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How to Deal with Bureaucracy

  » Society & Culture


Ask if there's an ombudsman available. Many agencies or states have an ombudsman to help people who encounter problems with bureaucracy. Once with an ombudsman, ask if they take an adversarial or problem solving approach--you usually want the latter.

Tip Credibility: 7


submitted by DebAlicen 2009-08-05 10:43:28 am    

How to Deal with Bureaucracy

  » Society & Culture


If you are a bureaucrat you may have a double whammy: a sometimes difficult public and a difficult boss. If your boss is the big problem, first, document; second, talk to your union if you have one, just for ideas. Don't be too quick to file a grievance.

Tip Credibility: 8


submitted by DebAlicen 2009-08-02 03:53:56 pm    

Overweight dog.

  » Pets


Exercise! See the Dog Whisperer about how to put dogs on treadmills, if you can't/won't walk them more yourself. Make sure their nails are properly trimmed. (I use Peticure.) If a dog's nails are too long they can't walk or run much without pain.

Tip Credibility: 6


submitted by DebAlicen 2009-08-02 03:21:06 pm    

Garden Slug Control - without poison or pesticides

  » Home & Garden


Add diatomaceous earth (same stuff used in pool filters) to the soil where you want slugs to stay away. It's extremely fine and sharp-will cut slugs if they try to crawl across it. Wear gloves and be careful not to inhale it when applying it to soil.

Tip Credibility: 6


submitted by DebAlicen 2009-08-02 03:00:56 pm    

One-off Tips for Consumer Electronics

  » Consumer Electronics


The LG200C doesn't come with correct instructions for setting up Voice Activated Dialing, which I went round and round with Tracfone about. I figured out how but it's too long to post here. Find them in the Off Topic section of BureaucracyBlog.

Tip Credibility: 5


submitted by DebAlicen 2009-08-02 02:53:37 pm    

How to be "Artistic"

  » Arts & Humanities


Try things you've never tried before instead of giving up on the idea of being artistic. Example: Can't draw? Try sculpting. Some people who struggle to depict something in two dimensions can work well in three dimensions.

Tip Credibility: 19


submitted by DebAlicen 2009-07-31 11:55:37 am    

Ways to live frugally

  » Arts & Humanities


When in need of tools or equipment don't buy or even rent--at least not until you ask friends & neighbors if they have what you need and will lend it to you. Best: organize a tool/equipment lending list for your neighborhood and share it with everyone.

Tip Credibility: 19


submitted by DebAlicen 2009-07-31 11:45:44 am    

How to Deal with Bureaucracy

  » Society & Culture


If your problem is likely to last a long time talk to others. Have at least one person you can talk with on a regular basis. A group of people experiencing the same thing can provide good support and maybe find ways (e.g. publicity) to get better results.

Tip Credibility: 6


submitted by DebAlicen 2009-07-29 10:16:49 am    

How to Deal with Bureaucracy

  » Society & Culture


Kick things up to a higher level. When having problems dealing with a bureaucrat, don't spin your wheels going round and round with that person. The lowest level bureaucrats have the least decision making power. Ask to speak to his/her supervisor.

Tip Credibility: 5


submitted by DebAlicen 2009-07-20 12:44:48 pm    

How to Deal with Bureaucracy

  » Society & Culture


Keep your cool. Don't react with anger--that only makes most bureaucrats less willing to help you. Approach any meeting or phone call with the idea that no matter what, you'll stay calm. You'll get a lot farther if you don't blow your stack.

Tip Credibility: 5


submitted by DebAlicen 2009-07-18 11:57:21 am    

How to Deal with Bureaucracy

  » Society & Culture


Document, document, document!!! Whatever else you do or do not do, document every single contact, every single exchange. Save all papers, all emails, all voice mails. Keep a log of notes about each meeting or conversation you have, no matter how short.

Tip Credibility: 23


submitted by DebAlicen 2009-07-17 01:06:36 pm    


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