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  1. It sounds like something you’ve heard before.

    Why didn’t this work out?

    Before we started, I told you it wouldn’t work.

    If you knew it wasn’t going to work, why didn’t you say something?

  2. Jeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

    One of my managers came in the other day and inquired about an inventory item that hadn’t been properly tracked. I spent a good 45 minutes berating myself and a coworker for not following proper procedures. Except the item was returned three months earlier, on a day when none of us was working, and was resting on another manager’s desk…

  3. This is both amusing and irritating.

    Upper management has no idea what’s going on.
    To them, gazing at ants is like looking at ants.

  4. Always, always, always, always, always, always, always, always, always, always, always, always Make sure you have a “paper” trail in place. I can’t tell you how many times this has come in handy for me, and I’m sure I’m not the only one.

  5. I had two bosses at my last job; one was like the image, and the other would simply approach you and say, “We found X problem, and we need to figure out why it happened and find a way to prevent it from happening again.” He didn’t care who made the mistake; all he cared about was a solution and a way to prevent it from happening again.

  6. It reminds me of an Ellen Degeneres and Dakota Johnson conversation. Ellen enquired as to why Dakota had not invited her to her birthday celebrations. Dakota felt the same way I did, but you didn’t show up. Then Ellen exclaimed, “Really?” Why hadn’t I heard about this before?” It was cringe-worthy, awkward, and hilarious all at the same time.

    Source:

  7. Every other meeting, this is exactly what is said. “I get a lot of emails; how am I supposed to read them all?” or “I get a lot of emails; how am I supposed to read them all?”

  8. Unfortunately, that would be amusing if it were not so true. I had trash that I warned them about months before it became a problem and continued warning them about. It turned out to be a problem that needed to be addressed right away. There isn’t enough time to come up with a good answer, therefore it’s a quick trip to hell. Then there’s the matter of resolving the issues caused by the shortcuts.
    Combine that with a manager who believes he understands the code….

  9. I formerly worked on cruise ships. Every Sunday, we return to the US port. This time, I had a SERIOUSLY URGENT problem, so I emailed my employer and asked for his assistance.

    He replied two months later, saying, “Hey, is this still urgent?”

  10. This is really true. At a staff meeting, a similar situation arose when the boss stormed out to his office to accept my access request to a program that he had been waiting for me to access. Everyone looked at me as though to say, “Did that just happen?”

  11. In general, blaming is a waste of time. If it’s something that happens frequently, it’s something that needs to be addressed. But most of the time who is at fault is usually a little of everyone involved, it’s far better to accept that everyone missed it and fix it ASAP.

  12. In status meetings, I’ve genuinely raised the alarm, raised hazards, and discussed them with stakeholders, only to be dismissed… It’s now biting them in the arse, and the super-important regulatory project they’re working on will undoubtedly be delayed as a result.

  13. I’m starting to think I should employ someone to deliver my messages by hand. Serving someone with court documents is an example of this.

  14. Another example of why the vast majority of middle management is ineffective. One of several that have come to light as a result of people working from home in large numbers.

  15. These are what I refer to as “The Jason Voorhees Paradox.” For years, I’ve had a folder on my mail with that name.

    It’s just a folder containing all of the emails I’ve sent, which I’m sure will blow up at some point.

    You may wonder why Jason paradox exists. Because if no one takes care of it right away, it will come after you later.

  16. The final panel made the back of my neck sweat as I imagined the late-night meetings looking for “solutions” to a “issue” that really boiled down to one middle manager fleeing accountability like a greased pig on a bacon farm.

  17. Lol. “I wasn’t briefed on this,” my boss said. “Here’s my email, as well as the agenda from our meeting,” I said. “You didn’t brief me sufficiently,” says the boss.

  18. “This SOP must be changed as soon as possible!”
    “Last month, you turned down my request to update it.”
    “You should have told me it was a matter of life and death!”
    “I did,” says the speaker. “It’s right there in the email,” she says.
    “You shouldn’t have left it till the last possible moment!”
    “These are the emails I sent in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, and 2019 requesting that it be updated.”
    “It’s unrealistic to expect me to read every email.”

  19. “Would you mind if you took care of it yourself and I took your job and pay?” I would say in this circumstance.

    “I would,” says the narrator.

    “Then you do your job and I’ll do mine,” says the narrator.

  20. People who employ the term “let’s not play the blame game” and people who play the blame game are, in my experience, the same.

  21. I’ve lost track of how many times someone has asked for something they’ve already received through email. My passive aggressive tactic is to simply reply politely with “here it is,” attaching the weeks-old email containing the information they require.

  22. In the first panel, my company experienced the same issue. I’m not sure what the department bosses were informed, but I made $600 this weekend for 10 hours of work. In addition to my OT rate, they gave a per-project incentive.

    I just hope that doesn’t happen on a frequent basis. I work for the same client on a different account.

  23. “It’s not my job to force you to read it. If you’re unable to do so, there are a variety of text-to-speech accessibility options that I’d be pleased to enable. No I will not join a conference call so you can pin this on me.”

  24. I learned this the hard way, and now anytime I email something to my boss, I always include a copy of the message for my supervisor.

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