February 10th, 2009 (04:30 pm)
current mood: frustrated
I am feeling somewhat disgruntled working at this title company
I'm getting caught in the middle of a bicker-fest between the boss and the office manager
They both run around and complain about how the other one is messing in things that isn't any of her business, and how the other one is always putting her fingers/nose/voice where it doesn't belong, and how the other one doesn't understand how their interference netagively impacts the flow of business
And the worst part is that they're both right. They each have a different set of priorities, and both priority sets are wrong. They both get themselves involved in things that they'd be better staying out of, and it makes everyone's work harder.
The boss runs around and quadruple checks everything, changing her mind about things every 7 minutes and generally making everyone crazy with her shifting focus and imaginary deadlines. She comes to me at least twice a day to ask me why I haven't done things that she'd just told me not to do. She makes giant emergencies out of things that don't really matter in the long run. And when she says "get this done some time next week" she really means "I'm going to ask you for it some time this afternoon." It's impossible to prioritize my tasks with her, because she's always shifting her focus and changing her mind, and asking me about things that I'd done weeks ago. The worst is when she explains to me how what I did was wrong and why I can't ever do it again when I'm not actually the one who did whatever it is she's complaining about.
The office manager, on the other hand, loves to interrupt people from whatever they're doing to have 20 minute conversations about things that don't matter yet. Every week she comes and throws piles of work onto my desk. She spends HOURS every day complaining about how much work she has to do, and how hard it is to do everything when she keeps on getting interrupted. I just feel like pointing out that she could probably clear off her desk in one day if she'd shut up long enough to get any work done. She also loves to gripe about the boss' salary and expense accounts - like it's any of her business how her employer choses to spend the company's money. It's not like she doesn't get paid a pretty penny too ... And the worst part for me is when I come in on a Monday morning to find that she's gone though everything on my desk, taken stuff off, hand written checks, and basically tried to do my job with things that could have waited for me to get there to do them.
I want to shoot them both - which is probably why I just ran into a woman who works here that used to go to my church, and why we had the discussion where my faith came up while we were standing in front of the Boss. God's going to keep my honest and on the up-and-up about my walk, even when I'm dealing with people I can't stand.