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Old 07-31-2015, 11:45 PM
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Originally Posted by AuburnAL View Post
Imagine doing the same only to be made an enemy of upper management because they created the inefficiencies and know correcting them would help the business grow and growing the business would weakene their power because getting customers out of their bottleneck would show how poor of a job they have been doing. Now imagine the owner knows this and hires people outside the firm to correct it, but he is too weak to stand up to the existing upper management even though he knows they're costing him money thus stranding his new hires in a no win situation.
Reminds me of a place I worked for. I pointed out a bazillion inefficiencies in my boss's procedures and she couldn't handle it. Instead of realizing that her hiring decisions--meaning me--reflected well upon her, she took it personally. Better yet, someone over her once said to her, right in front of me, "You only look good as long as SHE [pointing at me] is here."

Needless to say, henceforth my boss, who was the CEO's sister, made my life a living hell. It got to the point where the day before I was going to turn in my two-week notice, she was riding my arse about something petty, inconsequential, and therefore inefficient, and I stood up and walked out, to become a freelancer and no longer be subjected to a boss's wild hair.

I get more done in 4 or 5 hours as a freelancer than I do in 8 hours as an employee of someone else. And look! No one punishes me for it. Go figure.
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Old 08-01-2015, 10:22 AM
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Lets be realistic. For many people the job is just a job.
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Old 08-02-2015, 03:12 PM
Location: North Idaho
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You guys are talking about the worker who goes to work, slogs through the day and completes all of his tasks. To me, the worker who does the bare minimum is doing the very minimum to prevent being fired, not the minimum to complete his job.

He works while the boss is looking and stops working when no one is watching him. He takes numerous cigarette breaks and milks them for as long as he can. He tries to push his work off on a coworker. If he is sent to make a delivery, he spends an hour at a coffee shop. He moves as slowly as he can possibly move.

The world is full of that sort. Surely every one of you has known a few examples.
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