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    Failed The Draft

    | Richmond, England, UK | Bosses & Owners, Ignoring/Inattentive

    (I’ve drafted a report, which I hand to my supervisor to proofread. He scribbles down some annotations in red pen and hands it back to me. I go back to my desk to update it. Quarter of an hour later, he comes over to see how I’m progressing. He promptly picks up the draft copy off the desk.)

    Supervisor: “Why is this covered in red pen? You need to keep reports neat!”

    Me: “Er… that’s the draft you’re looking at. You put the red pen there.”

    Supervisor: *ignores me* “I told you to extend this section here. Why haven’t you done it?”

    Me: “I have, if you’ll just look at the computer screen.”

    Supervisor: *continues reading the draft* “Why haven’t you moved this paragraph to here?”

    Me: “Again, I have, could you please look at the copy I’m actually working on.”

    Supervisor: “If you’re not going to listen to me, there’s no point in me checking it. Now get on with updating it!”

    (He actually did this several times while I was working there. I suspect he was doing it deliberately.)

    Don’t Box In His Abilities

    | CA, USA | Bizarre/Silly, Bosses & Owners

    Me: “[Manager], can I please borrow your [specific textbook], and take it home over the weekend?”

    Manager: “Sure.”

    (Then I see that, due to our recent office move, my manager’s stuff is still all in five or six boxes.)

    Me: “Wait, is it going to be a pain to find?”

    (Manager opens the top box and in one move of the hand locates the book in question.)

    Me: “Nice! Can you similarly lay your hand on any other item I might mention?”

    Manager: “Of course! You doubt me?!”

    Me: “Yes, I doubt you!”

    It Will Click For Him One Day

    | The Netherlands | Bosses & Owners, Ignoring/Inattentive, Technology

    (I’m a UI designer. I sketch wireframes of screens before they get implemented in our software. I’m just on my way out, when I run into my boss.)

    Boss: “Hey, still here? You know what’s funny?”

    Me: “I was just about to leave, but… tell me?”

    Boss: “You know that [Sales Rep] and I tend to work late, and sit here after office hours? We have discussions sometimes, you know, and we come up with the most funky things! Good things happen. You won’t believe it!”

    (This announcement is going nowhere, but I know my boss and just nod understandingly. He goes on to make his point:)

    Boss: “You know, just last evening, we were sitting here, and [Coworker] just showed us this software you designed, and it looked really good! It was really nice!”

    (I can’t believe Coworker has implemented the screens yet, as we have discussed the revisions only this morning and he is very strict in his work. Still, my boss keeps saying how ‘funky’ and ‘nice’ it was.)

    Me: “I cannot really believe [Coworker] has implemented them yet. But eh, maybe he started already… so… thanks for liking it.”

    Boss: “I can show it to you right away. He’s still in the office!” *runs off and taps [Coworker] on the shoulder*

    Boss: “Hey, [Coworker]! Show her the screens!”

    Coworker: “Those weren’t screens. Those were the sketched wireframes.”

    Boss: “But it was there and all… and you clicked it… you made it click! It clicked!”

    Coworker: “Really can’t be. Those were really only the wireframes.”

    Boss: “But it clicked…”

    Don’t Fall Behind On The Schedule

    | Cincinnati, OH, USA | Bosses & Owners, Coworkers, Ignoring/Inattentive

    (I work in a meat department at a big name store. None of the people who work at night are trained to use the saws, so they start having one of the trained people come in at night. We never really know which one, so we have a tendency to ask another night clerk in the department.)

    Me: *stocking the cases*

    Coworker: “Hey, who’s working with us tonight?”

    Me: “[Department Head].”

    Coworker: “D*** it! I hate working with him!”!

    Me: “Um…”

    Coworker: “It’s just so annoying!”

    Me: “…he’s right behind you.”

    Department Head: *stocking another shelf nearby, and turns to say* “That was actually pretty funny!”

    Under New Mismanagement, Part 3

    | WI, USA | Bosses & Owners, Employees, Ignoring/Inattentive, Lazy/Unhelpful

    (I work at a fabric and crafts store where employees wear headsets to communicate. It is a stocking day and there are more workers than normal: in this case, three full managers, a part-time manager, and me [a part-time associate]. I am currently working the counter where patrons can get by-the-yard items measured when the register bell starts ringing.)

    Me: *ignoring the bell since one of the managers is supposed to be manning it* “—and how much of [Product] do you need today?”

    Patron #1: “Can you show me what three yards looks like?”

    Me: “Sure can.”

    (I starts laying out fabric when I notice no-one has gone to the registers.)

    Me: “One moment, please.” *over my radio* “There’s a customer at registers.”

    Register Manager: “We’re all in the office and will be here for a while. You’ll have to get it.”

    (Note: there is ALWAYS supposed to be one manager on the floor at all times and no one ever gave me the heads-up that I was the only one the floor. At this point, the patron at the registers is annoyed and smacking the bell.)

    Me: *loudly to be heard halfway across the store* “Someone will be with you as soon as they can!” *over radio* “I can’t. I’m cutting and have a line.”

    (My manager finally comes out, acting huffy and irritated that she actually has to do the job she’s scheduled for. Afterward, they all gather at my counter (guess their impromptu meeting wasn’t that important) where I am still helping patrons. They proceed to help the part-time manager pick out materials for a personal project and gossip, while on the clock, in front of customers. Register bell rings again just as I am done cutting and trying to get caught up putting everything away. No one else even acts like they hear the bell.)

    Me: *after running across the store to the registers* “Sorry, thank you for waiting. Apparently I’m the only one working today.”

    Patron #1: “I noticed.”

    Related:
    Under New Mismanagement, Part 2
    Under New Mismanagement


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