Thursday, September 3, 2009

Apologists

Are you ever forced to associate with someone, through work or otherwise, who makes your life miserable?

You know the type--people who sigh audibly, roll their eyes, and are generally indignant any time you ask them to do something (like their job)? Or maybe they say totally inappropriate things—stuff that belittles you or gives you the distinct sensation of being thrown under a bus. Perhaps he’s the guy all the women in the office avoid because he’s too hands-y.

The exact personality dysfunction doesn’t matter. The point is that you have to deal with these people because the people who have the authority to effect change don’t have the stones to do so. Plead your case to them, and you get the inevitable response (say it with me):

“Oh…that’s just Mike.”

Then Mike is a DICK. Stop allowing him to act like one.

“Yeah…Sharon takes a little getting used to.”

No, Sharon’s an ASSHOLE. She needs to be called out on it.

Stop making excuses for these people.

3 comments:

m.v. said...

in the current corporate setting there is nothing you can do but deal with these people.last time I tried to punch someone for being a dick we both got fired.

The DLC said...

Yeah I've had situations like that every place I've worked. Once I had to change jobs because I just couldn't handle a person, and no one else would call him on his crap.

Steaming bowl o' Calderone said...

It's truly sad. I had a time a few months ago where I debated escalating an issue through HR or just saying "fuck it" and finding a new job (the only positive of being unemployed is not having to deal with that shit anymore). The situation was adding to my stress and subsequent insomnia. Of course, in this case, the issue was slightly worse since my manager was part of the problem.