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Old 04-21-08, 10:31 AM   #1
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Let it go tim...



I work at this place here at school. I'm graduating in May and as such i'm pretty much done working here. Every year there are a couple of shifts that everyone is required to work at least one (if they didn't do that, no one would work them). The nice thing about this job is that you kind of make your own schedule. Every month our boss emails us a list of shifts, we cross out the ones we can't work, they email us back a schedule.

For obvious reasons, there is a deadline to when this needs to be turned in. It is usually well ahead of when the schedule comes out. This is a safety net for them. I was two days late in responding as i spaced it out and then was out of town the night it was due. My mistake. Two days after that i had to go into work. As i was getting ready i realized that i hadn't returned my availability and so i sat down and did it.

When i got there the first thing my boss says is that she hadn't gotten it from me. Fair. I told her i just sent it, she checked and said "OOO I just got it". Great.

That was 3 weeks ago, again...the deadline is a way to motivate dumb drunk college kids (like...me).

Today the schedule is emailed out. I notice that my only shift is during my graduation. "****" i think, did i mess up? So i go look at the document i sent her to see if i crossed out that day. Sure enough, i did. I responded telling her the situation and went to attach the file. I then realized that this doesn't prove anything, so instead i found the email i sent to her, and forwarded it to her.

Good. My butt is covered.

She replies "I'll take care of it. The reason this happened is because i didn't get an availability sheet from you until now."

Right, this is my fault

I was going to respond reminding her that this was an email that i forwarded to her, that i already sent her. She is young, fresh out of grad school and only has about 2 months in this job. I'm leaving. I decided to let it go...why can't people just admit when they are wrong? I went to see if it was my mistake, if it was i would have taken care of getting the shift covered. Our old boss made mistakes like this before, she was quick to fix them and was apologetic rather than accusational.

Grrr...
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Old 04-21-08, 10:44 AM   #2
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Our old boss made mistakes like this before, she was quick to fix them and was apologetic rather than accusational.
And that, my friend, is the difference between a good, experienced boss, and the one you currently work for.
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I say go have a beer.
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I say go have a beer.
I just got the seatpost for my RS2...it's rideable. A ride is better.
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Old 04-21-08, 11:41 AM   #5
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I just got the seatpost for my RS2...it's rideable. A ride is better.
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Ride 1st - Then Beer
Hmm

Ride first
Then class
then beer
then beer
then beer
then beer
then sleep
then wake up and realize i should have done homework the night before
decide to ride
come home
then beer
then beer
then beer
then drop out a month before graduation

Hey...life is about living, right?
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I just got the seatpost for my RS2...it's rideable. A ride is better.
Ride to a bar with a deck.
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Old 04-21-08, 01:29 PM   #8
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Say, that felt great. If only i had some beer?
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Let it go, she fixed it. I am also assuming you may want a letter of recommendation from this young, fresh out of grad school supervisor someday.
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I'm leaving. I decided to let it go...why can't people just admit when they are wrong? I went to see if it was my mistake, if it was i would have taken care of getting the shift covered. Our old boss made mistakes like this before, she was quick to fix them and was apologetic rather than accusational. Grrr...
You'll encounter many people like this over your career. Many people are instantly defensive when they are accused of making a mistake. People with defensive egos like this have a really hard time explicitly admitting their mistake. They want you to just silently let it go. It's frustrating , but people with this personality trait will never change, so there's no point pushing it (trying to get them to acknowledge their mistake) unless the mistake gives others the wrong impression about your work. This is one of the most frustrating types of people to work with. A jerk who is self-aware and freely acknowledges he's a jerk is easier to work with than someone who can't admit fault.
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Old 04-21-08, 04:39 PM   #11
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Young, cute, Grad Student? Forgive her transgression and when she fixes it, buy her a beer since you're leaving anyway
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I know in IT, its hard to work with people with the delicate egos who can't deal with being wrong. The trick is to sort of be circumspect with them, without appearing sly.

For example, I've had firsthand encounters with employees who if told to plug something in (as they called in with some inop computer device), will start screaming that IT is calling them morons. Instead, you have to be a bit roundabout, tell them to unplug and plug in the object (scanner/printer/keyboard/mouse), and see if that fixed the problem. Almost always it will.

However, don't take the blame for a problem. In companies, people will jump on someone who is apologetic, and will tell management, "if they are apologizing for this, what did they REALLY do that they are hiding?"
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Dude, if you heard about my workday today, you'd get over it pretty quick.
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You didn't meet the deadline = crap schedule.
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So I take it you still haven't found a place for the b-o-d-y?
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Please do not tell me you got your merkin caught in the sausage grinder, AGAIN!
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