disciplining employees

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Everything a Government Employee Needs to Know About Defying Illegal Presidential Orders
Imagine you’re a midlevel staffer in a federal department—any federal department. You come into work one morning in your drab Washington office and lea ...

“ … Although the president can fire Cabinet officials, such as the attorney general, for almost any reason, most government employees aren’t so easy to get rid of. Civil servants—that is, the rank-and-file members who make up the vast majority of the federal government—also take an oath to uphold the Constitution, some version of which has been used since the first Congress. Moreover, federal law (5 U.S.C. §2302(b)(9)(D), if you’re curious) makes it illegal to remove a civil servant “for refusing to obey an order that would require the individual to violate a law.” … “

“ … So what is a career civil servant who’s being asked to execute an illegal order supposed to do? The combination of the servant’s oath of office (which promises to uphold the Constitution) and the civil-service law (which forbids disciplining employees who won’t break the law) makes the answer clear: just say no. … “

“ … But say you do refuse to go along with a likely illegal order. What happens then? After all, your superiors—who, if you go high enough up the chain, will eventually be political appointees, subject to direct presidential control—presumably won’t agree that President Trump’s orders violate the law. If you’re fired or suspended for refusing to execute an unlawful order, the Merit Systems Protection Board steps in. The MSPB exists to protect and enforce the civil-service requirements, including the protection against being required to execute illegal or unconstitutional orders. To do that, it’s empowered to hear appeals regarding civil servants’ terminations, reductions in pay, or suspensions. … “

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Tips on making up a religion for fun and prophet

Almost all religions have some form of laity/clergy distinction, but the gap and nature of this distinction can vary wildly. Clergy can be hereditary, chosen by others, choose themselves; they can be important for their scholarship, unique relationship with the divine, or because of the special disciplines and practices they employee; they can be powerful and influential, or simply technicians performing a needed, but not respectable, function.

Religions tend to have rituals regarding the treatment and disposal of corpses. Corpses are frequently sen as a source of impurity, but this is not always the case. Frequently, what one religion sees a the proper treatment of corpses is seen by another as desecration.

Most religions allow conversion, although conversion can be extremely difficult – or extremely easy. Some do not allow conversion at all. Evangelism can be seen as paramount, or permissible, or irrelevant, or forbidden.

Some religions are concerned with questions of purity and impurity. When purity is a matter of concern, there are rituals to cleanse impurities, but some may be seen as irrevocable.

Monasticism is generally more common in religions that have a high view of the distinction between clergy and laity.

Just Me (Eisuke/MC)

There are implications of something NSFW, but it’s nothing detailed.

I love protective voltage guys!

“What’s the problem here?” (y/n)‘s eyes widened as the familiar voice spoke up, what was Eisuke doing here? Looking up from her bowed form, she watched as her boyfriend stop next to her and the guest that was just previously yelling at her.

“Mr. I-Ichinomya!” The man before her recognized him, meaning he was an important guest, she really messed up this time. She could already hear Eisuke nagging at her about being rude to hotel guests. “It’s nice to see you again.”

“Hm.” Eisuke responded, “Tell me what happened?” His eyes met with her’s but (y/n) quickly looked away.

“I had just returned from playing at the casino and I found this maid of yours in my room.” The man turned his lecherous gaze back to (y/n), and she could feel her skin crawl as a result. “She was trying to seduce me.”

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anonymous asked:

Togami, I admire your discipline. You give your employees only what they can manage so long as they act on their full abilities, raising the bar for success by making the organization function at its best and no more. After all, only weak leaders need to dominate their subordinates. Because it's your nature to stand above others you never hold anyone to the lofty standards you hold yourself to, allowing them to fail if necessary and never giving yourself the same luxury. Your whole life is 110%.

Hmph. I hardly see that as a compliment.

….a Togami strives for perfection…and I may be the only one left…I cannot afford any mistakes.

“How To Be A Good Customer At A Retail Store!” by Crylie

It doesn’t take years and years of working in retail to experience horrible customers; they come in every day, in every shape and size. While I am a cashier at one store, I am also a customer at others, and want everyone to know that there are two sides of the coin but both sides are needed to make a harmonious experience. Ok, let’s get down to it.

Originally posted by humoristics


DO:

  • Ask for help when you need it! Employees can’t read your mind but should be trained to take initiative at least, and any good employee will ask you first while you are shopping if there’s anything you need. If you need help don’t be passive aggressive! Employees are busier than you might think they are and will not stand around watching your minute body-language. Make eye-contact, smile and always say ‘Excuse me’, ‘please’ and ‘thank you’!
  • Be patient in long lines! Have respect for the employees as well as fellow shoppers by waiting in line patiently. Sometimes lines are fucking long but that isn’t necessarily the fault of the cashier or employee ringing up purchases. Situations can obviously vary, but it’s best to go into a situation giving kindness, patience and the benefit of the doubt from the start.
  • Mention negative employee conduct to a manager! While doing this do your best to remain calm and to the point–a manager can almost always discipline an employee. Patience and understanding is key here. A manager will want to know what happened in the situation in exact detail so they can know how to properly handle the problem, and it makes it really hard for a manager to process the information when you’re yelling or throwing insults. If the manager is unwilling to understand the problem or is being difficult themselves, request the information to go above their heads to upper-management or whomever is in charge of the branch. In a lot of cases you as a customer can file a conduct report to higher-management. Despite what you think, you can do this all without yelling, insults, sarcasm or general tantrum-throwing–if not for the sake of the employees, then for the sake of your fellow shoppers. 
  • Yelp! Yelp! Yelp! Most retail stores have a Yelp! account online and some stores thrive heavily from their ratings and reviews. Did an employee go the extra mile for you today to give you what you needed? Did they help to solve your problem when a negative happened in the store? Get their name and give them a positive review! Even in a majorly negative shopping experience, if there was anything positive that happened (good customer service, and individual employee or manager who helped you out or gave you that $5-Off coupon or discount for your troubles) it is best to find it and make other consumers aware of these aspects of the store, both positive and negative, by reviewing on Yelp!

DO NOT:

  • Don’t make a problem you have with a product or the store policy the personal fault of any employee or manager! A lot of the time in retail, managers and employees have either little to absolutely no control of store policies or even store product quality. This obviously varies, however, but it’s best to start out kindly and to the point when you have an in-store problem. A good employee or manager will try to fix your problem as best as their abilities will allow them to while in their specific position. The buck, unfortunately, may not stop with the managers at the store for certain issues so do not take the problems of the store or franchise/company and place them onto an employee’s shoulders–they’re probably making minimum wage and working multiple jobs to get through school. Trust me, they’re not the ones you need to be pissed at for rip off store policies.
  • Don’t make a mess! It is seen countless times in retail: clothing or items strewn all over the floor under racks, empty hangers left on rounders, piles of clothing on dressing room floors. It is a nightmare to any employee that has been working on their feet for 8 hours picking up after everyone. Be courteous to them as well as fellow shoppers; it’s not just you in the store and clothing on the floor is a tripping hazard.
  • Don’t bring in any food or drinks! I know what you’re thinking: “But there’s no sign”. Listen to me for a sec ok; there is no reason why it should seem like an OK thing for you to do to bring your Jamba Juice, can of Coke, Arizona tea or chocolate shake into a store that may be filled with things like books and clothing. One spill and you’re stuck with feeling like an ass, maybe having to pay for something soiled and the employee who is wiping up your mess is gonna wind up being chastised or even written-up for not asking you to dispose of your beverage in time before you fucked up and ruined a $50 sweater. Yea, that happens. Whether there’s a sign or no, it should be common sense for you to finish your vittles outside of the store. Don’t be a fuck-head, dude.
  • Don’t try to haggle or push for a discount! This is one of the most annoying things you can do to an employee. It puts them in an awkward position because they have to say ‘No’ or respond with a negative answer and that’s not what they are really there to do. It also may not be up to a cashier or floor employee as to whether or not they can bestow discounts or price reductions. That power usually belongs to the managers solely and you can probably bet they already have a set policy on discounts (ex. for damaged items or incorrectly priced items). Just because you are polite to the cashier, it doesn’t mean you deserve a discount. You’re not entitled to anything just because you walked into the store that day and you need to pay the listed price of your item just like most everyone else does. Get over yourself.
  • Don’t let your children loose! It is not the responsibility of the employee to make sure your child does not ruin items, disturb other customers or hurt themselves. Children can get more injured in retail stores than you think, they are not play-places and may have floors that can have items like censor-tags (sharp needled buttons filled with permanent ink) and other things brought in from the many customers walking around the floor all day long. Generally, employees and other customers find good-natured and active children endearing and loud-laughter is usually (from what I’ve seen) totally tolerable. Kids are kids! However, if your children are misbehaving loudly or screaming or literally running through the store, you need to take care of the problem outside of the store. Sorry, parenting can suck and sometimes shopping for one simple item can be drawn out into a 4-hour event, but trust me, everyone around you will appreciate the effort you make to keep the atmosphere pleasant and it is good to keep in mind that employees and other shoppers don’t deserve to deal with your bad parenting. Don’t be pissed off if you’re asked to leave because of your misbehaving children; it’s sometimes the only option for a manager faced with a possible lawsuit.
  • Don’t be dismissive, demanding or rude toward employees! This is pretty fucking simple but so many customers feel like there’s no need to “go the extra mile” and be kind and friendly toward employees. Employees are trained to make you their top priority and though it is important to sell items in order to make a living wage at the end of the day, kindness is usually genuine and greatly appreciated. Employees are not robots without feelings or personalities, and though the way our economic and social system works under Capitalism, there are still real people underneath all that corporate jazz that deserve to be treated with respect and humility. It sucks to realize, but you’re an asshole if you think they owe you something special while you’re apathetic and dismissive toward them–and that goes for people in general. Yes, we know they work for the customer, but a little gratefulness goes a long way.
  • Don’t ever use profanity directed at an employee or manager! We know you’re frustrated, but there are others who are present and perhaps children. You’re being a giant prick. You’re allowed to be dissatisfied, angry even, but profanity is always, always, always unnecessary. I can tell you this: while employees are there to help you and while they must generally follow the “Customer is Always Right” creed, there are still employee protection procedures that will be enacted if you are acting outrageous or aggressive. Profanity is usually not tolerated and you will be warned any number of times before being asked to leave. If you’re calling on the phone, expect to be hung up on after calling an employee a “stupid bitch” or a “fucking idiot”. Employees are not obligated to deal with over-the-line abuse. While in the store, don’t push it; they are itching to call the cops on you, and they will smile as they place a ban on you from ever entering the premise again. And you deserve it, you fuck. 
  • DO NOT TRY TO COME INTO THE STORE WITHIN 10-15 MIN. OF CLOSING! Within that last time frame, stores are preparing to close which can be a very long process because it includes closing out registers and cleaning the entire floor for business the following day. Most retail stores will turn off their music or warn each customer with a, “Hey guys just so you know we’ll be closing in the next few minutes!” That is your queue to buy what you’re going to buy NOW–this does NOT mean run to the dressing room to try a couple more things on, this does NOT mean continue shopping and this does NOT mean doing anything that will make the staff wait after closing-time for you to shop. Yes, most stores have a policy forcing employees to allow you in if you’re just coming in right before closing, but come on, that’s fucking rude. Many employees have been on their feet for 8 hours and, because they aren’t robots, they need to fucking sleep so they can come back again in the morning to serve you. Many employees have to go home to homework or even leave to get to a second job and you need to be aware of that. Store hours are created to benefit the consumer so you can bet your bottom that it’ll still be there tomorrow. Always remember: You’re not entitled to anything special because you’re not fucking special.
  • DO NOT KNOCK ON THE STORE DOORS BEFORE OPENING TIME! If you see employees walking around in the store, they aren’t shopping or wasting time–they are preparing the store for you to come in and shop. They are cleaning, counting in their registers, preparing employee schedules and whatnot. You shaking the locked door or constantly knocking is distracting and really rude. 
  • Don’t belittle new employees! They are literally trying their best even if it seems they are only careless to you. Causing a shit-stink about a new employee who made a mistake can cost them their job–in this economy, where even minimum wage jobs are hard to come by in most places, that is royally fucked up. As I’ve mentioned before, retail employees are usually students or employees with multiple jobs whose livelihood depends on the money they are making. Even shaming them or making fun of them for fumbling or doing something incorrectly is shitty, does not help the situation and is extremely unnecessary because with a quick ring for the manager, they together can help solve the problem and send you on your merry way. 


All of this can’t possibly sound too hard to do (or NOT do), can it? Don’t be “that customer” and start acting with, and treating others with, a bit o’ dignity. And, truth be told, in a completely fucked situation where employees are unkind, unfriendly and totally NOT accommodating–if a product is horrible, low quality or disappointing–you have to option to never go there again, to not purchase the shitty item. It sucks, but it’s best to be the bigger person for your sake as well as everyone else’s to just never come back to that store.


Thanks for reading, hope you learned something!! <3

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i hate it when parents try to use employees to discipline their kids but this time i got to pull an ‘actually i am the manager’ and scare a small child at the same time so i’m letting it slide

The Staples story illustrates the environment of so many contemporary American workplaces, where employees are treated with contempt and suspicion while being told how much they’re loved. The original Buzzfeed story contains a Staples memo threatening part-time employees with discipline up to termination if they clock in for more than 25 hours in a week. The memo ends with, “I appreciate and value you.” I’m sure that warmed the workers’ hearts.

There may be some part-time workers who find that in response to the ACA’s insurance mandate, their employers try to limit their hours in the way Staples is doing. That’s why Republicans want to change the mandate’s definition of full-time employment from 30 to 40 hours. But we should be clear about what would happen if Republicans got their way. Some number of people like those at Staples might be able to work a few more hours (though if Staples is telling the truth, it wouldn’t matter for their part-timers, because they’re adamant about keeping them below 25 hours regardless). But a much larger group — full-time hourly workers — would then be in danger of losing their health coverage.