Displaying your "Balls" at Work

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Displaying your "Balls" at Work

Posted 24 August 2010 - 02:31 PM

Okay, the topic sounds worse than it really is, but this is more about being "ballsy" or such. I am sick of being run all over at work, and I finally got the balls to do something about it. Okay, whole story:

So when our previous office secretary transferred in like... December, I trained to be the secretary person until they hired someone. The only reason I was volunteered to do this is because I took a secretary training class just to learn the software (for a project I was doing) so they figured that I was already half way there. Well, we did hire somebody, and it's been 8 months, and he's still yet to finish his training, meaning that I'm still the secretary and my names on all the stuff.

We have an annual inspection for our records, office organization, other stuff, etc. and we originally failed it (I wasn't there and dude was still too new) since we were in a middle of a branch-wide reorganization and junk. So we do a re-inspection in June (we both were there) and the head secretary said to write a correction letter/follow up letter and send it to her. As soon as she left I sat down at my computer and wrote up a nice long official memorandum that I was very proud of. After it was finished, I signed it and scanned it as a PDF.

Well I sent the dude the PDF, word doc, and the 2 checklists and told him to make changes/additions as he saw fit, then once he was done, if he did anything at all, then to send it to he the head secretary lady and cc me. He never did. It was due 9 Jul 10. It's 24 Aug 10. WTF?! I walked up to him or called him several times over the course of time to ask him how it was coming along, and he always said he'd take care of it. Never did. So today I get an email 3 mins before my shift is over asking where it was. This pissed me off severely, because my name is going on all the write ups and shit.

I emailed her back basically saying "I wrote the letter day of and sent it to [dudes name] so he could make corrections/additions. Sorry for the mix up, I'll attach the original files I made." And I did attach those files, with the PDF clearly showing the date (proving I didn't edit it to avoid trouble) and signature. So basically, I threw him under the bus, but I'll be damned if I get in trouble because of something someone else did or didn't do. It's bullshit.

Would you consider throwing another employee under the bus or exposing their faults "unprofessional" or wrong? I feel bad about it, but damn!

This post has been edited by NeoTifa: 24 August 2010 - 02:33 PM


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Posted 24 August 2010 - 02:37 PM

You gotta look out for yourself. No sense in taking blame for something you didn't do.
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Posted 24 August 2010 - 02:39 PM

Yea, but I kinda felt like basically saying "it's his fault, not mine" was slightly childish and unprofessional. :(
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Posted 24 August 2010 - 02:42 PM

The owner's wife is the vp of sales. She gets paid 50% more than I do and works about 6 hours a week. The rest of the time is spent on personal stuff, charity work for drug coalitions and so on.

Every now and then she fraks up so bad that I have no control over myself and "let go" with an email that has no business being sent. But now and then she needs a wake-up call.

Its a risky thing. Especially in this market. But hey, I'm an arrogant SOB Klingon and its what people have grown to expect from me.
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Re: Displaying your "Balls" at Work

Posted 24 August 2010 - 02:43 PM

View PostNeoTifa, on 24 August 2010 - 03:31 PM, said:

Would you consider throwing another employee under the bus

I've thrown co-workers under the proverbial bus, & a real bus, for much less.
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Posted 24 August 2010 - 02:55 PM

Lol sometimes I want to throw him under a real bus. But does this come off as childish?
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Posted 24 August 2010 - 02:57 PM

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Honey, my job is throwing people under all manner of public transit.
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Posted 24 August 2010 - 02:59 PM

Here's a great book to read for topics such as this ...Crucial Conversations
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Re: Displaying your "Balls" at Work

Posted 24 August 2010 - 03:05 PM

View PostGWatt, on 24 August 2010 - 08:57 PM, said:

Honey, my job is throwing people under all manner of public transit.


Even trains?

@NeoTifa: Your balls need to be so large that you have to cut a hole in the crotch of your jeans to let them hang freely in view of all.
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Posted 24 August 2010 - 03:08 PM

They pretty much are.
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Posted 24 August 2010 - 03:13 PM

Do you originally set them the task did you give them a deadline?
If not then the feck up is yours. Without it, it can be done at a some unspecified time in the future, as is still valid.

In the Armed Forces, their a term, "follow them to the letter."
See how you phrased it, can affect the result, so consider them as orders.
I want this objective done by this deadline.
If they don't follow them to the letter, then shoot discipline them.
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Re: Displaying your "Balls" at Work

Posted 24 August 2010 - 03:18 PM

View PostAdamSpeight2008, on 24 August 2010 - 04:13 PM, said:

Do you originally set them the task did you give them a deadline?
If not then the feck up is yours. Without it, it can be done at a some unspecified time in the future, as is still valid.

In the Armed Forces, their a term, "follow them to the letter."
See how you phrased it, can affect the result, so consider them as orders.
I want this objective done by this deadline.
If they don't follow them to the letter, then shoot discipline them.


View PostNeoTifa, on 24 August 2010 - 03:31 PM, said:

It was due 9 Jul 10. It's 24 Aug 10. WTF?! I walked up to him or called him several times over the course of time to ask him how it was coming along, and he always said he'd take care of it. Never did.


Actually, I'm not even an authoritive figure, quite the opposite. I just happened to have worked there longer. I'm really the lowest on the totem pole.

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Posted 24 August 2010 - 03:51 PM

I'm more surprise that it's taking 8 months to finish his training. Sounds to me like this dude needs an attitude check or should be shown the door.
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Posted 24 August 2010 - 04:46 PM

He's one of the head hancho's daughters fiance.
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Posted 25 August 2010 - 05:23 AM

Unfortunately, relying on other people will generally lead to you being screwed by said person. I am a firm believer in the saying "If you want something done right, then you have to do it yourself." I try very hard not to let other people have influence over my work. At least if I screw up then I can't blame it on anyone else!

Good job Neotifa! Hope he gets the shaft!
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