Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt

Why do people think if they talk louder others will understand them better?  Why do people think anything good that has happened was their idea?  Why do those same people think anything bad that has happened was someone elses' fault?  Why do people think if they keep hitting the same button on the copier it will do something different?  Why do people think using a marker board to write down the same words they are speaking will make people pay attention to them?  Why do people think they are the exception to any rule they don't like?  Why do people think if you do the exact same thing but give it a new name it has become something different?  Why do people think if they print something they are reading on the computer it will make more sense to them?  Why do people think their way is the best way? 

Monday, August 29, 2011

Live ammunition

Whoever decided that work weeks are 5 days and weekends are only 2 has serious issues. I should have figured out how great the day would be based off the drive in this morning.  Upon arriving to work I considered going to the CHP website to see if there was some new law that was passed over the weekend regarding the left/passing lane that I was not aware of.  I don't believe any car around me knew the purpose of the left hand lane because they all proceeded to drive exactly 65mph, never passing or moving from a lane once down the 32 mile stretch of freeway I drive everyday.  Thank god I am such an awesome singer (in my car) and could keep my self amused instead of coming down with a serious case of road rage.  However, once I arrived at work my day greatly improved.  I only had to make 2 pots of coffee before being able to get myself a mug.  Then the meeting lasted an extra 15 minutes so I was able to both balance my checkbook & answer emails from the weekend.  Big success there.  That then left me plenty of time to witness yet another meltdown/HR issue.  You know it's Monday in a sales office when there is medicine containers with objects other than medicine in them being carried around like it's show & tell and the person carrying it doesn't find it the least bit abnormal.   I think it's safe to say my day has nowhere to go but up right?  Wait, there's still an hour left so I think it's too soon to tell....

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

When in charge ponder, when in doubt mumble, when in trouble delegate.

You would think something as simple as having a fun office BBQ would be easy to plan right?  Not if it's salespeople attempting to plan it.  For the last 3 days I have heard the phrase "When is the BBQ?" more times than I can count.  Sadly enough, we have yet to find the answer.  Set a date, set a place, set a time. Is it really that complicated?  Apparently so.  No matter who you ask, that person is waiting for someone else to decide.  So then what happens?  Everyone asks me.  As you can obviously tell, I am not in charge of this said BBQ, which is why no one has a clue of what is going on regarding it.  I suppose I could assist and confer with the said party planners, but is slightly more amusing watching everyone run around like chickens with their heads cut off trying to plan the event.  I would however vastly prefer to spend Friday afternoon enjoying some delicious tri-tip rather than working so I suppose I'll put my OK magazine to the side and help out...

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

People who think they know what they're doing are especially annoying to those of us who do

I don't pretend to know everything, so why does everyone assume I do?  I think what appears to be lack of intelligence for the vast majority of sales people is actually lack of an attention span.  Every Monday we have a meeting and various announcements are made regarding the events for that week.  I make every effort to pay as little attention to these meetings as possible and usually spend them balancing my checkbook or reading my weekly OK magazine.  One glance in my direction during any meeting and you can clearly see I am not paying attention, which in my defense, I'm not required to anyway so why not use this valuable un-interrupted time for my own personal enjoyment?  So why is it that it never fails that I will have at least 3 people come to my desk and ask me a question that was answered by an announcement less than 29 minutes ago?  It used to be they were doing the same thing I was during a meeting, which to me allowed them to ask dumb questions afterwards, but now they have to physically move their chairs forward away from their desks and stare at the person speaking.  So the question of the day is do they seriously not understand and comprehend what is being said or do they really just have the attention span of a gnat?

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

And the Academy Award for Best Performance goes to......

Wouldn't it be great if people would say "Good Morning" to each other everyday, not just the days the boss is in town?  Wouldn't it be great if people smiled instead of scowled at each other everyday, not just the days the boss is in town?  Wouldn't it be great if people were on time everyday, not just the days the boss is in town?  Wouldn't it be great if people spent their day doing actual work everyday, not just the days the boss is in town?  Wouldn't it be great if people combed their hair everyday, not just the days the boss is in town?  Wouldn't it be great if people were helpful to others everyday, not just the days the boss is in town?  Wouldn't it be great if people paid attention during a meeting everyday, not just the days the boss is in town?

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Why do they call it "common sense" when it's so rare?

Once upon a time I loved going on vacation.  Don't get me wrong, vacation time is a glorious gift from above if you are lucky enough to be able to use it when you need it the most.  Unfortunately there is one gigantic downside to any vacation, returning from it.  If you are one of the lucky ones and have an office filled with self motivated intellectual problem solvers, returning from vacation could be a seamless transition.  Or you could be like me and have an office that's more like an emergency room where the motto is treat the symptom, not the source. Copier jammed?  Just unplug it!  Break your hole puncher?  Take someone else's!  Run out of paper in one printer?  Steal it from another!  Could it be that certain people are afraid their attempts to keep things running smoothly will be lacking in comparison to the lucky vacationer?  Or could it be they are just plain clueless? 

Monday, August 8, 2011

There is great need for a sarcasm font

Did you know you get credit for refilling the copier if you put at least 3 sheets of paper in it?  Did you know if you move an existing piece of office equipment to a new location, it magically becomes brand new and no one will know how to use it?  Did you know if you send an outgoing fax then stare at the fax machine with deep concentration you will get a return fax almost instantly?  Did you know if you leave your dirty coffee cup in the sink long enough little elves will dance their way out of the cupboards and wash it for you?  Did you know as long as you are holding a piece of paper in your hand you can walk around your office for hours before someone realizes you aren't actually working?