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|>>|| No. 1795
ITT: Workplace annoyances.
I'll get the ball rolling - having to bring in pastries on your birthday. I know it's cheaper if people bring their own in on their birthday instead of chipping in every time someone in the office has a birthday, but it's still fucking annoying having to fork out on your birthday.
|>>|| No. 12537
As I said, I am socially awkward and not a people person. However, being an introvert doesn't mean that I don't know the basics of how to carry a conversation. It's not even inane chatter like talking about Love Island, which the admin bints were obsessed with but that's a different team in a different part of the building; he kills pretty much every single effort to talk to him with extremely short answers.
I'm not hoping that he's going to be a massive chatterbox, but there's a load of middle ground between that and giving two/three word responses.
|>>|| No. 12538
Alright then, try highlighting it and see how he reacts. Ask another open-ended question and when you get the requisite terse response, pause for a few seconds and then say something like "Man of few words, aren't you?" He might address it, and if it doesn't, at least you've made him aware he's being unsociable.
|>>|| No. 12542
What if you didn't do anything at the weekend but would feel judged for saying so? I think "Fine thanks" might be a reasonable way to dodge the question.
|>>|| No. 12543
It turned out that he has actually been up to things this weekend. Besides, it does not take much to go from saying "Fine, thanks" to "Fine, thanks. You?"
|>>|| No. 12544
If he doesn't want to talk, he doesn't have to talk. You both get paid, whether he makes chit-chat or not.
The best graphic designer I've ever worked with is practically mute. I only ever get one-word answers out of him, I know literally nothing about his personal life, but I couldn't care less. He does brilliant work incredibly quickly and he never chews my ear off about a half-marathon or little Harriet's school concert or some tedious shit on Facebook. My working life would be a lot easier if more people just did their fucking jobs so we can all go home.
|>>|| No. 12545
He's new, probably a bit nervous and uneasy around new people, while also trying to get his footing in the new job in a new environment.
He'll doubtless never be the chatty type, but I bet after a few weeks he'll have warmed up enough to tell you what he did at the weekend, since you seem so desperate to know.
|>>|| No. 12546
>I bet after a few weeks he'll have warmed up enough to tell you what he did at the weekend, since you seem so desperate to know.
Trying to make a new starter feel welcome? What a right fucking bastard.
Chances are he won't warm up because people will have already written him off by that point and won't try to start a conversation with him anymore.
|>>|| No. 12548
>It turned out that he has actually been up to things this weekend.
How did you find out?
|>>|| No. 12550
Why the fuck would you ask someone what they did at the weekend, on a fucking Wednesday? That's just the most awful insult I could imagine.
|>>|| No. 12551
> I can say "You're right, I don't." which is true, but sounds stupid when I say it.
For fuck's sake, why.
It's a decent answer.
|>>|| No. 12552
I guess their social anxiety makes them hard-wired to feel like everything they say sounds stupid but "You're quiet" is a hell of a conversation-killer. "No I'm not" is a lie and "Ummm, yes" sounds like doubling down on your quietness, like you're doing it to be a jerk rather than feeling that everyone except you got the "How to make conversation" rule book.
|>>|| No. 12553
That was just an example. There's been a more than a few similar instances.
Actually, today was more about explaining to him why it's generally not a good idea to send curt emails to other departments if they haven't provided us with all the information they should have done because it would only get their backs up and these are people he's going to be interacting with frequently so it's an idea to have a good working relationship with them and helping him reword them.
I thought most people in his age bracket who have poor verbal social skills at least could compensate for this somewhat with relatively strong electronic communication skills, thanks to the likes of growing up with MSN Messenger, but apparently not.
|>>|| No. 12554
>at least you've made him aware he's being unsociable.
Like he doesn't know? That's as helpful as saying "don't be shy" and thinking someone can change their whole personality on your request. He doesn't have twelve different witty responses in his head but is choosing not to share them.
|>>|| No. 12555
Have you got an example of how an email was worded and what it was specifically in response to? I can't really gauge how bad they were.
|>>|| No. 12556
I can't remember exactly what it was but it was fairly trivial, just them missing off a minor piece of information we needed from a document.
His email was very blunt and a little bit beyond being matter of fact; it wasn't malicious but it wasn't exactly the kind of thing you'd send to people unless you were trying to rile them up a bit.
|>>|| No. 12560
I'm finding it really hard to take a full hour for lunch at the minute. I've spent most of the past four months or so studying for an exam, where I'd spend twenty minutes eating or playing on my phone and the remaining forty reading textbooks.
Now I've got a full hour again it feels like such a long time to fill. At the minute I'm just working through and chalking it up as overtime, but it's starting to make me feel a bit knackered.
|>>|| No. 12561
I work in quality assurance in manufacturing, smallish company, <100 employees.
Got fucked over by the commercial and customer services guys today, made us send out a part flagged for inspection and testing before any of it's been done. Basically indicating my job is pointless and not valued. All that other shit in goods in? Fuck it, who cares.
I fucking hope that part fucks up and they get made to look like cunts.
|>>|| No. 12562
I never understand people that don't take their lunch or can't fill it.
Go read, go for a walk, do your shopping, do something, anything, that isn't work, otherwise you will burn out.
Even if you work in a grim industrial estate getting out fo the office will do wonders for ten minutes whilst you take a walk.
An hour isn't nearly enough.
|>>|| No. 12563
I used to have an hour lunch, I got bored too.
You can list off all that shit if you want, I don't want to do it.
|>>|| No. 12564
But the lad's complaint was that he is struggling to fill the time and as a result he is working and it is starting to wear him down, so I gave him some suggestions.
Couldn't give a fuck whether you don't want to, I wasn't speaking to you.
|>>|| No. 12567
The people with the keys to open up have overslept.
|>>|| No. 12586
We had two trainees, one was a smart lad who took his time to actually learn something and the other one was too dense to even pretend he wants a job. Guess who got told to bugger off.
It is ridiculous because the stated reason was 'no cronyism' since that lad is a brother to some bloke from our department. The real stinger here is that the dense lad isn't an outsider either; he just happened to be a protege of some fat bint from the Finance and our no-fucks-given head of department had listened to her a bit too attentively for some reason.
The blockhead got told to sod off too anyway. And we got told to make do with vacant shifts by ourselves. Apparently for free. I don't know what happened to our boss; he used to be a pretty straight shooter and a fair bloke.
I don't recall when was the last time about 75% of department wanted to fuck right off. Won't wager that they'd do it but the discontent is really strong now.
|>>|| No. 12589
>I don't know what happened to our boss; he used to be a pretty straight shooter and a fair bloke.
Well clearly he's shagging the fat bint from finance, that must be affecting his work.
|>>|| No. 12590
We've had someone new start this week and she is stunning. Really stunning. What's noticeable is that just about every single female in the office has upped their game; they're putting more effort into their hair and make-up and they're all wearing nicer clothes than usual.
This means it's going to inevitably end in disaster. I give it a few weeks until the atmosphere turns toxic as it descends into a hellhole of pure spite and vitriol.
|>>|| No. 12600
Someone came back from maternity about three months ago and all she ever talks about is her baby or her husband. I know barely anything about this person because she almost entirely chooses to define herself by being able to push a baby out.
|>>|| No. 12601
For some women that's all they have. A coworker of mine was moaning about how miserable her life was, until she popped a sprog out and then after that all she'd talk about was the kid. It distracted her from the job she hated and the husband she was pretty much indifferent to. I don't blame her at all for fixating on it, even if she wasn't biologically predisposed to anyway.
|>>|| No. 12603
They've booked the Christmas do for a Saturday. A fucking Saturday. Fuck that.
|>>|| No. 12604
Good luck. Unless the restaurant's very, very, very, good at service you'll be waiting an eternity for everything, the chaos will be palpable. Typically we call the Saturday before the 25th Black Saturday as it's so fucking grim. The dates are shaping up this year to have two, the 15th and the 22nd of December. I pray for you that yours is earlier than that.
I don't particularly understand why people even bother eating out in December. It's never, ever good.
|>>|| No. 12605
It is one of those dates. I've already responded to say I'm not going. I don't mind giving up a weekday evening to get pissed with work colleagues, especially when it means closing the office early, but it's not something I'd give up a decent chunk of my weekend for. I've been to the venue before and it's a poky old hotel; if they couldn't get anywhere decent because they've left booking too late then they should have just organised a piss-up in February.
|>>|| No. 12606
Mid September is considered late for Christmas time? Holy shit. I don't know what I'm doing for dinner tonight and I have guests arriving in 30 minutes.
|>>|| No. 12607
When you're trying to book something like an office do for 50+ people, anywhere past June is getting late. Christmas is the busiest time of the year and it's hard to find places that cater for big parties.
My work hasn't booked it yet either, because nobody trusts last year's organiser, but nobody can be arsed to do it themselves either. Looks like my only half joking backup plan of going to KFC is going to become a reality.
|>>|| No. 12608
Most restaurants are fully booked for December by the start of September. Nicer places or those more routinely suited to large parties will be full often before summer. A great many companies will book their table an entire year in advance, it's very common for people to ask if they can book again for next Christmas while they're still sat there waiting for their dessert to arrive.
|>>|| No. 12615
EVERYONE IS COUGHING AND SNEEZING, SPREADING THEIR GERMS.
|>>|| No. 12616
I've had the good sense to cancel everything this week, as I'm loaded with flu. Fucking honestly man, freshers are riddled. Missus started college and had a cold on the first day.
|>>|| No. 12623
They're having a charity bake sale at work this week. However, hardly anyone has baked anything and they've just brought in something they've got from the shops instead. They've also set the prices ridiculously high so barely anything is selling, either.
|>>|| No. 12624
I sit next to a woman in her late fifties and she doesn't maximise windows; if something doesn't open full screen automatically then she'll keep it as it is. I'll glance over and see her doing something like typing in Word with it only taking up about half the screen.
We've also got dual monitors and she's forever clicking in the wrong place to drag something from one screen to the next no matter how many times she's shown how to do it.
|>>|| No. 12625
Old people being bad with computers is a stereotype that is somehow older than computers themselves.
|>>|| No. 12626
Of course old people shouldn't be bad with computers. Any woman in her fifties with a career has had up to thirty years of practice using them in the workplace.
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