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Old 10-19-20, 09:38 AM
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How to Tell the Boss You Have Been Goofing Off

Serious question.

I have been at my current job for 19 years. In the last few years I have totally lost my motivation, I work unsupervised, and have gotten into a rut of extremely low productivity. I like my boss, supervisor, co-workers and I feel terrible for my poor performance. About six years ago I became H&S coordinator which I started with lots of enthusiasm, it has become totally soul destroying, trying to implement endless new regulations in the face of indifference and resistance from workers. I also try to have a good rapport with co-workers which leads me to being a confident , I carry around the knowledge of their workplace gripes, their addictions, their serious health problems that they want to keep quiet etc. I also get all the miscellaneous jobs that no one else will touch, need to tell a worker to bathe more, need to tell someone to get their personal life in order, need to tell someone to flush the toilet (seriously);; ask John I am trying anti-depressants, I eat well and exercise ( bike of course) . I think I would actually do better if I was under more supervision, given goals and deadlines. I am not a lazy person and I want to work hard, I just don't know how to get my productivity back,

thanks for any ideas
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Old 10-19-20, 09:53 AM
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Show your boss this bike forums thread.
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I think I would sit down with your boss and have a very frank talk with him. If he's not aware of your lack of productivity he's not doing his job. If he is aware and too spineless to do anything about it, well, there's another failure on his part. Maybe you need his job and he needs yours.
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It sounds like you have job security, why not try and find some different ways to do your job that are more your liking, or find some other tasks you can do in addition to your current ones that are more your liking.
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Have a cold beer.
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Originally Posted by John Foster View Post
thanks for any ideas
Maybe no one else wants your job and your boss knows it?
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Old 10-19-20, 05:46 PM
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... read the Myth of Sisyphus over & over & over. once you get the drift your job will seem right for you
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I too work in H&S and it can be demotivating in terms of the lack of interest and support in individuals or with the company. Sounds like you are well placed but sort of in a trough of feast-or-famine workload and without much oversight, so I wouldn't bother explaining it your boss but instead seek a different guide, and since it appears you are in Ontario then I would propose you approach the joint health and safety committee with a long list of improvements and corrective actions and use the next meeting as a prioritizing section, adding the top 10 into the corrective action tracking system in use and then use the JHSC to guide you. Try to strike a balance between company interests (primarily the cost/premium to the WSIB which can be a trade off for improved safety and fewer or less serious injuries) and overall H&S performance. And perhaps seek to expand it to social responsibility including human rights and ethics - external references exist for scoring yourself, so perhaps a self-assessment prior to your first dump on the JHSC and then show how some of the prioritized improvements would improve that score, which could then be publicity for the business and thus in its interest. I think you will not be successful to rope in a boss who is at arms-length by nature, so don't seek to change him or her but seek instead to find the review and discussion/guidance forum you seek.
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Originally Posted by Hondo Gravel View Post
Have a cold beer.
Is that all you think about?
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Oof H&S. Good luck, change positions or jobs. It's your butt if someone losses life or limb.

Or, get management to let you form a team H&S instead of going it alone.
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Feel somewhat reassured by the probability that a younger replacement would probably have a worse work ethic than you do currently and utilize the knowledge to improve your affect by dissing yourself less?
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Old 10-20-20, 12:24 PM
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Originally Posted by ahsposo View Post
Is that all you think about?
yup I realize it appears like that since I reference cold beer all the time. I do drink but not as much as I make it look. Beer brings people together good or bad. Itís hard to smoke food and sit there for hours making sure everything is going right without a cold beer. Iíve tried but without beer slow cooking cow, pig, or bird becomes boring. And in todayís tense climate beer consumption in my small area of the world has increased by 45% according to the grocery manager and my GP doc. Rock n Roll, bicycles and cold beer. What else is there? Yup I know but that is why Iím broke!
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yup I realize it appears like that since I reference cold beer all the time. I do drink but not as much as I make it look. Beer brings people together good or bad. It’s hard to smoke food and sit there for hours making sure everything is going right without a cold beer. I’ve tried but without beer slow cooking cow, pig, or bird becomes boring. And in today’s tense climate beer consumption in my small area of the world has increased by 45% according to the grocery manager and my GP doc. Rock n Roll, bicycles and cold beer. What else is there? Yup I know but that is why I’m broke!
I wrote a recipe for myself as a reference for slow cooking brisket on a Traeger pellet smoker... it combines the best of what I learned by reading several recipes and figuring out what works best after trial and error. BTW I use the "Texas rest" method for the resting period.

Turns out a pretty good brisket... but still not as good as what my brother does... of course he has a giant brick "pit" smoker, and puts on several briskets at once... so each one "bastes" the other ones.

Here is the bottom line summation from my recipe: (note the instructions at 4PM and 6PM) Hey, it's part of the recipe. Timeline:

4:00 AM, pull brisket from Fridge and allow to rise to room temp.

5:00 AM, start Traegar on SMOKE, go to steps 5 and 6.

10:00 AM Foil wrap, step 7.

3:00 PM Hold that temp at 190. Step 8.

4:00 PM Drink a beer and relax, this is gonna take some time.

6:00 PM Remove brisket, and rest it. Step 9. Open another beer.

7:00 PM Open foil, remove Brisket, Slice across the grain and enjoy.
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I wrote a recipe for myself as a reference for slow cooking brisket on a Traeger pellet smoker... it combines the best of what I learned by reading several recipes and figuring out what works best after trial and error. BTW I use the "Texas rest" method for the resting period.

Turns out a pretty good brisket... but still not as good as what my brother does... of course he has a giant brick "pit" smoker, and puts on several briskets at once... so each one "bastes" the other ones.

Here is the bottom line summation from my recipe: (note the instructions at 4PM and 6PM) Hey, it's part of the recipe. Timeline:

4:00 AM, pull brisket from Fridge and allow to rise to room temp.

5:00 AM, start Traegar on SMOKE, go to steps 5 and 6.

10:00 AM Foil wrap, step 7.

3:00 PM Hold that temp at 190. Step 8.

4:00 PM Drink a beer and relax, this is gonna take some time.

6:00 PM Remove brisket, and rest it. Step 9. Open another beer.

7:00 PM Open foil, remove Brisket, Slice across the grain and enjoy.
Yup, I need to learn how to smoke brisket. It is an art and over the years have eaten a lot of it. Some people have it down to a science. It seems easy but easy to screw up. When watching Bar Q Pit Masters on the idiot box I wonder how good the bar b q the person that placed last tastes.
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Originally Posted by Hondo Gravel View Post
Yup, I need to learn how to smoke brisket. It is an art and over the years have eaten a lot of it. Some people have it down to a science. It seems easy but easy to screw up. When watching Bar Q Pit Masters on the idiot box I wonder how good the bar b q the person that placed last tastes.
In making my recipe, I never had a bad brisket... the flavor was always good... but tenderness was the one variable that took awhile to get right... slow resting (have another beer) was the key. There is also a key temp... that 190... to be reached but not exceeded...

There are a lot more details on my full recipe... this was just the quick timeline. Also, mine is based on the Traeger cooker... other recipes will vary.
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When a thread goes from goofing off at work to beer then to brisket. That is a great thread!
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it sounds like the op needs to have a talk with the Bobs.
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Oof H&S. Good luck, change positions or jobs. It's your butt if someone losses life or limb.

Or, get management to let you form a team H&S instead of going it alone.
Excuse my ignorance, but what is H&S?
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it sounds like the op needs to have a talk with the Bobs.
ďItís not that Iím lazy; itís that I just donít care.Ē

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Originally Posted by Hondo Gravel View Post
Have a cold beer.
Originally Posted by ahsposo View Post
Is that all you think about?
You guys both need to do more research about real beer and not the swill Hondo drinks in the heat.
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You guys both need to do more research about real beer and not the swill Hondo drinks in the heat.
Cheap and Cold Medina County Texas beer. Itís about 93 outside today not brutal but still hot ..


Come on yíall give me credit for the cool ice chest or cooler..... lol
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Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
Excuse my ignorance, but what is H&S?
Pretty sure it's health and safety. Aka babysitting and management scape goat
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Originally Posted by GrainBrain View Post
Pretty sure it's health and safety. Aka babysitting and management scape goat
Thanks. I work for a railroad (in an office), so things are organized differently from a safety perspective.

Many years ago I got ratted out by a union clerk for walking a short distance from my office to the printer without shoes on. I had done my regular commute, changed my clothes but forgot to put on my loafers that I kept under my desk. It was around 7 am. He was the only person who could have seen me.
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Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
Excuse my ignorance, but what is H&S?
H&S can refer to: Health and safety, a cross-disciplinary area concerned with protecting people's safety, health and welfare. Or it could be Head & Shoulders shampoo......
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