Friday, 13 November 2009

Company Crap

Today, we got this presentation from the company (I shall leave as unnamed) on workplace violence.

Part of the presentation had to do with perpetrators....folks who show history of violent behavior, intimidation of folks, substance abuse, often making veiled threats, etc. I sat there and kept thinking....if HR would do their actual job....you wouldn’t have guys like this hired.

Under my six years with SAIC....we rarely ever saw anyone with issues. We had the one guy with issues of working in a windowless environment.....but otherwise, no one was ever a “nut-type”. The HR guys with SAIC always asked for reference, and tended to look for people who had worked with you and could vouch for you.

My present company? Zero effort on references or checking folks out.

Typically....they just look for a guy willing to work for a pretty low amount of money. Otherwise, they don’t care about his character. Once you look around the contractor world....you start to notice alot of these lackluster efforts.

So I sat there laughing for a while....here’s a neat presentation....the first of its type in five years of employment with this company. They’ve brought in a number of folks with emotional and character issues....but these were folks who agreed to work for less.

I'm kinda wondering who the presentation was geared for...because it really doesn't help any of us working with the 'problem children'.

The Fort Hood Shooter

It’s hard to find a better analyst of America than Charles Krauthammer. This weeks article....Medicalizing Mass Murder....probably asks the some questions that people want to avoid. The entire article circles around the Fort Hood shooter and his accomplishment.

Charles writes.....after all the comments from writers about popular story lines appear about soldiers returning from ‘the war’:

They suffered. He listened. He snapped.

Really? What about the doctors and nurses, the counselors and physical therapists at Walter Reed Army Medical Center who every day hear and live with the pain and the suffering of returning soldiers? How many of them then picked up a gun and shot 51 innocents?

Then Charles comes to the five-star moment….describing the hour-long training seminar that the shooter gave to fellow medical associates at Walter Reed Hospital….describing “the Koranic view of military service, jihad and war. It included an allegedly authoritative elaboration of the punishments visited upon nonbelievers -- consignment to hell, decapitation, having hot oil poured down your throat. This "really freaked a lot of doctors out," reported NPR”.

At various stages….in most work atmospheres….people would have said enough and just pulled the guy out….done the paperwork….and terminated him from government service. Yet, everyone overlooked his eccentric nature and gave him a free pass.

The problem here….is that you had a absolute nut…..who should have been seen as a nut, identified as a nut, and out processed as a nut. No one was willing to cross that line and do the right thing.