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Too Little Too Late

, , , , , | Working | September 24, 2021

[Manager #1] was my manager only briefly, as my old boss left suddenly and a new one couldn’t be found for a few months. She didn’t want to manage me, she didn’t value my job or my input, and she made no attempt to hide it.

A new manager was eventually found, but I never forgot how she treated me. I made every attempt to avoid her, and if she wanted my help, she could ask my boss, and then it was low-priority.

Eventually, I found another job with better pay and fewer hours and handed in my resignation. [Manager #1] made several remarks about me not being a loss to the company. But it didn’t affect me; she didn’t matter and her opinion didn’t matter.

On my last day, she came to my desk.

Manager #1: “Here. Just a little something so as not to part on bad terms.”

Me: “Oh, a card… Thanks.”

Manager #1: “Just a little something, you know. Good luck.”

I already had the bin there for the rest of the stuff in my desk, so the card went there, too. A few weeks into my new job, my new manager pulled me aside.

Manager #2: “We had an applicant get through to the shortlist. I think you might know her… [Manager #1]?”

I was far more professional than [Manager #1] deserved, but I was honest and told him how she had behaved on several occasions. She did not get the job.

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Better A Diesel Dan Than A Hypocritical Henry

, , , , , | Working | September 24, 2021

Some years ago, a guy I worked with was a vanpool driver, and the vans from that agency were all diesel for fuel efficiency and durability.

This driver went out to lunch and drove a load full of people in the van; this is accepted practice. On the way back, he decided to stop for fuel, rather than do it on the way home… only he goofed and filled it with gasoline! It died just as they got back to the plant, and he realized what he’d done basically immediately.

Everybody else went back to work while he dealt with getting a loaner from the agency and getting the dead van towed in for repair. He wound up being referred to as “Diesel Dan” for quite a while.

One time, he was ranting about someone else’s mistake — quite unfairly — and after a bit, I observed:

Me: “If you never make mistakes, you’re not doing anything.” 

When that didn’t get the point across, I added:

Me: “Everybody makes mistakes… right, Diesel Dan?”

He shut up so fast I swear I heard the “clop” as he closed his mouth.

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Give Him A Little Power And It’ll Go Right To His Head

, , , , | Working | September 24, 2021

[Coworker] has been with the company for years. He was at the same level as me in another department but was desperate to get promoted up to a manager position. However, every time he went for a vacancy, he was denied — not enough experience or not a good fit. I have to admit I would agree; he is a good guy but lacks the ability to lead others or multitask.

Eventually, they made a manager position for him; basically, it was his old role but he had a new title and some additional responsibilities. 

We were chatting and I was congratulating him.

Me: “Great news! I’m really happy for you.”

Coworker: “Thanks! It’s been a long time coming. Anyway back to work.”

Me: “Sure, catch up later, okay?”

He stepped away, thought for a moment, and then came back.

Coworker: “Oh, could you send me over the [reports], please?”

Me: “Oh, sure. I have mine nearly done, anyway.”

Coworker: “No, I need the one for [His Department].”

Me: “I don’t have that one. Don’t you normally do it?”

Coworker: “Well, yes, I suppose that’s true, but I’ve been very busy with the new responsibilities.”

Me: “I will see what I can do.”

Coworker: “Thanks. I think you will go far!”

I sat back and watched him wander off, stunned at his arrogance. He isn’t my boss and never will be. I was going to help with his report but decided there and then not to. He later complained to my boss that I’m not a “team player” but was reminded that he has to do his own work and that this promotion was still a trial to see how he managed.

He stopped giving out orders after that.

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Some People Will Do (Almost) Anything For Time Off!

, , , , | Working | September 23, 2021

A while back, I donated a kidney and so was out of work for about a month while recovering. When I finally went back to work, my coworkers understandably had some questions, and during our discussion, I confessed that I had internally put off the donation for a month so the surgery would happen in the new year, thus allowing me to sign up for short-term disability and therefore allowing me to get paid while I was recovering. One coworker seemed mildly offended by this fact.

Coworker: “But you knew you were having the surgery. Isn’t that like fraud or something to sign up for disability and then disable yourself?”

Me: “Not at all. In fact, I even called the agency to ensure they would cover recovery from a donation before signing up so they knew exactly what I was doing. It can’t be fraud if you tell them exactly what you’re planning!”

Coworker: “So, if I want to take a month off, I can just sign up for disability and then shoot myself in the foot?”

Me: “I suppose so, but here is a radical idea. Instead of shooting yourself, maybe you could try something a bit safer to get disability, like, oh, I don’t know, donating your kidney to someone, instead?”

Apparently, my coworker didn’t want that month of vacation enough to take me up on my suggestion on how he could earn it.

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Sounds Like Someone Craves Attention

, , , | Working | September 23, 2021

I have a coworker who is pushing sixty but acts like she is still twenty-something. Due to a situation where she tried to get me fired to deflect from the fact she wasn’t doing her job and her general tendency to be verbally and mentally abusive, I actively try to avoid being alone with her, in-person and on the phone. I instead try to get her to email me exclusively, which gives the added benefit of a paper trail. It helps that she never calls or texts about anything important.

However, she has gotten into the habit of passive-aggressively asking pointless questions repeatedly to try to get a response or complain I am not being responsive. It doesn’t matter if she has asked me in front of her boss five times before or if the question has nothing to do with what I am working on; she will ask again for the sole intent of being a brat.

I receive a text message telling me to call her. I ignore it because I am working on a time-sensitive task and we work in completely different departments with very little overlap. She doesn’t need me to do her job. Five minutes later, I get a ping in the client chat. This is something ANY client can see and should be used to alert to any downtime.

Coworker: “Hi, [My Name]. Please call me right now. It is important.”

I called her. She called to complain that her boss was getting some of her text messages and not responding to others. That was all. Mind you, I am practically the second-lowest on the totem pole. There is nothing I can do. I had to bite my tongue so as not to explain why he might possibly be ignoring her needy butt.

Clients were not happy.

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