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Old 01-29-14, 06:58 AM   #1
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Annoying traits in co-workers/subordinates

Sorry folks, I'm having a grumble about something.

It gives me the complete and utter ****s when people don't just do what I ask!


Guy who works with/under me was annoying again today. I have to submit something based on information he has to provide. In his defence he's waiting on others to confirm stuff and they are not all getting things in on time, but I'm the last stop.

There have been many emails about it with the list of stuff constantly changing, so I have just come back from a business trip and asked this guy to send me the most up to date list as it has all become a bit confusing and I want to submit the correct thing.

Instead of sending me the updated list, he calls and tries to explain things..."it's all in X email last week, but with the two extra items in Y email from Monday"...and so on.

No, no, no, no. Just send the list to me again, clean copy, with all the updates. If not, I'll get it wrong or have to go back to you again to confirm it anyway.

He's a repeat offender. Multiple emails or long calls that try to avoid doing something or complicate things. It would be quicker if he just did as I asked in the first place!!!

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Where do I start?!

Taking dumps on the bathroom floor would be a good one.
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Where do I start?!

Taking dumps on the bathroom floor would be a good one.
That takes me back.
We had a phantom ****ter many years ago. I'm glad I'm not the one who caught him. I mean...what would you say if you walked in on that act? "Holy *****?!"

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Have you told him? Next time he calls say you don't have time for it and to do his job, impose a consequence if he doesn't. Some people just don't learn any other way.
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I share an office with a guy, he's nice enough, but he barely speaks, getting two word out of him is a chore, work related or not.
That's not so bad really. But what is, is that he cannot move his mouse without picking it up and putting in down. If he has to move the cursor across the screen he will pick it up and slam it down multiple times, bam bam bam bam. Instead of sliding it like it's designed to do. The constant bam bam bam bam can get quite annoying.
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My secretary has a whiny voice and never shuts up. She's on the phone now babbling with one of her friends.

She also enters my office through the side door instead of walking around to the front door.
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Taking dumps on the bathroom floor would be a good one.
That's worse than the non-flushers at my workplace. It got so bad that they installed auto-flush toilets, but sometimes they still don't get flushed. I have no idea how you could defeat the flushing sensor; they seem to have a hair trigger and go off whenever they sense movement.
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That's worse than the non-flushers at my workplace. It got so bad that they installed auto-flush toilets, but sometimes they still don't get flushed. I have no idea how you could defeat the flushing sensor; they seem to have a hair trigger and go off whenever they sense movement.
In men's rooms if you leave the seat up it will block the sensor.

We use auto flush valves too but it's to meet ADA requirements. People used to leave their trophy sized logs for everyone to see but now that everyone has a smartphone and Instagram, they flush.
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I work with a bunch of 18 year olds, and while some of them are great kids, most do just less than the bare miminimum. And oh my god the amount of times they call out is ridiculous. I'm 25, and with the exception of a telemarketing job, I have never had to call out of work, and I am eternally sick.
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That's worse than the non-flushers at my workplace. It got so bad that they installed auto-flush toilets, but sometimes they still don't get flushed. I have no idea how you could defeat the flushing sensor; they seem to have a hair trigger and go off whenever they sense movement.
Yes it is and we have those too. Along with the ones who think it's cool to leave their menstrual flow all over the place. Geebus Crimminey people, clean up after yourselves!!! It's not uncommon to find a biohazard sign on a bathroom stall door. Of course we only have 7 counting the unisex bathroom stalls for about 100+ women in the office.

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We use auto flush valves too but it's to meet ADA requirements. People used to leave their trophy sized logs for everyone to see but now that everyone has a smartphone and Instagram, they flush.
Oh yes that's always pleasant.
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Paper towels in toilets and urinals. WTF? You are male, cleaning up after urinating consists of no more than two shakes.
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Sorry folks, I'm having a grumble about something.

It gives me the complete and utter ****s when people don't just do what I ask!


Guy who works with/under me was annoying again today. I have to submit something based on information he has to provide. In his defence he's waiting on others to confirm stuff and they are not all getting things in on time, but I'm the last stop.

There have been many emails about it with the list of stuff constantly changing, so I have just come back from a business trip and asked this guy to send me the most up to date list as it has all become a bit confusing and I want to submit the correct thing.

Instead of sending me the updated list, he calls and tries to explain things..."it's all in X email last week, but with the two extra items in Y email from Monday"...and so on.

No, no, no, no. Just send the list to me again, clean copy, with all the updates. If not, I'll get it wrong or have to go back to you again to confirm it anyway.

He's a repeat offender. Multiple emails or long calls that try to avoid doing something or complicate things. It would be quicker if he just did as I asked in the first place!!!
I hate it when co-workers insist on calling you to give some update... send a darn email... it is that simple.

I have one manager that never responds to emails and either comes to your desk or calls for requests... but when you need a decision and email ping him... no response... it's as if he is trying to avoid a trail of responsibility. He also doesn't have regular milestone meetings... he just suddenly gives a deadline and viola I am supposed to jump.
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Have you told him? Next time he calls say you don't have time for it and to do his job, impose a consequence if he doesn't. Some people just don't learn any other way.
I told him last night when he called, that's why I was so annoyed. Earlier in the day I sent a reminder email saying I still needed him to give me an update before I could move. He called and started to explain how 'simple' it would be for me to faff about searching and I cut him off by asking him to just send it to me again. It ate at me for a while and I sent him an email expressing my annoyance that he couldn't just humour me and answer my simple requests. He has replied saying we need to chat about this situation - but not with the damn list I need.
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Theft and general insurbordination. Lying to customers. Flipping trucks. Breaking equipment. Changing formulations. Destroying equipment. Not cleaning up or following procedures. No shows. Never returns. Long lunch. Late to work. Leaving early. Punching co workers time cards. Entitlement. Attitudes. Sloth. F-ing up your equipment. They didn't buy it, they don't care. Stealing tools. Band-aid duct tape fixes to critical equipment. Working with machines that are just slightly out of spec, and running them into the ground instead of doing a little ongoing preventative maintenance. Which leads to catastrophic failure during a holiday rush. Cheating machines (removing guards, using something heavy to hold one handle on a two handle machine). Gossip. Cell phones on production floor. Headphones. Sloppy dress. Not taking phone messages. Personal calls at work. Web surfing at work. I'm sure I'm forgetting a few, or have a mental block on some real atrocious offenses. Like sex in the restroom.
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For me, the worst was a 19 year old guy. We shared a desk with glass walls all around. A single desk, not a cubicle, elbow to elbow. He was hyper expressive and when something happened with the program that he was writing, he would jump in his chair and exclaim "Oh my God!" We sat side by side and the glass bounced all the sound back so it was like someone randomly shouting in your ear. He was also a heavy coffee drinker. And the smell of coffee gives me instant splitting headaches. So sitting that close together was a world of pain.
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Theft and general insurbordination. Lying to customers. Flipping trucks. Breaking equipment. Changing formulations. Destroying equipment. Not cleaning up or following procedures. No shows. Never returns. Long lunch. Late to work. Leaving early. Punching co workers time cards. Entitlement. Attitudes. Sloth. F-ing up your equipment. They didn't buy it, they don't care. Stealing tools. Band-aid duct tape fixes to critical equipment. Working with machines that are just slightly out of spec, and running them into the ground instead of doing a little ongoing preventative maintenance. Which leads to catastrophic failure during a holiday rush. Cheating machines (removing guards, using something heavy to hold one handle on a two handle machine). Gossip. Cell phones on production floor. Headphones. Sloppy dress. Not taking phone messages. Personal calls at work. Web surfing at work. I'm sure I'm forgetting a few, or have a mental block on some real atrocious offenses. Like sex in the restroom.
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I hate it when co-workers insist on calling you to give some update... send a darn email... it is that simple.

I have one manager that never responds to emails and either comes to your desk or calls for requests... but when you need a decision and email ping him... no response... it's as if he is trying to avoid a trail of responsibility. He also doesn't have regular milestone meetings... he just suddenly gives a deadline and viola I am supposed to jump.
He is not trying, he is actively doing it. Start documenting and archiving everything. If you are not already doing it. Even if he doesn't respond send email and cc yourself with a summary of every meeting and request.
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I told him last night when he called, that's why I was so annoyed. Earlier in the day I sent a reminder email saying I still needed him to give me an update before I could move. He called and started to explain how 'simple' it would be for me to faff about searching and I cut him off by asking him to just send it to me again. It ate at me for a while and I sent him an email expressing my annoyance that he couldn't just humour me and answer my simple requests. He has replied saying we need to chat about this situation - but not with the damn list I need.
Reply again, restate that you have asked this request again and cc someone higher up? Who can fire him if needed.
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He is not trying, he is actively doing it. Start documenting and archiving everything. If you are not already doing it. Even if he doesn't respond send email and cc yourself with a summary of every meeting and request.
I do do this and keep project files on all the projects. This manager stands out as always doing things his way. (I have no problems with other managers) Lately I have started cc his supervisor when I have requests. The manager then called me into his office and wanted to know why, and suggested that perhaps I should tone it down. I told him he is not using good engineering practices and that I stand by my statements.

There was a meeting about a month after that, it was pointed out that someone had made "hasty decisions." This guy seems "bulletproof" though... so I doubt anything will come of it. Time will tell.
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I do do this and keep project files on all the projects. This manager stands out as always doing things his way. (I have no problems with other managers) Lately I have started cc his supervisor when I have requests. The manager then called me into his office and wanted to know why, and suggested that perhaps I should tone it down. I told him he is not using good engineering practices and that I stand by my statements.

There was a meeting about a month after that, it was pointed out that someone had made "hasty decisions." This guy seems "bulletproof" though... so I doubt anything will come of it. Time will tell.
Time to start looking for a new job. If there is major ****up he will throw you under the bus, and since it looks like management has his back you will be the escape goat.
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