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Minor work gripe for the day:

The scene: Hyena's cubicle. Ten minutes ago, request for book package with vague list was sent in. Hyena has acquired ISBN for package, as well as making a list of books to include with the package, and manufacturing costs and retail costs, added into the right (all the way down the right, because hyena got lazy and used =SUMIF instead of putting a neat subtotal down at the bottom. But at least columns are a different color. Hyena is under the impression that when doing something for basic review purposes, it doesn't have to be neat, just functional.)

Tard Boss: "What is this?"
Hyena: "It's Jodie's book package for region 7."
Tard Boss: "What's region 7?"
Hyena: "I don't know, I think it's Los Angeles."
Fussy Tard Boss: "Well, write that at the top of this report and give it to me again."

(Two minutes later)

Hyena: "Here you go."
Condescending Fussy Tard Boss: "Well, aren't you something."
Hyena: "There's the totals at the right."
Condescending Fussy Tard Boss: "What is all that?"
Hyena: "That's the manufacturing cost and the total."
Confusing Condescending Fussy Tard Boss: "We don't want anyone to see those."
Hyena: "Okay, I'll take those off."
Confusing Condescending Fussy Tard Boss: "It's good information, I'm glad we have it."
Hyena: "...kay,"
Confusing Condescending Fussy Tard Boss: "This on the side just looks...really weird."
Hyena: "I just dashed something off, it's not for a presentation."
Tard Boss Hell-bent on Destroying my Fragile Sanity: "You should have put it in a subtotal, at the bottom. Right here." (demonstrates with finger.) "That'd be nice and neat. This--" (points at total in long, repetitive column running down right) "This is very confusing."
Hyena: "Oh. Well, it was just to get facts thrown together, not for a presentation or anything."
Tard Boss: "It's just not very clear, and kind of funny looking. I mean, you don't seem to mind this, but I need things to make sense."
Hyena: "I'll be tearing your head off now."
Tard Boss: "I value that kind of clarity."

Argh. Why is this man in charge of so much of my life? I feel like every time he reiterates a point that I understand, or clarifies something that's so damned clear birds are crashing into it, he marks a little "you're stupid and I'm superior to you" check somewhere. And that's not something you want your direct supervisor checking off.


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Jul. 12th, 2006 11:51 pm (UTC)
Condolences. For what it is worth, "clarifies something that's so damned clear birds are crashing into it" is just a wonderfully expressive phrase.

Uncle Hyena
Jul. 13th, 2006 06:34 pm (UTC)
Ah, thank you :) Life's not so bad, and I'm not the only person that dreads dealing with my tard.
Jul. 14th, 2006 12:39 pm (UTC)
Did you get the memo about the TPS reports? See we're putting the cover sheet on before we fax them now, so if you could do that, it'd be great.
Jul. 14th, 2006 02:17 pm (UTC)
One of my co-workers has a TPS report stapled to his cubicle wall :)
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