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>> No. 1795 Anonymous
27th May 2011
Friday 6:32 pm
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ITT: Workplace annoyances.

I'll get the ball rolling - having to bring in pastries on your birthday. I know it's cheaper if people bring their own in on their birthday instead of chipping in every time someone in the office has a birthday, but it's still fucking annoying having to fork out on your birthday.
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>> No. 12195 Anonymous
20th April 2018
Friday 8:50 pm
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Does anyone else feel like a bit of a fraud at work?

I've ended up in a managerial position almost by default and I'm entirely winging it. I have no real idea what I do all day; it seems to be going from one bullshit meeting to the next, being dragged into trivial tasks or having to deal with trivial queries. Yesterday was the first day in over a fortnight where I had an uninterrupted day to get on with what I'd actually class as proper work.

It's more money and the days seem to be going quicker, but it's a drudge and I don't feel like I'm really accomplishing anything.
>> No. 12196 Anonymous
20th April 2018
Friday 8:51 pm
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can confirm, been using this for 2 weeks now in work. i find that only 100mg is needed in the morning. it's subtle, but you notice that you get engrossed in a task that would appear mundane and time flies. enjoyable cognitively demanding tasks like my development work becomes an almost perfect 'flow' state for me.

i've also noticed that it has the following effectss:

1) i feel sharper in my memory - i.e. retrieving difficult words/syntax/concepts in conversation / programming
2) i feel i've become more witty(!) this may be associated with better memory retrieval as seen in 1) or may be one-sided BS
3) i am more sociable when the chance arises to chat - even small talk

Now the negs: sex drive can be reduced, it can be difficult to sleep at the usual time, and 'switch off' from work, and it makes me occassionally tearful for no reason (an odd side-effect). It also once (one day on a higher dose) caused me to feel like i could not take a full breath.
>> No. 12197 Anonymous
20th April 2018
Friday 9:01 pm
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>Does anyone else feel like a bit of a fraud at work?

I think everyone feels this way sometimes, but particularly those who have been promoted from a real job up into management. I can relate for sure. The most important thing you need to realise is that your physical work is no longer important. Your job is to make other people do their jobs. It's entirely intangible and if you happen to have a good effective team under you, you are successful by default and will take most of the credit for their hard work mostly by accident.

Your 'proper work' as you put it has been inverted - you exist to go to bullshit meetings and answer inane questions to enable your team to do their real work. You no longer have a proper job, you could quite easily be replaced with a search engine and a loud alarm that is triggered whenever productivity is down, if we were a less polite society. You need to embrace that, and probably read "who moved my cheese?"

Good luck.
>> No. 12234 Anonymous
27th April 2018
Friday 7:54 am
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Thanks, lad.

By my reckoning I've got four meetings today, so it's going to be a write-off. Same thing happened on Wednesday and I probably had another half dozen or so meetings on the other days this week. It's relentless.
>> No. 12235 Anonymous
27th April 2018
Friday 10:57 am
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>You are cordially invited to the Initech Christmas party, at $chain_club
Wait, did I slip into a coma for a few months and nobody told me? I could have sworn it was only April when I went to bed last night.
>> No. 12236 Anonymous
27th April 2018
Friday 4:40 pm
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Booking decent Christmas venues is getting increasingly competitive as companies are doing it earlier and earlier to secure the place they want, particularly if it's a very large number of people; it's not uncommon for some venues to be fully booked for Christmas by June/July.

It's only really an issue if you're meant to provide your menu choice ridiculously early; you don't want future you to end up annoyed at current you because current you fancies the turkey but future you is in the mood for steak.
>> No. 12237 Anonymous
27th April 2018
Friday 7:00 pm
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Yeah, the restaurant I'm currently doing some work for has already taken a couple of Christmas bookings.

Typically restaurants start marketing for it in August, and I've never seen a place that wasn't fully booked by October. This does seem early as it goes but I guess once you find a decent place you probably rebook the venue while you're at the previous years' party.
>> No. 12238 Anonymous
27th April 2018
Friday 11:14 pm
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Can you get it without a prescription?
>> No. 12239 Anonymous
27th April 2018
Friday 11:32 pm
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It's not a controlled substance, so yes you can. Just not from a brick and mortar pharmacy. You need to get it from an online pharmacy. It'll be listed under nootropics.
>> No. 12240 Anonymous
28th April 2018
Saturday 12:35 am
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No. It is strictly prescription-only.
>> No. 12241 Anonymous
28th April 2018
Saturday 1:01 am
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Tell that to the online pharmacies.
>> No. 12242 Anonymous
28th April 2018
Saturday 1:02 am
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No it isn't.
>> No. 12243 Anonymous
28th April 2018
Saturday 1:21 am
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That's like saying you can get an iPhone for free by walking into the stock room of an Apple Store.
>> No. 12244 Anonymous
28th April 2018
Saturday 1:23 am
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>Always use Modalert (Modafinil) as you have been prescribed by your doctor. Never self-medicate or change your dosage without first consulting your doctor.
>> No. 12245 Anonymous
28th April 2018
Saturday 1:45 am
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No it isn't, it's like saying you can buy non-controlled drugs without a prescription from overseas.
>> No. 12246 Anonymous
28th April 2018
Saturday 2:42 am
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Scrolled past this thread so many times over the last few years. But workplace annoyances as a musician:

*club owners and in-house PA guys running power trips in their toilet venue dives, demeaning female band members as a specialty but can reach to treating the talent less well than the bar staff
* bouncers on power trips in bigger places blocking backstage areas and demanding view of your crappy little AAA sticker every fucking time you pass the neanderthal cunts and on better wages than the bands, again
*terrible support bands full of backslapping hominy
*more famous bands you are supporting who don't deign to talk to you and have a dressing room approximately one mile away guarded like it's Fort Knox
*punters and average working dudes who think because you are in a band that is known you are making a decent living out of it - aside from Elton John or Axl Rose none of us are mate
*promoters who pull stunts like also demanding a live-in-front-of-audience interview with some retarded alcoholic journalist at their festivals with no extra fee mentioned
*cheap airlines losing your musical instruments abroad
*UK motorway service stations selling you a five quid shit sandwich at four AM when you have run out of booze and are still 100 miles from home

>> No. 12247 Anonymous
28th April 2018
Saturday 7:59 am
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>*promoters who pull stunts like also demanding a live-in-front-of-audience interview with some retarded alcoholic journalist at their festivals with no extra fee mentioned

You could always try the Brent Hinds approach to interviews:

>> No. 12248 Anonymous
2nd May 2018
Wednesday 5:25 pm
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I realise this will come across as sexist, but certain women in a work capacity.

The majority of people are tolerable, to some extent, but there's a small minority of women who are completely toxic and unpleasant to be around in a work environment. Some men are undoubtedly twats, but they're not on this scale; they don't blow hot and cold, fly off the handle over trivial matters, start screaming in the middle of an office and throw strops on anything approaching this level.
>> No. 12249 Anonymous
2nd May 2018
Wednesday 6:37 pm
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>they don't blow hot and cold, fly off the handle over trivial matters, start screaming in the middle of an office and throw strops on anything approaching this level
I don't know m7, I'd give them a run for their money.
>> No. 12250 Anonymous
2nd May 2018
Wednesday 7:12 pm
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I know what you mean, sort of. For me it's always been a certain type of female manager - they seem like they're always trying very hard to prove themselves, which makes them far less pleasant and ultimately less effective than the average male.

Of course, I suspect this might have a lot to do with the way women in these sorts of jobs are seen. Even quite modern blokes I've noticed seem to have a problem with their boss being a bird, so it's a sort of vicious cycle, and I'm quite sure they don't get treated as seriously sometimes. I work in an industry that is basically forced to respect anyone who is actually skilful, so I see less of it than most, I suspect.
>> No. 12251 Anonymous
2nd May 2018
Wednesday 7:14 pm
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I should also say that I've worked with, or under, plenty of dickhead males too, but they do seem to be less stubborn - they are more willing to back down if your argument is sound - though they probably feel they won't lose major points for doing so, where women seem to think they will.
>> No. 12252 Anonymous
2nd May 2018
Wednesday 7:18 pm
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I prefer female bosses to be honest. Men in power intimidate me, whereas women seem more approachable.
>> No. 12253 Anonymous
2nd May 2018
Wednesday 7:25 pm
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In my experience, females in positions of seniority do not take it well at all if it's pointed out that they're wrong or they've made a mistake. Far more than men, who are more likely to spin it around and try to take credit for fixing things as if it was their idea all along.

I suppose it could be to do with the fact they feel their authority is being challenged as they feel they aren't taken as seriously as a man would, but a lot of it seems that they're wrapped up in their own self-importance.

The last female boss I had was absolutely fine with me but many others, particularly the admin women, found her absolutely unbearable. She was utterly obsessed with status symbols - her house, her car, her handbag, her clothes, etc. - and her job was simply an extension of this.
>> No. 12254 Anonymous
7th May 2018
Monday 2:12 am
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(A good day to you Sir!)
>> No. 12255 Anonymous
7th May 2018
Monday 10:36 am
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Engaging my armchair psychology mode here, but I think that's pretty inevitable based on how men assert their authority as a matter of course. Men expect threats to their leadership and part of being a manly male leaderman is beating your chest to show the other monkeys you've got the biggest balls. For women, getting into a leadership position is far more about making the right moves with the right people, impressing the ones it counts to do so. So when they get there, they are less well equipped to deal with being challenged.
>> No. 12256 Anonymous
7th May 2018
Monday 10:54 am
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None of those things predict success in leadership roles in and of themselves. Assertiveness and a willingness to take on board the opinions and ideas of your subordinates is what makes a good manager. Women aren't as conscientious as men, by and large, and take a suggestion from a subordinate as a challenge to their authority, which causes friction. Especially so when that subordinate is female.

Women who succeed and men who succeed exhibit the same traits, there is a pretty accurate model for predicting success in leadership roles, and a conscientious women would take on board the ideas of her female colleagues. However, she might stop them from progressing because they don't exhibit the same traits as she does and promote a man instead who does.
>> No. 12257 Anonymous
10th May 2018
Thursday 5:18 pm
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>> No. 12258 Anonymous
10th May 2018
Thursday 6:37 pm
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After a couple of slack months where I bid on a lot of work but didn't get to start any of it, it's all come in in the last week, and it's all urgent. It's all going to be late, the question is, in what order do I disappoint my customers? Aaargh.
Also, fucking hayfever.
>> No. 12259 Anonymous
10th May 2018
Thursday 7:55 pm
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This is a very specific one, but chefs who try their hardest to fit the 'angry bastard' stereotype. They saw Ramsey do it in the 90s, in a Michelin star establishment owned by himself, so they reckon that now Zizzi are paying them 9.50 an hour they can do the same there. It's an embarrassment to the profession, and those that act like this aren't very good at the job anyway. Imagine your peers acting like petulant children and claiming it's part of the job, or even worse the 'culture'. You heat up soup for pensioners in Baisingstoke, for fuck's sake, what sort of workplace culture is that?
>> No. 12260 Anonymous
10th May 2018
Thursday 9:05 pm
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I went to Zizzi in Basingstoke once. I had some kind of hangman's gallows with some sort of shish kebab hanging from it. Good times.
>> No. 12261 Anonymous
11th May 2018
Friday 3:26 am
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I had one of those in a Portuguese restaurant in Cardiff about a decade ago, good to know that shit food that goes around comes around.

Then I went to a strip club to get some welsh tits rubbed on my face.
>> No. 12262 Anonymous
11th May 2018
Friday 8:50 am
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Them hanging kebabs seem so tacky to me. I'm sure it's traditional in kebabistan, but anything that makes people stare or go 'oooh look' when they bring your food out is a fucking embarrassment.
>> No. 12263 Anonymous
11th May 2018
Friday 2:30 pm
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It's a necessary evil these days. The restaurant business is ruthlessly competitive and city-centre restaurants need to stand out. Gimmicks don't necessarily improve the dining experience, but people will talk about them and share them on social media. A lot of very good restaurants have gone bust because they're unremarkable - you might offer great food, service and ambience, but your customers probably won't tell their friends unless you're doing something out of the ordinary.

It's a terrible Nash equilibrium, but annoying your customers makes sound financial sense.
>> No. 12264 Anonymous
11th May 2018
Friday 2:33 pm
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>but annoying your customers makes sound financial sense.

We are a damned species.
>> No. 12265 Anonymous
11th May 2018
Friday 3:06 pm
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I disagree. There's really only a couple of examples of successful chains that to this shit, and it's the one kebab thing at Zizzi (though it's fairly traditional even though it's tacky), the stupid red hot plates that spit oil at you at Sizzler pubs, and all the plant pots and shit at Botanist. There's definitely some instagram appeal, but you don't need that sort of thing to get people to take pictures of their food - they do it if the food looks nice, too, and that's a tenfold better advert than chips in a hat.
>> No. 12266 Anonymous
11th May 2018
Friday 4:03 pm
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The mid-market chains are really struggling at the moment. Chain restaurants have the scale and marketing budget to establish a clear brand identity, which is much harder for an independent restaurant. Low-end chains can do well from choosing low-rent locations, using a lot of pre-prep and offering an unpretentious menu at a value price. Nobody is particularly excited about eating at a Hungry Horse, but it's cheap, reliable and there's plenty of parking.

Restaurants in small towns and suburbs don't need to play the Instagram game - if you're only competing against three or four other restaurants in the area, you can do well just by getting the basics right.

The struggle is greatest for the kind of restaurant that's 27th on Tripadvisor in Leeds city centre. They're not exceptional enough to stand out on quality alone, they don't have a captive market because of their location and their rents and rates are high. To use a bit of nauseating marketing argot, they need "the wow factor" to stay in business.
>> No. 12267 Anonymous
17th May 2018
Thursday 4:50 pm
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>> No. 12268 Anonymous
17th May 2018
Thursday 7:12 pm
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Well that's a lovely Indian place that seems to be doing very well for itself.

>> No. 12269 Anonymous
17th May 2018
Thursday 7:37 pm
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You're vastly underestimating the power of a mediocre, predictable restaurant. People want consistency and 'safe' choices. It's bizarre that this applies to the mid market but it definitely does. People basically either want to pay a tenner for a burger, twenty quid for a plate of pasta they've eaten a million times, or fifty quid for a plate of something they've never heard of, and those are the three tiers of restaurants in your average city (I won't count London as that's a different beast).

Most city venues exist on the back of client lunches and working travellers venturing outside their hotel with their meal allowance. In both cases, a medium-priced chain is what springs to their mind. They know what it is even if they've never been, and it's just costly enough to be reassuring, while still being cheap enough that you can expense it. And around the 20-30 mark on TripAdvisor is where these places lie.

Being #2 on local TripAdvisor is a fucking nightmare, mind. Especially if #1 is the Box Tree. I speak from experience. You really attract the wrong crowd with that sort of positioning. People either expecting michelin star or people angry that the Box Tree didn't let them in. Either way you've already failed their expectations just by existing. Fuck me what a stressful job that was.
>> No. 12270 Anonymous
17th May 2018
Thursday 9:35 pm
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What I've found with most of the top restaurants on TripAdvisor is that by the time they've got there they've started attracting so many clients and got so busy that they're not as good as they were when they first achieved that rating.

As the old saying goes "If everyone's talking about it you're at least three months late".

Maybe there are some truly fine dining Michelin starred restaurants out there that maintain standards and consistency throughout continued popular growth but I'm either too poor or too far away to find them. The best sushi restaurant in my city is absolutely fantastic but don't bother going on a Friday, Saturday or special occasion - you'll have an hour's wait for a table (even if you pre-booked) and once you do get seated the service simply can't keep up.
>> No. 12271 Anonymous
17th May 2018
Thursday 9:40 pm
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That makes me suspicious of the top-10 restaurant I visited earlier this year which was almost empty when I sat down at 8. It was midweek, but surely the distinction shouldn't be that stark.
>> No. 12272 Anonymous
17th May 2018
Thursday 9:53 pm
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The top two restaurants according to TripAdvisor in my town alright, Ossettlads? are almost always dead.
>> No. 12273 Anonymous
17th May 2018
Thursday 9:58 pm
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Top is subjective. Where are they? The Greek and Thai places that used to be pubs?
>> No. 12274 Anonymous
17th May 2018
Thursday 9:58 pm
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Relative, even. The top restaurant in Ossett isn't gonna compare to the top in London.
>> No. 12276 Anonymous
17th May 2018
Thursday 10:01 pm
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Yep. I've been to Malagor a few times and, even on a Saturday night, I don't think I've ever seen it much more than a third full.
>> No. 12277 Anonymous
17th May 2018
Thursday 10:06 pm
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That may have more to do with your town in general being almost always dead.
>> No. 12278 Anonymous
17th May 2018
Thursday 10:07 pm
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Well it should be self evident why. Who's going to eat at a money laundering front in Osset when a fiver's taxi ride will get you to the Brazillian carvery and the majesty of the Westgate run?
>> No. 12279 Anonymous
17th May 2018
Thursday 10:14 pm
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>the majesty of the Westgate run

Have you tried The Jolly Tap in Wakey? It's only £1 a pint on Thursdays.
>> No. 12280 Anonymous
18th May 2018
Friday 2:17 pm
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Brazillian Carvery? Where's that?
>> No. 12281 Anonymous
18th May 2018
Friday 3:50 pm
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> Brazillian carvery

This is wonderful and I'm going to steal it use it to mock those who rave about the knockoff rodizio joints springing up around the UK (although I did go to a fairly decent one in Liverpool once).

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