The Micromanagers Enter Via Portal

| Working | April 10, 2017

(I’m the leader for the interns at my company. Our team is small, but we perform some pretty important contract services for the company employees. Everything has to be just right before we complete a request. One day our floor manager is showing around a new member of my team. She is definitely a micro-manager, despite the fact she doesn’t know anything about what my team does. They eventually reach my desk.)

Manager: “Okay, [New Hire], you’ll be sitting with [My Name] while you’re in training and when you’re done she’ll assign you to a cube of your own.”

New Hire: “Sounds good.”

Manager: *goes on about several other points she’s already told him, basically just taking up time* “Now, I think that’s everything you need to know for now, but I don’t want you to hesitate to come to me if you have any questions.” *starts to walk away*

New Hire: “Thanks, no problem.”

Me: “All right, I’ve just accepted a new request so if you want to grab that extra chair we can go through it together…”

Manager: *suddenly reappears* “Oh! I forgot to mention something, and this is important.”

New Hire: *expecting something about company policy, etc* “Yes?”

Manager: “Every month we bring in a cake for the employees whose birthdays fall in that month, and we don’t want anyone to be left out, so be sure to give [My Name] your birth date for the list. [My Name], make sure he does this by the end of the day.”

New Hire: “Uh…” *glances at me*

Me: *blurts out the only thing I can think of* “The cake is not a lie.”

(New Hire started cracking up while the manager looked at me like I’d just spoken another language. Eventually she walked away and we finally started training.)

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