UPDATE: If you read my post from a few days ago, I’m happy to announce that another Canadian was hired, although for a different department.
Anyway, let’s move on to this week’s #ShitMyCoworkerSays post. This is a good one. Have you ever encountered anyone like this? How did you handle it?
Context: Three days into my new job, I felt I could peg who the micromanagers were, regardless of title, due to their constant hovering and barking orders like the stick up their butt holes was causing splinters. But there was one colleague who surprised me. Hierarchy-wise, she was my peer. Outwardly she appeared “normal” and was really easy to talk to. There was one time I asked her where I could find certain documents. She came over to my desk to show me the pathway and she mentioned that she sent me an email with an article that that had interesting stats pertaining to my current project. I took a look at it, bookmarked the article, then deleted the email. BIG MISTAKE!
#ShitMyCoworkerSays: You’re not going to do anything with it? You deleted my email? You should never delete emails. Just save them or archive them because you never know when you’ll need it again. I can’t believe you delete emails.
Me: I bookmarked the page and made a note of it. Thanks.
#ShitMyCoworkerSays (proceeding to take my mouse from me): Here, you should create folders in your inbox like this to categorize your emails accordingly. I’m only trying to help you.
If there is anything I hate more than a micromanager, it’s someone who says I’m only trying to help you. NO! You’re not trying to help me. What you’re trying to do is make me hate you and it’s working. Don’t be surprised to find all of your emails and folders deleted.