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Thursday, 2 July 2020

The Canadian’s Dillema

I remember complaining to my supervisor that I was getting fed
up with this. In addition I bluntly
accused him of stealing my time when my overtime hours got fudged.
I was reprimanded and told that a “certain amount of overtime” was
expected of all employees. 
I said, “Fine. How much is paid OT, how much is not? Be specific, put
a number on it and put it in writing...”
I was told I had a bad attitude and if I didn’t do something 
about it - he would.
I told him I’d take care of it.

Two weeks later, I was accosted and assaulted by a former coworker that wanted me to come work with him. After a severe beating I accepted a new position with his company, and turning in my notice with my former employer was pure joy. With exaggerated care and courtesy I also handed over most of my project files which were inches thick. One was about 6 inches thick, and was a $300,000.00 debacle that became more twisted and convoluted by the day. Of course he wanted to talk about things, but it was quitting time, and I had things to do.

What goes around comes around.


  1. Glen, it is a funny thing now when you leave a company. If one is clever, one spends down their time off so that it is not a thing to be held over your head as part of your transition package.

    Also, I think now I would never give more than two weeks. My logic is that the company will lay me off in a single day if they so decided it was to their benefit.

  2. Things were different back then I think. Up here in Canada employers were revelling in the fact that their employees were expendable and made sure they knew it. A lot of them at that time were unaware that the recessions of the 80's and 90's were over... and that they had now become expendable too.

    It's so bad up here that if you only have one employer on your resume, that you worked with for years... it won't be seen as an indicator of stability and worth - it will be seen as inflexibility.

    I am in the same boat as you now - I reciprocate what I am given and if they give me the absolute minimum or less... I will do the same to them if given the chance without exception. Professionalism cuts both ways and if one party dispenses with it, the other one will too.

  3. I was working for a company in Florida, and upper management installed a security system on the building. If you didn't have appropriate security clearance, you couldn't enter the VIP side of the building.

    The VP pitched a bitch to me about not putting in full 8 hour days. Since we had to swipe our card to get in or out, and since those swipes were recorded, with a little snooping I produced a report showing my actual hours and minutes over the past six months, including the all-nighter I had to pull because of his idiot mistakes. The hard copy pulled him up short, and that was the last I ever heard about that one.

    But it gets better.

    You see, the doors leading out were controlled by the security system, which could be accessed from a server in the computer room, which in turn could be accessed from a remote location - such as the SysOp's home.

    So, if the SysOp had a particularly bad day, what could happen is that the mischievous little brat could wait until the night shift left the building, then deactivate all the security cards (including the secret master security card), then change the password on the server. Then, well... the best time to do this would be a Sunday, so that on Monday morning no one could get into the building. Not even the VP. Not even the owner of the building. And since the server was likewise inaccessible, the idea of hacking in from the outside was not viable.