This special "Work from Home application form" from HR is an interesting insight into how HR think the university works and what constitutes effective management.
@hugh what do you all do while you're waiting for your forms to be approved?
@koosli keep working from home like we already were..?
@koosli or possibly try to work out how to "sign" and "tick the boxes" on this MS Word 2003 file.
@hugh I kind of love this stuff. My favourite thing in the public service was they used a numbered delegate system for approving forms ("Approved by Delegate 3 Y/N") but there was no record anywhere of what the numbers meant
@koosli I'm just totally intrigued by the implicit assumption in these questions that management consists of monitoring staff activity at all times, and it's impossible to communicate effectively without being physically in the same place.
@liamvhogan @hugh The record-keeping aspect of it is also interesting - in the modern public service they're always in the process of transitioning to an electronic system, but never quite there. Or they've transitioned but hard copies are still required.
And records departments are more and more removed from record-keeping - the responsibility to keep records is very individualised. And as a result, inconsistent or absent.
@koosli @hugh it's notable that the least effective means of protest and dissent are also the ones that mirror the formalism—when has a petition effectively challenged power? By contrast (thinking of my field) the heritage and anti-planning movements came into existence countering the *process itself*
Think of every activity you’ve done where you’re required to sign an obviously legally unenforceable waiver (‘participants accept all risk, indemnify DangerousGoKarts Pty Ltd in perpetuity, and will not sue!’): it’s only the existence of the *form* that makes the risk *real*
@hugh I found one of those forms (sent by my contracting recruitment agency) in my spam folder.
I'm pretending I haven't seen it.
I've worked from home off and on over the last 21 months. I rather think that horse has bolted.
@Andrea I assume this is just paperwork for the lawyers when someone trips on their power cable.
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