What is happening at work?

judiz

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Management is trying to come up with a way we can read stories to the kids online, daycare age don’t understand why they can’t go to school and be with their teacher and friends.
 

Dave of the North

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Not exactly about work (since I'm retired) but we had our first Toastmasters online meeting tonight which went pretty well except my sister called in the middle of it, I figured Mrs Dave would answer it - but - she was in the bathroom at the time - meanwhile someone from the bridge club is messaging us trying to set up a team game for 8 PM. ah, the good old days of multi-tasking - I'm so glad to be mostly done with that. :lol:
 

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I went back to work today after being off last week. It was very interesting, screening done at the door and only dire needs allowed inside, one or two at a time. We look after government benefits so considered essential services, although management came around asking if we had a desktop or laptop at home, just in case. I was totally impressed with how clients displayed patience and understanding. And the staff, only six of us instead of twelve, really worked together as a team.
 

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Ok so we did a zoom staff meeting this morning where the principal talked about how we have to do this, we have to do that. A laundry list. And just casually drops that many "families" say their students are "feeling sick." No follow up questions were allowed. :rolleyes:
 

MacMadame

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I just completed a Zoom bike trainer session (like a Spin class but on our own bikes) and the coach is going to have dry-land swim sessions and strength sessions too, one every night at 6pm.
 

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My first day back at the office was pretty crazy. We came in with 72 applications for SNAP assistance in the queue, and no matter how many we registered more dropped in to replace them. For the first 4 hours of the day we stayed at 72 apps in the work queue. 95% were from people who have either been laid off or flat out terminated due to the *********.

Luckily after lunch we caught a break, I guess, and got the applications down to "just 42." :scream:
 

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I am down to only three students out of ninety still out of the loop. We have until Monday to track them down and hook them in. We are making available school laptops to take home, and today I have to figure out if free wifi to students is actually a thing or just a Facebook meme. I know that all three do have access to a smartphone, so worst case scenario they can access the content and do handwritten work they photo and send in.

Mr. Cass who is a salesman and whose company only started putting the brakes on this week has 101 F fever this morning. :(
 

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Did my first counseling session via Skype this morning and that went without a hitch! Yay! (I'm technically challenged as are many of my clients!) Also, feedback on the "class pack" I put together was positive - they used the first "pack in class this morning - watched a DVD and then had discussion as guided by instructions on the handouts. I feel horrible that these men are cooped up in close quarters, but they live at the shelter and have no place else to go, so we are doing our best to keep them moving forward in their lives despite the beer burden (valid) concerns. I feel relieved that things are working out as planned, so far, in my little corner of the universe.
 

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We were already short staffed in the lab and believed our workload in the blood bank would decrease this week, due to the elective surgery being cancelled.
During the day we process lots of specimens from pre-admission as well as patients going to the OR that day, and we are constantly issuing blood to the OR and taking calls from them.
The evening shift is responsible for doing the OR schedule- checking all the patients going for surgery the next day and crossmatching any blood that is needed.
So we no longer need to do any of that, just deal with any emergency surgeries but our workload is just as heavy because of the increase of suspected ********* patients coming into the ER.
ER staff is really stressed, no surprise.
What we can’t understand is why they are drawing so many specimens on these patients and ordering so many tests, especially for the blood bank.
If someone comes in with flu symptoms it is highly unlikely they are going to need to be transfused, so what is the point of this? We’ve begged and pleaded to the supervisors to speak to the ER staff about over-ordering, to no avail, apparently it is out of our hands.
New York Blood Center supplies most of the blood, plasma and platelets to the other (much larger) hospitals in our network and have now reduced their standing orders.
Our hospital deals mainly with a smaller supplier, who, knock on wood, is still able to give us our standing orders.
Our blood bank would normally cut back due to the surgeries being cancelled but we have been told not to decrease our standing orders. We need to receive everything we’d normally get and then send excess inventory to the other hospitals.
Our supervisor managed to obtain personal-sized hand sanitizer for us and gave each of us two of them. Most of us wanted to keep one at work and take one hone. We were warned to be very careful if we want to take one off the premises, because security is checking bags on the way out.
 

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My work moved to 100% remote on March 12, mostly without a hitch. I have gone in a few times (I can walk to work and pretty much no one else is in the whole building) to check mail, make deposits etc. EOD Wednesday we are going into Shelter in Place mode. My boss is convinced that we qualify as an exception and I can keep going in; I've reviewed the official list and I'm not seeing it. We are allowed to go for socially distant walks, so I'm not that fussed if my walk takes me to the office, but I'm a little like, really?
 

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I am down to only three students out of ninety still out of the loop. We have until Monday to track them down and hook them in. We are making available school laptops to take home, and today I have to figure out if free wifi to students is actually a thing or just a Facebook meme.
It's been working for my students. This is a pretty good guide.
 

allezfred

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People ringing me up trying to sort out their work from home connections to the VPN since noone wants to deal with the actual IT person. :rolleyes:
 

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We have a temp at work who would do anything to get out of the weekend shift. We’ve heard the most far fetched stories ever like how she needs a police escort to bring her to work after she was mugged because someone said she told of drug dealers (the whole story was a lie) and she really is on a final warning.
Worked with a woman like that. We used to go out at lunch and read the tabloid headlines, then place bets on which outlandish story would be the one she would tell us happened to her or someone in her family.
 

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Worked with a woman like that. We used to go out at lunch and read the tabloid headlines, then place bets on which outlandish story would be the one she would tell us happened to her or someone in her family.
I work with a woman who is like that. Some crazy disease would always happen to her kids so she'd always have to leave early. They swallowed a rock, a quarter. They had 109 degree fever. Finally one day we just said to her "We know, they ate a giraffe."
 

MacMadame

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My company just sent us an email that our Q1 sales will probably be as big as all of last year's sales combines. It's totally because of this situation. It's very weird to me.
 

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I went back to work today after being off last week. It was very interesting, screening done at the door and only dire needs allowed inside, one or two at a time. We look after government benefits so considered essential services, although management came around asking if we had a desktop or laptop at home, just in case. I was totally impressed with how clients displayed patience and understanding. And the staff, only six of us instead of twelve, really worked together as a team.
My husband is turning 65 and has to sign up for Medicare. And Social Security had his name wrong so it couldn’t be done online. But we talked to a very nice lady at Medicare today who signed him up, pending our bringing our marriage certificate and his Green Card to the security guard at the SS building, who will bring it to one of the few on-site employees, who will verify them and then he will be official.

She discovered we are happily married and we discovered she’s working at home in PJs and misses having three monitors. :rofl: It was such a pleasant call. So know that your clients are grateful you’re still working!
 

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I have been working from home on a virtual desktop (VDI) on my home computer, twice a week for years and now five days a week at least through April.

But they're trying to move away from the VDI and have everyone bring their work laptops home for teleworking. I have brought mine home the other week, but I still can't hook it up to my monitor so I'm still mostly working on the VDI.

The cable to connect my monitor to my home desktop computer is the same at both ends, with 3 offset rows of 5 prongs. It seems that is called a VGA connection?

There is no place to plug that in either directly to the laptop nor to the docking station that I took home from work the other week, which has 3 aligned rows of 8 prongs, with another 2x2 set to the side, on one end and a USB connection on the other (called DVI connection?).

In order to connect the monitor directly to the laptop, I would need a cable with the VGA on one end and a USB connection on the other end?

Would such a VGA-to-USB cable work with my home computer also even though it came with a VGA-to-VGA cable?
 
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MacMadame

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Would such a VGA-to-USB cable work with my home computer also even though it came with a VGA-to-VGA cable?
I don't know about VGA-to-USB but VGA to DVI cables are quite common. You can also get an adapter for the end of your cable so you don't need an entirely new cable.
 

OlieRow

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Management is trying to come up with a way we can read stories to the kids online, daycare age don’t understand why they can’t go to school and be with their teacher and friends.
My niece is in K5 and a very good reader. She was watching her teacher and other E learning videos and decided to have her mom film her reading a book to her younger brother every day which goes on Facebook for her friends. She's calling it "Reading with Nora" and it's been one of the highlights of each day so far.
 

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@OlieRow Oooh. My great nephew is doing this as well. He’s 5, but has been reading for a while because of his older brother. His is ELementary, the EL being a play on his name. Today’s reading was on microbes.
 

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The India situation is going to hit tech businesses HARD. Lower level people depend on public transport to get to support centers. Hardly anyone has a computer setup at home that compares with what they have at the centers. Be prepared for very long waits to get anything done.
 

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Almost everything in Miami Beach and the surrounding area is shut down. Hotels all closed yesterday. Starting today they don’t want anyone on the streets unless absolutely necessary. All bars are closed 30 days minimum, although some have already announced a 90 day closure. Restaurants are still open on a take-out/delivery basis. My building is a high-rise and they don’t want any guests entering at all, and the front desk is roped off several feet away for the social distancing. The beaches are all completely closed as well.

This city is a tourist getaway, and most everything here revolves around the nightlife and the beaches. It’s super surreal. I was out the other night on one of the main roads and there were ZERO people around and no cars. The street is packed full of people typically until 6am or so.

With other nightlife venues already announcing extended closures, I’m fully prepared for another announcement from the city or maybe even state level that everything has been extended. The tricky part here is it’s ALL tourism, and once you reopen it to literally the world, there’s no way of controlling what they are trying so hard to do now.
 

MacMadame

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What is happening at work? Our CEO was on CNBC's Mad Money blathering about our product. Everyone is very excited in Sales, Marketing (and Support) right now. I find it a bit creepy but I know that's just me being overly sensitive.

People are working from home and they do need products to do that and we do have one (that I happen to think is pretty cool). But still. It's weird.

If you want to see who I (ultimately) work for, here he is:
 

peibeck

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...and we discovered she’s working at home in PJs and misses having three monitors. :rofl: It was such a pleasant call. So know that your clients are grateful you’re still working!
It seems like the state of Illinois is preparing for most offices to close and have us working remotely from home. Some of my coworkers already are. Without two monitors it will slow the speed of which I'm able to process work considerably.

I drive past a Walmart on my way to and from work. The parking lot looks like the weekend after Thanksgiving, it's so packed. :wall:
 

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@peibeck If work can’t loan you one, can you call your town resource number? Ours is 211. They should have info on where to get a 2nd monitor. Our city is matching people with free ones as well as loaners.
 

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The doctor diagnosed (over the phone) Mr. Cass with flu and prescribed tamiflu for him. He has a list of symptoms to watch out for and is supposed to monitor his fever carefully. MC worked from home all morning and then passed out for 14 hours. He is feeling better this morning.

Today I am working with my families to make sure all the students have a reliable machine or at least a smart phone and using the resources @Prancer linked (thank you SO much :giggle: ) and some local research to help families without wifi get connected.

So I have taught at the same school my whole career--I started there the 96-97 school year. For the last year, I have realized that it was time to move on. I let administration know before Christmas break that this was my last year, and I didn't sign a letter of intent in February. My intention was to transition into teaching high school in the public schools here. But with all the uncertainty...who knows what the school situation or the employment situation will be.

The thing is...I am feeling better about the uncertainty than I was about staying on at my current school. :yikes:
 

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The India situation is going to hit tech businesses HARD. Lower level people depend on public transport to get to support centers. Hardly anyone has a computer setup at home that compares with what they have at the centers. Be prepared for very long waits to get anything done.
{{{India}}}
 

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So today two students wanted to video chat with me via google hangouts. They were having trouble with the assignment I posted on google classroom. It was honestly so weird. They said they missed class and what not. Huh? High schoolers who miss class?
 

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