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post #55846 of 61915
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Originally Posted by kwilkinson View Post

Thx bros
I think the key phrase in his posy was "minimum billable hours.". They aren't even doing the minimum.

 

But then went on to say that pay would be adjusted accordingly so he's getting exactly what he's paying them... unless his adjustments aren't good enough. 200 sounds like a nicely arbitrary number too.

post #55847 of 61915
What is their billable rate?

FWIW, we don't specify minimums for our analysts (although...people will notice if it is really low) and we are never really lacking for manpower when something is needed on nights and weekends...the trick is that we let them keep a bit of those billables (in the form of overtime pay). Sure, some people don't take the bait and just clock out every day, but they then receive significantly less compensation and so it isn't like they are dead weight. For plenty of other young folks though, that extra cash in the next paycheck is a strong incentive. Much stronger than the nebulous promise of an arbitrary increase in a future bonus (that they could get fucked out of if the firms business slows down next month and they can't get enough work to fill the day). And if they have only been there for a year or two, they really have no idea how variable their bonus might be and they won't have a handle on how much of it is related to straight billable hours vs personal performance vs firm performance.
post #55848 of 61915
Here are two facts about me: (1) I am the kind of person who is prone to weepiness at sad songs or movies or at happy times such as wedding and whatnot; and (2) I really, really hate being weepy in front of other human beings. (I failed at that just once, when my father died; my brother mocked me for it.)

I bring this up because I sometimes hear that damned Passenger song when I'm in a public zone and must needs take care to keep my feelings concealed from man.
post #55849 of 61915
at weddings, is it "I swear" or "butterfly kisses" that gets to you more?
post #55850 of 61915
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Originally Posted by HRoi View Post

at weddings, is it "I swear" or "butterfly kisses" that gets to you more?

Okay so basically I had to look both of those up on the youtube website never heard them before. I'm not gonna lie, I didn't enjoy either of those numbers at all.
post #55851 of 61915
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Originally Posted by GreenFrog View Post

I don't understand how I'm supposed to muster the motivation to work hard when Christmas (break) is right around the corner!

what? I had you pegged for a company man. Looks like that promotion, bonus and raise need to be rethought.

I went to each of the associates who were short of their minimum billables for the year. I explained that there was more than enough work to meet their minimum billables. The fact that they haven't gives grave concerns about their commitment. I also noted that bonuses and raises were not automatic and all compensation would be adjusted accordingly.

I am putting in my 200 plus hours billable, plus social commitments to our clients and my administrative work. The least they can do I make themselves marginally worth the money I pay them.

200 hours, pretty sure I get up that high most years.
post #55852 of 61915
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Originally Posted by MrG View Post

I think I hate living in a major city (in before "Atlanta isn't a major city!"). I'd lived here before, but I was younger and stayed mostly in the outlying 'burbs (it was also 20 years ago, so the city was a lot different). My entire life, I've either been in a suburban area or a smaller city. This is the first time I've lived in/around a major metropolis where I have to deal with the city every day, and it's miserable. The traffic is horrendous, the people are assholes, and the noise is just constant.

I've been down on it off and on recently, but I thought maybe that was just because I was adjusting to a pretty big transition. However, being away for the holiday crystallized it for me.

I have no idea what this means for me long term. I'm not exactly itching to make another transition, and I like my job (though it may actually facilitate a move in the medium term, since it's very much intended to be a stepping-stone position). Still, I don't imagine this will be the place I spend the rest of my life and raise my children. I just don't think I have the personality to be an urbanite.

good luck with whatever you choose to do, M. living where edina also lives in must really suck.
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Originally Posted by kwilkinson View Post

So glad I took 4 days off for Thanksgiving because this is by far the shittiest week of work in my life. Shitty by schedule, though, not really shitty work. Add to that my greenfrogs grandfather passed away this morning and it's just.... Feck.


But I did get offered a promotion today!

damn, that sucks (gf's grand dad and your promotion)

++++

and count me in for Team L'Inc
post #55853 of 61915
I've been more and more conscious of soft skills lately because I've noticed that a lot of my students are really lacking them. (For example, I often make appointments to meet with students outside my office hours. I'm not exaggerating when I say that they show up about 30% of the time. They usually don't have the courtesy to give me a heads up.) I doubt that I can be of much help, but nonetheless I am going to ry to find a way to convey to students the importance of those sorts of skills.
post #55854 of 61915
You can start fining them like David Stern
post #55855 of 61915
Actually, I don't think I'm allowed to issue fines (not a "commissioner").
post #55856 of 61915
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Originally Posted by L'Incandescent View Post

I've been more and more conscious of soft skills lately because I've noticed that a lot of my students are really lacking them. (For example, I often make appointments to meet with students outside my office hours. I'm not exaggerating when I say that they show up about 30% of the time. They usually don't have the courtesy to give me a heads up.) I doubt that I can be of much help, but nonetheless I am going to ry to find a way to convey to students the importance of those sorts of skills.

You can go to your department head and attempt to develop a "job skills" class. I hear these classes are in high need and teach valuable skills like showing up for work on time, being appropriately dressed for work, not telling your boss to, "Fuck off" and other similar things, etc. Advance placement entails things like using a punch clock, answering the phone politely, and graduate level job skills classes can include realizing you are a peon and acting accordingly.
post #55857 of 61915

How do you teach showing up on time without physical punishment? I've always been punctual but I learned to fear being late in the military. 

post #55858 of 61915
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Originally Posted by EMartNJ View Post

How do you teach showing up on time without physical punishment? I've always been punctual but I learned to fear being late in the military. 

Feverishly jack-off onto them while crying.
post #55859 of 61915
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Originally Posted by patrickBOOTH View Post

Feverishly jack-off onto them while crying.
Is that intended as punishment, or an enticement that will ensure they arrive on time?
post #55860 of 61915
Hmm, I didn't consider the double edge of it. I guess it doesn't really matter then, no?
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