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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Rockdog, Mar 26, 2013.

  1. Rockdog

    Rockdog Tele-Afflicted

    Mar 4, 2010
    Shrewsbury, MA
    My office manager is a little crazy.

    One of her responsibilities is restocking the break room. This morning, she went to restock the fridge with half & half only to find that there was already a generous supply. Consequently, she walked around, seemingly in shock, asking each of us if we were aware that there was half & half in the fridge.

    When she came around to me, I replied with an honest “no” because I tend to drink my coffee black.

    She then said: “You're part of the problem." Gosh, she's a peach.
  2. uriah1

    uriah1 Doctor of Teleocity

    Feb 12, 2011
    Sounds like this guy

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  3. Brad Pittiful

    Brad Pittiful Doctor of Teleocity

    Dec 22, 2008
    Philly Burbs
    office manager is female...theres your problem
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  5. pondcaster

    pondcaster Friend of Leo's

    Nov 29, 2010
    Tryon, NC
    In my experiences, office managers can sometimes tend to be a little power-trippy and may over inflate their self-worth and/or their worth to the company/organization.

    Most times, they are so easily replaced it would make their head spin.
  6. goonie

    goonie Friend of Leo's

    Dec 20, 2011
    My office manager is sweet and gorgeous. Thought you should know.
  7. telleutelleme

    telleutelleme Doctor of Teleocity

    Jan 15, 2010
    It's her job to stock the fridge and it's overstocked but you are the problem?????
  8. she may have a dry sense of humor.

    because you drink your coffee black, you ARE part of the problem of too much half and half!

    Those folks and purchasing and accounts payable... god bless those people... those jobs would SUCK!

    I also admire maintenance people...

    these people do the jobs that I need done (and done right) and don't the skills or interest to do... the world needs the finger waggers and gate keepers...

    put some cream in your coffee just for her... this is a problem that will bug her all day (thank god!)
  9. FMA

    FMA Friend of Leo's

    Apr 29, 2003
    She's on here, right?
  10. Rockdog

    Rockdog Tele-Afflicted

    Mar 4, 2010
    Shrewsbury, MA
    I think the next time she's in the break room, I'll open the fridge, take out the carton of half & half, and motion as if I'm going to drink it straight from the carton.
  11. Boyd

    Boyd Tele-Afflicted

    My daughter is the office manager for a large firm in New York. Of course she is also sweet and gorgeous. :D
  12. that..... is genius!
  13. AirBagTester

    AirBagTester Friend of Leo's

    Nov 7, 2010
    If you work in the government the rational solution would have been to pour half and half down the drain until the appropriate amount remains.

    EDIT: As jondanger points out this does kind of lead towards "political discussion," so I apologize for posting it.

    But more importantly it's not super hilarious or witty or anything. My comment was pretty pointless.

    (BTW I am an office manager at a small company.)
    Last edited: Mar 26, 2013
  14. I don't use half'n'half because I'm lactose intolerant. I suppose I could switch which problem I'm part of.
  15. telleutelleme

    telleutelleme Doctor of Teleocity

    Jan 15, 2010
    Tell her to contact HR to see if anyone is missing? Especially known half & half drinkers.
  16. Guitarzan

    Guitarzan Friend of Leo's

    Feb 28, 2006
    Hotlanta, GA
    Useless post of the day. ;);)
  17. emu!

    emu! Poster Extraordinaire

    Yes, I have had plenty of power-hungry office managers be-little me. I think it's the title "manager" that makes them think they are somehow exalted. Maybe there should be a law that changes their title to OFFICE SPOKESPERSON.

    Now go get me some coffee, office spokesperson.
  18. Tdub

    Tdub Friend of Leo's

    Jan 22, 2009
    Why don't they just call half & half, whole?

  19. Maricopa

    Maricopa Friend of Leo's

    Feb 4, 2009
    Phx, AZ
    Skinny shorts, black socks and pointy guitars played through modeling amps? Sounds like Postal Employees to me. :eek:

    Now who's gonna make fun of overweight screenprinter/guitar builders? I can take it. ;)
  20. soulman969

    soulman969 Doctor of Teleocity

    Mar 20, 2011
    Englewood, CO
    Well there you have. Whether you accept that or not YOU are the problem, LOL. Maybe you should just stop pi$$ing her off. ;) :D
  21. Uncle Joe

    Uncle Joe Friend of Leo's

    Aug 5, 2012
    New Jersey
    Nastiness seems to be a prerequisite for office managers of crazy-busy companies, particulary an office with heavy traffic from great salespeople and strong department managers. She is usually the first line of defense for the GM. From what I've seen, office managers fearing delegation of responsibility seems to be the real challenge for GMs. It's something about that OM position; with a heavier does of control than responsibility attracting those with more work ethic than wisdom. How's that for a sweeping generalization? In my experience the young ones are the worst, and they are particularly tough on newbs. My current office manager has mellowed into early middle-age and, while she remains loath to delegate anything she thinks I deem important, she gets along with everyone else a lot better than when she first came on board. If she ever purchased creamer or half-and-half I would fall over. That woman controls every penny.
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