Not Even Remotely Listening

| AB, Canada | Working | May 23, 2017

(My company is switching to a new computer system. As such, many files need to be re-named to something that meshes with the new system. My boss works out of our main office in another town. I, via remote access, look after the computers at Office #2, which is in another town from the main office and my office.)

Boss: “Okay, I need you to get everything in [Office #2] on to the new system.”

Me: “I can’t do that.”

Boss: “Why not?”

Me: “You and IT keep saying you won’t grant me remote access to those files, because we’re too close to switching to the new system. You or [My Counterpart in the main office] will have to do that in the main office.”

Boss: “Gotcha.”

(Three months later. A call from the boss:)

Boss: “Hey, IT is telling me that [Office #2]’s files aren’t on the new system yet. What gives?”

Me: “I told you last time. I can’t do that from here. You need to do that in [Main Office].”

Boss: “Right… Right… Gotcha.”

(Three months later. Another call from the boss.)

Boss: “[MY NAME]! IT IS AGAIN TELLING ME THAT [Office #2] ISN’T READY FOR THE NEW SYSTEM YET! Why haven’t you re-named everything yet?”

Me: “I… KEEP… TELLING… YOU. I can’t do that from here! You need to do that in [Main Office].”

Boss: *finally getting it after all these months* “Oh. You’re saying that I need to do that from here.”

Me: “Yes.”

Boss: “So, like, how then? Do we have to re-make everything from scratch and re-send it all to [Office #2]?”

Me: “What? No! You have remote access to [Office #2]. Just dial in and re-name everything.”

Boss: “Ah. I see.”

(That afternoon. I get a call from IT.)

IT: “Yeah, [Boss] just gave us this work order, telling us we have to re-make everything for [Office #2] and re-send it to them. When we asked why we had to do that, instead of him just re-naming everything, he said you could explain it.”

Me: *facepalm*

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