I Almost Slapped Someone Today

Contrary to popular belief, I have never used physical violence to express my ire.

Joy, yes (they are just taps). Anger, no.

But I came close today.

REALLY close.

“If she was standing in front of me when I read her email” close.

Granted, as the email chain grew longer, she was getting more and more hysterical, so really, I would have been doing her a favour.

I guess I should be fair and state that maybe she didn’t know what she was doing. Her command of the English language is tenuous at best.

But to cc the CFO to make us look bad when a 10 second phone call would have solved this before it became a big overblown issue?

Email is not nuanced and it is easy to misconstrue seemingly straight forward crystal clear instruction or intention but there was no mistaking the “Poor little me, I’m so stressed and overworked and why can’t you people just give me what I want so I don’t have to do anything” maintext.

Wake up sugar plum! Welcome to my world.

Having a boss recently quit (within the last six months). Check.

Having to do the work for a greatly reduced (hers by 50%, mine by 75%) department of one. Check.

Having additional responsibilities thrown at you because there is no one else with the history/the connection to production. Hold on, that’s just me.

Friends of mine in the company have had to take on three additional roles as people were either laid off or quit. Why shell out money to really figure out operationally what is and isn’t needed when you can just divvy up the work and spread it out among the schmucks left behind?

We are all basically stuck in the same situation. It is tough for everyone.

Why can’t we work together? Keep ourselves sane and try to make things a little less difficult for the guy sitting next to you?

It sucks so why make it suck more?

Really, why?

Don’t make me slap you. I have lead hands and it will hurt.


~ by angryegg on January 7, 2011.

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