I think I’m really going to enjoy working at my new job because I can bank all of the dumb shit my coworkers say and lay it out for you on Office Ranter. Come to think of it, my new job is a gold mine.
UPDATE: If you read my post from last week, I’m happy to announce that another Canadian was hired, although for a different department.
Anyway, moving on to this week’s #ShitMyCoworkerSays post. And as always I want to hear your stories and rants. Send submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please and thank you.
Context: Three days into my new job, I felt I could peg who the micro managers were, regardless of title, by the way they hovered over peers and barked orders like the stick up their butt holes were causing splinters. But there was one colleague who surprised me. Hierarchy-wise, she was on the same level as me. She appeared “normal” and was really easy to talk to. There was one time I asked her where I could find certain documents. She came over to my desk to show me the pathway and she mentioned that she sent me an email with an article that pertained to my current project. I took a look at it, bookmarked the article, then deleted the email. BIG MISTAKE!
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Like bosses, coworkers also say dumb shit. And the more people you work with, the number of dumb words spoken goes up – exponentially.
I’m happy to document it all with #ShitMyCoworkerSays and I want to hear your stories, too. Send submissions to email@example.com. Please and thank you.
Context: On my first day at my new job, myself and the “racist white lady” were invited out to lunch to meet our new department mates. When you meet them, it’s clear that our new work mates are an international bunch. So what does “racist white lady” say the moment she sits down at the table before getting to know anyone?
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Sorry for the two-month radio silence, Ranters. I was looking for a new job because I felt my 9 to 5 gig was making me dumber. I’m happy to announce that as of last week, I’m working somewhere new and it will put my brain power to the test. I’ll spill the new job details in a future post because I want to dedicate today to something that’s been on my mind since I started my new job.
Continue reading “Etiquette is Dead: When My Real Name Brings Out the Casual Racist in You”
Sorry, but I don’t want to donate money to your husband’s hockey fundraiser or your kid’s school this year or any year. It’s not because I can’t afford it, but it’s because I find it all too invasive and impersonal. It makes for some awkward conversation when you’re standing across my desk and shoving the donation box in my face, but won’t leave my office when I’ve clearly indicated that I’m not interested in donating.
To me, the work place is not the place or environment to be asking for money of any kind. Call me a skeptic, but how do I know the fundraiser is legit and not used as a front to pay for the vacation that we all know you will be going on next week?
Plus, some people can’t afford it and don’t want to be put on the spot like they’re they bad guy for not shelling out the money they earned.
What would you do in this case? Any advice on how to respond diplomatically?
And we’re back with the second instalment of #ShitMyBossSays. To the seven people who I fooled into reading last week’s post – THANK YOU!
My boss’s constant bull shit is the source of my entertainment and hopefully yours. I’m happy to document it all with #ShitMyBossSays and I want to hear your stories, too. Send submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please and thank you.
Context: My boss LOVES to delegate assignments through email. Under tight deadlines, most efficient bosses will schedule a face-to-face meeting or get on a quick phone call to ensure nothing important gets missed. Not my boss. She loves to wait till the last possible second before hitting the panic button, and when you can’t deliver she’ll blame you. Sure, you can go to her office and ask for clarity, but her door is always closed or she’ll be on a phone call or away from her desk – so email it is. Below is an email exchange I had with her regarding her wanting me to send some final collateral items for our next e-newsletter, which was going out that day.
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When people say dumb shit without thinking first, I can typically let it go because who knows how many words I’ve slaughtered as an ESL person and hoped that no one noticed. But when it’s someone in a position of authority and essentially determines your career trajectory, the arch in my eyebrows practically fall off, I say.
So, in honour of my boss and her constant bull shit, I’m happy to document it all with #ShitMyBossSays. And I want to hear your stories, too. Send submissions to email@example.com. Please and thank you.
Context: Was invited to lunch by our media buyer who wanted to say thank you for the work and partnership. Reservations was for 1:00 PM. I was aiming to leave at 12:15, so the time before I was making some last-minute adjustments to some creatives for our next campaign. I finish and send it to my boss. 12:15 rolls around and I head to my car where I checked my email. BIG MISTAKE!
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I was reading this article from Forbes about employee burn out and I was like “Yep, that’s me. Check, check, and check”. Growing up as a child of Chinese immigrants, a proper work ethic was often considered more important than breathing. My dad, in his broken English, would say things like “If you don’t work hard always, no job for you. No job for you, no money, no breathing“.
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