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    Under New Mismanagement, Part 4

    | AB, Canada | Bosses & Owners, Ignoring/Inattentive, Lazy/Unhelpful

    (I’m the supervisor of my department. A previous coworker once complained about not having enough to do, so the boss decided to give this coworker some of my duties. The coworker soon moved on, and her replacement just assumed that my duties were part of the position. Then my boss moved on, and I got a new boss. I didn’t know this arrangement baffled the new boss, until we had this conversation at our weekly productivity meeting.)

    Boss: “Hey, how come [Coworker] always sends you to these meetings? How come he never comes?”

    Me: “He doesn’t need to come because he’s not the supervisor. I am.”

    Boss: “That can’t be. His e-mail signature says that he’s the supervisor.”

    Me: “No. That’s my e-mail signature.”

    Boss: “If he’s not the supervisor, then why does he do supervisor stuff?”

    Me: “The last person in that position complained about not having enough to do, so your predecessor said he could do some of my work.”

    Boss: “So if I go to the filing cabinet over there, and pull out your personnel files, it’s going to tell me that the supervisor is…”

    Me: “ME.”

    Boss: “Well, maybe that needs to change.”

    Me: “I’m glad you brought that up. When [Coworker] was hired, I asked if we wanted to maintain this arrangement. And since you hadn’t started yet, I was told to save the question for you. Now that you’ve brought it up, let’s settle it. How would you like it to change?”

    Boss: “Um, er, um… Whatever you two decide is fine.”

    Under New Mismanagement, Part 3
    Under New Mismanagement, Part 2
    Under New Mismanagement

    Snowed Under With Work

    , | MI, USA | Bosses & Owners, Crazy Requests

    (Because I walk to work, if it gets too cold or there’s too much snow, they’ll call me and tell me not to come in, and I can come in early or stay late the next day to make up the hours.)

    Manager: “Hey, [My Name], just letting you know we won’t need you tonight, but you can come in at 11 tomorrow if you want.”

    Me: “Would it be possible for me to stay late instead? I’m babysitting in the morning and I don’t think I’ll make it there by 11.”

    Manager: “Can you try and make it by noon?”

    Me: “I’ll see what I can do. If it’s another snow day for the schools I don’t think I can, but I’ll call by 11 tomorrow and let you know.”

    (The next day rolls around and sure enough, the schools get a snow day so I can’t make it in by noon. I call at 10:30.)

    Me: “…so I’ll be in at my scheduled time today, not any earlier, but I can stay late if you need me to.”

    Manager: “But this isn’t enough notice! You have to call three hours before you’re scheduled. A lot of people called out today because of the snow. I need you to come in. Get here by noon or I’m writing you up!”

    Me: “But—”

    Manager: “GET HERE OR YOU’RE FIRED!”

    (I called her boss and explained the situation, and was told that technically, because it was so cold, I should have been told not to come in at all!)

    That’s A Resignation For The Books

    | MA, USA | Bad Behavior, Bosses & Owners

    (For eight years I have worked part-time at a bookstore, despite being injured on the job, because I love books so much. I’m not exactly a people person, though. Our latest store manager has had it in for me ever since she showed up, and I’ve been stressed out of my mind for over two years. I take advantage of the departure of the only remaining good manager to put in my two weeks’ notice.)

    Store Manager: “Hey, [My Name], is this letter for real?”

    Me: “Yes. My last shift will be [date].”

    Store Manager: “And the bit here about ‘taking care of my physical and mental health’ – is that for real, or are you just being dramatic?”

    Me: “You’ve just made my point for me.”

    (I’m a little more broke but a lot more sane now!)

    Wake Me Up When September Begins

    | Italy | Bosses & Owners, Rude & Risque

    (I’m in the boss’ office discussing some issues. While I’m there, the boss’ phone rings. I only hear his half of the conversation.)

    Boss: “…no, don’t even go there. It’s July now and that will be in September. What’s the use talking about it? It’s like talking about going to bed with Claudia Schiffer.”

    Me: “Er, no, boss. September is going to happen eventually.”

    (He cracked up at that and had to end the call…)

    Putting The Decision Upon Your Shoulders

    | San Antonio, TX, USA | Bosses & Owners, Coworkers, Crazy Requests

    (A coworker and I are in the stockroom, making a pallet of salvaged and damaged items to ship back to our store’s returns center. The stockroom manager is chatting with us about a recent inspection. All three of us are very different heights.)

    Manager: “So the inspector said the pallets have to be only shoulder high.”

    Me: “Wait… what? Measured against whose shoulders?”

    Manager: “That’s what I said, but he said they should be shoulder-high to whoever’s dealing with them.”

    Coworker: “But… I’m six foot two, [My Name]‘s five and a half, and you’re four and a half feet tall… and we all have to deal with the pallets at different times.”

    Me: “Are we supposed to magically make the pallets change size, or just assume they should all be shoulder-height to the shortest person in the store?”

    Manager: “I know, right? And if we made all the pallets the height of my shoulders, we’d have twice as many to deal with. Congratulations, [Coworker], if anyone asks, you’re now officially the person who handles all the pallets.”

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