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Old August 22nd, 2003, 08:35 AM
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Don't you just hate all the corporate programs being shoved down your throats when no provisions are made to relieve you of some of your current duties? In this era of corporate downsizing aren't the survivors being asked to absorb the duties of the departing folks as well, and then the "program du jour" comes up as the new "way to do business."

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Old August 22nd, 2003, 10:12 AM
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Thomas,

I spent 31 years in the world of federal big government followed by 9 years in the world of corporate big business, and now I find myself retired from both. And I regret to say that the story of downsizing and "making do with less" is the same in both arenas.

You're right, of course, in stating that the survivors end up on the short end of the stick. People come and people go, but programs seem to have a life of their own. And the ratio between quantity of employees and quantity of work changes in response to the numbers of new programs that supplement (but frequently don't replace) existing ones.
Unfortunately, that changing ratio seldom has a positive effect on the lives of the workers and their supervisors. To the contrary, the situation invariably gets much worse. And IT hasn't made things much better! The geniuses at the top don't seem to get it, do they? For some reason, I don't miss the rat race one iota! Thanks for venting and giving me the opportunity to do likewise.

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Old August 22nd, 2003, 12:13 PM
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Whenever they say "Think outside the box..." That means it is another unfunded mandate.
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Thomas that happens at my company all the time. Sometimes I just want to yell, and I quote; "I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take it anymore".

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Old August 22nd, 2003, 12:36 PM
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We just went through two cuts in the last two years and at our business alone we lost 30% of our management. All were over 50, male, and white. Go figure.


Ooops. Wait a minute. The phone is ringing.................(later) It was a call from the corporate headquarters........has anyone heard of Six Sigma!!!!


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Don't even talk to me about Six Sigma, Thomas!!!

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All too true Thomas, I was mad and I didn't take it anymore.... I RETIRED!!!



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I had a good job----good benefits--car-- good salary. Had a good profit sharing plan and retirement. With the above came more and more and more and more B.S. until after 25 years I just wanted out.
I got out 2 years ago and haven't had to go to a pointless, fruitless meeting since--haven't had to answer to someone who knew it all since, haven't had to put up with the tons of B.S. since---don't have a laptop, don't even know where my cell phone is ( my wife keeps one in her car for emergencies ). Do I miss it?
I miss the money but nothing else. I cruise more than I did so that has to be worth a lot !
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Good for you, Ron! You got to the point, like Mark said, where you weren't "...going to take it anymore!" It happens to most of us at one point or another, I guess. Few are forced into retirement these days, it seems, other than by their own disgust.

When the reference to Six Sigma popped up, it sent me scrambling to a search engine to learn what you were talking about. Oh no, not another work management boondooggle! I had just figured out what TQM was all about, and all their antecedents. Another good reason for my self-removal from the workplace. Did this one work any better than all the rest? From your comments, apparently not.

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Old August 24th, 2003, 09:53 PM
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Let me go through the list of my 23 years of corporate programs. You figure out the acronyms.

SPC
OE
Q1
TPC
QMS
RCFA
ERN
Six Sigma
CREW
ISO
MMCS
UPbase
RLT
SAP
FMEA

And I'm sure there are others I've forgotten over the years.

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I just spent all day in a class about "teaming skills." Talk about a waste of time.

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I laugh when all these programs are prefaced with "according to Dr. Demming....blah, blah, blah" to justify these new mandates. But they selectively pick out his theories without totally embracing all of them.

He also says, "meetings are a waste of time" Use the phone and talk to the one person who has control of the operation.

He also says, "rating people on performance is a de-motivator, not a motivator." Yet they all rate employees for some unknown reason.

Sheeeeesh..........

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