Business as usual

by Miriam Sawyer | August 31st, 2015

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Business as usual

A teacher in New Jer­sey is rein­stated after being tardy 110 times. Yawn. Tell me some­thing new.

As library director,I once fired a young man for being inso­lent. He had dropped in at var­i­ous Board mem­bers’ homes on Easter Sun­day to dis­cuss his griev­ances. One of the Board mem­bers insisted he be fired. In any pri­vate enter­prise in New Jer­sey, an employee can be fired at any time, for any cause. I know this because I looked it up. I knew there would be reper­cus­sions, even as I drafted the let­ter reliev­ing him of his responsibilities.

Our library did not have a union at that time, but we had Civil Ser­vice, which is just as good at assur­ing any pub­lic employee that he had a cast-​iron right to his job. And so it turned out. The employee threat­ened to sue. The munic­i­pal­ity set­tled the case in his favor, giv­ing him every­thing he had been ask­ing for. They even paid for his lawyer.

There is a pro­ce­dure for fir­ing an employee who is a civil ser­vant. It involved keep­ing a log of the person’s mis­deeds, oral coun­sel­ing (in Civil Ser­vice lingo, that means talk­ing to him). After that comes writ­ten coun­selling, (writ­ing the per­son a let­ter). There was plenty more that had to be done before say­ing say­onara, but I will spare you the details. Just think­ing about it makes me tired.

The amount of work needed to get rid of an employee was phe­nom­e­nal and took up most of the supervisor’s time for weeks. I also learned that I needed another employee in the room when I did all this coun­sel­ing, etc, or it would be a case of he said/​she said.

Nev­er­the­less I did get rid of two good-​for-​nothing lazy employ­ees. I did this by writ­ing them end­less let­ters and hav­ing ses­sions of crit­i­cism with both of them (sep­a­rately) in my office, with a wit­ness. I kept track of them like God does when he keeps an eye on a spar­row, only God does not have to issue writ­ten reports and memos and have lim­it­less dis­cus­sions. Nor does God have to have a wit­ness present.

Mean­while, the super­vi­sor (me) and the wit­ness (some­one else) can­not per­form any other of our duties because of the time suck involved in show­ing an employee the door.

How I envy Don­ald Trump!

Posted by miriam sawyer at 9:25 PM 0 comment

A teacher in New Jersey is reinstated after being tardy 110 times. Yawn. Tell me something new.

As library director,I once fired a young man for being insolent. He had dropped in at various Board members’ homes on Easter Sunday to discuss his grievances. One of the Board members insisted he be fired. In any private enterprise in New Jersey, an employee can be fired at any time, for any cause. I know this because I looked it up. I knew there would be repercussions, even as I drafted the letter relieving him of his responsibilities.

Our library did not have a union at that time, but we had Civil Service, which is just as good at assuring any public employee that he had a cast-iron right to his job. And so it turned out. The employee threatened to sue. The municipality settled the case in his favor, giving him everything he had been asking for. They even paid for his lawyer.

There is a procedure for firing an employee who is a civil servant. It involved keeping a log of the person’s misdeeds, oral counseling (in Civil Service lingo, that means talking to him). After that comes written counselling, (writing the person a letter). There was plenty more that had to be done before saying sayonara, but I will spare you the details. Just thinking about it makes me tired.

The amount of work needed to get rid of an employee was phenomenal and took up most of the supervisor’s time for weeks. I also learned that I needed another employee in the room when I did all this counseling, etc, or it would be a case of he said/she said.

Nevertheless I did get rid of two good-for-nothing lazy employees. I did this by writing them endless letters and having sessions of criticism with both of them (separately) in my office, with a witness. I kept track of them like God does when he keeps an eye on a sparrow, only God does not have to issue written reports and memos and have limitless discussions. Nor does God have to have a witness present.

Meanwhile, the supervisor (me) and the witness (someone else) cannot perform any other of our duties because of the time suck involved in showing an employee the door.

How I envy Donald Trump!

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