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    This Evaluation Is Just Radioed In

    | AB, Canada | Awesome Workers, Bosses & Owners

    (After my first performance evaluation, my boss gave me some tips to follow to improve my radio show. I took his advice to heart, and applied it to my show. This happens during my second performance evaluation, after he finished listening to a recent sample of my radio show.)

    Boss: “Wow. I was not expecting you to do that.”

    Me: “What? What did I do?”

    Boss: “You actually took my advice, applied it, and got better.”

    Me: “Was I not supposed to do that?”

    Boss: “Look. I’ll be honest with you. Most people just ignore my advice and keep doing what they’re doing. I fully expected you to do that, too. All I was going to do today was repeat what I told you last time.”

    Me: “So, do you have any other advice?”

    Boss: “Nope. We’re done here.”

    What An Airhead

    | Monroe, LA, USA | Bosses & Owners, Money, Theme Of The Month

    (I am calling around to some of the radio stations to buy advertising time for some events at our church. I call one station and get the manager, who I had been told was a real ‘heel.’)

    Me: “I would like to see about getting some air time on your station.”

    Receptionist: “One moment, I will let you talk to the manager.”

    (There is a momentary pause.)

    Manager: “Hello. I understand that you are looking for some air time?”

    Me: “Yes, I am.”

    Manager: “Okay, let me start with a question: are you also advertising in the newspaper?”

    Me: “I don’t see how that is relevant.”

    Manager: “Just go with me a second: are you also advertising in the newspaper?”

    Me: “Yes…”

    Manager: “Did you pay for the newspaper ads?”

    Me: “Yes…”

    Manager: “So why would you expect to get advertising from us for free when you paid the newspaper for it?”

    Me: “Free?! Who said anything about getting it for free?!”

    Manager: “Well, you said you wanted to get some air time?”

    Me: “Yes, but that’s not the same thing as asking for it for free!”

    Manager: *sputters a bit*

    Me: “Now, look. I have about $1500 in a line item in my budget for advertising, and I was planning on sending some of it your way! But if this is the way I am going to be talked to, then maybe I need to rethink things!”

    (The manager then proceeded to apologize, but at that point I was so offended that I almost hung up on him.)

    Not A Televisionary Manager

    | AB, Canada | Bad Behavior, Bosses & Owners, Ignoring/Inattentive

    (I work in the newsroom of a radio station. When budget time comes around, my station manager asks if there’s any new equipment we need. Just for the heck of it, I put in a request for a TV for the newsroom, so we can monitor the news channels. The next day, the station manager sends me an e-mail with the subject line, ‘here’s what the higher-ups think of your TV idea” and what follows is a long list of jokes my station manager and her boss have made, ridiculing my suggestion. I’m highly offended, and decide to confront the station manager about it.)

    Me: “I can’t believe you and [Her Boss] took my idea and made fun of it like that. I find this behaviour very unprofessional.”

    Station Manager: “I’m unprofessional? I’M UNPROFESSIONAL? YOU’RE the one who’s unprofessional because you didn’t do a news story about MY BIRTHDAY! Every reporter who’s worked here in the past has done a news story about MY BIRTHDAY and made a fuss about me on the air, and you’re the first one who didn’t! Do you know how humiliating it was for me when everyone in the company started asking what the news department did for my birthday, and I had to tell them that you did nothing? SO DON’T TALK TO ME ABOUT UNPROFESSIONALISM!”

    (Since the TV wasn’t that important, I drop the issue completely. A few weeks later, my boss is making his monthly visit. We’re in a meeting, when my station manager barges in.)

    Station Manager: “After doing further research, I have determined that NO OTHER RADIO STATION IN THE COUNTRY has a TV in their newsroom. So drop this TV foolishness once and for all!”

    Me: “First, I have toured [Well-Known News Station], and they have a TV in their newsroom. I’ve also visited friends who work at [Other Radio Station], and they have a TV in their newsroom. And I did my internship at [Sister Station], and, not only do they have a TV in the newsroom, but a TV in the announcer’s booth, too.”

    Boss: “Yeah, a TV in the newsroom is quite a common thing. I’ve been asking [Station Manager's Boss] for one at our flagship station for years, but he keeps saying it’s not in the budget.”

    (My station manager stands there for a bit, just beside herself, not knowing what to say.)

    Station Manager: “Good meeting, everybody! Your feedback will be taken into consideration.”

    (She sprints out of the room. My boss just turns to me and apologizes for me having to work with her.)

    A**-hole In One, Part 2

    | AB, Canada | Bosses & Owners, Crazy Requests, Politics

    (Canada Day is right around the corner, and our member of Parliament is coming to town to partake in the ceremonies and make a few funding announcements. It kicks off with a breakfast ceremony at the public golf course, where he’ll be presenting the golf course with a grant. Our station’s news reporter writes up a news story about the MP (Member of Parliament) coming to town, including the golf course, and reads it on the air. And then, he gets a call…)

    Caller: “Yes, I was wondering how one would get tickets to that breakfast ceremony with the MP?”

    Reporter: “Oh, I’m sorry. As I said in my news story, that event is by invitation only.”

    Caller: “So you admit it, then.”

    Reporter: “Admit what?”

    Caller: “THAT YOU LIED IN YOUR NEWS STORY!”

    Reporter: “Excuse me?”

    Caller: “I’m the manager of the golf course, and I clearly heard you say that people can buy tickets to the breakfast with the MP!”

    Reporter: “I said no such thing. The news story is posted to our website, and you can listen it to again to be sure what you heard.”

    Caller: “ARE YOU CALLING ME A LIAR? I KNOW WHAT I HEARD! Because you LIED on the radio about MY golf course, you are hereby BANNED from the MP’s breakfast and BANNED from the golf course!”

    (The reporter shares this story with me. He’s quite shaken by it. The big day arrives, and the reporter heads off to cover some of the non-golf-course-related events going on, when I get a call at the station. It’s our MP himself.)

    MP: “Hey, [My Name]. Do you know where [Reporter] is? We’re about to do this presentation at the golf course, and he’s not here yet.”

    Me: “Oh, he’s not coming. The manager banned him from this event today.”

    MP: “What?!”

    (I quickly relay the story to the MP.)

    MP: “I don’t know what the golf course manager’s problem is, but [Reporter] is NOT banned from this event. He can come as my personal guest.”

    (I quickly call up the reporter, give him the good news, and he speeds off to the golf course. And a few days later, I heard the golf course got a new manager!)

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    Intern-al Conflict

    | GA, USA | Bosses & Owners, Lazy/Unhelpful, New Hires

    (Just a couple months into starting a new position at a new company, my boss cuts half my staff without telling me.)

    Boss: “I know you’re essentially the entire department right now, but we’re going to set up some interns for this summer and fall.”

    Me: “Well, that’s something, at least. I’ll need someone who can take the station vehicle to go cover events.”

    Boss: “Can’t do it. We can’t put them on our insurance, and I won’t pay their gas money.”

    Me: “Okay… then I’ll use them to fill in on-air for when me or [coworker] is out.”

    Boss: “Nope. No interns on air. Full time employees only.”

    Me: “Um… well, since you got rid of my night news guy, then I’ll just have them post stories on the website overnight so we can have fresh content in the morning.”

    Boss: “Nope. Interns can only work until 4:30. No later.”

    Me: “So you cut my entire staff, and you’re going to replace them with interns that can’t do a single thing that the former employees did?”

    Boss: “Yeah… what’s the problem?”

    Me: “Just… never mind. I don’t need any interns then.”

    (I come back from vacation to find out that I now have to ‘manage’ two interns that cannot do anything I need them to do.)


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