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Renegret
May 26, 2007


THANK YOU FOR CALLING HELP DOG, INC.

YOUR POSITION IN THE QUEUE IS *pbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbt*


Grimey Drawer

burn the whole place down imo

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Judge Schnoopy
Nov 2, 2005

dont even TRY it, pal

Maybe you dictate your work schedule to everybody else and blame them if they don't like it. "Due to lack of manpower because the IT employee position has been cut, I will be addressing tickets on Monday Wednesday and Friday from 9 AM to 2 PM. Please wait for one of these time frames if you submit an issue."

At least then you get the point across that you cant do everything at once and are too busy to constantly keep up.

Collateral Damage
Jun 13, 2009

I'll be on me best behavior!


Then he gets called in to his boss and asked to explain why he's not being service minded.

ratbert90
Feb 12, 2009
JUST FUCKING STOP, JESUS H. CHRIST


My dude,

I know you are a single parent, but you need to move. Your location is toxic and has no job prospects. I had to to this 3 years ago and it changed my life for the better.

Malek
Jun 22, 2003

Shut up Girl!
And as always: Kill Hitler.


ratbert90 posted:

My dude,

I know you are a single parent, but you need to move. Your location is toxic and has no job prospects. I had to to this 3 years ago and it changed my life for the better.

This.

Judge Schnoopy
Nov 2, 2005

dont even TRY it, pal

How many kids have you guys moved away from, personally? How about we think about that before telling this guy to ditch the strongest connection to another human being you can have.

larchesdanrew
Apr 21, 2005

I was just looking at it and I suddenly got this urge to get inside. No, not just an urge - more than that. It was my destiny to be here; in the box.


Judge Schnoopy posted:

Maybe you dictate your work schedule to everybody else and blame them if they don't like it. "Due to lack of manpower because the IT employee position has been cut, I will be addressing tickets on Monday Wednesday and Friday from 9 AM to 2 PM. Please wait for one of these time frames if you submit an issue."

At least then you get the point across that you cant do everything at once and are too busy to constantly keep up.

I actually tried this. Part of the computer replacement grant is that 70% of my time is to be spent on the grant. I thought that was wonderful since now I have an officially sanctioned time period to work on it and the director signed off on it so he can't bitch. So I set my office hours as 3-5 every day, the rest of the time was working on the grant.

That lasted all of three days I think before I got reported for being unhelpful because a teacher spent an entire day completely unable to teach a single thing because the batteries in her mouse ran out. After that I started running triage where I'd work on the grant but if something REALLY important came up I'd take a break to take care of it. The only problem is, according to my superior, anything that affects the faculty is priority number one, so every time one of them so much as sneezes I'm expected to drop everything to bring them a tissue, and they'll send in a ticket over the dumbest poo poo and if I don't jump high enough they apparently have a "complain about larches" template all ready to go in their email.

I wish I was in a position to tell them to gently caress themselves but this is a right to work state and I can be let go at any time for any reason and I kinda need to be employed.

ratbert90 posted:

I had 2 stepchildren at the time, and now I also have a foster daughter. I had to move my wife, my children, and my dog 1,800 miles away from my immediate family to make a better life for ourselves. It was an incredibly hard decision for me to make, but in the end, it worked out.

It was either that or go insane, and for my children's sake, I would rather not go insane.

I'd move in a heartbeat if I could take my kids with me. But mom is primary caregiver with the primary address for them. If I move, I leave them behind. I lose my children. I become "summer dad" and that's unacceptable to me. My kids are honestly the only thing I have going for me anymore, so I'm keeping them no matter what it costs me.

larchesdanrew fucked around with this message at Jan 21, 2018 around 17:02

ratbert90
Feb 12, 2009
JUST FUCKING STOP, JESUS H. CHRIST


Judge Schnoopy posted:

How many kids have you guys moved away from, personally? How about we think about that before telling this guy to ditch the strongest connection to another human being you can have.

I had 2 stepchildren at the time, and now I also have a foster daughter. I had to move my wife, my children, and my dog 1,800 miles away from my immediate family to make a better life for ourselves. It was an incredibly hard decision for me to make, but in the end, it worked out.

It was either that or go insane, and for my children's sake, I would rather not go insane.

AlexDeGruven
Jun 29, 2007

Watch me pull my dongle out of this tiny box

If ever a place deserves a Milton-ing... JFC larches. I feel for you.

Methanar
Sep 26, 2013

It always was

Honestly drawing unemployment doesn't sound like that bad of an alternative. If you're in a backwater low cost of living area. Look at doing some kind of wfh call center/ support work

Nth Doctor
Sep 7, 2010

Darkrai used Dream Eater!
It's super effective!



Lipstick Apathy

Not that this holds a candle to what larches is going through, but I'm considering replacing my HP Officejet 6000 due to ink lasting ~3 pages/cartridge.

PremiumSupport posted:

Buy a Laserjet P2035n?

Seriously though they've never given me any trouble at all, same thing with the cheap-rear end monochrome Brother units we have scattered around.

We tried HP Inkjets for a while but had nothing but issues with them, and our MFPs that we lease jam on a regular basis.

Inspector_666 posted:

I've told my parents that I will only help them with printer problems so long as they don't buy cheap poo poo inkjet MFPs. It's kept them in line, they have a Brother multifunction that Just Works™.

movax posted:

It's "hilariously complex electromechanical device" meets "make as cheap as possible". Fast, good, cheap...pick 0.5 of those 3 for printers.

That said, for home, the Brother lasers are kick-rear end. I have one of those and a HP LaserJet 4100 that's stopped working with Windows 10 now.

People with experience with Brothers, how does this guy look for home use?

ilkhan
Oct 7, 2004


Overkill for home use, but if you need color it's fine.

Collateral Damage
Jun 13, 2009

I'll be on me best behavior!


ratbert90 posted:

I had 2 stepchildren at the time, and now I also have a foster daughter. I had to move my wife, my children, and my dog 1,800 miles away from my immediate family to make a better life for ourselves. It was an incredibly hard decision for me to make, but in the end, it worked out.
If larches moves his kids aren't moving with him, that's the core of the problem. He's stuck in poo poo Creek unless he wants to give up regular contact with his kids.

ilkhan
Oct 7, 2004


Why does his ex want to stay in shitsville, though?

larchesdanrew
Apr 21, 2005

I was just looking at it and I suddenly got this urge to get inside. No, not just an urge - more than that. It was my destiny to be here; in the box.


ilkhan posted:

Why does his ex want to stay in shitsville, though?

Because she has no greater aspirations. She has everything she wants right here. Also she and her new husband just bought a restaurant so they aren't planning on going anywhere anytime soon.

Judge Schnoopy
Nov 2, 2005

dont even TRY it, pal

Not tied to an area-specific industry, enjoying low cost of living, other family support / ties to the area?

Larches have you considered starting an MSP / contracting IT projects to local companies so you can stick around, make good money, and not deal with poo poo-rear end bosses that don't give a gently caress about IT?

ilkhan
Oct 7, 2004


Judge Schnoopy posted:

Not tied to an area-specific industry, enjoying low cost of living, other family support / ties to the area?

Larches have you considered starting an MSP / contracting IT projects to local companies so you can stick around, make good money, and not deal with poo poo-rear end bosses that don't give a gently caress about IT?
Not the worst idea.

Virigoth
Apr 28, 2009

Give me the axe.
We need more guts.


larchesdanrew posted:

I actually tried this. Part of the computer replacement grant is that 70% of my time is to be spent on the grant. I thought that was wonderful since now I have an officially sanctioned time period to work on it and the director signed off on it so he can't bitch. So I set my office hours as 3-5 every day, the rest of the time was working on the grant.

Report yourself to the people who gave you the grant as being in violation of the contract because gently caress them they don't deserve the computers.

Methylethylaldehyde
Oct 23, 2004


Virigoth posted:

Report yourself to the people who gave you the grant as being in violation of the contract because gently caress them they don't deserve the computers.

This is the correct answer here, your director is bully and a shithead of the highest order, do exactly what you're contractually obligated to do, and start documenting your hostile workplace lawsuit, because that's possibly the most toxic environment I've heard of.

dragonshardz
May 2, 2017

SUCK MY DICK FROM THE BACK


You poor bastard. I feel for you, that's a gigantic barrel of poo poo that your boss and coworkers seem determined to cram you into. I'm not sure if I recall correctly but saying "gently caress this, " isn't an option for you either?

E: Reading rest of thread, yeah, poo poo - I understand not wanting to move away for the sake of your kids but on the other hand it doesn't do them much good if you lose your poo poo or, god forbid, off yourself. Throw your boss under the bus as needed. Make sure you send him an email itemizing the poo poo you have on your plate and the number of hours each takes, just for CYA purposes and as potential fodder for a hostile workplace suit. Stuff like that is going to save your rear end here, even if your boss ignores it. You'll be able to point to it as proof you were being mistreated and hosed with.

dragonshardz fucked around with this message at Jan 22, 2018 around 01:31

Malek
Jun 22, 2003

Shut up Girl!
And as always: Kill Hitler.


Judge Schnoopy posted:

How many kids have you guys moved away from, personally? How about we think about that before telling this guy to ditch the strongest connection to another human being you can have.

dragonshardz posted:

E: Reading rest of thread, yeah, poo poo - I understand not wanting to move away for the sake of your kids but on the other hand it doesn't do them much good if you lose your poo poo or, god forbid, off yourself.

Pretty much this. And yes I took it into consideration hence what Ratbert said. Being under a parent that is worn down and struggling is no good for your kids. And I've been under 3.

larchesdanrew
Apr 21, 2005

I was just looking at it and I suddenly got this urge to get inside. No, not just an urge - more than that. It was my destiny to be here; in the box.


Honestly, just talking about it here has helped tremendously. I've been up since about 3:00 this morning and literally every second of this entire day I have been thinking about work and dreading going in tomorrow. 7 anonymous reports came in from students this afternoon and every one of them complained about the web filter and how it has prevented them from doing work and one student who was unable to contact her parents after her phone broke. This is nothing new, as the students in the dorms will get together and basically class action a particular issue by slamming the reporting tool with the same messages. I understand their frustration and I really hate that they're having to deal with it, but I'm doing absolutely everything in my power to get things functioning correctly. The director gets these reports so I'm 100% going to get a text from him around midnight saying I need to come see him first thing in the morning about this, and I'm going to reiterate what I've told him a hundred times that I'm overworked and have far too many projects being dumped on me.

The danger with this excuse is that it makes me appear incompetent. The line of thinking isn't "maybe he IS overworked" but more "I hired the wrong person and I need to find someone who can handle this much work." And I'm sure there's someone out there who can handle this much work. But right now I have to walk a precarious line between "I'm being worked too hard" and "I'm working too hard"

Anyways, the thing about doing what's best for my kids is complicated. I hate being stressed dad and it has resulted in my being distant or losing my poo poo way more than I'm comfortable with. But the other side of the coin is that I move off and they see me for a few months out of the year and the majority of the time they're with their narcissist mother and alcoholic step-father and I refuse to abandon them like that. I'm actually slowly building my case to seek full custody, but it just takes time. As soon as I can make that a reality, I'm out of here and they're coming with me. Honestly, I'm more likely to off myself without them than over a stressful job.

BUT, I will leave you with some CE levels of incompetency by my director. When I asked if we could consider hiring an employee for me and he said no, he revealed his master plan to me. See, the secretary for the principal just retired and they are hiring another secretary. Director wants to hire a secretary that can also assist with IT. Apparently, you can just will magical skillsets into existence if you want them hard enough and also this employee will be chomping at the bit to fill two full-time roles for $20k a year. The hilarious part is they have gone through four rounds of interviews and haven't found one person that can even do basic secretarial work, much less some sort of savant who has tech certs as well

Our Advancement director just announced she is leaving as well, so his master plan for her is to move our Public Relations Coordinator into the Advancement Director position and have her also do PR. She isn't be asked to do this; he's just going to make her do it. If she doesn't agree, she loses her job and he looks for someone who is willing to do it.

He is by far the worst person I have ever had the displeasure of meeting, and people are jumping ship like crazy because of him. But since he's the equivalent of the superintendent and we only answer to the state board of education, filing complaints against him is nearly impossible.

SeaborneClink
Aug 27, 2010

MAWP... MAWP!


ilkhan posted:

Not the worst idea.

Until he ends up with both the TV station AND the school as his cornerstone clients.

At least at that point he could demand gently caress you money and fire them for being completely insane shitbat.

Nerdrock
Jan 31, 2006



larchesdanrew posted:

Director wants to hire a secretary that can also assist with IT. Apparently, you can just will magical skillsets into existence if you want them hard enough and also this employee will be chomping at the bit to fill two full-time roles for $20k a year. The hilarious part is they have gone through four rounds of interviews and haven't found one person that can even do basic secretarial work, much less some sort of savant who has tech certs as well

Please please please tell us the Director verbally told you this, and you visibly did your best to not burst out and laugh in their face but clearly failed.

KoRMaK
Jul 31, 2012

Easter was an Inside Job


Instead of waiting for the director to reach out to you, what would happen if you contacted him first?

I don't mean to humanize the guy but why is he such a dick? What stresses are coming down on him? Is there a way you can help him?

The situation seems phenoix projecty, like there's a ton of stress and competing depts and no one is moving forward together. Instead it's just in fighting

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Judge Schnoopy
Nov 2, 2005

dont even TRY it, pal

KoRMaK posted:

Instead of waiting for the director to reach out to you, what would happen if you contacted him first?

I don't mean to humanize the guy but why is he such a dick? What stresses are coming down on him? Is there a way you can help him?

The situation seems phenoix projecty, like there's a ton of stress and competing depts and no one is moving forward together. Instead it's just in fighting

It would seem one of two situations: school is losing massive amounts of money and is circling the drain, OR the director is pocketing so much cash in the belief that he'll never have enough to live 'comfortably' and is now so deep in his illusion he can't see himself for a crook.

There's no other reason to constantly consolidate job positions where there were two full time employees before.

Larches at this rate your job will be consolidated with the computer lab attendant.

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