Not Determined On Terminology

| The Netherlands | Working | August 22, 2015

(I’m presenting a user interface design to my team.)

Developer: *pointing at imagery* “So, this is an overlayer?”

Me: “That’s an overlay, or a modal screen, indeed.”

Developer: “Ah, so, an overlayer.”

Me: “It’s overlay, not overlayer.”

Developer: “No, it’s overlayer.”

Me: “Overlayer sounds like a combination of overlay and layer to me. ‘Overlay’ is a word, and a ‘layer’ is a Photoshop term. Overlayer is not commonly used in this field. Just call it an overlay, or modal.”

Developer: “Whatever, it’s just an overlayer to me.”

Me: “Can we just stick to one word to avoid confusion? Overlay is the right word for it. Just use it.”

Developer: “It’s overlayer.”

Me: *facepalm*

(This provided for a lot of confusion in the following meetings with team members, managers, and even stakeholders. The same happened for ‘throbber’, which is a little-known, but short and simple word for ‘thingy that spins when you are waiting for something to load’ – the term they insisted on using…)

Can’t ‘Wiggle’ Out Of That One

| Winnipeg, MB, Canada | Working | March 1, 2015

(My husband and I work for the same company. We share a fairly uncommon last name – for example, let’s say that it’s ‘Wigglesworth.’ We’ve just gotten back from vacation and are telling our coworkers about it at our coffee break.  One of the coworkers is fairly new. He’s been there for at least a couple of months.)

Husband: “It was great! We got to see [Attraction], and the weather was perfect.”

Me: “We got to see my folks, too, because they live close to [Attraction].”

Fairly New Coworker: “Hold on. YOU went on this trip, too?”

Me: “…Yes?”

Fairly New Coworker: “You travelled together? Wow.” *he’s got a ‘ooh, scandal!’ expression on his face*

Other Coworker: “You do realize that [Husband] and [My Name] are married, right?”

Fairly New Coworker: “What? No! How would I know that?”

Other Coworker: “How about the fact that they’re both named ‘Wigglesworth?'”

Fairly New Coworker: “Well, how was I supposed to figure that out?!”

Raising The Baby, Not The Paycheck

| Winnipeg, MB, Canada | Working | February 24, 2015

(I have recently returned from a six-month maternity leave and am about to have my performance evaluation.)

Supervisor: “Your work is excellent.”

Me: “Thanks!”

Supervisor: “However, you were only here for part of the year, so I can only rate you 3 out of 5. That means no raise. Sorry.”

Me: “But you just said my work is excellent?”

Supervisor: “Yes, but excellent work for half the year isn’t good enough to rate a raise.”

Me: “You mean that, if I’d done mediocre work for the entire year, I’d have a better chance of getting a raise?”

Supervisor: “That’s right.”

(I was fairly sure that she wasn’t allowed to penalize me for taking the maternity leave I was entitled to, but I wasn’t positive, so I didn’t pursue it. Instead, I quit and got a much better job elsewhere.)

Not A Pleasant Experience

| Leeds, England, UK | Working | January 2, 2015

(During an interview for a help-tech position with local computer store:)

Interviewer: “Well… I can see you have 20 years experience and have the relevant qualifications. But I don’t think we can employ you.”

Me: *rather taken aback* “Oh… well, okay. Thank you for being honest with me. Can I ask why?”

Interviewer: “Well, honestly, it’s because of your age. We’ve found that older people don’t really ‘get’ computers.”

Me: “We don’t really… You did say I was more than qualified, right?”

Interviewer: “Yes, that’s right. Ideally we’d prefer someone who’s a recent graduate, say in their mid 20s so they’re more ‘in-tune’ with technology, like most young people are today. Frankly, you’re too old to know anything about modern computers.”

Me: “And yet on the application it said you were looking for someone with a minimum of 10 years work experience?”

Interviewer: “Yes. that’s right. Anything else I can help you with?”

Me: “No… I’ll just go get my zimmer-frame and shuffle off now. Good luck finding someone who graduated at age 10.”

(Funnily enough, they’re still looking.)

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The New Procedures Are A Little Off

| UK | Working | January 1, 2015

(I work for a small company as an IT manager. We recently had a server installed with a leased line so we will always have a strong Internet connection. About three minutes before I’m finishing up, I get a phone call from my coworker in my building saying that the Internet is down. The server is in another building, so I walk across the road to where it is and open up the case to have a look at it. Just as I’m logging into it another coworker walks by and comes up to me.)

Coworker: “Is there a problem with it?”

Me: “Yeah. The Internet went down, so I’m trying to figure out what’s wrong with it.”

Coworker: “Well, we can get onto the Internet just fine.”

(The buildings are linked, so if one building can’t get Internet access the rest shouldn’t be able to.)

Me: “That’s strange.”

(I log onto the server, and everything seems fine and can see all the lights as green. After having a look around for five minutes and can’t see any problems, my coworker decides to shed some wisdom.)

Coworker: “Could it be because I turned that off?”

(I look round to see where he’s pointing, which is the socket that the server is plugged into.)

Coworker: “I tried to plug in my phone charger and hit the switch beside it.”

(I’m a little stunned as it’s pretty obvious that the server is plugged into it.)

Me: “Oh… Yes… I think that may have been why.”

(We now have a big ‘DO NOT TURN OFF’ covering the sockets.)

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