I keep hearing about this internet thing. Maybe some day I will try it.

Guy at work is calling me, should I respond?

Ugh the week is over and they are still driving me nuts

We have a couple new guys. One of the idiot bosses had one of them replace a PC and he did it without making sure everything was functional. Now something isn't working and the new guy is calling me for help (my week is over unless there is an emergency). This was poorly planned and should have been done earlier in the week when more people were around.

I wouldn't mind helping the guy out but don't want to set a precedent that I will be available right away whenever he calls especially due to somebody else's fuck up.

I have either had to stay over or have been called at home 5 times over the past week or so with no extra pay so not too eager to jump into this.

What would you guys do?  Am I a dick for not wanting to get involved?
Permalink the dot 
May 19th, 2017 8:30pm
Can't you fix it on Monday?
Permalink SaveTheHubble 
May 19th, 2017 8:54pm
Press the fuck you button when they call.
Permalink Wabi-sabi 
May 19th, 2017 9:01pm
> Can't you fix it on Monday?

I think it can wait until I get back.  Or he can hook the old computer back up for now  but do I have to tell him that?  Maybe someone is putting pressure on him.  I don't mind helping but don't want to set a precedent here because then he'll expect an immediate response from me whenever he calls.

I am the on call person this week but that's for critical stuff only.  This is important but not mission critical.
Permalink the dot 
May 19th, 2017 9:05pm
> Press the fuck you button when they call.

Haha.  He texted me, I didn't hear it and then he called and left a message about 20 minutes later.

We kinda have to look out for each other since the place is such a clusterfuck, but after the week I've had, I don't really care to deal with anything work related.
Permalink the dot 
May 19th, 2017 9:07pm
text back on Sunday night "sorry bro was having my first threesome when you tried to contact me"

nobody will argue with those priorities
Permalink Wabi-sabi 
May 19th, 2017 9:14pm
> don't want to set a precedent

lol don't you pay any attention to what you write? :) Half the time you answer your own questions!

Don't set a precedent.

There you go, I spelled it out for you. Cheers.
Permalink , Cup 
May 19th, 2017 9:33pm
I did set a precedent.....almost two hours later.  Probably shouldn't have sent anything at all tho.  I don't want these guys thinking they can text/call me whenever and expect an immediate response.
Permalink the dot 
May 19th, 2017 9:38pm
Fuck money! I don't rap for dead presidents. I'd rather see the President {dead} It's never been said, but I set precedents.
Permalink Wabi-sabi 
May 19th, 2017 9:39pm
> shouldn't have sent anything at all tho

no.

Never do anyone else's job. You do yours, they do theirs, and if they fail to do theirs then they must carry the can. You never get any recognition or credit for anything good that comes out of it, they do; and for anything bad that comes out if it, you get the blame.

The only exception to doing someone else's job is if they beg you to do a specific task and they promise you a favour in return. And even then you must weigh up the consequences carefully. Anf if you don't like the potentials, simply make an excuse and an apology and don't do the task.
Permalink , Cup 
May 19th, 2017 10:34pm
You have a point Cup.  This is what I think happened:

Big Boss (boss's boss) assigned new co-worker a project to replace this PC.

Big Boss went on vacation

Co-worker put it off and hurried to finish the job before boss gets back. 

Someone told the big boss that something isn't working

Big boss asks co-worker why this isn't working

The co-worker calls me to bail him out

I think that's what happened but don't know for sure.
Permalink the dot 
May 19th, 2017 10:40pm
Replacing a PC?  Are you trolling?

If the boss and the employee can't set up a PC, then neither of them is qualified for anything.

Turn off your phone and pager.
Permalink FSK 
May 19th, 2017 11:25pm
> Replacing a PC?  Are you trolling?

Yes and not trolling.  It's an IT support gig which involves programming, not a programming position.

> If the boss and the employee can't set up a PC, then neither of them is qualified for anything.

The boss (boss's boss that I'm referring to) has no college degree and had no IT experience whatsoever when he was appointed to the position.  No joke. 

The employee knows how to setup PC's but he didn't make sure everything was correct before turning it over to the department.

> Turn off your phone and pager.

If I wasn't on call this week, I would.  The on call is for super critical stuff only.  This wasn't super critical.
Permalink the dot 
May 19th, 2017 11:30pm
If they're calling you and waking you up for stuff that isn't critical, then they're abusing the on call and you turn off the pager.

At least turn it off when you're sleeping.  It can wait for the morning.
Permalink FSK 
May 19th, 2017 11:37pm
> If they're calling you and waking you up for stuff that isn't critical, then they're abusing the on call and you turn off the pager.

When they woke me up, it was actually for critical stuff.  But I had to take it upon myself to get on corporate after being woken up two nights in a row because there was something wrong and they weren't fixing it.

The stuff tonight wasn't critical, just a co-worker asking for help. 

> At least turn it off when you're sleeping.  It can wait for the morning.

That's when I need to have it on (when I'm scheduled to be on call) because our group has nobody on site then.  I work in manufacturing and it's a 24/7 operation so our group has an on call rotation.
Permalink the dot 
May 19th, 2017 11:42pm
It isn't a rotation if you're always doing it.

If they fire you, then the other people are going to be EVEN MORE overworked.

You have more leverage than you think.
Permalink FSK 
May 19th, 2017 11:45pm
> It isn't a rotation if you're always doing it.

I don't always do it.  We switch every week

I do keep my phone on 24/7 and should turn it off when not on call

> If they fire you, then the other people are going to be EVEN MORE overworked.

True
Permalink the dot 
May 19th, 2017 11:47pm
You have clear evidence that there is no satisfactory and unambiguous written-up procedure for setting up a boss's boss's PC.

Make its creation a priority and claim the credit.
Permalink trollop 
May 20th, 2017 1:07am
You replied, so it's a moot point.  Your company will keep thinking "dot is always there when we need him, we can bother him at all times with issues and he will resolve them".  You may think that is a good thing, but it's clear they are taking advantage of it.

Enjoy your new role as go-to guy and say goodbye to your free time.
Permalink Ruseman 
May 20th, 2017 7:15am
7/10 Troll Score
Permalink Yoda 
May 20th, 2017 7:22am
> You replied, so it's a moot point.  Your company will keep thinking "dot is always there when we need him, we can bother him at all times with issues and he will resolve them".  You may think that is a good thing, but it's clear they are taking advantage of it.

I've probably been there longer than the rest of them combined (yet have not been rewarded for it).  The guys I have worked with the longest know better than to call/e-mail.  I am going to have to educate these new guys.  The guy later sent an e-mail updating the entire group of his progress and dropped me name as someone he was in contact with.  And THEN he said they have ANOTHER computer to use that they can perform the function with.  Ugh.

Maybe I need to sit down and tell him no off hour calls unless it's an emergency?

> Enjoy your new role as go-to guy and say goodbye to your free time.

No, I'm going to have to draw the line somewhere.  This hasn't been an issue for awhile but this past week or two has been a bitch for some reason.  Not sure if it's pre-meditated or just a coincidence.
Permalink . 
May 20th, 2017 8:58am
> You have clear evidence that there is no satisfactory and unambiguous written-up procedure for setting up a boss's boss's PC.

He's performing a task assigned by the boss's boss, not working on his PC.

> Make its creation a priority and claim the credit.

And then I am in the dog house for stepping on someone else's toes.  It's like I'm often in a no-win situation, damned if I do, damned if I don't.
Permalink . 
May 20th, 2017 8:59am
> 7/10 Troll Score

Scratching my head

Nothing I've posted isn't been true.  Why would anyone make this shit up?  Is this place THAT dysfunctional?  Perhaps I have dealt with it for so long that it's become normal?
Permalink . 
May 20th, 2017 9:03am
"What would you guys do?"

Call your boss at home to verify if the coworker is your boss. Also get your boss to authorize your paid overtime.
Permalink Pestular Croaker 
May 20th, 2017 2:00pm
Am I imagining things or did my snarky comment get deleted?
Permalink NPR 
May 20th, 2017 3:29pm