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By danielnicholson ·
I am an I.T. Professional and have a contract with a city school system. Things are are less than perect with the entire system suffering from gross mismanagement. The most recent incident involves an I.T. employee that was supposed to helping (hands on) with a roll out. He was given specific instruction of what his responsibilities were. In a total of 32 man hours (in which he honestly worked about 2.5 hours) I have lots of video of this person sleeping right in front of me when he should have been working, surfing the net, etc.

I brought this issue to the Director of IT, showed her the videos and basicly she was unresponsive.

What would you do?
exit the contract early? Go to the School Super?

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What are you THINKING?

by TechExec2 In reply to On a Contract and having ...

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Why do you care if this employee is not working as s/he should? What concern is it of yours?

You are a contractor. If I were you, I would stay completely out of employer-employee issues. Why are you injecting yourself into THEIR business like that?

Yeah. Go over the boss' head. That is REALLY going to help you win hearts and minds.

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School district employee is impeding his progress

by bschaettle In reply to What are you [I]THINKING[ ...

The orginal poster wrote: "...incident involves an I.T. employee that was supposed to helping (hands on) with a roll out."

What I gathered from this comment is that this (worthless) school district employee is impacting the contractor's ability to fulfill the contract. He needs to tell the school district that with "help" like this it's going to take a very long time for him to make good on the contract. Hopefully the contract has some clause about the client's obligations and responsibilities with respect to making dependable staff available in a timely manner.

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Think of the potential

by bigbigboss In reply to School district employee ...

Even if this sleeping beauty is impeding on his progress, he should complaint to the bossman about the lack of progress, not the sleeping.

Anyway, there should be some documentation about what this sleeping beauty, or the school board, has promise - like when to finish what. At the failure of delivery of these promises, a contractor should go to the bossman and lay out what was promised and what was not delivered, and ask for extention of that contract so that the contractor can do the work himself, with extra pay, of course.

You should always think about ways to make more money, not making other people to do what they supposed to do. And don't get upset if they don't do anything, just get the money.

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My take exactly

by Tony Hopkinson In reply to Think of the potential

Guy didn't post enough about what he was contracted to do, but unless it was a time and motion study he's going well wrong.

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Well you could assume that

by Tony Hopkinson In reply to School district employee ...

I wouldn't though.

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Is this really a contract?

by DeleteMyStuff In reply to School district employee ...

This sounds more like an losely defined, alternative form of employment without benefits, and less like a formal written contract.<br/><br/>
I've performed facilities management under contract for several companies. I've always had specific deliverables and performance requirements for both parties ...especially if I'm managing a resource that is not fully under my control.<br/><br/>
All I can say about "bonus" terms is that I've seen more contract disputes on performance bonuses than on any other single element of a contract. Unless every part of the tasking is under my direct control, I'm reluctant to even consider a performance bonus. It's a good way to discount your rates and lose control over your only means to make up the discount. My preference is to get paid based on the work performed, either hourly or a fixed amount per specified deliverables, and let my "bonus" be a good referral based on excellent quality work.

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Do you have a warrant...

by DeleteMyStuff In reply to On a Contract and having ...

<b>...for video surveillance?</b><br/><br/>
You may be treading on thin ice if you are spying on someone in an area where they have the presumption of privacy.<br/><br/>
It sounds like you are violating this person's privacy ...who in their right mind would sleep in an area that they presumed to be under continuous scrutiny. I hope you are an incorporated entity because a lawsuit could cost your <b>personal assets</b> in addition to losing your contract.

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Oh here is the deal...

by danielnicholson In reply to Do you have a warrant...

This person is supposed to report to me to help full time with this project and the completion was based on each person providing 40 man hours each week. His lack of work ethics is going to cost me a bonus for on time/ahead of schedule completion.

And when I say he sleeps, I mean RIGHT IN FRONT OF ME, He will stretch out on top of a teachers desk if the room is unoccupied, or most of the time just nod off for a hour if he can find a sleeping area or if I leave him alone.

I have video/picutres of his sleeping and have turned them over to the Dir of IT. What she chooses to do about this is out of my hands, but I got the felling she did not appreciate me bring this to her attention.

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Odd question

by Tig2 In reply to Oh here is the deal...

Are you responsible for a timed delivery? Are you providing progress reports to anyone?

When in a similar position, I simply identify the slippage and the cause of that slip. I make sure that the project sponsor has a constant awareness of the project.

In my opinion, the place where you missed was by putting the other employee's face on the problem. Even if it deserves to be there. De-personalise the problem and it is a problem again. Right now, it is a conflict.

Make a time weekly to communicate the project status to the Director as well as the risks. This includes time line slippage due to the lack of project resources committed when the project was scoped.

It's a difficult position as the employee is reporting to you and you carry the responsibility of project delivery on your shoulders.

Another approach might be to find out why this guy is sleeping on the job. A conversation might help here- there could be a root cause.

Good luck!

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Tiggy Wiggy!!!!! Why people sleep at work

by Oz_Media In reply to Odd question

Not that it's the case here but I once opened a satellite office with a guy who, as I later found out, suffered from narcolepsy.

So while I was working out deals and calling clients, I would hear BING,BING,BING,BING BING behind me as he doexd of with his hand on the mouse. A quick nudge and he'd come to, be fine and then withing 20 minitues, BING,BING,BING,BING BING again.

It was actually quite funny, **** I was making money hand over fist anyway, but due to other 'political' issues with the company we were working for, we ended up closing the office. Goo dthing though, if you walked out our back door, it was 7 counted steps until we were in the back door of our favorite watering hole. Liquid lunches anyone? Talk about a daily 3 hour **** up, we rarely went back to the office after lunch and ended up schmoozing our clients at the pub instead. Oh well, most are still clients of mine anyway, no great loss. But a funny issue with a friend who I found out has a medical isue that just caused him to sleep as soon as it was quiet for 30 second (really, 30 seconds and it was lights out for him, poor guy!).

Sorry about the tiggy wiggy thing, its been a looooooong day, tomorrow's even longer! groan!

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