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 email@example.com. 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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I’ll admit, I like a good gossip session when it doesn’t involve me (is that even fair to say?). And I think it’s perfectly okay when co-workers who are equals gossip as a way to relieve stress or bond. But I can’t get behind managers who gossip with subordinates about other employees in the office.
When I see this happen my mind starts to think that I’m the one being gossiped about and it doesn’t help when all whispering ceases when I’m in close proximity – then again, it could happen to anyone walking by because gossips don’t want to be heard. DUH!
I think managers who gossip with subordinates set a dangerous example and it can be viewed negatively. The weak pact that gets tossed around: “You can’t tell anyone this” never works. If the gossip is good, it’ll come out sooner than later. That type of gossip can be seen as favouritism, conspiring against someone, rude, and unprofessional. All of those views and emotions can snowball into a big cluster fuck of messiness. Will jobs be on the line? Maybe.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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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I got asked this question last week when I was washing my bowl in the communal kitchen after having lunch. The question took me by surprise because it was unprompted without any of the typical superficial pre conversation like “How’s your week going? or Did you know Janet from Finance called in sick again in two weeks. Somebody’s getting F-I-R-E-D” and its ilk. So excuse me when it took me a long 10 seconds and a confused blank stare to reply. The exchange went something like this:
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HAPPY NEW YEAR, Office Ranters. May 2017 bring your more joy and rants.
See you in the new year!