- …that when you fall asleep on your keyboard, your face gets quilted.
- …that my keyboard isn't drool-proof.
- …that I can no longer see what's going on behind me because my new monitor has a no-glare screen.
- …that there isn't any part of my monitor to clip my bicycle mirror to, and people laugh at me when I wear my helmet at work.
- …that the woman from QA always interrupts me whenever I'm interrupting her.
- …speakerphones that won't let you interrupt while someone at the other end is talking.
- …that Windows crashes so often.
- …that Windows doesn't crash often enough to be a reliable excuse for anything.
- …that when you set the cell phones they give us on vibrate, you can still hear them.
- …that my boss gives me bad advice that I have to follow.
- …that when I follow my boss's bad advice and the thing implodes, it's my fault.
- …that when someone calls me on a bad cell phone connection from under the airport public address system, I have to make up both ends of the conversation.
- …that to tell whether the sun is shining I have to badge out.
- …that nobody knows what business casual really means.
- …that meetings start and end on the hour, with no time in between, so all our meetings start late.
- …that I get more email than I can possibly read. If anyone really wants to reach me, they text me.
- I hate that nobody knows
what business casual
really means…that I get more text messages that I can possibly read. If anyone really wants to reach me, they call me.
- …that I get more voicemail than I can possibly listen to. If anyone really wants to reach me, they send me email.
- …when they change a procedure nobody ever actually followed to some new, more complicated procedure that nobody will ever actually follow.
- …when people CC me so I'll know that one of my direct reports screwed up again. Do they think I don't already know?
- …when my boss tells me what she firmly believes, then asks for my honest opinion.
- …that our whiteboard markers are always dry. I think they must come that way out of the box.
- …when someone puts me on speaker and it's just us on the call, I know they're doing something with their hands but I can't imagine what.
- …when I have to drop the 17 things I'm doing to get training in managing multiple tasks.
- …when a drop dead showstopper problem that I've been busting my tail to resolve for three weeks is suddenly reclassified as non-critical just after I fix it.
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