling pretty good nonetheless.

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« Reply #2399 on: April 03, 2011, 12:22:42 pm »
Glad to hear it, Indedfinitive!  :D  I'm reminded of a quote I give... well, most everyone, really, but it's a damn good quote, so it's... anyway.  "Stand up straight, dont look down-keep your head held high.  Do these things, and the world will come to you."  You got this in the bag.  ;)

My day-I've been up since 5 yesterday afternoon, so a grand total of 15 hours awake.

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