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Office Managers And Their Silly Little Meetings

Are you a manager? Do you “manage” people in an office environment? If so, I have a few questions for you that I would really like answered:

Question #1) What do you do in those meetings you go to most of the day? I mean it. Seriously! I really, really want to know. I’m pretty very damn sure there is no work going on. You always have your fancy Starbucks latte you bring into the meetings and I hear you laughing a lot. 

Question #2) How come you don’t do any work and get paid more than I do? I never see you at your desk doing any work. Your little scribble board is always full of the meetings that you are scheduled for each hour of the day but I never see you doing any actual work. Whenever I talk to you I notice that you sometimes usually always manage to say something like “I’m so busy” but yet you are never at your desk working.

Question #3) Why do you take credit for the work I do? I’ve noticed that when I do a good job on a project you are quick to take credit for it in meetings but when the project doesn’t go so well it is never your fault. I work really hard and when things are a success I should get the credit for it. You should get very little no credit as we have already established that you do no work!

Question #4) Why do you get to go to the fancy retreats, motivational events, and professional development seminars? If you go to something like that you get to go overnight to the expensive out of state ones. If somehow we get to go it is to the seminar down the street or in the next town to make sure that we can be back at work the next morning.  

Question #5) What gives you the right to give me a review every quarter? You have no idea how to do my job so how can you accurately review me? It is embarrassing for me to have to go into a small room with you every three months and have you pretend to know what I do. In fact, giving your silly reviews every quarter is probably the only real “work” you do! Another thing, I do a damn good job yet you still have to come up with an “area of opportunity” every single time. Can’t you just come out and say that I do a very good job, am a reliable and valued employee, and that you are lucky to have me?

Question #6) Do you understand why I can’t wait for the day when I can nuke this job and make money from home? I don’t ever want to have to post my resume again on any job web sites!

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  • 1

    How very true … and as far as unproductive meetings go … i never knew how bad they could be until i started working in Japan … my giddy aunt!

    Neil Duckett on November 12th, 2007
  • 2

    Office Managers And Their Silly Little Meetings…

    I work my butt off while my manager sits in a meeting all day sipping her latte. I have lots of questions for all you managers out there. I bet you won’t have the guts to answer them but I have to ask them anyway. You, the managers, are one of the rea… on November 12th, 2007
  • 3

    When you work for yourself it is a little different… when you aren’t productive, you don’t make money. We don’t have “meetings”, they are a waste of time to me.

    Although I do like going to conventions when I can, but it is different when YOU pay for them yourself and not your company. Scott

    chipseo on November 12th, 2007
  • 4

    These are all good questions. And man I get asked most of them a lot. (by the girlfriend who thinks I do nothing but drink coffee) The most common are’what the hell do you do in meetings’ and ‘how can they go on so long’ and ‘you know having coffee is not work’
    It’s all true…there are ups and downs to being manager/self employed. Work never ends me. You can’t go home and stop thinking about it and what needs to be done, and where will the next pay cheque come from and if I do this will the business grow or die. The meetings can be a pain in a hole but it is from these that new work is created.
    Well thats my story and I’m sticking to it 😉

    Sam Kidd on November 12th, 2007
  • 5

    You said “The meetings can be a pain in a hole but it is from these that new work is created.”

    So new work is created for the peons so that the managers can have yet more meetings about the work they are not doing? That’s my version and I’m sticking to it 🙂

    DayJobNuker on November 12th, 2007
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    “A leader is someone who instills within the heart, a desire to follow.”
    Sounds to me like your manager is not a good leader.
    His/her problem is not the position, but his/her disposition.
    Heavy right? But so true.

    I give meetings to my people as a way to build them up, help them understand the business, and illustrate to them how their efforts contribute to their own success, and that of the business.

    Maybe you should come work for me? Near Chicago?

    Allyn Paul on November 12th, 2007
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    Well the meeting can be tough, there is only so much coffee one man can drink.
    And I would hate for the peons to get bored. 🙂

    Sam Kidd on November 12th, 2007
  • 8

    These questions are right on the money. I know everytime I turn around my boss/supervisor is in another meeting. I guess there all deciding out fate. I know in my organization were under going another reorginazation of departments. It sure seems like there going back to what was in place 5-8 years ago. I swear the higher ups are keeping there jobs secure.


    Jeff B on November 12th, 2007
  • 9

    I would like to know the same things! haha nice questions 😀

    Thomas Sinfield on November 12th, 2007
  • 10

    If only these questions had logical answers …

    Good to see that I’m not the only corporate slave that constantly ponders these questions.

    Mr. Disgruntled on November 12th, 2007
  • 11

    Mr. Disgruntled,
    You know I am alway right there with you thinking the same things.

    DayJobNuker on November 13th, 2007
  • 12

    I think it’s worth to forward to our manager. Nice share. Keep on posting.

    blogging on November 14th, 2007
  • 13

    Excellent observations. Somehow I feel you won’t get your answers:)

    Adrian on November 15th, 2007
  • 14

    I absolutely loved this post and had a lot of laugh while reading it. Finally somebody spoke for all of us. Did your manager read it by the way? He would be red if he did:-).

    MarriedMelody on November 15th, 2007
  • 15

    No one involved with my work knows I have this blog. Better that way 🙂

    DayJobNuker on November 15th, 2007
  • 16

    No offense here Nuker, but have you ever been in management yourself?

    Allyn Paul on November 15th, 2007
  • 17

    I’m self employed now and before that I never was in management. But unfortunately I have to deal with managers now and I go to different companies so I see the same behavior in all companies I go to. They frustrate me tremedously and I feel sorry for all the poor worker bees that have to work under them.
    Of course, you have to take some of what I write with a grain of salt as I am trying to be entertaining and I know not ALL managers are like this.

    DayJobNuker on November 15th, 2007
  • 18

    Let me give you a possible manager’s perspective using some of your words above ok?

    “Unfortunately, I have to deal with EMPLOYEES now and I go to different companies and see the same behavior in all companies I go to. They (employees) frustrate me tremendously and I feel sorry for the poor managers that have to lead them”

    And, yes, Nuker, I enjoy your site. I also like to spar a bit on occasion. I am seriously thinking about answering the questions in your original post, but doing it on my site. I might try to actually start a bit of a fight with you! Good link bait, and all in good fun, of course. Waddya think?

    Allyn Paul on November 15th, 2007
  • 19

    Well Al,
    I think I would win because there are more of us (workers)than of you (managers). I have seen some seriously bad managers and so has my wife.

    Don’t worry, I have some more manager “bashing” to come as I’ve seen some really silly things that I can only laugh about.

    DayJobNuker on November 15th, 2007
  • 20

    We’ll see about that…give me a couple days to load up on coffee, and then we’ll go at it! LOL

    I look forward to seeing more of your manager-bashing…AL

    Allyn Paul on November 16th, 2007