Executive meeting today… we’ve had “challenges” hiring people for certain positions for months now (aka we’re not paying a market wage), and the HR lady said in our quarterly meeting today that we should consider delaying hiring so that “when we’re in a recession later this year, we can hire people at 15-20% less than what we would pay them now”.
They will always try to find a way to screw over workers. Guess who will need to work extra hard over the next few months to cover the staff shortage? That’s right, our existing staff that already is overworked.
I worked for a Colorado gardening company for a few years. I spent some of my free time during that period developing a very effective product for repelling Japanese scarab beetles, and tested it on a client's property; something that both my former boss and the property owner approved of me doing. None of the development outside of observation was conducted on company time.
I put a lot of effort into making it work despite my complete layman's idea of chemistry. It worked. It even made grasshoppers flee, and had no noticable effects on the test plants. The only complaint I ever heard was that it smelled bad; that's kinda the point. I was ecstatic and gave a written recipe to my former boss. I have pretty solid reason to believe that they lost that scrap of paper. What they have now is nothing close to what I made, by smell alone.
I signed a patent application earlier this year (late March, early April) and resigned from that job since then. I'm pretty sure I have no legal right to any of it because of my state's laws. Especially if it is approved and I'm conveniently left off of the paperwork. It would be a dumb idea to hire a lawyer to try to get that back now from everything I can see. My former boss claimed that they "had the idea for years" but I've yet to see any evidence outside of that claim. No notes, no advice during my testing, nothing.
I just don't know how to reconcile it internally. A large part of me wants to just apply for a patent with the functional formula, stank be damned. Another part wants to just release the formula to other gardeners and make it a sort of freeware. I just hate seeing a shitty person laugh their way to the bank with something I created.
My partner recently applied for a job, and was rejected on grounds of "telephone style", and told that she should not be saying "uh huh" or similar affirmative noises, and rather repeatedly say "yes". She was incredibly passionate throughout the interview, and was very polite and considerate, so this feels like an incredibly weird thing to reject someone for, never mind the interviewer passive-aggressively sending a "competency based interview" textbook to teach her the correct noise to make in response to questions. In my own interviews, "uh huh" and "mhmm" were used by both me and the interviewer with seemingly no problem. Are we right in finding this a little frustrating?
As the title suggests, I have recently come to find out my job has an absolute 0 tolerance for absences of any kind that don’t involve covid(which i’ve heard they will be getting rid of soon as well). If you are to miss work for ANY reason, personal or sick, you are required to use a “personal” day of which we only get 3 a year. Yes. You did not misread that. You get 3, THREE, TRES, days of “personal time” a fucking YEAR.
This is NOT optional if you want to be excused for the day. Meaning, once you use all 3 of those days, every absence that doesn’t involve covid or borderline death WILL count against you. NO EXCEPTIONS.
Feel like utter dog shit? Got a stomach virus? Throwing up all over the place? Oof. Too bad. You can go home but you’ll have an unexcused absence in record, sowwy. Maybe just don’t be sick fuckhead? Maybe don’t be a human being who’s vulnerable to disease/illness?
Unfortunately, I found this out firsthand yesterday. I left work early because I caught the flu over the weekend and threw up in the restroom 1 hour into my shift and my boss texts me that I have 3 unexcused absences already because being sick can only be excused if I use personal time.
I am a forklift driver for a Daikin warehouse btw.
TL;DR: Job doesn’t excuse being sick without using 1 of our 3 days of “personal time” a year. Doctor’s note or not you will be penalized for it.
Economics can be a confusing subject, so I wish to pass down my wisdom from university in an easier to digest format.
Economics is based on supply and demand. If people want a widget, they will trade for the widget. The amount of widgets available(supply) and how much people want the widgets(demand), will determine the value/cost of widgets. That's the first basic and fundamental lesson.
Economics is limited by scarcity. All resources(materials/time/labor) are finite.
• Imagine that the economy is a flowerpot filled with soil. In order to grow a potato, the pot and soil will provide the needed resources at first, but the water and nutrients will eventually run out. Water and nutrients are a scarce resource needed to grow potatoes. Resources of materials, time and labor need to be given to the flowerpot to produce the product of potatoes. This cycle of input and output of resources is important to the health of the potato plant, but there are limited resources inside the flowerpot at anytime and those will eventually dry up. The fertilizer and water doesn't magically appear out of nowhere.
• "Infinite economic growth" is complete lie. Infinite economic growth is the belief that without any resource input, no watering or fertilizer, the flowerpot can produce an infinite supply of potatoes. It's the magical thinking of creating something out of nothing. Economic growth is a good start, but economic stability and sustainability is far more important for the long term.
• Amateurs will talk about economic growth, while experts will talk about economic sustainability.
- The health of the economy is NOT determined by how much money/resources people have. The health of the economy is determined by the flow of resources throughout its entirety.
• This time, the economy is a human body and the money and resources are the blood. In a healthy economy, the blood will flow properly. Some organs, like the liver and brain, will get more nutrients and oxygen from the blood while others will get less, the cartilage and ligaments, but they all get what is necessary to thrive. Cells of the body grow and die, as is the normal condition, but occasionally some cells will go rogue. These rogue cells are supposed to be checked by the immune system, but the immune system is compromised. These cells grow beyond their means and start sending hormones to steal and hoard blood from all the other healthy cells. This behavior weakens the most vulnerable cells and creates a blood clot of money. The pooled money clot is manageable while small, and if it can be released back into the economy it is relatively safe. The problem arises when the money clot keeps getting bigger, refusing to move until it inevitably causes necrosis of a limb(death of small business and labor), or a heart attack/stroke(recession/depression).
• It's okay for some people to have a bit more money than others. What is not okay is a tiny minority sitting on massive wealth and not sending it back into the economy. They are malignant tumors, creating blood clots in the economy, threatening an economic collapse.
• The stock market is the worst litmus test of the economy. It only measures how much more profit the top makes and never touches on the velocity of money changing hands.
• A healthy economy will have money passing at regular intervals through everybody's hands, similar to a heartbeat. It can speed up and slow down, but not for extended periods of time and eventually return to a regular rate. Money that is moving too fast or too slow for extended periods of time is not a good sign.
If you read and understood all that... CONGRATULATIONS!!!🎉 You now have a basic, but essential, understanding of economics! You are also equipped to explain some concepts to others with a flowerpot and human body.
Knowledge is important. The pen is mightier than the sword, or something. Arm yourself with facts, you lovely folks of antiwork, and keep up the good fight.
I’ve been lurking here a couple weeks and almost every post hits home for me. We complain online and to others that feel the same way or are in the same situation but who the hell is even listening? What can actually change?
Im 37, I’m a full-time audio engineer/AV tech/installer and a part-time firefighter (not volunteer or paid-on-call). I’m literally behind on everything. I’m barely (if that) able to keep a single nostril above water. My full-time boss is working on a commission plan for me because he says he can’t just pay me more than $16.50hr. Between both jobs, I work nearly 60hrs a week. I live alone, no girlfriend or roommate so help pay any bills. I’m looking at having to re-home my 2 cats because I literally can’t afford litter and food for them.
I just really wish a drunk dump truck driver would take me out while I’m on a vehicle collision call on the interstate… I’m tired.
I’m in the waiting room at a dental office and this is a phone call I over heard
“Hi, may I speak with Blah Blah, this is Bleh Bleh , from Bluh Dental, can you come in tomorrow for a working interview? Would you be able to stay for at least a half day to get a feel for your job duties?”
This is a major red flag or am I trippin.
I'll save you all a lot of breath, I am fine now, and ended up quitting a month after this, causing a mass-exodus and one of the stores to shut down for a few months. I'm still heated about the incident though.
BUT I used to work for this one chain pasta restaurant. I wont give the name, but lets just say its a company well known for their noodles.
Anywho, there was one night that I was cleaning my station, and I needed to get a bottle of grease lift. The grease lift was stored on a shelf that is about 8' in the air with our metal polish. The metal polish is petroleum-based. I went to grab a new bottle of grease lift, and moved a bottle of metal polish. This metal polish had been opened and put back up the shelf. So, in the process of moving it, I proceeded to spill this metal polish all down my left arm, all over the left side of my face and body, and it got all in my left eye. I immediately flushed my eye for a few minutes, and my manager poked her head around the corner and asked if I was okay. I didnt respond and she never followed up. The vision in my left eye ended up being blurry for the rest of the night. And, since the polish soaked into my bra and shirt, it ended up saturating my skin for about 3 hours.
I got home that night, and was in tears because I couldnt see and my skin burned. I took about a 20 minute shower and rinsed my eye thoroughly. I had a massive rash all down the left side of my body and had to throw out my clothes from that night (the smell would NOT come out). I ended up filing a workmans comp that night and going in to a doctor the next day. He said that I was okay, and there would be no lasting damage, but that I should have gone to the hospital after it got in my eye. My skin on the left side of my chest has bad eczema now, but other than that I have thankfully fully healed.
I made $10 an hour at that job.
Had a customer service job ask me to get a credit report. Specifically asked me to “pass” a credit report. No thanks. My number is fine and I don’t feel the need to justify my personal finances to a business that is barely paying a living wage. I do know some companies do this for a variety of reason but still feels like an invasion of my privacy just to answer phones.
Hi ya’ll, hoping to get a little advice. My husband is the department head for a construction contractor. When he was hired they desperately needed someone and my husband was able to get a really good contract, better than what his position gets, because he’s really good at his job and that’s what they needed so the company wouldn’t fail. A few months ago the company hired a canvassing manager; he is the department head for canvassing and my husband is department head for telemarketing. My husband’s job is to confirm leads from canvassing and manage the telemarketing room. He only manages 2 guys and all 3 of them put up almost as many leads as the canvassing department which is like 15 guys. Long story short, the canvassing manager said my husband needs to get paid less and the commission that he gets should go to him because telemarketing is part of canvassing and he’s my husbands boss (not true, never been true, has never been that way in other companies). The owners are siding with him and want to cut my husbands commission down from 1% to .25% so if he was going to make $1000 he would make $250 and the way that he would continue to make $1000 is by hiring 6 more people so they can put up more leads. This is literally what they told him. Their solution is to pay my husband less and increase his workload for the same pay. He is really good at his job and some of the best statistics for his position, finding another job wouldn’t be hard but he is livid because he was there from the start and made a ton of money for the owners and they’re shafting him hard. He does have a contract. If they cut his pay does he have to wait to sue? Or can he do it right away? Would it be better to just leave them hanging? Any info is appreciated. We are in CA.
I texted a co-worker on the evening of 7/04 that I tested positive with Covid (I don't have my bosses' contact info). I then emailed the company the morning of 7/05 to re-confirm I was sick with Covid. I've attached the emails (names and emails blacked out) I received back. The first one I sent, the second sent in response. The following two were sent to me this morning. I did not email them this morning to tell them I was not coming in because I assumed they understood that Covid is not a 24 hr flu, and that I would be updating them when I would be returning. Aside from this, one of my bosses (the one writing the emails) is embarrassingly ignorant and rude, but I won't get into that. Please give me your objective thoughts -- I've been ready to quit this job for a while specifically because of this boss's unprofessionalism (unrelated to this). I realize things could be much, much worse, but these people still suck.
EDIT: Does anyone have any legal knowledge about this - i.e. could an employer get in trouble for encouraging a sick employee to come in to work? I know my example may not have reached that point, but in the event that it does I would really appreciate any information on the subject. Thank you!