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Old 12-15-2015, 07:06 PM
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How about a big bag of Gummy Bears? Best of all, they're sugar-free...what a nice thought during this season of temptation!

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Old 12-16-2015, 12:06 AM
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How about a big bag of Gummy Bears? Best of all, they're sugar-free...what a nice thought during this season of temptation!

More brilliance than I could bear.
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Old 12-16-2015, 01:40 AM
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^^^ I see what you did there.
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Old 12-16-2015, 10:01 AM
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3 months ago I gave a presentation on a problem we were facing. One of the last slides showed what I thought was the likely problem. The slide showing the problem was a bit complicated, but it’s an environmental problem that covers 200,000 square miles so it really needs to be comprehensive. Since then this presentation has been given several times, and the big boss has used it for a small conference.

Yesterday we got an email from another person saying “Hey look, we think we know what the problem is!” It is the exact same thing I said 3 months ago but they used a simple excel graph to show the problem in a very limited area.

My boss and the big boss are very excited. This is the PROBLEM! So I sent an email and included my slide and said “I showed exactly that back in October.” I didn’t point out that they had both seen the presentation a couple of times and indeed had given the presentation to others.

The response? “Yes, but this is more dramatic.”

Listen. I am a fucking scientist. I am not a fucking actor. If I handed you my business card it would say:
Kelevra
Fucking Scientist

So take your little graph with 2 lines on it, fold it ‘til it’s all sharp corners, and shove it up your ass! If you want to cherry-pick your data so you can have “drama”, then why don’t you leave this industry and become a salesman? Since I am a fucking scientist I will use comprehensive data and actually determine if this is the problem.

Tl;dr: Boss sucks and can lick my dramatic balls.
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Old 12-16-2015, 10:59 AM
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Can your balls do Shakespeare?
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Old 12-16-2015, 06:33 PM
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My boss sent me another damn box of grapefruit for Christmas. Grapefruit, my most deadly allergy. Not as in puking or breaking out in a rash or making me all swell up, but as in not breathing any more and falling down and being dead.

Yes, she knows. She "forgets." I think she sends the same gift to the same dozen or so people every year, and it's easier to do it all at once than to make an exception.
Eh, my passive aggressive step mother in law is in charge of doing Christmas presents. I have been diabetic the entire 30ish years mrAru and I have been together and his father is also a diabetic yet somehow we always get a candy tower ....
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Old 12-16-2015, 10:10 PM
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Coworker gave me a $5.00 gift to Walmart which made no sense because I think all I can get is snacks. Plus I live nowhere near a walmart and have to wait until I am out with the family to use it.
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Old 12-17-2015, 03:30 AM
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Can your balls do Shakespeare?
Right now I would say Kelevra's dramatic balls can do a pretty good Oberon. Or maybe Othello.

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Old 12-17-2015, 04:49 AM
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If I can understand you clearly over Night on Bald Mountain while wearing the big headset that doubles up as earmuffs

YOU NEED TO LOWER YOUR VOICE. AND MAY WANNA CONSIDER GETTING CHECKED FOR HEARING AIDS. THANK YOU.

Your not-HoH coworkers.

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Old 12-17-2015, 09:26 AM
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Right now I would say Kelevra's dramatic balls can do a pretty good Oberon. Or maybe Othello.
I've really been feeling more Macbeth lately...
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Old 12-17-2015, 10:17 AM
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Coworker gave me a $5.00 gift to Walmart which made no sense because I think all I can get is snacks. Plus I live nowhere near a walmart and have to wait until I am out with the family to use it.
I'm sure coworker will be happy to give you nothing next year. I would.
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Old 12-17-2015, 10:25 AM
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I want to be rude at this point, and ask him if he has a problem with either reading comprehension or cognitive abilities.
He might.

Many a person has been led to a diagnosis this way.
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Old 12-17-2015, 11:59 AM
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I'm attempting to get a hardship transfer to another office.

Yesterday I got a call from a "Specialist" who supposedly works on these kinds of transfers. She has only been doing this since October, although I'm not sure if this is part of the issue. She told me that I would have to apply for the job in which I am interested, when it is posted. At that point my application will be given "extra points" for my hardship request. (This is a federal job.)

Only one problem - There's an 11 page handbook for hardship transfers, and I think it mentions 5 times that my type of hardship is to be done using a non-competitive process. What does HR think "non-competitive" means? If I'm being given points (even if it's a billion points) then the process is COMPETITIVE!

I think I'm going to need my blood pressure dosage increased.

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Old 12-17-2015, 12:40 PM
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Coworker gave me a $5.00 gift to Walmart which made no sense because I think all I can get is snacks. Plus I live nowhere near a walmart and have to wait until I am out with the family to use it.
Still not quite The Most Evil Christmas Present, but close.

The Most Evil would be a $5.00 gift card to Applebees or Chilis. Because it isn't enough to actually buy anything there, but it's enough to make you think about going.
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Old 12-17-2015, 01:00 PM
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I work as a consultant for a high-tech company, but they treat me as though I'm a regular employee. I've worked here for 4+ years, but 2.5 years ago, the company was bought by another company that has a CEO with questionable ethics.

One of the first people this CEO hired was a sales person from a competitor. While this sales person has brought in sales for the past 2 years, I noticed that on several jobs purchase orders (PO's) were placed without cost models or discussion of the manufacturing methods with the engineers. The due diligence wasn't done in advance of incoming PO's. This puts a tremendous strain on manufacturing & engineering, because we have to "figure out" how to make the parts (in a cost-effective manner as well).

As it turns out, this new salesperson has a spreadsheet from their former company with all past customers, what they purchased, and the sale price. This new sales person is "low balling" (asking for a lower-than-normal price) past customers in an effort to bring the business in-house. This salesperson looks like the "hero" for landing the sale, but when manufacturing can't deliver, the worker(s) are blamed.

In addition to this, the company board members were shown a chart by the new CEO listing all closed sales for this division. One of the orders shown was for a PO that HAD NOT closed. It affected our overall booked sales totals by over 10%. The CEO is purposely misleading the board into believing higher numbers were obtained than our actual sales level.

It's the lying & underhanded nature of this new company that I can't stand. I guess that's the way business is done nowadays . . . and I definitely do not want to be a part of their future.
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Old 12-17-2015, 02:21 PM
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I wasn't sure where to put this post. It's not a rant, but I had to post about it somewhere.

My boss is undergoing a colonoscopy tomorrow, and is doing the prep work today. And he's at work. And he is seeing several clients throughout the day in various conference rooms.
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Old 12-17-2015, 02:28 PM
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I wasn't sure where to put this post. It's not a rant, but I had to post about it somewhere.

My boss is undergoing a colonoscopy tomorrow, and is doing the prep work today. And he's at work. And he is seeing several clients throughout the day in various conference rooms.
Has he never had this done before? Is he a moron? Too narcissistic to believe the world will continue without him for a day?
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Old 12-17-2015, 02:37 PM
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Has he never had this done before? Is he a moron? Too narcissistic to believe the world will continue without him for a day?
Well, two days - one for prep and one for the actual procedure.

Yeah, my guess he's never done it before. He'll learn. I hope those afternoon meetings weren't important.
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Old 12-17-2015, 02:58 PM
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I wasn't sure where to put this post. It's not a rant, but I had to post about it somewhere.

My boss is undergoing a colonoscopy tomorrow, and is doing the prep work today. And he's at work. And he is seeing several clients throughout the day in various conference rooms.
If I were you, I'd avoid all of those conference rooms for the next week.
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Old 12-17-2015, 03:36 PM
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Has he never had this done before? Is he a moron? Too narcissistic to believe the world will continue without him for a day?
He's actually the nicest guy in the world, and I'm lucky to work for him (note: weird to type that in a work rants thread). But he's never had the procedure before, he's naive, and he's drowning in work because December is our busiest month of the year. The afternoon will start in a few minutes; we'll see if he's able to hang around like he thinks he can.
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Old 12-17-2015, 03:42 PM
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I almost lost my hearing at our office holiday party when my Annoying Coworker shrieked in my ear. I should have told her to use her indoor voice. I wouldn't have sat next to her, but I was there first and I didn't want to move. I heard that she applied for another job but didn't get it. Bummer.
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Old 12-17-2015, 07:59 PM
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I wasn't sure where to put this post. It's not a rant, but I had to post about it somewhere.

My boss is undergoing a colonoscopy tomorrow, and is doing the prep work today. And he's at work. And he is seeing several clients throughout the day in various conference rooms.
Reminds me of my ex who thought he could go to work right after having a vasectomy.

He didn't leave the couch for three days.
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Old 12-17-2015, 09:09 PM
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'Tis the season for messy work schedules because of the Holidays.

I work retail, and am confused by the travel plans of certain nearest and dearest, and so have not requested any specific days off for the next couple of weeks.

I have agreed to work Sunday, which will suck, because I'm due to play handbells in church.

But mostly I'm irked because my original work schedule for this week had me getting Saturday off. Awesome! A day to clean house and wrap presents!

Except that Boss switched my schedule without telling me. I found out because I was being nosy about other people's schedule. I haven't whined to Boss about this-- I think it was an oversight, caused by me leaving "early" the day of the schedule tweaks. ("early"-- when I was scheduled to leave, which was earlier than most people. It's cause I came in as scheduled, which meant early.)

So my house cleaning day turned into today-- got Bathroom entirely clean (although I'll have to touch up problem spots like the mirror the day guests arrive), and Bedroom mostly clean.

Presents aren't all wrapped-- I may use Tuesday for that (assuming that that stays one of my days off next week).
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Old 12-17-2015, 10:29 PM
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I just went through two days of training on a system that is not going to work.

The instructions are weak, the decision criteria are poorly defined, and the authorities are poorly assigned.

We really need this system because the current one does not work, but this one will work no better, and no one will ever admit the reason is that authority was given to the group that is mucking up the current one, by refusing to be held to clearly defined criteria for decisions.
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Old 12-18-2015, 06:29 AM
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So I've unleashed my trainee and she's doing a great job on her own. For somebody with no previous experience in this particular business she's gone gangbusters.

The schedule for next week comes out and I've got the earliest shift as usual because I always do the earliest shifts on holiday weeks. Trainee is scheduled to come in 2 hours after I'm already there.

Trainee complains to Manager LOUDLY "Why is [Kiz] working that schedule? THAT'S MY SCHEDULE." Manager explained to Trainee that no, on holidays THAT'S Kiz's schedule, has always been,, will always be, forever and ever, amen. I just happened to be in earshot during this conversation (heheh) so when Trainee walked away from Manager Trainee ran right into me and didn't say a word.

I just gave her the dirtiest look I could muster: FUCK YOU YOU ARE NOT TAKING OVER MY ENTIRE SCHEDULE BITCH. YOU WERE HIRED TO HELP ME.

I later found out that Trainee has two other jobs besides this one and one of them starts within a half hour after this one ends, so being scheduled two hours later than usual screws up everything. Manager isn't changing anything because KIZ ALWAYS HAS THIS SCHEDULE ON THE HOLIDAYS. TOO BAD, TRAINEE.
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Old 12-18-2015, 11:29 AM
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I wasn't sure where to put this post. It's not a rant, but I had to post about it somewhere.

My boss is undergoing a colonoscopy tomorrow, and is doing the prep work today. And he's at work. And he is seeing several clients throughout the day in various conference rooms.
LOL.

Just did this myself. I worked the day before. I didn't have to do the nasty "prep work" part at work - only in the evening and then the next morning. I did have to keep a liquid diet though.

Also unlike your boss, I didn't actually tell anyone at work what I was doing.
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Old 12-18-2015, 01:33 PM
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We shouldn't have to keep explaining this to him over and over again, and yet we are. I've been swaying between frustration with him and shaking my head in wonder. I know he's not stupid, but.... he sure plays stupid very well!
I have an update to this rant. We had a meeting with knowledgable folks and this idiot to clear things up once and for all so we could move forward with the project. It became obvious to me in that meeting, based on the interactions and the sullen attitude of jerkweed, that his playing dumb was just obstinance because he didn't want to do the project the way we were suggesting. He wanted to do it his own way, so he was pretending to be unable to understand the other point of view.

I find that interesting in a psychological/social way. In order to get your own way, you pretend to not understand the other way, despite the fact that the other way is dead simple and obvious? I'm wondering if he really understands how stupid he looked. I doubt it.

By the way, I have a VERY low tolerance for stupidity, especially if it's feigned for manipulative reasons. Most people are kind and would say "well, he's just obstinate". I don't feel compelled to be kind.

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Old 12-18-2015, 01:47 PM
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I have an update to this rant. We had a meeting with knowledgable folks and this idiot to clear things up once and for all so we could move forward with the project. It became obvious to me in that meeting, based on the interactions and the sullen attitude of jerkweed, that his playing dumb was just obstinance because he didn't want to do the project the way we were suggesting. He wanted to do it his own way, so he was pretending to be unable to understand the other point of view.

I find that interesting in a psychological/social way. In order to get your own way, you pretend to not understand the other way, despite the fact that the other way is dead simple and obvious? I'm wondering if he really understands how stupid he looked. I doubt it.

By the way, I have a VERY low tolerance for stupidity, especially if it's feigned for manipulative reasons. Most people are kind and would say "well, he's just obstinate". I don't feel compelled to be kind.
I'm still not convinced that he's faking it. I'm not sure how you could tell that. Someone who legitimately has a problem understanding things may still appear to be faking. He may "want to do it his own way" for the same reason.

(I speak from personal knowledge.)
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Old 12-18-2015, 02:54 PM
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Okay, I'm making a big assumption. But it's based on his tenure at this company, and his mid-level title. I don't see how he could have been promoted to the level he is if he really was this bag of rocks stupid.

I understand you may have trouble understanding some things (don't we all?). But do you get all sullen about it? You should have seen him slouching sideways in his chair during this meeting and drawling/whining his questions. Like a scolded 10-year old. Just thinking of myself, when I am ignorant, I am interested in being educated. Therefore my posture is upright and attentive, and my tone of voice is inquiring.

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Old 12-18-2015, 03:09 PM
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Okay, I'm making a big assumption. But it's based on his tenure at this company, and his mid-level title. I don't see how he could have been promoted to the level he is if he really was this bag of rocks stupid.

I understand you may have trouble understanding some things (don't we all?). But do you get all sullen about it? You should have seen him slouching sideways in his chair during this meeting and drawling/whining his questions. Like a scolded 10-year old. Just thinking of myself, when I am ignorant, I am interested in being educated. Therefore my posture is upright and attentive, and my tone of voice is inquiring.
Yes, I get all sullen about it sometimes. When you spend your whole life feeling really stupid because your coworkers call you things like "bag of rocks stupid" you start to feel actually stupid, even if you aren't and you've spent plenty of time trying to "be educated" and it still doesn't work.

Having a cognitive disability can have an enormous effect on your social and emotional life too, due to the frustration, feeling like a failure, inability to connect with other people and keep up with conversations, etc.

I'm not saying that's the issue here. I certainly can't go diagnosing him. But I am saying you probably can't rule it out either.

As for being promoted, he might be really really good at certain things but not others that require a certain kind of cognitive ability. He may have suddenly hit a wall because of a new challenge in his job that he hadn't confronted before. It happens to the best of us.

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Old 12-18-2015, 04:41 PM
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So now my trainee is upset because she isn't being scheduled for the early shift next week. I always get those shifts at holiday time. She's coming in two hours after I'm there and helping me.

Overheard in the back room:

Trainee: So why is she [meaning me] scheduled for X time?
Boss: Because Kiz always works that schedule. You'll be helping her then probably doing something else.
Trainee: Why should I be helping her when I should be doing what she's doing? That's what she trained me for.
Boss: Because Kiz always works that schedule.

(Trainee storms out and doesn't look at me as she passes me)

You do know you were hired for my days off, don't you? And you do know that you're not guaranteed the hours you want, don't you? Especially since you're the new person?
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Old 12-18-2015, 06:53 PM
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I am convinced that I work the King of Cluelessness. I'm not sure what's worse: the liberally-applied cheap dollar-store cologne (which I mentioned to his supervisor twice), his calling me "honey" and "sweetie" because it's a joke between me and my female temp, but he decided to join in the fun (and which I asked him to stop, repeatedly); and today's gem, which was his advice to avoid Lululemon yoga pants because they cause "butt zits". (Some of my female co-workers and I were talking about clothes in my temp's cubicle and he joined in the conversation.) The guy is seriously creepy and I am making a point of trying to be where he's not. I have to go into his workroom to drop files off, and I just go in, drop the files off, and walk out. And, yes, I am keeping track.
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Old 12-18-2015, 07:19 PM
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The building I work in is undergoing significant exterior repairs. For several weeks now, at 4:15 p.m every afternoon, the jackhammering starts, punctuated by thumps of a sledge hammer and accented with shouts of the workmen. Sadly, I cannot leave early, even though this week they have been working directly outside my office. Earplugs help, except when the phone rings or someone comes into my office to talk to me. It's driving me mad!!
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Old 12-18-2015, 09:03 PM
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The folder I use on our server, that's got data for the year in it along with an Excel chart that gets printed and published for our Year in Review, seems to be missing. I hope there's a backup somewhere we can pull, that's maybe only a few weeks off. Probably won't find out until Monday.
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Old 12-18-2015, 10:23 PM
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Okay, I'm making a big assumption. But it's based on his tenure at this company, and his mid-level title. I don't see how he could have been promoted to the level he is if he really was this bag of rocks stupid.

I understand you may have trouble understanding some things (don't we all?). But do you get all sullen about it? You should have seen him slouching sideways in his chair during this meeting and drawling/whining his questions. Like a scolded 10-year old. Just thinking of myself, when I am ignorant, I am interested in being educated. Therefore my posture is upright and attentive, and my tone of voice is inquiring.
He sounds like SheBoss...

Team lead in a SAP implementation, she was the most change-resistant person in the team. After any of a number of meetings where we were informed of the client's procedures that we'd have to follow, or of programs we'd have to use (they even provided a week of training and a diploma), and she'd whined and whined and whined like an overtired three-year-old, we'd ask "how can we convince these people that the change we bring will be good for them, if our manager's reaction to anything new is 'no! don't wanaaaaaaaaaa!'" "But I don't like it!" "Why?" "Because!"

I don't like it because I don't understand it because I haven't used it before because someone else prepared it because this is difficult because I don't like it... but in that week of training, when the rest of the class was busy doing exercises and comparing our results with those obtained by our classmates, she was pouting and whining.

I understand she's gotten promoted again after that, at least twice. Thing is, as bad a fit as she was for our team of go-getters and for an implementation, I can picture her being a good boss for one of those teams whose job is to Freeze And Preserve existing processes and systems. Her coat of arms should be an ice-breating dragon, staring suspiciously at the world, as the world may be trying to change something!

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Old 12-18-2015, 10:29 PM
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@teela brown: Well?? How did your boss's on-the-job colonoscopy prep go?
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Old 12-19-2015, 12:50 AM
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@teela brown: Well?? How did your boss's on-the-job colonoscopy prep go?
Of course Teela would be the one lucky enough to have to deal with this...
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Old 12-23-2015, 11:09 AM
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Massive power outage has hit my workplace. Everything except email, phones, and tech support, is down and will continue to be down until at least Saturday. Merry Christmas to us!
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Old 12-23-2015, 11:57 AM
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@teela brown: Well?? How did your boss's on-the-job colonoscopy prep go?
He left abruptly at about 3:00 that day. From what I remember from my procedure, I had to start drinking the icky stuff starting about late morning the previous day, and I had to keep it cold in order to not yack it back up. I don't know how he managed to keep and drink a half gallon of it here in the office without detection.
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Old 12-23-2015, 05:00 PM
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Took 'em long enough but everyone who needs those systems to do their job, as I do, has been given a five-day weekend.

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Old 12-23-2015, 06:04 PM
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Dear Coworkers: How batteries work.

Place them in the direction indicated inside the battery compartment. Use batteries that match. Stop putting crap on my desk with "broken" on it without telling me what the problem is, and then with batteries incorrectly installed.

Here you go. "Fixed" in 30 seconds.

Blah.
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Old 12-23-2015, 06:12 PM
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Massive power outage has hit my workplace. Everything except email, phones, and tech support, is down and will continue to be down until at least Saturday. Merry Christmas to us!
If they could knock out tech support, too, people might be able get some real work done.

IT acted on my most recent ticket today, and installed the wrong version of the software. This was the 3rd time I tried to get the software reloaded. I'm pretty much giving up on the part of my job that needs the right version of the software.

Had another interaction with the people who cannot implement what I believe to be the most fundamental underlying system (the ones who are being given the new system to screw up):

I provide A and B, as required by the instructions. Five hours later, they (FUS) ask me for B, C, and D. I repeat B and ask for instructions for providing C and D. An hour later FUS tell me why they need C and D. I ask where the definitions and instructions for C and D are.

Crickets.

Another person on this little part of the project comes up with a couple of good guesses on what MIGHT be C and D, and I forward that along. Given that we have clearly documented that we do not know what C and D are, I expect FUS to accept the information and move forward.

My boss is getting really annoyed that I cc her on every. single. email I send and that I won't do ANYTHING without an email trail.

I just don't understand why no-one is doing anything - ANYTHING - about this morass of idiocy and incompetence.
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Old 12-23-2015, 06:52 PM
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coworkers who want to be goofy early in the morning
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Old 12-23-2015, 06:59 PM
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Coworkers who latch on to me in the breakroom and yammer/rant at me nonstop about their woes until I flee to find some peace and quiet. How do I turn off that sign I'm apparently wearing that reads "I'm in the breakroom to be wailed at, not to grab a few minutes of relaxation"?
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Old 12-23-2015, 07:24 PM
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Coworkers who latch on to me in the breakroom and yammer/rant at me nonstop about their woes until I flee to find some peace and quiet. How do I turn off that sign I'm apparently wearing that reads "I'm in the breakroom to be wailed at, not to grab a few minutes of relaxation"?
Try giving good advice; no-one who wants to vents a bit wants good advice.
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Old 12-23-2015, 07:32 PM
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Coworkers who latch on to me in the breakroom and yammer/rant at me nonstop about their woes until I flee to find some peace and quiet. How do I turn off that sign I'm apparently wearing that reads "I'm in the breakroom to be wailed at, not to grab a few minutes of relaxation"?
Headphones
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Old 12-23-2015, 09:16 PM
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Headphones
Tried both. Advice got ignored or blown off with a litany of "reasons" it just couldn't work for the pathos case in question, headphones just seem to prompt hands waving in my face or higher volume.

I try to be a nice, kind, caring person, but I'm really starting to feel taken advantage of by some of these attention slut types.
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Old 12-23-2015, 10:06 PM
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Coworkers who latch on to me in the breakroom and yammer/rant at me nonstop about their woes until I flee to find some peace and quiet. How do I turn off that sign I'm apparently wearing that reads "I'm in the breakroom to be wailed at, not to grab a few minutes of relaxation"?
You think that's bad? I had a co-worker literally FOLLOW ME INTO THE BATHROOM as I was leaving work to tell me a long tale to get the answer to a question that could have waited until the next day because it was trivial.

At that point, I began practicing what I called "constructive rudeness". I told her I was on my way out and we'd talk tomorrow. After that, if she came to my cube to ask a question and started with a lot of unneeded background detail, I'd tell her I was busy and just ask the question without all the background. Once I answered the question, I'd turn around back to my monitor. I was never actually uncivil, mind you, but if I was busy I'd interrupt her immediately and say so instead of waiting for her to stop talking.

In your case, I'd cut the idiots off and say, "I'm taking a break right now. Talk to me when I get back to my desk in x minutes." And then (this is key) IGNORE them.
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Old 12-24-2015, 10:46 AM
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A while back they installed Keurig machines in the break rooms. You have to supply your own K-cups but hey, its still better than "coffee" from a vending machine. Anyway, about half the time I go to make myself a cup of coffee, I find someone else's used K-cup in the machine. Jeez, how hard is it to clean up after yourself when you're done using it?

(On the other hand, this is a workplace where people continue to dump food in the sink even though there is no garbage disposal - and a big sign over the sink stating such. And where we have signs on the paper towel dispensers in the restrooms reminding people NOT to flush paper towels. So I guess I shouldn't be surprised.)
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Old 12-25-2015, 12:50 AM
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I've been 'temping' at a joyless,souless lawfirm for over a year now. (is that a 'temp'?)

One of the bad things about being a temp is holidays. You see, I don't get paid anything for taking the day of, so "Enjoy your holiday weekend Zebra!" actually means "Enjoy your 20% paycut for next week!"


then the other day it hit me

ES: I suppose you want the whole day tomorrow?
BC: Well it is Christmas day sir.
ES: A fine excuse for picking a man's pocket every 25th of December. If I were to stop half a
crown for it you'd think yourself ill used.
BC: Ummm errr...
ES: Be in all the earlier the next day.


So ES or Ebeneezer Scrooge give Bob Cratchit a day off WITH PAY for Christmas. Ebeneezer Scrooge was nicer to Bob Cratchit than my boss is to me.

Merry Christmas!
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