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Started by MrPurple on Dec 18, 2019 1:31:08 PM
Things at work that piss you right off

I'm sure there must be a couple of minor niggles.

MrPurple - 18 Dec 2019 13:34:15 (#1 of 127)

There's a bloke come up for a couple of days from our main office in Manchester. He has a scouse accent so thick it's almost a parody.

The effect is similar to that of fingernails on a blackboard.

FleurDuMal - 18 Dec 2019 13:38:21 (#2 of 127)

The assumption that staff have bottomless reserves of goodwill, and can be asked to work extra hours/take on extra responsibilities at random.

RosyLovelady - 28 Feb 2020 18:53:09 (#3 of 127)

I inherited a boss who had been in the army and who saw it as his first duty to find out who was the enemy. In so doing, he created many where there had been none before.

widenation - 28 Feb 2020 19:29:02 (#4 of 127)

People who leave Word-doc track/tracking changes without making the fucking changes.

hailesaladdie - 28 Feb 2020 19:56:41 (#5 of 127)

The rise of individualism in the workplace.

In my book, managers are responsible for the people in their team. They take the flak and shield them, they share praise generously, they fight their corner and, above all, they mentor, teach and look after them.

But no more! You too can now be a manager with none of these management responsibilities. You just need to look after numbers and nag people and network your way up the ladder by telling senior management everything is OK.

It starts with "inspirational" stories on the intranet. Look at how much I taught myself. How I put myself out there. How I applied for all these internal vacancies. I get up at 6 and go to the gym with a mouthful of goji berries.

Then all the awards at the team meetings. Amazing, this person trained themselves in their own time to do the stuff that their job demanded.

Then there's those employees who aren't getting on well. No longer are they to get the support of their manager, or have their manager's leadership skills questioned - no, they are now toxic individuals, to be shunned and managed out as quickly as possible.

LinkedIn has a lot to answer for.

hailesaladdie - 28 Feb 2020 19:59:11 (#6 of 127)

The assumption that all work requires constant communication (it doesn't) and that noise equals communication (it doesn't).

Just this week, they removed all partitions and anything remotely noise absorbing in my office, to enhance communication. It doesn't, though, it just makes it harder to concentrate. So half the people have headphones on and everybody communicates less.

hailesaladdie - 28 Feb 2020 20:03:48 (#7 of 127)

Also, people who book meetings over lunch. Especially when you've booked out lunch to make sure that nobody books it.

"But it's the only time free!"

"It's. Not. Free."

The same people will often also book 8am calls.

"Can't make that, I'm sorry."

"Oh, really, it's only an hour early."

"I know. But I'll be taking my son to nursery."

"Can't your wife do that?"

"Well, it's not <checks watch> 1976, so no."

widenation - 28 Feb 2020 20:10:55 (#8 of 127)

People who can't seem to use a toilet without leaving it showered in piss.

Peacock - 28 Feb 2020 20:17:14 (#9 of 127)

Scum who leave used tea bags in the sink.

widenation - 28 Feb 2020 20:28:35 (#10 of 127)

C*nt employees who park in the 'visitors' slots in the office car park.

Gotout - 28 Feb 2020 20:30:45 (#11 of 127)

Along with #9, people who put a wet spoon into the coffee jar and then put it into the sugar bowl, transfering a selection of coffee granules into the sugar.

MrPurple - 28 Feb 2020 20:33:42 (#12 of 127)

People who don't put a new roll of bog paper in the holder when they use the last sheet. Which, as far as I can tell, is every single one of my colleagues. Seriously. I'm pretty sure I'm the only person who knows how to do it.

HouseOfLametta - 28 Feb 2020 20:34:35 (#13 of 127)

People who piss in the sink and leave the plug in.

nemo75 - 28 Feb 2020 20:35:00 (#14 of 127)


FGBFGB - 28 Feb 2020 20:36:10 (#15 of 127)

People, and work.

Tenesmus - 28 Feb 2020 20:36:32 (#16 of 127)

And piss, apparently.

FGBFGB - 28 Feb 2020 20:40:02 (#17 of 127)

That too.

Tenesmus - 28 Feb 2020 20:45:45 (#18 of 127)

Not communicating because of some hierarchical need-to-know bullshit.

widenation - 28 Feb 2020 20:48:42 (#19 of 127)

People who like to have the air con set to "icy blast" throughout the winter. If you start sweating profusely in what's a cold building in January then you need to see your GP, not make everone else wear coats at their desks.

TheExcession - 28 Feb 2020 20:54:38 (#20 of 127)

The old bloke in our department who is ten years past the state pension age and refuses to retire, sleeps at his desk, stinks of piss, talks to himself, and seems to spend his few waking hours leaving IT messes for others to sort out (such as rebooting servers in the middle of the working day by accident), can't remember the basics from one day to another, is taking up a position that we'd dearly love to fill with someone capable of doing the job and yet we still can't get rid of him. Yes there are work capability assessments, but they take fucking years...

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