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Re: What is your most petty reason for seeking FIRE?
« Reply #650 on: October 29, 2019, 05:19:41 AM »
Allergies + medical mask = gross

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« Reply #651 on: October 29, 2019, 10:56:41 AM »
Allergies + medical mask = gross

LMAO - been there.  My sympathies.  Although it is good for the non-allergy sufferers in your close proximity....

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Re: What is your most petty reason for seeking FIRE?
« Reply #652 on: October 29, 2019, 01:23:21 PM »
Timesheets. Filling in sodding, pointless, justify-your-existence timesheets.

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Re: What is your most petty reason for seeking FIRE?
« Reply #653 on: October 29, 2019, 02:41:53 PM »
Having to redo work which was already done by another team who were incompetent. 

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« Reply #654 on: October 29, 2019, 03:02:28 PM »
Having to redo work which was already done by another team who were incompetent.
Or having to redo work because the process has changed (again) and now the work you did last week can't be used because there's a new process in place....which you didn't know you needed to follow when you did the work the first time.

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Re: What is your most petty reason for seeking FIRE?
« Reply #655 on: October 29, 2019, 04:15:19 PM »
So today someone was asking me about a thing I do every day, and I honestly don't know who, if anyone, actually needs that work to be done.  Turns out that it's likely that literally no one actually needs this work done, bah!

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« Reply #656 on: October 29, 2019, 04:40:05 PM »
internal audit and DFARS compliance

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« Reply #657 on: October 29, 2019, 07:55:23 PM »
Or having to redo work because the process has changed (again) and now the work you did last week can't be used because there's a new process in place....which you didn't know you needed to follow when you did the work the first time.

So true! new process or you must submit it in a new format using a new template (because they just updated it).

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« Reply #658 on: October 30, 2019, 03:00:37 AM »
So today someone was asking me about a thing I do every day, and I honestly don't know who, if anyone, actually needs that work to be done.  Turns out that it's likely that literally no one actually needs this work done, bah!

Been there. A large part of my previous job was creating reports that I could demonstrate had not been accessed by anyone for years. Not only that, but the reports were so badly thought out that they weren't even close to measuring what they were so supposed to be measuring. Do you think I could convince anyone that they were a waste of time???

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« Reply #659 on: October 30, 2019, 03:30:12 AM »
Having to redo work which was already done by another team who were incompetent.
Or having to redo work because the process has changed (again) and now the work you did last week can't be used because there's a new process in place....which you didn't know you needed to follow when you did the work the first time.

Or like my DH: having repair the relationship with unhappy customers because your coworker who delivered a report to the customer is so incredibly incompetent. DH has now stepped down from being the manager and is happy that it is now not him who needs to talk to these customers.

And before you ask: in Norway it is not at all easy to get someone fired. You always have to give the employee another chance and document for a long time in detail what went wrong. And even then it is a long and probably expensive process. DH has done all this documentation and had the talks with the employee, and given the coworker a 0% salary increase in the hope that he would quit voluntarily. But so he is still there. We think the rumor of his incompetence has spread through the branch and he cannot easily get another job. DH handed over the employee file to the new manager, so that he has an easier process to fire the guy.

The coworker normally asks DH loads of questions per day to get his work done, even though he has 7 years of experience and shouldn't need to do this. Now he asked DH about his "year off" period in 2020. Would DH be accessible by phone in 2020 for professional questions? ;-)

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Re: What is your most petty reason for seeking FIRE?
« Reply #660 on: October 30, 2019, 06:00:35 AM »
Not getting an email response from anyone at the audit client

It's been a couple weeks, and I've emailed a handful of people with zero response. As far as I know, my emails are just going to spam.

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Re: What is your most petty reason for seeking FIRE?
« Reply #661 on: October 30, 2019, 06:45:20 AM »
Every few years there's a new management philosophy that makes the rounds and I'm tired of buying in, checking in, total quality management, LEAN, 6 Sigma, Briggs Myers, It's your Ship, and all the rest of the crap that amounts to do more and work harder with less and less and less.

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Re: What is your most petty reason for seeking FIRE?
« Reply #662 on: October 30, 2019, 06:50:22 AM »
Every few years there's a new management philosophy that makes the rounds and I'm tired of buying in, checking in, total quality management, LEAN, 6 Sigma, Briggs Myers, It's your Ship, and all the rest of the crap that amounts to do more and work harder with less and less and less.

I was just interviewed by my manager about what I thought of the company, as part of learning from those who are leaving.
I mentioned that I wasn't going to tell her anything new, as I am in general an open person who takes up things immediately. But I did tell her what I thought about the management who always want to do multiple big projects at the same time, not seeing the realism in how you can meet those deadlines. And that the budget cuts they are doing now are on the wrong things (like the Christmas dinner at a restaurant, the weekly training sessions, education).

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Re: What is your most petty reason for seeking FIRE?
« Reply #663 on: October 30, 2019, 09:42:35 AM »
Did she listen politely but indicate there is nothing they can do?  'Cause that's usually the response to legitimate concerns.

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« Reply #664 on: October 30, 2019, 10:07:03 AM »
So today someone was asking me about a thing I do every day, and I honestly don't know who, if anyone, actually needs that work to be done.  Turns out that it's likely that literally no one actually needs this work done, bah!

You would be surprised in how many cases that is true.

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« Reply #665 on: October 30, 2019, 11:53:40 AM »
So today someone was asking me about a thing I do every day, and I honestly don't know who, if anyone, actually needs that work to be done.  Turns out that it's likely that literally no one actually needs this work done, bah!

This quote was immediately above 1 that said Internal Audit was their petty reason.  I'm in Audit and think one of the most satisfying part of the work is finding inefficiencies when auditing a process.  Last audit, talked to a employee who says they do task x which takes about 6 hours a month.   Investigate and find that a system option can be turned on and automate that process (I had worked on system implementation and thought no one had ever investigated it).   I hope my temporary PITA audit requests will be offset by reducing hours/problem/issues in the future.  Other satisfying thing is finding fraud, least satisfying: documenting all that stuff.

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« Reply #666 on: October 30, 2019, 12:07:10 PM »
Did she listen politely but indicate there is nothing they can do?  'Cause that's usually the response to legitimate concerns.

If that was a question to me, then yes, she listened and even agreed with me most things, like the lack of cleaning of the lady's loo, the acoustics on our floor. And anyway, what I told here now isn't to be solved for me, but maybe for my coworkers. They can do with my answers whatever they want.

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Re: What is your most petty reason for seeking FIRE?
« Reply #667 on: October 30, 2019, 06:43:16 PM »
So today someone was asking me about a thing I do every day, and I honestly don't know who, if anyone, actually needs that work to be done.  Turns out that it's likely that literally no one actually needs this work done, bah!

This quote was immediately above 1 that said Internal Audit was their petty reason.  I'm in Audit and think one of the most satisfying part of the work is finding inefficiencies when auditing a process.  Last audit, talked to a employee who says they do task x which takes about 6 hours a month.   Investigate and find that a system option can be turned on and automate that process (I had worked on system implementation and thought no one had ever investigated it).   I hope my temporary PITA audit requests will be offset by reducing hours/problem/issues in the future.  Other satisfying thing is finding fraud, least satisfying: documenting all that stuff.
One of the things I like to do is automate or simplify the things that I do, I am always looking for opportunities to simplify.

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Re: What is your most petty reason for seeking FIRE?
« Reply #668 on: October 31, 2019, 07:18:53 PM »
Not getting an email response from anyone at the audit client

It's been a couple weeks, and I've emailed a handful of people with zero response. As far as I know, my emails are just going to spam.

Yeah this is terrible. I know they hate me because I do (internal) tax audits and they don't want to confess that they messed up. But I'm internal, if you are honest and reply to my e-mail and don't refuse meeting requests, I can help you out and fix the mess together before the external tax people show up.

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Re: What is your most petty reason for seeking FIRE?
« Reply #669 on: November 04, 2019, 12:49:48 PM »
I'm tired of pretending to be interested in football. 

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Re: What is your most petty reason for seeking FIRE?
« Reply #670 on: November 05, 2019, 01:35:06 AM »
So that I don't have to look at the overly full trash can in our open office area. If I remember correctly, the can has been pretty full since Thursday and overly full since Friday. Today on Tuesday morning 9:30 am, it is still overly full.

At home I hate full trash cans, so I normally have a good routine to empty them before they flow over.

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Re: What is your most petty reason for seeking FIRE?
« Reply #671 on: November 05, 2019, 09:01:05 AM »
Being told to do things that make no sense. Decisions based on what is in our upper management's performance agreements, which were written without the data or analysis. It drives me crazy that we allocating resources to these things that make zero fiscal sense. What is worse I get told to make it happen, and also help justify the political BS.

   

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« Reply #672 on: November 05, 2019, 09:09:06 AM »
Being told to do things that make no sense. Decisions based on what is in our upper management's performance agreements, which were written without the data or analysis. It drives me crazy that we allocating resources to these things that make zero fiscal sense. What is worse I get told to make it happen, and also help justify the political BS.

   

Sounds familiar, we do that with whole projects. Decisions are always made by the managers who don't know how complicated the existing system is, or how complicated it is to build a new, bug free software system is. Our current plan is to alter a new system and integrate it with the old existing system. I am happy to be FIREd next year, because I think it will be difficult to test this new system.

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Re: What is your most petty reason for seeking FIRE?
« Reply #673 on: November 05, 2019, 09:48:05 AM »
Having to hang around with people I don't like. You go to school and are stuck with the other kids who happen to have been born at the same time. Then you go to work and have to hang around with the people who were hired at the same place as you. Now, after FIRE, I don't have to hang around with anyone I don't want to...for the first time in my life! Yay!

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Re: What is your most petty reason for seeking FIRE?
« Reply #674 on: November 05, 2019, 10:05:27 AM »
I don't want to care about Daylight Savings Time.

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Re: What is your most petty reason for seeking FIRE?
« Reply #675 on: November 05, 2019, 10:56:08 AM »
I don't want to care about Daylight Savings Time.

From what I have heard, Europe was planning to have only one time, no daylight savings time. I could even send in a vote. They were still figuring out whether to keep summer time or winter time.
I was really looking forward to have only one time, but it has been suspiciously quiet around the subject. We will wait and see if the 2020 spring is the last time we switch to summer time and keep it there....

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Re: What is your most petty reason for seeking FIRE?
« Reply #676 on: November 05, 2019, 11:06:44 AM »
Never again having to talk in fake chirpiness to keep up morale for people + tasks I don't particularly care for.

I'm willing to be friendly, decent and polite but the exaggerated affability in American work culture always made me wince.
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« Reply #677 on: November 05, 2019, 05:41:03 PM »
Having to talk up year 12's confidence before their exams when realistically they should have done lots more work 6 months ago.  I dislike having to be less than honest.

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« Reply #678 on: November 05, 2019, 10:03:52 PM »
Never again having to talk in fake chirpiness to keep up morale for people + tasks I don't particularly care for.

I'm willing to be friendly, decent and polite but the exaggerated affability in American work culture always made me wince.

This is what parents do with their kids

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Re: What is your most petty reason for seeking FIRE?
« Reply #679 on: November 06, 2019, 06:17:08 AM »
Agile is the worst.  A complete destroyer of productivity.

Can I add "metrics" to that too?

We are a "performance-based" organization, so the other hostages and I spend hours with multiple tracking systems to generate metrics that no one looks at.

When something goes sideways on a project, we have to go through a three hour IEG (Important Expectation Gap) meeting. And, oh yeah, we don't look at the metrics in those meetings either.   

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Re: What is your most petty reason for seeking FIRE?
« Reply #680 on: November 06, 2019, 06:29:22 AM »
I'm tired of pretending to be interested in football.

Ha! I love this one. I'm pretty sure this is a reason for my husband to get out of the workforce too.

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Re: What is your most petty reason for seeking FIRE?
« Reply #681 on: November 06, 2019, 07:43:07 AM »
Every few years there's a new management philosophy that makes the rounds and I'm tired of buying in, checking in, total quality management, LEAN, 6 Sigma, Briggs Myers, It's your Ship, and all the rest of the crap that amounts to do more and work harder with less and less and less.

Thank you!

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Re: What is your most petty reason for seeking FIRE?
« Reply #682 on: November 06, 2019, 11:49:23 AM »
Tired of creating and managing CYA documentation.  Documents which get archived in our controlled doc center "vaults" never to be seen or read again by a breathing person.

What a brutal waste of time and energy.

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Re: What is your most petty reason for seeking FIRE?
« Reply #683 on: November 07, 2019, 10:27:31 AM »
I absolutely hate waking up early.

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Re: What is your most petty reason for seeking FIRE?
« Reply #684 on: November 07, 2019, 10:28:06 AM »
I also hate wearing tights.  I HATE THEM.

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Re: What is your most petty reason for seeking FIRE?
« Reply #685 on: November 07, 2019, 10:31:17 AM »
I also hate wearing tights.  I HATE THEM.

Are tights a requirement for you to do your job?  If not, can you just stop wearing them?  Maybe switch to something else? (pants?)

wait - are you a superhero?  Is there a cape required as well?

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« Reply #686 on: November 07, 2019, 11:02:43 AM »
I also hate wearing tights.  I HATE THEM.

Are tights a requirement for you to do your job?  If not, can you just stop wearing them?  Maybe switch to something else? (pants?)

wait - are you a superhero?  Is there a cape required as well?

Pants are ok but I  have about 20-30 minutes of walking and 8 months of the year it's like 30 degrees or below, so the types of pants that are comfortable are also really not insulated enough.  I'm allergic to wool so I can't wear wool pants either (business workplace so I'm stuck with materials like polyester, which are fine but are not warm).  So my only option is to wear skirts with tights if I want to be really warm.  Jeans work fine too but I can't wear those to work.

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Re: What is your most petty reason for seeking FIRE?
« Reply #687 on: November 07, 2019, 11:29:34 AM »
I also hate wearing tights.  I HATE THEM.

Are tights a requirement for you to do your job?  If not, can you just stop wearing them?  Maybe switch to something else? (pants?)

wait - are you a superhero?  Is there a cape required as well?

Pants are ok but I  have about 20-30 minutes of walking and 8 months of the year it's like 30 degrees or below, so the types of pants that are comfortable are also really not insulated enough.  I'm allergic to wool so I can't wear wool pants either (business workplace so I'm stuck with materials like polyester, which are fine but are not warm).  So my only option is to wear skirts with tights if I want to be really warm.  Jeans work fine too but I can't wear those to work.

@Daisyedwards800

You could ware something over your pants, like a pair of rain trousers. That gives an extra layer of insulation and keeps the wind out. In my experience this works very well. Also easy to take off at arrival.

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Re: What is your most petty reason for seeking FIRE?
« Reply #688 on: November 07, 2019, 04:20:43 PM »
Our small company got bought by a much larger international firm owned by a complete a-hole and I so loved telling him off in front of the entire international staff of his company.

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« Reply #689 on: November 08, 2019, 08:56:08 AM »
Our small company got bought by a much larger international firm owned by a complete a-hole and I so loved telling him off in front of the entire international staff of his company.
Sounds like an awesome FU-money story!

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Re: What is your most petty reason for seeking FIRE?
« Reply #690 on: November 11, 2019, 04:51:34 AM »
I want more privacy during the day. Currently sitting in an open office situation, but with a wall behind me. Still people sitting very close to me. This is challenging when I want to clean my nose. Or when I want to take a lady's towel to the bathroom. Or showing something private on my screen. Or taking a phone call.
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« Reply #691 on: November 11, 2019, 09:21:44 AM »
I feel you on this one, Linea-Norway. Hang in there, you’re soon FIRE!

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« Reply #692 on: November 11, 2019, 09:32:21 AM »
I love these!  Here's mine; I don't want to have to laugh at another incompetent executives jokes again.  And, I don't want to have to wear makeup.

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« Reply #693 on: November 11, 2019, 05:24:01 PM »
Saving others arse's when they are incompetent.  I am responsible for writing an exam, collaborating with another colleague, and they haven't put together anything worthwhile despite repeated requests.  Now the final exam needs to be shared with the department, and I finish off their section because it needs to be appropriate for the students.

I need to stop caring so much.

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Re: What is your most petty reason for seeking FIRE?
« Reply #694 on: November 12, 2019, 01:53:05 AM »
Making vacation requests.  I hate it and don't do it anymore since I switched to self employed + casual work.

Still have to work but I will never ever put myself in the situation where I must request a vacation or day off and have it arbitrarily refused for no operational reason.  Which happened constantly in my last full time job - I had to go through hell to get time off to attend my son's birth, and took passive aggressive grief over it for about 5 years afterwards.

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Re: What is your most petty reason for seeking FIRE?
« Reply #695 on: November 12, 2019, 06:11:49 AM »
I'm tired of pretending to be interested in football.
I'm tired of pretending to be interested in my job.

I'm also tired of not being able to get anything done on my own at work.  I do about 5 minutes of actual work and then realize I need someone else to provide input or approve something.  So I reach out to them and wait.  I start another task and work for 5 minutes and run into the same damn thing.  So I reach out to someone else and wait again.  I'm never able to work independently for long enough to get into any kind of rhythm (much less a state of "flow").  As someone who thrives on solo work, this is driving me insane.
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Re: What is your most petty reason for seeking FIRE?
« Reply #696 on: November 12, 2019, 07:42:42 AM »
I am currently getting nuts of the tool that we bought (with me in the lead). And I need to find a way to work with it. So farm there is no solution.

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Re: What is your most petty reason for seeking FIRE?
« Reply #697 on: November 13, 2019, 05:56:49 AM »
My company rarely has meetings but the one we just had took the cake.  Picture Ben Stein in Ferris Buellers Day Off but reading a list of towns in Iowa and there relative distances to each other; and this information was fascinating to my boss. 

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Re: What is your most petty reason for seeking FIRE?
« Reply #698 on: November 13, 2019, 11:47:48 AM »
I also hate wearing tights.  I HATE THEM.

Are tights a requirement for you to do your job?  If not, can you just stop wearing them?  Maybe switch to something else? (pants?)

wait - are you a superhero?  Is there a cape required as well?

Pants are ok but I  have about 20-30 minutes of walking and 8 months of the year it's like 30 degrees or below, so the types of pants that are comfortable are also really not insulated enough.  I'm allergic to wool so I can't wear wool pants either (business workplace so I'm stuck with materials like polyester, which are fine but are not warm).  So my only option is to wear skirts with tights if I want to be really warm.  Jeans work fine too but I can't wear those to work.

Try wearing leggings under your pants (the cotton and spandex kind not the poly shiny stuff).  I use this method and I'm quite toasty and comfy.

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Re: What is your most petty reason for seeking FIRE?
« Reply #699 on: November 13, 2019, 01:35:42 PM »
Making vacation requests.  I hate it and don't do it anymore since I switched to self employed + casual work.

Still have to work but I will never ever put myself in the situation where I must request a vacation or day off and have it arbitrarily refused for no operational reason.  Which happened constantly in my last full time job - I had to go through hell to get time off to attend my son's birth, and took passive aggressive grief over it for about 5 years afterwards.
Here in socialist Germany not only the mother get maternal leave for up to a year, but also the father can get 3 month. (If I am right the 3 month are substracted from the mother's time and you could also do mother 3 month father 9.)
You don't even need to take it in one go, my boss just got back from a 1 month time and will take the 2 month later (in that year).
The state pays 60% of the income during that time and employers must put you in the same or similar position when you come back.