It’s 9:00 am….

…do you know where your Senior Engineers are?

Years ago some Public Service Adverts ran on TV, something to the effect “it’s 10pm…do you know where your children are?” Here, it’s 9am, and out of 7 Senior Engineers, I’m the only one here.

Not that I’m the boss’s pet, far from it. It’s quite typical to see a long string of closed, locked doors on the window side of the hall, where the Senior Engineers have their offices…we come in late (if at all), leave early, and generally the staff does the work while we talk…and the boss doesn’t care. She’s busy planning the latest birthday party or lunch.

Bus: A True Story, Though 3rd-hand

I heard this through a friend at work, who says it is true. It essentially is.

3 friends were talking about their schedules while riding the bus home.
Friend 1 says, “I work the usual 40-hour work week, 8 hours a day, 5 days a week.”

Friend 2 says, “I work a 9/80 schedule; 9 hours a day for 8 days over two weeks, a single 8-hour day, then 1 day off, every two weeks.”

Friend 3 says, “I’m on a 4/10 schedule, 10 hours a day, 4 days a week, with a day off every week.”

Friend 1 says, “Wait. We all take the same bus to work, and the same bus from work, and see each other on the buses. What’s up with that?”

What’s up with that is slacker State bosses who couldn’t care less about production or quality…just their own comfort and ease. No confrontation, no trouble….

The Hierarchy

Lady Boss already directly supervises…lessee…7 Senior Engineers and 2 or 3 staff engineers out of 20 people. But recently she decided to help out a friend and took his High School daughter under her wing as a volunteer at work.

Nice gesture…for the high school kid. But she hasn’t done any proper supervision of projects or staff for years, and now, is re-arranging her schedule to accommodate the kid, who only shows up in the afternoons. So all normal meetings, 1-on-1s with staff, and so on, are moved to make room for baby sitting. Yep, gotta have yer priorities straight!