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if I give you a quarter, will you go away


I really need to be working right now.  I am not because my job satisfaction is so incredibly low. The thing is my boss isn't great.  He micromanages when he shouldn't and is never available or on time with the things he's actually needed for. But he's not a bad a guy and honestly my problems working with him are not insurmountable.  However, he hired this guy a bit back, we'll call him New Guy, and I can not stand NG.  It's not like he just irritates me, I mean I literally want to flee the room every time he starts to talk.  He just rubs me the wrong way.  Everything about him.  Plus he doesn't know his job.  I know, despite my dislike of him, that he's good at some things and he's not actually stupid.  However, he is unable to do his job effectively or efficiently. This means he often asks me for help, usually multiple times over multiple days for the same problem.  He rarely seems to understand what I tell him, even though he claims to.  Also he can not troubleshoot his way out of a wet paper bag, and generally overreacts to any problem.  Seriously, I came in one morning to find him freaking out because the toilet was "irrevocably" broken, and it was very very very bad.  Honestly, from his reaction, I expected to find raw sewage flooding into the bathroom.  The problem? The handle snapped and would no longer pull the flush chain. Later in the morning he came in to tell me that he was going to walk 3 block to Starbucks to pee, because our toilet was broken.  I explained that it still flushed, you just had to take the lid off and manually lift the chain in the tank, as a stop gap measure, until the the landlord came to fix it (45 minutes later).  He can't get email today because his inbox is full. I have explained multiple times how email works, how he needs to download the email to his computer, and store it there, in Outlook, because our service provider provides limited space for online storage.  I drew pictures.  I explained it in simple metaphors.  He does not get it. So he can't get his email right now until he "figures something out."  He also can't get his voicemail, because he lost his work cell phone and doesn't understand when I explain that he can still check his inbox on his voicemail by calling it.  75% of his job consist of corresponding with and talking to people via email or phone.  He currently can not use either.  And his current diet plan, which he likes to talk about at length is such: fruit for breakfast, skip lunch, eat a huge dinner. I tried to explain that this is probably doing him more harm than good.  Never mind that he is averagely built and not in need of dieting, though perhaps regular exercise would help him. Oh man, I could go on forever.

Um, anyway, I had a point before I got all ranty.  My work has offered me a better position. It sounds great, totally workable for me. Except I have decided to decline it and look for work elsewhere, simply because I can not be around New Guy for any longer than I have to.  Even though the new position works much less directly with him. I just do not want to work in office he is in.  He makes my skin crawl.  I feel like I'm talking to alien when I try to have a conversation with him.  He looks like shrew turned human from an Alice in Wonderland adaption (grey, grey grey, hair, clothes, skin, pointy nose, beady red eyes). He makes the entire organization less effective. He makes me less effective because I'd rather be doing anything than have to talk to him.

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Author: Ajax Bell

Seattle author. Stops to smell the flowers. Amateur nerd (I wanna go pro but I haven't found anyone to pay me). Humble hippo enthusiast. queer/bi. they/them.

2 thoughts on “if I give you a quarter, will you go away

  1. I am sorry to hear about that! At the same time, it is kind-of hilarious. A shrew! hehee! Wow.
    I hope you have luck finding a new job.

  2. Thanks! It's probably best for me to move on, but at the same time I feel like this guy is personally keeping me from all these things I want.

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