Tape it like you mean it…. or sure-fire skills for success on the tenure track.

February 25, 2010

In her epic battle for reimbursement, Schnauzer recently managed to get a stack of research-related receipts into the right set of paws.  As per outlined administrative procedure, she taped them all to sheets of 8 1/2 x 11″ paper.  Shortly after submitting the receipts, she received a 1 1/2 minute long voice mail from an administrator informing her of the correct method for taping receipts to a piece of paper.  Said administrator pointed out that Schnauzer had taped the receipts on only TWO sides whereas it would be more optimal to tape the receipts on all FOUR sides to assist in the ease of scanning said receipts into the system.  Schnauzer’s method had resulted in some unsightly bunching issues when the receipts had been scanned by the administrator, so could she please, in the future, tape down the receipts on all four sides? (NOTE: Schnauzer, oddly enough, experienced no such bunching phenomena when she scanned the receipts to retain a copy for herself.  Go figure).

Junior faculty consensus is that Schnauzer should respond to the administrative assistant that due to the economic cutbacks in our department, there is a shortage of tape.  Thus, all faculty are forced to make do with a finite supply of tape and are seeking to optimize their taping strategies to achieve maximum adhesion with a minimum of material investment.  The administrator, however, is obviously in an office that is not experiencing said tape dearth, and should feel free to invest in taping the two non-taped sides as she sees fit.


6 Responses to “Tape it like you mean it…. or sure-fire skills for success on the tenure track.”

  1. oh gosh, some people are so ridiculous! She could have taped it herself..

    • ratnagiri77 said

      There is a delicate dance around icky class-related issues going on at Midwestern U. The administrative staff feel like the faculty don’t value their expertise or appreciate how hard their jobs are, so they convey their displeasure through other ‘safer’ avenues, like by instructing us on proper tape use. Meanwhile, the faculty insist that the administrative staff don’t value their expertise or appreciate how hard their jobs are…. and complain, like me, that we are being schooled on the art of taping… so on and so forth. Rather than come out and address the elephant in the room (class antagonism) we fight about silly little shite.

  2. lisa lisa said

    How difficult is it to tape a reciept properly? As you may be aware, the more times said papers go through a scanner, the more chance they have of jamming for the next person. Why not make a person’s life easier if they are trying to help you. I assume they forward these on for YOUR payment, no? “Help me help you” is my mantra. Try it, it works! If you think taping receipts correctly are tedious, try being on the other end of processing numerous incorrect items when they are not even yours and you know how to tape! You need that person to process to your reimbursement $; she doesn’t need you! Think about it.

  3. lisa lisa said

    P.S. I AM aware of the typos, so please don’t comment about i before e except after c (receipts) and the usage of the word “are” before tedious. Touchy subjects incite fast typing & improper grammer (er, I mean grammar)! 🙂 Cheers

    • ratnagiri77 said

      Again, I must say I value administrative work– and I don’t think tidying up my own paperwork is beneath me. But I do think that the university hired me because I have a doctorate to fulfill the duties of teaching, advising, researching and serving on university committees– if I fall short in these duties, I will not be tenured. The administrator, on the other hand, has a very different set of skills and expertise and is paid to dot the proverbial i’s and t’s. She gets to work 40 hours a week and go home at the end of the day. I work 80 hours a week year round, am only paid 9 out of 12 months, and slave away all for the privilege of keeping my job (and not for a very mighty salary, either). I think the administrator can do me the favor of taping the receipts down (or my colleague’s receipts, as was the case this time) rather than calling or emailing to point out the flaw in the taping job. I find it petty and mean-spirited– I can tolerate either being incompetent or mean, but not both when it comes to administrative staff. Keep in mind that at Midwestern U., we routinely encounter both from our administrative staff who understand as little about the job we faculty have to do as we do about what they do… unless we happened to have been university administrators in a past life, which happens to be true in my case. I never would bother faculty for such a small reason– I thought it was my job to help them do their’s. But may be that was just my way of handling my own dog-gone business.

  4. […]  Won’t I?  One thing that’s for sure, some of the silliness at Midwestern U., the administrative battles, the pettiness, the self-aggrandizing puffery, all seems to be a lot less important now that there […]

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