6/30/2005 06:33:00 AM
I have been too sick for too long... I think I am ready to go berzerk. Also blogger... stop inserting unnecessary html into my entries... it's not welcome and it's breaking my style sheet!
6/27/2005 09:56:00 PM
Whatever you do, avoid another appeal!
Interviewees and focus group participants also said that apprehension about recourse across the Public Service is stifling creativity in selection and making the staffing process overly cautious - in effect, "appeal proofing" is driving the selection process. Managers who become involved in appealed staffing processes subsequently exercise extreme caution to avoid appeals. "Once you've lived through an appeal, you're not going to be innovative any more."
One participant noted that appeals have "forced us to use exams and quantitative approaches to evaluating candidates. ...you're finished if you use your judgement." As a result, managers feel safer using tests and exams than situational exercises (role plays, etc.) which do not have a correct/incorrect answer. Yet participants did not necessarily believe that standardized or numerical tools led to better decisions.
Some participants felt that appeals had created an excessive focus on the "technical aspects" of the process. One participant said, "Before, you could concentrate on finding the best person ...Now you have to go through everything five times and be able to show that you have gone to the 'nth degree to make sure everything has been done by the book.". A number of focus group members said that managers avoid participating on selection boards and that departments are "no longer willing to send their best and brightest to be on a board. ...it takes too much time."
Nevertheless, creative attempts to inform and communicate and to make the process transparent can misfire. One participant gave the example of brown-bag information lunches held by a manager before a competitive process. While the manager's intention was to increase communication and transparency, some employees felt that these lunches were intended to give his employees an edge in the competition.
One of the most serious consequences of launching an appeal or a complaint can be that morale drops and relationships among co-workers and between employees and managers suffer. One employee who responded to our survey said, "Some supervisors take appeals as a personal attack and retaliate by attempting to punish employees for filing appeals." Other respondents said, "Fellow employees ignore me", "the workplace is divided into hostile camps", and appeals "pit the employee who won the competition against those who appealed the decision".
In fucking deed....
6/27/2005 07:48:00 PM
Sometimes when things don't work out the way you wanted them to, the way it looked liked they were going to, the way everyone told you it would happen, you just want to crumple into a ball in a musty corner and turn into dust. It's an awfully sad feeling.
I am going to rot away in the place that has tortured me for months now. That is where i belong apparently. And that is depressing enough to make me cry. I know I should be grateful, but this is going to be hard to swallow,
In other news, in laws are coming for a visit, I will be off work for the week, enjoying the madness and incurring the debt that inevitably comes with visiting family members.
6/26/2005 12:40:00 PM
People who are my age or slightly younger, and don't know who Bob Dylan is, are very weird. I get that the whole hippy thing was before our time, and that maybe you were too young to see the whole alterna-twats revamping it in the early nineties... but give me a break... HOW CAN YOU NOT KNOW WHO BOB DYLAN IS?!?!? Mind you ...
I am listening to Morrison Hotel which my fantabulous husband just ripped for me. I think it is one of my favoritest albums of ALL TIME, because it's just... very complete... and good and full circle music that ties itself together and makes you just want to play it again. Also it is very good to shake your rear end to.
6/26/2005 12:00:00 PM
I have had a clogged ear for the last few days. Apparently when you are as sick and congested as I have been, and you blow your nose as violently as I do, you clog some pipes in your head that lead to your ear, and agonizing pain and frustration follows. It's marvellous!
6/18/2005 08:40:00 AM
I sure do love making my little sugar pie happy!
6/11/2005 11:12:00 PM
I got a sunburn on my face and scalp and now I look like an angry little cherry tomatoe.
6/01/2005 06:22:00 AM
Momentary crises of conscience and self doubt are not fun. Why do those things happen just as you lay down for sleep?
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