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  • Sam's Club calls their managers "coaches" and employee discipline "coaching."
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    • A former job (call center, tech support) had low-level leadership positions called "peer coaches", and true to form they really did focus on mentoring, performance management and all that fun stuff.

      The current field I'm in has a similar position titled "team leader". I held that job at a small hospital for about 2 1/2 years, and because we were such a small place I was effectively the team manager (and my own manager was effectively a director). My transition from this team lead position to manager was pretty easy because of it - I was already dealing with almost everything a manager does.

      I think these sort-of lower level authority positions are good, in general. It provides career pathing, which some people value (and obviously, some do not). And it gives a good half-step into future management roles. Like, is this something you want? Here's a little taste of it. I had no interest in management until I had been a team lead for a couple of years. I know other leads that have zero interest in moving up, and others who are just flailing at it. But it's a good part-way between all the responsibilities of management and being an individual contributor.
      Last edited by Swansong; 01-20-2024, 02:06 PM.
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      • I start a new job on Tuesday; DSP for a different agency.

        I don't mind the pay cut, or the fact I start at part time (with the opportunity to pick up extra shifts).

        After what happened with my previous employer, it's a good opportunity to start fresh somewhere else.
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        • Originally posted by Kepler View Post

          It's a choice. I'll grant that working as a care provider probably makes it much more likely you'll choose to carry it home, but ultimately you need to control it. There are people (side-eyes his wife) who make their work so big it spills over into their real life. But at the end of the day, a job is garbage time -- it's time robbed from your life for some jackwagon holding a gun to your head. Do not give that POS any more power over you than you absolutely must.
          At this point, World War 3 will break out and bosses will be like "I know an air strike blew up the freeway, but if you're not here soon, I'm gonna have to mark you a no call, no show."
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          • Originally posted by MissThundercat View Post
            I start a new job on Tuesday; DSP for a different agency.

            I don't mind the pay cut, or the fact I start at part time (with the opportunity to pick up extra shifts).

            After what happened with my previous employer, it's a good opportunity to start fresh somewhere else.
            Congratulations on your new job! Starting a business is a significant endeavor, and it's fantastic to hear that your venture is gaining popularity. Utilizing tools like slack sms to enhance communication and collaboration within your team is a smart move. As your business continues to grow, effective communication will play a crucial role in its success. Wishing you continued success and fulfillment in your entrepreneurial journey! If you ever need any advice or support along the way, feel free to reach out.
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            • So I applied for four jobs last weekend. Three of them kinda gimmies (I'm overqualified for them, but it might not be bad to take a step back for a year or two). One I was a decent fit for, until I learned through a former colleague who works there that the job is not IT as I assumed. It's a manager position of process improvement analysts for the patient access organization within the hospital system. I mean, if they want a manager who can analyze workflows, sure. But if they want someone with a history in patient access? Nope.


              But I heard back from one of the gimmies, and denied. That's ok, it was for a very large for-profit national hospital system that I really don't know if I want to work for anyway. But I also heard back from the probably-not-a-great-fit company asking for an interview. So... yay? The job requires minimal onsite work, maybe one day per week, sometimes two. And the office is quite literally 4 minutes down the road. 6 with traffic. Being mostly remote is a requirement for me, but this seems pretty easy to manage.



              Today helped reinforce my decision to look elsewhere. We have too many in upper management who know absolutely nothing about the Epic system, constantly overruling the actual Epic-knowledgeable people. "I know better" is, perhaps, the most idiotic and poisonous trait a leader can have, yet here we are. So I need to get out.
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              • December 2022: internship was terminated at Spectrum Community Services. Denver University and my supervisor acted mercifully to get me out of a rough situation and bring me back to life. I would withdraw from Denver a few weeks later.
                January 2024: after a short interview with Spectrum Community Services for their residential programs on January 2, I signed a conditional offer and today, I had orientation for my new position. Part time to begin with, but I have plenty of opportunities to pick up shifts and become full time after 12 weeks.
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                • Originally posted by MissThundercat View Post
                  December 2022: internship was terminated at Spectrum Community Services. Denver University and my supervisor acted mercifully to get me out of a rough situation and bring me back to life. I would withdraw from Denver a few weeks later.
                  January 2024: after a short interview with Spectrum Community Services for their residential programs on January 2, I signed a conditional offer and today, I had orientation for my new position. Part time to begin with, but I have plenty of opportunities to pick up shifts and become full time after 12 weeks.
                  Nice! Good luck!
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                  • Originally posted by Swansong View Post

                    Nice! Good luck!
                    Same to you, buddy!
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                    • My former employer posted some jobs on linked in today.

                      the picture they used? A woman I hired, that was laid off a few months ago.

                      guess they’ve laid off so many, they can’t clean up marketing materials fast enough

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                      • Try not to laugh - SNL

                        Sometimes you just need to take a break and laugh. Perhaps if I were on this show I'd try harder to compete, but the majority of these I didn't make it very far without laughing. And Sudekis in the track suit for What's Up With That gets me every time.

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                        • Interview scheduled for next week! Just a half hour with the hiring manager, so I'd imagine there would be subsequent rounds if this goes well. I still don't know if I'm what they're looking for but we'll see.
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                            • Best of luck!

                              my wife accepted one of her two offers. Took a hit on benefits to get out. But we're considering cobra for a couple months to maintain one of the benefits. Probably worth the expense on a pure dollars standpoint.

                              otherwise she took a 2% pay cut but only if she works that company's standard 32-hour workweek. If she picks up her Fridays it will be a win. But since she's a licensed therapist it's mentally draining doing 40s. Guess we'll see what happens in practice.

                              I'm also seeing some of the consequences of the MN sick leave law. Seems like more and more small employers are taking the opportunity to change PTO to be a completely different and not entirely good format. This place has sick pay but no vacation now. From what I understand, this seems to be somewhat in line with other medical professions where if you don't work, you don't get paid.
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                              • Originally posted by Swansong View Post
                                I'm not far from just walking away from my job without a landing spot. It's ridiculous and I'm being held accountable for things I have zero ability to impact.

                                I am an application manager. Those applications live on servers. The servers are refusing connection. The server teams and security teams are just pointing fingers at each other, meanwhile our overall leadership is leaning on me to fix things. Neither of the other teams involved work for me.

                                Integrated testing is delayed because applications aren't working, because of these connectivity issues. Which is apparently my fault.
                                I’m half expecting to be no-bonused and put on a PIP this year. My team missed our goals badly. This is after me absolutely crushing all goals for the last 15 years. The misses were caused primarily by a few decisions made by my immediate managers. I argued as loudly as I could against these changes but got overruled. You’d think they’d remember that but so far it looks like they’re going to line up and kick me in the nuts. We’ll see.

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