Tuesday, September 12, 2006

A Little Rant About Work

There's some serious stupidity going on at my job. People who I KNOW are smart and creative and competent are acting like morons lately. Is it the weather? Texas summers can bake the brains right out of your head, but temperatures have been fairly moderate the past week or so. I'm chalking it up to people just buckling under the pressure of being expected to operate at 110% capacity at all times. If your environment at work is continually a chinese firedrill, good judgement and common sense and logical thinking are eventually going to suffer.

I'm trying to give these folks the benefit of the doubt. What I WANT to do is shake some of them by their shoulders. Slap them and tell them to "Snap out of it!".

Chances are, they've wanted to do the same to me, at some point. Maybe I should get off my high horse.

I've got one guy in my department that is the "PC's suck and Apples don't" guy. If you work around computers, maybe you know what I'm talking about. There's always one geek in the office that swears that everything that ever goes wrong is the fault of Microsoft, or Windows. Now, to be sure, computers can be a pain in the ass, and I wouldn't be surprised if Apples are, indeed, more reliable than PCs. But, guess what? Our company is FILLED with PCs. We don't have a choice but to use them. So, like, shut the fuck up already?!? Shut up! Just shut the fuck up, okay? You're not helping by pointing out that our network is all Microsoft product. I know that. My boss knows that. Stop. Just stop. Not another word. No. Zip! Don't.say.anything!

He's a very hard worker, but either part autistic or idiot savant. He's a real challenge.

At least he is consistent. It's when other co-workers, ones that you generally can rely upon to problem solve and contribute in a positive manner, turn into Rain Man that I go a little crazy.

It's been like that, lately, at work. I'm hoping things turn around.


Tom Dougherty said...

I used to work at a video game company. It's the other way around there. PCs are great and Apples suck. It took a few months to realize that they said that because you couldn't play the shitty games on a Mac, and that was all that mattered to them in the long run.

Anonymous said...

I know what you mean. I worked at a nursing home once where some of the aides needed to be led around by the hands. They couldn't wipe their own asses much less the patient's with out step by step instructions. I hated working the days they were on, made me wish I still drank!!
David G