Go To Work And Throw A Fit

| Working | December 3, 2014

(I work as a materials handler and general bean counter in a facility that produces drill bits. As a result of a vehicle collision a month prior, I’m on a mix of medications that congress with a slight risk of seizures and, as a result, have been put on a leave of absence by my boss until I get a release to with from my doctor. The following is me venting my frustration at the situation to my husband the next morning:)

Me: “I can’t believe they wouldn’t just assign me to a job that wouldn’t…”

(I pause to consider the different positions that my boss could move me to temporarily.)

Husband: “That wouldn’t what?”

Me: “Wouldn’t kill me if I had a seizure. But now that I think about it, that’s just about every job there…”

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Doesn’t Suffer Fools

| Working | July 22, 2014

(My first job out of college was great until a new CEO is hired. Suddenly our department of engineers and programmers gets a new manager who knows nothing technical but is a crony of the new CEO. He quickly manages to either insult or infuriate all of us but me… except perhaps that accounting tells me I am at the top of my pay grade and not to expect a raise for 5 years. At the end of March that year, I get a call from old friends which leads to a cross-country flight over the weekend to interview with a new company that offers me $10,000/year more. Naturally I accept. The following Monday, I go to my boss’ office and, since he isn’t there, I leave my two-week notice on his desk. Not long after, he’s visiting me.)

Boss: *with a dark grin* “Funny.”

Me: “What?”

Boss: “This. Your two week’s notice letter. It’s a joke, right?”

Me: “What do you mean?”

Boss: “It’s an April Fool’s joke, right?”

Me: “No. Wow! I didn’t realize what today was. I’d have probably given it to you tomorrow if I was aware.”

Boss: “So… you’re really leaving?”

Me: “Yes. I’ve been given a much better offer.”

Boss: *pauses to think* “Could we make a counter-offer?”

Me: “Not really.”

(It was a shame to leave that job, though. The owner of the company quickly saw through the bad CEO and fired him and his cronies.)

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Not As Bright As A Button

| Working | June 13, 2014

(I work as a programmer for industrial machines in a huge company in Germany. I am responsible for the program of a new kind of cleaning machine, which also has a security door that has to be opened and closed by pushing a button. Before opening a safety interlock needs to be opened. It takes about two seconds before the door ultimately starts opening.)

Project Manager: “Hey, [My Name]. That machine needs to be quicker. Why does it always takes two seconds before the door opens?”

Me: “Uhm… because the safety interlock has to be opened first. That takes two seconds.”

Project Manager: “Couldn’t you remove that safety interlock? Then we would save those seconds?”

Me: “No, sorry. For safety reasons I can’t do that.”

Project Manager: “Okay… What about you open that safety interlock two seconds before that button is pushed. Then the door would open exactly when the button is pushed.”

Me: “… No.”

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How To Promote A Quitting Spree

| Working | October 28, 2013

(I work for a large defense manufacturer. Towards the end of my second year, in December, I have a conversation with my supervisor.)

Me: “I think my work lately has been good enough that I deserve a promotion.”

Supervisor: “You can’t have a promotion. All the promotions for next year have already been decided on.”

Me: “Excuse me?”

Supervisor: “All the promotions for next year have already been decided on. It’s company-wide. No more promotions are available.”

Me: “Do you mean that if someone was hired who was really brilliant, and who decided he wouldn’t stay unless he got a promotion, he couldn’t get it? That all the promotions for the whole company, for all of next year, have been decided on?”

Supervisor: “Yes.”

(I stare at him for a moment, trying to figure out if he believes that himself, or if he thinks I am stupid enough to believe that.)

Me: “Well, I’m glad we’ve had this talk. I think, under the circumstances, it might be best if I started over somewhere else.”

(Lo and behold, the next day he stopped by my desk to tell me my promotion was in the works!)

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A Self-Lay-Offing Prophecy

| Working | December 4, 2012

(Our company has just been bought out by a competitor. There is some significant downsizing expected. My manager calls me in to break the news first thing on Monday morning.)

Manager: “Here’s the deal: you have to let all eight people on your team go today. There’s a script that you have to use, and an HR rep will be with you.”

Me: “All eight? My whole team?”

Manager: “Yes, the whole team. We still have duties for you, though.”

(And so I go about firing my whole team. After it’s completed, I meet with my manager again.)

Manager: “We have to let you go.”

Me: “…What? I thought you said you had duties for me.”

Manager: “Yes, and you completed them.”

Me: “You kept me on to fire my staff before firing me? That was it?”

Manager: *brightly* “Glad you understand!”

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