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Re: Role of Marketing
  • 10/22/2017 5:51:51 PM
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@Broadway I'm absolutely sure that you're right. Appearance of doing work often trumps actual work accomplished, which is why workers on site tend to be valued so much more highly than those who work remotly. The powers that be feel that they would slack off more when out of sight and don't register the nonproductive time at the office for what it is.

Re: Role of Marketing
  • 10/22/2017 3:34:39 PM
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Back in the day, way back when I was in college, I had a higher ed job that required one to look moderately busy. In a 6 hour day, there was maybe 1 hour of solid work to do. Another 1 hour of work could be spent sleeping in a hiding spot somewhere on the other side of the building. But man ... those other 4 hours a day were tough! This was before widespread email use, before the Web had images or anything besides lists of links. I have a feeling that the government in many departments still exists like it's back in those days,

Re: Role of Marketing
  • 10/19/2017 9:37:35 AM
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@broadway too true! Some people are remarkably adept at looking busy while getting very little real work done. That must be a prerequisite for some jobs. Other jobs -- like the government sector -- don't require people to look busy.

Re: Role of Marketing
  • 10/18/2017 11:03:49 PM
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@predictablechaos, the new normal is that people have to seem frantically busy, even on those rare days when they are not. Otherwise, they risk catching the askance eye of their colleagues whose hair is on fire!

Re: Role of Marketing
  • 10/18/2017 2:08:27 PM
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It makes more sense with a little context...I didn't mention she works in a government job. I personally see no good reason to add more layers of management. It seems like a waste of resources to me and could possibly be a way for someone high-ranking to do a favor for someone else who also wants to be high-ranking in the future.

Re: Role of Marketing
  • 10/16/2017 9:50:09 AM
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Hmmmmm... you mean like selling off your friend's department/line of business? Or spinning it off, maybe turning it into a joint venture with a larger partner? It's hard to understand why else companies would be overstaffing with extra layers of management and oversight.

Re: Role of Marketing
  • 9/30/2017 6:10:06 PM
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That's exactly what I'm afraid of. My friend fears her organization has a darker plan for her department. What's worse is that upper level management didn't even bother to talk to the department that was getting yet another manager. It sounds like there are dark intentions behind the hiring.

Re: Role of Marketing
  • 9/30/2017 5:55:23 PM
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Hiring unneeded managers sounds completely counter-intuitive, given that they are usually paid more. But the darker agenda of some organizations isn't always immediately apparent in their actions and policies.

Re: Role of Marketing
  • 9/30/2017 1:07:44 PM
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It's funny you bring that up. I know of some organizations that are both assigning way more work to existing employees and hiring new layers of unneeded management. I suspect the new managers won't have a lot to do since the workers are covering so much.

Re: Role of Marketing
  • 9/29/2017 9:50:05 PM
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Both not great for companies but the distractors are a very real problem. I have worked in organizations where there were many. Working at home tends to eliminate the distraction factor significantly.

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