"Choosing trust over doubt gets me burned once in a while, but I'd rather be singed than hardened." -Victoria Monfort

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

I've Got a New Attitude...

Conversation Monday, 9 a.m. with me and my VP whom let's remember, gave me this great Christmas Gift. You know, I roll into work around 8:30 and he's called me 5 times by then. Because he gets up at like, 5am. I cringe when he calls me. We don't have a great rapport but I kept him because no one else could handle him, he's so particular.

VP: Can you tell me why these numbers look wrong on this (stupid store promo) report?

Me: I'm not entirely sure, I download the report. The numbers are entered by the stores daily.

VP: Look at these three days for example, they are all the same number. I think you put the same number in there by mistake.

Me: I don't enter numbers, I import them into my file, the store entered those. They may not be right but it's the stores that did it.

VP: I didn't say that you did enter the numbers, but they are in there. You aren't taking calls on this? (Mind you, he did say I did it.)

(sidenote, we use to have to take calls and track these ridiculous numbers every day and it was an ordeal. Now, a simpler way is to download them and not chase people for them. A brilliant idea by someone with a great attitude.)

Me: No, it's less time consuming to download them, it was sent out as a task and they have to complete it daily.

VP: You must be really busy.

Me: I am, I have to do the entire manager's meeting on my own, and I have deadlines due today.

(another sidenote, we are down three secretaries, and doing the work of 5 with 2 mind you. I have to help them when they are busy, plus do my own job.)

And that was that. Our conversation. Fast forward to three hours later when he calls me to ask me to do something retarded.

VP: Have you fixed your attitude problem yet?

Me: What?

VP: You had an attitude this morning when you came in here.

Me: I don't think I did, I was busy.

VP: you know you should have coffee in the morning, it will fix that.

Me: I do have coffee in the morning, thank you.

VP: Can you (print this stupid ass report that I'm unable to print sorted 5 ways from Sunday?) do me a favor?

Me: Yes, when are you leaving today, I have a deadline to meet on this project first.

VP: I think you could do it right now if you wanted to.

Me: I have priorities set by my manager, it's not that I don't want to do it.

VP: Guess you still have an attitude.

Me: I am offended by that statement.

VP: No you're not.

Me: Yes, I am, I don't think I have a problem, I am following the instructions set for me by my boss. I can print your report but by the end of the day.

I mean...seriously? I joke around with most of the VP's but not mine, he is not the joking kind. He has a dry sense of humor I guess you would say. So I don't do it. I was offended. And he completely pissed me off. I told one of the other girls in the dept, who works for my VP's boss. I gave her an award once, for making a template for our phones. It made her day. Today, she figured how to do books on the copier, and I said "You should get another award for figuring that out" to which she replied. "You deserve an award for your great attitude". And that's...why I mostly love my job.

That, and my jewelry discount. Diamonds ARE a girls best friend!


Alexa said...

that clock is HILARIOUS!

i kinda want one.

Erin said...

Huh. I don't even know what to say about your boss - what a total prick! Ok, well, I guess that was something, lol.

Slick said...

Kinda reminds me of ...

Me and my dry sense of humor.

That's why you won't joke around with me??

Narm said...

I have no idea how you refrained from pushing the VP off of a cliff.

Barb said...

I hate to say this but I'm glad I'm not the only one that has an ass as a VP. I just want to tell him to fuck off sometimes! I'm glad you stood up for yourself. You have more courage than I do.

AMPlifier said...

Yeah, you handled that way better than I would've. What a jerk!