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  1. How do people put up with this?

    Edit: I see some of you making excuses in the comments, and all I have to say is that nothing is worth being handled badly on a regular basis. When you wake up, you know you’re going to work to take crap from someone. I see now that some of you embrace this fact as a part of life, which is something I’ll never understand.

  2. Nothing, and I mean NOTHING, is really a high priority in office employment unless the shit is down. Even so, it’s a bit of a letdown.

  3. This is precisely why I refuse to work for a paycheck. My time is more valuable than your problem. You can pay me overtime if you want me to stay late. If you’re going to be a pain in the neck about it. I will categorically refuse… I’ve publicly chastised managers for exactly this type of behavior.

  4. At work, they try this with me all the time. Simply saying no messes with people’s minds, I’ve discovered. “By Friday, I need this.” “No way. I’ll get it to you as soon as possible next week.” “Oh, no. That’s all right.” I’ve tried it out and it seems to work all the way up to the IA stage.

  5. This is pretty much my entire existence. Every Jira feature request that has been designated as “urgent.” Find out they won’t bother gathering up testers until “late Octoberish.”

    Feckless scumbags!

  6. Yeah, we have a client who assigns a high priority to every feature, bug, and story, so you never know which ones are truly important and which ones are only high priority because they believe it will get them done quicker if they are marked as such…

  7. How can people put up with this?

    Edit: I see some of you making excuses in the comments, and all I have to say is that nothing is worth being treated badly on a daily basis. When you get up, you know you’re heading to work to take crap from someone. I see now that some of you accept this reality as a part of life, something I could never understand.

  8. This always happens during the holidays for some reason.

    “We need to finish the project before Christmas.”

    The entire office is working nonstop to ensure that everything is shipped before Christmas Day.

    The client does not plan to start the project until February…

  9. I can’t tell you how many times my employer has done this as a computer programmer. However, I’ve learned to approach his “urgent” assignments the same way I approach all other duties: I’ll take my time.

  10. All was due yesterday, and no one will get anything until next week, but everyone is satisfied at the end of the day. Because of poorly conceived projects, I learned not to kill myself at work. You’re good to go if you just work as usual to do the best job you can. 9 times out of 10, a deadline can be rescheduled or wasn’t necessary in the first place.

  11. This used to happen to me all of the time. I’m scheduled to log out at 5 p.m., but I get a call from my boss at 4:45 p.m., telling me I have a report to finish before the end of the day…

    I work my tail off to get it in for him, and he doesn’t even read it for two weeks…

  12. When my boss couldn’t remember asking me to do anything and didn’t want to deal with it himself, I stopped paying attention to “high priority” tasks; instead, I realized how “urgent” they aren’t and prioritized my own work.

  13. As someone who began managing people after working as an underling, I’ve only done so when a significant issue arose overnight that needed to be addressed. Unless you’re a jerk, you should explain the new priority to your subordinate before appearing to dismiss them.

  14. Every quarter, I had a client who needed these long, convoluted reports. After I filed, I began to assume that they weren’t even looking at them, so I began inserting strange lines or words to check if anyone was reading…nope.

    Because I realize it’s a waste of time, I now just submit something random.

  15. I work in tech support, and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to drop everything for a “urgent” ticket, only to hear back from the client weeks later – if at all.

  16. It appears that they only accepted a bunch of OT there. Remember to demand those hours and hold the bosses responsible for the job they delegate.

  17. This appears to happen every year at the time of long weekends. A number of people are on vacation, and there is an extremely pressing task that must be completed by Tuesday. It’s so aggravating.

  18. That’s when I inquire as to whether I will be paid overtime for working an overnight shift.

    It’s fine if I’m self-employed. I prefer working alone since it allows me to take vacation days.

  19. That’s when I inquire about overtime pay for working an overnight shift.

    It’s ok if I’m employed. I prefer working alone so that I may take my days off.

  20. There have been far too many occasions….

    Upper management, I swear, judges their performance not in terms of real work completed, but rather in terms of work produced.

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