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2012-07-19 01:35:43 PM
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2012-07-19 01:36:58 PM
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2012-07-19 01:37:37 PM

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2012-07-19 01:37:38 PM
had a manager at my first job as an engineer who ended all disagreements over technical issues with "I can take you."
 
2012-07-19 01:38:55 PM
It's not as funny as it sounds - it's precisely that sort of thing that makes it hard for individual contributors to take initiative, or speak up if there's something wrong, or add value to a team.

It also amazes me how many middle managers think that such behavior is exactly how you "whip a team into shape."
 
2012-07-19 01:38:57 PM
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2012-07-19 01:42:04 PM

Cheron: had a manager at my first job as an engineer who ended all disagreements over technical issues with "I can take you."


Out for Dinner?

Out for Drinks?

Out for a stroll by the Lake??

INQUIRING MINDS WANT TO KNOW GOTDAMN IT. WHAT THE FARK IS WRONG WITH YOU.....LEAVING US HANGING LIKE THAT...?!?!?!?!?
 
2012-07-19 01:44:34 PM

ChipNASA: Cheron: had a manager at my first job as an engineer who ended all disagreements over technical issues with "I can take you."

Out for Dinner?

Out for Drinks?

Out for a stroll by the Lake??

INQUIRING MINDS WANT TO KNOW GOTDAMN IT. WHAT THE FARK IS WRONG WITH YOU.....LEAVING US HANGING LIKE THAT...?!?!?!?!?


Quit bugging the other Farkers. I can take you.
 
2012-07-19 01:45:30 PM
Some people never want to leave high school behind. They are best suited to cook our french fries.
 
2012-07-19 01:45:36 PM
Amazingly enough, some managers actually need to be told this.
 
2012-07-19 01:45:43 PM
This guy at works always needles me. If I call in sick on a Monday, the next day he has to make a big deal about it. In our weekly status meetings he always makes it sound like I don't do anything around here even though I'm always typing. And every single morning, he's messed with my cube -- tape under the mouse ball, moved my chair, turned my computer speakers up to maximum volume. I really hate him and if I didn't strike back in my own little way then I would go insane.

He eats Oat Bran cereal every single morning. So when he's not around I piss a little bit in his carton of milk. Just a little squirt-squirt, not enough to taste but enough for me to know that he's growing accostumed to drinking my piss a little more each day. It's my little release valve to keep me from hurting anyone again.

I mess with his car too. I shiat a little bit into a napkin during lunch and then go wipe it on the underside of his door handle. He probably doesn't notice but I like the idea of him eating a snack with my shiat on his fingers. He really deserves to eat that.

I found the gym where his wife works out and I've been slowing seducing her over the last six months. Total friendship at first but now we're starting to meet at the gym and work out together and go into the steamroom alone. I know she's going to have some minor moment of weakness when he's been a complete jerk to her and she's going to let me be inside of her. Then when I've fertilized her and the baby is born, he's going to give it a big, wet kiss on the cheek. My baby's on his lips! How delightful!
 
2012-07-19 01:47:11 PM
maybe I wouldn't have to bully you if you didn't suck so bad at yer jerb, and would just farkin quit already.

/every manager everywhere.
 
2012-07-19 01:47:18 PM

Fabric_Man: Some people never want to leave high school behind. They are best suited to cook our french fries lead enterprise and government.

 
2012-07-19 01:48:17 PM
 
2012-07-19 01:48:26 PM

spentmiles: This guy at works always needles me. If I call in sick on a Monday, the next day he has to make a big deal about it. In our weekly status meetings he always makes it sound like I don't do anything around here even though I'm always typing. And every single morning, he's messed with my cube -- tape under the mouse ball, moved my chair, turned my computer speakers up to maximum volume. I really hate him and if I didn't strike back in my own little way then I would go insane.

He eats Oat Bran cereal every single morning. So when he's not around I piss a little bit in his carton of milk. Just a little squirt-squirt, not enough to taste but enough for me to know that he's growing accostumed to drinking my piss a little more each day. It's my little release valve to keep me from hurting anyone again.

I mess with his car too. I shiat a little bit into a napkin during lunch and then go wipe it on the underside of his door handle. He probably doesn't notice but I like the idea of him eating a snack with my shiat on his fingers. He really deserves to eat that.

I found the gym where his wife works out and I've been slowing seducing her over the last six months. Total friendship at first but now we're starting to meet at the gym and work out together and go into the steamroom alone. I know she's going to have some minor moment of weakness when he's been a complete jerk to her and she's going to let me be inside of her. Then when I've fertilized her and the baby is born, he's going to give it a big, wet kiss on the cheek. My baby's on his lips! How delightful!


Man... I should have finished eating my graham cracker before reading this!
 
2012-07-19 01:48:59 PM

thelordofcheese: ChipNASA: Cheron: had a manager at my first job as an engineer who ended all disagreements over technical issues with "I can take you."

Out for Dinner?

Out for Drinks?

Out for a stroll by the Lake??

INQUIRING MINDS WANT TO KNOW GOTDAMN IT. WHAT THE FARK IS WRONG WITH YOU.....LEAVING US HANGING LIKE THAT...?!?!?!?!?

Quit bugging the other Farkers. I can take you.


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2012-07-19 01:49:25 PM

thelordofcheese: Fabric_Man: Some people never want to leave high school behind. They are best suited to cook our french fries lead enterprise and government.be high school principals.

 
2012-07-19 01:50:18 PM
What I find astounding is that some people don't know that it's unprofessional to lose your cool at work. Some of the guys I work with, I just wanna know what planet they're from
 
2012-07-19 01:50:30 PM
I have a bully boss at work (a college), but he's a tenured faculty member as well so HR won't touch him...
 
2012-07-19 01:50:36 PM

ChipNASA: thelordofcheese: ChipNASA: Cheron: had a manager at my first job as an engineer who ended all disagreements over technical issues with "I can take you."

Out for Dinner?

Out for Drinks?

Out for a stroll by the Lake??

INQUIRING MINDS WANT TO KNOW GOTDAMN IT. WHAT THE FARK IS WRONG WITH YOU.....LEAVING US HANGING LIKE THAT...?!?!?!?!?

Quit bugging the other Farkers. I can take you.

[4.bp.blogspot.com image 500x375]
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and to finish up.....
[i171.photobucket.com image 448x310] or you can choose from... [www.funnypicture.in image 456x458]

/thankyouverymuch


I didn't use capslock... I didn't need to. What, you so scared you can't keep it straight?
 
2012-07-19 01:50:58 PM

tortilla burger: What I find astounding is that some people don't know that it's unprofessional to lose your cool at work. Some of the guys I work with, I just wanna know what planet they're from


from the planet GAIA (pronounced GAY)
 
2012-07-19 01:51:07 PM

spentmiles: This guy at works always needles me. If I call in sick on a Monday, the next day he has to make a big deal about it. In our weekly status meetings he always makes it sound like I don't do anything around here even though I'm always typing. And every single morning, he's messed with my cube -- tape under the mouse ball, moved my chair, turned my computer speakers up to maximum volume. I really hate him and if I didn't strike back in my own little way then I would go insane.

He eats Oat Bran cereal every single morning. So when he's not around I piss a little bit in his carton of milk. Just a little squirt-squirt, not enough to taste but enough for me to know that he's growing accostumed to drinking my piss a little more each day. It's my little release valve to keep me from hurting anyone again.

I mess with his car too. I shiat a little bit into a napkin during lunch and then go wipe it on the underside of his door handle. He probably doesn't notice but I like the idea of him eating a snack with my shiat on his fingers. He really deserves to eat that.

I found the gym where his wife works out and I've been slowing seducing her over the last six months. Total friendship at first but now we're starting to meet at the gym and work out together and go into the steamroom alone. I know she's going to have some minor moment of weakness when he's been a complete jerk to her and she's going to let me be inside of her. Then when I've fertilized her and the baby is born, he's going to give it a big, wet kiss on the cheek. My baby's on his lips! How delightful!


Goddamn you spentmiles.. Your new name should be PASSIVE-AGGRESSIVE MAN!!!!!
/*awesome!!*
 
2012-07-19 01:51:24 PM
My last job was one where there was a lot of bullying happening, but you could count on every team member to pitch in when you needed help.

Current job is where everyone is nice to your face, but make excuses why they can't help you.

Often miss that old company.
 
2012-07-19 01:53:29 PM
... and here my boss takes the team out for dinner/drinks and tells us what a good job we're doing.
 
2012-07-19 01:55:15 PM

Genju: ... and here my boss takes the team out for dinner/drinks and tells us what a good job we're doing.


stop being GAY. be SMART
 
2012-07-19 01:59:18 PM

Genju: ... and here my boss takes the team out for dinner/drinks and tells us what a good job we're doing.


The tradeoff though is in most companies where THAT kinda thing happens, heaven forbid you have obligations outside of work where you end up missing those kind of events with any regularity, otherwise you aren't really part of the team and get looked at as that guy/girl.
 
2012-07-19 02:01:33 PM
I have worked at a company since before we filed our corporate charter. For years, it was a great place to work and employee turnover was very low. All but three of the original employees were still here after eight years. Then our growth rate took off and we started bring in a lot of new people, who insisted that our company needed to mature in order to become successful. WTF? We went from a single customer to earning over $800M/year in six years. How do these people define success? Anyway, the new people "matured" us by poo-pooing everything we had done for years and shutting the original employees out of the decision-making process. Things started to become chaotic and the newbies blamed this on the older team members' "resistance to change." Where we were once empowered to do what we needed to do to get the job done, we must now go through several layers of managerial approval for even the slighted change. If this isn't a form of bullying, I don't know what is. Now only three of us are left and a company that once lost maybe an employee per pear has lost 15 in the last nine months. And still, the executive team doesn't see that they have a serious problem. Rather, they look at this as the normal business evolution and don't seem to care that it now cost us quintuple what it once cost us to produce the same amount of revenue.
 
2012-07-19 02:01:49 PM

Cheron: had a manager at my first job as an engineer who ended all disagreements over technical issues with "I can take you."


Three 90 second rounds in the ring will determine how badly he needs his job. MMA gloves, boxing rules.
 
2012-07-19 02:03:21 PM

Next week's Tom Sawyer: My last job was one where there was a lot of bullying happening, but you could count on every team member to pitch in when you needed help.

Current job is where everyone is nice to your face, but make excuses why they can't help you.

Often miss that old company.


I'd say there's a big difference between bullying and trash talk. Where I work now you get a lot of trash talk, but you know the team's got your back whenever you need them.

I've also worked with a genuine bully, who loved nothing more than to see you squirm while he threatened you with your job.

I'll take the trash talk anyday.
 
2012-07-19 02:04:35 PM

tortilla burger: What I find astounding is that some people don't know that it's unprofessional to lose your cool at work. Some of the guys I work with, I just wanna know what planet they're from


My best friend is dealing with the same situation. Her coworker is banging the boss' son (who works there and is part owner) and they will regularly get in screaming matches in the middle of the office. It's a real classy establishment. My friend called her out on it because she was on the phone with a client when said coworker lost her shiat, and all hell broke loose.

This article also makes me REALLY warm and fuzzy, as I'm about to go do my two year performance review with one of the managers who recently got demoted and will be transferring to a different office in two weeks. This woman is also the biggest problem child in the company and every single underling can't stand her or her fake bullshiat. The first thing our new GM did when she came in was conveniently find the opening elsewhere to push her into.

So like I said, REAL happy to have to listen to this chick do my review. Even though it should've been done two months ago, but she decided going to Vegas for two weeks was a better idea.
 
2012-07-19 02:07:39 PM

spentmiles: This guy at works always needles me. If I call in sick on a Monday, the next day he has to make a big deal about it. In our weekly status meetings he always makes it sound like I don't do anything around here even though I'm always typing. And every single morning, he's messed with my cube -- tape under the mouse ball, moved my chair, turned my computer speakers up to maximum volume. I really hate him and if I didn't strike back in my own little way then I would go insane.

He eats Oat Bran cereal every single morning. So when he's not around I piss a little bit in his carton of milk. Just a little squirt-squirt, not enough to taste but enough for me to know that he's growing accostumed to drinking my piss a little more each day. It's my little release valve to keep me from hurting anyone again.

I mess with his car too. I shiat a little bit into a napkin during lunch and then go wipe it on the underside of his door handle. He probably doesn't notice but I like the idea of him eating a snack with my shiat on his fingers. He really deserves to eat that.

I found the gym where his wife works out and I've been slowing seducing her over the last six months. Total friendship at first but now we're starting to meet at the gym and work out together and go into the steamroom alone. I know she's going to have some minor moment of weakness when he's been a complete jerk to her and she's going to let me be inside of her. Then when I've fertilized her and the baby is born, he's going to give it a big, wet kiss on the cheek. My baby's on his lips! How delightful!


Bravo. Well done again Spentmiles
 
2012-07-19 02:08:24 PM
simpsonswiki.net

What being bullied on the job may look like

/Stop butling yourself
 
2012-07-19 02:13:15 PM

Killer Cars: Genju: ... and here my boss takes the team out for dinner/drinks and tells us what a good job we're doing.

The tradeoff though is in most companies where THAT kinda thing happens, heaven forbid you have obligations outside of work where you end up missing those kind of events with any regularity, otherwise you aren't really part of the team and get looked at as that guy/girl.


One of our teammates doesn't drink and refuses to go to bars. He is kinda looked at as "that guy." He'll go for dinner but then leave.
 
2012-07-19 02:14:19 PM

Snarcoleptic_Hoosier: [simpsonswiki.net image 194x210]

What being bullied on the job may look like

/Stop butling yourself


Would if I could, sir.
 
2012-07-19 02:20:56 PM
Co worker of mine has some serious anger issues going on.
For most of every day, you can hear him in his cube:
grumble grumble - slam mouse down - goddammit - why doesn't this shiat work - mothafarkers - mouse slam
This from a hardcore churchgoer (4x week)

Eventually one of us will walk over:
"Dude, what's up?"
'This crap doesn't work!"
"Well...you wrote it."
[look at code closely]
"you need to put that part of the string in single quotes instead of double"

30 seconds later...magically it works. How about that.

Every. Farking. Day.

And it's always "they". They did something to the server (no, you just don't know where to go), they won't approve this (they approved it for me, you just need to ask), they, They, THEY

If he ever gets into a management position, I pity any young kids working under him.
 
2012-07-19 02:23:48 PM
My boss looks over my overtime report and asks why I couldn't put in more OT.
10+ overtime is good, more is better, less is a public grilling in our open cubicle farm.
"Were you sick?"
"Did you have to pick up your father from the hospital?"
"Were the police blocking the road from your house and you couldn't drive around them?"
"Why did you only stay for 4 hours on Saturday?"

I just answer "yeah" to any questions and he eventually shuts up.
 
2012-07-19 02:26:38 PM

Cheron: had a manager at my first job as an engineer who ended all disagreements over technical issues with "I can take you."


And what I personally might say back:
"Dude, up until very recently, I was an air force bomb technician. I will put a slug of thermite through your engine block."
 
2012-07-19 02:26:51 PM
I worked with an owner of a company that made people cry daily. In the time I worked there (about 3.5 years) I worked with about 50 different people. The company only had about 19 positions. The turnover was crazy.

Quite a few people only lasted a week. Two girls quit at the end of their first day.

But hey, sociopaths make the world go 'round. And he is a job creator.

When I finally quit, my friends and I had a going away party to celebrate. Much better now.

Later learned about hostile work environments.
 
PJ-
2012-07-19 02:26:53 PM

Genju: Killer Cars: Genju: ... and here my boss takes the team out for dinner/drinks and tells us what a good job we're doing.

The tradeoff though is in most companies where THAT kinda thing happens, heaven forbid you have obligations outside of work where you end up missing those kind of events with any regularity, otherwise you aren't really part of the team and get looked at as that guy/girl.

One of our teammates doesn't drink and refuses to go to bars. He is kinda looked at as "that guy." He'll go for dinner but then leave.


I guess i'm 'that guy' in our office. But I really couldn't care less, because I can't stand any of my co-workers, and I don't get paid to hang out with them outside of work. I've been asked by my boss why I don't go to the annual golf tournament that our company has, which I replied with 'I don't really want to spend $100 to go golfing with people I don't get along with.'

I prefer hanging out with people who don't judge people based on what they do for a living. I get disgusted at people who think they can look down on a plumber or mechanic just because they are a project manager.
 
2012-07-19 02:28:33 PM
oh and when I quit...him and I were the only two people still there that were there the day I got hired.
 
2012-07-19 02:29:08 PM

spentmiles: This guy at works always needles me. If I call in sick on a Monday, the next day he has to make a big deal about it. In our weekly status meetings he always makes it sound like I don't do anything around here even though I'm always typing. And every single morning, he's messed with my cube -- tape under the mouse ball, moved my chair, turned my computer speakers up to maximum volume. I really hate him and if I didn't strike back in my own little way then I would go insane.

He eats Oat Bran cereal every single morning. So when he's not around I piss a little bit in his carton of milk. Just a little squirt-squirt, not enough to taste but enough for me to know that he's growing accostumed to drinking my piss a little more each day. It's my little release valve to keep me from hurting anyone again.

I mess with his car too. I shiat a little bit into a napkin during lunch and then go wipe it on the underside of his door handle. He probably doesn't notice but I like the idea of him eating a snack with my shiat on his fingers. He really deserves to eat that.

I found the gym where his wife works out and I've been slowing seducing her over the last six months. Total friendship at first but now we're starting to meet at the gym and work out together and go into the steamroom alone. I know she's going to have some minor moment of weakness when he's been a complete jerk to her and she's going to let me be inside of her. Then when I've fertilized her and the baby is born, he's going to give it a big, wet kiss on the cheek. My baby's on his lips! How delightful!


No sir, You. YOU are delightful!
 
2012-07-19 02:31:46 PM
There was kind of a bully attitude from management at my last job, especially the owner. He was also a real creep towards female employees, like, coming up behind them and giving them backrubs at their desk. I strongly disliked the guy from the beginning, but hey, it's work, and I didn't have to interact with him much.

This year the company started moving towards bankruptcy, there were layoffs, people's paycheck deductions for health insurance disappeared suddenly, and it started to become more apparent that inventory numbers were being manipulated. Everyone knew this was going on, but all we got from management was silence, so everyone was just left to speculate and make their own plans.

At one point in that weird phase, the owner greeted me while I was walking back to my desk, then got angry at me because I nodded instead of saying "hi". So he grabbed me by the arm and walked with me back to my desk asking why I didn't greet him. I mean, I understand the guy was in a weird place... huge ego, business collapsing around him, bank owns the company due to debt, so he doesn't even really get much out of a buyout... must be hard on a guy like that. Still, that was kind of a last straw for me.

A rival company was checking the place out, considering a buyout, and ended up approaching some salespeople and a few of us in the art department to start a branch, and that ended up going through. They took good care of us too, which the last company had completely failed to do, so a bunch of us split off around the same time. I'd been waiting to see how that would shape up, but they were anxious to get me started. So the day after that weird interaction with the owner, I handed in my resignation, effective immediately, and just got out of there. Started at the new place the next day.

What struck me as really strange was that so many people in the company were weirdly loyal. One co-worker even had a decent offer, but there was a conflict with her needing to give two weeks notice, and they passed her up for it. Lots of people, especially the ones that have been there longer, seem afraid to leave. It's weird. I wonder if that bullying attitude from management actually keeps them around. I was there less than two years, but some of those people had been around more than a decade.
 
2012-07-19 02:32:20 PM

PJ-: Genju: Killer Cars: Genju: ... and here my boss takes the team out for dinner/drinks and tells us what a good job we're doing.

The tradeoff though is in most companies where THAT kinda thing happens, heaven forbid you have obligations outside of work where you end up missing those kind of events with any regularity, otherwise you aren't really part of the team and get looked at as that guy/girl.

One of our teammates doesn't drink and refuses to go to bars. He is kinda looked at as "that guy." He'll go for dinner but then leave.

I guess i'm 'that guy' in our office. But I really couldn't care less, because I can't stand any of my co-workers, and I don't get paid to hang out with them outside of work. I've been asked by my boss why I don't go to the annual golf tournament that our company has, which I replied with 'I don't really want to spend $100 to go golfing with people I don't get along with.'

I prefer hanging out with people who don't judge people based on what they do for a living. I get disgusted at people who think they can look down on a plumber or mechanic just because they are a project manager.


At my previous job (same boss) I didn't like all my coworkers either, and didn't go to any company sanctioned get together. It was free food and drink at my boss' expense. When we go on travel together we usually only get 1-2 rental cars for 4 people, so you were together anyway.
 
2012-07-19 02:34:09 PM
Lost a job I had been at for almost ten years due to bullying. Long sotry short: we got in a shouting match, I threw an empty box on the ground in the general direction of his feet, he punches me, I lose my job. Later, I heard that one of the first things he said the next morning was "what did I do?". That department ran smoothly when I was there and basically in charge. Now, it's one big shiat storm. I do have to thank him though since I'm in a much better job and work closer to home.
 
2012-07-19 02:41:05 PM

Crazy Talk Al: spentmiles: This guy at works always needles me. If I call in sick on a Monday, the next day he has to make a big deal about it. In our weekly status meetings he always makes it sound like I don't do anything around here even though I'm always typing. And every single morning, he's messed with my cube -- tape under the mouse ball, moved my chair, turned my computer speakers up to maximum volume. I really hate him and if I didn't strike back in my own little way then I would go insane.

He eats Oat Bran cereal every single morning. So when he's not around I piss a little bit in his carton of milk. Just a little squirt-squirt, not enough to taste but enough for me to know that he's growing accostumed to drinking my piss a little more each day. It's my little release valve to keep me from hurting anyone again.

I mess with his car too. I shiat a little bit into a napkin during lunch and then go wipe it on the underside of his door handle. He probably doesn't notice but I like the idea of him eating a snack with my shiat on his fingers. He really deserves to eat that.

I found the gym where his wife works out and I've been slowing seducing her over the last six months. Total friendship at first but now we're starting to meet at the gym and work out together and go into the steamroom alone. I know she's going to have some minor moment of weakness when he's been a complete jerk to her and she's going to let me be inside of her. Then when I've fertilized her and the baby is born, he's going to give it a big, wet kiss on the cheek. My baby's on his lips! How delightful!

No sir, You. YOU are delightful!


You should check out his blog if you already haven't.
 
2012-07-19 02:41:26 PM
If only we had some way to unite the workplace against bullying and increase morale... like if we had a scapegoat or something... hey you in the corner with your head down - yes you - this is all your fault. You're doing it to yourself.
 
2012-07-19 02:42:43 PM
I guess I've been fortunate. Was never bullied on any job I've ever had. I've seen it happen a few times, but was never involved in it. What my wife goes through everyday is another matter. As passive as that dear woman is, it's just a matter before she lights into someone. I always told her, "assert yourself on day one and don't ever be a push over."
 
PJ-
2012-07-19 02:43:31 PM

Genju: PJ-: Genju: Killer Cars: Genju: ... and here my boss takes the team out for dinner/drinks and tells us what a good job we're doing.

The tradeoff though is in most companies where THAT kinda thing happens, heaven forbid you have obligations outside of work where you end up missing those kind of events with any regularity, otherwise you aren't really part of the team and get looked at as that guy/girl.

One of our teammates doesn't drink and refuses to go to bars. He is kinda looked at as "that guy." He'll go for dinner but then leave.

I guess i'm 'that guy' in our office. But I really couldn't care less, because I can't stand any of my co-workers, and I don't get paid to hang out with them outside of work. I've been asked by my boss why I don't go to the annual golf tournament that our company has, which I replied with 'I don't really want to spend $100 to go golfing with people I don't get along with.'

I prefer hanging out with people who don't judge people based on what they do for a living. I get disgusted at people who think they can look down on a plumber or mechanic just because they are a project manager.

At my previous job (same boss) I didn't like all my coworkers either, and didn't go to any company sanctioned get together. It was free food and drink at my boss' expense. When we go on travel together we usually only get 1-2 rental cars for 4 people, so you were together anyway.


I would go to these things if they were actually paid for, but that's just it, they want me to pay to go to company events. Screw that noise, I would rather bring our site staff out for beers with that money than hang out with my co-workers. Which I have actually done on a couple occasions.
 
2012-07-19 02:45:15 PM

SkunkWorx: Next week's Tom Sawyer: My last job was one where there was a lot of bullying happening, but you could count on every team member to pitch in when you needed help.

Current job is where everyone is nice to your face, but make excuses why they can't help you.

Often miss that old company.

I'd say there's a big difference between bullying and trash talk. Where I work now you get a lot of trash talk, but you know the team's got your back whenever you need them.

I've also worked with a genuine bully, who loved nothing more than to see you squirm while he threatened you with your job.

I'll take the trash talk anyday.


In some teams, trash talk to your face is affectionate and a sign of acceptance. It means you can take it and dish it out. In my current job, I knew I'd been accepted by the IT group when they felt free to call me "Miss South Carolina" in meetings and tease me about how the Gamecocks were doing in football.

Trash talk behind the back is another matter entirely, and is rarely a good thing.
 
2012-07-19 02:56:19 PM

YouPeopleAreCrazy: Co worker of mine has some serious anger issues going on.
For most of every day, you can hear him in his cube:
grumble grumble - slam mouse down - goddammit - why doesn't this shiat work - mothafarkers - mouse slam
This from a hardcore churchgoer (4x week)

Eventually one of us will walk over:
"Dude, what's up?"
'This crap doesn't work!"
"Well...you wrote it."
[look at code closely]
"you need to put that part of the string in single quotes instead of double"

30 seconds later...magically it works. How about that.

Every. Farking. Day.

And it's always "they". They did something to the server (no, you just don't know where to go), they won't approve this (they approved it for me, you just need to ask), they, They, THEY

If he ever gets into a management position, I pity any young kids working under him.


I used to grumble like that. But I was the one doing all of the actual work. Mindlessly plodding along test cases without noticing that the consistent values you get are consistently wrong means that you don't know enough about electrical theory to be working in power quality.

Also, I had an ulcer, my ex kept calling me in the middle of the night while drunk even though she lived in another state and left me partly because I had been drinking early in the day (while unemployed - I would give up on sending out resumes around 4PM), and I was teased. One of my favorites was the homophobic comments they made when I mentioned Gaia Online. 20-somethings in IT are immature, you say?
 
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