Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Recommended Reading

Kalinara's on a roll.

(I dedicate that recommendation to the manager who turned around and yelled at me to smile yesterday. I've yet to see anyone do that to a male technician, but damned if I don't get told that at work three times a week.)

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  1. If it is not too forward of me, a technician of what, exactly?


    Word Verification: pgoryt - noun, the G'nort version of probiotic yogurt.

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  2. For future reference, yes that is prying but since I have it on my profile: Avionics.

    We stick to the ramps, the jets, the maintenance buildings, and nobody sees us because the plane is broken when we are on it.

    But is there really a technician job where smiling would be an asset?

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  3. Wow...that's a powerful link.

    And I know exactly how she feels.

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  4. "But is there really a technician job where smiling would be an asset?"

    IS there any job where smiling would not be an asset? I mean, generally speaking it's good in a work environment for people to me cheerful and comfortable enough with their situation to smile.

    So if you (or any other employee regardless of gender) is not smiling, then the person in charge should be making some effort to increase morale. Attempting to artificially boost it by telling people to smile rather than ascertaining why they are unhappy is poor management.

    Reminds me of the time I had a work review and I said I was giving the job 100% and the manager told me that wasn't good enough.

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  5. Ragnell, you could just bare your teeth at him. You'd be happy, he'd be happy, EVERYONE would be happy.

    Seriously, if you ran around grinning like an idiot all day instead of working, wouldn't they be upset?

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  6. Considering my face permanently looks downcast (that's just the way I am - doesn't mean I'm not happy) I get this quite a lot. Well, people don't yell at me. It's more a case of "C'mon, smile. Things aren't that bad, are they?" or "Cheer up" or something similar.

    generally speaking it's good in a work environment for people to me cheerful and comfortable enough with their situation to smile.

    But smiling all the time? Wouldn't that be a bit weird? One might get a bit paranoid if a fellow worker was smiling all the time.

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  7. Smiling all the time? That might be a solution, especially if you can manage that serial killer brittle smile. How long before people get freaked out by it and beg you to stop?

    That way, next time some idiot tells you to flash the gnashers, everyone else will dogpile them and tell them to mind their own business.

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  8. Ragnell, I too was an avionics technician in the AF. I remember you also went to Keesler like I did.

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  9. At my job, they required men and women to smile.

    Damn clown school.

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