The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #58012   Message #917866
Posted By: Naemanson
25-Mar-03 - 10:00 AM
Thread Name: BS: Help! My Job is a Dilbert Cartoon!
Subject: RE: BS: Help! My Job is a Dilbert Cartoon!
These are good. I remember working for a boss who ran the office by temper tantrum. I've seen her rip folders out of a drawer and throw them on the floor. She regularly hauled people into her office and read them the riot act. She didn't seem to notice that her walls, though substantial wood and drywall construction with glass windows, stoped within a foot and a half of the ceiling. Thus, every word she hollared at her victims was clearly heard in the main office. We called her the Dragonlady. I had a sign on my door for a while that said "Dragonslayer" and it amused her until she overheard someone refer to her as Dragonlady. She then stomped straight into my office, tore it down, and threw it on to my desk. We banded together and began to compete to see who could piss her off more. We were talking of assigning points based on the noise coming out of the office whne I left to take this job... as a supervisor. I learned a lot about how not to run an office from her.

Another story has to do with new software provided by our head office. It was given to us as a great labor saver. Unfortunately it was developed by the Air Force and I work for the Navy. The Air force developed it to buy widgets and I buy construction. We are talking serious apples and oranges here. As a result the program does not work very well. It requires lots of shortcuts and huge portions are completely useless. Plus the resulting document is a piecemeal jumble of clauses that are difficult to read (as though Governemnt contracts were ever easy).

And then, at the last conference, it was announced that we were getting two new programs that would also make our lives easier. So, we complained. And the captain of our organization told us to suck it up and move on because they had already incorporated the labor savings of those new programs in personnel cuts and there was no turning back. Note, we don't have the programs in place yet and they are already anticipating the savings in labor...

Dilbert is a local call.