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Whining Cow-orkers

Tue Oct 11, 2005 2:21 am

I've always been amazed by how such little things can cause such a fuss among some of my coworkers. Seems some of them complain for the sake of complaining.

Right now it looks like a shitstorm is brewing. My office (professional staff of 18 some people plus 3 support staff and any number of student workers) will be moving into newly rennovated space in a few months. By all measures this space is FAR superior to the area(s) that we currently occupy. But that wouldn't stop anybody from complaining. Over a year ago, when the office space was in the design phase, people were complaining that not everybody had individual offices. So the space was redesigned so all professional staff had an individual office, crisis averted.

Now a few weeks ago we began were able to select our furniture preferences. Depending on the size/shape of your office you had a choice of a few items -- book shelves, lateral files, some basic desk stuff. Again you would think this would be a simple enough process. The office configs are pretty much set and standardized so the new space has a nice uniform look. But now people are complaining about a lack of space, not enough file room, not enough shelf space, etc.....

To be honest this space is a huge upgrade for me. So I see anything as an improvement to the cast away furniture and space that I currently have. And I have far less STUFF than most everyone else has around here. Some of my coworkers offices look like rat's nests. But it never ceases to amaze me at the ability of many folks within my office to complain.
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RE: Whining Cow-orkers

Tue Oct 11, 2005 2:26 am

"Whining Cow-orkers"

When cows whine, it's best to remind them of those little white styrofoam trays at the supermarket. That will shut them up.
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RE: Whining Cow-orkers

Tue Oct 11, 2005 2:40 am

oh god, and the secretaries are the WORST! my firm moved offices once and wow, the complaints went on and on for more than a year!

they find anything to complain about, but then that clock hits 530pm BAM! they are out the door.

i have been fortunate that my secretaries in the past have at least been very competent and quite friendly and dont complain, or mind staying late.
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RE: Whining Coworkers

Tue Oct 11, 2005 10:50 am

We have one woman in our office, who is an excellent worker, yet manages to irk each of us one by one with her obsession with creating issues where none exist. We're convinced she complains for the sake of complaining --- even if the topic doesn't actually bother her.

  • Last month she got up from the table in the lunchroom, walked about 12 or 15 feet across the room and unplugged the pop-machine because it was making too much noise. (standard machine - no strange noises).
  • She had her floors redone last year, and hired a moving company to move all the furniture from her living room into another room and back again.
  • She walks around the office and closes people's doors when they're on the phone just in case others might hear them.
  • She can't get work done when a light at the other end of the office is burnt out. She'll hover over the office manager's desk until a service request is placed, and she'll phone and follow-up if it's not fixed within an hour or two.

While most of us find her antics amusing, she can really get under the skin of her close coworkers and she's inadvertently caused a great deal of unnecessary tension over the last few years.

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RE: Whining Cow-orkers

Tue Oct 11, 2005 11:06 am

God, no kidding! We used to have a lady at our office like that, but she FINALLY got her ass fired.

It was always "too loud". The noise was "too much". We told her she had to make do, because there are only five offices, and the Loan Officers get the offices, and the processors get they're little work area. The office isn't very big, I understand that...However, she bitched about EVERY little bit of noise.

"This is just un-bearable. You guys constantly walk around talking. We need it quiet so we can work. We need to get some walls up so the noise is blocked out. Between the talking and the copy machine, fax machine, and printer...It's just too much!"

So what'd we do? We BUILT them a wall, and brought in movable walls. Still wasn't good enough. Then her back just hurt too much in the chairs she was provided. So what does my boss do? Cave. Gave her his chair to use for a while. It was ridiculous. Then he BOUGHT her this 100 dollar chair. And she still complained. The noise was too much, and she was gonna need to be moved to a different area. And more walls would need to be built for her and the other lady with a door.

She was let go quickly. FINALLY.
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RE: Whining Cow-orkers

Tue Oct 11, 2005 11:11 am

Quoting S12PPL (Reply 4):
Then he BOUGHT her this 100 dollar chair.

god, $100 these days barely gets you a folding chair! haha, j/k.

i only say that because i saw an invoice on top of our office admins desk for a few new chairs to replace a few broken ones...granted they are great herman miller aeron chairs but i had no idea each chair is around $750 dollars!

what drives me crazy sometimes are these support staff (secretaries primarily) who constantly complain about things we get. and by we i mean professional staff under the age of 30...i'm sorry but if they want to be entitled to a private office or a blackberry or flexible hours, well go to college and work for it.
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RE: Whining Cow-orkers

Tue Oct 11, 2005 11:16 am

Well, it was something she saw at Costco and just had to have.

Her poor back.  Yeah sure

And what made me so sick is she got everything she whined about. It's like she deserved half the crap she got. Then she got arrogant and tried to pawn off HER work on me. We'd get an order in of office supplies and she asks me to check it in, and put it away. I looked at her and said "I'm sorry, but I don't have time to do that. I thought that was your job, though?"
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