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okay, one more work post

Saturday, February 17th, 2018

Happenings from yesterday, in no particular order: *Listened to a manager try to explain to a director what a return purchase order is. (“Yes, that’s what it’s called.”) ((PS: He was totally right.)) *Heard that the CEO gave blood at the blood drive and was asked if his socks met his sweater-vest. (Blood drive employee […]

the magic of “not ideal”

Wednesday, February 7th, 2018

I’m sure it originally came from tumblr, so my apologies to the OP for not crediting. And also my enormous thanks, because “not ideal” has turned out to be a workplace magic phrase. My workplace has a thing about “being negative.” As in, don’t do it. (If there’s one thing they’re negative about, it’s negativity!) […]

workaday Thursday

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

Back to work! That sure will be something. I’ve already done a quick check of my work emails — always a toss-up whether that’s a good idea or not. On the negative side, it tends to ramp up my stress about work things at a time when there’s nothing I can do about it. On […]

workaday Wednesday

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

There is a book that lives in our work area, called “The Five Dysfunctions of a Team.” (author Patrick Lencioni) I have not read the book. As far as I know, no one has read the book, or even knows where the book came from. But it has been kicking around our area for a […]

workaday Wednesday

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

The boss is on vacation all week. After two days, I feel confident in being able to complete this sentence: “When the boss is away, the employees will…” The correct answer in our workplace is: bicker. A lot. I’ve also decided this is the perfect week to do a relatively time-consuming but not terribly difficult […]

workaday Wednesday

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

WHAT HAVE I DONE? Okay, backstory: twice a year the company I work for has this big national meeting, and the department I’m in always gets a little noisy about the fact we’re not invited. (Oh, we’re *important* to the company, just not *that* important.) ANYWAY, it is mostly in good fun and we do […]

workaday Wednesday

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016

I told a lie at work yesterday. In my defense, I was confused, and I still think there was a possibility I ended up in some weird alternate universe for a few minutes. Okay, backstory: like many workplaces, mine likes to hand out trophies sometimes. My sense is that this mainly makes the committees that […]

mark my words

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

Yesterday I was training some new people at work, and we were talking about challenging calls. And the reality is, there are a limited number of things we can do for people, so the goal is generally to make the call as pleasant an experience as possible without actually being able to do what they […]

workaday Wednesday

Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

Headed for work an hour early today, to attend a mandatory Safety Meeting. According to the agenda, we will be talking about “Slips, Trips, and Falls.” I’m not entirely sure why, though my guess would be it’s a legal thing. Seriously, though, how great would it be to show up at the meeting and have […]

workaday Wednesday

Wednesday, December 9th, 2015

I’ll try to keep the work drama to a minimum in honor of — as Miss Piggy would say — “the blessed day of Christmas.” But a quick update on the workplace: they love goals, right? So the company as a whole started the year with a list of FIVE things that were supposed to […]