November 16th, 2013

Ctrl+Alt+Del - Scott & Ted

Five things about me

Here is a list of 5 things you may or may not know about me:
(idea stolen/copied from lakeguy)

1. My last job was programming for an adult online streaming website. Walking through the office regularly had porn on someone's screen, which also made the casual conversations much more likely to include sexual content as a topic. This is where I learned of the flat penis (google it, if you dare) and talked about tenticle dildos on toy helicopters.
2. I have a thing for jockstraps, red heads, and moderately hairy guys. Combinations of the three are especially nice.
3. I was a teacher's pet in school and enjoyed learning. Despite that I don't have a thing for learning for the sake of learning and don't fall victim to the Wikipedia trap very often.
4. I get bored with repetition very easily and strive to automate or simplify as much as possible, in both work and personal life. I still don't understand how others tolerate doing the exact same thing over and over. Once I've learned the concept and have a good grasp of things then I start getting bored.
4b. I'm a problem solver. When there's a problem then I try to find a solution. Some people like to just complain, but I still look for a solution. I dislike hearing people talk about problems if they aren't also looking for solutions.
5. I occasionally think about taking adult-oriented photos and videos and posting them publicly online. I have no concern about being exposed or impact on political career possibilities (bring it on!), yet I can't bring myself to do it without some sort of feedback or collaboration.
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A disturbing trend in misplaced accountability at companies

I've begun to notice a disturbing trend at companies when it comes to misplacing expected accountability.

Workers are often expected to be "proactive" by hounding others to ensure they complete parts of their tasks. When someone drops the ball, or there was simply too much to do and not enough time to do it in so something got missed, it's often the one that needed the work done, and not just the one expected to do the work, that gets chastised for not 'following up'.

So let me get this straight; either you hired someone who can't do their job or you scheduled too much for them to do, and you expect to hold me accountable for your or their problem? No, that's not the way it works. Hounding others isn't going to make it get done faster and instead, quite often, makes things take longer. Surprising how that works, no?