December 13, 2007


Tomorrow at 11:00 I have a meeting with my new manager. She wants to know what all of what my unit and my responsibilities are. I'm supposed to go in there with all kind of documentation and reports regarding my people and including what duties I have that are outside the standard for someone in my position. I do almost three times the amount of work that the other's do. I'm also the one that ends up having to carry the burden for the rest of the unit when something goes wrong. I could use this time to bring that to light...

... or I'll do what I'm planning on doing and not saying a damn thing. See if I actually go into detail I know the answer I'm going to get. In a previous position I had, I reported to this individual. Thus I am familiar with her management style. I know if I say anything, not only will I still not get any support, but I'll be expected to fix the problems that they created by putting me in this situation. Her answer to EVERYTHING is, "How would you change it." So the conversation would go like this:

I get done explaining in great detail my extra duties, finishing with, "I really need some relief and assistance."

Her: If you where in my position, how would you change it?

Me: Well, I'd distribute some of these extra duties to others and on the shared duties I'd make sure they were doing them as they are supposed to and not leaving it up to one person.

Her: So why don't you do that?

Me: Honestly? Because I'm not my peers manager. Thus I can't force them to do some of this stuff. Especially since upper management assigned everything to me.

Her: I'm sure if you talked with them they would be more then willing to help.

Me: I've spoken with them, and asked. They say they will help, but don't do it.

Her: Do you say something to them?

Me: Yes, I've asked why they didn't follow through and they state they forgot or didn't have time. And since it needs to be done today I end up having to do it all. Most of these projects and duties are time sensitive. I can't just leave them to not get done. Especially since it's ultimately my responsibility they get done.

Her: I think this is something you need to work out with your peers.

Me: Okay, I'll do that. (Desperately trying to hide the sarcasm.)

Her: Good, I'd like to see the final proposal on my desk by the end of next week, including any other documentation you might have. And can you please add a 100 page analysis on the efficiency of your proposal.

Me: ... Sure ... (Figuring I won't do it and she'll forget anyway)

The gist of this is that I know I will be wasting an hour of my life tomorrow being told that I need to do more.

Posted by Contagion in Tales from the Work Place at December 13, 2007 05:34 PM | TrackBack

Ahhhhh yes....I too am familiar with this management style.

Me: My workload would take me 80 to 90 hours a week, I need help.

Her: You need to prioritize better.

Me: ...

Posted by: ktreva at December 13, 2007 08:13 PM

I too, know that type of management style....shiver

I'd offer advice, but seriously, while I've not gotten in trouble, I'm pushin' the envelopel.

Instead I'll wish ya luck, restraint and my your "acting" skills be at their best.......

Posted by: Tammi at December 14, 2007 04:47 AM

OBVIOUSLY in rereadig my comments I hadn't had my coffee yet this morning.

Wow. Can you say typos?!?!?!??!

Posted by: tammi at December 14, 2007 08:35 AM

I say drool during the meeting.

I don't mean a little bit I mean substantially. Like a Rottweiler with a rabbit. Or a Viking with a German lass. Or me with Eva Mendes....err...anyway drool.

And talk baby talk.


Be sure to use varying voice pitches as if you were saying Cootchy Coo to a small child under age 1.

Hell it works on those age kids it should work on adults with equal intelligence.

Posted by: BloodSpite at December 14, 2007 02:06 PM

"Her: If you where in my position, how would you change it?"

You: If I were in your position I wouldn't need to change anything because I wouldn't have all this work. I explained this to get YOUR thoughts on how to fix it, but as you have no idea, why am I wasting all this time when I could be getting my work done?


But that's only if you want to get fired. ;-)

Posted by: Teresa at December 14, 2007 04:32 PM comment.

Posted by: Bruce at December 14, 2007 06:27 PM