Well, I do work, sir, so if you don’t mind…

At my workplace, there are two main offices that are in the same location, but aren’t connected to each other. One office is for Administration and one office is for Operations. In the Administration office, people do administrative work and in the Operations office, people get actual work accomplished.

No one in either office thinks anyone in the other office works as hard as they do. This is understandable. Yet,  most people have worked in both offices, so you’d think they’d have some empathy for “the other office”.

Someone in the Administration office suggested that one of them spend a day in the Operations office in order to “observe” what actual work gets accomplished. They couched it in terms of “getting to know what happens each day in Operations”.

I said that was fine. We should also be afforded the same opportunity to sit over in their office and watch THEM work all day.
 
But wait! I worked in the Administration office and I already know the schedule:
 

  • Arrive an hour and a half after scheduled start time, but before anyone else – modify time card.
  • Surf internet.
  • Make personal phone calls.
  • Look busy.
  • Once pals arrive, spend about 30 minutes discussing what everyone wants for breakfast, even though everyone orders the same thing everyday, anyway.
  • Order breakfast, then wait around for it.
  • Maybe walk outside for a smoke and a personal cell phone call.
  • When breakfast arrives, occupy conference room for one and a half hours, during which time you are “on break” and can’t help with customer calls.
  • Wander back to desk and open a spreadsheet or your mail.
  • Maybe listen to voice mails.
  • Get pals together to discuss lunch and where it should be ordered from. Spend a lot of time on this discussion.
  • Order lunch, then wait around for it.
  • Maybe walk to another office in the vicinity and visit with workers.
  • When lunch arrives, occupy conference room for one and a half hours, during which time you are “on break” and can’t help with customer calls.
  • Wander back to desk and maybe do some data entry.
  • Realize that an important request has been sitting on your desk for a week and then involve everyone in your BIG PANIC to get the crisis resolved.
  • Take a break and start talking about going home.
  • Go home, but be sure to come in on weekends when it “isn’t as busy” so you can “get some work done” at time and a half OT pay.

 

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One response to “Well, I do work, sir, so if you don’t mind…

  1. I’m exhausted just reading about your day. You should request a raise!

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