Sanding our assholes with 150 grit.

Hooray for getting an email from the department VP

About filling in the time tracking app for August.

Because he's got nothing better to do, I guess.
Permalink Send private email muppet 
September 5th, 2006 1:20pm
Hmm.  There was a Dilbert about this last weekend.  Dilbert wasn't going to get a raise, because the higher-ups didn't know what he had done for them.

At least YOUR higher ups know.  Good job.
Permalink Somebody 
September 5th, 2006 1:22pm
Yeah really.

They know that I've been here weekends to pull their asses out of the fire, but I'm sure that's all erased by not entering some fudged numbers into a glorified Access form.
Permalink Send private email muppet 
September 5th, 2006 1:23pm
Oh, wait, you mean you got an email because you HADN'T filled in the boxes?  Oh, that's not good.

On the other hand, now that he knows who you are, perhaps he'll feel guilty that he HASN'T sent you an atta-boy lately.

Nah, that's not likely.
Permalink Somebody 
September 5th, 2006 1:25pm
It seems the higher up you are the supider shit you talk about. How do these people get paid so much to handle crap like that?
Permalink son of parnas 
September 5th, 2006 1:26pm
Oh, SoP, don't be like that.  Not filling in time boxes on timecards (I assume that's what Mup is talking about) is serious business.  How else are the highest ups going to know how many hours to charge the customer?
Permalink Somebody 
September 5th, 2006 1:28pm
Or better yet, justify the high fees they're already charging the customer?
Permalink Somebody 
September 5th, 2006 1:28pm
We don't charge anybody.  At least, none of MY customers have, or will ever have, chargebacks.

I already fill in a PAPER TIME CARD every week, this is ANOTHER place I have to record the same hours.
Permalink Send private email muppet 
September 5th, 2006 1:32pm
"How do these people get paid so much to handle crap like that?"

If you can't beat 'em, join 'em.
Permalink lz 
September 5th, 2006 1:45pm
> If you can't beat 'em, join 'em.

Then what are you?
Permalink son of parnas 
September 5th, 2006 1:47pm
Are you paid hourly?

If not, and you're in the mood to fuck around with management, you could always bring up the whole "exempt vs. nonexempt" issue - the IRS *loves* to hear about people that are paid with salary but treated like hourly workers (because it involves a shitload of back taxes).
Permalink Send private email Philo 
September 5th, 2006 2:06pm
"It will all end in tears, I know it".
Permalink Somebody 
September 5th, 2006 2:13pm
Haha.  We do time sheet software via web browser plus project management.
Permalink Send private email sharkfish 
September 5th, 2006 2:24pm
> Dilbert wasn't going to get a raise, because the higher-ups didn't know what he had done for them.

My manager said the exact same thing to me. After I refactored the backend their flagship website and made it *usable* he turned to me and said he wasn't satisfied with my work. Why? Because I hadn't given him anything flashy for him to show his higher ups.
Permalink Funny Bünny 
September 5th, 2006 3:40pm
"I'll give you something flashy to show your higher-ups..."
Permalink Send private email Philo 
September 5th, 2006 3:41pm
Btw, the refactoring I did was change all database connections to use connection pooling. We had so many database connections leaking that 3 hours after rebooting the server the sites were literally unusable.

This for a shopping cart. I fucking saved their asses!
Permalink Funny Bünny 
September 5th, 2006 3:54pm
> I fucking saved their asses!

Part of the game is being able to describe how you saved their asses using the proper audience appropriate jargon. Then you need to publicize your ass saving so that everyone knows who saved their ass.

A shopping cart should be easy to convert into additional dollars on a yearly basis.
Permalink son of parnas 
September 5th, 2006 4:23pm
it surprised me that corporate wankery even causes remark. I just take it as part of the scenery, and continue scheming my escape ...
Permalink $-- 
September 5th, 2006 7:33pm
Be nice. How can the poor bloody manager hit his numbers if you don't help? His KPIs are suffering. Here's his list:

- Ensure timesheets are filled in and crosschecked with Access.
- Never be found in the building outside of 9-5 Mon-Fri.
- Find cheaper staff refreshments.
- Schedule further meeting-scheduler meetings.
- Implement rational on-call payment policy.

See - that's enough for one guy, AND YOU'RE IN HIS WAY.
Permalink trollop 
September 5th, 2006 7:52pm
The on-call payment policy here is simple: we aren't paid to be on call.
Permalink Send private email muppet 
September 5th, 2006 8:33pm
So he's achieved KPI #5 by paying all the on-call budget to tiers 3 and above and now the only thing between him and a green board is you.

There is only one way out you know - use the Access thingie and run a query/report to get the numbers for your paper system.

But I'm betting the categorisations used in the two systems differ to the extent that this would not work very well as they serve two different purposes.
Permalink trollop 
September 5th, 2006 9:22pm

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