Today I have back-to-back classes of HR....or as the professor likes to call it: Strategic Human Capital Management
. Our accounting professor is out of town so the HR prof is doing a double and we'll do two classes of accounting in Dec. This is the most boring class I've ever sat through. Now I have 8 hours to get through.
7:55 Arrived for breakfast at Duques Hall
. The executive program takes place on the 6th floor. We have disgusting quiche and hash browns. None of us like the breakfasts with this program.
8:35 No professor yet.
8:57 The professor finally shows up. We begin with the FourSquare Model of Competitiveness.
9:12 Discussions of Scientific Management, Frederick Winslow Taylor and Frank & Lillian Gilbreth. My friend Stephanie and & I are IMing. We feel like this class should cover more things like the globalization of the workforce, compensation structures or outsourcing.
9:17 I check my email at work. No emails :(
9:33 Assembly lines, William Durant, Michael Moore's "Roger & Me
", learning where the name "General Motors" comes from...this is really more of a history lesson than any other type of class. Did I mention that I'm not really into history?
9:43 Steph wants to leave. I remind her that we won't be getting the 'free' parking stamp until the afternoon session.
9:50 Henry Ford was arrogant, that's why all his cars were painted black. (Seriously, this is in my notes. I don't know if I'll be using this or not.) Whoops, it turns out the prof was kidding; it's the fastest drying color of paint. (Again, not so useful.)
10:01 I had to pee. We haven't had our morning break yet, but I couldn't hold it anymore.
10:04 "Your brand of car follows your economic development.
" Cadillac, Buick, Olds, Pontiac, Chevy.
10:09 A classmate talks about women drivers. Everyone perks up and participate. The teacher transitions this into Freud and the fact that Barbie (the doll) was first discovered as a doll in an European sex shop. Ummm, yeah.
10:15-10:35 We break. They serve coffee, bran muffins and fruit. God, all I need to get regular while sitting in class.
10:54 I've been emailing back and forth with my employee at work. Not sure I missed anything in the class.
11:17 We're talking about a case that deals with a stock broker firm. The teacher is trying to make a point and arguing with the guy in our class who is a full time private investor. The prof keeps telling the stock guy that he's wrong. Hysterical.
11:33 We discuss the Microsoft case study that we were supposed to read this week. I haven't read it, but it's easy to follow along and participate. OMG, am I validating the fact I can make it through this class without reading anything? I hope so.
11:57 Still on Microsoft. Lunch is in 30 mins.
12:10 Left to go pee again. (You are getting way too much insight into my bladder management.)
12:30 Lunch break.
1:30 I'm back. We had chicken, couscous and veggies. Not bad, but the apple dessert kicked total ass. It was like a turnover with cream cheese. Delicious. Then we all walked over to Starbucks. That's pretty much a class ritual and a nice way to keep warm in this frigid classroom.
1:40 We start working on a staffing forecasting math problem. He really only wants us to understand the problem, but come on dude, you can't hit us with this stuff so quickly after lunch.
2:19 Still doing math problems. My coffee is gone. I wonder how long until I have to go to the can.
2:35 I'm bored again. I read your blogs. You know, you all are hysterical. Nearly burst out laughing when I read Sarah
2:49 We've spent 15 minutes discussing an Ad from Dow with regards to recruitment and reputation. We go down more tangents in this class.
3:05-3:27 Afternoon break. I downed a whole can of diet coke to help keep me awake. We'll see if that does the trick.
3:45 The soda didn't work. We're now talking about creating a new SAT scoring system and I'm not certain how we got here. Asked Steph...she has no idea either.
4:12 We're now into validity and reliability. This has something to do with testing in the work place...not that any of us really know where he's going with it. I sit in the back of the class and can see everyone else's computer screens. So many people are surfing or IMing. There doesn't seem to be too many people engaged.
4:26 He is referring to EEOC stuff and just referred to sexual orientation as someone's "gayness." This is a guy with a Ph.D.
4:49 The prof is worn out. He said we're done. Thank God.
Hope your Friday was just as much fun. I'm outta here.