Disclaimer: Nothing was used in an obscene manner, (or so you might believe otherwise). The usual disclaimers also apply.
It's been a while since I have made a post here due to numerous issues
For those that may not be up on it. I am the Regional (Midwest), IT Service Support Manager for a large national company that is expanding like a lazy kid eating Oreos, and is going international in about a year…..
I am in charge of making sure that IT Service and Support for three plants in three separate states (Each plant having 2-5 production lines, warehouse facilities, admin areas, testing, and shipping areas), are approx 400,000 sq ft. Total cost of plants that I provide operation support for approx approx. 250 million dollars….
This past April, we opened the third regional facility for the Midwest US.
One of the biggest issues was dealing with some of the more "younger" members of the facility project team. One of them was the Project Manager, (We'll call him, "PM" for short.)
PM spends a lot of time on his laptop doing emails, etc…
His job was to essentially to "manage the project", (ie: Coordinate between the contractors, vendors, etc..and the company and get construction issues fixed). He's a young guy, probably 24-26 years old, pretty much fresh out of college and his work experience in leading projects is lacking.
One of the main examples….
Each site has finger biometric time clocks, (KRONOS), to be able to clock in and out, and in and out for lunch, etc..) Occasionally these time clocks will go goofy, and will be required to be reset by the IT team. This simply requires the IT tech to remove the three hex nuts with the special wrench, pull the cover, and unplug the network, power, and POE cables, and wait 30 seconds and replug. All in all takes more time to unscrew the hex nuts than anything else.
When the two clocks were installed by Local Contractor Electrical Union 101 (Union Motto is "That ain't my job!"), who completely ignored the original instructions on where and how they were to be mounted and literally installed them side by side about three inches apart. Not only did this NOT allow for servicing of the clocks, (We couldn't get the wrench in there), but they were so close together that two people standing side by side, couldn't use the clocks, so it was useless.
I noticed this and brought it up to PM.
"We gotta get these clocks fixed." I told him.
He looked at me and blinked.
He asked me what's wrong with them.
I told him.
He nodded slowly.
I could see the glazed "I dunno." look in his eyes.
"Come with me." I said.
I show him the clocks.
He looks at them and says "Okayyyyyyyyyyyy…."
I then explain to him the situation, and even show the wrench and how it can't be used. Then we play the game of "We're both employees trying to use the clocks at the same time and Notice how we can't do so because they are too close together?"
Slowly I see the realization in his eyes.
"Instructions were for these to be installed 3 feet apart for privacy, service access and employee use." I tell him. "We need to get this fixed."
"Yeaaaaaaaaaaah…" he says.
"Can you get this done?" I ask him.
"Yeaaaaaaaaaah…" He says again.
"Can you send me an email once you have this coordinated?" I ask him.
"Yeaaaaaaaaaaah…." He says the third time.
So we go back to what we are doing, but deep down I am thinking "This isn't going to happen."
For the next four days as I am on the plant I keep checking on the clocks. Sure enough, they are still there and haven't been touched.
I send him two emails about it. No response.
Finally I catch him in the break room getting something to drink.
"What's the status on the clocks?" I ask him.
"Oh yeahhhhh…" He says. He looks over at them. "Well I dunno…"
"What do you mean you don't know? We discussed this FOUR DAYS ago, and I thought you were handling it." I said to him.
PM looks around. "Well…yeah it's messed up, but I'm not sure what I can do. I think we're gonna have to have a meeting about it."
I looked at him. "A meeting?"
He nodded and blinked his eyes.
I looked at him. "We don't need to have a meeting. We know the problem. We know what needs to be done. We need to find the contract super, show him what is wrong and where it needs to be and have him assign someone to fix it. We don't need to have a sit down feel good discussion on this."
He just looked at me.
I turned around and walked off as I was irritated. 10 minutes later I had found the Site Contractor Super, and showed him the issue. He looked at the plans, confirmed that Local Union 101 ("It ain't our job!"), had ignored the instructions and put in the wrong place.
"Can you remove it and reinstall it by tomorrow?" I asked him.
He nods and says "That's one of the easier things to do. Sure."
Twenty minutes later there's a contractor removing the clock. By the end of the day, the clock had been removed, reinstalled, reconfigured, and the hole in the wall sealed up. All was good.
The next morning, I am working on the wireless network, when PM comes up and tells me. "Hey I got the coordination done for the time clocks."
I look at him blankly and nod over towards them with my head.
He turns to see them fixed.
"Oh." He says as his face fell flat.
In my nice "fatherly NCO tone of voice" I said: "PM…you are the Project Manager for this site; Manager The Project, DO NOT let the Project manage you…which is what you are currently doing."
He nodded and walked off….
It's the current "folly of youth", I think. We've had young college graduate intern electrical engineers, that couldn't even read blueprints, or even know what basic electrical symbols were on diagrams.
Maybe I'm just shaking my rake and screaming "Get off my lawn!", but damn….four days???…
So I thought that was it with him….
But I was wrong…
Two weeks later we were having a meeting session with him because he had given the okay to have the air conditioners, installed in the wrong location….