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[Oct. 3rd, 2005|10:51 am]
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Professionalism.

Discuss.
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[User Picture]From: clawsoftiamat
2005-10-03 04:10 pm (UTC)
No? ;)
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[User Picture]From: arcsine
2005-10-03 04:31 pm (UTC)
Heh, I guess so. Sometimes I hate being one of the few corporate slaves I know.
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[User Picture]From: clawsoftiamat
2005-10-03 06:09 pm (UTC)
Hah. That's cos I'm smarter than you......
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[User Picture]From: arcsine
2005-10-03 06:56 pm (UTC)
...But I'm better at putting computer desks together! *tbbht*
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[User Picture]From: clawsoftiamat
2005-10-03 07:21 pm (UTC)
I'm not denying that. But that's what men with testicles are for. ;)
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[User Picture]From: arcsine
2005-10-03 07:31 pm (UTC)
Heheheheh, you said testicles.

Seriously though, gender roles are another dumb thing. I know plenty if IT girls who whup my ass with their sk1llz, and I know at least one who's a hell of a lot better at fixing cars/carpentry/electrical work than I am. And I love to cook and know how to sew.
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[User Picture]From: clawsoftiamat
2005-10-03 07:34 pm (UTC)
I know that. I'm teasing. It's the perfect opportunity for a good gender-based jab. ;)

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[User Picture]From: recovry
2005-10-03 04:38 pm (UTC)
The fact of the matter is it is an necessary evil. If you want a job, you need to take life too seriously from at least 9 to 5 in the afternoon. In addition, professionalism is kind of a double edged sword. If you work for someone who has been in the field for a few years, their sense of professionalism is a bit arrogant and snide, which is hardly professional behavior.
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[User Picture]From: arcsine
2005-10-03 05:15 pm (UTC)
That kind of behavior irritates me, people who think that their title gives them clemency from acting like a self-important ass. Yes, filling tons of important duties does command some respect, but people tend to lose sight of whether they're getting that respect or not, and end up treating everyone like they don't know their importance.
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[User Picture]From: recovry
2005-10-04 07:48 am (UTC)
The bottom line is that we're all human beings. Regardless of your position in a company, or longevity with a company, ego is a dangerous thing to mix with a work environment.

That being said, the bigger the ego, the harder the fall.
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[User Picture]From: etcet
2005-10-03 05:21 pm (UTC)
. . . is not peeing on people.

However, some of them would probably smell better if we did.
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[User Picture]From: arcsine
2005-10-03 05:42 pm (UTC)
Heh, I always loved the comprehension through pugilation method.
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[User Picture]From: etcet
2005-10-03 08:10 pm (UTC)
which is similar to, but slightly different than, the Fonzarelli Method of Percussive Maintenance.
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[User Picture]From: arcsine
2005-10-03 08:27 pm (UTC)
I've always heard it referred to as the percussive troubleshooting method. I even had the Big Stick of Last Resort in the LAN room just for that purpose.
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[User Picture]From: ivynova
2005-10-03 05:23 pm (UTC)
Professionalism is important if you are younger than your co-workers and want to be taken seriously. An odd downside (other than the uppity jerks) is that once a professional-only attitute is established, it's difficult to socialize or even have a personal conversation.
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[User Picture]From: arcsine
2005-10-03 05:45 pm (UTC)
In IT it's a little easier, people tend to hold some faith in that whole "my kid can actually manage to program the VCR" mentality. In my work environment I've found that once you prove yourself to not just be a stupid kid trying to make more money than you should at your age, they warm up to you and start making the first moves towards more personal relationships.
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[User Picture]From: ivynova
2005-10-03 05:53 pm (UTC)
It's very different in education. The administrators and the rest of the staff are terribly segregated personally. Maybe it's just my school.
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[User Picture]From: arcsine
2005-10-03 06:57 pm (UTC)
I'd imagine they've got a pretty skewed perspective on the whole child vs adult thing, dealing with nothing but kids all day.
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[User Picture]From: chemicaljen
2005-10-04 01:42 am (UTC)
professionalism is giving 2 weeks notice when the bastards never gave you a raise.
its not looking up peoples sensitive information that you have access to,
and its being able to separate what you want to do from what you have to do - and being able to do it calmly and with poise.
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[User Picture]From: arcsine
2005-10-04 02:35 am (UTC)
Number 2 is definitely fine by me, I learned that lesson well. Was doing an audit on unauthorized use of network storage, came across one guy's stash of pr0n. Not just pr0n, but NASTY pr0n. Gah.
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