I'm fairly mellow as an office person. Nothing really drives me nuts... other than general political flip-flops (by either administration or politicians). Micro-managers are awful to report to, but I haven't had to do that in a loooooong time. I've been very lucky that I've had great co-workers and bosses for the most part (and I'm really good at tuning out background noise/conversations).
How do I know you are who you think you are?
I worked with a guy that showered maybe every three days and had a Grizzly Adams type beard. He used to wear open toed sandals which weren't pretty. It was insufferable when it got hot outside.
"He defended the cause of the poor and needy, and so all went well. Is that not what it means to know me?" Jeremiah 22:16
I'll take a slightly contrary position: I don't mind staff coming into my office when I'm not meeting with someone to discuss issues/processes/procedures. I need to know what's happening and give direction. That's my job.
BTW, I don't micro-manage...except when in comes to Rumpy's work. My greatest challenge is to keep him out of trouble.
Oh, and the deskforts. Drive me crazy. Wait, I've been out of the office for three consecutive working days.
Since I have changed my personality from an A to a B, the following did not upset me, in fact I found it amusing. but if I were still in my A personality mode I would have been
I had written an ordinace for a community and it was adopted. A couple of months later they asked me to come back for a town hall type of meeting to explain to citizens in the community who had questions (they obviously did not show up for any of the public sessions or hearings)
During my presentation, a women sitting in the front row answered her cell phone when it rang. She said hello in a normal tone of voice then proceded to explain that she was at a city meeting I stopped talking and everyone listened to her (including me) as she explained what she had done that day and that she was going to stop on the way home and pick up milk. When she was done talking, she shut her phone off and looked up with an expression --well you can continue now . So I finished my presentation and everyone was happy with the new ordinance and with me of course
But I was still amazed at what had taken place
And no one was upset, so I guess people have just become used to this
Not very much.....probably the biggest one is newspapers that get stories completely wrong or misquote.
"Growth is inevitable and desirable, but destruction of community character is not. The question is not whether your part of the world is going to change. The question is how." -- Edward T. McMahon, The Conservation Fund
the people in my cube area apparently don't have as much work to do as i do. so they spend most of the day chatting loudly. it tends to get on my nerves esp. when i'm on an important phone call.
In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends. -Martin Luther King Jr.
I no longer work at this municipality but the city manager there used to take off his shoes and slip up behind me and just stand there breathing. He liked to scare the ladies like that and the clerks would play along and giggle at his antics. I didn't play his games (maybe thats why he fired me). Exhibiting classic passive aggressive behavior, he would also never ever ever never have a face to face talk w/me about my job performance. But every week someties every day he would have to leave rude, and belligerent voice mails to me. I hated listening to thoseand often didn't OOps delete. Needless to say i thought he was a micromanaging prick.
That asshat drove me crazy and the old guy who used to readjust 20 times a day. I wanted to say to him, give up the boxers already!
I think I need to extend my sabbatical
The new internet policy.... but my productivity is through the roof!
You get all squeezed up inside/Like the days were carved in stone/You get all wired up inside/And it's bad to be alone
You can go out, you can take a ride/And when you get out on your own/You get all smoothed out inside/And it's good to be alone
Our office secretary and her constant stories about her kids, her 3rd marriage and their sex lives, and her complete inability to do anything related to work.
The inability to move up in position or get a raise, regardless of how hard we work, because the staff positions are set in stone.
Meaningless paperwork that has no significant relevance to anything that will ever happen.
Lack of a computer system that is not an F3 does based system to track planning, zoning, building, and code enforcement activities.
"A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right, and raises at first a formidable outcry in defense of custom. Time makes more converts than reason." - Thomas Paine Common Sense.
B calls me "Did you send me that fax yet?"
Me "Yes, didn't you get it?"
B "I don't know, I haven't gotten up to check the fax machine yet"
The new rule that we can't eat lunch at our desks.
The women who refuse to sit on the toilet, they must hover over it and pee on it. Then not cleaning it up.
The people who insist on silence in the workplace. (My music is on low!)
Stupid zoning inspector who decides he can plan now- but basically just wants to ignore the ordinance and let people run convenience stores out of their garages
My coworker who came in, despite having a fever and throwing up, cuz he had to go to that meeting. Then saying over and over again "man, i hate to expose people to this."
*endless one-sided talking (that can be measured in hours)
*office romances - Way too much drama and I don't give a crap.
*people talking about their personal lives, specifically romantic dilemmas, money, politics, religion, personal habits (sex, drugs, etc.) - I don't mind two people talking about a relationship or church or whatever, but when a room is full and everyone is listening, STOP. Talking about families, children, spouses, is fine, I just don't want to hear the sordid details about any of it. It will just turn into a pi$$ing contest between everyone.
When people talk to their kids (I'm talking under 3 or 4 year s old) in the ridiculously annoying baby talk. I want to record it and hack into their voice mail and put it down as their announcement. That would be great.
"Oh, that is all well and good, but, voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country."
- Herman Göring at the Nuremburg trials (thoughts on democracy)
Dang I'm glad I don't work with many of you. You seem like you don't want to talk to anyone or try to get to nkow anyone in your office. Stay in your little cubicles and type away like a little hermit crab. That sounds like an office of engineers.
Oh... I thought of something that annoys me: when people leave food for months on end in the communal fridge. It's so gross. I have been an offender on occasion, so I guess I annoy myself!
Last edited by Tranplanner; 11 Jan 2007 at 8:37 AM. Reason: double reply
Let's add blatant racist remarks and slurs to the list.
...Moving at the speed of local government
The micro-managing boss.
Actually, thanks to the deskfort, if I hear somebody walking down the hall looking for me I can make a quick escape.
A guy once told me, "Do not have any attachments, do not have anything in your life you are not willing to walk out on in 30 seconds flat if you spot the heat around the corner."
Neil McCauley (Robert DeNiro): Heat 1995
I got in trouble for swearing at work the other day. It is very unprofessional in the work place. Then, today, the manager who said that referred to her "bad-ass painkillers."