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Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Passive Aggressive

Here's an example of bad office politics:

Background

One of the managers here at my company is a complete twat. I've been working on a major project for this company that is designed to highlight the benefits of this company and increase employee appreciation of their compensation package (and hopefully increase morale). This project involves her in a very important way...She's in charge of benefits. I've been leading the project and she's consistently blown off my meeting requests.

Problem

So, last week the twat asks me to meet with her regarding something SHE needs. I could have been a prick, but since I'm trying to start fresh at this company...I obliged and met with her and someone else in her department.

She then asks if I can pull some data for her for some compliance testing. I told her that I would look into it and let her know by this week if I could do it or not.
So I spend a week working on it... And actually figured it out to the point that not only could I tell her that I could do it, but I also did the work. So I send over the data to her this a.m.

Good boy, right?

Then an hour ago I hear her saying (she's in the cube behind mine) to the person that's working on this with, "This stuff Scott sent isn't going to work. So you and I will have to do it ourselves. We'll meet next week to discuss."

I'm thinking to myself, "Oh no she didn't!"

So I walk over there and politely say "I'm sorry, I overheard your conversation and was wondering if there was a problem with the data I sent you."

Twat says: "No, it's just not in the layout that I want. I want the data in columns. So we will do this ourselves."

Me: "Well, that's fine. But just so you know, the data in 5 of the 6 spreadsheets is in columns. I see that file you are looking at is the one that isn't. Did you happen to look at the other files?"

Twat: "No, not yet."

Me: "Well, before you jump to conclusions, please look at those files and see if it's what you need."

Twat: "Well, I need..."

Me: "Please look at the files."

Twat(looking): "Yes..This is what I need.. But the one file...."

Me: "That one file can be put into a pivot table and be pivoted into columns if you so need it. Why redo all of the work when you could just ask me to fix that one file?"

Twat: "Oh, well, I'll have to meet with ___ to discuss this next week."

Me: "Well I'm going to let you be, but before you redo all of the work that I've done, please let me know if there's a problem with it. I will be more than happy to configure it to your liking." (walking off)

She's such a "See you next Tuesday!" WTF ???

So, I'm not really attached to this job or anything. I don't want to be doing this for the rest of my life. Therefore, I will not put up with this type of behavior. Life's too short and I've got too much to offer to spend my time dealing with office politics.

I have also made it known to my boss that I'm not going to put up with childish behavior. In fact, after meeting with the twat as outlined above, I went to him and pulled him into a private office and told him what happened: "I will NOT spend a week of my time doing work for her again if she continues to behave this way."

He said, "I understand. I'll talk to her."

1 Comments:

At 1/19/2006 10:33 PM, Blogger honeykbee's whiny, bitch-ass comment is...

Good for you for standing up for yourself. Way to reinvent! =)

 

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