This week, our winning Oh, Come On moment is as follows:
*To my former boss, meetings were events that everyone had to attend, no matter the day, hour, time or potentially out of the way location. To this boss figure of mine, it was completely reasonable to have meetings held on a Friday night on a (her) whim. Ultimately, I’d find myself anxiously awaiting a last-minute email from her on any night of the week or weekend saying, “Hey guys, we have to meet. Can you do Saturday night at such and such bar?” My free time was already precious, and for the duration of my time working with this boss of sorts, I developed a sort of phobia of being called into a late-night work meeting. Having established how significant these times were to her, it was equally as unimportant that she attend meetings us regular folks decided to call. What’s worse — sometimes she wasn’t even reliable enough to show up to her own… on time, that is. After calling what she deemed an über important meeting (stat!) on one sunny morning, the entire, albeit small, team showed up. We trickled into the office at different times but were all there before tardiness could even be considered an issue. Ten minutes passed. Fifteen. We chatted amongst ourselves. Twenty minutes passed. A couple of people went out for a smoke break. I don’t smoke, but my blood was starting to boil so much so that I considered it for a moment of insanity. Half an hour and forty five minutes went by and this boss who had called the meeting still wasn’t there. After about five minutes past an hour, she opened the door — dog in tow — and said, “Hey, guys!” She smiled. She sat down. She started the meeting. Apologies must not be necessary for the big dogs and their dogs.
Oh, Come On.
Each week, we’ll ask you to provide your own Oh, Come On moment for us to share with the world. Shoot an email to Looking@look-solutions.com with a story you have to tell of a coworker or someone you know in the workforce who did something utterly idiotic. We’ll then share it in a list in each week’s post (while absolutely honoring your desire for anonymity; all stories will be posted sans names), and at the end of each week, we’ll provide the person who gave us the best Oh, Come On moment with a $10 Starbucks gift card! After all, who doesn’t deserve a few cups of coffee for having put up with workplace idiocy? We all do.
Now it’s your turn! Send us your Oh, Come On moments and next thing you know, you’ll be feeling better, sipping coffee and smiling that you’re not the only one who’s had to deal with one or two ridiculous and absurd workplace situations.